Dr. Mu. Naeem

    PhD (Botany), Postdoc


    Assistant Professor


    Plant Physiology, Nurturing of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Application of Nutrients & PGRs on plants, Abiotic stress


    Department of Botany





    Time Table


Dr. Mu. Naeem received degrees of BSc, MSc and PhD in Botany subject from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. After getting his PhD, he received Postdoctoral Fellowship (Young Scientist) under the Fast Track Scheme of Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India, Science and Engineering Research Board New Delhi. To date, he has successfully run four major research projects funded by the DST, SERB, UGC, New Delhi and CSTUP, Lucknow. For more than a decade, he has devoted his research to improving the yield and quality of commercially important crop plants including medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). His research focuses on escalating the production of MAPs and their active principles using a novel and safe technique involving radiation-processed polysaccharides, as well as the application of potent plant growth regulators (PGRs) under favourable and unfavourable conditions. Dr. Naeem has published more than 100 research articles in reputable national and international journals. Also, he has authored 11 books and co-authored several book chapters published by international publishers. He has 3293 citations with h-index of 32 and i10 index of 75 and total Impact Factor of his reserch publication is 223. Based on his research contributions, Dr. Naeem has received multiple awards and recognitions from prestigious scientific bodies of India including Yuva Vaigyanic Samman from State Government of Uttar Pradesh, Research Associateship from CSIR, New Delhi, Young Scientist of the Year Award from the Scientific and Environmental Research Institute, Kolkata; ‘ABRF Excellence Award for Botanical Research from Asian Biological Research Foundation, Prayagraj, and ‘ESDA Senior Scientist Award from Environment and Social Development Association, New Delhi.

  1. Publication

    1.  Umra Aqeel, Tariq Aftab, M. Masroor A. Khan, and M. Naeem (2021) A comprehensive review of impacts of diverse nanoparticles on growth, development and physiological adjustments in plants under changing environment. Chemosphere (UK) (Impact Factor: 7.086)

    2.  Aarifa Nabi, M. Naeem, Tariq Aftab, M. Masroor A. Khan, Parvaiz Ahmed (2021) A comprehensive review of adaptations in plants under arsenic toxicity: Physiological, metabolic and molecular interventions. Environmental Pollution (UK). 290: 118029 (Impact Factor: 8.071)

    3.    Kaiser Iqbal Wani, M. Naeem, Christian Danve M. Castroverde, Hazem M. Kalaji, Mohammed Albaqami and Tariq Aftab (2021) Molecular mechanisms of nitric oxide (NO) signaling and reactive oxygen species (ROS) homeostasis during abiotic stresses in plants. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. (Switzerland). 22, 9656. (IF: 5.923)

    4.    Kaiser Iqbal Wani, Sadaf Choudhary, Andleeb Zehra, M. Naeem, Pamela Weathers & Tariq Aftab (2021) Enhancing artemisinin content in and delivery from Artemisia annua: a review of alternative, classical, and transgenic approaches. Planta (Germany) 254, 29. (Impact Factor: 4.116)

    5.     M Naeem, Tariq Aftab, Abid A Ansari, M Masroor A. Khan (2021) Carrageenan oligomers and salicylic acid act in tandem to escalate artemisinin production by suppressing arsenic uptake and oxidative stress in Artemisia annua (sweet wormwood) cultivated in high arsenic soil. Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Germany) 28, 42706–42721 (IF: 4.223)

    6.       Sadaf Choudhary, Andleeb Zehra, Muhammad Mukarram, Kaiser Iqbal Wani, M. Naeem, M. Masroor A. Khan, Tariq Aftab (2021). Salicylic acid-mediated alleviation of soil boron toxicity in Mentha arvensis and Cymbopogon flexuosus: growth, antioxidant responses, essential oil contents and components. Chemosphere (UK) 276: 130153 (IF: 7.086)

    7.       Laibah Nomani, Andleeb Zehra, Sadaf Choudhary, Kaiser Iqbal Wani, M. Naeem, Manzer H. Siddiqui, M. Masroor A. Khan, Tariq Aftab (2021). Exogenous hydrogen sulfide alleviate copper stress impacts in Artemisia annua L.: Growth, antioxidant metabolism, glandular trichomes development and artemisinin biosynthesis. Plant Biology (Germany) DOI: 10.1111/plb.13242 (Impact Factor: 3.081)

    8.   Kaiser Iqbal Wani, Andleeb Zehra, Sadaf Choudhary, M. Naeem, M. Masroor A. Khan, Christian Danve M. Castroverde, Tariq Aftab (2020) Mechanistic Insights into Strigolactone Biosynthesis, Signaling, and Regulation During Plant Growth and Development. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation (Germany) (IF = 4.167) (IF = 2.672)

