Assistant Professor Department of Bioresources

University of Kashmir Srinagar-190006

Mob: 9796546222,


Research Interest

World over people are dependent on only few species for food and there is a need to increase the basket. In this context Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have identified many under-utilized plants which would improve upon health and nutrition, livelihoods, household food security, ecological sustainability. Moreover, since underutilized crops are closely knit to cultural traditions and therefore are envisaged to have a role in supporting social diversity. In the recent times, the value of these indigenous biodiversity has been growing resulting in renewed interest in research and development of underutilized crops. We are interested in under-utilized crops such as buckwheat (Fagopyrum spp.), millets (Setaria italica L. Beauv., Panicum miliaceum L.) and Amaranthus (Amaranthus caudatus) which have an importance in cultural heritage of the state. For the crop improvement an understanding of biological efficiency (production) demands research on the basic biological processes, morphological traits, response characteristics and genotype environment interactions.

Some of the factors which has renewed the interests in the underutilized crops are

  1. They can act as an alternate source of income
  2. Greater appreciation of biodiversity role in enhancing livelihoods
  3. Increased participation of communities in setting research agendas
  4. Stronger national agricultural research systems
  5. Search for the cultural identities in the global world
  6. Increased demand for traditional food in large multi-ethnic cities
  7. Better understanding of the limits of the green revolution
  8. Greater attention to gender sensitive research



  1. Fayaz Ahmad Dar, Tanveer Bilal Pirzadah, Bisma Malik, Inayatullah Tahir, Reiaz Ul Rehman (2017) Molecular genetics of buckwheat and its role in crop improvement. In Buckwheat germplasm in the world. By Meiliang Zhou, Ivan Kreft, Yu Tang, Galina Suvorova. Elsevier Publications. Elsevier Publication. ISBN: 9780128110065.
  2. Tanveer Bilal Pirzadah, Bisma Malik, Sikandar Farooq, Inayatullah Tahir, Reiaz Ul Rehman (2016). Cultivation, Agronomic practices and growth performance of Buckwheat. Edited vol. on “Molecular Breeding and Nutritional Aspects of Buckwheat” By Meiliang Zhou, Ivan Kreft, Sun-Hee Woo, Nikhil Chrungoo and Gunilla Wieslander. Elsevier Publications. ISBN:0128037148, 9780128037140.
  3. Tanveer Bilal Pirzadah, Bisma Malik, Inayatullah Tahir, Qureshi M. Irfan & Reiaz Ul Rehman (2018) Characterization of mercury-induced stress biomarkers in Fagopyrum tataricum plants, International Journal of Phytoremediation, 20:3, 225-236, DOI: 10.1080/15226514.2017.1374332 Taylor and Francis IF 2016 (1.90)
  4. Tanveer Bilal Pirzadah, Bisma Malik, Inayatullah Tahir, Reiaz ul Rehman (2016) Vivipary in Fagopyrum esculentum. Folia Biologica ET Geologica. 57 (2): 5-59. ISSN: 2335-2914 Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  5. Bisma Malik, Tanveer Bilal Pirzadah, Inayatullah Tahir, Reiaz ul Rehman (2017). Chemo-profiling, Antioxidant potential and Ionomic analysis of Cichorium intybus L. Pharmacognosy Journal. 9 (6): 917-928.doi:10.5530/pj.2017.6.144.ISSN:0975-3575 SCOPUS.
  6. Fayaz Ahmad Dar, Susheel Verma, Reiaz Ul Rehman. Genetic Diversity Assessment of Phaseolus vulgaris L. in Two Himalayan Districts of India. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences1-9,doi:10.1007/s40011-016-0742-y.http:// ISSN: 0369-8211 (print version) ISSN: 2250-1746 (online) IF (0.396)
  7. Malhó R, Serrazina S, Saavedra L, Dias FV and Rehman RU (2015) Ion and lipid signaling in apical growth—a dynamic machinery responding to extracellular cues. Front. Plant Sci. 6:816. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00816 ISSN: 1664-462X IF (4.298)
  8. Tanveer Pirzadah, Shashank Garg, Joginder Singh, Ashish Vyas, Manish Kumar, Naseem Gaur, Madhu Bala, Reiaz Ul Rehman, Ajit Varma, Vivek Kumar and Manoj Kumar. (2014) Characterization of Actinomycetes and Trichoderma spp. for cellulase production utilizing crude substrates by response surface methodology.  SpringerPlus, 3:622. IF(0.982) ISSN: 2193-1801
  9. Tanveer Bilal Pirzadah, Bisma Malik, Inayatullah Tahir, Reiaz ul Rehman. 2013. Buckwheat: An introspective and future perspective with reference to Kashmir Himalayas. Proc. 12th Intl. Symp. Laško, Slovania. pp. 212-215. (Proceedings of International Symposium 21-25 Aug. 2013).
  10. Reiaz Ul Rehman, Sara Rinalducci, Lello Zolla, Giuseppe Dalessandro, Gian Pietro Di Sansebastiano.Nicotiana tabacum protoplasts secretome can evidence relations among regulatory elements of exocytosis mechanisms.( Plant Signalling and behavior 2011. 6(8):1140-1145) . doi:  10.4161/psb.6.8.1575
  11. Reiaz Ul-Rehman, Pedro Angelo and Rui Malho.Arabidopsis SYP125 syntaxin localization reveals Sub-apical zones of pollen tubes as predominant sites of exocytosis. ( Plant Signalling and behavior.2011 6(5):665-670).
  12. Pedro Ângelo Silva, Reiaz Ul-Rehman, Cláudia Rato, Gian-Pietro Di Sansebastiano and Rui Malhó, Asymmetric localization of Arabidopsis syntaxins at the pollen tube apical and sub-apical zones is important for tip growth (BMC Plant Biology 2010, 10:179.(August 2010) IF (4.541) ISSN: 1471-2229.
  13. R.U.Rehman, E.Stigliano, G. Lycett, L. Sticher, S. Franchesca, G. Dalessandro and G.P.Di Sansebastiano. Tomato Rab11a characterization evidenced a difference between SYP121 dependent and SYP122-dependent exocytosis. (Plant Cell Physiology.2008;49(5):751-766). IF (4.817) ISSN: 1471-9053 DOI:10.1093/pcp/pcn051
  14. Gian Pietro Di Sansebastiano, Reiaz Ul Rehman, Jean-Marc Neuhaus. Development of rat ß-glucuronidase as a reporter protein for the analysis of the plant secretory pathway (PlantBiosystems 2007:141(3):329-336). DOI: 10.1080/11263500701627513. IF(1.390)
  15. R.U.Rehman, M.Israr, K.C.Bansal, P.S.Srivastava and M.Z.Abdin. In vitro regeneration of witloof chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) from the leaf explants and accumulation of esculin. In Vitro Cell.Dev.Biol.-Plant (2003) 39: 142- 146). IF (1.024)
  16. M.Z.Abdin, M.Israr, R.U.Rehman and S.K.Jain. Artemisinin a novel antimalarial drug: Biochemical and molecular approaches for enhancing production. (Planta Medica 2003 69(4):289-299). DOI: 10.1055/s-2003-38871 ISSN‎: ‎1439-0221 IF (2.34).


