The hybrid seeds, prepared at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, for short trips to space will help scientists to develop new varieties, he said, adding that these varieties can help feed the world’s growing population, in the changing climate, and also treat incurable diseases.
He was talking to a group of scientists at the ICCBS, University of Karachi, before his departure to China. Prof Dr M Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, and COMSTECH Coordinator General, thanked the famous Chinese scientists for his visit to ICCBS, University of Karachi.
It is pertinent to mention here that China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) had launched Pakistani herbal seeds into outer space in June 2022 and, after six months flying, returned them safely to the earth in December.
Prof Liu Xinmin pointed out that China and Pakistan have a long history of traditional medicines. Traditional Chinese Medicines (TMC) is practiced in China, while Pakistani owned a long history of Traditional Unani Medicine (TUM) to practice against the common ailments.
He said that the prospects of Chinese-Pakistan Cooperation were massive. The cooperation in Science and Technology is a significant fragment of the China-Pakistan bilateral relations.