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Dr Shahzad Maqsood Ahmad Basra
Executive Member

Professor Shahzad Maqsood Ahmed Basra, PhD

Professor, Department of Agronomy, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

                              Lead Alternate Crops Lab, Department of Agronomy

                              In charge “Office of University Books &Magazines”

Focal Person “Agri Tourism Club” University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

                              President: Moringa for Life

                             Founder Member Environment & Public Policy Organization (EPO)(

Moringa Champion: Declared during International Moringa symposium, manila, 2015

                              Editor-in-Chief: International Journalof Agriculture & Biology (

                              Motivational speaker: Kitchen Gardening and Tree Plantation especially moringa

                              Writer, Columnist: Social and humorous Urdu columns


Postal Address:   Department of Agronomy, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

Tel.                       92 41 2621221, Fax 92 41 9201098

cell: 92 03336519675


Website:              http:/;­_board/editor




Post Doctorate. 2007-08. “Nitrogen metabolism of lemon as influenced by cytokinin”Application of moringa leaf extract on tomato as a natural plant growth regulator“At University of California, Riverside, USA, funded by HEC,

PhD (Crop Physiology)2001. Project title “Assessment of physiological and biochemical aspects of cotton seed deterioration and enhancement of seed vigour”.  Department of Crop Physiology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad-38040, Pakistan



  1. Alternate Crops(Moringa, quinoa, linola, Camelina, Milk Thistle, Teff, Stevia)
  2. Seed Physiology (special interest in priming of field crop seeds under normal and salinity)
  3. Stress Physiology (special interest in rice and wheat under stress conditions)
  4. Plant Growth Regulation (exploiting the natural sources like Moringa, sorghum, mulberry as plant growth regulator)



  • Professor Tenured, department of Agronomy, Uni. Agriculture, Faisalabad since 2016
  • Chairman, Department of Crop Physiology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, from April 2, 2004 to 14.5.2005; June 17, 2006 to 12 July, 2007; 25 June, 2008 to June 16, 2009; June 17, 2012 to 2015
  • In charge “Office of University Books & Magazines” Since April 2015
  • Focal Person “Agri Tourism Club” University of Agriculture, Faisalabad since May 2017
  • Vice President “Co-operative Society”, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad since 18 September, 2018


Editor-in-Chief and founder member, International Journal of Agriculture and Biology (ISSN 1560-8530)Impact Factor 2015: 0.869


I have used all print and electronic media to publicize conducted a number of experiments at farmers fields and deliver many lectures on seed priming, Radio talks, Local language articles, Facebook (Moringa for life open forum), personal website, TV talks and shows, Farmer gatherings, Seminars in schools, colleges, universities, private organizations (see and Moringa for life on Facebook).



  1. Research achievements:
  2. Introduced New crops in country: Introduced Moringa, Quinoa, Amaranth, Chia, Buckwheat, Prosomillet in the country
  3. Seed Priming. I have honor to introduce seed priming concept in Pakistan when I took it as my PhD project during 1997. Then I developed seed physiology research group in the department. “Physiological and biochemical aspects of seed deterioration and invigoration” are the main research focus of the group. I have developed techniques for accelerated ageing of cotton, and protocols for seed priming (pre-sowing treatments resulting in enhanced field performance especially under stressful conditions) for almost all field crops and many vegetable, forest and range grass species.
  4. Rice Direct Seeding. I started work on aerobic rice and developed techniques for it.
  5. Moringa leaf extract: a crop growth enhancer. I introduced Moringa oleifera as a field crop for biomass production as a multipurpose crop. Moringa leaf extract has been successfully tested as crop growth enhancer to a variety of field and vegetable crops. It is also introduced as a new fodder crop.
  6. Quinoa. Quinoa is native to central America. It is an alternate cereal with high nutrition value and extremely tolerant to drought, frost and salinity. I first time introduce it to Pakistan. It is a future cash crop of Pakistan with great promise for marginal lands.


(b) Research Projects Completed/InProgress

Sr. No. Research project Funding agency Funding

(Millions Rs.)

