Hybrid Event
September 01-03, 2022 | Paris, France

Zafar Iqbal

Speaker for GPMB 2021 - Zafar Iqbal
Zafar Iqbal
University of Sargodha, Pakistan
Title : Detection and management of Citrus decline syndrome


Citrus is attacked by various pathogens viz. Fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes and spiroplasma which are responsible for yield reduction in commercial citrus orchards. Citrus decline syndrome is the most severe problem at present due to which orchards are on the verge of extinction. It is not caused by a sole etiological agent rather it is a syndrome manifesting symptomatic expression of various biotic and abiotic disorders. In the current study, predisposing factors were assessed and determined in citrus growing areas of Punjab province of Pakistan. Different fungi were also isolated and identified from leaves, twigs, fruit, stem, roots and rhizosphere soil. Pathogenic mycoflora included F. semitectum, Colletotricum gloeosporioides, Phytophthora nicotianae, Phoma tracheiphila, Geotrichum candidum and Lasodiplodia theobromae. The present work gleans an insight into eco-friendly management of citrus decline. The study reveals that young plantations compared to old ones with no intercropping followed by balanced national management and effective plant protection strategies in citrus groves contribute to curb decline in citrus orchards.


Zafar Iqbal completed Ph.D. from Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan and Post Doctorate from Curtin University, Australia. He is professional plant pathologist. He owns many attributes including rich experience of 33 years which is a blended mix of teaching, research, leadership and good governance. He has scooped different prizes and awards from national and international organization. He has 194 publications at his credit. He has delivered keynote lectures in many national and international scientific events.