Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN-EID) INTERFUTURE grant infomation:

Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016

Grant Agreement: n. 722642

Title project: From microbial interactions to new-concept biopesticides and biofertilizers

Coordinator: Michele Perazzolli

Funding: EU under project number H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016 - 722642

Timeframe: 01.12.2016-31.05.2021

University/Department: Fondazione Edmund Mach, Department of Sustainable Agroecosystems and Bioresources

Network Partners: Fondazione Edmund Mach (Coordinator), Italy; University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France; University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences , Austria; University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK; University of Molise, Italy; BIOBEST, Belgium; BIPA NV, Belgium; INOQ GmbH, Germany; Azotic Technologies Ltd, UK; De Ceuster Meststoffen NV (DCM), Belgium; e-nema GmbH, germany; University of Trento, Italy


The content of this website reflects only the author’s view and the Research Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

ESR position 11

ESR position 11 – “Conventional delivery strategies for bioproducts based on microbial bioproducts”:

  • Host Institute: Fondazione Edmund Mach (San Michele all’Adige, Italy)
  • Secondment at: E-NEMA (Schwentinental, Germany)
  • PhD Enrolment: University of Trento (Trento, Italy)
  • Work Package(s) to which it is related: WP1 (ecology and colonisation), WP3 (prototype development)
Muhammad Tufail

Muhammad Tufail

Contact information

phone: +39 324 589 9426


website: researchgate profile


Research activity

Use of endophytic bacteria to mitigate the impacts of climate change (salinity, drought, temperature and combined stresses) on growth promotion of agricultural crops by developing new strategies for biofertilizers based on endophytic bacteria and different amino acids, able to work under extreme environments.
In his previous research activities, he worked on the use of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) to mitigate different abiotic stresses (salinity, drought) in Maize. He also worked as a Research Officer in a project funded by Higher Education Commission in University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan. Another part of his research work was Geo-statistical analysis of microbial strains for plant growth promotion in TAIWAN.

Research interests

Sustainable agriculture, soil microbiology and biochemistry, plant biostimulants, plant endophytes, plant-microbe interaction responsible for induced resistance against abiotic stresses.

Short CV description

  • Since 2017, Researcher at Plant Pathology and Applied Microbiology Unit, Fondazione Edmund Mach under the supervision of Gerardo Puopolo and Michele Perazzolli.
  • 2013-2016 Master Degree in Agriculture in Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry at Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan. 
  • 2009-2013 Bachelor Degree in Agriculture in Soil and Environmental Sciences at University College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, Pakistan.