Dr. Md. Motaher Hossain


Telephone: +88029205310-14, Extension-2250

Cell: +8801917043506

E-mail: hossainmm@bsmrau.edu.bd

Website: http://bsmrau.edu.bd/motaher


Dr. Hossain is a Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology. He studied Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and MS in Plant Pathology at Bangladesh Agricultural University. After completion of his MS, Dr. Hossain joined the Department of Plant Pathology of BSMRAU as a Lecturer. Later, Mr. Hossain went to Gifu University, Japan as a MONBUKAGAKUSHO fellow, where he obtained his second MS and the PhD. Immediately, Dr. Hossain worked as a Researcher in the Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences, Gifu University until March 2009. Dr. Hossain returned back to the country in 2009 and joined the College of Agricultural Sciences of the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology as Assistant Professor. Later, he moved again to the Department of Plant Pathology of BSMRAU as Assistant Professor in 2010. Dr. Hossain had been awarded the JIRCAS Visiting Fellowship twice in 2012-13 and 2013-14 to conduct his Postdocs on molecular breeding for soybean rust resistance at Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). Dr. Hossain is actively engaged in teaching and research. He offers the courses such as PLP 603 Molecular Plant Pathology, PLP 440 Diseases of Horticultural and Plantation Crops, and PLP 502 Epidemiology and Plant Disease Control. Dr. Hossain’s research interests focus on the biology and applications of plant growth-promoting microorganisms and natural bio-products in stimulating plant growth and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses in plants. His team is currently involved in the characterization of seaweed resources in Bangladesh and investigating their potential application in agriculture. Dr. Hossain is also working on the characterization of soybean rust and rice blast resistance and developing new breeding materials useful for disease-resistant breeding. Under his supervision, one PhD and 14 MS students have been graduated. Prof. Hossain a member of the Bangladesh Phytopathological Society, Bangladesh Association of Advancement of Science, Global Network of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists, Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh, etc. He regularly serves as a reviewer in different prominent journals of his field of expertise.  For more details about his research interest, please follow the link-

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  1. Islam, M.R., Akanda, A.M., Hossain, M.M. and Hossain, M.M. (2021), First characterization of a newly emerging phytopathogen, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum causing white mold in pea. J Basic Microbiol. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1002/jobm.202100223
  2. Yasmin F, Amin MR, Afroz M, Swapon1 MAH and Hossain MM (2021) Morpho-biochemical characteristics of brinjal germplasms affect the abundance and infestation of jassid. SAARC J. Agric. 19(1): 81-91
  3. Mahmud QM, Rahman AHMA, Akanda AM, Hossain MM and Hossain MM (2021) Survey on Rice Blast Disease Incidence in Major Rice Growing Areas of Bangladesh. South Asian Journal of Biological Research, 4(1): 01-13.
  4. Islam SMN, Haque MA, Chowdhury MZH, Mishu NJ, Hossain MM. (2020) A hypocrealean fungus Penicillifer diparietisporus, first reported in Bangladesh. Bangladesh J. Sci. Res. 31-33(1): 63-65,
  5. Yesmin  N, Jenny  F, Abdullah  HM,  Hossain  MM, Kader  MA, Solomon  PS, Bhuiyan MAHB. 2020. A review on South Asian wheat blast: the present status and future perspective. Plant Pathology 69:1618-1629
  6. Hossain MM, Sultana F (2020) Application and mechanisms of plant growth promoting fungi (PGPF) for phytostimulation. In: Das SK, Editor. Organic Agriculture, ISBN 978-1-78984-669-0. IntechOpen, London, UK, 10.5772/intechopen.92338
  7. Sarker U, MM Hossain, S Oba (2020) Nutritional and antioxidant components and antioxidant capacity in green morph Amaranthus leafy vegetable. Scientific Reports 10 (1), 1-10
  8. Islam MR, A Prova, AM Akanda, MM Hossain (2020) First report of white mould caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum on pea in Bangladesh. Journal of Plant Pathology, 1-1
  9. Sultana F, Islam MR, Sabbir MA, Hossain MM (2020) Plant growth promotion and suppression of damping off in tomato by plant growth promoting rhizobacterium Bacillus amyloliquifaciens. Canadian Journal of Agriculture and Crops 5 (1) ,59-68
  10. Yamanaka N, Hossain MM (2019) Pyramiding three rust‐resistance genes confers a high level of resistance in soybean (Glycine max). doi.org/10.1111/pbr.12720
  11. Hossain MM, Yamanaka N (2019) Pathogenic variation of Asian soybean rust pathogen in Bangladesh. Journal of General Plant Pathology 85: 90-100.
