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Name: Dr. Sohail Yousaf (TTS)
Designation: Assistant Professor
Department: Environmental Sciences


Qualifications:

Post Doctorate                                         March 2011 – August 2012
Fondazione Edmund Mach
IASMA Research and Innovation Centre, San Michele all’Adige, Trento, Italy.

Academics

Ph.D. (Environmental  Biology) 2011
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria.

M.Sc. Hons. (Agriculture - Soil and Environmental Sciences)    2004
University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.

B.Sc. Hons. (Agriculture - Soil and Environmental Sciences)   2002
University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.         



Phone: +92-51 9064-4138
Email: rasy1023@hotmail.com
Status: On job
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Research Interests Publications Conferences Research Projects

·         Environmental molecular biology

·         Microbial / rhizosphere ecology

·         Bioremediation, phytoremediation

·         Metagenomics analysis of microorganisms

·         Nodulation and nitrogen fixation

·         Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria


1.    Muhammad Naveed, Birgit Mitter, Sohail Yousaf, Milica Pastar, Muhammad Afzal and Angela Sessitsch (2013). The endophyte Enterobacter sp. FD17: a powerful maize enhancer selected based on rigorous testing of plant beneficial traits and colonization characteristics. Biology and Fertility of Soils. In press: DOI: 10.1007/s00374-013-0854-y.

2.    Michael Pancher, Marco Ceol, Paola Elisa Corneo, Claudia Maria Oliveira Longa, Sohail Yousaf, Ilaria Pertot, Andrea Campisano (2012) Fungal endophytic population shifts respond to agricultural management choices. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78 (12): 4308-17.

3.    Muhammad Afzal, Sohail Yousaf, Thomas G. Reichenauer and Angela Sessitsch (2012) The inoculation method affects colonization and performance of bacterial inoculant strains in the phytoremediation of soil contaminated with diesel oil. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 14: 35-47.

4.    Sohail Yousaf, Muhammad Afzal, Thomas G. Reichenauer and Angela Sessitsch (2011) Hydrocarbon degradation, plant colonization and gene expression of alkane degradation genes by endophytic Enterobacter ludwigii strains. Environmental Pollution, 159: 2675-2683.

5.    Muhammad Afzal, Sohail Yousaf, Thomas G. Reichenauer, Melanie Kuffner and Angela Sessitsch (2011) Soil type affects plant colonization, activity and catabolic gene expression of inoculated bacterial strains during phytoremediation of diesel. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 186 (2-3): 1568-1575.

6.    Sohail Yousaf, Katrin Ripka, Thomas. G. Reichenauer, Verania. Andria, Muhammad Afzal and Angela Sessitsch (2010) Hydrocarbon degradation and plant colonization by selected bacterial strains isolated from Italian ryegrass and birdsfoot trefoil. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 109 (4): 1389-1401.

7.    Sohail Yousaf, Verania Andria, Thomas G. Reichenauer, Kornelia Smalla and Angela Sessitsch (2010) Phylogenetic and functional diversity of alkane degrading bacteria associated with Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) and birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) in a petroleum oil-contaminated environment. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 184 (1-3): 523-532.

8.    Waseem Raza, Sohail Yousaf, Younas Nadeem, Aslam John (2007) Compaction and subsoiling effects on soil properties, plant nutrition concentration, and yield of Cotton (Gossipium hirsutum L.). American-Eurasian Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, 2(4): 375-381.

9.    Waseem Raza, Sohail Yousaf, Abid Niaz, M. Khalid Rasheed, Iqbal Hussain (2005) Subsoil compaction effects on soil properties, nutrient uptake and yield of maize fodder Zea mays L.). Pakistan Journal of Botany, 37(4): 933-940.

10.    Sohail Yousaf, Javeed Akhtar, Waseem Raza, Iqbal Hussain, Muhammad Arshad (2004) Effect of Rhizobium inoculation and soil applied indole acetic acid on growth, nodulation and yield of mungbean (Vigna radiata L.). Pakistan Journal of Soil Science, 23 (1-2): 95-100.

11.  Waseem Raza, M. Javed Akhtar, Muhammad Arshad and Sohail Yousaf (2004) Growth, nodulation and yield of mungbean (Vigna radiata L.) as influenced by coinoculation with Rhizobium and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 41(3-4): 125-130.

Book Chapters

1.    Muhammad Afzal, Sohail Yousaf, Thomas G. Reichenauer and Angela Sessitsch (2013) Ecology of alkane-degrading bacteria and their interaction with the plant. In Molecular Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere. Vol. 2. 1st Edition. 2013 Wiley-Blackwell. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

2.    Sohail Yousaf, Mariam Anees and Andrea Campisano (2013) Grapevine endophytes and plant health: A culture independent approach. In S. Compant, F. Mathieu eds, Recent advances on biocontrol of grapevine diseases: from fundamental knowledge to application in the vineyards, Oenoplurimedia, in press.

