Speakers



Prof. M. S. Reddy
Entrepreneur & Consultant
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama, USA
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Founder Chairman, Asian PGPR Society - www.asianpgpr.com
Personal Business Ventures- www.auburnventures.com
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Dr. Reddy is a Professor in the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Auburn University, USA. Earned a Ph. D. in Integrated Pest Management with speciality in Biological Control and PGPR from the Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Completed Post Doctoral training in the Department of Botany at the University of Toronto, Canada. Worked as a Scientist, Senior Scientist and R & D Global Manager for several industries such as ExxonMobil (Esso – Imperial Oil), Agrium, Cominco fertilizers, Allelix etc. in Canada for over 15 years and its current position since 1998. Established a multi-disciplinary, nationally and internationally recognized, comprehensive research in the area of biological control of soil-borne diseases, IPM, biofertilizers & biofungicides (PGPR), induced systemic resistance, organic agriculture, development of safer environmentally-friendly agricultural products for sustainable agriculture with reduction of pesticide use and poverty alleviation around the world for over 40 years. Authored and co-authored over 300 peer reviewed research papers in high impact journals and several book chapters, refereed research and extension articles, proceedings, bulletins, popular press reports, electronic media and others. Panelist on grants review boards, Editor, Associate Editor and Reviewer of research papers for several national and international journals. Developed and managed grants in partnership with national and international research and development organizations that have reached over several millions of dollars. Research efforts have been recognized widely and invited to several countries around the globe for presentations and research collaborations. Since 1987, participated in sucessfully organizing International PGPR Workshops, Orillia, Ontario, Canada in 1987; Interlaken, Switzerland in 1990; Adelaide, Australia in 1994; Sapporo, Japan in 1997; Cordoba, Argentina in 2000; Kerala, India in 2003; Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands 2006; Portland, USA in 2009; Medellin, Colombia in 2012; and Liege, Belgium in 2015. In 2009, he formed a non-profit Asian PGPR Society of Sustainable Agriculture with likely-minded group of scientific friends and registered the society in India and later in USA to enable scientists, researchers, academicians, government groups, students, farmers, and industry personnel etc. from various agricultural disciplines to meet every two years in different Asian Countries and discuss their common interests in teaching, research and commercialization of PGPR’s. Asian PGPR Society has more than 1200 registered life members from around the globe and is growing every day. To-date, four very successful Asian PGPR International Conferences have been organized in Hyderabad India (2009), Beijing, China (2011), Manila, Philippines (2013) and Hanoi, Vietnam (2015). Participated as a  Chair of workshops of the scientific programs and an organizer for numerous symposia and workshops at international conferences. Trained several M.Sc. and Ph. D. graduates, post-doctorals and visiting scientists at national and international levels. Received prestigious awards from USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, China, South Korea, India etc. Successful Businessperson, Investor & Entrepreneur of Auburnventures, Alabama, USA. Consultant for several national and international educational, industrial and governemntal and non-govermental funding agencies.

 



Dr.rer.nat. Sarjiya Antonius
Local organizing Chairman, 5th Asian PGPR Conference
Division of Microbiology, Herbarium Building
Research Center for Biology-LIPI
Jl. Raya Bogor - Jakarta Km.46
Cibinong 16911, INDONESIA
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Dr. Anton, currently is the Head of Agriculture Microbiology Laboratory, Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences. Obtained his Ph. D. from the Dept. of Microbiology, Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences, University of Bayreuth-Bavaria in 2004, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ortwin Meyer and Master’s degree from Faculty of Biology. Worked as a Research Fellow at ICRO-UNESCO-JSPS, International Postgraduate University, Dept. of Synthetic of Chemistry and Applied Biological Chemistry, Kyoto, Japan and in the Dept. of Microbiology, University of Bayreuth, Germany under German Academic Exchange (DAAD) scholarship. His expertise are study of the beneficial microorganisms and their development as biofertilizers (PGPR) as well as agrochemical bioremediation agents, microbial degradation of pesticides, soil microbial diversity and soil enzymatic activities,  monitoring of environmental pollution,  relation of biological and chemical environmental properties with climate change, Isolation, identification and characterization of pesticides degrading microorganisms and its biodegradation pathways, effect of biofertilizer on soil bio-dynamics (enzymes activities and microbial diversity of organic agriculture), optimization of large scale production of beneficial soil microorganism by various media and fermentation conditions, Isolation, purification and biochemical studies of proteins, denitrifier and nitrifier microorganisms, biomass decomposers (Cellulose, lignin, chitin), etc. Also, involved in several international research collaboration projects such as effect of soil pollution on soil biochemical properties, Grant from UNU-GIST, IERC-Korea and Impact of Climate change and land use management on surface water qualities, APN Joint Project (Korea-Indonesia). He was a coordinator of the national priority research project on the use of microorganisms for supporting national food security. Along with his high contribution on PGPR research and development and its application in the farmer communities and agro-industries, he earned Satyalancana Wira Karya award from the Indonesian Government in 2013. Significant findings of organic biofertilizer inoculant and liquid organic biofertilizer formula of his laboratory have been adopted by many stake holders or districts and have also been licensed to private industries. He is a consultant for Organic Biofertilizer and Soil Conservation in Indonesia. He has participated actively in International Seminars/Conferences and has published his scientific papers in journals and proceedings. Authored and co-authored several peer reviewed research papers in high impact journals and several book chapters, refereed research and extension articles, proceedings, bulletins, popular press reports, electronic media and others. Panelist on grants review boards, Editor, Associate Editor and Reviewer of research papers for several national and international journals. Developed and managed grants in partnership with national and international research and development organizations. Research efforts have been recognized widely and invited to several countries around the globe for presentations and research collaborations. Acted as a reviewer for many national and international journals and has high proficiency in coordinating several national and international conferences and workshops while designing and developing new innovations and very well versed with funding procurement, implementing and executing innovative ideas and methods to help Indonesian farmers. Active member of Indonesian Microbiology Association, Member of Indonesian Biology Association and Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture. Currently is a local organizing Chairman for the 5th Asian PGPR International Conference for Sustainable Agriculture to be held in Bogor, Indonesia from July 16-19, 2017.

