Saifullah Ullah

Saifullah Ullah
University of Agriculture Faisalabad · Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences

PhD

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January 2016 - January 2017
Imam Abdul Rahman bin Faisal University
Position
  • Research Assistant
October 2011 - April 2012
January 2010 - October 2010
University of Florida

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Publications (121)
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As a result of extreme modifications in human activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the status of air quality has recently been improved. This bibliometric study was conducted on a global scale to quantify the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air pollution, identify the emerging challenges, and discuss the future perspectives during the course o...
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Since open biomass burning (OBB) and open crop straw burning (OCSB) could pose a great risk to human health via altering the air quality, these practices have grabbed considerable attention from the scientific community and policymakers in recent years. In order to have a greater and deeper understanding of the contributions of both OBB and OCSB on...
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Since open biomass burning (OBB) and open crop straw burning (OCSB) could pose a great risk to human health via altering the air quality, these practices have grabbed considerable attention from the scientific community and policymakers in recent years. In order to have a greater and deeper understanding of the contributions of both OBB and OCSB on...
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Since open biomass burning (OBB) and open crop straw burning (OCSB) could pose a great risk to human health via altering the air quality, these practices have grabbed considerable attention from the scientific community and policymakers in recent years. In order to have a greater and deeper understanding of the contributions of both OBB and OCSB on...
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We conducted a pot experiment to evaluate the potential for soil- and foliar-applied silicon (Si), alone and in combination, to a Cd-contaminated soil in order to evaluate the effects on such amendments on the Cd translocation from soil to wheat root, shoot and grains. Five treatments were used, T1) control with no external factor added, T2 receive...
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Background Eggs are commonly regarded as one of the best sources of various macro, and micronutrients, in particular, high biological value (BV) proteins, and both saturated, and unsaturated fatty acids. Apart from proteins, eggs are excellent sources of various high health value lipid components, carotenoids, minerals, and both water and lipid-sol...
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We investigated the role of ascorbic acid (AsA) to alleviate nickel (Ni) induced adverse effects on growth and concentration of Ni, copper (Cu), and manganese (Mn) in hydroponically grown wheat varieties viz. Galaxy, Punjab-2011, and FSD-08. Plants were exposed to five levels of Ni viz. 0, 5, 10, 15, and 20 mg L⁻¹. After 1 week, AsA (1 mM) was spra...
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Electric vehicles (EVs) can substantially decrease atmospheric pollutant emissions, thereby improving air quality, decreasing global warming, and improving human health. In this study, we performed a comprehensive bibliometric analysis using Web of Science to understand the research developments and future perspectives in EVs between 1974 and 2021....
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Although lithium (Li) is not an essential nutrient for humans, low Li intakes are associated with increased suicide and homicide rates, aggressive behaviors, unipolar/bipolar disorders, acute mania, etc. On the other hand, Li is one of the most effective psychopharmacological agents used for the treatment of these psycho-behavioral disorders. The b...
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Toxic metals and particle pollutants in urbanized cities have significantly increased over the past few decades mainly due to rapid urbanization and unplanned infrastructure. This research aimed at estimating the concentration of toxic metals and particle pollutants and the associated risks to public health across different land-use settings includ...
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Tobacco smoking is considered one of the major global health concerns due to its known carcinogenic effects on the human body. In this study, 36 samples of tobacco products were evaluated for the approximation of the heavy metal content, including chromium (Cr), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), lead (Pb), manganese (Mn) and zinc (Zn) using the...
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Several major cities that witnessed heavy air pollution by particulate matter (PM2.5) concentration and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) have contributed to high rate of infection and severity of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Owing to the negative impact of COVID-19 on health and economy, it is imperative to predict the pandemic trend of the C...
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Information on the spatiotemporal variability of respirable suspended particulate pollutant matter concentrations, especially of particles having size of 2.5µm and climate are the important factors in relation to emerging COVID-19 cases around the world. This study aims at examining the association between COVID-19 cases, air pollution, climatic an...