3.    Sohail Yousaf, Muhammad Afzal, Mariam Anees, Riffat Naseem Malik and  Andrea Campisano (2013) Ecology and functional potential of endophytes in bioremediation: A molecular perspective. In Verma, Vijay; Gange, Alan C eds, Advances in Endophytic Research, Springer, in press. ISBN 978-81-322-1574-5.


1.    Muhammad Naveed, Bırgıt Mıtter, Sohail Yousaf and Angela Sessıtsch (2012) Effects of endophytic bacterial strains on yield and growth parameters of Maize. In: Current aspects of European endophyte research. COST Action FA1103: Endophytes in biotechnology and agriculture. 28th -30th March 2012 Reims, France. Abstract P48.

2.    Sohail Yousaf, Michael Pancher and Andrea Campisano (2012) Metagenomic analysis of bacterial endophytic communities associated with grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) In: 28th New Phytologist Symposium on functions and ecology of the plant microbiome, 18th -21st May 2012 Rhodes, Greece. Abstract P91.

3.    Andrea Campisano, Biagini B, Michael Pancher and Sohail Yousaf (2012) Characterisation of microbial endophytes from wild grapevine (Vitis vinifera subsp. sylvestris) In: 28th New Phytologist Symposium on functions and ecology of the plant microbiome, 18th -21st May 2012 Rhodes, Greece. Abstract P11.

4.    Sohail Yousaf, Katrin Ripka, Thomas G. Reichenauer, Verania. Andria, Muhammad Afzal and Angela Sessitsch (2010) Hydrocarbon degradation and plant colonization by selected bacterial strains isolated from Italian ryegrass and birdsfoot trefoil. In: Workshop Symbiotic Interactions, 19th- 20th November 2009 Munich, Germany. Abstract PG3/13.

5.    Sohail Yousaf, Muhammad Afzal, Thomas G. Reichenauer, Angela Sessitsch (2010) Hydrocarbon degradation and plant colonization by selected bacterial strains isolated from Italian ryegrass and birdsfoot trefoil, In: 7th International Conference on Phytotechnologies, 26th- 29 September Parma, Italy. Abstract, 89.

6.    Sohail Yousaf, Verania Andria, Thomas G. Reichenauer, and Angela Sessitsch (2009) Hydrocarbon degradation and plant colonization of selected bacterial strains isolated from the rhizosphere and plant interior of Italian ryegrass and Birdsfoot trefoil. In: European geoscience union general assembly, 19th-24th April 2009 Vienna, Austria. Abstract EGU2009, 2465.

7.    Verania Andria, Sohail Yousaf, Thomas G. Reichenauer, K. Smalla and Angela Sessitsch (2009) Diversity of alkane degrading bacteria associated with plants in a petroleum oil-contaminated environment and expression of alkane monooxygenase genes. In: European geoscience union general assembly, 19th-24th April 2009 Vienna, Austria. Abstract EGU2009, 2456.

8.    Sohail Yousaf, Verania Andria, Thomas G. Reichenauer and Angela Sessitsch (2008) Hydrocarbon degradation and colonization of selected bacterial strains. In: Boku, Vienna, Austria. 2008.

9.    Muhammad Afzal, Sohail Yousaf, Stephane Compant, Thomas Reichenauer and Angela Sessitsch (2008) Labelling of Pseudomonas strains with gfp marker gene for studying horizontal gene transfer in situ during bioremediation. In: Boku, Vienna, Austria. 2008.


Workshops

1.    Irrigation system and water management. November 14-23, 2012 Islamabad, Pakistan. Organized by AARDO-NCRD.

2.    Food Security Situation in South Asia: Problems and Prospects. October 2-7, 2012 Islamabad, Pakistan. Organized by SAARC Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC).

1. Phylogenetic and Functional  Analysis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Degrading Microbes from Contaminated Soils (HEC Start up Research Grant; In Progress)

2. Elucidation of Hydrocarbons and Degrading Microorganisms in Contaminated Environment (URF; Completed).

3. Study of heavy metals and associated microorganisms in the contaminated soil of Hattar Industrial Estate, Haripur (Completed).

4. Assessment of chromium contamination; isolation and characterization of resistant bacteria from tanneries effluent of Sialkot, Pakistan (In progress).

5. Decolonization and biodegradation of reactive dyes by using consortium and pure bacterial strains (In Progress).

6. Assessment, isolation and characterization of Naphthalene and Pyrene degrading bacteria from contaminated soils of Pakistan (In Progress).

7. Characterization and degradation potential of endosulfan degrading bacteria from pesticide contaminated soils of Eastern Punjab
(In Progress).



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