Journals Publication

List of Publication in Peer-reviewed Journals

  1. Abbas, G., M. Saqib, J. Akhtar, and G. Murtaza. 2017. Physiological and biochemical characterization of Acacia stenophylla and Acacia albida exposed to salinity under hydroponic conditions. Can. J. For. Res. 47: 1293–1301 (IF= 1.683).


  1. Mumtaz, M.Z., M. Saqib, G. Abbas, Akhtar & Zia-ul Qamar. 2017. Genotypic variation in Rice for grain yield and quality as affected by salt affected field conditions, Journal of Plant Nutrition, DOI: 10.1080/01904167.2017.1385796. (IF: 0.51).


  1. Asif, M. M. Ayub, A, Tanveer, Akhtar. 2017.  Estimating yield losses and economic threshold level of Parthenium hysterophorus in forage sorghum. Planta Daninha. 35:1-8   Doi: 10.1590/S0100-83582017350100038 (IF 0.461)


  1. Javaid, T, Akhtar, M. A. Haq and R. Ahmad. 2017. Silicon improved growth rate by altering biochemical traits of wheat under saline conditions. Pak. J. Bot., 49(3): 823-835. (IF:0.69).


  1. Ullah, A., A. Ahmad, T. Khaliq, Akhtar. 2017. Recognizing production options for pearl millet in Pakistan under changing climate scenarios. J. Integ. Agric. 16(4): 762–773. (IF: 0.724).


  1. Iqbal, M.M., G. Murtaza, T. Naz, Akhtar,  M. Afzal, E. Meers,  G. D. Laing. 2017. Amendments affect lead mobility and modulated chemospeciation under different moisture regimes in normal and salt-affected lead-contaminated soils. Int. J. Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1007/s13762-016-1126-9 (IF: 2.344).


  1. Iqbal, M.A., A. Iqbal, M. Ayub, Akhtar. 2016. Comparative study on temporal and spatial complementarity and profitability of forage sorghum-soybean intercropping systems. Custos e Agronegocio 12(4):2-18 • December 2016 (IF 0.07)


  1. Shahzad, M., Z.A. Saqib, F. Hafeez, M. Bilal, S.A. Khan, S.A. Asad & Akhtar.2016 Growth-related changes in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes grown under salinity stress. Journal of Plant Nutrition.39:9, 1257-1265. DOI: 10.1080/01904167.2015.1089902. (IF: 0.51).


  1. Amjad, M. Akhtar, M.A. Haq, M.A. Riaz, Z.A. Saqib, B. Murtaza & M. A. Naeem. 2016. Effectiveness of Potassium in mitigating the salt-induced oxidative stress in contrasting tomato genotypes. Journal of Plant Nutrition. DOI: 10.1080/01904167.2016. 1201107. (IF: 0.51).


  1. Ain, J. Akhtar, M. Amjad, M.A. Haq & Z. A. Saqib. 2016. Effect of enhanced nickel levels on wheat plant growth and physiology under salt stress. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. DOI: 10.1080/00103624.2016.1254796. (IF: 0.529).


  1. Rahman, M.H, A. Ahmad, A. Wajid, M. Hussain, Akhtar and G. Hoogenboom. 2016. Estimation of temporal variation resilience in cotton varieties using statistical models. Pak. J. Agri. Sci., Vol. 53(4), 787-807. (IF: 0.597).


  1. Abbas, G. Saqib, J. Akhtar, G. Murtaza, M. Shahid and A. Hussain. 2016. Relationship between rhizosphere acidification and phytoremediation in two Acacia species. J. Soils Sediments. 16:1392–1399. (IF=2.139).


