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  • Muhammad joined UNH in September 2019. He has a split appointment Greenhouse and Nursery Production State Specialist/Extension Associate Professor in the Cooperative Extension and Department of Agriculture, Nutrition & Food Systems. He comes to UNH from the Department of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida where he worked as a Biological Scientist conducting research and extension in nutrient and water eco-management in vegetable and fruit production. He received a PhD in horticulture from the joint-venture program of University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan and Cornell University where he studied the effects of abiotic stresses on crop production. Muhammad grew up in an agricultural family, and brings experience in field, greenhouse, and hydroponic crop production.

    His areas of expertise include plant physiology and biochemistry, nutrient and water management, plant growth regulators, abiotic stresses (salinity, heat, hypoxia, drought, heavy metal toxicity etc.), and hydroponic/aeroponic systems. The goal of his research program is to enhance the grower’s profitability while improving production and produce quality at low input costs with minimum ecological impacts as well. As a Greenhouse and Nursery Production State Specialist his focus is to identify new potential greenhouse crops, identification of nutrient efficient genotypes, improving biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, greenhouse automation including use of LED lights, nanofertilizers, substrate amendments to improve nutrient and water holding potential to strengthen the greenhouse industry in the New England area particularly in New Hampshire
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 Selenium impedes cadmium and arsenic toxicity in potato by modulating carbohydrate and nitrogen metabolism.Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.  180:588-599. 2019
    2019 Rootstocks influence the salt tolerance of Kinnow mandarin trees by altering the antioxidant defense system, osmolyte concentration, and toxic ion accumulationScientia Horticulturae.  250:1-11. 2019
    2018 Exopolysaccharides producing rhizobacteria and their role in plant growth and drought tolerance.Journal of Basic Microbiology.  58:1009-1022. 2018
    2018 Polyamines provide new insights into the biochemical basis of Cr-tolerance in Kinnow mandarin grafted on diploid and double-diploid rootstocksEnvironmental and Experimental Botany.  156:248-260. 2018
    2018 Interaction between PGPR and PGR for water conservation and plant growth attributes under drought conditionBiologia (Poland).  73:1083-1098. 2018
    2018 Ploidy level of citrus rootstocks affects the carbon and nitrogen metabolism in the leaves of Chromium-stressed Kinnow mandarin plantsEnvironmental and Experimental Botany.  149:70-80. 2018
    2018 Impact of Salicylic Acid and PGPR on the Drought Tolerance and Phytoremediation Potential of Helianthus annus.Frontiers in Microbiology.  9:2507. 2018
    2017 Kinnow mandarin plants grafted on tetraploid rootstocks are more tolerant to Cr-toxicity than those grafted on its diploids oneEnvironmental and Experimental Botany.  140:8-18. 2017
    2017 Advances in detection of stress tolerance in plants through metabolomics approachesPlant OMICS.  10:153-163. 2017
    2017 Chitosan alleviates phytotoxicity caused by boron through augmented polyamine metabolism and antioxidant activities and reduced boron concentration in Cucumis sativus L.Acta Physiologiae Plantarum.  39:31. 2017
    2017 Germination Ecology of Catchfly (Silene conoidea) Seeds of Different ColorsPlanta Daninha.  35. 2017
    2016 The role of selenium in amelioration of heat-induced oxidative damage in cucumber under high temperature stressActa Physiologiae Plantarum.  38:158. 2016
    2015 Exogenous 24-Epibrassinolide Elevates the Salt Tolerance Potential of Pea (Pisum sativumL.) by Improving Osmotic Adjustment Capacity and Leaf Water RelationsJournal of Plant Nutrition.  38:1050-1072. 2015
    Foliar spray of phyto-extracts supplemented with silicon: an efficacious strategy to alleviate the salinity-induced deleterious effects in pea (Pisum sativum L.)
    In vitro Effects of Gibberellic Acid on Morphogenesis of CIP Potato Explants and Acclimatization of Plantlets in Field

    Full Name

  • Muhammad Shahid
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems

    38 Academic Way

    Durham, NH  03824