 



Dr. Suhas P. Wani
Research Program  Director – Asia
Director, ICRISAT Development Center (IDC) at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Telangana
India
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Dr. Wani is a Research Program  Director – Asia and Director, ICRISAT Development Center (IDC)  at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India. His area of specialization is scaling-up science-based interventions to benefit millions of farmers in Asia and Africa particularly in the area of sustainable agriculture for improving rural livelihoods.  His expertise spans thru integrated watershed management and water use efficiency (Green, blue and grey) in field to catchment scale, wasteland development, wastewater management, biodiesel plantation, integrated nutrient management and carbon sequestration for the conservation of natural resources and their sustainable use for improving livelihoods of farmers. Livelihoods improvement for small farm holders is the main thrust of his research for development (R4D). Dr. Wani has organized number of national and international meetings and coordinating number of multi-disciplinary, multi country projects in sustainable natural resource management and for improving livelihoods and building resilience of the farmers. Dr. Wani is a University Gold Medalist and has served as an expert   on several national and international fora such as Working Group on Minor Irrigation and Watershed Management for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan; as a member of Expert Committee for technical evaluation for “National  Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA),   member of the Program Advisory Committee for  Natural Resource Management and Climate Change in  MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India and Honorary Trustee of  S.M. Sehgal Foundation (SMSF) and the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) and organizing committee member. He has served as Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Board (SAAB) Member of Unilever and Jury for JSW-Times of India Earth Care Awards. Dr. Wani has received National Groundwater Augmentation Award at National level from Ministry of Water Resources; Gold medal from Government of Vietnam for the improvement of agriculture and rural development in Vietnam, Fellowship from Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (YAAS), Kunming, China; Doreen Mashler Award; Best Team Award, Best ICAR Award and Outstanding scientific article award. Recently in the year 2015, he received  Krishi Sanman Award by ABP Majha, Abhinav – Innovative Practices in IWMP” by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Asian CSR Leadership Awardfor the year 2015, 50 Most Impactful Leaders in Water & Water Management. World Water Leadership Congress, 3rd CSR Impact award in Livelihood category for  'ICRISAT – JSW  Energy’s project -  ICRISAT-JSW @ Bellary : Improving Rural Livelihoods through Integrated Watershed Management. In his credit, 551 research papers published in national and international journals, books and conference proceedings.
 



Dr. William D. Dar
Chairman of InangLupa Movement
Ex. Director General of ICRISAT
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Dr. Dar obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from the Mountain State Agricultural College (MSAC), now BSU, in 1973; Master of Science in Agronomy from MSAC in 1976, and Doctor of Philosophy in Horticulture from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños in 1980. Cognizant of his leadership and laurels, he was awarded eight (8) doctorate degrees honoris causa by various higher educational institutions in the country. Dr. Dar is a champion of the poor especially the small farmers and fisher folks. Earlier in 1988, he was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines. Recently, Dr. Dar was awarded The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award in cognizance of his servant-leadership, was instrumental in transforming the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) from a struggling institute to one of the top performing centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). In his 15 years of outstanding achievements as Director General of ICRISAT, he championed and institutionalized an overarching strategy called Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD), in which the farmers become active participants for their own welfare. While at ICRISAT, he was elected Chair of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 2007-2009 with sterling performance, and was an active member of the UN Millennium Task Force on Hunger in 2004-2006. Prior to his international stint, he taught with distinction at Benguet State University (BSU) with the rank of Professor 6 and served as its Vice President for R&D in 1985; was the founding Director of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) in 1987-1994; served as Executive Director of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) in 1994-1998, and Secretary of the Department of Agriculture under President Joseph Estrada in 1998-1999. Under his watch, the Philippine agriculture achieved a remarkable 9.6% growth, which has never been equaled until today. In 2014, he founded the InangLupa Movement that advocates and calls to action agricultural modernization and rural industrialization anchored on four pillars: inclusiveness, science-based, resilient, and market-oriented development.
 



Dr. Prem Warrior, Ph. D., MBA
Chief Operating Officer, Valagro SpA, Italy
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Dr. Warrior joined Valagro as a Member of the Board of Valagro S.p.A., Italy in 2012 and is currently the Chief Operating Officer responsible for the global operations of the R&D, Marketing, Business development and Sales teams. Prior to joining Valagro, he was a Senior Regional Advisor on the Agricultural Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle advancing the foundation’s partnerships in South Asia. He concurrently served as a Senior Program Officer and the Team Leader for the Postharvest & Markets group at the Gates foundation. While at the Foundation, he managed a portfolio of grants in the crop management area including biological nitrogen fixation, integrated pest management, evaluation of crop protection products including seed treatment products, as well as managing a group of postharvest & markets in the Access & Markets team. Prior to joining the foundation, Prem was in an executive leadership role managing technology and directing global programs in agricultural research, formulations, and technology assessments at Abbott Laboratories and Valent BioSciences Corporation. Prem has a PhD in Plant pathology/Nematology and an MBA in general business. He has published more than 70 scientific peer-reviewed publications, has over 30 patents issued and more than 50 patents pending and has been associated with the discovery and development of several agricultural products including insecticide, nematicide and plant growth regulators.
 