  12. Rokonuzzaman M, MJ Monira, ME Haque, MM Hossain, AA Barau (2019) sustainability of organic vegetable farming in rural Bangladesh. Asia Pacific Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Energy 7 (1), 1-9
  13. Ahmed MU, MKA Bhuiyan, MM Hossain, MT Rubayet, QA Khaliq.2019. Efficacy of chitosan and bio-agent in controlling southern blight disease of carrot caused by Sclerotium rolfsii and improvement the crop production. Research in: Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences 3 (3), 113-125
  14. Debnath B, AA Khan, MM Hossain, MT Rubayet, MRU Miah (2019) Morphological, pathological and cultural characteristics of Magnaporthe oryzae triticum causing blast of wheat and its fungicidal control. Canadian Journal of Agriculture and Crops 4 (2), 218-227
  15. Prova A, Akanda AM, Islam S, Hossain MM. (2018) Characterization of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, an emerging fungal pathogen causing blight in Hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus). The Plant Pathology Journal 34 (5), 367-380.
  16. Masum MMI, Liu L, Yang M, Hossain MM, Siddiqa MM, Supty ME, Ogunyemi SO, Hossain A, An Q, Bin L (2018) Halotolerant bacteria belonging to operational group Bacillus amyloliquefaciens in biocontrol of the rice brown stripe pathogen Acidovorax oryzae. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 125 (6), 1852-1867.
  17. Rubayet MT, M. Bhuiyan KA, Jannat R, Masum MMI, Hossain MM (2018) Effect of biofumigation and soil solarization on stem canker and black scurf diseases of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) caused by Rhizoctonia solani isolate PR2. Advances in Agricultural Science 6 (03): 33-48.
  18. Hossain MM, Yamanaka N (2018) Detection and characterization of Asia soybean rust in Bangladesh. Proceedings of International Symposium on Innovative Crop Protection for Sustainable Agriculture 2018 held on March 7-8, 2018 at Gifu University, Japan Pp. 99-101.
  19. Hossain MM, Sultana F (2018) Methods for the Characterization of Plant-Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria. In: Medina C., López-Baena F. (eds) Host-Pathogen Interactions. Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol-1734. Humana Press, New York, NY.
  20. Akter J, Jannat R, Hossain MM, Ahmed JU, Rubayet MT (2018) Chitosan for plant growth promotion and disease suppression against anthracnose in Chilli. International Journal of Environment, Agriculture and Biotechnology 3 (3):1-12
  21. Kader MA, Mian IH and Hossain MM (2018) Plant parasitic nematodes associated with rhizosphere soils of potato in Munshigonj and Bagura districts. Ann. Bangladesh Agric. 22 (1) : 37-49.
  22. Rahman MF, Akanda AM, Eivy FZ and Hossain MM (2018) Effect of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens on plant growth and suppression of Bipolaris leaf blight in wheat. Ann. Bangladesh Agric. 22 (2) : 9-19.
  23. Hossain MM, Sultana F., Hyakumachi M (2017) Role of ethylene signalling in growth and systemic resistance induction by the plant growth-promoting fungus Penicillium viridicatum in Arabidopsis. Journal of Phytopathology. 165: 432-441.
  24. Prova A, Akanda AM, Islam S, Hossain MM (2017) First report of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum causing pod rot disease on okra in Bangladesh. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. 39: 72-76.
  25. Hossain MM, Sultana F, Islam S (2017) Plant Growth-Promoting Fungi (PGPF): Phytostimulation and Induced Systemic Resistance. In: D.P. Singh et al. (eds.), Plant-Microbe Interactions in Agro-Ecological. Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
  26. Rahman MF, Akanda AM, Eivy FZ and Hossain MM (2017) Effect of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on seed germination and growth of wheat plants. Ann. Bangladesh Agric. 21 (1 & 2) : 61-71.
  27. Hossain MF, Akanda AM, Hossain MM and Ahmed JU (2017) Screening of tomato genotypes against tomato purple vein virus. Ann. Bangladesh Agric. 21 (1 & 2) : 89-97.
  28. Yamanaka N, Morishita M, Mori T, Muraki Y, Hasegawa M, Hossain MM, Yamaoka Y. and Kato M (2016) The locus for resistance to Asian soybean rust in PI 587855. Plant Breeding. 135 (5), 621-626.
