Dr Mobashwer Alam

Research Fellow

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
m.alam@uq.edu.au
+61 7 5453 5971
0407925991

Overview

Dr Mobashwer Alam is a Plant Geneticist and Breeder with twenty years' research and teaching experience in public and private industries, and in the universities in Australia and Bangladesh. He has been working at the Centre for Horticultural Science, QAAFI, UQ and is based at Maroochy Research Station, Nambour, QLD 4560. Over the last twenty years, Dr Alam received experiences in multi-disciplinary research, including Plant Breeding, Quantitative Genetics, Genomics, Plant physiology, and Crop modelling. Before joining at QAAFI, UQ, Dr Alam had been working as a Senior Plant Breeder (Grain SOrghum) at Nuseed Pty Ltd. He achieved his PhD in Plant Molecular Genetics in 2013 through the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences of the University of Queensland. During his study at UQ, he worked with Crop Physiology and Modelling group at St. Lucia, and Sorghum Breeding group of Hermitage Research Station, Warwick. Before coming in Australia as a PhD student, Dr Alam had been working as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor of the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding at Patuakhali Science and Technology University in Bangladesh. Throughout his academic and research career, he worked on multiple crops including Macadamia, Stone Fruits, Sorghum, Sugarcane, Lablab bean, Tomato, Okra, and Ash gourd. He is interested in developing rapid breeding tools and utilizing plant Genomics in tree crops improvement.

Research Interests

  • Developing quick breeding tools for rapid genetic gain in Macadamia
  • Crop Improvement through Plant Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Quantitative Genetic study of Complex traits
  • Developing rapid disease diagnostic tools
  • Rapid phenotyping using artificial intelligence

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Available Projects

  • To cope with global climate change, one of the key focuses of the plant breeding program is to develop climate-smart varieties with efficient water use and photosynthesis. Finding out heritable and simple traits associated with less water loss and high photosynthesis can help breeders to select drought and high temperature tolerant elite cultivars. Stomatal pores on the leaf epidermis are the windows of water loss through transpiration and CO2 uptake for photosynthesis. By altering the stomatal size and density, it can be possible to optimize the amount of CO2 uptake and water loss. The focus of this project is to identify the variability in stomatal apparatus across a large number of breeding progeny, cultivars and wild germplasm of macadamia. The genetic and environmental effects on the variability of stomatal size and density will also be estimated. The inheritance pattern of the traits can be useful for future breeding decisions and planning.

    This project is open for undergraduate, honours, and masters by coursework students with a background in Plant Science, Horticulture, Plant breeding, Plant Ecology, Botany, Plant Physiology.

    The project will be based at Queensland Government’s Maroochy Research Facility (MRF) at Nambour, which will create an opportunity to develop networks and relationships with researchers in horticulture, fruit and nut breeding, physiology, pathology, biotechnology and statistics. At MRF, the scholar will have access to modern laboratory, glasshouse and field facilities for conducting the research.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Topp, Bruce L., Nock, Catherine J., Hardner, Craig M., Alam, Mobashwer and O’Connor, Katie M. (2019). Macadamia (Macadamia spp.) breeding. In Jameel M. Al-Khayri, Shri Mohan Jain and Dennis V. Johnson (Ed.), Advances in Plant Breeding Strategies: Nut and Beverage Crops (pp. 221-251) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-23112-5_7

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • To cope with global climate change, one of the key focuses of the plant breeding program is to develop climate-smart varieties with efficient water use and photosynthesis. Finding out heritable and simple traits associated with less water loss and high photosynthesis can help breeders to select drought and high temperature tolerant elite cultivars. Stomatal pores on the leaf epidermis are the windows of water loss through transpiration and CO2 uptake for photosynthesis. By altering the stomatal size and density, it can be possible to optimize the amount of CO2 uptake and water loss. The focus of this project is to identify the variability in stomatal apparatus across a large number of breeding progeny, cultivars and wild germplasm of macadamia. The genetic and environmental effects on the variability of stomatal size and density will also be estimated. The inheritance pattern of the traits can be useful for future breeding decisions and planning.

    This project is open for undergraduate, honours, and masters by coursework students with a background in Plant Science, Horticulture, Plant breeding, Plant Ecology, Botany, Plant Physiology.

    The project will be based at Queensland Government’s Maroochy Research Facility (MRF) at Nambour, which will create an opportunity to develop networks and relationships with researchers in horticulture, fruit and nut breeding, physiology, pathology, biotechnology and statistics. At MRF, the scholar will have access to modern laboratory, glasshouse and field facilities for conducting the research.