Prof. Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Turki
Director
Promising Research Center in Biological Control and Agricultural Information, College of Agricultural and Veterinary Medicine, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
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Dr. Al-Turki is a Professor of Agriculture Microbiology in the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Al-Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. Obtained Ph. D. from The Ohio State University, USA in the field of Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry in 2001. Currently, is also the Director of Promising Research Center in Biological Control and Agricultural Information at Qassim University. His research interests include soil enzyme, biological control, PGPR efficiency, biofertilizers, biofungicides, compost quality and the study of wastewater for irrigation.  An expert in the study of activities of enzymes in the decomposition of plant residues, pesticides in the soil and production of healthy composts and selection and identification of beneficial microorganisms for sustainable agriculture. Participated in more than 10 national and international conferences include Asian PGPR International Conferences held in Manila, Philippines and Hanoi, Vietnam and published more than 36 papers in national and international peer reviewed journals. He is one of the editor of the 4rth Asian PGPR International Conference Proceedings published by Scientific Publishers of India.  Dr. Al-Turki is the Patron of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture and one of the key sponsor of Asian PGPR International Conferences over the years and actively participating in Society’s scientific dissemination in Asian and Middle Eastern Countries. 
 
 


Dr. Kuchimanchi Venkata Satya Sarveswara Sairam  (Dr. RAM)
President & Chairman
Vice President of Asian PGPR Society
Prathista Industries Ltd.
Vishnavi Bhavan, Manjeera Nagar Colony, Old Alwal
Secunderabad, Telangana, India
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Dr. RAM has several degrees includes, degree in Chemical Technology from College of Technology, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India; Master’s in Business Management (MBA) – Specialization Project Management from Indira Gandhi Open University, Delhi, India;  Masters in Environmental Engineering & Technology from Rajeev Gandhi Institute of Environment & Technology;  Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.) by an International University, Sri Lanka in Business Management;   Ph. D in Agriculture Sciences from Oxford Academic Council, Oxford, UK. Dr. RAM has several years of commendable industrial experience in Projects and Process Engineering Departments and worked at various capacities in different organizations and gained rich experience in process optimization. After this, Dr. RAM started a closely held Public Limited Company to establish fermentation (Biotechnology) based process Industry in 1996. Since then he has been a successful entrepreneur as MD & PRESIDENT of PRATHISTA INDUSTRIES LIMITED (www.prathista.com) and effectively managing day to day operations of the company. Within Prathista, Dr. RAM also established in-House R & D center with a capital investment of 1.8 Million US$ which was then inaugurated by the Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Science & Technology. Prathista's R & D center with recognition from various Indian Government organizations such as Department of Bio-Technology, National labs and Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) and multi-locational academic institutions under PUBLIC -PRIVATE partnership. Prathista Industries Limited, is now, one of the Asia's largest Industrial Fermentation establishments dealing with various Microbes / Fungus for production of eco-friendly products to cater the needs of Multi segments like Pharma & Food, Animal Health Care and Agro Bio-Technology, Organic solvents and Bio Fuel etc. Prathista Industries Limited” (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & ISO 18001 certified company) which is now Prathista Group., an Indian based MNC., providing employment for above 500 ++ employees.  Dr. RAM obtained around 126 honors / awards includes “Scientist of Year – 2015” by Oxford Academic Council, UK; “First International Honor Quality Crown Award - 2005 (17th International Quality Crown Award) by Business Initiative Directions, London” for the Products Quality Standards; “International Achiever Honor” by the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok, Thailand; “Best Environmental Protection Company Honor from Pollution Control Board, Andhra Pradesh, India for 2008 & 2009; “RASHTRIYA UDYOG RATTAN AWARD” by Indian Organization for Business Research & Development, Delhi; “RAJIV GANDHI SADBHAVANA &  VIKAS RATNA AWARD” “BEST PRODUCT INNOVATION” by FAPCCI, A. P; BEST R&D INNOVATION AWARD etc. Dr. Ram established several MOU’s with national and international research organizations, universities, governmental and non-governmental organizations to establish innovative ideas for international recognition to Prathista Industries.Dr. RAM is an active member of American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin (AASIO) in USA, Association of Bio-technology and Pharmacy (ABAP) in INDIA. Dr. RAM is instrumental in collaboration with ICAR – Govt of India and responsible for commercialization of Nano Fertilizers & Nano Micronutrients technology for the first time in the globe as “Make in Telangana State – India” products to meet domestic & International market requirements. Established “Prathista Farmers Welfare Foundation” with a vision to improve living standards of poor farmers to encourage & inspire young generation to retain them in their home land to convert agriculture as profit making Industry. Dr. Ram is the backbone and generous sponsorer for Asian PGPR Society of Sustainable Agriculture since its inception in 2009.
 
 


