December 29, 2016. The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences (UGAS), Iwate University organized its 1st UGAS, Iwate University International Symposium, 2016 in  its campus in Morioka on 17-18 December 2016. The theme of the Symposium was:  “Innovations in Plant and Food Sciences: from Genes to Production”. The Faculties and students from the four constituent universities of UGAS; University of Saskatchewan, Canada; University of Dhaka (DU), Bangladesh and Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), China participated the meet. The 2-day long symposium covered a  wide area of plant, food and nutritional biology research, one panel discussion on future educational perspective and collaboration, and poster sessions. Several faculties from the participating universities presented their research results, while the current graduate students in UGAS and partner universities did it in the form of posters. The DU is already enjoying a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UGAS, and three faculties of DU: Professor Zeba I Seraj of Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Professor Muhammad Manjurul Karim, Department of Microbiology, and Professor Mohammad Nurul Islam, Department of Botany represented the University.

In the opening day, Professor Seraj presented a talk on “Molecular approaches for producing rice varieties suitable for abiotic stress environments in Bangladesh”. She talked about her more than a decade-long research on efforts to produce saline tolerant rice varieties  for the coastal region of Bangladesh, which included DNA-marker assisted selection, next generation technologies to decipher tolerant mechanisms in rice land races as well as rice transformation. She emphasized on the production of rice varieties which can yield grains beyond 80mM salt (~8 dS/m) which will need expression of multiple genes/QTLs in a pyramided approach or transformation of regulatory genes with multiple downstream targets, in order to be meet the predicted increase in salinity levels in the coastal zones. The talk of Professor Nurul  Islam was themed on “Molecular analysis of tomato Leaf Curl Virus (ToLCV) resistance TY gene in the wild tomato varieties in Bangladesh”. He emphasized on the importance of identification of wild relatives of tomato containing ToLCV resistance/tolerance gene for the development of tomato cultivars with stable resistance/tolerance properties. On the final day, Professor Karim presented a talk on “The Application of salt-tolerant, plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria as a biofertilizer for cultivation of Oryza sativa for coastal areas of Bangladesh under changing climate conditions”. The talk highlighted the importance of the isolated salt-tolerant bacteria and their contribution to the plant growth promoting activities under salt stress condition, a preparedness program that Bangladesh will aim to adopt under changing climatic conditions with a view to bringing vulnerable coastal lands under crop-farming.

Overall, the meeting strengthened the relationship among the partner universities and provided opportunities to the faculties to establish research collaborations and student exchange. The program also stressed to shepherd the Dual PhD program coordinated in UGAS-Iwate University and the University of Saskatchewan. Hopefully, a student from Bangladesh is expected to be enrolled as its first candidate.

In appreciation of the willingness of the University of Saskatchewan to host the 2017 meeting in Canada, the DU contingent also  looks forward to host one of its forthcoming symposium, possibly under the umbrella of GNOBB. [Communicated by Professor Dr. Muhammad Manjurul Karim,  DU]


December 21, 2016. One of GNOBB’s executive members, Dr. Md. Asraful Alam,  working in algae research team of Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion,  The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China has been recently awarded an  International Young Scientist Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and obtained a 400000 RMB grant (2017-2018) as PI of NSFC International (Regional) Cooperation and Exchange Project (Grant No. 21650110457) for a  research project entitled,   “Study on the mechanism of microalgae self-flocculation for harvesting and lipid extraction’ for biofuel production.”  He is also researching on three National and Provincial high level projects and has obtained over 10 million RMB for  the next three years.

Dr. Alam with his associates  have also published the following six articles in high impact journals and one book chapter during the current year, 2016.

