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Muhammad Ayaz

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8539-1017
E-mail: muhammad.ayaz@lammc.lt
Instituto al. 1, Akademija, LT-58344 Kėdainiai distr., Lithuania


2019–2023 PhD studies, Department of Agroecology and Plant Nutrition, Institute of Agriculture, LAMMC, dissertation topic “The influence of biochar on Cambisol quality and mitigation of GHG emissions”.

2015–2019 Master Degree in Soil Science, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University China.

2011–2015 Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Soil and Environmental Science, The University of Agriculture Peshawar-Pakistan.

Research fields

  • Soil amendment with biochar and inorganic fertilizer to improve soil environment and crop production
  • Effect of biochar on water use efficiency in spring crop under different irrigation system
  • Soil fertility and plant nutrition

Professional experience

Since 2019 Junior Researcher, Department of Agroecology and Plant Nutrition, Institute of Agriculture, LAMMC.

2014–2015 Internee, Environmental Protection Agency Islamabad, Pakistan.

Memberships and affiliations with professional organizations

  • 2019–2020 President of local committee AUP-Pakistan of international forestry student association, ifsa.net.
  • Since 2014 Member of soil science society of Pakistan since.

Involvement in programmes and projects

  • Since 2022 EJP SOIL programme, HORIZON 2020, project “Soil Ecosystem services and soil threats modelling and mapping” (SERENA), Junior Researcher.


Articles in journals indexed in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database

  1. Ayaz M., Feizienė D., Tilvikienė V., Feiza V., Baltrėnaitė-Gedienė E., Sana U. 2023. Biochar with inorganic nitrogen fertilizer reduces direct greenhouse gas emission flux from soil. Plants, 12 (5): 1002. IF – 4,658
  2. Ayaz M., Feizienė D., Feiza V., Tilvikienė V., Baltrėnaitė-Gedienė E., Khan A. 2022. The impact of swine manure biochar on the physical properties and microbial activity of loamy soils. Plants, 11 (13): 1729. IF – 4,658
  3. Ayaz M., Stulpinaite U., Feiziene D., Tilvikiene V., Akthar K., Baltrėnaitė-Gedienė E., Striugas N., Rehmani U., Alam S., Iqbal R., Toleikiene M., Doyeni M. 2022. Pig manure digestate-derived biochar for soil management and crop cultivation in heavy metals contaminated soil. Soil Use and Management, 38 (2): 1307–1321. IF – 3,672
  4. Iqbal R., Raza M. A. S., Rahman M. H., Hyder S., Israr M., Aslama M. U., Mustafa F., Shahzaman M., Ayaz M., Toleikiene M., Hashemig F., Khanh M. T., Aslamh M. M. 2022. Effect of partial rhizosphere drying on plant photosynthetic, antioxidative and water related indicators in cotton. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 53 (16): 2125–2140. IF – 1,580 
  5. Azeem I., Adeel M., Ahmad M. A., Shakoor N., Jiangcuo G. D., Azeem K., Ishfaq M., Shakoor A., Ayaz M., Xu M., Rui Y. 2021. Uptake and accumulation of nano/microplastics in plants: A critical review. Nanomaterials, 11 (11): 2935. IF – 5,719
  6. Iqbal R., Habib-ur-Rahman M., Raza M. A. S., Waqas M., Ikram R. M., Ahmed M. Z., Toleikiene M., Ayaz M., Mustafa F., Ahmad S., Aslam M. U., Waqas M. M., Khan M. T., Aslam M. M., Haider I. 2021. Assessing the potential of partial root zone drying and mulching for improving the productivity of cotton under arid climate. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28 (46): 66223–66241. IF – 5,190
  7. Ayaz M., Feizienė D., Tilvikienė V., Akhtar K., Stulpinaitė U., Iqbal R. 2021. Biochar role in the sustainability of agriculture and environment. Sustainability, 13 (3): 1330. IF – 3,889
  8. Iqbal R., Raza M. A. S., Rashid M. A., Toleikiene M., Ayaz M., Mustafa F., Ahmed M. Z., Hyder S., Rahman M. H., Ahmad S., Aslam M. U., Haider I. 2021. Partial root zone drying irrigation improves water use efficiency but compromise the yield and quality of cotton crop. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis52 (13): 1558–1573. IF – 1,580
  9. Ali M., Niaz Y., Abbasi G. H., Ahmad S., Malik Z., Kamran M., Iqbal R., Zaheer M. S., Bodlah M. A., Nawaz M., Ali H., Aamer M., Ayaz M. 2021. Exogenous zinc induced NaCl tolerance in okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) by ameliorating osmotic stress and oxidative metabolism. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 52 (7): 743–755. IF – 1,580
  10. Liu L., Yao S., Zhang H., Ayaz M., Xu J., Li R., Zhang D. 2019. Soil nitrate nitrogen buffer capacity and environmentally safe nitrogen rate for winter wheat-summer maize cropping in Northern China. Agricultural Water Management, 213: 445–453.
  11. Khan A. Guoyan L, Ayaz M., Hongtao Z., Renjie W., Fenglian Lv., Xueyun Y., Benhua S., Shulan Z., 2018, Phosphorus efficiency, soil phosphorus dynamics and critical phosphorus level under long-term fertilization for single and double cropping systems, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 256: 1–11.
  12. Feng-lian L. Ü., Miao-miao H. O. U., Hong-tao Z., Khan A., Ayaz M., Ciren Q. 2018. Closing the nitrogen use efficiency gap and reducing the environmental impact of wheat-maize cropping on smallholder farms in Guanzhong Plain, Northwest China 17. 

Other peer-reviewed publications

  1. Iqbal R., Raza M. A. S., Toleikiene M., Ayaz M., Hashemi M., Habib-ur-Rahman M., Zaheer M. S., Ahmad S., Riaz U., Ali M., Aslam M. U., Haider I. 2020. Partial root-zone drying (PRD), its effects and agricultural significance: a review. Bulletin of the National Research Centre, 44: 159.

  2. Ahmad M., Ali M., Ayaz M., Khan A., Hamid A., Amin B., 2017. Morphological and biochemical study of exotic pepper (Capsicum annuum L.). germplasm. Science International (Lahore): 29: 245–255.
  3. Muhammad R., Asghar A., Ayaz M., Ijaz S.S., Ali M., Sharif M., Nadeem M., Ali S., Ayesha B. 2017. Wheat response to soil water retention and dynamics under conservation tillage in dryland Pothwar, Pakistan. Science International (Lahore), 29 (6): 1283–1289.
  4. Ayaz M., Sharif M, Ayesha B, Tahir N., Ali S. 2016. Determination of water quality of Rawal Dam, Islamabad. Academia Journal of Agricultural Research, 4 (3): 113–117. 
  5. Tahir N., Khan M. J., Ayaz M., Ali M., Fatima A., Ali S., Ayesha B. 2016. Analysis of soil fertility and mapping using geostatistical information system. Pure and Applied Biology, 5 (3): 446–452.
  6. Amin B., Yaqub A., Ali M., Ullah M., Khan A., Muhammad T., Khan A., Ayaz M. 2016. Response of potato genotypes to different levels of nitrogen. Pure and Applied Biology, 5 (3): 369–377.