Prof. Dr. Anton Hartmann
Senior researcher, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany
“Molecular Microbial Ecology of Plant-associated microbes”
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Prof. Hartmann scientific research and teaching over more than 35 years on “Molecular Microbial Ecology of Plant-associated Microbes” cantered on several key areas: biological nitrogen fixation, bacterial diversity analysis in the rhizosphere, in situ localization of root associated bacteria, stress tolerance of rhizosphere bacteria and plants, molecular signalling in the rhizosphere. After studies in Biochemistry and Doctoral (PhD) thesis on iron uptake in Escherichia coli in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Volkmar Braun at the University of Tübingen, Germany, Azospirillum spp. were studied as key model organisms of diazotrophic bacteria associated with plants. The nitrogenase enzyme of several Azospirillum spp. and their different regulation via covalent modification and ammonium assimilation was the first corner stone of his studies in the 1980‘s at the University of Bayreuth and in the laboratory of Prof. R. H. Burris at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A. In the Institute of Soil Ecology at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (former name: GSF-Research Center) the application of fluorescence labelling of diazotrophic rhizosphere bacteria via 16S rRNA-directed oligonucleotide probes or specific monoclonal antibodies using laser scanning confocal microscopy allowed for the first time to demonstrate the differentiated localization of root associated bacteria using optical sectioning. In the up rise of molecular genetic techniques in microbial ecology in the 1990s, molecular phylogeny of many root-associated bacteria was established and new bacterial species were described in the genera Azospirillum, Herbaspirillum, Burkholderia and others. In collaboration with colleagues in India, Brazil and Europe, 12 new species of rhizosphere bacteria were newly described. A special focus was the isolation and characterization of rhizosphere bacteria with tolerance towards salt or heavy metal stress and their plant growth promoting effects on environmentally stressed crop plants. In these studies, the role of the production of the phytohormone auxin and the degradation of ethylene precursor ACC was highlighted as particular importance. In recent years, the functional interaction of root associated bacteria with their plant hosts and microbe-host interactions in general became the center of our studies at the independent Research Unit Microbe-Plant-Interactions at the Helmholtz Zentrum München.  The quorum sensing signal molecules of the N-acyl homoserine lactone (AHL) type, produced by Gram-negative bacteria, were shown not only to play an important role in the highly effective colonization of roots but also in a specific perception by the plants. In the presence of pathogenic bacteria in the plant microbiome, the systemic resistance development was enhanced, while they seem to play an important role for the establishment of beneficial bacteria in the endosphere of plants. As conclusion of all these studies, strategies for improved inoculant strains or strain combinations for applications to improve health, growth and yield of crop plants are suggested.

 
 


Dr. K. Annapurna
Head
Division of Microbiology
ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute
New Delhi-110012
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Dr. Annapurna, currently is the Head of the Division of Microbiology, ICAR, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India. Obtained M.Sc. (1982) and Ph.D. (1986) degrees in Microbiology from IARI, New Delhi, India. She has been a pioneer researcher in the field of molecular ecology of legume - Rhizobium symbiosis, Azospirillum, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and initiated work on soybean rhizobial genetic diversity. Visited several countries for research exchange programs and training includes, Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA and University of Missouri, Columbia, USA; Visiting Scientist under the Australian Govt. Crawford Fund, CSIRO laboratories in Australia; as a delegate to Beijing University, Beijing, China and Ege University, Turkey. Further, her advanced research training obtained from FAO Fellowship Program on Molecular studies with Bradyrhizobium japonicum fromUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, 1998 (Feb to May); NATP-ICAR Program on Soybean-Sinorhizobium fredii interactions at University of Missouri, Missouri, USA. 29th Sept 2002-Feb 2003 and Advanced Plant Molecular Biology Techniques from Division of Biochemistry, IARI, New Delhi, India during 2003. Through individual efforts, whole genome sequence of new strains of soybean (Bradyrhizobium liaoningense KAS-1) and chickpea root nodule bacteria strain DKA-1 was initiated.She has developed a PCR based diagnostic marker for rapid identification of slow growing soybean root nodulating bacteria from soil and has demonstrated the tripartite interactions between legume plant, Rhizobium and Rhizobacteria. Her research on endophytes and soil metagenomics lead to identify the potent biocontrol agents and genes coding for different antibiotics. A highly potent bio-control agent Paenibacillus polymyxa HKA 15 for charcoal rot in soybean was identified and researched for commercial application. First time report of P. polymyxa HKA 15 colonization in soybean root nodule has been published.Her work also focuses in developing bio-inoculants for abiotic stresses especially moisture and salt. She is currently focusing on the impact of bio-inoculants especially bio-control agents on soil microbial community diversity and structure. She has published more than 50 research papers in highly reputed peer reviewed national and international Journals, book chapters, review papers, conference papers etc. and has close collaboration with German and Australian scientists. She teaches Microbial Genetics, Soil Microbiology and Immunology for Agricultural Sciences. Guided more than 20 students for their M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Received several Honors and Awards includes, Women Leadership Award conferred by Asian PGPR Society, India (2014);  Best Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006); Young Scientist Award conferred by Society of Basic and Applied Mycology (2006); Woman leader in Biosciences -Recognition by DBT, Govt. of India; Nominated Member RCGM, DBT, Govt. of India; Editor of Indian Journal of Microbiology; Editor in Chief for Annals of Agricultural Research; Reviewer of various International and National journals etc. Successfully organized Asian PGPR Society Satellite meeting along with Indian Phytopathological Society International Conference held in New Delhi, India in 2016. Dr. Annapurna is a very active international advisory board member of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture since its inception in 2009 and attended its biennial International Conferences held in Hyderabad, India and Beijing, China.

 



Prof. Dr. Gabriele Berg
Graz University of Technology
Institute of Environmental Biotechnology (Head)
Austria
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Dr. Berg studied biology and biotechnology at the universities in Rostock and Greifswald and obtained her Ph.D. in 1995 in Microbiology from Rostock University (Germany). In 2003, she got a Heisenberg grant from the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), and in 2005 she became a full professor in environmental biotechnology at Graz University of Technology (Austria). Her interests are focused on microbiome research and translation of the results into new biotechnological concepts for our environment as well as for plant and human health. Results have published in more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and in several patents. For her results and developments, she received numerous awards, e.g. Science2Business Award Austria and “ÖGUT Umweltpreis” (2011) and Fast Forward Award Styria (2015).
 
 


Dr. I-Chang Allen Yang (Allen Yang)
+886-920-983-769
Dep.t of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering
National Taiwan University
Taiwan
Special Assistant for President
Jia-Non Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Vice-President
Jia Non Biotech (VN) Shareholding Co.

