ICAR (NAAS) Approval No : ID-154 | ISSN No: 2229 -628X (Print) | eISSN - 2582-2683 (Online) | RNI No: UPENG/2006/22736 | UGC Approval No : 48500 | Society Registration No: 131380 | PAN regn no. AABAD0614R | PFMS Regn: DKEBVS

Editorial Board - Jounral Of ECO-Friendly Agriculture

(A Bi-annual Scientific Research Journal)

Doctor’s Krishi Evam Bagwani Vikas Santha

(Doctor’s Agricultural and Horicultural Development Society)

Registration No.ISSN : 2229-628X (print), eISSN 2582-2683 (online)

Chief Patron

NameDr. C.D. Mayee
Position HeldFormer Chairman – ASRB
Address602, Raviram Residency, Chitale Marg, Dhantoli Nagpur-440012


NameDr. S. D. Sawant
Position HeldVice Chancellor
AddressDr. Balasaheb Sawanti Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli (MS)

Dr. S. D. Sawant


NameDr. B. K. Pandey
Position HeldAssitant Director General (Horticulture)
AddressKAB-II, Pusa Campus, New Delhi-110012

Dr. B. K. Pandey

General Secretary

NameDr. R. P. Srivastava
Position HeldFormer Director & Principal Scientist
AddressCentral Institute of Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow -226002

Assistant Secretary

NameDr. Rajesh Kumar
Position HeldAssistant Development Officer
AddressCooperative, Vikas Bhawan, Sarvodaya Nagar, Lucknow

Executive Secretary

NameEr. Rajeev Srivastava
Position HeldDirector – V R Systems Instumentation Pvt Ltd, Lucknow
Address2nd Floor A-601, Indira Nagar, Sector-4, Lucknow-226016

Er. Rajeev Srivastava

Advisory Editorial Board

NameDr. Gadi V. P. Reddy
Position HeldResearch Leader , USDA-ARS-Southern Insect Management Research Unit
Address141 Experiment Station Rd., P.O. Box 346, Stoneville, MS 38776, USA
NameDr. Keith Davies
Position HeldProfessor
AddressUniversity of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom
NameProf D. R. Singh
Position HeldVice Chancellor , CSA University of Agriculture & Technology Agricultural
AddressCollege Lane, Nawabganj, Kanpur, (UP)-208002
NameProf Nazeer Ahmad
Position HeldVice Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology
AddressShalimar Road, Shalimar Campus Srinagar, (J & K)-190025

Prof Nazeer Ahmad

NameDr. Syed Danish Yaseen Naqvi
Position HeldDepartment of Plant Protection
AddressHamelmalo Agricultural College Farm, ERITREA (South Africa)

Dr. Syed Danish Yaseen Naqvi

NameDr. A. N. Mukhopadhyay
Position HeldFormer Vice Chancellor
AddressAssam Agricultural University, Barbheta, Jorhat, Assam-785103
NameDr. Anandomoy Kundu
PositionDirector , ICAR- Central Island Agricultural Research Institute
AddressPB No: 181, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar-744101
NameDr. P. K. Chakraborty
Position HeldMember ASRB
AddressKABI ,New Delhi 110012
NameDr. A. K. Saxena
Position HeldDirector, ICAR – NBAIM, Mau
AddressMau Nath Bhanjan, Uttar Pradesh-75103
NameDr. Kishan Chandra
Position HeldDirector – National Centre for Organic farming
AddressHapur Road, Kamla Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad (UP)-201002

Dr. Kishan Chandra

NameDr. P. D. Kamala Jayanthi
Position HeldICAR National Fellow, Principal Scientist
AddressICAR- IIHR Bangalore, Karnataka-560089
NameDr. Ravikant Avasthe
Position HeldJt. Director , National Institute of Organic
AddressFarming Research Institute, Tadong, Gangtok-737102
NameProf Ajay Kumar Verma
Position HeldDirector, Shri Ram Swaroop Memorial University
AddressDeva Road, Lucknow (UP)-226016

Prof Ajay Kumar Verma

NameDr. Sharad Mohan
Position HeldPrincipal Scientist, Division of Nematology, IARI
AddressDivision of Nematology, IARI, Pusa Campus, New Delhi-110012
NameDr. Vasudeo Zambre
Position HeldDean & Professor, School of Sciences
AddressSandip University, Nashik, (MH)-422213
NameDr. S. Uma
Position HeldDirector- ICAR- National Research Centre for Banana
AddressSomarasempettai – Thogaimalai Rd, Thayanur, Tamil Nadu-620102
NameDr. H. B. Singh
Position HeldEx-Professor and Head, Department of Plant Pathology
AddressKabir Colony,  Banaras Hindu University Campus, Varanasi, (UP)-221005
NameDr. Tilak. R. Sharma
Position HeldDirector ICAR- Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology
AddressRing Road, Garhkhatanga, Ranchi, Jharkhand-834010
NameProf Muneer Ahmad Sofi
Position HeldDivision of Entomology, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural
AddressSciences & Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST), Shalimar Campus, Srinagar (J&K) -190025

Prof (Dr). Muneer Ahmad Sofi

NameDr. C. K. Narayana
Position HeldPrincipal Scientist, Division of PHT
AddressICAR- IIHR Bangalore, Karnataka-560089

Dr. C. K. Narayana

NameDr. Shamarao Jahagirdar
Position HeldProfessor. Department of Plant Pathology
AddressUiniversity of Agriculture Sciences Dharwad, Karnataka-580005


NameDr. Neelima Garg
Position HeldHead Post Harvest Technology
AddressCentral Institute of Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow -226002


