Faisal Zulfiqar

Faisal Zulfiqar
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur | IUB · Department of Horticultural Science

BSc (Hons) MSc (Hons) Agriculture-Horticulture
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Introduction
I chose to specialize in floriculture, because it gives me the flexibility to investigate a wide range of topics related to my passion. My current focus lies on testing biostimulants for ornamental cut flowers and containerized plants production. Additionally, I am carrying out my investigations on abiotic stress and nutrition management of horticultural crops. I am also interested in studies related to urban green spaces, urban biodiversity and growing media (biochar as peat alternative).
Additional affiliations
June 2016 - December 2018
University of Agriculture Faisalabad
Position
  • Master's Student

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Publications (58)
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Future climate change will present many plants with environmental challenges, including extreme temperatures and drought. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has emerged as an important signal transmitting molecule in plants, especially important in many stress responses and it is known to regulate numerous physiological and developmental processes. Being recen...
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Key message: Plant bioregulators play an important role in managing oxidative stress tolerance in plants. Utilizing their ability in stress sensitive crops through genetic engineering will be a meaningful approach to manage food production under the threat of climate change. Exploitation of the plant defense system against oxidative stress to engi...
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In the era of climate change, salt stress is a promising threat to agriculture, limiting crop production via imposing primary effects such as osmotic and ionic, as well as secondary effects such as oxidative stress, perturbance in hormonal homeostasis, and nutrient imbalance. On the other hand, production areas are expanding into the salt affected...
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Food security is one of the most important challenges worldwide and will become even more challenging with increasing impacts of climate change. Developing ways of increasing the production of horticultural crops in a sustainable manner is an essential goal for researchers. Seed priming is a pre-sowing hydration technique which leads to a physiolog...
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Main conclusion H2 gas, usually in the form of H2-saturated water, could play a useful role in improving many aspects of plant growth and productivity, including resistance to stress tolerance and improved post-harvest durability. Therefore, molecular hydrogen delivery systems should be considered as a valuable addition within agricultural practice...
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The interest in sustainable horticulture has recently increased, given anthropogenic climate change. The increasing global population will exacerbate the climate change situation induced by human activities. This will elevate global food demands and the vulnerability of horticultural systems, with severe concerns related to natural resource availab...
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Interactive climate factors, the industrial revolution, excessive fertilizer use, pesticides, wastewater use in agriculture, landfill leachates, and mine tailings cause land degradation and reduce crop production worldwide. Biochar can mitigate global climate change, reduce soil degradation, drought, and waterlogging effects, and increase crop prod...
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Nitric oxide (NO) has received much attention since it can boost plant defense mechanisms, and plenty of studies have shown that exogenous NO improves salinity tolerance in plants. However, because of the wide range of experimental settings, it is difficult to assess the administration of optimal dosages, frequency, timing, and method of applicatio...
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Green and blue mold of citrus are threatening diseases that continuously inflict economic post-harvest loss. The suppressive effect of salicylic (SA) and Cinnamomum verum (CV) on green and blue mold of sweet oranges was investigated in this study. Among five tested plant extracts methanolic extract of Cinnamon caused the highest colony growth inhib...
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The mutualistic relationship between mycorrhizal fungi and plant roots is a widespread terrestrial symbiosis. The symbiosis enables plants to better adapt to adverse soil conditions, enhances plant tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses, and improves plant establishment and growth. Thus, mycorrhizal fungi are considered biostimulants. Among the f...
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Drought is a major abiotic factor and affects cereal-based staple food production and reliability in developing countries such as Pakistan. To ensure a sustainable and consistent food supply, holistic production plans involving the integration of several drought mitigation approaches are required. Using a randomized complete block design strategy,...
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Oxidative stress is common in plants growing under extreme environments, such as water shortage, salinity, heavy metals, and temperature extremes. To overcome oxidative stress, plants employ various endogenous strategies, including the oxidative defense system and osmolyte accumulation. Proline (Pro), a key organic osmolyte, generally accumulates i...