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Dr. I-Chang Yang obtained his Ph.D. in the Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering at National Taiwan University. He was an exchange student at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 2007 to 2008 and 2011 to 2012, and was a visiting scholar in the Food Safety Lab, USDA, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD, USA in the same period. His area of specialization includes the technology of non-destructive sensing of biomaterials, remote sensing, precision agriculture, multispectral imaging, hyperspectral imaging, spectral chemometric analysis, bio-reactor fermentation and bio-system simulation model analysis. In recent years, he was devoted to the development and promotion of bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers in Taiwan and Vietnam.

 
 

Prof. Pratibha Sharma
ICAR Emeritus Scientist
Former Professor and Principal Scientist
Division of Plant Pathology
IARI, New Delhi, India
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Dr. Pratibha Sharma, joined Agricultural Research services in 1976 after completion of M.Sc. in Botany (Plant Pathology) from Rajasthan University. Completed her Ph. D. from Kanpur University, India as an in-service candidate while serving as a scientist in Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur (1990). Trained in host-pathogen Interaction from Gottingen University and Pflanzenschutz in Ackerbau Grunland (BBA), Germany during 1993-1994 through UNDP - FAO Fellowship. Her expertise is Variability of Plant Pathogens and their characterization, Biological Control, Microbial and Green Pesticides, Disease Resistance, IPM and IDM in different cropping systems. Author of many books and publications including ICAR publication “Biological control of Plant Diseases and Weeds” released in 2014.  Course coordinator of national trainings of Centre of Advanced Faculty Training on Biological Control and Pathogen Variability providing the leadership to train more than 90 scientists and teachers of different parts of India. Actively engaged in teaching and guided several M.Sc. and Ph. D. students. Developed carbendazim tolerant Trichoderma harzianum isolate for management of major soil borne and foliar plant pathogens and popularized at farmers’ level. Commercialized the Trichoderma technology to Companies (Sai Organics) and IPM Lab, Durgapura, Rajasthan in 2010 and 2014. General Secretary of Crop Protection Federation and Secretary of Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi has successfully made the Indian Phytopathology Journal on line. Participated as a member of Task Force of Global Food Security of International Society of Plant Protection (2013) in Beijing, China. Participated in International Workshop on “Trichoderma and Gliocladium” in 2012 and 2014 for significant contributions to biological control and honored for hosting International Workshop on “Trichoderma and Gliocladium” in 2016 in Nagpur. Awarded by professional societies including latest National Crystal Agri award by Krishi Anusandhan and Kisan Vikas Foundation (2014), New Delhi and ShardaLele award (2014) By Indian Phytopathological Society.

 
 

A. Kumar Ph. D
Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology)
ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute
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Dr. Kumar has over 25 years of research experience in the field of Plant Pathology with special training on Microbial Genomics. He has handled several projects on plant associated microbes for mitigation of bacterial, fungal and oomycetes diseases of crops especially in black pepper, ginger and rice. In particular his projects related to biological control of soil borne diseases of spice diseases has culminated in development of technologies for management of plant diseases using indigenous bacterial biocontrol agents. To obviate the problems and inconsistencies associated with biocontrol technologies, his group initiated programme on exploration of endophytic bacteria in black pepper with funding from Department of Biotechnology which has paved way for detailed analysis of this group of endophytic bacteria in other spices and rice as well. Presently his laboratory has rice collection of several unique endophytic bacteria with potential for commercialization in future. As a DBT overseas fellow at Wageningen University and Research Centrum, The Netherlands, Dr. Kumar worked on molecular aspects of Pseudomonas aeruginosa BP35 (endophyte) and P. fluorescens SS101 & SBW25 (rhizobacteria) under the supervision of Dr. Jos Raaijmakers, an authority on Pseudomonas. He is conversant with several modern molecular, genomics and bioinformatic tools related to genetic transformation of bacteria and fungi, structural and functional analysis of microbiome and microbial genes encoding anti-microbial metabolites & surfactant antibiotics. Recently he has completed a project funded by DBT, Govt. of India that deals with genome mining of endophytic bacteria for identification of novel biofunctional compounds and their biosynthetic genes for crop protection. His other scientific interest are in the area of Non Host Resistance in rice against biotrophs, use of genomic tools to understand plant microbe interaction, Whole Genomic Sequencing of Plant Pathogens, plant microbiome and use of microbial elicitors for sustainable disease management in crop plants. He has published over 125 research papers in leading international and national journals. He has guided over 21 PG and PhD students. Presently he is playing mentorship to 8 MSc and PhD students. Dr. Kumar has successfully completed 10 externally funded projects sponsored by DBT, ICAR,  IFS-Sweden and other state funding agencies.

 



Prof. Dr. Tualar Simarmata
Department of Soil Sciences, Agriculture Faculty of Padjadjaran University Bandung, Indonesia
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Dr. Simarmata obtained his Ph. D. in 1993 from Institute of Applied Microbiology and Environment of Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. Completed postdoctoral studies in 2000 from  Justus Liebig University, Germany. Currently is a Professor of Faculty of Agriculture Universitas Padjadjaran.  Prof. Dr. Tualar Simarmata, was selected as one of the Top 10 Innovators Indonesia in the National Innovation Competition held by South Tangerang Global Innovation Forum (NIC-TGIF) 2016, September. Prof. Tualar along with 9 other innovators was chosen based on innovation research to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Indonesia. In the competition, Prof. Tualar won an award for his efforts in developing the “Innovation-Based Controlled Aerobic Rice Intensification Organic” (IPATBO). IPATBO technology has been developed by Prof. Tualar since 2006. This technology is a production technology innovations through integrated rice paddy and soil health restoration. The process uses a technique of twin seedling combined with water saving technology and integrated organic and bioresources (biomelioran) based nutrients management. This technique is said to be able to save the seeds, conserve water usage, improve fertilizers efficiency and soil health and as well as to increase rice productivity significantly, Since 2007, he has appointed as a Professor for Soil Biology at Agriculture Faculty of Padjadjaran University Bandung-Indonesia. He has served from 2009–2015 as the Head of Experimental Station and Extension Farm for Food Crops, from 2014-2016 as the Head of Soil Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory and from 2015-2016 as the Director of Innovation, Academic Corporate and Bussiness at Universitas Padjadjaran. Currently, he is a senior lecturer for Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming, Biofertilizer Technology, Agricultural Microbiology and Biotechnology. He has participated actively in International Seminars/Conferences and has published his scientific papers in peer reviewed national and international journals and proceedings. He is a co-chairman of the 5th Asian PGPR International Conference for Sustainable Agriculture to be held in Bogor, Indonesia from July 16-19, 2017.
 
