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Mumtaz Cheema

cheema.jpgMumtaz Cheema B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., Ph.D. (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan), Postdoc (Iowa State University, Ames, US); associate professor, boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences



Phone: (709) 639-6533

Email: mcheema@grenfell.mun.ca

Office: AS240

Associate professor – Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences


Profile

Dr. Cheema is an Associate Professor of Agronomy at Grenfell Campus Memorial University of Newfoundland, member of Sustainable Resource Management program and the Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative (BERI). The focus of his research program is to develop productive and sustainable cropping systems to cope the challenges of global food security. In recent years, he has studied integrated nutrient management practices that conserve or enhance soil fertility through efficient nutrient cycling and management strategies to maximize nutrient use efficiency and maintain economically sustainable crop productivity with minimize damage to the environment. Abiotic stresses (cold/chilling, drought and salinity) and their management strategies (seed priming and exogenous application of compatible organic solutes) to induce stress tolerance and enhancement of antioxidants in crops. In-situ root monitoring of field crops, identification and quantification of root exudates and their role in nutrients-acquisition, particularly phenomenon of biological nitrification inhibition (BNI) in improving NUE, and supressing greenhouse gases emission; Waste management; Monitoring of greenhouse gases emission in different cropping systems. Impact of climate change on global food security, particularly rising atmospheric CO2 and its impact on crop growth, yield and produce quality. Dr. Cheema has supervised 36 Master, and 6 PhD theses, and co-supervised 10 Master and 5 PhD theses. Prior to joining the Grenfell Campus Memorial University in 2013, Dr. Cheema worked as Lecturer, Assistant Prof. Associate and Professor in the department of agronomy, and Director Graduate Studies at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Current Research and Projects Highlights

  • Biomass production and phosphorus acquisition from dairy manure in corn silage genotypes
  • Monitoring of greenhouse gases emission in different cropping systems of Newfoundland
  • In-situ root morphology of corn-silage genotypes
  • Determining the role of secondary metabolites (rhizosphere) in biomass production, plant uptake, enhancing NUE, and as allelochemical
  • Understanding soil fertility under land-use change scenarios
  • High value added agricultural production through on-farm, integrated, re-use of nutrients from dairy liquid waste streams

  • Evaluating biochar for mitigating greenhouse gases emission and nitrate losses in different cropping systems under cool climate conditions

  • Evaluating biochar for mitigating greenhouse gases emission and nitrate losses in different cropping systems under cool climate conditions

Grants and Awards

Bridging the divide: Connecting and preparing refugees for work in the province's agriculture industry. Collaborators: Raymond Thomas, Sarah Thompson (Principal Investigator). $328,139 – Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Advance Skills & Labour- Workforce Innovation Centre(WIC) (2018-21).

Assessment of the nutrient value of anaerobic digestate from a dairy liquid waste stream and its potential use for greenhouse vegetable production (2018-2020). Collaborators: Adrian Unc (Principal Investigator), Lakshman Galagedara, New World Dairy Inc. ($288, 212 –ACOA, Innovates NL, MUN and NWD Inc.).

Evaluating phosphorus utilization efficiency (PUE) of wheat genotypes under different P environments ($10,000 - Seed, Bridge and Multidisciplinary Fund, 2018-20).

Evaluating the potential of biochar in mitigating greenhouse gases emission and nitrogen retention in dairy manure based silage corn cropping systems ($80,000 – ACOA, 2017-19).

Investigating the main operational challenges and opportunities for developing sustainable greenhouses in Newfoundland (2016 - 2018). Collaborators: Atanu Sarkar (Principal Investigator) ($15,000 – Harris Centre, MUN).

Hydrogeophysical characterization of agricultural soils in Western Newfoundland using integrated GPR-EMI (2016-18). Collaborators: Adrian Unc, Lakshman Galagedara (Principal Investigator) ($100,000 – RDC).

Understanding soil fertility under land-use change scenarios (2015-17). Collaborators: Adrian Unc (Principal Investigator), Raymond Thomas, Lakshman Galagedara and Vanessa Kavanagh ($100,000 – RDC).

Biomass production and phosphorus availability from dairy manure in silage corn (2015-19). Collaborators: Adrian Unc, Raymond Thomas, Lakshman Galagedara and Vanessa Kavanagh ($100,000 – RDC).

Sprouted fodder as an alternate feed source for Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture industry (2015-18). Collaborators: Adrian Unc, Raymond Thomas (Principal Investigator), and Vanessa Kavanagh ($100,000 – RDC).

COPI - Quantitative and qualitative organic waste inventory for integrated re-use (2015-16). Collaborators: Adrian Unc (Principal Investigator), $15,000 - Harris Centre, MUN.

