Muhammad Shahid

Phone: (603) 862-3208
Office: Cooperative Extension, Spaulding Hall G36, Durham, NH 03824
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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

Research Interests

  • Agriculture
  • Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases, & Weeds)
  • Plant Physiology/Morphology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Plant/Soil Nutrient Bioavailability
  • Tissue Culture

Selected Publications

Shahid, M. A., Balal, R. M., Khan, N., Zotarelli, L., Liu, G. D., Sarkhosh, A., . . . Garcia-Sanchez, F. (2019). Selenium impedes cadmium and arsenic toxicity in potato by modulating carbohydrate and nitrogen metabolism. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 180, 588-599. doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2019.05.037

Shahid, M. A., Balal, R. M., Khan, N., Simón-Grao, S., Alfosea-Simón, M., Cámara-Zapata, J. M., . . . Garcia-Sanchez, F. (2019). Rootstocks influence the salt tolerance of Kinnow mandarin trees by altering the antioxidant defense system, osmolyte concentration, and toxic ion accumulation. Scientia Horticulturae, 250, 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.scienta.2019.02.028

Naseem, H., Ahsan, M., Shahid, M. A., & Khan, N. (2018). Exopolysaccharides producing rhizobacteria and their role in plant growth and drought tolerance. Journal of Basic Microbiology, 58(12), 1009-1022. doi:10.1002/jobm.201800309

Shahid, M. A., Balal, R. M., Khan, N., Rossi, L., Rathinasabapathi, B., Liu, G., . . . Garcia-Sanchez, F. (2018). Polyamines provide new insights into the biochemical basis of Cr-tolerance in Kinnow mandarin grafted on diploid and double-diploid rootstocks. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 156, 248-260. doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2018.09.015

Khan, N., Bano, A., Shahid, M. A., Nasim, W., & Ali Babar, M. D. (2018). Interaction between PGPR and PGR for water conservation and plant growth attributes under drought condition. Biologia, 73(11), 1083-1098. doi:10.2478/s11756-018-0127-1

Khan, N., Zandi, P., Ali, S., Mehmood, A., Adnan Shahid, M., & Yang, J. (n.d.). Impact of Salicylic Acid and PGPR on the Drought Tolerance and Phytoremediation Potential of Helianthus annus. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.02507

Balal, R. M., Shahid, M. A., Vincent, C., Zotarelli, L., Liu, G., Mattson, N. S., . . . Garcia-Sanchez, F. (2017). Kinnow mandarin plants grafted on tetraploid rootstocks are more tolerant to Cr-toxicity than those grafted on its diploids one. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 140, 8-18. doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2017.05.011

Khan, N., Ali, S., Shahid, M. A., & Kharabian-Masouleh, A. (2017). Advances in detection of stress tolerance in plants through metabolomics approaches. Plant Omics, 10(03), 153-163. doi:10.21475/poj.10.03.17.pne600

Balal, R. M., Shahid, M. A., Javaid, M. M., Iqbal, Z., Anjum, M. A., Garcia-Sanchez, F., & Mattson, N. S. (2016). The role of selenium in amelioration of heat-induced oxidative damage in cucumber under high temperature stress. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 38(6). doi:10.1007/s11738-016-2174-y

Shahid, M. A., Balal, R. M., Pervez, M. A., Abbas, T., Aqeel, M. A., Riaz, A., & Mattson, N. S. (2015). Exogenous 24-Epibrassinolide Elevates the Salt Tolerance Potential of Pea (Pisum sativumL.) by Improving Osmotic Adjustment Capacity and Leaf Water Relations. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 38(7), 1050-1072. doi:10.1080/01904167.2014.988354

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