Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline Khulna University, Khulna-9208



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S.M. Rubaiot Abdullah
Assistant Professor

MS in Forestry, Khulna University, Bangladesh

Salinity impact on Mangroves, Forest soil conservation, Remote sensing and GIS

Research Project

1. Principal Investigator of project titled "Screening total content of secondary bioactive metabolites from leaves of Raphanus sativus and its potentiality as a biopesticides" Funded by KURC. Status: Completed

2. Principal Investigator of project titled "Development of aboveground volume and biomass allometric equation for common palm species of Bangladesh" Funded by KURC. Status: On-going

3. Co-investigator of project titled "Impact of salinity intrusion on tree and crop species diversity in the coastal area" funded by KURC. Status: Ongoing

Professional Experience

September 2015 to Date : Assistant Professor, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna

September 2013 to September 2015 : Lecturer, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna.

February 2011 to August, 2013 : Research Assistant, Project, BAS-USDA Programme in Agricultural and Life Science, Khulna University, Khulna.



20th April to 21st April, 2016 : Train the trainer program on The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library organized by Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh

05th January to 07th January, 2016 : Certificate training on Strengthening Pedagogical Skills of Young Teacher organized by Life Science School of Khulna University, Bangladesh.

12th February to 27th February, 2014 : Certificate Training Program on Geo-Information for Improved Natural Resource Management (Incorporating Climate Change) and Policy Making in Bangladesh/SA organized by Faculty of Geo-lnformation Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente, Netherlands at the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

01st December to 27th December, 2011 : Certificate Training Course on Applied Conservation Biology and Co-management Jointly organized by Jahangirnagar University and Independent University of Bangladesh Under IPAC Project.



15. Mahmood H, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR, Saha C, Islam SMZ, Iqbal MZ, Akhter M (2020) Development and evaluation of species-specific biomass models for most common timber and fuelwood species of Bangladesh. Open Journal of Forestry 10(1): 172-185

14. Mahmood H, Paul P, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Iqbal MZ (2019) Volume equation and table for Heritiera fomes (Buch.-Ham.) of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Indian Forester 145(8): 743-751

13. Abdullah SMR, Mahmood H, Zhilik BB, Rubaiat T, Siddique MRH, Sanjoy S (2019) Effect of salt stress on chlorophyll and proline accumulation in leaves of Heritiera fomes Buch.-Ham. and Xylocarpus moluccensis (Lam.) M. Roem. seedlings regulating its survival and growth. Khulna University Studies 16 (1 & 2): 9-17

12.  Mahmood H, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR, Costello L, Matieu H, Iqbal MZ, Akhter M (2019) Which option best estimates the above-ground biomass of mangroves of Bangladesh: pantropical or site- and species-specific models? Wetlands Ecology & Management 27:553–569. DOI:

11. Mahmood H, Siddique MRH, Islam SMZ, Abdullah SMR, Matieu H, Iqbal MZ, Akhter M (2019) Applicability of semi-destructive method to derive allometric model for estimating aboveground biomass and carbon stock in the Hill zone of Bangladesh. Journal of Forestry research.

10. Mahmood H, Siddique M, Costello L, Birigazzi L, Abdullah SMR, Henry M, Siddiqui M, Aziz M, Ali M, Mamun A, Forhad M, Akhter M, Iqbal M, Mondol F. (2019) Allometric models for estimating biomass, carbon and nutrient stock in the Sal Zone of Bangladesh. iForest 12: 69-75, doi: 10.3832/ifor2758-011

9. Khushi MLR, Mahmood H, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Siddique MRH (2018) Allometric models for estimation of above-ground biomass of Gmelina arborea Roxb. in pulpwood plantations of Bangladesh. Southern Forests 81(1):45-48.

8. Nasrin S, Mahmood H, Abdullah SMR, Alam MR, Saha S, Siddique MRH (2016) Salinity influence on survival, growth and nutrient distribution in different parts of Millettia pinnata (L.) Panigrahi seedlings. Agriculture & Forestry 62 (4): 161-173.

7. Nasrin S, Mahmood H, Alam R, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Siddique MRH (2016) Germination Traits of Millettia Pinnata (L.) in Response to Salinity. Global Journal of Botanical Science 4: 46-51.

6. Mahmood H, Shaikh MAA, Saha C, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Siddique MRH (2016) Above-Ground Biomass, Nutrients and Carbon in Aegiceras corniculatum of the Sundarbans. Open Journal of Forestry, 6: 72-81.

5. Mahmood H, Saha C, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Siddique MRH (2015) Allometric biomass, nutrient and carbon stock models for Kandelia candel of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Trees, 30 (3): 709-717.

4. Mahmood H, Siddique MRH, Saha S, Abdullah SMR (2015) Allometric models for biomass, nutrients and carbon stock in Excoecaria agallocha of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 23 (4): 765-774.

3. Hasanuzzaman M, Mahmood H, Abdullah SMR, Shaikh MAA, Haque MZ, Nasrin S (2014) Mass loss and nutrient dynamics associated with green leaf leaching of cropland Agroforest tree species of Bangladesh. Agriculture & Forestry, 60 (3): 137-150

2. Mahmood H, Saha S, Salekin S, Mamun AA, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR (2014) Salinity influence on germination of four important mangrove species of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Agriculture and Forestry, 60 (2): 125-135.

