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Dr. Muhammad Imtiaz

Senior Scientist
Dr. Muhammad Imtiaz


  • Post Doctorate 2015-2017 (Ecology-Soil Science), Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, P.R. China
  • PhD. 2012-2015 (Plant Nutrition), Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, P.R. China
  • M.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture 2009-2011 (Soil Science) University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture 2005-2009 (Soil Science) University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan

Research Interest:

  • Microbial Use as Biofertilizer for the Sustainable Agriculture
  • BioPower Production
  • Plant-Microbe Interaction Under Saline-Sodic Soils
  • Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
  • Biogeochemistry of Heavy Metals in Soil-Water-Plant Ecosystem
  • Remediation of Heavy Metals Contaminated soils

Research Activities:

Development of Biopesticides against potato scab disease

In Pakistan low productivity of the potato crop in Pakistan is due to several, abiotic, biotic stresses including diseases like potato blights, viral infections, bacterial wilt, nematodal infections and scab and putting terrific impact on potato production.

MPG group is doing a series of in-vitro and in-vivo experiments to evaluate the effect of different fungal and bacterial biocontrol agents against causal agents of potato scab. Bio control mechanisms and induced plant defense enzyme by fungi and bacteria were studied in series of experiments.


Recent publications (last five years)  

  1. 1.      Allah Ditta, Muhammad Imtiaz*, SajidMehmood, Muhammad ShahidRizwan, FathiaMubeen, Omar Aziz, ZhengQian,RainaIjaz, ShuxinTu (2018). Rock phosphate enriched organic fertilizer with phosphate solubilizing microorganisms improves nodulation, growth and yield of legumes. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 49, 2715–2725 (IF 0.540)
  2. 2.      JavariaAfzal, Chengxiao Hu, Muhammad Imtiaz, Elyamine Ali Mohamed, Muhammad ShoaibRana, Muhammad Imran, Marwa A. Farag (2018). Cadmium tolerance in rice cultivars is associated with antioxidant enzymes activities and Fe/Zn concentrations. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology ( (IF 2.037)
  3. 3.      SajidMehmood, DawoodAnserSaeed, Muhammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nauman Khan, Omar Aziz, Saqib Bashir, Muhammad Ibrahim, Allah Ditta, Muhammad Akmal, Muhammad Ali Mumtaz, Waqas Ahmed, Sana Irshad, Muhammad Imtiaz*, ShuxinTu, Asia Shaheen (2018). Impact of different passivators on biochemical responses of sesame (SesamumIndicum L.) plants grown in lead-cadmium contaminated soil. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry132:345-355(IF 2.718)
  4. 4.      Muhammad Imtiaz*, Muhammad Adnan Mushtaq, Muhammad Amjad Nawaz, Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad ShahidRizwan, SajidMehmood, Omar Aziz, Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad SafiullahVirk, QaiserShakeel, RainaIjaz, Vasilis P. Androutsopoulos, Aristides M. Tsatsakis, Michael D. Coleman (2018). Physiological and anthocyanin biosynthesis genes response induced by vanadium stress in mustard genotypes with distinct photosynthetic activity. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology 62(2018), 20-29 (IF 2.776)
  5. 5.      Muhammad Imtiaz*, Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad ShahidRizwan, Muhammad Amjad Nawaz, Muhammad Rizwan, SajidMehmood, BalalYousaf, Yuan Yuan, Allah Ditta, Muhammad Ali Mumtaz, Muhammad Ali, SamminaMahmood, ShuxinTu (2018). Vanadium toxicity in chickpea (CicerarietinumL.) grown in red soil: effects on cell death, ROS and antioxidative systems. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 158, 139-144 (IF 3.974)
  6. 6.      Muhammad Rizwan, Mohammad GolamMostofa, Muhammad Zulfiqar Ahmad, Muhammad Imtiaz,SajidMehmood, Muhammad Adeel, Zhihua Dai, Zheyong Li, Omar Aziz, Yihui Zhang, ShuxinTu (2018). Nitric oxide induces rice tolerance to excessive nickel by regulating nickel uptake, reactive oxygen species detoxification and defense-related gene expression. Chemosphere 191(2018), 23-35 (IF 4.427)
  7. 7.      BalalYousaf, Guijian Liu, Qumber Abbas, Ruwei Wang, Muhammad Imtiaz, Muhammad Zia-ur-Rehman (2017). Investigating the uptake and acquisition of potentially toxic elements in plants and health risks associated with the addition of fresh biowaste amendments to industrially contaminated soil. Land Degradation and Development28, 2596-2607 (IF 7.270)
  8. 8.      Rainaijaz, JaveriaEjaz, ShenghuaGao, Tengfei Liu, Muhammad Imtiaz, Zhibiao Ye, Taotao Wang (2017). Overexpression of annexin gene AnnSp2, enhances drought and salt tolerance through modulation of ABA synthesisandscavenging ROS in tomato.ScientificReports7: 12087 (DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-11168-2) (IF 4.122)
  9. 9.      Muhammad Amjad Nawaz, Hafiz MamoonRehman, Muhammad Imtiaz,FaheemShehzad
    Baloch, Jeong Dong Lee, Seung Hwan Yang, Soo In Lee, Gyuhwa Chung (2017). Systems identification and characterization of cell wall reassembly and degradation related genes in Glycine max (L.) Merill, a bioenergy legume. Scientific Reports7:10862 (DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-11495-4) (IF 4.122)
  10. 10.  Muhammad Imtiaz*, Muhammad ShahidRizwan, Muhammad Adnan Mushtaq, BalalYousaf, Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad Ali, Adnan Yousuf, Muhammad Rizwan, Mairaj Din, Zhihua Dai, ShuanglianXiong, SajidMehmood, ShuxinTu (2017). Interactive effects of vanadium and phosphorus on their uptake, growth and heat shock proteins in chickpea genotypes under hydroponic conditions. Environmental and Experimental Botany 134, 72-81. (IF 3.666).
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