Recent Publications

  1. Saleem M.F, A. Shakoor, M. Shahid, M. Cheema, A. Shakeel, M. Shahid, M. U. Tahir, and M. F. Bilal. 2018. Removal of early fruit branches as potential regulator of Cry1Ac, antioxidants, senescence and yield in Bt. Cotton (In press).
  2. Ghaffari H, M. R. Tadayon, M. Nadeem, and M. Cheema. 2018. Foliar application of Jasmonic acid modulates the antioxidant defense and sugar beet quality imparting water stress tolerance (In press). 
  3. Nadeem M, H. Pham, R. Thomas, L. Galagedara, V. Kavanagh, X. Zhu, M. Cheema. Root membrane phosphatidic acid: A potential indicator of superior agronomic performance of silage corn in cool climatic cropping systems (under review). 
  4. Nadeem M, H. Pham, A. Mullins, W. Ali, M. Zaeem, W. Ashiq, S.M. Gillani, C. Manful, O. A. Adigun, L. Galagedara, M. Cheema, and R. Thomas. Adaptation strategies of forage soybeans cultivated on acidic soils under cool climate to produce high quality forage (under review)
  5. Vidal, N., Pham, H., Thomas, Manful, C., Pumphrey, R., Nadeem, M., Galagedera, L., Cheema, M., Leke-Aladekoba, A., Natesh, N., Abbey, L., and Thomas, R. (2017). The use of natural media amendments to produce kale enhanced with functional lipids in control environment production system (under review).
  6. Sattar A., M. Cheema, T. Abbas, A. Sher, M. Ijaz, S. Ullah; M. Hussain and A. Wasaya. Exogenous application of trinexapac-ethyl improves the salt tolerance in wheat seedlings (under review).
  7. Sattar A, S. Ahmad, I. Muhammad, I. Muhammad, H. Rehman, S. Hussain, S. Ullah M. Hussain, M. Cheema, and A, Aown. Biochar application improves the drought tolerance in maize seedlings (under review).
  8. Sattar A, S. Ahmad, I. Muhammad, I. Muhammad, H. Rehman, S. Hussain, S. Ullah M. Hussain, M. Cheema, and A, Aown. Biochar application improves the drought tolerance in maize seedlings (under review).
  9. Saeed M.T, M. A. Wahid, M. F. Saleem, T. Aziz, M. Nadeem, and M. Cheema. Effect of endogenous and exogenous phosphorus applications on mineral nutrient remobilization patterns during pre and post grain filling growth in maize (under review).
  10. Badewa E, A. Unc, M. Cheema, V, Kavanagh, and L. Galagedara. Soil moisture mapping using multi-frequency and multi-coil by electromagnetic induction sensors on managed podzols (under review).
  11. Farhad W, M. Cheema, H.M. Hammad, M. F. Saleem, S. Fahad, F. Abbas, I. Khosa and H. F. Bakhat. 2018. Influence of composted poultry manure and irrigation regimes on some morpho-physiology parameters of maize under semiarid environments. Environ Sci Pollut Res, (DOI10.1007/s11356-018-2125-9)
  12. Altdorff D, L. Galagedara, M. Nadeem, M. Cheema, and A. Unc. 2018. Effect of agronomic treatments on the accuracy of soil moisture mapping by electromagnetic induction. Catena, 164:96-106
  13. Caldwell C, D. MacDonald, Y. Jiang, M. Cheema and J. Li. 2017. Effect of fungicide combinations for fusarium head blight control on disease incidence, grain yield and quality of winter wheat, spring wheat and barley. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 97(6):1036-1045
  14. Sattar A, M. Cheema, T. Abbas, A. Sher, M. Ijaz, and M. Hussain. 2017. Separate and combined effects of silicon and selenium on salt tolerance of wheat. Russian Journal of Plant Physiology,64(3):341-348
  15. Sattar A, M. Cheema, H. Ali, A. Sher, M. Ijaz, M. Hussain, W. Hassan and T. Abbas. 2016. Physiological response of late sown wheat to exogenous application of silicon. Cereal Research Communications, 45(2):202-213
  16. Saleem M. F., M. Cheema, A. Sher, M. A. Wahid and S. A. Anjum. 2016. Soil boron application accelerates mobilization of pre-anthesis reserves in sunflower (Helianthus annus L.). Soil and Environ, 35(2):171-180
  17. Hussain T, G. Murtaza, A. Ghafoor and M. Cheema. 2016. The Cd:Zn ratio in a soil affects cd toxicity in spinach (Spinacea oleracea L.). Pak. J. Agri. Sci., 53(2): 419-424
  18. Sattar A, M. Cheema, H. Ali, A. Sher, M. Ijaz, M. Hussain, W. Hassan and T. Abbas. 2016. Silicon mediates the changes in water relations, photosynthetic pigments, enzymatic antioxidants activity and nutrient uptake in maize seedling under salt stress. Grassland Science, 62:1-7 (doi:10.1111/grs.12132)
  19. Khan S, H. Rehman, M. A. Wahid, M. F. Saleem, M. Cheema, S. M. A. Basra and M. Nadeem. 2016. Boron fertilization improves seed yield and harvest index of Camelina sativa L. by affecting source-sink. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 39(12):1681- 87
  20. Messiga A. J, M. Sharifi, K. McVicar, M. Cheema, A. Hammemeister. 2016. Mussel's post-harvest washing sediments consistency over time, and contribution to plant growth and nutrient uptake. Journal of Cleaner Production. 113:216-223
  21. Sanaullah, M. Cheema, M. A. Wahid, A. Ghaffar, A. Sattar, and S. Abbas. 2014. Yield response of autumn planted sunflower hybrids to zinc sulfate application. J. Agric. Res. 52(4):523-533
  22. Wahid M. A, M. Cheema, M. F. Saleem, M. Nadeem, A. Sattar and M. Zaman. 2014. Canola growth and phosphorus amendments. I. yield and quality response of canola to different phosphorus amendments. Pak. Agri. Sci. 51(4):847-854

Graduate Studies

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: FC2017A
Phone: (709)639-2591
Email: epi@grenfell.mun.ca