Name Dr. Rajiv Dutta
Email director.sbt@gmail.com
Position Held Professor & Dean, Faculty of applied sciences
Address NH-58, Modipuram, Meerut, Delhi NCR


NameDr. Jagdish Chandra
Position HeldFormer Principal Scientist
AddressIndian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow-226012

Dr. Jagdish Chandra


NameDr. S. N. Sushil
Position HeldPrincipal Scientist ICAR & former Plant Protection Advisor, Govt. of India, Faridabad
AddressIndian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow-226012

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Dr. Charudatta Digambarrao Mayee
Fellow, Elected 2008

Born in Sakharkherda (Buldana), Maharashtra, India on 15 July 1946. Educated at MES High School, Mehkar (MS) 1959-61; College of Agriculture, Akola, 1961-65; College of Agriculture, Nagpur, 1965-67; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1968-1972. B.Sc (Agri.) 1965; M.Sc (Agri.) 1965; Ph.D, IARI, 1972.Post Doctoral, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, 1980-82; Re-visited 1986.

Currently, Adjunct Professor, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi; Chairman, Agri.Finance Corporation Mumbai; Member, African Biosafety Network Expertise, Burkina Faso, Executive Board Member, Internatinal Service for Acquisition Agri-Biotech Applications, USA, Board Member of DR PDKV AKOLA and SKAUST, Srinagar, J&K.

Professor and Head, Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani, 1976-1991 and 1993-1995; Associate Dean, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola, 1991-93; Associate Director, NARP, Aurangabad, 1995-97; Vice-Chancellor, MAU, Parbhani, 1997-2000; Director, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, 2000-2003; Agriculture Commissioner; Govt. of India, New Delhi; 2003-2004; Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi; 2004-2011.

Awards/Honours: Awards and Honours: Prof.M.J.Narasimhan Academic Award, 1074; V.P. Gokhale Award, 1998; Vasantrao Naik Krishi Award, 2002; Outstanding Team Research Award, 2003; Dr. B. Vishwanath Award, 2005; Life Time Acievement Awards, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015; Lekhiram Memorial Award, 2009; DodaRaghav Reddy Award, 2010; Leadership Award 2010; Amit Prabudh Manishi Award,; 2012; IPS Recognition Award, 2012; Sasya Suraksha Mahajani Award, 2012; Honoured with two civilian awards for social, cultural and scientific activities in the City of Nagpur; viz., Global Nagpur and Sarathi Awards. ShetiSanmanPuraskar by ABP MAZA Marathi Channel, 2016; Annasaheb Shinde Puraskar in 2017 for agri contribution. D.Sc. (Honoris Causa), Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa Samastipur (Bihar), 2009; OUAT, Bhubaneshwar (Orissa), 2010 and Assam Agricutultural University, Jorhat (Assam), 2010; President, Indian Society for Cotton Improvement, 2008 to date, and Founder President, South Asia Biotechnology Centre, New Delhi, President Indian Phytopathological Society, 1997-98; SMPP, Udaipur, 2006-09, Doctor’s Krishi Academy, Lucknow, 2006-11; CRDA, Hissar, 2010-11, Chief Editor, IPS New Delhi, 2004-06.

Fellow: Maharashtra Academy of Sciences.; Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology

Research Areas: Plant Pathology -Epidemiology and Management of Crop Diseases, Human Resource Development, Cotton Improvement, Biotechmology

Dr. Ram Prakash Srivastava
Former Principal Scientist & Ex-Director
Central Institute of Sub-tropical Horticulture
Lucknow- Uttar Pradesh, INDIA

Dr.Ram Prakash Srivastava born at Lucknow received his M.Sc.degree in Zoology with specialization in entomology in 1962 from Lucknow University and Ph.D. in Agricultural Entomology from Indian Agricultural Institute of Agricultural Research, New Delhion Integrated Control of Fruit Pests.

Dr. Srivastava joined the Division of Entomology ,IARI, New Delhi in 1964 and later he worked at Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack from 1976-1977 as Scientist (S-2 ,Insect Microbiologist). Thereafter he joined Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture Lucknow wef 26.12.1977 to 31.03.1984 and also wef. 01.05.1985 to 31.10.2000. He has worked in this Institute mainly on mango and guava crops.

Various aspects of his research pursuit includes Management of Insect pests of Mango,biological control of Insect pests of mango, use of plant products including Neem to control fruits pests. He is one of the active and leading scientist in Integrated Pest Management.

He has published 125 research papers , 45 popular articles, 10 chapters in books, 15 review articles. Besides this he has published six books on Mango IPM, Mango Quarantine pests, Neem and Pest Management, Mango Cultivation, Bio-pesticide and bio-agents of Mango pest etc. He has also written five books in Hindi language dedicated to Mango, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables and paddy for the benefit of farmers who prefer to read in Hindi language.

Assistant Development Officer. Cooperative
Vikas Bhawan, Lucknow
E mail- drrksingh034@gmail.com, raj15_esh@yahoo.com
Mobile – 9839428844, 8299839022