 



Prof. Dr. rer. Nat. Hesham A. El Enshasy
Assistant Director for Research and Innovation
Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
81310 UTM, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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Prof. El Enshasy is currently working in Bioprocess Engineering Dept., faculty of Chemical Engineering and Energy, and assistant director for Innovation and Products Development, Institute of Bioproducts Development, University Technology Malaysia (UTM). He is the current Chair for Food Division at American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE, USA). Before joining UTM, he has received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Microbiology from Ain Shams University, Egypt and Dr. rer. Nat. in Industrial Biotechnology from TU Braunschweig, Germany. Also, another M. Sc. obtained in Technology Management from UTM, Malaysia. He was invited as a guest Professor from many world class universities in USA, Germany, Sweden, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Algeria. He served as a book editor, editor, editorial board member and reviewer for many international journals in the field of industrial biotechnology. He has two technology patents and more than 150 publications in peer reviewed international journals, book Chapters, books and served as invited keynote, plenary, and guest speaker in more than 50 international conferences. Prof. El Enshasy is also active as an advisory board member, scientific and bio-business consultant for biotechnology companies in Egypt, Belgium, Greece, USA, China and Malaysia for the important three Ts (technology transfer, technology implementation and technology development) as well as process and platform designer for biotechnology industries.
 

Prof. Dr. Pramod W. Ramteke, FNAAS, FNABS, FLS
Dean, Post Graduate Studies, Professor & Head, Department of Biological Sciences
Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences
Allahabad 211 007, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Prof. Ramteke is a Dean of Post Graduate Studies and Head, Department of Biological sciences and Genetics & Plant Breeding at Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences, Allahabad, India.  Prior to this, he worked as a Scientist at CSIR, Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India.  He has three patents, developed three databases and deposited 120 gene sequences in NCBI; executed 11 R & D sponsored projects, authored two books and published over 200 scientific papers and reviews in national and international peer reviewed journals. He is a fellow of NAAS, NABS, BRSI, NESA, UPAAS, MASc and The Linnean Society of London and has been conferred with Dr. J. C. Edward Medal (2017), SCON Award for Excellence in Science (2016), Life Time Achievement Award (2015), Distinguished Scientist Award (2014), Er.V. S Chauhan Gold Medal (2013) and Prof. K. S. Bilgramy Memorial Award (2012).  He was awardee of Biotechnology Overseas Associateship by DBT, India and International Fellowship by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council of United Kingdom. He was a visiting Scientist at Biological Research Center, Hungary (2017), Hacettepe University, Turkey (2011); Institute of Food Research, UK (2005); University of Liege, Belgium (2005); Korea Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea (2004) and Hydrobiological Institute, Czech Republic (1995). He was a member of 18th Scientific Expedition to Antarctica and International Advisory Member of Asian PGPR Society of Sustainable Agriculture.
 

Prof. Dr. Kornelia Smalla
Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (JKI)
Institute for Epidemiology and Pathogen Diagnostics (EP)
Messeweg 11-12, 38104 Braunschweig, Germany
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Prof. Smalla is an adjunct Professor at the Technical University Braunschweig and Head of the Bacteriology/Microbial Ecology group in the Institute for Epidemiology and Pathogen Diagnostics at JKI. Her long-term interest is the soil and plant microbiome and how it is affected by agricultural management practice. Among others, factors influencing the rhizocompetence, biocontrol or plant growth promoting activity of inoculants and their effects on indigenous rhizosphere microbiota are major research topics in her group. Traditional cultivation-based methods are typically used together with cultivation-independent DNA/RNA based methods to explore the fate and activity of inoculants and their interaction with the plant microbiome of greenhouse or field-grown crops.
 
 

