Biotech Updates

University of Karachi Devises New Method for Mango Classification

April 24, 2009

A group of scientists led by Dr. Kamran Azim at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, Pakistan has devised a novel method for the classification of Pakistani mangoes.

Dr. Kamran Azim, assistant professor at ICCBS, and his team have been researching on the molecular genetics of mangos for the past years. Their discovery will be helpful in recognizing Pakistani mangoes at the global level and will be beneficial in fulfilling scientific and regulatory requirements for mango exports to technologically advanced countries in particular the United States. The classification of 20 different kinds of mangoes will be possible through a novel scientific method devised in the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) sequencing laboratory of the Dr Punjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research at KU. According to Dr Azim, international scientific and trade organizations emphasize the classification of mango varieties based on modern biotechnological standards.

For more information, contact Prof. Dr. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of ICCBS and the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (PABIC) at and Dr. Kamran Azeem at See the full article at,%202009%20Dr%20Kamran%20Azeem.html.