Muhammad Farooq


  • The University of Western Australia (M082), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr. Muhammad Farooq is Associate Professor in Crop Sciences at the Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. He also holds the positions of Associate Professor in Agronomy at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, Adjunct Professor at the Dankook University, South Korea, and International Professor at the King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He had also been working at the International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Philippines (2007-2008), Centre of Environment and Life Sciences, CSIRO Plant Industry, Perth, Australia (2010); University of Giessen, Germany (2011-2012) and University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (2016).


Dr. Farooq was named as Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.

His research, on crop water relations and adaptation to dryland environments, has encompassed providing fundamental understanding of the response of crops to abiotic stresses. He has developed seed enhancements for improving crop performance under less than optimum field conditions, and for delivery of micronutrients. He devised technologies for cost-effective biofortification of grain crops with essential minerals like zinc. These seed enhancements are now widely used across the world. He is among the pioneers to develop non-chemical weed control, through allelopathy, in field crops. Dr. Farooq optimized, developed and popularized conservation agricultural systems, for rice-wheat cropping system, in Punjab, Pakistan.



Dr. Farooq is active member of several national and international professional societies. He is Vice President, Asian Allelopathy Society (2019 to date), and served as Secretary, Asian Allelopathy Society (2014-2016, 2016-2018), Vice President, Pakistan Agricultural Scientists Forum (2016-2018), and Secretary, Pakistan Society of Agronomy (2014-2016).

He serves as editorial board member of international research journals and is editor-in-chief of ISI-listed journal International Journal of Agriculture and Biology. He has edited and co-edited seven books, and authored and co-authored more than 350 research articles and 38 book chapters. His citations, on google scholar, exceed 19,500.

Dr. Farooq organized three international and five national conferences / workshops, and presented his work in more than 50 national and international conferences, seminars and workshops. He has been instrumental in fetching external grants, and has successfully completed fifteen research projects, funded by different national and international agencies. Ten PhD and 65 MSc (Hons) / MPhil students have completed their degrees under his supervision.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

  • Crop physiology
  • Seed science
  • Allelopathy
  • Agronomy


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