Muhammad Shahid

ASSOCIATE STATE SPECIALIST
Greenhouse & Nursery Production State Specialist/Extension Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-3208
Office: Cooperative Extension, Spaulding Hall G36, Durham, NH 03824

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

  • McGee, T., Shahid, M. A., Beckman, T. G., Chaparro, J. X., Schaffer, B., & Sarkhosh, A. (2021). Physiological and biochemical characterization of six Prunus rootstocks in response to flooding. ENVIRONMENTAL AND EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, 183. doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2020.104368

  • Iqbal, Z., Sarkhosh, A., Balal, R. M., Gomez, C., Zubair, M., Ilyas, N., . . . Shahid, M. A. (2021). Silicon Alleviate Hypoxia Stress by Improving Enzymatic and Non-enzymatic Antioxidants and Regulating Nutrient Uptake in Muscadine Grape (Muscadinia rotundifolia Michx.). FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 11. doi:10.3389/fpls.2020.618873

  • Chang, Y., Rossi, L., Zotarelli, L., Gao, B., Shahid, M. A., & Sarkhosh, A. (2021). Biochar improves soil physical characteristics and strengthens root architecture in Muscadine grape (Vitis rotundifolia L.). CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGIES IN AGRICULTURE, 8(1). doi:10.1186/s40538-020-00204-5

  • Khan, N., Ali, S., Tariq, H., Latif, S., Yasmin, H., Mehmood, A., & Shahid, M. A. (2020). Water Conservation and Plant Survival Strategies of Rhizobacteria under Drought Stress. AGRONOMY-BASEL, 10(11). doi:10.3390/agronomy10111683

  • Shahid, M. A., Sarkhosh, A., Khan, N., Balal, R. M., Ali, S., Rossi, L., . . . Garcia-Sanchez, F. (2020). Insights into the Physiological and Biochemical Impacts of Salt Stress on Plant Growth and Development. AGRONOMY-BASEL, 10(7). doi:10.3390/agronomy10070938

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

  • Khan, N., Zandi, P., Ali, S., Mehmood, A., & Adnan Shahid, M. (2018). Impact of Salicylic Acid and PGPR on the Drought Tolerance and Phytoremediation Potential of Helianthus annus.. Front Microbiol, 9, 2507. 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

  • 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), 158. 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 sativum L.) by Improving Osmotic Adjustment Capacity and Leaf Water Relations. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 38(7), 1050-1072. doi:10.1080/01904167.2014.988354