  1. Nawaz, M. F., S. Gul, M. A. Tanvir, Akhtar, S. Chaudary, I. Ahmad. 2016. Influence of NaCl-salinity on Pb-uptake behavior and growth of River Red gum tree (Eucalyptus camaldulensis Dehnh.). Turk J Agric For. 40: 425-432. (IF 1.311).
  2. Parveen, M. A.Haq, Akhtar and S.M.A. Basra.2016. Interactive effect of salinity and potassium on growth, biochemical parameters, protein and oil quality of Soybean genotypes. Pak. J. Agri. Sci., 53: 69-78. (IF 0.597)
  3. Abbas G., M. Saqib and Akhtar. 2016. Differential Response of Two Acacia Species to Salinity and Water Stress. Pak. J. Agri. Sci., 53: 51-57. (IF 0.597)
  4. Amjad, M., Akhtar, B. Murtaza, G. Abbas and H. Jawad. 2016. Differential Accumulation of Potassium Results in Varied Salt-Tolerance Response in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) Cultivars. Hortic. Environ. Biotechnol. 57(3): 1926-1935. (IF 0.662).
  5. Abbasi G.H., M. Ijaz, Akhtar, M. A. Haq, M. Jamil, S. Ali, R. Ahmad & H. N. KHAN.2016. Profiling of Anti-Oxidative Enzymes and Lipid Peroxidation in Leaves of Salt Tolerant and Salt Sensitive Maize Hybrids under NaC1 and Cd Stress. Sains Malaysiana 45(2): 177–184. (IF0.35)
  6. Abbasi, G.H., Akhtar, R. Ahmad, M. Jamil, M.A. Haq, S. Ali and M. Ijaz. 2015. Potassium application mitigates salt stress differentially at different growth stages in tolerant and sensitive maize hybrids. Plant Growth Regul. DOI 10.1007/s10725-015-0050-1 (IF= 2.237).
  7. Abbas, G., M. Saqib, Akhtar and M.A. Haq. 2015. Interactive effects of salinity and iron deficiency on different rice genotypes. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 1-6 (IF= 1.459).
  8. Abbas, G., M. Saqib, Akhtar, G. Murtaza and M. Shahid. 2015. Effect of salinity on rhizosphere acidification and antioxidant activity of Acacia species. Can. J. For. Res. 45: 124-129 (IF= 1.683).
  9. Abbasi, G.H., Akhtar, M. A. Haq, W. Malik, S. Ali, Z. Chen and G. Zhang. 2015. Morpho-physiological and micrographic characterization of maize hybrids under NaCl and Cd stress. Plant Growth Regul. 75: 115-122. (IF=2.237).
  10. Amjad, M., S.S. Akhtar, A. Yang, Akhtar and S.E. Jcobsen. 2015. Antioxidative response of Quinoa Exposed to Iso-Osmotic, ionic and Non-Ionic salt stress. J. Agron. Crop Sci. 1-9 (I.F= 2.444).
  11. Jan, M., M.A. Haq, Akhtar and E.A. Waraich. 2015. Genotypic variation to zinc response to salt stressed rice (Oryza sativa L.) plants in hydroponic. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 52(1): 135-144(IF=1.049)
  12. Farooq, A., Z.A. Saqib, Akhtar and H.F. Bakht. 2015. Silicon –mediated oxidative stress tolerance and genetic variability in rice (Oryza sativa L.) grown under combined stress of salinity and boron toxicity. Turkish J. Agri. Forest. 718-729. (IF= 0.929).
  13. Farooq, A., Z.A. Saqib, Akhtar, H.F. Bakht and R.K. Pasla. 2015. Protective role of Silicon (Si) against combined stress of salinity and boron (B) toxicity by improving antioxidant enzyme activity in rice. SILICON. (IF= 1.069).
  14. Aftab, M., M.A. Haq, Akhtar and E.A. Waraich..2015. Salinity and boron tolerance in Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) varieties: a short term hydroponic study. Intl. J. Agri. Bio. 17 (4): 797-802 (IF= 0.94).
  15. Parveen, M.A. Haq, Akhtar and S.M.A. Basra. 2015. Interactive effect of salinity and potassium on growth, biochemical parameters, protein and oil quality of soybean genotypes. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 52(4): 1-10 (IF=1.049).
  16. Amjad, M., Akhtar, M.A. Haq, M.A. Riaz and S.E. Jacobsen. 2014. Understanding salt tolerance mechanisms in wheat genotypes by exploring antioxidant enzymes. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 51: 969-976. (IF= 1.049).
  17. Atiq-ur-Rahman, M., M. Saqib, Akhtar and Rashid Ahmad. 2014. Physiological characterization of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes under salinity. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 51: 983-990. (IF= 1.049).
  18. Amjad, M., Akhtar and M.S. Rashid. 2014. Evaluating the effectiveness of biofertilizer on salt tolerance of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) Arch. Agron. Soil Sci. (IF=0.549).