Dr. Rajesh Kumar did his M.Sc. (Ag) Entomology CSJM, University, Kanpur and Ph.D Zoology (Entomology) from Lucknow, University. He has more than 6th years experience of research, teaching and extension in the field of mango Malformation, monitoring of fruit flies in different agro-ecological Zones and their management. Presently he is Assistant Development Officer, Cooperative, at Lucknow He served as lecturer, J.C. Bakewar, Etawah. He Has worked as a senior Research Fellow during 2001- 2002 at Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow and also He Has worked as a Research Associate (Entomology), during 2002-2005 at Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture (CISH), Lucknow. He did several training including training in biodynamic agriculture, validation and promotion of IPM technology, bee keeping, etc. He participated in several national and international conferences, symposium on organic farming, planning workshop (Indo-UK project) on Integrated management of fruit flies etc. He is recipient of Best Entomology Award, 2018 in International Semirar on Resource conservation and environmental security under changing climate Scenario. He also got young scientist award for his significant research achieverment on the accasion of International Conference on Sustainable Agri-Horti System held from 28-30 November 2018 organized by Doctor’s Krishi evam Bagwani Vikas Sanstha (Doctor’s Agricultural and Horticultural Development Society) Lucknow. He Pablished a book intitled “Monitoring and management of mango fruit Flies during 2012, Published by LAMBART Academic Publishing Germany ISBN : 9783846506424

Dr. Gadi V.P. Reddy

Research Leader

USDA-ARS-Southern Insect  Management  Research Unit,

141 Experiment Station Rd., 

P.O. Box  346, Stoneville, MS 38776, USA



Dr. Gadi V.P. Reddy is a nationally and internationally recognized entomologist with strong credentials, as delineated in the following paragraphs. His 30-odd years of research experience and achievements amply demonstrate his commitment to excellence in research, which when viewed in combination with his outreach and administrative performances.Dr. Reddy currently serves as Research Leader for the USDA-ARS-Southern Insect Management Research Unit in Stoneville, MS. He has been here since September 2019. He formerly worked as full professor and Head of the Entomology/Ecology Unit, associate professor of Entomology/Ecology and Superintendent at the Montana State University from 2012-2019, and assistant and associate professor of Chemical Ecologist at the University of Guam from 2002-2012. He has about 30 years of teaching, research, extension and administrative experiences.Dr. Reddy has an international reputation for work performed in England, India, Ethiopia/UNDP, Germany, Spain, Finland, Austria and US. 



The breadth of Dr. Reddy’s publications demonstrates his expertise in sustainable-agricultural production, which include disciplines such as behavioral and chemical ecology, use of entomopathogens, biological control of pestiferous insects and plants, acarology, multitrophic interactions, integrated pest management, vegetable- and field-crop entomology, and forest and urban entomology. In Dr. Reddy’s extensive academic research career, he has been always successful in many instances winning stiffly competitive grants required for his research. In his overall academic career, he obtained more than $ 4.7 million as research grants, from USDA-NIFA, USEPA, USDA-NRCS, USDA Western SARE, and USDA-Specialty Crop Block Grants. He has successfully obtained several grants from commodity groups and industries. Executing these projects and grants has provided him the opportunity to participate in and lead successful interdisciplinary research teams. Throughout his career, he has been involved, created and lead highly productive and committed multidisciplinary team.



Dr. Reddy’s firsthand experience in a wide range of applied disciplines related to pestiferous arthropod control (biological control of insects and weeds, insect physiology, insect toxicology, insect pathology, insect behavioral and chemical ecology, insect-plant interactions, modeling, and economic entomology) enables him to confidently speak to and work with growers and associated personnel in dealing with pestiferous arthropod problems. His extensive experience in fundamental research on wide range of disciplines and capability to disseminate the research enables him to develop highly efficient IPM programs to manage economically important pestiferous insects. He has worked with pestiferous insects of ornamentals and turf (hibiscus, palms), household and structural sites (wood borers), field crops (wheat, barley, pulse, canola, alfalfa, corn, cotton, millets, and rice), vegetables (eggplant, tomato, sweet potato, cabbage, cauliflower, and knolkhol) and fruit crops (papaya, banana, mango, and orange). He has worked on about 75 insect species (IPM strategies for more than 50 pest insects, including five weed and seven insect biological-control programs).



Dr. Reddy’s publications and research recognitions demonstrate his high-quality research productivity and effectiveoral and written communication skills. In his entire academic research career, he has published 235 in international journals with high ISI impact factors. As of August 2020, GoogleScholar listed an h-index of 30 for his peer-reviewed journal publications with an i-10 index profile of 78.

Professor Keith Davies
University of Hertfordshire,
Hatfield, United Kingdom

Keith Davies is an applied nematologist with expertise in the area of nematode pathology and its application to the development of biological control agents. He has over 30 years’ experience undertaking research in the area of the biological control of plant-parasitic nematodes. In 2009 an awardee of a BBSRC Fellowship he broadened his interests using Caenorhabditiselegans as a model for microbial pathogenicity which could then be applied to biological control. Currently his research focuses on the ways that molecular diversity affects the etiology of host parasite population dynamics to develop environmentally benign nematode management strategies. He is most widely known for his work on the understanding of host specificity between the bacterium Pasteuria penetrans and related organisms and plant parasitic nematodes.

Dr Davies is a Fellow of both the Linnean Society of London and the Royal Society of Biology and has membership of the European Society of Nematology and Association of Applied Biologists. He is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, and Module Leader in the Master’s Programme in Environmental Management with Agriculture in the area of crop protection. He has an active collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomic Research in Norway where he is adjunct Research Professor in the Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health

Vice Chancellor
Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agricultural & Technology
Kanpur, UP-208002, 0512-2534155 e-mail:vc@csauk.ac.in

Dr. Amar Nath Mukhopadhyay

Born in Katwa (W.B.), India on 12 March 1940. Educated at College of Agriculture, Banaras Hindu University 1957-66; University of New Castle Upon Tyne, UK, 1977-78; B.Sc. 1960; M.Sc. 1962; Ph.D. 1968.

Director, Biopesticide Division, Super Agro India Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata, 2005 to date.