Position in the project
1 Drought tolerance studies on sugarcane Promotion of Research Fund, UAF. 1993-94 0.08 Co-Principal Investigator
2 A new method for the assessment of drought tolerance in groundnut (Arachis hypogea L.) ALP,  1994-95 0.15 Co-Principal Investigator
3 Assessment of methodology for screening of drought tolerance in wheat Promotion of Research Fund, UAF. 1995-96 0.09 Co-Principal Investigator
4 Assessment of Physiological Aspects of Seed Deterioration in oil Seed Crops Promotion of Research Fund, UAF. 1997-98 0.08 Co-Principal Investigator
5 Utilization of sorghum allelopathic properties for weed management in field crops ALP (2005-08) 3.117 Co-Principal Investigator
6 Enhancement of performance direct rice by seed priming HEC (2005-08) Completed

#20-393/2nd phase/R&D/04/433 dated 3.3.2005

1.72 Principal Investigator
7 Induction of salt tolerance in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) by seed invigoration techniques HEC (2007-09) Completed



1.13 Co-Principal Investigator
8 Mitigating the Effects of Heat Stress In Cotton by Physiological Treatments HEC (2007-12) Completed


1.67 Principal Investigator
9 Demonstration of seed priming for enhancing cereal yields under normal conditions EFS (2009-12) completed

#EFS/145-47 dated 17.1.2011

0.224 Principal Investigator
10 Enhancing the performance of tomato by improving fruit lycopene contents


HEC (2009-11) Completed



2.096 Co-Principal Investigator
11 Demonstration of production technology of Quinoa (Chenopodium                   quinoa Willd.) as a new climate proof  grain crop Endowment Fund Secretariat, UAF (2011-14) Completed

#EFS/5011-13 dated 29.2.2012

2.175 Principal Investigator
12 Exploring the potential of Moringa oleifera as a crop growth enhancer and forage crop HEC (2012-15) In Progress

#20-2142/R&D/11/9579 dated23.2.2012

8.02 Principal Investigator
13 Demonstration of milk thistle production and silymarin potential to the stakeholders Endowment Fund Secretariat, UAF, IN PROGRESS

#EFS/7244-72 dated 5.9.2012

1.80 Team member
15 Enhanced production of vegetables with maximum retention of valuable nutrients in response to Plant Growth Regulators HEC In Progress

#HEC20-2747/NRPU/R&D/HEC/12/6923 dated 29.11.2013

3.703 Co-Principal Investigator
16 Exploring the potential of Chenopodium quinoa Willd. as a high nutrition, low input and climate resilient crop in Pakistan HEC, In progress

HEC#20-4652/NRPU R&D/HEC/14160

4.8 Principal Investigator



Type of Publications

No. of Publications

Impact factor


a)      Research papers:

i.          International

ii.          Local



b)      Conferences/ proc. /abstracts


c)      Abstracts


d)      Books/chapters in books


e)      Popular English articles (Newspaper)







Dr Shahzad Basra is a seed physiologist, stress biologist, Professor of agronomy, in charge Office of University Books & Magazines, leads Alternate Crops Lab and ex Chairman, department of Crop Physiology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Dr Basra did his PhD in Seed Physiology from UAF and post doc from University of California, Riverside, on application of cytokinin on tomato to enhance growth. He has developed many seed priming protocols for agronomic crops, vegetables, grasses, fruits and ornamental plants. His other field of research is physiological investigation of abiotic stress tolerance. More recently he is working on introduction of new climate resilient crops like Chenopodium quinoa, Moringa oliefera, Chia, Amaranth, Buckwheat, Teff, Foxtail millet, Sinapus alba and Camelina sativa. Quinoa has proved as alternate cash crop and has already been exported.  He is also working on induction of abiotic stress tolerance through natural crop growth enhancers like Moringa oliefera leaf extract. His work on moringa as fodder and feed for ruminants and poultry sector is also getting popularity. Dr Basra is leading an NGO Moringa for Life for creating awareness about moringa. Dr Basra was declared Moringa Champion during first international Moringa Symposium in Manila during 2015. Dr Basra is leading the government of Punjab’s program of Promotion of Moringa Plantation in Punjab. Dr Basra Has published over 300 research and popular articles. He is among the productive scientist of PSF for many years. He is editor in chief of high repute research journal International Journal of Agriculture & Biology having impact factor of 0.876. Dr Basra is also working as president of Pakistan Society of Allelopathy, president Quinoa Association of Pakistan. Executive Member of Environment & Public Policy Organization (EPO) He has more assignments like Focal Person HEC for NRP, Member HEC Digital Library Advisory Committee. Agri tourism is another passion of Dr Basra and has organized many events (kitchen gardening, pick your own fruit, folk festivals etc) to promote farmers entrepreneurship. Dr. Basra is known as a Motivational Speaker for healthy life style, tree plantation and kitchen gardening. In additional to his professional activities Dr Basra is a renowned URDU columnist and humorous writer and broadcaster on FM radio.