  19. Haq, M.A., Akhtar, M. Saqib, A. Hussain and T. Hussain. 2014. Integrated use of farm manure and mineral fertilizers to maintain soil quality for better cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) production. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 51: 423-430 (IF= 1.049).
  20. Haq, T., Akhtar, A. Ali, M.M. Maqbool and M. Ibrahim. 2014. Evaluating the response of some canola (Brassica napus l.) cultivars to salinity stress at seedling stage. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 51: 571-579 (IF= 1.049).
  21. Amjad, M., Akhtar, M.A. Haq, S. Imran, S.E. Jacobsen. 2014. Soil and foliar application of potassium enhances fruit yield and quality of tomato under salinity. Turkish J. Biol. 38(2): 208-218 (IF=1.343).
  22. G.H, J. Akhtar, M.A. Haq, S. Ali, C. Zhong-hua and W. Malik. 2014. Exogenous potassium differentially mitigates salt stress in tolerant and sensitive maize hybrids. Pak. J. Bot. 46(1): 135-146 (IF=0.822).
  23. Amjad, M., Akhtar, M.A. Haq, A. Yang, S.S. Akhtar and S.E. Jacobsen. 2014. Integrating role of ethylene and ABA in tomato plants adaptation to salt stress. Scientia Horticulturae. 172: 109-116 (IF=1.365).
  24. Haq, T., J. Akhtar, K. Steele, R. Munns and J. Gorham. 2014. Reliability of ion accumulation and growth components for selecting salt tolerant lines in large populations of rice. Func. Plant Biol. 41: 379-390 (IF= 3.145).
  25. Amjad, M., Akhtar, M.A. Haq and R. Ahmad. 2014. Characterization of comparative response of fifteen Tomato (Lycopersicom esculatum Mill.) genotypes of NaCl stress. J. Agri. Sci. Tech. 16: 851-862 (IF=0.699).
  26. Yousra, M., Akhtar, Z.A. Saqib, M. Saqib and M.A. Haq. 2013. Effect of potassium application on ammonium nutrition in maize (Zea mays L.) under salt stress. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 50(1): 43-48. (IF= 1.049).
  27. Saqib, M., Akhtar, R.H. Qureshi and M. Nasim. 2013. Selection and characterization of wheat genotypes for saline soils prone to waterlogging. J. Plant Nut. Soil Sci. 176:131-137 (IF=1.459).
  28. Saqib, M., Akhtar, G. Abbas and M. Nasim. 2013. Salinity and drought interaction in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is affected by the genotype and plant growth stage. Acta Physiol. Plant. 35: 2761-2768 (IF=1.584).
  29. Haq, M.A., S. Akram, Akhtar, M. Saqib, Z.A. Saqib, G.H. Abbasi and M. Jan. 2013. Morpho-physiological characterization of sunflower genotypes (Helianthus annuus L.) under saline condition. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 50(1): 49-54 (IF= 1.049).
  30. Abbas, G., M. Saqib, Akhtar and S.M.A. Basra. 2013. Salinity tolerance potential of two acacia species at early seedling stage. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 50: 683-688 (IF= 1.049).
  31. Abbas, G.,  Saqib, Q. Rafique, M. Atiq ur Rahman, J. Akhtar, M.A. Haq and M. Nasim. 2013. Effect of salinity on grain yield and grain quality of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 50: 185-189 (IF= 1.049).
  32. Saqib, Z.A., Akhtar, M.A. Haq and I. Ahmad. 2012. Salt induced changes in leaf phenology of Wheat plant are mediated by accumulation and distribution pattern of Na+ ion. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 49(20): 141-148 (IF= 1.049).
  33. Arshad, M., M. Saqib, Akhtar and M. Asghar. 2012. Effect of calcium on the salt tolerance of different wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 49: 497-504. (IF= 1.049).
  34. Ali, A., A. Ahmad, T. Khaliq, Akhtar. 2012. Planting density and nitrogen rates optimization for growth and yield of sunflower (Hellianthus annuus L.) hybrids. J. Animal Plant Sci. 22(4): 1070-1075 (IF=0.448).
  35. Ahmed, K., M. Saqib, Akhtar and R. Ahmad. 2012. Evaluation and characterization of genetic variation in maize (Zea may L.) for salinity tolerance. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 49: 521-526 (IF= 1.049).
  36. Saqib, Z.A., Akhtar, M.A. Haq, I.Ahmad and H.F. Bakhat. 2012. Relationality of using various physiological and yield related traits in determining salt tolerance in wheat. Afr. J. Biotechnol. 11(15): 3558-3568.