Prof. Plant Pathology, 1982-84, Gujarat Agric. University, Anand and Prof. & Head Plant Pathology, 1984-86, Prof. Plant Pathology, 1986-92, and Dean, College of Agric. 1992-97, GB Pant Agriculture University, Pantnagar; Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agric. University, Jorhat 1997-2000, Director General, Tea Research Association, 2000-2001.

Awards/Honours: Prof. M.J. Narasimhan Award 1972; Prof. M. S. Pavgi Award, 1994; Editor-in-Chief 1983-84; President, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, 1985; President, Indian Science Congress (Agric.), 1996; President, Indian Phytopathological Society 1996; Lifetime Achievement Award, Agric. & Hort. Development Society 2008; BHU Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2008; Dr. N. Prasad Memorial Award, 2009; Lifetime Achievement Award 2009 of GBPUAT and Uttarakhand Council of Science & Technology; ISMPP Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012; Asian PGPR Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014; IPS Recognition Award, 2012. IPS Lifetime Achievement Award 2016; Dr. A.P. Mishra Memorial Lecture Award, 2017; Lifetime Achievement Award, AMU 2018.

Research Areas: Plant pathology, biocontrol of plant diseases

Address: ‘Sangini’, 151 Akanksha, Udyan II, Raibareilly Road, Lucknow 226025, U.P.; [Tel: Cell: 9793200333; Email: amar.mukhopadhyay@gmail.com]

Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 2010 to 31 Dec, 2012; Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 2000 to 31 Dec, 2002; Dr. K.C. Mehta Memorial Award 2015-2016

Dr. Anandamoy Kundu

Central Agricultural Research Institute,
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Port Blair-744101

Dr.Kundu contributed immensely in the area of Division of Animal Science Poultry Science. His article Antibody response to sheep erythrocytes in Indian native vis-a-vis imported breeds of chickens is a highly cited research paper .A total of 433 birds (7 weeks old) of both sexes belonging to Indian native breeds, including, Aseel, Kadakanath, Naked Neck and Frizzle fowl along with the imported breeds Dahlem Red, White Leghorn, Synthetic dam line broiler (SDL) and Naked Neck broiler were utilised to test the primary antibody response to sheep erythrocytes by haemagglutination test. The effect of genotype (breed), sex and their interactions on antibody response were also studied. 2. The results revealed the presence of natural antibodies in all groups under study . 3. All groups except broilers showed the highest HA titre on day 5 post immunisation, which gradually declined until the end of the experiment (19th day post immunisation). In broilers, the peak HA titre was observed on day 12. 4. Dahlem Red showed the highest response throughout. The lowest antibody response was recorded for broilers except on day 19 post immunisation when it exceeded the White Leghorn value. 5. Amongst the native Indian breeds, the Naked neck had the highest titre on day 5 post immunisation but the Aseel titre was highest on days 12 and 19. 6. Males tended to have higher titres than females in Aseel, Kadakanath, Naked Neck, White Leghorn and Naked Neck broilers whereas Frizzle, Dahlem Red and SDL broilers showed the converse. 7. Statistical analysis revealed significant variation in HA response among the various genetic groups on different days post immunisation. The apparent differences between sexes were not significant. However, interactions between breed and sex were significant on day 5 and 19 post immunisation.



Dr. Kundu carried out several projects funded by various agencies like DBT, DST, and ICAR. He is a member of many professional societies. He has to his credit several books chapters and 163 Research publications both in National and International Journals.

Dr. Pranjib Kumar Chakrabarty

Born in Kharar, West Bengal on 12 October 1958. Educated at Central School, Ferozepur Cantt, 1976; RSD College, Ferozepur City, 1978; College of Agriculture, Solan, Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishva Vidyalaya, Palamur; 1979-1982; College of Agriculture, Dr Y.S Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan 1983-86; Ph.D. 1986.

Member (Plant Sciences), Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, KAB-I, New Delhi, 2019 to date.

Scientist, ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, 1986-91; Scientist Senior Scale, 1991-98; Senior Scientist, 1998-2005; Principal Scientist, 2005-09; Head, Division of Crop Improvement, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, 2009-2013; Assistant Director General (Plant Protection and Biosafety), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, KrishiBhawan, New Delhi, 2013-19.

Awards/Honours: INSA Visiting Scientist Fellowship; MJ Narasimhan Award, Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi; Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA; Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA; KPV Menon Award 2005, 2015, Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi; Adjunct Professor, University of Florida, USA; Prof EJ Butler memorial lecture award, Indian Mycological Society, 2016.

Fellow: Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Udaipur; Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi; Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, Pune; Indian Mycological Society, Kolkata.

Research Areas: Mycology & Plant Pathology; Molecular Plant Pathology and Biotechnology, host-pathogen interaction, Molecular diagnosis.

Address: Member, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, R.No. 202, KrishiAnusandanBhavan-I, New Delhi 110012; [Tel: Off. (011) 25840017; Cell: 9540029275; Email: pranjibc@gmail.com; member.ps@asrb.org.in]

Dr. A.K. Saxena


National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms (NBAIM)
Mau Nath Bhanjan,Pin: 275103

Dr. A.K. Saxena did his Graduation and Post-graduation from Delhi University in Botany and Ph.D. in Microbiology from IARI, New Delhi. He was awarded the Gold medal for the Academic performance in Ph.D. He joined Agricultural Research Services in 1989 and since then he worked in various capacities at IARI. He also served at National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Mau for four years.

