Research Projects

1. Research Project:

Maximizing farm income and other livelihood opportunities through introduction of high value minor crops in district Swat, Pakistan.

Funded by International Food Policy Research Institute (“IFPRI”)
Project No. 2012X340.SHE and 6249-001-49-05.

P.I: Dr Hassan Sher ( Associate Professor)
Director Institute of Plants Sciences and Biodiversity,
University of Swat, Saidu Sharif, Swat Pakistan.


The overall objective is to support and maximize farm income and livelihood opportunities of the affected population through introduction of high value minor crops.


Under local natural environmental condition of District Swat both the native and acclimatized HVC and MAPs will be introduced/tested to foster economic/ environmental stability, enhance creativity/innovation and sustainable economic productivity and food security.

Research Theme:

The project aim to enhance farm income through introduction of high value minor crops in the war affected area of district Swat of Pakistan, supporting new Framework for Economic Growth. This will overall improve the capacity of farmer communities for restoring their livelihood by increasing agricultural production and addressing food insecurity. This will lead to maximize farm income by uplifting the socio-economic conditions of the farmers’ dependent on subsistence agriculture(90%), eventually move the country towards economic stability.

2. Research Project:

“Possible growth climate response of conifer tree species of Swat Valley” funded by Higher Education Commission Islamabad.

P.I: Dr Muhammad Wahab Assistant Professor and Co-P.I: Dr Hassan Sher Associate Professor
Institute of Plants Sciences and Biodiversity,
University of Swat, Saidu Sharif, Swat Pakistan.

Salient Features:

The atmosphere changes (i.e global warming) are of immediate concern to the mankind both directly as they affect each individual during ones daily life and indirectly through the resource potential of distant land with which he has established social or economic contracts.
A study of a past climatic variation and its effects are also necessary for a better understanding of the future planning potential. The record of past climatic variation which is based on meteorological observations , traces back only to a short period and does not represent the range of natural climatic state that have existed in the geological recent past. The study of past climatic variation should not depend entirely on instrumental data. Further more most of the underdeveloped or remote areas do not have even this type of information. Therefore, many developed countries are making strong effects to obtain such information and supports professionals by using “Annual Growth Rings” of tree species. This is a new, reliable and applied technology, recently introduced in Pakistan. Since, little work has been carried out in some areas of Pakistan. In present investigation, we are planning to use this technology in conifer trees of Swat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Research Objectives:

1. To search for suitable locations, where growth is mainly controlled by climatic parameters.
2. To recognize suitable (sensitive) Pine tree species that could be used in dendroclimatic investigations.
3. To establish tree ring-width chronologies from suitable tree species.
4. To find Inter-specific correlation among chronologies.
5. To provide a strong database that could be used to reconstruct the past climatic variation of the area.

3. Research Project:

Survey of the Macro-fungi (Morel Mushroom) of Northern Pakistan, to quantify the benefits and viability of a country-wide inventory.
Sponsored by NRPU HEC-Pakistan.
Principal Investigator Dr. Hassan Sher and Co-PI Dr. Haidar Ali
Duration: 24 months (i.e. March 2013 to February 2015) and total budget 1.5 million Pak-Rupees.

4. Research Project:

Institutional Strengthening Establishment of Mushroom Spawn Production Laboratory. Sponsored by HEC-Pakistan. Principal Investigator Dr. Hassan Sher
Duration: One Year (i.e. December 12, 2013 to December 12, 2014) and total budget .830 Million Pak-Rupees.

5. Project Title: Economic development through MAPs cultivation in District Swat, Pakistan

This innovative project of the Center for Plants Sciences and Biodiversity, University of Swat will contribute incredible returns from the in-situ and ex-situ production of high value medicinal and aromatic plants. As a result the area will become the hubs of significant economic activities with multi-dimensional impact on the economic development of district Swat as well as of the whole country. Additionally it will also strengthen economical bridges between herbal collectors/farmers, manufacturers, traders and researchers/academicians in order to boost the economical returns. In this context our project is in line and support of the Government of Pakistan’s Vision 2025 economic strategy.

Duration: July 3, 2014 to July2, 2015

Funded by International Food Policy Research Institute (“IFPRI”)

Project No: 602049.002.101.545.01.04-(CGP 3 ID No. 511).

P.I:  Hassan Sher, Ph.D (SAARC Gold Medalist)
Associate Professor/Director, Center for Plants Sciences and Biodiversity, Main Odigram Campus, University of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.


6. Research Project:

Project Title :Medicinal and aromatic plants production for economic development and conservation in Swat Valley, Pakistan: Improving livelihoods and mitigating climate change” Sponsored  by HEC-Pakistan under Pak-US Science & Technology Development Program Phase VI.

Principal Investigators Dr. Hassan Sher from Pakistan Side and Dr Rainer Bussmann from USA side.


 7.Research Project:

Project Title: Molecular and Physiological Evaluation of stay green wheat genotypes for drought tolerance. Sponsored  by HEC-Pakistan under NRPU Program.


Principal Investigators Dr. Ahmad Ali and Co- Principal Investigators Dr. Hassan Sher .