Giants in History: Azra Quraishi

Improving potato production in Pakistan 

Azra Quraishi (22 September 1945 - 22 November 2002)


Pakistani botanist Azra Quraishi (22 September 1945 – 22 November 2002) is recognised for developing virus-free seed potatoes that increased potato production in Pakistan by an estimated five per cent. Her work on tissue culture also enabled the screening of salt tolerance in local wheat and rice cultivars, leading to crops with improved traits. In recognition of her contributions to agriculture, Quraishi received several awards, including the Ordre des Palmes académiques, bestowed by the French Republic on distinguished academics and teachers who have provided valuable service to universities, education and science.


Academic discipline: 
Ordre des Palmes académiques