Dr.Saxena contributed immensely in the area of plant-microbe interactions and molecular diversity of bacteria. He developed bacterial inoculants, including novel biofilmed formulations, Zn and K solubilizers and NPK providing formulations for integrated pest and nutrient management of various crops. He identified chickpea – Rhizobium combinations for saline soils and also developed PGPR formulations for enhancing the yield of mungbean and arhar. He developed simple diagnostic approach for identification of Bacillus sp. and also species-specific primers and probes for identification of Macrophominaphaseolina and Fusariumudum. First attempt in the country was made to sequence the complete genome of MesorhizobiumciceriCa 181, and seven other novel bacteria isolated from extreme habitats were sequenced. He documented and characterized bacterial diversity of hot springs, salt lakes, cold deserts and acidic soils of India at molecular level, leading to development of germplasm collection and database of bacteria from extreme environments. Novel bacteria able to grow at high salt concentration, high and low pH, high and low temperatures were identified. He has deposited more than 1900 gene sequences to NCBI Gen Bank. He has successfully transferred the technologies developed at the Division of Microbiology to entrepreneurs throughout the country, leading to increased revenue generation and coverage of land under microbial inoculants.


Dr. Saxena carried out 20 different projects funded by various agencies like DBT, DST, World Bank and ICAR. He is a member of many professional societies. He has to his credit more than 20 book chapters and 120 Research publications both in National and International Journals. For his contributions to teaching he was awarded the Best Teacher award of IARI. He was awarded FAO fellowship twice for post doctoral work at The Netherlands and Israel and World Bank fellowship for visit to Canada. Till date he has guided 8 Ph.D. and 11 M.Sc students and at present guiding three Ph.D. students. He was elected as fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Academy of Microbiological Sciences and is a recipient of XIV Shri Hari Krishna Shastri Memorial award. Distinguished Scientist award of Asian PGPR Society and Prof G. Rangaswami award of AMI . He worked as Head, Division of Microbiology IARI from 2009 -2015.

Dr. (Ms) Pagadala Damodaram Kamala Jayanthi
ICAR National Fellow & Principal Scientist,

Division of Entomology & Nematology,

Indian Institute of Horticultural Research,

Hessaraghatta Lake PO, Bangalore 560089

Born in Gooty, Anantapur Dist., Andhra Pradesh on 16 July 1968. B.Sc. 1990, M.Sc. 1992 and Ph.D. 1997, Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad; Post Doc 2004, Kansas State University, USA; Post Doc 2011, Rothamsted International, UK; Post Doc 2017, Pennstate University, Pennsylvania, USA

ICAR National Fellow & Principal Scientist, Division of Entomology & Nematology, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore 2011 to date.

Scientist 1998-2002; Scientist (SS, 2002-07; Senior Scientist 2007-11; ICAR National Fellow 2011 to date; Principal Scientist 2013 to date

Awards/Honours: ISCA Young Scientist Award, 2000; DST BOYSCAST Fellowship, 2004-2005; ICAR Lal Bahadur Shastri Young Scientist Award 2005; DBT Biotech Product & Process Development and Commercialization Award, 2014; Rothamsted Research International Postdoctoral Fellowship; ICAR Panjabrao Deshmukh Outstanding Woman Scientist Award, 2013; Edita David Memorial Award 2015-16; Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship (Research), 2017-18; 5th Dr K M Singh Memorial Award, 2018; Dr B Vasantharaj David Excellence Award, 2019.
Fellow: Royal Entomological Society, 2016; Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences, 2016; Telangana Academy of Sciences, 2017; Association for Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems, 2013; Society for Biocontrol Advancement, 2014.
Research Areas: Insect-plant interactions, Semiochemicals, IPM

Address: ICAR National Fellow & Principal Scientist, Division of Entomology & Nematology, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessaraghatta Lake PO, Bangalore 560089, Karnataka; #17, Basappa Layout, II Main, Sanjay Nagar, Bangalore 560094, Karnataka; [Tel: Off. (080) 23086100; Cell: 9972366714; Fax: (080) 28466291; Email: jaiinsect@gmail.com; kamalajayanthi.pd@icar.gov.in]

Dr. Ravikant Avasthe has held the positions of, Principal Scientist (Soils) and Joint Director of ICAR-National Organic Farming Research Institute (formerly ICAR Sikkim Centre), Tadong, Gangtok since July 2013. Prior to assuming the current position at Gangtok, he was the Head, Division of Human Resource Development and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun (Uttarakhand) during 2011-13. He has enormous and varied experience of research, extension and capacity building in the field of organic farming; organic conservation agriculture, soil fertility management in cereals, pulses, oilseeds and vegetables; development of organic nutrient management packages for rice, maize, buckwheat, mustard and soybean, spices, especially, large cardamom and ginger, soil acidity management and soil and water conservation, watershed management and integrated organic farming systems. He has more than 17 years of experience of working in organic farming.

Before moving to Dehradun, Dr. Avasthe served ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre as Senior Scientist (Soil Science) during 2000-08 and from 2008 to 2011as Principal Scientist. His career with Indian Council of Agricultural Research began as Sr. Scientist (Soil Science) at the Directorate of Oil Palm, Eluru, West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh in the year 2000. Initially, during 1992-94 he was Scientist at ICAR Sikkim Centre and thereafter, in 1994 as Senior Programme Officer with World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) started the biodiversity conservation initiatives and developed and implemented many biodiversity conservation projects.

Initially he served as Research Associate at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad during 1984-87, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa, New Delhi and Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad (1991-92). He has more than 540 publications as research papers in peer reviewed national and international journals/Proceedings, books, reports, technical bulletins/folders, manuals, book chapters etc.