1. Mahmood H, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Ghosh DC, Rahman MS, Limon SH (2013) Nutrient dynamics associated with leaching and microbial decomposition of four abundant mangrove species leaf litter of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Wetlands 34:439-448.



1. Mahmood, H., Siddique, M.R.H., Abdullah, S.M.R., Akhter, M., Islam, S.M.Z. (2017) Field measurement protocol on tree allometric equations for estimating above-ground biomass and volume in Bangladesh. Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy and Forest Department, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, 100 pp.

2. Mahmood, H., Abdullah, S.M.R., Siddique, M.R.H. (2017) Training manual: Sample Processing and Laboratory Analysis for the Development of Allometric Equation. FD and FAO, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Introduction to Forestry

Course: FWT-1101: Introduction to Forestry Credit Hour: 03 Year: 1 Term: I

Rationale: Gathering knowledge on the extent and distribution, types, composition, condition, and contribution of national and global forests are foremost important aspect to have a good start of forestry education which has been considered towards reversing the overall trend of forest loss and degradation

Course Objectives:

To  understand the concept of major forestry terminologies

To know about the status, problems, and prospects of global forests resources

To understand the types, distribution, composition, use, and issues related to various ecological and legal forests of Bangladesh

To acquire knowledge about the management and research of Bangladesh forests and forestry sector

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

At the end of the course the students will be able to-

Have a good foundation to pursue other courses comfortably in the coming semesters

Acquire knowledge on the status, distribution, composition of global and Bangladesh forests 

Understand the structures and function of the institution/organization related to Bangladesh forest management, education and research

Know how the forests can contribute to national economy

Course Content

Section – A

1. Introduction: Definition and concept; classification of forest and forestry;, concept of forester; scope of forestry; objectives and importance of forestry.

2. World Forests: Extent of forest resources; forest characteristics; climatic and vegetation zones; forest formation; biological diversity; forest health and vitality; productive, protective, and socioeconomic functions of forest resources; issues in forest sector.

3. Introduction to Major Forestry Areas: Silviculture; ecology; forest protection; forest mensuration and inventory; tree improvement; social forestry; agroforestry; forest harvesting; wood treatment and preservation.

4. Tangible and Intangible Benefits of Forest: Concepts; functions of forests in the tangible and intangible benefits. Tangible and intangible benefits of various ecological and legal forests of Bangladesh.

Section – B

5. Bangladesh Forests and Forestry Sector: Country profile; land use; major environmental issues; root causes of deforestation; forests and forestry sector with special reference to extent, status, classification, distribution, site conditions, major species composition of various ecological forest types; forest land use; forest cover; legal classification of forests.

6. Functions and Administration of Forest Related Organizations in Bangladesh: Forest Department; Bangladesh Forest Research Institute; Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Corporation; 

7. Major Issues in Forestry Sector in Bangladesh: Problems related to land tenure, encroachment, shifting cultivation, illicit felling, deforestation; impacts of the problems.

8. The Forest Sector and National Economy of Bangladesh: Forest resources situation; contribution of forestry sector to the national economy.


Non Wood Forest Products and Utilization

Course: FWT-2107: Non-Wood Forest Products and Utilization Credit Hour: 2 Year: Year 2 Term: I
Rationale: Forests of Bangladesh harbor wood as well non-wood resources. Non-wood forest resources are currently receiving wide attention throughout the country. The course intends to provide student general knowledge about the multiple use, role, management, utilization and marketing of non-wood forest products and utilization. 

Course Objectives: 
The objectives of the course is-
To obtain the concepts and perspectives of NWFP in Bangladesh.
To broaden students’ knowledge about the collection, processing, manufacturing and marketing of NWFP.
To provide some ideas on non-wood based industries like bamboo, cane, murta etc.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
At the end of the course the students will be able to-
Understand the general concept and evolving perspective of NWFP.
Know the collection, processing, manufacturing and marketing of NWFP.
Understand the utilization of NWFP.

Course Content
Section – A
1. Non Wood Forest Products: concepts and definition; evolving perspectives; economic importance; present status of NWFP in Bangladesh.
2. Fibers and flosses: from stems, leaves and fruits.
3. Types, distribution and economic importance: bamboos, canes, murta; collection, processing, manufacturing and marketing of bamboo, cane and murta-based products.
4. Extraction and uses of oils: from wood, leaves, seeds and grasses of important forest species.
5. Tans and dyes:  producing wood bark, flowers and roots of important forest trees.
6. Extraction and uses: gums, resins and oleoresins form important forest species.
7. Extraction and uses: different parts of important medicinal plants.

Section – B
8. Introduction: Overview of non-wood-based rural industries/enterprises, definition of small-scale non wood-based rural enterprises; basic characteristics of non-wood forest based-rural enterprise-technology, location, size, entrepreneurship, labour, role of non-wood forest based rural enterprises in community development.
9. Types of Non Wood Forest Based Rural Industries: Bamboo-based rural industries; rattan (cane) based rural industries; murta-based; agar-based; fruits and nuts based rural industries; medicinal plants; mushroom, tannins, gums, and essential oils; resin industry and sericulture.
10. Lac and manufacturing of shellac: Nature, sources of lac, lac crops, collection and storage of shellac, properties and uses of lac.
11. Strategies to Promote Non wood Forest-based Rural Industries: Markets and market development; financing; developing and promoting technology and technical skills; improving management and managerial skills; institutional support for small scale rural based processing enterprises; extension services for small scale industries; promoting communal small scale forest based processing enterprises