Nabeel Khan Niazi

Nabeel Khan Niazi
University of Agriculture Faisalabad · Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences

PhD, Environmental and Soil Chemistry (Australia, University of Sydney) Highly Cited Researcher 2021

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August 2019 - present
University of Agriculture Faisalabad
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
October 2018 - present
University of Southern Queensland 
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
July 2016 - January 2018
Universität Bremen
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Resolving arsenic-calcite and arsenic-Biochar interactions through nano-imaging and spectroscopic investigations

Publications

Publications (236)
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Rice is an important food crop that is susceptible to arsenic (As) contamination under paddy soil conditions depending on As uptake characteristics of the rice genotypes. Here we unveiled the significance of eighteen (fine and coarse) rice genotypes against As accumulation/tolerance, morphological and physiological response, and antioxidant enzymes...
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Plant redox homeostasis governs the uptake, toxicity and tolerance mechanism of toxic trace elements and thereby elucidates the remediation potential of a plant. Moreover, plant toxicity/tolerance mechanisms control the trace element compartmentation in edible and non-edible plant organs as well as the associated health hazards. Therefore, it is im...
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Arsenic (As) is one of the most prolific natural contaminants in water resources, and hence, it has been recognized as an emerging global problem. Arsenic exposure through food exports and imports, such as As-contaminated rice and cereal-based baby food, is a potential risk worldwide. However, ensuring As-safe drinking water and food for the globe...
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Trace elements (TEs) contamination of agricultural soils requires suitable criteria for regulating their toxicity limits in soil and food crops, which depends on their potential ecological risk spanning regional to global scales. However, no comprehensive study is available that links TE concentrations in paddy soil with ecological and human health...
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Water contamination with toxic substances is considered to be a crucial environmental and health issue globally. Treatment and recycling of contaminated water is essential to overcome water quality and availability related problems. Various conventional technologies (such as coagulation/flocculation, membrane separation, lime softening), used to tr...
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Chromium (Cr) contamination in soil and water poses high toxicity risks to organisms and threatens food and water security worldwide. Biochar has emerged as a promising material for cleaning up Cr contamination owing to biochar's strong capacity to immobilize Cr. This paper synthesizes information on biochar modification for the efficient remediati...
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Water scarcity is one of the key global challenges affecting food safety, food security, and human health. Constructed wetlands (CWs) provide a sustainable tool to remediate wastewater. Here we explored the potential of vertical flow-CWs (VF-CWs) vegetated with ten indigenous wetland plant species to treat chromium (Cr)-contaminated water. The wetl...
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Biochar (BC) has gained attention for removal of toxic elements (TEs) from aqueous media; however, pristine biochar often exhibits low adsorption capability. Thus, various modification strategies in BC have been developed to improve its removal capability against TEs. Nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) and iron oxides (FeOx) have been used as sorben...
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Conversion of hazardous waste materials to value-added products is of great interest from both agro-environmental and economic points of view. Bone char (BC) has been used for the removal of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) from contaminated water, however, its potential BC for the immobilization of PTEs in contaminated water and soil compared to...
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PurposeThe karst region in southwestern China is undergoing soil erosion and rocky desertification. The different silicon (Si) fractions along the hillslopes in this mountainous region could benefit plant growth and alleviate the ecological deterioration. However, extensive distribution of carbonate rocks may lead to limited plant available Si. The...
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Soil heavy metal contamination has increasingly become a serious environmental issue globally, nearing crisis proportions. There is an urgent need to find environmentally friendly materials to remediate heavy-metal contaminated soils. With the continuing maturation of research on using biochar (BC) for the remediation of contaminated soil, nano-bio...
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Zinc (Zn) plays an important role in the physiology and biochemistry of plants due to its established essentiality and toxicity for living beings at certain Zn concentration i.e., deficient or toxic over the optimum range. Being a vital cofactor of important enzymes, Zn participates in plant metabolic processes therefore, alters the biophysicochemi...
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The development of manganese (Mn) oxides (MnOx) modified biochar (MnOBC) for the removal of pollutants from water has received significant attention. However, a comprehensive review focusing on the use of MnOBC for the removal of organic and inorganic pollutants from water is missing. Therefore, the preparation and characterization of MnOBC, and it...
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The current study investigated the effect of biochars derived from cinnamomum woodchip, garden waste and mulberry woodchip on soil phytoavailable lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd) pools, and their uptake by Chinese cabbage ( Brassica chinensis L.). The biochars were produced at 450 °C of pyrolysis temperature. The contaminated soils were collected from Yunfu...