  1. Md. Asraful Alam, Dries Vandamme, Wan Chun, Xinqing Zhao, Zhongming Wang, Koenraad Muylaert et al. Bioflocculation as an innovative harvesting strategy for microalgae. Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology, 573-583 (2016). (SCI IF 4.58)
  2. Ying Pan, Md. Asraful Alam, Wang Zhongming, Zhang Yi, Zhenhong Yuan, Enhanced esterification of oleic acid and methanol by deep eutectic solvent assisted Amberlyst heterogeneous catalyst. Bioresource Technology, 543-548 (2016). (SCI IF 4.75)
  3. Weidong Lu, Md Asraful Alam, Ying Pan, Wu Jinchang, Zhongming Wang, Zhenhong Yuan, A new approach of microalgal biomass pretreatment using deep eutectic solvents for enhanced lipid recovery for biodiesel production, Bioresource Technology, 123-128 (2016). -(SCI IF 4.75)
  4. Weidong Lu, Md Asraful Alam, Ying Pan, William Junior Nock, Zhongming Wang, Zhenhong Yuan, Optimization of algal lipid extraction by mixture of ethyl acetate and ethanol via response surface methodology for biodiesel production, Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering. 1-7 (2016). -(SCI IF 1.17)
  5. Changhua Shang, Xiaoli Xu, Zhenhong Yuan, Zhongming Wang, Lei Hu, Mohammad Asraful Alam, Jun Xie: Cloning and differential expression analysis of geranylgeranyl diphosphate synthase gene from Dunaliella parva. Journal of Applied Phycology, 1-9 (2016). -(SCI IF 2.55)
  6. Changhua Shang, Guican Bi, Zhenhong Yuan, Zhongming Wang, Mohammad Asraful Alam, Jun Xie: Discovery of genes for production of biofuels through transcriptome sequencing of Dunaliella parva. Algal Research, 13:318-326 (2016). -(SCI IF 5.015)


Md. Asraful Alam, Zhongming Wang, Zhenhong Yuan. Generation and Harvesting of Microalgae Biomass for Biofuel Production, Book: Prospects and Challenges in Algal Biotechnology, Bhumi Nath Tripathi, Dhananjay Kumar, Ed. Springer SBM Singapore Pte Ltd. (In press).



Dr. Samir K Saha of Bangladesh has been selected a member of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology, 2017

December 11, 2016

Dhaka  December 11,2016. It is our pleasure to share with you the exciting news that Dr. Samir K Saha of Bangladesh has been selected  a member of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology, 2017. This is the first time that the awardee has been selected from a nation outside […]

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One day National Conference of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on December 10, 2016

December 10, 2016

December 9, 2016. It is indeed a great pleasure to announce that the Bangladesh Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has organized a one day National Conference on December 10, 2016 (Saturday) at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in collaboration with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University […]

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A new publication of Dr. Abidur Rahman & associates in the Plant Journal

December 9, 2016

Dhaka December 9, 2016. GNOBB offer  their heartiest congratulations to Dr. Abidur Rahman and  his associates for their recent publication in The Plant Journal. The details are as follows: Maho Takahashi, Kana Umetsu, Yutaka Oono, Takumi Higaki, Elison B. Blancaflor, and Abidur Rahman (2016) SMALL ACIDIC PROTEIN 1 (SMAP1) and SCFTIR1ubiquitin proteasome pathway act in concert to […]

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December 8, 2016

Dhaka, December 8, 2016. With a good deal of pleasure, GNOBB announces the formation of the new Executive Committee for 2017-2019. On my behalf  and on behalf of GNOBB, I would like to congratulate them from the core of my heart  and wish sincerely that the new committee would discharge  their duties to make this […]

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Dr. Akhter Hossain’s outstanding achievements and award of 0.8 million AUSD grant for his research project

December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016. One of GNOBB’s executive members, Dr. Akhter Hossain, who also won the NRB scientist award two years back, recently secured a 0.8 million AUSD grant (207-2019) from National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, grant number: APP1122170 ) for the research project entitled “Unraveling fibrosis by pharmacological targeting of the G protein-coupled […]

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The Eighth Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology Conference organized by BAPTC&B concludes

December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016. The eighth International Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology Conference commenced as per program.The details of the conference are given below: The theme of the Conference was: Biotechnology for Innovative Agriculture and Food Security. Guests and participants took their seats at 10:00. The conference began with the recitation from the Holy Books. The […]

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December Issue the Journal of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology has just been published

November 25, 2016

November 25, 2016. The December issue of volume 26 of PTC&B has just been published.  The publication has taken place one month in advance in order to make available copies of this issue to the delegates attending the eighth International  PTC&B conference to be held in Dhaka 3-5 December, ’16There are 12 plant tissue and […]

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First UGAS, Iwate University International Symposium, 2016 on Molecular Biology

November 8, 2016

November 8, ’16 The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences (UGAS), Iwate University  is organizing its  first Molecular Biology Symposium at UGAS from December 17-18, 2016 at Iwate University, Morioka, Japan. The theme of the Symposium is:  “Innovations in Plant and Food Sciences: from Genes to Production”. This meeting will cover a broad range of topics in […]

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