Dr. Farzana Ashrafi Neela
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Dr. Farzana Ashrafi Neela

Department of Botany, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Highest Degree
PostDoc. in Microbiology from Ibaraki University, Japan

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Farzana Ashrafi Neela received her B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc in Botany from Department of Botany, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh and D.Sc degree (2008) in Environmental Microbiology, Ehime University, Japan. Because of her potentiality at molecular level, in 2009, she received a visiting research fellowship under research project entitled "Improvement of ecosystem service functions toward the restoration of the Kasumigaura lake basin environment", supported by the special education research expenses, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. She developed the subject in molecular genetics study involving molecular characterization of TC-resistant genes in Eco Toxicology and Chemistry lab (ETC), Ibaraki University. In 2011, she has received another visiting research fellowship in Eco Toxicology and Chemistry lab (ETC), Ibaraki University. In 2016, she also received India Science and Research Fellowship (ISRF) Programme. Her research interests include distribution and dynamic of antibiotic resistant bacteria in environment. Her teaching interests include undergraduate and graduate courses in microbiology. She also teaches plant pathology and bioprospecting of plant products. Dr. Neela has received a good number of research grants under Ministry of Education, University Grant Commission, Faculty of Life and Earth Sciences and National Science and Technology as a principal investigator. Till to date, she has supervised 13 Masters and 04 PhD thesis. She is affiliated with the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Environmental Microbiology journal, Bangladesh Botanical Society, Japanese Society of Microbial Ecology, Bangladesh Microbiologist Society, Microbiologist Society, India, Organization of Women in Science for Developing World (OWSD) and Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science. So far she has published two books and 31 scientific papers in high rated international and national journals.

Area of Interest:

Plant Mycology
Microbial Ecology
Molecular Biology

Research Publications in Numbers


Selected Publications

  1. Mane, R.S., N.F. Ashrafi and A.B. Vedamurthy, 2020. Protection and bio-prospection of Bombax Ceiba by revealing their endophytic fungi diversity with phytochemical and enzyme analysis. Int. J. Pharmacogn. Phytochem. Res., 12: 162-168.
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  2. Khatun, M.J., K.M. Khalequzzaman, M.S. Naher and F.A. Neela, 2020. Management of fusarium wilt of tomato by botanicals and biocontrol agents and their effect on yield. Bangladesh J. Bot., 49: 71-74.
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  3. Khatun, M.J., 2020. Fusarium wilt controlling revealed physiological and biochemical variations in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) cultivar. Biosci. Biotechnol. Res. Commun., 13: 1576-1580.
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  4. Neela, F.A., M.N.A. Banu, M.A. Rahman, M.H. Rahman and M.F. Alam, 2014. Occurrence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in pond water associated with integrated Poultry-fish farming in Bangladesh. Sains Malaysiana, .
  5. Neela, F.A., I.A. Sonia and S. Shamsi, 2014. Antifungal activity of selected medicinal plant extract on Fusarium oxysporum schlecht the causal agent of fusarium wilt disease in tomato. Am. J. Plant Sci., 5: 2665-2671.
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  6. Haque, M.S., U.K. Roy, F.A. Neela, M.M. Islam and M.F. Kabir, 2014. Urea induced urease activity is coupled to the synthesis of primary monoamine: A possible mechanism of enhancing fertilization of mango flower. J. Agric. Technol., 10: 1537-1552.
  7. Ghosh, L. and F.A. Neela, 2014. The occurrence of leaf blight disease of some high yield mulberry varieties caused by Phyllosticta sp. in Bangladesh. Plant Environ. Dev., 3: 5-8.
  8. Neela, F.A., M.A. Rahman, M.N.A. Banu, M.H. Rahman, H. Ohta and M.F. Alam, 2012. Occurrence of two antibiotic resistant bacteria in aquatic environment associated with shrimp farming in Bangladesh. Bangladesh J. Bot., 41: 197-200.
  9. Ghosh, L., F.A. Neela, M.F. Mahal, M.J. Khatun and M.R. Ali, 2012. Effect of various factors on the development of leaf spot disease in Mulberry. J. Environ. Sci. Nat. Resour., 5: 205-209.
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  10. Ghose, L., F.A. Neela, T.C. Chakravorty, M.R. Ali and M.S. Alam, 2010. Incidence of leaf blight disease of mulberry plant and assessment of changes in amino acids and photosynthetic pigments of infected leaf. Plant Pathol. J., 95: 140-143.
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  11. Akter, A., F.A. Neela, M.S.I. Khan, M.S. Islam and M.F. Alam, 2010. Screening of ethanol, petroleum ether and chloroform extracts of medicinal plants, Lawsonia inermis L. and Mimosa pudica L. for antibacterial activity. Indian J. Pharm. Sci., 72: 388-392.
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  12. Neela, F.A., L. Nonaka, M.H. Rahman and S. Suzuki, 2009. Transfer of the chromosomally encoded tetracycline resistance gene tet(M) from marine bacteria to Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis. World J. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 25: 1095-1101.
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  13. Khan, M.S.I., F.A. Neela, A. Aktar, M.M. Rahman and M.F. Alam, 2009. Antibacterial activity of Achyranthes aspera L.-an in vitro study. J. Environ. Sci. Nat. Res., 2: 45-48.
  14. Neela, F.A., 2008. A comparative evaluation of Etest and agar dilution methods for tetracycline sensitivity testing of environmental Vibrio spp. J. Environ. Sci. Nat. Resour., 1: 1-4.
  15. Begum, M.F.B., A. Sarker, M.M. Rahman, F.A. Neela and M.F. Alam, 2008. Screening of potentiality of Trichoderma spp. for bioconversion of cellulosic wastes. J. Environ. Sci. Nat. Resour., 1: 93-100.
  16. Neela, F.A., L. Nonaka and S. Suzuki, 2007. The diversity of multi-drug resistance profiles in tetracycline-resistant Vibrio species isolated from coastal sediments and seawater. J. Microbiol., 45: 64-68.
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  17. Neela, F.A., 2007. Prevalence and etiology of dermatomycoses in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. J. Life Earth Sci., 2: 75-78.
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  18. Habiba, K., R. Afza, M.I. Hossain, M.A. Hossian, A.R. Khan, M.H. Rahman and F.A. Neela, 2007. Load of Aeromonas Salmonisida in swamp water and its effect on Tilapia (Orechormis mossambicus). J. Bio-Sci., 15: 165-168.
  19. Hossain, M.I., N.F. Ashrafi, M.A. Hussain and M.H. Rahman, 2006. Distribution of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Swamps and it`s infection to Oreochromis niloticus. J. Bio-Sci., 14: 77-81.
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  20. Ghose, L., N.F. Ashrafi, M.S. Alam and M.K. Pasha, 2003. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of certain chemicals against Beauveria bassiana-pathogen of white muscardine disease of Silkworm, Bombyx mori L. Univ. J. Zool., 22: 27-32.
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  21. Neela, F.A. and M.S. Alam, 2000. A survey on tinea disease in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Univ. J. Zool., 19: 73-77.