Name Dr Habib Khan
Job Title Senior Lecturer  in Biological Statistics and Plant Biology
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Sciences
Subject(s) Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science
Tel 01902 323474
Email H.Khan6@wlv.ac.uk

 Dr Habib Khan Profile Photo

Habib’s first degree was in Agricultural Science at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan). He was the highest ranked student in the year and was awarded the Silver Medal for this achievement, followed by a PhD in Plant Science at the University of Adelaide (Australia), working on the physiological role of zinc in drought-induced osmotic adjustment in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.).

Subsequent research on grain legumes at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad was continued before joining the University of Wolverhampton. Whilst working there, his subject interests broadened, to include many aspects of plant and crop science, including plant phenomics. His fundamental research is on physiological responses of plants to changing climate and the improvement of crop productivity under stress environments.

Current research is concerned with applying this fundamental knowledge to the development of more sustainable crop production in areas prone to drought and nutrient deficiency. Additionally his research focuses on the improvement of biomass and energy crops, especially Miscanthus.  At Wolverhampton he has completed a European Union-funded project ‘Faba Bean Breeding for Sustainable Agriculture’ and he recently headed a major project on Miscanthus in collaboration with the company Biomass Industrial Crops (Bical) Ltd. 

 Habib teaches a broad range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the biological statistics and plant biology area.

  • Plant Phenomics (Physiological phenotyping) for improving tolerance to environmental stresses in crop plants particularly drought and nutrient deficiency
  • Biological statistics
  • Grain legume physiology
  • Biomass and bioenergy Crops (Miscanthus).

Completed research projects

  • Environmental physiology and propagation efficiency of a biomass crop, Miscanthus funded by Biomass Industrial Crops (BICAL) Ltd. UK
  • Faba bean breeding for sustainable agriculture (EUFaba), funded by the European Union.
  • Productivity enhancement of grain legumes funded by Ministry of Food Security, Islamabad.
  • Drought tolerance improvement in chickpea funded by Pakistan Science Foundation.

 

Dr Habib Khan Publication Image

Evidence of his experiment used as a cover photo of the international journal Plant and Soil, 198 (1998).

 

Khan, H.R., Hooton, D.R. and Hocking, T.J. (2011). Rhizome viability and shoot vigour in relation to Miscanthus establishment. Aspects of Applied Biology (Biomass and Energy Crops IV) 112, 241-248.

Khan, H. R., Paull, J.G., Siddique, K.H.M. and Stoddard, F.L. (2010). Faba bean breeding for drought tolerance: a physiological and agronomic perspective. Field Crops Research 115, 279-286.

Hocking, T.J., Khan, H.R., Hooton, D.R. and Carver, P.A.. (2008). Physiological manipulation of rhizome fragments to improve the productivity of Miscanthus. Aspects of Applied Biology (Biomass and Energy Crops III) 90, 239-245.

Khan, H. R., Link, W. and Hocking, T.J., Stoddard, F.L. (2007), Evaluation of physiological traits for improving drought tolerance in faba bean (Vicia faba L.). Plant and Soil 292, 205-217.

Stoddard, F.L., Link, W., Arbaoui, M. and Khan, H.R. (2007). Faba bean breeding for drought and frost tolerance. Grain Legumes 48, 20-21.

Stoddard, F.L., Balko, C., Erskine,W., Khan, H.R., Link, W. and Sarkar, A. (2006). Screening techniques and sources of resistance to abiotic stresses in grain legumes. Euphytica 147, 167-186.

Khan, H. R., McDonald, G. K. and Rengel, Z. (2004). Zinc fertilization and water stress affects plant water relations, stomatal conductance and osmotic adjustment in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Plant and Soil 267, 271-284.

Zahid, M. A., Khan, H.R., Bakhsh, A. and Iqbal, S. M. (2004). Chickpea cultivation in rice-growing area of Punjab Province of Pakistan: Potential and constraints. International Chickpea and Pigeonpea Newsletter (ICRISAT) 11, 32-34.

Khan, H. R., McDonald, G.K. and Rengel, Z. (2003). Zn fertilization improves water use efficiency, grain yield and seed Zn content in chickpea. Plant and Soil 249, 389-400.