Dr. V. Praveen Rao
Vice Chancellor
Prof. Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
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Dr. Praveen Rao holds a Ph.D degree in Agronomy with specialization in crop water requirements, micro-irrigation scheduling & fertigation solutions of tropical field and orchard crops, and crop yield – water modelling. Since 1983, he has served for 33-years as a Teacher, Researcher, Extension Agronomist and Administrator in different capacities in the Agricultural University viz., Professor & University Head of Agronomy; IFFCO Chair; Director, Water Technology Centre; Registrar, Special Officer and presently Vice Chancellor of Prof. Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University. Also served as Technical Advisor on Micro-irrigation to several State Governments and Expert Member on micro-irrigation committees in India & abroad; International Micro=irrigation Consultant for 5-years in Israel promoting implementation of sustainable water conservation technologies in twenty Asia-Pacific, African and Latin American Countries. Dr. Rao has guided 11 M.Sc. Agriculture and 10 Ph.D. students to date with particular reference to Crop water requirements and Irrigation scheduling; Drip irrigation & fertigation management in field and horticultural crops. He published – 117 research articles in peer reviewed national & international Journals, authored 10 books & 5 UG & PG practical manuals, 9 crop growing manuals for farmers, 12 micro-irrigation project documents, 13 DVD Zingles, 22 pamphlets & folders, delivered 13 international and 32 national invited key note/thematic presentations covering different aspects of water management, micro-irrigation & fertigation technology. He was also a recipient of “Meritorious Teacher Award” (1998), Leadership Award for large scale promotion of Micro-irrigation Technologies in India from Soil & Water Conservation Society of India (2005), Lifetime Achievement Award (2015) from GVK Society, Agra, UP, India for contributions to water management,  Mashav Fellowship by CINADCO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel (1995) and Net Award for knowledge contribution in the field of micro-irrigation technologies from Netafim Ltd., Israel (2006). Fellow of Telangana Academy of Sciences, Indian Society of Oil Seeds Research etc. International Active Member of American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers, International Society of Horticultural Science, Asian PGPR Society of Sustainable Agriculture. Life member of Indian Society of Agricultural Science, Indian Society of Oilseeds Research, Indian Society of Agronomy, Indian Society of Plant Physiology, Indian Soicety of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Soil & Water Conservation Society of India, Indian Society of Agricultural Science, Indian Society of Oilseeds Research, Indian Society of Agronomy, Indian Society of Plant Physiology. Also a Member, Telangana State Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Expert Panel Member, Agriculture Panel, Telangana State Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Member - Advisory Council, Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad. Handled 13–Research and 6–Consultancy micro-irrigation projects in India, Israel and South Africa. As Technical Advisor, he was instrumental in formulation & commissioning of world’s largest micro-irrigation project covering an area of 0.9 million ha. This project was a significant milestone in Indian agriculture and set a benchmark for microirrigation technology application on a large scale in India. As an International Microirrigation Consultant for 5–Years in Israel contributed to mapping, organisation, storage, dissemination & sharing of agronomical knowledge and development of digital knowledge content for more than 198 drip irrigated field, vegetable, fruits, plantation and biofuel crops to create new capabilities, decision criteria for diffusion and adoption, enable superior system performance, encourage innovation and enhance stakeholder value. Developed a website viz., www.sugarcanecrops.com / www.ethanolcrops.com concerning sustainable drip irrigated sugarcane production for the benefit of drip irrigated sugarcane growers in several countries viz., Brazil, India, South Africa, Thailand, Australia, Philippines etc.

 

Dr. Sangeeta Singh
Senior Scientist
Division of Forest Protection
Arid Forest Research  College of Agriculture, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, India
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Dr. Singh is working as a senior scientist in the division of Forest Protection, Arid Forest Research  College of Agriculture, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, India. Worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow in the same department for one year. Later she joined as a Research Associte at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi for 4 years where she worked on maize disease and its management. Authored more than 15 reaserch papers in differenet journals,  7 book chapters, 6 articles in scientific magazines and 4 chapters in proceedings. Guided one Ph. D student. Presently working on diseases of forest and their management and use of biofertilizers for production of quality planting stock for reforestation programs. 

 

Dr. Bhim Pratap Singh
Mizoram University
Aizawl, Mizoram, India
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Assistant Professor (Grade III), Department of Biotechnology
Aizawl, Mizoram University, Mizoram 796004
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Dr. Singh is working as a Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, Mizoram University, Aizawl, India. Dr. Singh has obtained a Ph.D. from the Department of Biotechnology, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India while working in Indian Agricultural Research Institute-National Bureau of Agricuturally Important Microorganisms (ICAR-NBAIM), Mau, India and has completed his post graduate training at Bundelkhand University. Has completed his post graduate dessertation work at National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resorces (ICAR-NBPGR), Pusa campus, New Delhi on Genetic diversity of Barley landraces by using RAPD markers. Worked as Research Associate (RA) at National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB), Pusa Campus, New Delhi for one year. Joined as Assistant professor during March 2008 and established a state of art laboratory on molecular microbiology and Systematics dealing with microbial diversity and their applications in Agriculture and Industry from Mizoram, Northeast India at Department of Biotechnology, Mizoram University. Authored over 50 peer reviewed research papers in very high impact factor journals and several book chapters of international repute and general articles. Acting as an associate editor, guest editor and reviewer of several national and international journals. Edited a book on “Molecular markers in Mycology” published by Springer publications under Fungal Biology series. Guided one Ph.D. and one M.Phil. student and four students are registered for Ph.D. Worked at University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK under Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi sponsored overseas associateship during 2012-2013 for a period of six months. Life member of several professional bodies like Association of Microbiologist of India, Asian PGPR society, MSI, ISC etc. Received several prestigious awards from agencies like DST, New Delhi and other agencies in the field of Microbial diversity. Competed five externally funded projects on several aspects of microbial diversity and presently running three projects focusing on chemical profiling of endophytic actinobacteria and fungi associated with traditional medicinal plants. Major research areas are the microbial diversity and search of novel bioactive compounds from the microorganism resides in internal tissues of medicinal plants.
 