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The adsorption process and mechanism of dibenzothiophene (DBT) over metal-loaded phenolic resin-derived activated carbon (PR-AC) were firstly reported in this work. The metal component (Zn, Ni, or Cu) was respectively introduced to PR-AC support via an impregnation method. The effects of adsorbent component, initial DBT concentration, liquid hourly...
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The effect of organic amendments on phytoavailability of nickel (Ni) and other metals in soil may change with time due to transformation of organic matter. We investigated the residual effect of organic amendments (farm manure [FM], poultry manure [PM], pressmud [PrM], and activated carbon [AC]) to immobilize Ni and other metals in soil and absorpt...
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Rice is a major food source for more than half of the world's population and also major water consumer in the world. With impending Climate change, water availability has become a serious concern because it has a severe effect on rice production .Water availability will be one of the limiting constraints for crop production and food security. To co...
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The Indus Plains of Pakistan are situated in arid to semi-arid climate where monsoon rains are erratic and mostly fall in the months of July and August. These rains are not only insufficient to grow even a single crop without artificial irrigation but also cause flood havoc very frequently that is associated with the climate change. The Indus river...
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Reactive oxygen species (ROS) – the byproducts of aerobic metabolism – influence numerous aspects of plant life cycle and environmental response mechanisms. In plants, ROS act like a double-edged sword; they play multiple beneficial roles at low concentrations, whereas at high concentrations ROS and related redox-active compounds cause cellular dam...
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Increasing levels of heavy metals in soil have become a serious concern for human health because they can be easily transferred into the human body through contaminated food web. It is imperative to evaluate pollution levels, origin and ecological risks of heavy metals. The geoaccumaualtion (Igeo), contamination factor (CF), pollution load index (P...
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Human health safety is, commonly by far, one of the most important targets for health science researchers. The present study was conducted to assess the human health risks posed by oral and dermal exposures to Cr(VI) in various water resources (ground water, surface water, and waste water) in an industrial hub of Pakistan. The risk evaluation of wa...
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Due to the increased production of sewage sludge, the safe disposal of municipal wastewater treatment has a major concern. The dispersion was considered an easy and cheapest method for the disposal of sewage sludge than dumping and incineration. However, land use restricted due to the presence of heavy metals. The environmental risk of heavy metals...
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Soil salinization and sodification are two commonly occurring major threats to soil productivity in arable croplands. Salt-affected soils are found in >100 countries, and their distribution is extensive and widespread in arid and semi-arid regions of the world. In order to meet the challenges of global food security, it is imperative to bring barre...
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A field study was performed to determine the efficiency of diammonium phosphate (DAP) applied alone or combined with biochar, lignite, and farmyard manure (FYM) on growth and cadmium (Cd) accumulation in wheat and rice. Before crop sowing, different treatments were applied in the field such as a control (T1), DAP alone (0.1%, T2), DAP + lignite (0....
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Sewage contains several trace elements of environmental concern, and cadmium (Cd) is one of the most mobile elements in soil-plant system that can pose drastic effects on plants and human health due to its long persistence and non-biodegradability in environment. It is necessary to prevent its entry into food chain for better food quality and human...
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Given that cadmium (Cd) uptake by plants is linked to transpiration rate and activity of antioxidant enzymes and further that silicon (Si) can regulate them, it was hypothesized that improved Si nutrition could reduce Cd concentration in plants. Thus, present study was carried out to elucidate the positive effect of Si nutrition on the growth, acti...
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Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is a principle source of carbohydrates, fiber, iron (Fe), magnesium (Mg) and zinc (Zn). A considerable loss in yield is observed when it is grown on the soils that are contaminated with heavy metals like cadmium transmitted by waste water used for irrigation purposes. Due to Cd carcinogenicity, it is of great concern to...
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The use of sewage sludge (SS) and solid waste composts in agriculture is considered as one of the best disposal options. In this study, impact of different composts and SS was evaluated on the soil quality, growth and yield performance of rice and wheat crops. Four types of composts and SS were collected from different sources and applied in soil a...
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Growing rice on arsenic (As)-contaminated soil or irrigating with As-contaminated water leads to significant accumulation of As in grains. Moreover, rice accumulates more As into grains than other cereal crops. Thus, rice consumption has been identified as a major route of human exposure to As in many countries. Inorganic As species are carcinogeni...