Peer reviewed national/international research papers: 138
(i) NAAS > 6.0 = 46
(ii) NAAS < 6.0 = 92
Authored /Edited books: 11
Abstracts presented in Seminars/Conferences: 108
Book /Conference/Symposia/Training Manual chapters: 86
Bulletins: 18
Popular articles: 51
Training manuals: 52
Technical extension folders: 69
Reports: 10
Total publications = 543

Dr. Sharad Mohan
Principal Scientist Division of Nematology
Indian Agricultural Research Institute
New Delhi 110012 INDIA
Mobile: 0091 9910717211

Sharad Mohan graduated in Zoology Honours from the Delhi University and completed Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Nematology from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He has been working for over 24 years at the Division of Nematology, IARI, on tritrophic interactions involving entomopathogenic nematodes, their bacterial symbionts and key insect pests; and biological control of plant-parasitic nematodes with special emphasis on the host specificity of bacterium Pasteuriapenetrans. His technology on entomopathogenic nematode-based Galleria cadaver for management of soil borne insect pests of sugarcane, grape vineyards, apple and tea plantations has been licensed and commercialised by IARI. He has invented an apparatus for in vivo mass production of entomopathogenic nematodes. He has developed a technique to efficiently bait entomopathogenic nematodes from the soil using earthenware pots. In 1999, he was awarded the prestigious Rothamsted International Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Rothamsted Research, UK. He is a recipient of two consecutive British Council projects under the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) programme. In 2014, he was nominated as the Country Representative by the European Society of Nematologist. He is actively involved in teaching and supervising M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. He received the “IARI Best Teacher Award” by the Post-Graduate School, IARI in 2013.

Vasudeo did is M.Sc Biochemistry, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India (2001) – Adjuvant therapy of Plumbagozeylanica against UTI microorganism and PhD : Biochemistry, Agharkar Research Institute, University of Pune, Pune, India2007) – Application of Microbial Proteases in Leather processing

Vasudeo is a multi-skilled researcher with biorefinery-industry experience in the US, Canada, EU, and India. He has developed bioprocesses for the leather, textile, paper and pulp, and biofuel industries. He also worked on developing soil conditioners and testing the biopharmaceutical potential of lichens.

At Celignis, he plays a key role in our bioprocessing division, developing approaches that will allow our clients to make the best use of their biomass feed stocks and optimise their biomass valorisation technologies.

He is also project manager of our involvements in the multi-partner research project UNRAVEL, funded by the Biomass Based Industries Joint Undertaking. Celignis’s tasks in UNRAVEL are focused on the removal and characterisation of the extractives in wood and on understanding how extractives removal impacts upon the yeilds and quality of the products of the FABIOLA pre-treatment process being optimised in UNRAVEL.

Vasudeo has over 15 years of experience in the fermentation based bioprocessing technologies of enzyme and probiotics for fuel, food, feed, agricultural and environmental industries. During his PhD he established a protease enzyme based biotechnological process of leather treatment as alternatives to chemical process which could be a paradigm shift from chemical to biological world with respect to process time, leather quality, health and environment. During his post PhD he developed thermostable microbial enzymes (cellulose, lipase) from extremophiles isolated from DUSEL gold mines and Yellowstone National Park, USA. He developed valorisation processes for agro waste, grasses, wood, sludge feedstock such to biofuel, biodiesel, biochemical and biomaterial.

Vasudeo has had placements in Biorefning Research Institute in Canada where he was developing an enzymatic process for valorisation of paper industry sludge to sugars followed by fermentation to biofuel, biolipid, lactic acid, etc.

Dr. S. Uma, Director, ICAR- National Research Centre for Banana, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, has been instrumental in establishing the institute with national and international recognitions. She is responsible for developing Banana Genetic Resource Management system in India with various conservation banks. Along with DBT, responsible to develop QPM system through NCS-TCP and certifying 300 million plantlets through NRCB’s accredited lab. She is the team leader which developed high throughput system for mass multiplication of banana varieties using bioreactors for commercial and traditional cultivars. Her team is first to develop Pro-Vitamin A and Iron enriched biofortified dessert bananas, through transgenic approach and are in advanced stage of biosafety testing. Released six varieties and twelve more in pipeline. She led the team that exported Grand Naine bananas to Europe and Nendran bananas to Gulf countries through Ocean voyage. Three of her technologies have gone for patent application. She served as FAO Consultant for 3 years. Published 90 Research Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals and guided 6 Ph.D Students and 4 Post Doctoral Fellows.

Dr. Harikesh Bahadur Singh

Born in Pratapgarh, India on 18 July 1953. Educated at K.P. Hindu Inter College, Pratapgarh, 1971-73; Post Graduate Degree College, Pratapgarh, Avadh University, Faizabad, 1973-75; St. Andrews’ College Gorakhpur, Gorakhpur University, 1975-77; Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 1977-81; B.Sc. 1975; M.Sc. 1977; Ph.D. 1981.

Professor, Mycology & Plant Pathology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 2006 to date.

PDF (CISR), 1981-82, Research Associate, UGC, 1983-84, and Pool Officer (CSIR), 1984, Banaras Hindu University, BHU, Varanasi; Lecturer, 1984-89, and Sr. Lecturer, 1989-92, North-Eastern Hill University, NEHU, Medziphema, Nagaland; SRO-cum-Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, 1992-93, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Hill Campus, Ranichauri, Tehri Garhwal; Scientist, 1993-94, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow; Scientist, 1994-98, CIMAP, Resource Centre, Pantnagar; Scientist & Head, Plant Pathology, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, 1998-2006; Visiting Professor, Cornell University, USA, 2011; Head, Department Mycology & Plant Pathology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 2014-17.

