Dr Najeeb Ullah


Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science



PhD (Crop Physiology): the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, the University of Sydney, Australia
Master of Agriculture in Crop Science: College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, China


Crop Physiology, Food Security, Climate Change


Exploring opportunities to sustain yield and nutritional quality of food crops in Brunei Darussalam under changing climate

Food and nutritional security under global climate change are among the major challenges for crop producers around the world, including Brunei, where nutritional security is already an important issue, particularly among pregnant women and children. This project will quantify the impact of climatic factors such as heat, drought, salinity, and elevated CO2 on rice and maize crops, leading towards development of efficient screening protocols. The research finding will improve our understanding of the heat and stress tolerance mechanisms in crops. We also aim to develop innovative technologies such as green nano-fertilisers (nanotechnology) for improving crop performance under current and projected hot and dry climates. The application of these technologies will be optimised under controlled and field environments for increasing yield stability and stress tolerance in crops. This project will serve as a foundation for studying crop physiology and stress tolerance mechanisms in plants, providing training opportunities for local students at UBD, and developing collaborative research links with local stakeholders and foreign institutions.

Applications Invited
undergraduate and postgraduate students


1. Xu L, Cao MT, Wang QC, Xu JH, Liu, Ullah N, Li JJ, Hou ZN, Liang ZS, Zhou WJ, Liu A (2022) Insights into the plateau adaptation of Salvia castanea by comparative genomic and WGCNA analyses, J Adv Res, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jare.2022.02.004
2. Collins, B., Najeeb, U., Luo, Q., & Tan, D. K. (2021). Contribution of climate models and APSIM phenological parameters to uncertainties in spring wheat simulations: application of SUFI-2 algorithm in northeast Australia. J Agron Crop Sci https://doi.org/10.1111/jac.12575
3. Ma, S., Gai, P., Wang, Y., Ullah, N., Zhang, W., Fan, Y., ... & Hu, X. (2021). Carbohydrate Assimilation and Translocation Regulate Grain Yield Formation in Wheat Crops (Triticum aestivum L.) under Post-Flowering Waterlogging. Agronomy, 11(11), 2209.
4. Xu L., J.J. Li, U. Najeeb, X. Li, J.M. Pan, Q. Huang, W.J. Zhou, Z.S. Liang (2021) Synergistic effects of EDDS and ALA on phytoextraction of cadmium as revealed by biochemical and ultrastructural changes in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) tissues. J Hazard Mat 407, 124764
5. Li J.J., A. Liu, U. Najeeb, W.J. Zhou, H. Liu, G.J. Yan, R.A. Gill, X.P. Yun, Q.J. Bai, L. Xu (2021) Genome-wide investigation and expression analysis of membrane-bound fatty acid desaturase genes under different biotic and abiotic stresses in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) Int J Biol Macromol 175, 188-198


1. Masoomi-Aladizgeh F, Najeeb U, Hamzelou S, Pascovici D, Amirkhani A, Tan DKY, Mirzaei M, Haynes PA, Atwell BJ (2020) Pollen development in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) is highly sensitive to heat exposure during the tetrad stage. Plant Cell Environ.doi: 10.1111/pce.13908.
2. U. Najeeb, D.K.Y. Tan, M. Sarwar, S. Ali (2019). Adaptation of Crops to Warmer Climates: Morphological and Physiological Mechanisms. In: Sarkar A., Sensarma S., vanLoon G. (eds) Sustainable Solutions for Food Security. Springer, Cham. pp. 27-50.
3. Najeeb U., D.K.Y. Tan, M.P. Bange, B.J. Atwell (2018). Protecting cotton crops under elevated CO2 from waterlogging by managing ethylene. Funct. Plant Biol. 45:340-349.
4. Najeeb U., B.J. Atwell, M.P. Bange, D.K.Y. Tan (2015). Aminoethoxyvinylglycine (AVG) ameliorates waterlogging-induced damage in cotton by inhibiting ethylene synthesis and sustaining photosynthetic capacity. Plant Growth Regul. 76:83-98.
5. Najeeb U., G. Jilani, S. Ali, M. Sarwar, L. Xu, W.J. Zhou (2011). Insights into cadmium-induced physiological and ultra-structural disorders in Juncus effusus L. and its remediation through exogenous citric acid. J. Hazard. Mat. 186: 565–574.


Exploring opportunities to improve performance of wheat to warmer climates by Queensland State Government funded project (2017 -20)

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

CSIRO, Australia,
Queensland Alliance for Food and Agriculture, the University of Queensland,
Australian Plant Breeding Insititute, the University of Sydney,
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland
Australian Grain Technologies,
Zhejiang University, China
Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China
Guangxi University, China
Anhui Agricultural University, China