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Plant growth in coarse texture soils is normally limited by plant-available nutrients. Organic amendments such as composts can improve soil properties for adequate plant growth. A pot experiment was conducted to evaluate the impact of commercial composts on soil properties and trace elements accumulation in soil-pant system. The treatments included...
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Heavy metals are among the major environmental pollutants and the accumulation of these metals in soils is of great concern in agricultural production due to the toxic effects on crop growth and food quality. Phytoremediation is a promising technique which is being considered as an alternative and low-cost technology for the remediation of metal-co...
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Camelina sativa has rejuvenated as a successful oilseed crop in the recent years. It is a low input requiring crop with an unusual fatty acid composition. A pot experiment was conducted in rain out shelter to investigate the effect of different nitrogen levels (N0 = 0, N1 = 50, N2 = 100 and N3 = 150 kg ha⁻¹) on growth and yield of two Camelina sati...
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The cultivated lands are continuously degrading and the extent is increasing because of different natural environmental and anthropogenic activities. Soil degradation due to salinization, erosion, water logging etc. makes environment difficult for plant growth resulting in reduced agricultural production. Soil physical, chemical and biological prop...
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Nitrogen (N) fertilization has been found a powerful tool for increasing crop production since the last six decades. Except for legumes, which fix their N biologically by rhizobium, majority of the crops require N for the production of seed and forage. Ammonium (NH4+) and nitrate (NO3+) are major plant available forms of N in soil, the later having...
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Due to chemical and biochemical similarities between cadmium (Cd) and zinc (Zn), application of Zn may minimize Cd uptake by plants and ameliorate its toxicity. However, there is poor understanding of the comparative effectiveness of the foliar Zn application at different growth stages on Cd toxicity and accumulation in wheat. The present study was...
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Air is a need of humans for breathing and sustaining their lives. The particulate matter, organic and inorganic pollutants found unhealthy and hazardous according to EPA Pakistan standards, in the different cities of Pakistan like Lahore, Quetta, Gujranwala, Peshawar, Islamabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Faisalabad. These have great impacts on the p...
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Little is known about the effect of elemental sulfur on lead (Pb) uptake and its toxicity in wheat. A pot experiment was conducted with the purpose to examine the impact of sulfur on improving Pb solubility in soil, uptake and accumulation in wheat plants. The effect of three levels of lead (0, 50 and 100 mg kg(-1) soil) and sulfur (0, 150 and 300...
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1. Murtaza, G., M. Saqib, Saifullah and A. Ghafoor. 2016. Mitigation of climate change impacts through treatment and management of low quality water for irrigation in Pakistan. PP. 84-101 In: Prakash Rao and Yogesh Patil (eds.) Reconsidering the Impact of Climate Change on Global Water Supply, Use, and Management. In: IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylva...
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Exploitation of genetic differences to select wheat cultivars pollution-safe from cadmium (Cd) contamination requires better understanding of Cd uptake and translocation patterns. For this purpose, fifteen wheat cultivars were grown in nutrient solution and exposed to four levels of Cd, i.e., 0, 15, 30 and 45 µM. The plants were harvested after two...
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Heavy metal contamination has become a serious threat to biological systems. Lead contamination can be decreased to acceptable levels through high biomass plants aided with the applied EDTA as an amendment which forms highly soluble and stable metal–EDTA complexes with Pb. A large number of factors affect the efficiency of EDTA-induced metal phytor...
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A clean environment is of vital importance for a safe and healthy life on Earth. The continuous urbanization and industrialization in developing countries of the world results in emission of heavy metals mainly due to industrial activities, combustion of fuel, discharge of municipal effluent and vehicle emission. The GIS techniques are used to iden...
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Metals occur in soils through natural and anthropogenic sources. Metals enter into the human food chain through plant uptake and thus cause human health problems. Different techniques are used for the safe use of metal-contaminated soils. Growing plants to remediate metal-contaminated soils (phytoremediation) is a good technique for soils with low...