    9.  Aarifa Nabi, M. Naeem, Tariq Aftab, M. Masroor A. Khan (2020). Alterations in photosynthetic pigments, antioxidant machinery, essential oil constituents and growth of menthol mint (Mentha arvensis L.) upon nickel exposure. Brazilian Journal of Botany (Brazil) 43: 721–731 (IF = 1.296)

    10.  Aarifa Nabi, Rukhsar Parwez, Tariq Aftab, M. Masroor A. Khan, M. Naeem (2020). Triacontanol protects Mentha arvensis L. from nickel instigated repercussions by escalating antioxidants machinery, photosynthetic efficiency and maintaining leaf ultrastructure and root morphology. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation (Germany) (IF = 4.167)

    11.   Andleeb Zehra, Sadaf Choudhary, Kaiser Iqbal Wani, M. Naeem, M. Masroor A. Khan, Tariq Aftab (2020) Exogenous abscisic acid mediates ROS homeostasis and maintains glandular trichome to enhance artemisinin biosynthesis in Artemisia annua under copper toxicity. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (The Netherlands) 156: 125-134 (IF= 4.270)

    12.   Andleeb Zehra, Sadaf Choudhary, Kaiser Iqbal Wani, M. Naeem, M. Masroor A. Khan, Tariq Aftab (2020) Silicon-mediated cellular resilience mechanisms against copper toxicity and glandular trichomes protection for augmented artemisinin biosynthesis in Artemisia annua. Industrial Crops & Products (Netherlands) 155:112843  (IF: 5.645)

    13.   M. Naeem, Yawar Sadiq, Ajmat Jahan, Aarifa Nabi, Tariq Aftab, M. Masroor A. Khan (2020) Salicylic acid restrains arsenic induced oxidative burst in two varieties of Artemisia annua L. by modulating antioxidant defence system and artemisinin production. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (UK) 202: 110851 (IF: 6.291)

    14.  M. Naeem, Asfia Shabbir, Abid A. Ansari, Tariq Aftab, M. Masroor A. Khan, Moinuddin (2020) Hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus L.) – An underutilised crop with future potential. Scientia Horticulturae (Netherlands) 272: 109551 (IF: 3.463)

    15.  M. Naeem, Aarifa Nabi, Tariq Aftab and M. Masroor A. Khan (2020). Oligomers of carrageenan regulate functional activities and artemisinin production in Artemisia annua L. exposed to arsenic stress. Protoplasma
    (Austria) 257:871–887 (IF: 3.356)

    16.  Aarifa Nabi, M. Naeem, Tariq Aftab and M. Masroor A. Khan (2019). Arsenic toxicity induced changes in growth, photosynthetic pigments, antioxidant machinery, essential oil, menthol and other active constituents of Menthol Mint (Mentha arvensis L.). Journal of Essential Oil Bearing Plants 22: 1333-1348 (IF: 1.699)

    17.   Minu Singh, M. Masroor A. Khan, Moin Uddin, M. Naeem, M.I. Qureshi (2017) Proliferating effect of radiolytically depolymerized carrageenan on physiological attributes, plant water relation parameters, essential oil production and active constituents of Cymbopogon flexuosus Steud. under drought stress. PLOS ONE (USA) 12(7): e0180129. (IF = 3.240)

    18.   M. Naeem, Tariq Aftab, Mohd. Idrees, Minu Singh, Akbar Ali, M. Masroor A. Khan, Moin Uddin and Lalit Varshney (2017) Modulation of physiological activities, active constituents and essential oil production of Mentha arvensis L. by concomitant application of depolymerised carrageenan, triacontanol and 28-homobrassinolide. Journal of Essential Oil Research (USA). 29: 179–188 (IF = 1.963)

    19.   M. Naeem, Mohd Idrees, Tariq Aftab, M. Masroor A. Khan, Moinuddin and Lalit Varshney (2012). Depolymerised carrageenan enhances physiological activities and menthol production in Mentha arvensis L. Carbohydrate Polymers (U K) 87: 1211-1218. (IF = 9.381)

    20.   Mohd Idrees, M. Naeem, Tariq Aftab, M. Masroor A. Khan and Moinuddin (2013). Salicylic acid restrains nickel toxicity, improves antioxidant defence system and enhances the production of anticancer alkaloids in Catharanthus roseus (L.). Journal of Hazardous Materials (Netherlands) 252–253: 367-374. (IF = 10.588) 


Electron Microscopy
Mineral Nutrients
Role of Algae in Human Welfare
Classification of Algae
Secretory Structures in Plants
Phyllotaxy PPT
Environmental Pollution PPT
Stomata and Trichomes PPT
Mesophyll cell
Respiration PPT
Funaria PPT
Riccia PPT
General characteristics & Outline classification of Bryophytes
Anthoceros PPT