  29. Chakma S, Hossain MM, Sarkar NC, Kakon AJ and Hossain MM (2016) Effect of different wheat bran supplements and mother cultures on growth and yield of oyster mushroom. Ann. Bangladesh Agric. 20(1 & 2) : 41-47.
  30. Rahman MS, Akanda AM, Mian IH, Bhuiyan MKA, Hossain MM (2016) New sources of resistance to Cucumber mosaic virus in Capsicum annuum. J. Crop. Sci., Biotech. 19 (3): 249-258.
  31. Hossain MF, Akanda AM, Hossain MM, Ahmed JU (2016) Correlation and path coefficient analysis for yield components in TSWV infected tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.). Int J Bus Soc Sci Res. 4(2): 127-131.
  32. Islam S, Akanda AM, Prova A, Islam MT, Hossain MM (2016) Isolation and identification of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria from cucumber rhizosphere and their effect on plant growth promotion and disease suppression. Front Microbiol. 6:1360.
  33. Hossain MM, F. Sultana. 2015. Genetic variation for induced and basal resistance against leaf pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 among Arabidopsis thaliana accessions. Springer Plus 4:296.
  34. Islam MT, Hossain MM, Rahman MM (2015) Bioactive natural products for managing peronosporomycete phytopathogens. In: Sustainable Crop Management Using Natural Products. Ganesan S, Vadivel K and Jayaramen J (eds.). CAB International, pp. 307–344.
  35. Yamanaka N, Hossain MM, Yamaoka Y (2015) Molecular mapping of Asian soybean rust resistance in Chinese and Japanese soybean lines, Xiao Jing Huang, Himeshirazu, and Iyodaizu B. Euphytica 205: 311-324.
  36. Yamanaka N, Lemos NG, Jara RC, Hossain MM, Suenaga K, Yamaoka Y. (2015). Prevention of leaf yellowing in Asian soybean rust infected plants is associated with green cotyledon color and the infection index. Euphytica 205: 475-482.
  37. Yamanaka N, Morishita M, Mori T, Lemos NG, Hossain MM, Akamatsu H, Kato M, Yamaoka Y. (2015) Multiple Rpp-gene pyramiding confers resistance to Asian soybean rust isolates that are virulent on each of the pyramided genes. Tropical Plant Pathology 40:283-290.
  38. Rahman MS, Akanda AM, Mian IH, Bhuiyan MKA, Hossain MM (2015) Study the effect of Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) on different growth stages of chili. Ann Bangladesh Agriculture 19:65-73.
  39. Akhter W, Bhuiyan MKA, Sultana F and Hossain MM (2015) Integrated effect of microbial antagonist, organic amendment and fungicide in controlling seedling mortality (Rhizoctonia solani) and improving yield in pea (Pisum sativum L.). Comptes Rendus Biologies 338 (1), 21-28.
  40. Hossain MM, Akamatsu H, Morishita M, Mori T, Yamaoka Y, Suenaga K, Soares RM, Bogado AN, Ivancovich AJG, and Yamanaka N (2014) Molecular mapping of Asian soybean rust resistance in soybean landrace PI 594767A, PI 587905 and PI 416764. Plant Pathology. 64 (1), 147-156.
  41. Prova A, Akanda MAM, Islam S, Sultana F, Islam MT and Hossain MM (2014) First report of stem and pod blight of hyacinth bean caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in Bangladesh. Journal of Plant Pathology 96 (2), 603-611.
  42. Hossain MM, Sultana F, Miyazawa M and Hyakumachi M (2014) The plant growth-promoting fungus Penicillium spp. GP15-1 enhances growth and confers protection against damping-off and anthracnose in the cucumber. Journal of Oleo Science; 63(4): 391-400,
  43. Islam S, Akanda AM, Prova A, Sultana F, Hossain MM (2014) Growth promotion effect of Fusarium spp. PPF1 from bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) rhizosphere on Indian spinach (Basella alba) seedlings are linked to root colonization. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection 47(19)2319-2331.
  44. Islam S, Akanda AM, Sultana F, Hossain MM (2014) Chilli rhizosphere fungus Aspergillus spp. PPA1 promotes vegetative growth of cucumber (Cucumis sativus) plants upon root colonisation. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection, 47;1231-1238.
  45. Hossain MM, Sultana F and Rahman AHM (2014) A comparative screening of hybrid, modern varieties and local rice cultivar for brown leaf spot disease susceptibility and yield performance. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection, 47: 795-802.
