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Dr. Abdur Rashid Khan, Plant Pathology Award, Best Researcher Award

Doctorate at Nanjing Agricultural University, China


Dr. Abdur Rashid Khan is an accomplished plant pathologist specializing in the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying fungal pathogens and their biological control. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Pathology from Nanjing Agricultural University and an M.Sc. in Plant Pathology from King Saud Agricultural University. Dr. Khan’s research has significantly contributed to understanding Bacillus-derived VOCs and their role in plant disease management. His work has been recognized with numerous awards and scholarships, including the prestigious Chinese Government Scholarship and the Saudi Arabian Government Scholarship. With extensive experience in bioinformatics and laboratory techniques, Dr. Khan continues to advance the field of plant pathology through innovative research and collaborative projects.

Professional Profile:


Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Pathology (2018-2024) – Nanjing Agricultural University, Jiangsu, P.R. China

M.Sc. in Plant Pathology (2012-2015) – King Saud Agricultural University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

B.Sc. in Agriculture (Plant Pathology) (2006-2010) – University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan

🏢 Professional Experience:

Dr. Abdur Rashid Khan is currently affiliated with the Department of Plant Pathology at the College of Plant Protection, Nanjing Agricultural University, China. His research is primarily centered on the genetic and molecular aspects of fungal pathogens and the biological control of plant fungal diseases. Dr. Khan focuses on the role of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) produced by Bacillus species and the interactions between different Bacillus isolates. He has authored several research articles published in prestigious journals such as Biology, Physiologia Plantarum, Frontiers in Plant Science, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Microorganisms, Biomolecules, Biological Control, Archives of Microbiology, Plants, and Phytopathology. His ongoing research includes a paper under review in Postharvest Biology and Technology and another manuscript in preparation for submission.

Research Interests:

  • Phytopathology
  • Plant bacterial and fungal diseases
  • Integrated disease management
  • Bacillus volatile emission
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Microbial diversity and ecology
  • Rhizosphere microbiome
  • Microbial genomics
  • Plant-soil microbial interactions

Top Noted Publication:

Suppression of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum by the Induction of Systemic Resistance and Regulation of Antioxidant Pathways in Tomato Using Fengycin Produced by Bacillus

  • Authors: A. Farzand, A. Moosa, M. Zubair, A.R. Khan, V.C. Massawe, H.A.S. Tahir
  • Journal: Biomolecules
  • Volume/Issue: 9(10)
  • Article Number: 613
  • Year: 2019
  • Citations: 89

Genetic Screening and Expression Analysis of Psychrophilic Bacillus spp. Reveal Their Potential to Alleviate Cold Stress and Modulate Phytohormones in Wheat

  • Authors: M. Zubair, A. Hanif, A. Farzand, T.M.M. Sheikh, A.R. Khan, M. Suleman, M. Ayaz
  • Journal: Microorganisms
  • Volume/Issue: 7(9)
  • Article Number: 337
  • Year: 2019
  • Citations: 89

Nematicidal Volatiles from Bacillus atrophaeus GBSC56 Promote Growth and Stimulate Induced Systemic Resistance in Tomato Against Meloidogyne incognita

  • Authors: M. Ayaz, Q. Ali, A. Farzand, A.R. Khan, H. Ling, X. Gao
  • Journal: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
  • Volume/Issue: 22(9)
  • Article Number: 5049
  • Year: 2021
  • Citations: 70

Marker Assisted Detection and LC-MS Analysis of Antimicrobial Compounds in Different Bacillus Strains and Their Antifungal Effect on Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

  • Authors: A. Farzand, A. Moosa, M. Zubair, A.R. Khan, A. Hanif, H.A.S. Tahir, X. Gao
  • Journal: Biological Control
  • Volume: 133
  • Pages: 91-102
  • Year: 2019
  • Citations: 40

Transcriptional Profiling of Diffusible Lipopeptides and Fungal Virulence Genes During Bacillus amyloliquefaciens EZ1509-Mediated Suppression of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

  • Authors: A. Farzand, A. Moosa, M. Zubair, A.R. Khan, M. Ayaz, V.C. Massawe, X. Gao
  • Journal: Phytopathology
  • Volume/Issue: 110(2)
  • Pages: 317-326
  • Year: 2020
  • Citations: 28



Abdur Rashid Khan | Plant Pathology Award | Best Researcher Award

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