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Growth stimulating bacteria help remediate dry arid soil and plant stress. Here, Pseudomonas sp. and Pantoea sp. we used to study the stress ecology of Hordeum vulgare and the environmental impact of water deficit on soil characteristics, growth, photosynthesis apparatus, mineral acquisition and antioxidiant defense. Plants inoculated with Pseudomo...
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The ever-increasing demand for agricultural food products, medicine, and other commercial sectors requires new technologies for agricultural practices and promoting the optimum utilization of natural resources. The application of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) enhance the biomass production and yield of food crop while resisting harmful environmen...
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Gladiolus (Gladiolus grandiflorus L.) is a commercial ornamental plant cultivated for its inflorescences. Improving quality and vase life (VL) of gladiolus inflorescences is an important research topic for both the growers and the sellers. For this reason, we studied the effects of preharvest potassium (K⁺) foliar application on postharvest physiol...
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2022) Investigating the role of bentonite clay with different soil amendments to minimize the bioaccumulation of heavy metals in Solanum melongena L. under the irrigation of tannery wastewater. Front. Plant Sci. 13:958978. Wastewater from tanneries is a major source of heavy metals in soil and plants when used for crop irrigation. The unavoidable t...
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Pelargonium × hortorum (L. H. Bailey), is a South African native ornamental plant with worldwide commercial recognition used in gardens and terraces. In the present study, we evaluated the effects of low doses of UV-C irradiation on rooting performance of P. × hortorum stem cuttings. We also tested the hypothesis that UV-C-induced ethylene producti...
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Salt stress severely limits the productivity of crop plants worldwide and its detrimental effects are aggravated by climate change. Due to a significant world population growth, agriculture has expanded to marginal and salinized regions, which usually render low crop yield. In this context, finding methods and strategies to improve plant tolerance...
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Defensin genes form part of a plant's defense system and are activated when exposed to biotic or abiotic stress. They play a vital role in controlling many signaling pathways involved in various plant defense mechanisms. This research aimed to isolate and characterize novel defensin genes from selected medicinally important plants to explore their...
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Plant photosynthesis and biomass production are closely associated traits but critical to unfavorable environmental constraints such as salinity and drought. The relationships among stress tolerance, photosynthetic mechanisms, biomass and ethanol yield were assessed in Phragmites karka. The growth parameters, leaf gas exchange and chlorophyll fluor...
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Heavy metals (HMs) constitute one of the most detrimental environmental constraints putting at risk diverse life-forms including plants. HMs profoundly hinder plant metabolism, by disrupting the functioning of imperative cellular biomolecules resulting in severely affected crop yields. Among the diverse strategies adopted to alleviate heavy metal (...
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The present study aimed to witness the plant-microbe interaction associated with salt tolerance in crops. We isolated the endophytic microbe from the root zone of halophytic grass. Later, the salt tolerance of the endophyte was tested in the saline medium and was identified using nucleotide sequencing (GenBank under the accession numbers: SUB903092...
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Water scarcity is a major challenge to wheat productivity under changing climate conditions , especially in arid and semi-arid regions. During recent years, different agronomic, physiological and molecular approaches have been used to overcome the problems related to drought stress. Breeding approaches, including conventional and modern breeding, a...
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As global warming progresses, agriculture will likely be impacted enormously by the increasing heat stress (HS). Hence, future crops, especially in the southern Mediterranean regions, need thermotolerance to maintain global food security. In this regard, plant scientists are searching for solutions to tackle the yield-declining impacts of HS on cro...
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GPD encodes glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase enzyme involved in sugar mobilization, particularly glycolysis and gluconeogenesis. The objective of this study was to determine physiological aspects of germination and early seedling establishment of PsGPD (Pleurotus sajor-caju glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase) expressing transgenic ric...
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Selenium (Se) supplementation can restrict metal uptake by roots and translocation to shoots, which is one of the vital stress tolerance mechanisms. Selenium can also enhance cellular functions like membrane stability, mineral nutrition homeostasis, antioxidant response, photosynthesis, and thus improve plant growth and development under metal/meta...
