BSMRAU Prof Tofazzal Islam first Bengali APS fellow

He is the first Bengali APS Fellow in the 112 years history of the APS

Professor Tofazzal Islam, founding director of the Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (IBGE) at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), has been named a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS). 

He is the first Bengali APS Fellow in the 112 years history of the APS. 

Prof Islam has been awarded this recognition for his wide-ranging contributions and leadership to plant pathology including the determination of the origin of the first epidemic outbreak of wheat blast in Bangladesh in 2016 and promotion of open science in Bangladesh and abroad.

He will receive the award at the APS annual meeting Plant Health 2022 to be held in Pittsburg, USA on August 6-8, said a press release.

Prof Islam took a leadership role in responding to the wheat blast outbreak in Bangladesh caused by a clonal lineage of Magnaporthe (Pyricularia) oryzae in 2016. 

His continued research and outreach activities on wheat blast in the international arena are evidenced by his impressive publication list.

He has received numerous awards and medals nationally and internationally for his outstanding research accomplishments.

He was elected a Fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences in 2016, Bangladesh Academy of Agriculture in 2022, and The World Academy of Sciences in 2022. 

Prof Islam has been an active member of the American Phytopathological Society (APS), the American Society for Microbiology, and several others.