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Rice is second only to maize among the world’s most important cereal crops, with a global harvested area of approximately 158 million hectares and an annual production of more than 700 million tonnes as paddy rice. At this scale, rice production generates vast amounts of waste in the form of straw, husk, and bran. Because of high cellulose, lignin,...
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Climate change is a global challenge that is accelerated by contamination with hazardous substances like arsenic (As), posing threat to the agriculture, ecosystem and human health. Here, we explored the impact of various ameliorants on geochemical distribution of As in two soils with contrasting textures (sandy clay loam (Khudpur Village) and clay...
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Phosphate-assisted phytoremediation has become an effective, economic, and environmentally sustainable process for the clean-up of potentially toxic metal(loid)s (PTMs)-contaminated soils. However, phosphate-induced phytoremediation efficiency can be enhanced depending upon PTMs concentration, plant species, and soil conditions. Phosphate-induced p...
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High concentrations of arsenic (As) in groundwater threaten the environment and public health. Geogenically, groundwater As contamination predominantly occurs via its mobilization from underground As-rich sediments. In an aquatic ecosystem, As is typically driven by several underlying processes, such as redox transitions, microbially driven reducti...
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Arsenic (As) contamination in soil–plant system is an important environmental, agricultural and health issue globally. The microbe- and sulfate-mediated As cycling in soil–plant system may depend on soil sulfate levels, and it can be used as a potential strategy to reduce plant As uptake and improve plant growth. Here, we investigated the role of s...
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Understanding groundwater quality and hydrogeochemical behavior is important because consumption of the potentially toxic elements (PTEs)-contaminated drinking water may induce several health problems for humans and animals. In the current study, we examined the potential groundwater contamination with various PTEs (arsenic, As; cadmium, Cd; copper...
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Contamination of aquatic systems by antimony (Sb) is a worldwide issue due to its risks to eco-environment and human health. Batch sorption experiments were conducted to assess the equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics of antimonite [Sb(III)] sorption by pristine biochar (BC) and chitosan-loaded biochar (CHBC) derived from branches of Ficus micr...
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Semiconductor-based photocatalysis is a promising technology for the future of solar fuel production. However, the solar energy conversion efficiency is not much studied. Hence it is important to create innovative semi-conductor photocatalysts for environmental rehabilitation and energy production. Recently, bismuth-based oxide (BiO2-x) has seen at...
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Geogenic arsenic (As) contamination of groundwater in South and Southeast Asian countries including Pakistan has become the environmental and public health issue due to its highly toxic effects. Several groundwater wells were tested to evaluate As contamination level, species and hydrogeochemical behaviour of As in aquifers along various flood plai...
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The non-sustainability of soil management and agricultural practices that can damage the environment and enhance the risk of food insecurity are the emerging concerns globally. Sustainable agriculture endeavours to use a few conservation practices that can reduce the hostile effects of land-use intensification. Among the different conservation prac...
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Ciprofloxacin (CIP), an emerging water contaminant is of great concern due to its high-level presence in aquatic environments. A novel biochar (BC) coupled with nano-zerovalent copper (nZVCu/(BC) was prepared to provide an environmental-friendly solution for the remediation of CIP-contaminated water. Results showed 88% removal efficiency and 138.89...
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Viruses are omnipresent and persistent in wastewater, which poses a risk to human health. In this review, we summarize the different qualitative and quantitative methods for virus analysis in wastewater and systematically discuss the spatial distribution and temporal patterns of various viruses (i.e., enteric viruses, Caliciviridae (Noroviruses (No...
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The era of advanced computer simulations in materials science enables a great potential to design in silico computational experiments for (nano-)material performance. The adsorption efficiency of nanoparticles in various environments can be unveiled by atomistic models and computer simulations. Arsenic (As) is one of the important globally distribu...
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Cadmium (Cd) is a prevalent, non-essential, carcinogenic, and hazardous heavy metal that reduces plant productivity and capacity of arable land area around the globe. In the present substrate-based pot study, seedlings of Brassica napus 180015 were grown equidistantly in the spiked-substrate medium for 60 days under increasing concentrations of Cd...
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Water scarcity is a major threat to agriculture and humans due to over abstraction of groundwater, rapid urbanization and improper use in industrial processes. Industrial consumption of water is lower than the abstraction rate, which ultimately produces large amounts of wastewater such as from tannery industry containing high concentration of chrom...
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In this study, we investigated the distinct effects of organic (farmyard manure, cow dung, biogas slurry, sugarcane bagasse) and inorganic (gypsum and lignite) amendments on arsenic (As) accumulation by two rice genotypes, Kainat (fine) and Basmati-385 (coarse), under As stress. Results showed that shoot As concentration was ~2-time greater in Kain...