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Arsenic (As) is a highly toxic contaminant in the environment. Although both inorganic and organic types of arsenic exist in the environment, the most common inorganic forms of As that adversely affect plants are arsenite (As III) and arsenate (As V). Despite no evidence for As being essential for plant growth, exposure of roots to this element can...
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Alpinia zerumbet is an important medicinal and ornamental plant species. Drought stress is a ma-jor concern for sustainable horticulture crop production under changing climate scenarios. Treha-lose (Tre) and 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) are osmoprotectants that play important roles in miti-gating plant stresses. In this study, the effects of foliar...
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Container crop production has become increasingly popular over the last 50 years. A major component of container or potting media is peat. Peatlands are a natural carbon sink, and peat is a nonrenewable natural resource. Peat harvesting has become an important environmental is-sue. There is a growing effort to explore alternative organic materials...
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Alpinia zerumbet (Zingiberaceae) is a unique ornamental and medicinal plant primarily used in food ingredients and traditional medicine. While organic amendments such as biochar and compost have been demonstrated to improve plant productivity, no studies have examined their effects on the growth, physiology, and secondary metabolites of A. zerumbet...
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Trehalose (Tre) and salicylic acid (SA) are increasingly used to mitigate drought stress in crop plants. In this study, a pot experiment was performed to study the influence of Tre and SA applied individually or in combination on the growth, photosynthesis, and antioxidant responses of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) exposed to drought stress. Ba...
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The potential uses of nanotechnology in agricultural and horticultural production are significant. There is potentially greater production with lower inputs; however, an understanding of the risks related to plant and soil fauna health is currently lacking. Understandably, this causes great concern among researchers. Recent literature related to th...
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Various environmental stresses singly or in combination generate excess amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS), leading to oxidative stress and impaired redox homeostasis. Generation of ROS is the obvious outcome of abiotic stresses and is gaining importance not only for their ubiquitous generation and subsequent damaging effects in plants but al...
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Gladiolus is in demand worldwide as a cut-flower or landscaping plant, because of its superior commercial and ornamental value. Application of plant-based biostimulants has gained interest in the horticulture industry as an innovative and promising approach to ensure enhanced and sustainable yields along with better product quality. The influence o...
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Plant Factories with Artificial Lighting (PFALs) are spreading due to the claimed efficiency in natural resources use, although at the cost of higher energy needs as compared with more traditional food systems. In recent years, research literature on PFAL technological features and management protocols has bloomed, mainly targeting innovation in li...
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Plants endure many abiotic stresses, such as temperature (heat or frost), drought, and salt. Such factors are primary and frequent stressors that reduce agriculture crop yields. Often alterations in nutrient management and constituents, along with variations in biosynthetic capacity, ultimately reduce or halt plant growth. Genetically, stress is an...
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Molecular hydrogen (H2) has been suggested to be a beneficial treatment for a range of species, from humans to plants. Hydrogenases catalyze the reversible oxidation of H2, and are found in many organisms, including plants. One of the cellular effects of H2 is the selective removal of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS...
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Global climate change and associated adverse abiotic stress conditions such as drought, salinity, heavy metals, waterlogging, extreme temperatures, oxygen deprivation, etc., greatly influence plant growth and development, ultimately affecting crop yield and quality, as well as agricultural sustainability in general. Plant cells produce oxygen radic...
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Water deficit is a serious threat to the global crop production. Marigold (Tagetes erecta L.), an economically important annual is resistant to drought stress, however, anatomical adaptations confirming drought tolerance are still unexplored. In this context, key growth and anatomical difference of two marigold (T. erecta L.) cultivars, Inca (droug...
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Phragmites karka (Retz.) Trin. ex Steud. is a pan-tropical, wetland, grass, and this study restricted water availability to P. karka by either low matric potential (water deficit) or low osmotic potential (salinity). Growth, water relations, mineral nutrition, and photosynthesis were compared when plants were irrigated at control (100% water holdin...
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Rooftop gardening is a sustainable approach for mitigating the environment complexities of the urban world. This is a well established technology in many areas although in developing countries rooftop gardening often seems to be a novelty. The environmental benefits of rooftop gardening have been well reported however people’s social and aesthetic...