Awards/Honours: CSIR Technology Prize for Biological Sciences (Team),1999; Vigyan Bharti Award, 2000; Essential Oil Association of India, SOM Award, 2005; Society of Mycology & Plant Pathology, Prof. V.P. Bhide Memorial Award, 2006; Society for Plant Research, Scientist of Excellence Award, 2007; BRSI Industrial Medal Award, 2007; Bioved Fellowship Award, 2009; Jyoti Sangam Award, 2009; Akshyavat Samman 2009; Distinguish Scientist Award by Society for Research Development in Agriculture, 2011, Prof. Panchanan Maheshwari Medal by Indian Botanical Society, 2011. CSIR Award for S&T Innovation for Rural Development (CAIRD) 2011 (Team).Rashtriya Gaurav Award- 2012 by IIFS, Plant Pathology Leader Award by IPS (MEZ), 2012, Environment Conservation Award, 2013; Plant Pathology Leadership Award, 2013, Vigyan-Ratna Award by U.P.C.S.T -2014. Executive Editor, Indian Journal of Plant Pathology 2003 to date; Vice President, Allium Society of India (2009-11); President (MEZ) Indian Phytopathological Society (2010-11); Member General Publication Core Committee, IPS (2011-13); Executive Committee Member of Essential Oil Association of India; Member publication committee of “Indian Perfumer” (2005-07); Member of U.P. State Biodiversity Board (2007-09); Member Wild Life Board, Government of U.P. (2010-11); Member Task Force Life Sciences Women Scientist Scheme (WOS-A) DST, Govt. of India (2005-12); Member Task Force DBT on Biotechnology Based Programme for SC/ST and Rural Population (2011-14); Task Force Expert Member on Biological Agents for Crop Management; Vice-President (Academic) Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture.

Fellow: Indian Phytopathological Society; International College of Nutrition, India; Indian Society of Mycology & Plant Pathology; Biotechnology Research Society of India; Society of Plant Reproductive Biologists.

Research Areas: Mycology & plant pathology, organic farming, fortified and designer foods, microbial based biopesticides & biofertilizers

Address: 13/21 Vikas Nagar, P.O. Vikas Nagar, Lucknow 226022, U.P.; [Tel: Cell: 9415355571; Fax: (0542) 2368993; Email: hbs1@rediffmail.com; profhbs1@gmail.com; profhbsingh@gmail.com]

Dr.Tilak Raj Sharma
Fellow, Elected 2007

Born at Hamirpur (H.P.), India on 20 May 1965. Educated at Govt. High School, Ladrour, Hamirpur (H.P.), 1978-80; College of Agriculture, HPKV, Palampur; 1980-90; University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 1994-1996; B.Sc. (Ag.) 1985; M.Sc. 1987; Ph.D. 1990; Post Doc. 1994-96.

Executive Director, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), Mohali, 2016 to date..

Assistant Professor, Biotechnology Centre, HPKV, Palampur, 1991-99; Senior Scientist (Biotechnology), 1999-2007; Principal Scientist, 2007-2014, and Project Director, ICAR-National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi, 2014-2016; DBT Overseas Associate, 1994-96, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; Visiting Scientist, Genome Research Centre, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA, 2001; Visiting Scientist, CSHL,USA, 2004.

Awards/Honours: University Gold Medel and Certificate of Honour in Ph.D, 1990; ICAR Young Scientist Award (Crop Sciences), 1999; Prof. M.J. Narasimhan Academic Merit Award IPS, 1999; ISCA Prof. Umakant Sinha Memorial Award, 2001; International World Technology Award for Biotechnology (jointly to Int. Rice Genome Sequencing Team), The World Technology Network, 2003; DBT National Bioscience Award 2007; VASVIK Award 2011; Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award, ICAR, 2012; NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award, 2013; J.C. Bose National Fellowship, 2013.

Fellow: Indian National Science Academy; National Academy of Sciences, India.

Research Areas: Plant Disease Resistance, Genomics and Bioinformatics

Address: Executive Director, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), (An autonomous Institute of DBT, Govt. of India), Mohali 160071; [Tel: Off. (0172) 4990101, 4011916; Cell: 9818386057; Fax: (0172) 4604888; Email: trsharma@nabi.res.in; edoffice@nabi.res.in; trsharma1965@gmail.com]

Young Scientist Award, 1997-1998; NAAS Associate, 2005; Recognition Award, 2007-2008

Dr. Shamarao Jahagirdar

Professor of Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology, UAS, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

Vice President, Society for Soybean Research & Development (SSRD)

