Welcome to the Department of Agronomy
Agronomy is the science of manipulating crop environment complexes with the duel aim of improving crop productivity as well as having a better of process involved. It includes the extensive field cultivation of plant species for human food supply, livestock and poultry feed, fibers, oils and certain industrial products. It also looks at the improvement of crops (cereals, pulses and oilseeds) in a sustainable manner to ensure sufficient food supply for an increasing world population. The central theme of Agronomy is of soil-crop-environment relationships. Agronomists are involved in healthier food production, managing the environmental impact of agriculture, and even creating energy from plants. The Department of Agronomy offers courses for BS, MS and PhD programs. It is involved in conducting research since 1990s.
Eleven faculty members of the Department are working and supervising post-graduate students’ research with long-term vision to challenge the climate change issues for sustainable crop production, and consequently out of 121 thesis and dissertation of research students, 34 are related to abiotic stress research including salinity, drought, soil flooding, elevated CO2 and deficit soil nutrient and water relations. The faculty members published more then 500 research papers including ISI impact factor journals. The major research achievements are
- Germplasm collection and evaluation: more then 1000 genotypes of rice, mungbean, chickpea, soybean, bushbean, pigeonpea and cowpea were collected and evaluated against flooding, drought and salinity.
- Variety released: One rice variety (BUdhan 1), four mungbean varieties (BUmug 1, BUmug 2, BUmug 3 and BUmug 4), one gram variety (BUchola1) and one soybean variety (BUsoybean1) have been released from the Department.
Present research activities
- Exploring physiological traits of cereal, oilseed and pulse crops for high yield potential and adaptation to climate change.
- Collection and evaluation of plant genetic resources for their tolerance to drought, water logging and salinity.
- Evaluation of herbicides on different field crops and also soil health.
- Nutrient management and source-sink manipulation in cereal, oilseed and pulse crops.
- Development change of phyllochron in HYV and land races of rice in relation to various agronomic management practices.
- Breeder seed production of released varieties from the Department
- Effects of puddling intensity and crop establishment techniques on the growth and yield of field crops.
- Impact of rice-wheat/potato mungbean cropping system on farmers’ employment opportunity, food security and livelihood in selected ‘Monga’ prone areas in northern districts of Bangladesh.
- Development of climate smart production technology of field crops in Bangladesh.
Future research plan
- Crop physiological research on varietal improvement for unfavorable ecosystems
- Collection, evaluation and conservation of germplasm and inbred lines of field crops from local and exotic sources
- Research on climate smart production technology of different field crops
- Integrated crop management practices and development of resource conserving technologies for sustainable crop productivity.
- Development of short-duration crop variety for intensification and diversification of cropping systems.
- Identification of crop genotypes tolerant to salinity, drought, heat stress and water logging
- Herbicidal research in relation to environmental issues
- Research on crop modeling, GIS and remote sensing