Asma Akter

Research Interests

I am interested in the effects of environmental changes on the interactions between plants and their insect pollinators. My research aims to provide new information about the consequences of plant invasions for the structure of plant-pollinator networks, alterations of plant-pollinator interactions caused by change of environmental conditions, and productivity of pollinator-dependent crops.

Previously, I worked on several projects in the field of botany and crop protection. I conducted laboratory studies on plant reproduction and cryopreservation of seeds. During my study at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, I conducted a large experimental study on biological control of soil diseases and pest in oilseed rape and sugarbeet using biocontrol agents. Our positive results are now being verified and could be hopefully applied in agriculture.

Employment

since October 2014: Laboratory of Theoretical Ecology, Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budĕjovice, Czech Republic.

Education

Since October 2014: PhD study of Zoology, Department of Zoology, University of South Bohemia, České Budĕjovice, Czech Republic.

2012 – 2014: MSc study of Crop Protection, Faculty of Agricultural Science, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany.

2009 – 2010: MSc in Biotechnology, University of Bedfordshire, UK.

2003 – 2008: BSc in Botany, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Research and training experience

October 2014 – present: PhD project: “Impact of changing environmental conditions on pollinators and their interactions with plants”, supervised by Dr. Jan Klečka and Dr. Štěpán Janeček (Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences)

April 2014 – September 2014: MSc thesis: Control of soil pathogen in oilseed rape and sugarbeet by biological control agents (BCA) and effect on the biodiversity”, under the supervision of Prof. Andreas von Tiedemann, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.

February 2014: Project: “Biological control and Biodiversity”, organized by Prof. Stephan Vidal, Division of Agricultural Entomology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.

October 2013 – February 2014: Internship: Literature review on “Plant resistant mechanisms against insect pests with special emphasis on sugarbeet”, in KWS SAAT AG, Einbeck, Germany.

April 2010 – September 2010: MSc thesis: “Developing cryopreservation protocols for Citrus reticulata var. Mandarin”, under the supervision of Dr. Jayanthi Nadarajan in Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK.

December 2008 – July 2009: Participated on the project: “In vitro propagation of medicinal orchids in Bangladesh”, under the supervision of (late) Prof. Sattyajit Kumar Vadra, Department of Botany, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.