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Biochar (BC) has been reported to improve growth and drought resistance in many plants. However, adequate information on the drought resistance mechanism mediated by BC on Phragmites karka, a bioenergy plant, is not available. The impact of BC additions (0%, 0.75% and 2.5%) on plant growth and physiology of Phragmites karka under drought was examin...
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Main conclusion Plant osmoprotectants protect against abiotic stresses. Introgression of osmoprotectant genes into crop plants via genetic engineering is an important strategy in developing more productive plants. Abstract Plants employ adaptive mechanisms to survive various abiotic stresses. One mechanism, the osmoprotection system, utilizes vari...
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Gazania rigens L. is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family, widely used as bedding or ornamental potted plants. The environmental and economic sustainability of ornamental production can be enhanced using environmentally friendly bioregulators. A pot experiment was conducted to evaluate the influence of key bioregulator...
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Nutrient fertilization plays a critical role in maintaining soil fertility and improving crop productivity and quality. Precise nutrient management of horticultural crops is a major challenge worldwide as it relies predominantly on chemical fertilizers. Traditional fertilizers are not only costly for the producer, but may be harmful to humans and t...
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Increasing demand for sustainable and low-cost alternatives to peat is a challenge in the production of container-grown plants. Biochar (BC) and compost, as eco-friendly materials, could be used to completely or partially substitute for peat. However, information regarding plant responses to the substitution is limited. This study evaluated effects...
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Management strategies to minimize nitrogen (N) losses to the atmosphere and water bodies from potato production fields while maintaining tuber yields and quality relies on good N management. A 2-year (2016-17 and 2017-18) field trial with 'Symphonia' potato was completed on a sandy loam soil irrigated with flood irrigation in Punjab, Pakistan to in...
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The horticulture sector is facing various challenges in the near future. Aside from maintaining or even improving yields, sustainable horticulture production is crucial to achieve food security. Reducing the reliance on agro-chemicals and/or increasing the efficiency of use under a changing climate is crucial. Natural biostimulants can play an impo...
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The application of compost and biochar has both gained significant interest as replacement of peat in horticultural as potting substrates. In this study, (1) composted material derived from plant residues such as grass clipping and leaves and (2) wheat straw biochar were evaluated as partial replacement of 10% for peat in horticultural potting subs...
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Plant production in potting substrates provides maximum profit on the applied inputs, and hence, directly improving the socioeconomic condition of the grower/nurserymen. The main challenge in this industry is sourcing of materials for their potting substrates. Peat and perlite have been widely preferred materials. However, recently higher prices, m...
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Bio-stimulants are in excessive demand for the sustainable production of floriculture crops. The current investigation was designed to find out the effect of naturally occurring growth stimulant moringa leaf extract (MLE) on the growth, flowering, post-harvest life and corm production of two gladiolus cultivars (cvs.) 'Rose Supreme' and 'White Pros...
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p>Drought tolerance is an important genotypic character to be exploited for the plant cultivar selection under water deficit conditions. In the recent study, we examined the response of two marigold cultivars (Inca and Bonanza) under different regimes of drought stress. The aim was to determine the best performing cultivar under water/drought stres...
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Urban green spaces (UGS) support urban sustainability and improve the overall life quality of urbanities. However, increasing population shift in urban areas can drive the transformation of UGS into residential areas. The present study was conducted in the four towns of Faisalabad city, Pakistan, to analyze the role of local government and communit...
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Present study was carried out to investigate the effect of seed priming on seed germination; emergence and seedling growth of cocks comb (Celosia cristata L.) under different salinity levels in Post-harvest and Floriculture Laboratory, University of Agriculture Faisalabad. Five treatments were applied viz. Control, CaCl2(0.56%),H2O2(0.41%), Moringa...
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Present study was carried out to investigate the effect of seed priming on seed germination; emergence and seedling growth of cocks comb (Celosia cristata L.) under different salinity levels in Post-harvest and Floriculture Laboratory, University of Agriculture Faisalabad. Five treatments were applied viz. Control, CaCl2 (0.56%), H2O2 (0.41%), Mori...

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