Nazrul (Naz) Islam, Ph.D. (USask)

Image Dr. M Nazrul (Naz) Islam
Research Scientist (Crop Pathology & Soil Microbiology)
  • Microbiologist for metagenomics and metatranscriptomics of disease (e.g., FHB) suppressive microbiomes under the pulse-cereal-oilseed rotation systems in western Canada
  • Pathologist for Fusarium head blight (FHB) associated with pathogens and mycotoxins in western Canada 

Current research and/or projects

  • Population genetics of Fusarium poae and F. graminearum in cereal FHB across the western Canadian prairies
  • Functional genomics of disease (FHB) suppressive soil microbiomes (fungi/bacteria) under diverse crop rotations in western Canada
  • Fungicide sensitivity to FHB species of barley and oats 
  • FHB associated mycotoxins in cereal grains across western Canada 

Research and/or project statements

I am responsible to investigate;

  • population and functional genomics of Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) in cereal production
  • FHB associated mycotoxin hazards in cereal grains
  • suppressive microbiomes associated with FHB and other soil/seed-pathogens under diverse (pulse/oilseed/cereal) crop rotations across western Canada

Professional activities / interests

  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), Canadian Prairies 
  • Articling Agrologist (A.Ag.), Saskatchewan/Manitoba Institute of Agrologist, Canada
  • Member of the Australian Plant Pathology Society (APPS)
  • Member of the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS)
  • Canadian Society of Soil Science Society (CSSS)
  • Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM)
  • Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS)


Education and awards

  • Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology (Fungal Genetics), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
  • M.Sc. in Phytopathology (Clubroot and Glucosinolates), University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • M.S. in Plant Pathology (Biocontrol of Soil-Borne Pathogens), Bangabandhu SMR Agricultural University, Gazipur, Bangladesh
  • B.Sc. in Agriculture (Soil and Plant), Shere-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka, Bangladesh


International experience and/or work

  • Quantifying glucosinolates following clubroot infection (Plasmodiophora brassicae) in brassica crops (USydney, Australia)
  • Soil-pathogens, biocontrol and crop health improvement in the organic/semi-organic system (BARI, Bangladesh)
  • Polymer-symbiont-chemical seed-coating/treatment for sustainable agriculture in the prairies (U of S, Canada)

Key publications

  1. Fungicide Sensitivity Towards the Predominant Pathogen Species of Fusarium
    Head Blight in Cereals from Manitoba, Western Canada
    M. Nazrul Islam and Xiben Wang
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Morden Research and Development Centre, 101 Route 100,
    Morden, Manitoba, R6M 1Y5, Canada
    Corresponding Author: M. Nazrul Islam,

    2021 - View publication details

Research facility

Route 100, Unit 100-101
Morden, MB R6M 1Y5


Government Laboratory of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Morden RDC, Manitoba, Canada.



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