Department of Horticulture

Academic personnel
The Department of Horticulture is privileged with 7 qualified academic staffs, among them, 2 Professors, 2 Associate Professors, 3 Assistant Professors. Teachers are committed to their duties and responsibilities with high devotion and integrity.

Academic programs
The Department of Horticulture conducts research, offers graduate and undergraduate programs of study, and delivers research-based technology and information on fruits, vegetables, spices, medicinal plants, plantation crops and ornamental plants. At undergraduate level, the department offers 6 courses covering both theoretical and practical aspects of horticultural crops production, protection, marketing, improvement and utilization. At graduate level, MS and PhD degrees are offered; the PhD is fully research based degree and the Master’s degree has both course and research works (2-semester course and 1-semester research). The Department has so far produced 28 Masters and 1 PhD with significant research publications. Currently there are 28 MS and 3 PhD students engaged with their course work and research activities in this department.

Research programs and projects
Its mission is to discover new knowledge, develop and evaluate new technologies and appropriate use of environmental resources for horticultural crop production and utilization, and deliver information to horticultural clientele for improving the quality of life. Being located at the coastal area, this department emphasizes the sustainable horticultural research approaches suitable for the coastal edaphic and climatic conditions. The priority research areas are: crop improvement, conservation, characterization, stress (salinity and wet soil) adaptation to changing climate, rootstock selection and dwarfing culture, biotech approaches (TC, molecular characterization, identification of gene of interest, genetic transformation), QPM development, minor/indigenous crop culture, postharvest management, homestead plant biodiversity and nutritional security etc.


Meanwhile the research team of this department has successfully completed some research work funded by UGC and PSTU. An important research project entitled “Enrichment of Research Facilities in Horticulture” funded by GoB-World Bank under the umbrella of HEQEP has been implementing since January 2011. Through this project, plant biotechnology laboratory comprising state-of-the-art equipments and a germplasm center with field research structures have been established. In addition, field class room cum-laboratory, departmental library, computer facilities, multimedia equipments, internet access, office space and store room have been created through this mega project. Students are able to conduct hands on horticultural practices, research works, seminar presentation and literature searching through this enriched academic environment.
In the plant biotech lab, research works are being carried out on developing TC protocols and genetic diversity analysis using RAPD marker. By this time, a successful regeneration protocol of lettuce from leaf explants has been developed. RAPD marker based genetic diversity analysis of Moringa spp. is in progress. In the germplasm center, about 44 types of indigenous fruit species available in the coastal area have been conserved. Before starting conservation, a survey study was conducted for collection, conservation and characterization of fruit species available in the Patuakhali coast of Bangladesh. About 50 types of minor fruit landraces have been collected and conserved at the ‘Germplasm Center’ of the Department of Horticulture. Among the collected ones, 30 have been recognized botanically and characterized through morphological markers. Another important research project entitled “Research capacity expansion to promote demand driven postgraduate program in Horticulture” funded by GoB-World Bank under the umbrella of HEQEP has been implementing since July 2014.

Outreach program and Vegetable
At present the department has outreach program at a limited scale, such as supply of seeds, seedlings, cuttings, layering etc. and technical support to the PSTU enlisted farmers of Dumki upazilla. Seedlings are mostly supplied to the farmers during early winter of each year to ensure an early crop with proper market price. A vegetable museum is established for conducting experiments, learning field plot techniques, identifying vegetables and demonstration of vegetable production.

Key achievements
Established a plant biotech laboratory for hi-tech horticultural researches.
TC protocol developed; possibility of commercialization at the coastal area.
Established a ‘Germplasm Center’; a venue for conservation, improvement, and research and QPM development.
In a study, 44-type indigenous fruit germplasm have been conserved.
Five of the conserved fruit germplasm seem promising to be utilized as ‘Chance Seedling’.
Updated syllabi including need-based study topics.
Teachers and students access to global knowledge pool through PC, internet, web hosting, multimedia, lab library, online journals, etc.
Capacity established with state-of-the-art equipment for maintaining land-laboratory-classroom model of study.
World Bank funded project has been selected as ‘Showcasing’ one.

Future plan
Developing collaborative research/academic program.
Linking entrepreneurship for intellectual investment.
Productive innovation towards industry and market demand.
Generate sustainable technology and selection of new crop to cope with changing climate scenarios in the southern area.
Adopting molecular approaches for breeding new traits.
Introducing biocontrol system for postharvest interventions.
Establishing lab for PH researches.
Facilitating access to improved germplasm and or QPM to the coastal community.
Technology generation, transfer and outreach program.
Hort-technology towards poverty reduction and nutritional security.
Hort-integration in the ‘Charlands’ and in the coastal homesteads.
Improvement of indigenous HORT-Technologies and refinement of adopted technologies in the coastal area.

We believe that the coastal area is a virgin land for horticultural integration and its sustainable continuation. Due to location, PSTU has right stand to take pioneering role in this regard. The present research capacity of the department of horticulture may be properly utilized through collaboration and cooperation of relevant organizations or institutes. Demand-driven horticultural initiatives should be taken up to address the poverty and nutritional security problems of the disadvantaged coastal community.

 

Chairman
Name: Dr. Mahbub Robbani
Designation: Professor
Contract : Cell: 01710401525
E-mail: mrobbanipstu@yahoo.com

 

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Mohammad Ali
Faculty of Agriculture
Department of Horticulture
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Dr. Mahbub Robbani
Faculty of Agriculture
Department of Horticulture
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Dr. Md. Fakhrul Hassan
Faculty of Agriculture
Department of Horticulture
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Dr M Abdul Malek
Faculty of Agriculture
Department of Horticulture
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Mr. Santosh Kumar Bose
Faculty of Agriculture
Department of Horticulture
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Jewel Howlader
Faculty of Agriculture
Department of Horticulture
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Md. Roman Akon
Faculty of Agriculture
Department of Horticulture
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