Khan, H. R., McDonald, G.K. and Rengel, Z. (2000). Response of chickpea genotypes to zinc fertilization under field conditions in South Australia and Pakistan. Journal of Plant Nutrition 23, 1517-1531

Khan, H. R., McDonald, G.K. and Rengel, Z. (1998). Assessment of the zinc status of chickpea by plant analysis. Plant and Soil 198, 1-9.

Khan, H. R., McDonald, G. K. and Rengel, Z. (1998). Chickpea genotypes differ in their sensitivity to zinc deficiency. Plant and Soil 198, 11-18.

Horn, N.M., Khan, H.R., Khalid, S. and Malik, B.A. (1994). A survey of chickpea ‘stunt’ diseases in Pakistan. International Chickpea Newsletter (ICRISAT) 29, 8-10.

Tahir, M.A., Khan, H.R. and Malik, B.A. (1994). Cultivation of lentil in Pakistan: A survey of major lentil-growing areas. LENS Newsletter (ICARDA) 21, 13-21.

Khan, H.R., Iqbal, S.M., Haqqani, A.M., Khan, S.A. and Malik, B.A. (1991). Thal: the home of chickpea in Pakistan. International Chickpea Newsletter (ICRISAT) 24, 7-10.

(ii) National: (Published in Pakistan)

Soomro, N.A. and Khan, H.R. (2003). Response of mungbean genotypes to different dates of sowing in kharif season under rainfed conditions. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences 2, 377-379.

Malik, M.R., Haqqani, A.M., Khan, H.R., Ozair, C.A. and Malik, B.A. (2001). Economic efficacy of different pre- and post-emergence herbicides to control weeds in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) Online Journal of Biological Sciences 1, 372-377.

Malik, M.R., Haqqani, A.M., Khan, H.R., Ozair, C.A. and Malik, B.A. (2001). Economic efficacy of different pre- and post-emergence herbicides to control weeds in lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) Online Journal of Biological Sciences 1, 372-377.

Malik, M.R., Khan, H.R., Haqqani, A.M., Zahid, M.A. and Malik, B.A. (2001). Production potential and economic viability of different chickpea-based cropping systems. Sarhad Journal of Agriculture 17, 111-117.

Haqqani, A.M., Khan, H.R. and Malik, B.A. (2000). Influence of irrigation at various growth stages on water use efficiency and yield of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) Sarhad Journal of Agriculture 16, 123-129.

Haqqani, A.M., Malik, M.R., Ali, A. and Khan, H.R. (1999). Current status of lentil (Lens culinaris L.) in Pakistan. Agridigest, 19, 3-18.

Haqqani, A.M., Zubair, M., Khan, H.R., Malik, M.R. (1993). Feasibility study of double cropping in Fatehjang Tehsil. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research 14, 267-272.

Khan, H.R., Haqqani, A.M., Ghafoor, A. and Malik, B.A. (1993).Varietal ´ row spacing interaction studies in blackgram (Vigna mungo L.) under rainfed conditions. Journal of Agricultural Research 31, 385-391.

Khan, H.R., Haqqani, A.M., Khan, M.A. and Malik, B.A. (1992). Biological and chemical fertilizer studies in chickpea grown under arid conditions of Thal. Sarhad Journal of Agriculture 8, 321-327.

Khan, H.R., Haqqani, A.M., Malik, M.R. and Malik, B.A. (1992). Production technology for Pigeonpea. Progressive Farming 12, 22-25.

Khan, H.R., Haqqani, A.M., Zubair, M. and Malik, M.R. (1992). An appraisal of chickpea production technology in Fatehjang Tehsil. Sarhad Journal of Agriculture 8, 57-63.

Haqqani, A.M., Khan, H.R., Zubair, M. and Malik, B.A. (1991). Comparison of improved lentil production technology and farmers practices. Journal of Agricultural Research 29, 531-535.

Zahid, M.S., Khokhar, M.A., Khan, H.R., Razzaq, A. (1991). Cropping systems interventions at FSR target area, Fatehjang (Pakistan). Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences 1, 99-102.

Malik, B.A., Haqqani, A.M., Riaz, M.R. and Khan, H.R. (1990). Pulses as food for future. Progressive Farming 10, 55-60.

Nazir, M.S., Khan, H.R., Ali, G. and Ahmad, R. (1988). Inter/relay cropping in wheat planted in multi-row strips at uniform plant population. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research 9, 305-309.