Bangladesh had success in food and nutritional security over some yerasby the application of new techiques in agriculture. However, due to global climate change and the emergence of devastating pests, ensuring food security for the growing population of the country from shrinking land resources has became far more challenging.

Therefore, novel approaches were needed. Utlising Facebook and Twitter, Md combined with 31 researchers from seven countries over four continents. Within six weeks through open data sharing and international collaboration he identified the origin of wheat blast disease in Bangladesh as a South American fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. He is a Commonwealth Innovation Awards 2019 Planet category winner.

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