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Nickel (Ni) is a potentially toxic element that contaminates soil and water, threatens food and water security, and hinders sustainable development globally. Biochar has emerged as a promising novel material for remediating Ni-contaminated environments. However, the potential for pristine and functionalized biochars to immobilize/adsorb Ni in soil...
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This chapter discusses trends of soil pollution in Asia and the Pacific, hereinafter referred to as the Asia-Pacific region. The region covers 42 countries and territories that can be divided into four sub-regions.
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The episodic outbreak of COVID-19 due to SARS-CoV-2 is severely affecting the economy, and the global count of infected patients is increasing. The actual number of patients had been underestimated due to limited facilities for testing as well as asymptomatic nature of the expression of COVID-19 on individual basis. Tragically, for emerging economi...
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Arsenic (As) contamination is a well-recognized environmental and health issue, threatening over 200 million people worldwide with the prime cases in South and Southeast Asian and Latin American countries. Rice is mostly cultivated under flooded paddy soil conditions, where As speciation and accumulation by rice plants is controlled by various geo-...
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Environmental contamination by toxic trace elements is a global issue faced by soil-plant-human systems. Biochar has gained substantial attention as a soil amendment to reduce toxic trace element impacts on plant and human health due to biochar’s capacity to influence trace element biogeochemistry. This review focuses on the key roles of biochar wi...
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Antagonism between selenium (Se) and cadmium (Cd) has been demonstrated in plants. However, a mutual suppression threshold for Se and Cd has not been identified in previous studies using Cd or Se individually. To fill this knowledge gap, we determined the levels of Se and Cd in various tissues of rice under concentration gradients of Se and Cd with...
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This review presents a holistic overview of the occurrence, mobilization, and pathways of arsenic (As) from predominantly geogenic sources into different near-surface environmental compartments, together with the respective reported or potential impacts on human health in Latin America. The main sources and pathways of As pollution in this region i...
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Pakistan is ranked third among countries facing severe water shortage. Yet the country’s water resources are being depleted with such intensity that it has become a country with physical water deficiency, with water contamination another contributing factor. Most of the population is exposed to hazards of drinking unsafe and polluted surface and gr...
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The contamination of aquatic systems with arsenic (As) is considered to be an internationally-important health and environmental issue worldwide, affecting over 115 countries globally. Arsenic contamination of aquatic ecosystems is a global threat as it can enter the food chain from As-rich water and cause harmful impacts on the humans and other li...
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Despite considerable research of arsenic (As) level in ground/drinking water of Pakistan, scarce data is available regarding irrigation water contamination by As and associated health risks. The municipal wastewater is routinely applied for soil irrigation in peri-urban agriculture of the country. Since the wastewater composition/contamination and...
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Fertigation of crops with untreated wastewater predominates in developing countries. Use of wastewater for crop irrigation poses a potential risk of food chain poisoning with toxicants. However, direct and indirect interaction of wastewater with soil properties and crop productivity has been rarely investigated. The current work was, therefore, pla...
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Maize (Zea mays L.) is considered as a potential energy-yielding crop which may respond to compost application for arsenic (As) phytoremediation depending on soil type and compost application levels in soil. Here, we explored compost-mediated As phytoremediation potential of maize in the two different textured soils (sandy loam soil and clay loam s...
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Arsenic is an extremely hazardous metalloid affecting the health of millions of people worldwide. Numerous technologies have been developed to remove As from drinking water/wastewater, of which adsorption is considered as the most effective technique. Nanoadsorbents such as nano scale zero valent metals, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and biochar/biomate...
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Depending on the use and management, wastewater generation can be a severe environmental dilemma or a potential source. Proper application and management of municipal water (MW) in agriculture could be its sustainable use. Until now, there is rare data about the combined application of wastewater and freshwater in agriculture that could be consider...
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Arsenic (As) is a hazardous and potentially cancer-causing metal(loid). Nowadays, alarming concentrations of As have been observed in aquifers worldwide. This study investigated As contamination status of groundwater of district Vehari and explored the efficiency of various biosorbents (rice husk, corncobs, soybean hulls, cottonseed hulls and sugar...
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In the current study, we investigated the potential of Cronobacter sakazakii- ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) assisted phytoremediation potential of Zea mays L. to remediate lead (Pb)-contaminated soils. The C. sakazakii exhibited various stress tolerance mechanisms via plant growth promoting (PGP) traits, intrinsic extracellular enzyme prod...