    Research Grants (Completed)

    1. “Evaluation of Salt Stress Tolerance of Setaria italic L.” Innovative Research Activities” UGC 12th Plan.
    2. Studying plant cell secretion and membrane trafficking. Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (IIF), FFCUL, Lisboa, Portugal. (Principal Investigator).

    Research Students




    1. Ms Bisma Malik (Mentor: Dr Reiaz Ul Rehman):Women Scientist Scheme (Wos-A : File No: SR/WOS-A/LS-1278/2015):

           2. Ms Arifa (Mentor: Dr Reiaz Ul Rehman): DST-NPDF Fellowship.



    1. Ms Bisma Malik: “Studies on Antioxidant potential and proteomic profiling of Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) grown in Kashmir”. (PhD Awarded)
    2. Mr Tanveer Bilal Peerzada: “Biochemical studies and proteomic profiling of Fagopyrum species grown in Kashmir”. (PhD Awarded)
    3. Mr. Sajad Ahmad Padder: Evaluation of salt stress resistance in Setaria italic. (Mphil Awarded)
    4. Ms. Asiya Ramzan: “Antioxidant potential of Amaranthus caudatus”. (Mphil Awarded)



    1.  Mr Fayaz Ahmad Dar: “Studies on the variability and biochemical analysis of selected Fagopyrum spp. from Kashmir Himalaya”. (PhD)

    2. Mr. Sajad Ahmad Padder: “Factors contributing to development of drug resistance in clinical isolates of pathogenic fungi”.(PhD)

    3. Ms. Asiya Ramzan: “Mechanistic study of contribution of various proteins in fungal drug resistance”.(PhD)

    4. Mr Aadil Rasool “Biochemical basis of stress alleviation in Proso millet (Panicum miliaceum L.)     grown in Kashmir Himalaya”.(Integrated PhD)

    5. Ms Wasifa “ In Vitro evaluation of stress alleviation in foxtail millet (Setaria italica L.) grown in Kashmir Himalaya”.( Integrated PhD ).