Soil And Environmental Sciences Students Society

University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan

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Patron SESSS:

Name: Prof. Dr. Javaid Akhtar

Designation: Director Institute/Professor/Patron SESSS

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Contact: 9200161-9 Ext. 2916

Research Intersts: Saline agriculture, Selection of field crops, trees, shrubs and grasses for salt affected soils and use of saline ground water. Testing of Saline Agriculture technology in the salt affected areas.

          Prof. Dr. Javaid Akhtar, Director, Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences is a well-known scientist and expert in the field of Soil and Environmental Sciences. He obtained his BSc (Hons.) and MSc (Hons.) degrees in Soil Science from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He conducted his PhD research at the University of Wales, Bangor, UK under Technical Co-operation Program of the British Government during 1992 to 1994 and earned his PhD degree from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad in 1995. He has a vast experience as a teacher, researcher and administrator. He has produced 11 PhD and 65 M.Sc.(Hons.) scholars. He has published more than 95 research papers and review articles in national and international journals. He has organized several national and international conferences and training courses. He has worked as Director of the Centre of Advanced Studies in Applied Genetics and Saline Agriculture, UAF from 2001 to 2010 and as Officer In-charge of the Saline Agriculture Research Centre, UAF from 2000 to-date.

Dr. Akhtar has played a leading role in a number of national and international projects. He has been a lead person in international collaborative research projects funded by European Union/Commission (EU), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR, Australia), Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID, Australia), Board on Science and Technology for International Development (BOSTID, USA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Waterlogging and Salinity Research Institute (IWASRI) and national projects funded by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC). The main focus of his research has been the rehabilitation of salt-affected lands using brackish drainage water through saline agriculture technology. Dr.Akhtar’s excellent research endeavors and accomplishments have earned him a number of certificates and awards. He is a regular recipient of the Research Productivity Award from the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) and Better Incentive Award from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.


Journal Articles:

1. Amjad, M., J. Akhtar, M. A. Haq, M. A. Riaz, S. E. Jacobsen, 2013, Antioxidant Enzymes Activity and Salt Tolerance in Wheat, Pak. J. Agri. Sci., under revi,

2.Tanveer Ul Haq, J. Akhtar, K. A. Steele, R. Munns and J. Gorham, 2013, Reliability of ion accumulation and growth components for selecting salt tolerant lines in large populations of rice. , Functional Plant Biology, FP13158,

3. Amjad, M., J. Akhtar, M.A. Haq and R. Ahmad, 2013, Characterization of comparative response of fifteen Tomato (Lycopersicom esculatum Mill.) genotypes of NaCl stress, J. Agricultural Sci. & Tech., 16, In Press

4. Amjad, M., J. Akhtar, M.A. Haq , S. Imran and S.E. Jacobsen, 2013, Soil and foliar application of potassium enhances fruit yield and quality of tomato under salinity, Turkish J. of Biology., , accepted

5. Saqib, Z.A., J.Akhtar, M.Saqib and R.Ahmad, 2011, Contrasting leaf Na+ uptake and transport rates conferred differences in salt tolerance of wheat genotypes. , Acta Agric. Scandinavica , ,

6. Hussain, S.A. J. Akhtar, M. A. Haq and R. Ahmad, 2011, Growth, yield and ionic concentration of two sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) genotypes exposed to brackish water irrigation. , Soil Environ.,, 30, 58-65

7. Akhtar, J., Z.A. Saqib, M. Sarfraz, I. Saleem & M.A. Haq, 2010, Evaluating salt tolerant cotton genotypes at different levels of NaCl stress in solution and soil culture. , Pak. J. Bot., 42, 2857-2866

8. Tanveer Ul Haq, J. Gorham, J. Akhtar, N. Akhtar and K. A. Steele, 2010, Dynamic QTL for salt stress components on chromosome 1 of rice., Funct. Plant Biol., 37, 634–645

9. Mujeeb, F., Rahmatullah, J. Akhtar, and R.Ahmad, 2010, Integration of organic and inorganic P sources for improving P use efficiency in different soils. , Soil Environ. , 29, 122-127

10. Akhtar, M.J., H.N. Asghar, K. Shahzad and M. Arshad. , 2009, Role of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria applied in combination with compost and mineral fertilizers to improve growth and yield of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). , , 41:00:00, 381-390.

11. Nasim, M., R.H. Qureshi, T. Aziz, M. Saqib, S. Nawaz, J. Akhtar, M.A. Khan and S.T. Sahi., 2009, Different Eucalyptus species show different mechanism of tolerance to salinity and salinity X hypoxia., , 32:00:00, 1-13.