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PurposeThe residual phosphorus (P) in Hedley’s sequential fractionation procedure is considered to be a relatively stable soil P pool and unavailable for plant uptake. In the present study, we investigated the effect of wetting-drying events on the dynamics of the residual soil P fraction in a flooded rice and aerobic wheat rotation.Methods Soils w...
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Antagonism between selenium (Se) and cadmium (Cd) has been demonstrated in plants. However, a mutual suppression threshold for Se and Cd has not been identified in previous studies using Cd or Se individually. To fill this knowledge gap, we determined the levels of Se and Cd in various tissues of rice under concentration gradients of Se and Cd with...
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Rice is the staple food for more than half of the world's population. Hypoxic or anaerobic conditions in paddy soils can have a profound influence on As availability to plants through shift in As speciation (arsenate to arsenite) and its strong capacity of rice to absorb As from soil and transport it to shoots and grain. However, it remains unexplo...
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Congo-red (CR), a precursor of textile products and a contaminant of great concern, has contaminated aquatic environments. Here, we explored the synthesis of mesoporous nano-zerovalent manganese (nZVMn) and Phoenix dactylifera leaves biochar (PBC) composite for the removal of CR from water. The nZVMn/PBC adsorbed 117.647 mg/g of CR versus 25.316 mg...
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Freshwater shortage and its contamination with various types of pollutants are becoming the most alarming issues worldwide due to impacts on socioeconomic values. Considering an increasing freshwater scarcity, it is imperative for the growers, particularly in semiarid and arid areas, to use wastewater for crop production. Wastewaters generally cont...
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Today (year 2020), the globally recognized problem of arsenic (As) contamination of water resources and other environments at toxic levels has been reported in all of the 20 Latin American countries. The present review indicates that As is prevalent in 200 areas across these countries. Arsenic is naturally released into the environment and mobilize...
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In developing countries, Cd contamination is ubiquitous which limits agriculture productivity. Current study was designed to investigate the efficacy of plant-Bacillus pumilus-EDTA (PMC) synergy for enhanced plant growth and Cd-uptake potential of Z. mays in industrially contaminated and cadmium (Cd) spiked soil. A pot experiment was conducted by g...
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Mercury (Hg) is a natural element and its compounds are found as inorganic and organic forms in the environment. The different Hg forms (e.g., methylmercury (MeHg)), are responsible for many adverse health effects, such as neurological and cardiovascular effects. The main source of Hg is originated from natural release. Nevertheless, with the devel...
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Lead (Pb) and copper (Cu) contamination seriously threatens agricultural production and food safety. This study aims to investigate Pb and Cu induced hormetic effect and toxicity mechanisms in lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) and establish reliable empirical models of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) transfer in the soil–plant system. The content and d...
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Biochar is considered to be the cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and sustainable sorbent that has an extraordinary potential to proficiently remove potentially toxic elements, including arsenic (As) from water. Until now, no review has focused to understand various important and intriguing aspects on biochar use as a sorbent for As removal...
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In this study, highly crystalline, mesoporous, small sized, stable, and efficient nitrogen-doped (N-doped) Ceria nanoparticles were synthesized using deep eutectic solvent (DES) and used for the photocatalytic degradation of sulfamethaxazole (SMX), a widely used human medication and emerging water contaminant. The N-doped Ceria resulted in 96% remo...
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Agricultural pollution is a global environmental concern. Agricultural pollution is mainly caused by the application of farming inputs (e.g., fertilizers and pesticides) and practices (e.g., excessive tillage of the land and runoff). Agricultural pollutants may include essential plant nutrients (e.g., excessive amounts of nitrate and phosphate), to...
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Weeds have been proved as the ultimate pests of crop plants. Use of herbicides has become one of the best solutions to control weeds on a large scale. Due to ignorance, less diversity in herbicides, and their availability in local markets and cost affordability etc. The farmers use only one or a few major herbicides for long time, and it causes the...
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Under the paddy soil conditions, arsenic (As) uptake by rice (Oryza sativa L.) plants increases due to transformation of As(V) to As(III) species. However, it remains unexplored how different organic and inorganic amendments could affect As accumulation in the two contrasting rice genotypes. Here, we explored the accumulation of As in different par...
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Tannery industry produces wastewater that contains a large amount of chromium (Cr) causing harmful effects to the environment and humans. An incubation study was planned where different organic amendments i.e., biochar (BC), vermicompost (VC) and sugarcane bagasse (SB) were applied in tannery wastewater irrigated Cr-contaminated soil. All the amend...