  46. Shimizu K, Hossain MM, Kato K, Kubota M, Hyakumachi M (2013) Induction of defense responses in cucumber plants by using the cell-free filtrate of the plant growth-promoting fungus Penicillium simplicissimum GP17-2. Journal of Oleo Science, 62(8):613-21.
  47. Kojima H, Hossain MM, Kubota M, Hyakumachi M (2013) Involvement of the salicylic acid signaling pathway in the systemic resistance induced in Arabidopsis by plant growth-promoting fungus Fusarium equiseti GF19-1. Journal of Oleo Science; 62(6):415-26.
  48. Mia MAB, Hossain MM, Shamsuddin ZH, Islam MT (2013) Plant-associated bacteria in nitrogen nutrition in crops, with special reference to rice and banana. In: Maheshwari, DK.; Saraf, M; Aeron, A (Eds.) Bacteria in Agrobiology: Crop Productivity. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.  pp. 97-126.
  49. Islam MT, Hossain MM (2013) Biological control of peronosporomycete phytopathogen by bacterial antagonist. In: Maheshwari DK (ed.) Bacteria in Agrobiology: Disease Management. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 167-218.
  50. Hossain MM, Hossain N, Sultana F, Islam SMN, Islam MT, Bhuiyan MKA (2013) Integrated management of Fusarium wilt of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. ciceris with microbial antagonist, botanical extract and fungicide. African Journal of Biotechnology. Vol. 12(29): 4699-4706.
  51. Islam MT, Hossain MM (2012) Plant probiotics in phosphorus nutrition in crops, with special reference to rice. In: Maheshwari DK (ed.) Bacteria in Agrobiology: Plant Probiotics. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 325-363.
  52. Islam MT, Hossain MM, Clarke ML, Akanda MAM (2012) Adaptation to climate change: Biodiversity, food security, environmental management and rural resilience in Bangladesh. In: Zahid A, Hassan MQ, Rahman A, Khan MS, Hashem MA and Hassan L. (eds.) Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Food Security in Bangladesh. AAGUB, Dhaka. pp. 79-101.
  53. Hossain MF, Akanda AM, Hossain MM (2011) Effect of tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) on growth and yield contributing characters of sixteen tomato varieties. Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture 15(1&2), pp. 127-135.
  54. Hossain MF, Akanda AM, Hossain MM (2010) Environmental effect on tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) and whitefly population in tomato varieties under field condition. Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture 14 (1&2), pp. 1-8.
  55. Sultana F, Hossain MM, Kubota M, Hyakumachi M (2009) Induction of systemic resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana in response to culture filtrate from a plant growth-promoting fungus, Phoma sp. GS8-3. Plant Biology 11 (1), pp. 97-104.
  56. Hossain MM, Sultana F, Kubota M, Koyama H, Hyakumachi M (2008) Systemic resistance to bacterial leaf speck pathogen in Arabidopsis thaliana induced by the culture filtrate of a plant growth-promoting fungus (PGPF) Phoma sp. GS8-1. Journal of General Plant Pathology 74 (3), pp. 213-221.
  57. Sultana F, Hossain MM, Kubota M, Hyakumachi M (2008) Elicitation of systemic resistance against the bacterial speck pathogen in Arabidopsis thaliana by culture filtrates of plant growth-promoting fungi. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 30 (2), pp. 196-205.
  58. Hossain MM, Sultana F, Kubota M, Hyakumachi M (2008) Differential inducible defense mechanisms against bacterial speck pathogen in Arabidopsis thaliana by plant-growth-promoting-fungus Penicillium sp. GP16-2 and its cell free filtrate. Plant and Soil 304 (1-2), pp. 227-239.
  59. Hossain MM, Sultana F, Kubota M, Koyama H, Hyakumachi M (2007) The plant growth-promoting fungus Penicillium simplicissimum GP17-2 induces resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana by activation of multiple defense signals. Plant and Cell Physiology 48 (12), pp. 1724-1736.
  60. Hossain MM, Hossain I (2001) Effect of black pointed seed in seed sample on leaf spot severity and grain infection of wheat in the field. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences 4 (11), pp. 1350-1352.
  61. Hossain I, Hossain MM (2001) Effect of black pointed grains in wheat seed samples on germination, seedling vigour and plant stand. Pakistan Journal of Phytopathology 13 (1), pp. 1-7.