ICAR-IISR, Indore, India

Tel No: 91-9740641068


Prof. Jahagirdar received his M.Sc. (Plant Pathology, 1994 with Gold Medal) and Ph.D. (Plant Pathology, 1998 from University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore. He was a post-doctoral fellow at National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, South Korea (2010). He started his professional career as Assistant Professor (Plant Pathology) in 1997 at UAS, Dharwad, and moved up to become Associate Professor in 2006 and Professor of Plant Pathology in 2012. Presently, involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students of Plant Pathology and also National Principal Investigator (Soybean Pathology), IISR, Indore since 2016. Prof. Jahagirdar has brought several changes in system of working and contributions in field of crop diseases diagnosis, epidemiology and integrated management strategies. The low-cost eco-friendly technologies on seed treatment with bio-agent Trichoderma has been widely adopted by the farming community of northern Karnataka for managing charcoal of sorghum and wilt of chickpea. He is involved in development and release of first ever highly rust resistant and high yielding varieties DSb 21,DSb 23 and DSb 28  of soybean for Karnataka and other Southern States and variety – DSb 19 & DSb 32 for north eastern zone and DSb 31 for the state of Karnataka. Published over150 papers in journals and presented 100 papers in conferences of national and international repute. He has written 100 articles and 5 books (both in English and Kannada), contributed 10 chapters in books and prepared 12 reports. Guided as Chairman & member of more than 50 M Sc & 10 Ph.D. Established a bio-control Laboratory at Agricultural Research Station, Nipani with funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India during 2006-2008.  Member of Indian Phytopathological Society, Asian PGPR Society, Indian Society of Plant Pathologists, Indian Society of Agricultural Information Technology, Association of Agrometerologists, National Environmental Science Academy, member of International Shalom Club (Israel), American Pathological Society, Centre for Innovation and Development (Netherlands) etc. Presented his findings at various International and National Conferences / Symposium.  He has received four international fellowship awards from Korea, Israel and Netherland governments, one UAS-Dharwad Team award and 11 society awards for his contributions in the field of agriculture such as Sir C V Raman Young Scientist Award.  Prof. J. F Dastur Memorial National Award, Prof. M. Puttarudraiah Memorial National Award, International Achievement Award-2017 by Science & Technology, Mumbai, UAS Best Research Scientist Award, and UAS Incentive Award. Also received Nuffic Fellowship from Netherlands and MASHAV Fellowship from Israel. He is a Fellow of Indian Phytopathological Society, IBRF, Society for Advancement of Biodiversity Science and Fellow of Society for Plant Research. Received funds worth of Rs.525 Lakhs from various agencies over the years. Member of International Organizing Committee of Asian PGPR Society. Currently working as a Nodal Officer for world bank funded project -ICAR-NAHEP-Institutional Development Plan for a budget outlay of Rs.24.67 crores.

Dr. (Mrs.) Neelima  Garg

Head-Post Harvest Technology

Central Institute of Subtropical Horti culture, Lucknow


Dr. (Mrs.) Neelima Garg, Incharge  Head, Division of Post Harvest management, CISH Lucknow, did her M.Sc and Ph. D. (Microbiology) from Haryana Agri. Univ. Hisar. He joined ARS services as Scientist at CISH , Lucknow  in 1988. In 1989 under Indo-USaid project on post harvest technology of fruits, she received 4 months training at Cornell University, U.S.A, in the area of fruit processing microbiology and horticultural waste utilization. In 2016 she was sent to Cambridge University, UK to attend International Workshop on ‘Female Leaders in Crop and Agricultural Sciences’ Organised by DBT and Cambridge University, UK. 


She was promoted to the post of Principal Scientist on 27.7.06. She joined as Head, Division of Post Harvest Management in 2009 and again in 2015 and is still continuing as In charge Head. Dr. Garg is recipient of Dr. J.S.Pruthi and Kezriwal Awards for the years 2000 and 2006 provided by All India Food Processors Association as well as  ICN International Award 2020 in the category of Agriculture . She is Fellow  of Society for development of Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow (2011);  Confederation of Horticultural Associations of India (2012); Agri Innovation Foundation (2020). She is Vice president of  Society for Development of Subtropical Horticulture, CISH, Lucknow since 2014.

Dr. Neelima Garg has worked extensively in the field of food and  soil microbiology. She had explored role of microbes in Food fermentations, fruit waste value addition, organic agriculture, biodynamic agriculture and pesticide bioremediation.  She is co-developer of 8 no. of mobile apps on processed products from raw and ripe mango, guava and aonla with audio/calculation facility. Her 12 no. technologies have been commercialized by the Institute. She has published about  100 research papers in national and international journals, authored/edited  8 books from reputed publishers, 40  book chapters,  40 popular/semi technical articles and has    delivered over 100 lead Lectures/ key note address/ invited talks/oral and poster presentations in National and International Seminars/Symposium/ Conferences. She is reviewer of a number of national and international journals having high impact factor/ NAAS rating.

Dr. Rajiv Dutta

Professor & Dean, faculty of applied sciences

Dr. K.N. Modi University, Newai, Vansathali, Rajasthan



Dr. Rajiv Dutta earned M.Tech. in Biotechnology and Engineering from the Department of Chemical Engineering of IIT, Kharagpur, Ph.D. from BITS, Pilani. Presently, he isDean and Professor at School of Bioengineering and Life Sciences (SBE&LS) at Shobhit Institute of Engineering &Technology, Meerut (Deemed University u/s 3 of UGC Act, 1956). He was also a Research Faculty at the Department of Botany at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK and Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; apart of teachinghe carried out advanced research in the area of Ion channels electrophysiology and Membrane Nanopore. He has guided five Ph.D and eight first degree student for their research work. He is a Fellow of American Academy of Science & Technology, Intrenational Society for Research and Development, International Academy of Art, Science & Technology. He is also an elected Member to World Academy of Science, Engineering & Technology, National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) and New York Academy of Sciences. He had received several awards including ISBEM Dr. Ramesh Gulrajani Memorial Award 2006 and Outstanding Researcher Award-2011 at Ion Channel Retreat, Vancouver, Canada. He is Editorial Board Member or Reviewer for several journals including American Journal of Plant Physiology, American Journal of Science & Technology, International Journal of Engineering, Asian Journal of Biotechnology etc. He has published 50 publications in highly cited journals and a patent published to his credits. Prof. Dutta has visited several countries that include USA, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, The Netherlands, Hungry, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Argentina, Canada, China and Sri Lanka to deliver talks and chair various sessions at several International scientific events.

Dr S.N.Sushil,

Principal Scientist (Agril. Entomology),

ICAR-IISR, Lucknow

Dr.S.N.Sushil has been into various roles & has diversified portfolio, key role in major policy decisions at national level As Plant Protection Advisor, Govt of India

Chairman/ Member of important national level committees

Chairman, FAD 01 committee on Pesticides, Bureau of Indian Standards, Govt. of India (Ex-officioChairman as Plant Protection Advisor to Govt. of India)-(2013-2016).