  37. Saqib, Z.A., J. Akhtar, M. Saqib and R. Ahmad. 2011. Contrasting leaf Na+ uptake and transport rates conferred differences in salt tolerance of wheat genotypes. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B. Soil Plant Sci. 61: 129-135 (IF=0.646).
  38. Nasim, W., A. Ahmad, A. Wajid, Akhtar and D. Muhammad. 2011. Nitrogen effects on growth and development of sunflower hybrids under agro-climatic conditions of Multan. Pak. J. Bot. 43(4): 2083-2092 (IF=0.822).
  39. Hammad, H.M, A. Ahmad, A. Wajid and Akhtar. 2011. Maize response to time and rate of nitrogen application. Pak. J. Bot. 43(4): 1935-1942 (IF=0.822).
  40. Haq, T., J. Gorham, Akhtar, N. Akhtar and K.A. Steele. 2010. Dynamic QTL for salt stress components on chromosome 1 of rice. Func. Plant Biol. 37: 634–645 (IF=3.145).
  41. Akhtar, J., Z.A. Saqib, M. Sarfraz, I. Saleem and M.A. Haq. 2010. Evaluating salt tolerant cotton genotypes at different levels of NaCl stress in solution and soil culture. Pak. J. Bot. 42(4): 2857-2866. (IF=0.822).
  42. Haq, T. Akhtar, S. Nawaz and R. Ahmad. 2009. Morpho-physiological response of rice (Oryza sativa L.) varieties to salinity stress. Pak. J. Bot. 41(6): 2943-2956. (IF=0.822).
  43. Nasim, M., R.H. Qureshi, T. Aziz, M. Saqib, S. Nawaz, Akhtar, M.A. Haq and S.T. Sahi. 2009. Different Eucalyptus species show different mechanisms of tolerance to salinity and salinity× hypoxia. J. Plant Nutr. 32: 1427-1439 (IF=0.494).
  44. Haq, T., Akhtar, J. Gorham, K.A. Steele and M. Khalid. 2008. Genetic mapping of Qtls, controlling shoot fresh and dry weight under salt stress in Rice (Oryza sativa L.) cross between Co39×Moroberekan. Pak. J. Bot. 40(6): 2369-2381 (IF=0.822).
  45. Saqib, M., Akhtar and R.H. Qureshi. 2008. Sodicity intensifies the effect of salinity on grain yield and yield components of wheat. J. Plant Nutr. 31: 689-701. (IF=0.494).
  46. Qadir, M., Tubeileh, J. Akhtar, A. Larbi, P.S. Minhas and M.A. Khan. 2008. Productivity Enhancement of Salt-affected Environments through Crop Diversification. Land Degrad. Develop. 19: 429-453 (IF=3.089).
  47. Akhtar, J., Z.A. Saqib, R.H. Qureshi, M.A. Haq, M.S. Iqbal and N.E. Marcar. The effect of spacing on the growth of Eucalyptus camaldulensis on salt-affected soils of the Punjab, Pakistan. Can. J. For. Res. 38(9): 2434-2444 (IF= 1.683).
  48. Bhutta, W.M., Akhtar, M. Ibrahim and A. Shahzad. 2006. Genetic variation Between Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes as revealed by Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers. South Afr. J. Bot. 72: 280-283 (IF=0.978).
  49. Saqib, M., Akhtar and R.H. Qureshi. 2005. Na+ exclusion and salt resistance of wheat (Triticum aestivum) in saline-waterlogged conditions are improved by the development of adventitious nodal roots and cortical root aerenchyma. Plant Sci. 169: 125-130. (IF=3.607).
  50. Bhutta, W.M., A. Shahzad, Akhtar and M. Ibrahim. 2005. Assessment of genetic divergence among wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes using random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analysis. Biologia. Bratislava: 60(6): 671-674 (IF=0.827).
  51. Saqib, M., Akhtar and R.H. Qureshi. 2004. Pot study on wheat growth in saline and waterlogged compact soil; I. Grain yield and yield components. Soil Tillage Res. 77: 169-177 (IF=2.622).
  52. Saqib, M., Akhtar and R.H. Qureshi. 2004. Pot study on wheat growth in saline and waterlogged compact soil: II. Root growth and leaf ionic relations. Soil Tillage Res. 77: 179-187 (IF=2.622).
  53. Aslam, M., N. Muhammad, R.H. Qureshi, Z. Ahmad, S. Nawaz and Akhtar. 2003. Calcium and salt-tolerance of rice. Commu. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 34(20): 3013-3031 (IF=0.390).
  54. Akhtar, J., J. Gorham, R.H. Qureshi and M. Aslam. 1998. Does tolerance of wheat to salinity and hypoxia correlate with root dehydrogenase activity and aerenchyma formation? Plant Soil. 210: 275-284 (IF=2.952).
  55. Akhtar, J., J. Gorham and R.H. Qureshi. 1994. Combined effect of salinity and hypoxia in wheat (Triticum aestivum) and wheat-Thinopyrum amphiploids. Plant Soil. 166: 47-54 (IF=2.952).