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Heavy metal pollution is a great threat to the environment. These metals are enters to the soil-plant environment through anthropogenic sources. A survey study was conducted to assess the heavy metals contamination of soils, plants and waters of Madina town of Faisalabad, Metropolitan area in 2010. Soil, plant and water samples were collected in th...
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A pot experiment was conducted to evaluate the foliar applied phosphorous with and without pre-plant dose (50 kg hac.−1) of phosphorous on growth, chlorophyll contents, gas exchange parameters and phosphorous use efficiency (PUE) of wheat. The experiment was conducted in net house at Department of Crop Physiology, University of Agriculture Faisalab...
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Geo-statistic mapping techniques are commonly used to demonstrate the hot spots of heavy- metal-contaminated sites (Chaoyang et al., 2009). These techniques add a spatial component to the heavy metal concentration that will help the farmers and environmentalists to make more informed management decisions, by geo-spatially defining ‘hot spot areas’...
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Cadmium (Cd) is gaining more and more concern owing to the fact that it is one of the most ecotoxic heavy metals which could exhibit highly adverse effects on soil biological activity, biodiversity, plant metabolism, and the health of humans and animals. This metal is not required for any known biological functions, but owing to its higher mobility...
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Background Cadmium concentration in food grains could be minimized through application of beneficial plant nutrients such as silicon. Therefore, impact of silicon application on immobilization of Cd in soil and its concentration in low and high shoot-Cd (LSCd and HSCd, respectively) cultivars of wheat were evaluated in a pot experiment. Selected LS...
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Maize (Zea mays L.) is high nutrient demanding crop but sensitive to zinc (Zn) deficiency in soil. Application of Zn fertilizers could be a viable option to fulfill the crop demand for Zn and also to increase its contents in grains. Two years field experiments were conducted to evaluate the effect of different Zn application methods on the producti...
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Tillage is one of the most important practices in agriculture which is done mainly to mix the soil with organic residues and fertilizers, to control weeds, loosen the upper layer of soil, and to create a suitable seedbed for germination and plant growth. The present study was conducted in 2011-2012 at research area of soil and environmental science...
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Cadmium (Cd) is an inorganic mineral in the earth's crust. Cadmium entry into the environment occurs through geogenic and anthropogenic sources. Industrial activities including mining, electroplating, iron and steel plants, and battery production employ Cd during their processes and often release Cd into the environment. When disseminated into soil...
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Metals occur in soils through natural and anthropogenic sources. Metals enter into the human food chain through plant uptake and thus cause human health problems. Different techniques are used for the safe use of metal contaminated soils. Growing plants to remediate metal contaminated soils (Phytoremediation) is a good technique for soils with low...
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We compared acetic, ascorbic, and oxalic acids with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) to enhance phytoextraction of nickel (Ni), manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), cadmium (Cd), and lead (Pb) by maize. Except ascorbic acid, acids significantly (P −1) recorded with ascorbic acid and minimum with oxalic acid (4.06 g pot−1). Maximum ammonium...
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BACKGROUND: Cadmium concentration in food grains could be minimised through application of beneficial plant nutrients such as silicon. Therefore, the impact of silicon application on immobilisation of Cd in soil and its concentration in low and high shoot-Cd (LSCd and HSCd, respectively) cultivars of wheat were evaluated in a pot experiment. Select...
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This study investigated the effects of lead (Pb) form (free or complexed) and type and concentration of chelants [citric acid and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)] on the growth and ability of wheat to accumulate Pb. Wheat variety Auqab-2000 was exposed to four levels of EDTA and citric acid (0, 500, 1000, and 1500 μM) in the presence of Pb (...
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Phosphate (Pi), the fully oxidized and assimilated form of phosphorus (P), influences virtually all developmental and biochemical processes in plants; however, its availability and distribution are widely heterogeneous. Paradoxically, although total P is abundant in lithosphere, elusive soil chemistry of Pi renders the element the most dilute and t...
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Metal contamination of the soils is a widespread problem and immobilization of metals with organic amendments is one of the different remediation technologies. We investigated the effect of activated carbon, poultry manure and pressmud on immobilization of nickel, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and lead in the contaminated soil, plant growth and met...