Muhammad Saleem Haider

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As part of a study to determine the diversity of whitefly-transmitted viruses (genus Begomovirus, family Geminiviridae) associated with cotton leaf curl disease in Pakistan, leaf samples from cotton plants showing typical leaf curl disease symptoms were collected in various locations of Punjab province. Sequence analysis of full-length virus clones (~2.7(More)
Leaf samples of Cucurbita pepo plants showing yellow mosaic symptoms were collected from Lahore, Pakistan. Full-length clones of a bipartite begomovirus were isolated and sequenced in their entirety. The sequences showed the highest levels of nucleotide sequence identity (98.4% for the DNA-A and 89.6% for the DNA-B) to the ‘Indian’ strain of Squash leaf(More)
A novel thermoacidophilic pullulan-hydrolyzing enzyme (PUL) from hyperthermophilic archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis (TK-PUL) that efficiently hydrolyzes starch under industrial conditions in the absence of any additional metal ions was cloned and characterized. TK-PUL possessed both pullulanase and α-amylase activities. The highest activities were(More)
Arable soils are frequently subjected to contamination with copper as the consequence of imbalanced fertilization with manure and organic fertilizers and/or extensive use of copper-containing fungicides. In the present study, the exposure of stone-head cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) to elevated Cu(2+) levels resulted in leaf chlorosis and lesser(More)
Cotton leaf curl virus disease (CLCuD) is caused by a suite of whitefly-transmitted begomovirus species and strains, resulting in extensive losses annually in India and Pakistan. RNA-interference (RNAi) is a proven technology used for knockdown of gene expression in higher organisms and viruses. In this study, a small interfering RNA (siRNA) construct was(More)
Though Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle) is an ornamental plant, it is famous for its medicinal value. Its alkaloids are known for anti-cancerous properties, and this plant is studied mainly for its alkaloids. Here, this plant has been studied for its viral diseases. Complete DNA sequences of two begomoviruses infecting C. roseus originating from(More)
Capsium spp. are an important vegetable crop cultivated through Pakistan. Leaf curl disease is the major disease of Capsicum spp. in Pakistan caused by viruses. The disease has previously been shown to be associated with begomoviruses and betasatellites. We have cloned and sequenced a begomovirus and its associated betasatellite from Capsicum originating(More)
Samples of two Ageratum conyzoides, one Sonchus oleraceus and one turnip (Brassica rapa var. rapa) exhibiting virus-like symptoms were collected from Pakistan and Nepal. Full-length begomovirus clones were obtained from the four plant samples and betasatellite clones from three of these. The begomovirus sequences were shown to be isolates of Ageratum(More)
Vinca minor L., an ornamental plant with symptoms typical of a begomovirus was found in the vicinity of the School of Biological Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. Symptomatic and apparently healthy leaf samples were collected and subjected to DNA extraction and polymerase chain reaction, using universal primers conserved for the coat protein region of(More)
Deltamethrin (a pyrethroid insecticide) has widely been used against the house fly, Musca domestica, a pest found in livestock facilities worldwide. Although, cases of both metabolic and physiological resistance to deltamethrin have been reported in different parts of the world, no studies have been reported to characterize this resistance in house flies(More)