HOSSAIN, Mustafa Kamal

Research interest

  • Biochar for soil health management
  • Impact of organic matter on soil fertility and productivity
  • Soil nutrients movement and use of urban waste in agriculture
  • Farming system research
  • Biochar production and pyrolysis


Kamal is working as a technical officer for DPI, based at Menangle. He is experienced in carrying out a variety of soil and plant analysis using a range of analytical methods and equipment. His responsibilities include designing and setting up experiment in the field, greenhouse and laboratory environment, monitoring experiments, collection of data, sample preparation and analysis. He has previous experience working with a range of DPI projects on soil nutrient management, greenhouse gas emission, nitrogen volatilisation, soil carbon and fertility trials. Prior to his employment with DPI, he carried out his research PhD through Macquarie University, investigating the impact of biochar on soil properties and crop yield.


  • BScAg (Hons), Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh – (1987)
  • Masters in Environmental Studies, UNSW, Australia – (1999)
  • MPhill – Australian Catholic University, (ACU National) – (2005)
  • PhD – Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia - (2011)

Recent publications

Hossain MK, Strezov V, Chan KY, Ziolkowski A, Nelson PF (2011) Influence of pyrolysis temperature on production and nutrient properties of wastewater sludge biochar. Journal of Environmental Management 92, 223-228.

Hossain MK
, Strezov V, Chan KY, Nelson PF (2010) Agronomic properties of wastewater sludge biochar and bioavailability of metals in production of cherry tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum). Chemosphere 78, 1167-1171.

Hossain MK
, Strezov V, Nelson PF (2009) Thermal charecterisation of the products of wastewater sludge pyrolysis. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 85, 442-446.

Hossain MK
, Saintilan N, Rogers K (2010) Variation in seagrass biomass estimates in low and high density settings: Implications for the selection of sample size. Journal of Environmental Indicators 5(1), 17-27.

Saintilan N, Hossain K, Mazumder D (2007) Linkage between seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh as fish habitat in the Botany Bay estuary, New South Wales. Wetland Ecology and Management 15, 277-286.

Field of research

  • 050304 Soil Chemistry
  • 050305 Soil Physics
  • 070107 Farming System Research
  • 050399 Soil Science not elsewhere classified

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Biochar and Organic matter
  • Soil fertility and nutrient runoff
  • Urban waste
  • Farming system research
  • Submerged soil and wetland

Contact details

Email: kamal.hossain@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 4640 6594
Location: Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Menangle, NSW