Dr. J. C. Tarafdar
FDAAD, FAvH, FNAAS, FISSS, FISSRS
Emeritus Scientist
Former Principal Scientist and National Fellow
Central Arid Zone Research Institute
Jodhpur, Rajasthan-342008
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Dr. Tarafdar obtained his M. Sc. and Ph. D. in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and Post Doctorate from Institute of Agricultural Chemistry, Germany. Dr. Tarafdar has made original and well recognized contribution on mobilization of native phosphorus. He has developed an in-vivo filter paper technique for phosphatase estimation. He has developed biological phosphorus (Bio-phos) fertilizer which is now promoting by State Government of Rajasthan. He is the first in the world successfully developed biosynthesized nano nutrients and nano induced polysaccharide powder for agricultural use. Dr. Tarafdar has traveled and lectured widely in many countries and published 352 research articles in national and international journals which include 34 book chapters and three books. He has four patents and 73 new organisms to his credit. In recognition of his professional contribution, Dr. Tarafdar received many awards and most notable are Sukumar Basu Memorial Award for the biennium 1993-94, IMPHOS-FAI Award 2006, Prof. S.K. Mukherjee Memorial Award 2008, Prof R.S. Murthy Memorial Award 2008, Bharat Jyoti Award 2011 and Glory of India Gold Medal 2012. Prof. R. V. Tamhane Memorial Award 2013, Dr. Kartik Oaron Memorial Award 2014,  Dr. N. S. Randhawa Memorial Award 2014, ISSS Platinum Jubilee Commemoration Award, 2016. Dr. Tarafdar is a Fellow of the most prestigious Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Germany and DAAD, Germany. He is also a fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2003), Indian Society of Soil Science (2002) and Indian Society of Salinity Research Scientists (2003). He is the Editor of African Journal of Plant Sciences, Annals of Arid Zone and also served as editor to Journal of the Indian Society of Soil Science. He was research advisory committee member at Directorate of Mushroom, Solan (HP) and a Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of Task Force in Rajasthan Government and National Agricultural Development Foundation, Assam.   He is also serving as a Convener of NAAS of Jodhpur Chapter. He has guided 7 Ph. D. and 18 M. Sc. Students.
 

Dr. V. Govindasamy, Ph. D.
Scientist (Agricultural Microbiology)
Division of Microbiology
ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute
PUSA Campus, New Delhi- 110 012, India
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DR. GOVINDASAMY is a Scientist in the Division of Microbiology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. He obtained his Ph. D. in the ICAR-IARI and completed post-doctoral training in the Medical Biotechnology, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia under the 2012-Endeavour Research Fellowship sponsored by the Australian Government. He worked as a scientist previously in the ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Baramati (Pune), India. He is a recipient of AMI Young Scientist Award - 2011 in the discipline of Agricultural Microbiology by the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI), New Delhi. He worked extensively on plant growth-promoting rhizobacterial system with 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) deaminase containing rhizobacteria and bacterial endophytes in particular on abiotic stress tolerance on crops. Authored and co-authored 17 peer reviewed research papers in high impact journals,  six book chapters and several conference abstracts and popular articles. His current research interest includes Root-Microbiome associated with crop genotypes and Phenomics of Plant-Microbe Interactions for understanding abiotic stress tolerance in crops.
 

Dr. Ashok Sampatrao Jadhav
174A, Yog
Viveknagar,
Basmat Road,
Parbhani- 431401(M.S.) India
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Dr. Jadhav obtained M.Sc.(Agri.) with Merit Scholarship in 1989 and Ph.D. in  Agronomy  by Vasantrao Naik Marathwada  Agricultural University, Parbhani-(M.S.) India in  2002. Presently, he is a Deputy Director Research (Crop) and Cotton Agronomist and Officer In-Charge, Cotton Research Scheme, V.N.M.K.V. Parbhani. He has professional experience of 25 years and worked as state co-ordinator, weed management and officer in-charge, weed science research station, Parbhani. He has published 45 Research papers in various national and international journals and 20 Internationally indexed abstracts. He has presented 10 papers in Conferences, 10 in Seminars, five in Workshop/Congress and three  in Symposia. He has compiled four books for B.Sc.(Agri), 7 practical  books for B.Sc.(Agri.) and two for B.Sc. (Horti). He is a paper setter and evaluator for Agril. Polytechnic/UG and PG. He is also acting as recognized Research Guide/External Examiner at M.Sc.(Agri), Ph.D. (Agri.) and Guided 10 M.Sc.(Agri.) and one Ph.D. students of Agronomy in addition to YCM Open University, Nasik at B.Sc.(Agri.). He is a Life member of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture, USA; New York Academy of Sciences, USA; Indian Journal of Agronomy, New Delhi; Indian Journal of Weed Science, ISWS, Jabalpur and NAARM Alumni Association, Hyderabad. He has received Maharashtra Gaurav Award (Krishi), Disha Charitable Trust, Nagpur in 2008, Appreciation Award for Best Area Co-ordinator, NIWS Project, Director of Weed Science Research, Jabalpur in 2010 and Vasantrao Naik Smurti Agril. Scientist  Award -12 in 2012.
 

Dr. Harisha G. Joshi
Professor, School of Management, Manipal University, Manipal, India
Coordinator, Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Coordinator, NABARD Project
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Summary :

  • Teaching professional with over 26 year’s experience.
  • Promoting  Interdisciplinary approach in Tehnology, education and Research
  • Project evaluation and development for social entrepreneurs
  • Range of expertise includes enterprise setting and entrepreneurship development.
  • Administrative ability as Chief Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Development Cell
  • Ability to create and maintain strong relationships with NGOs, Government bodies
  • Research Orientation.

Areas of Expertise:

Management                                   Commerce                     Entrepreneurship

IT  Management                                Accountancy                    ED and PP
Organizational Behavior                     Auditing                           Women Entrepreneurship
Legal Aspects Of Business                Costing                             Rural Entrepreneurship
Management Accounting                   Business Studies               Social Entrepreneurship

Educational Qualification:

  • B.B.M, Vivekananda College, Puttur, Mangalore University, 61%, 1983-1986
  • M.Com, (Personnel Management), Mangalore University, 59.5%1986-1988                     
  • PhD, Management –Entrepreneurship, Sikkim Manipal University,2007 (Feb)                
Work Experience:

  • Chair Person, Dr TMA Pai Chair for Social Entrepreneurship, Manipal University
  • Professor, Department of Commerce, Manipal University ( since December, 2013)
  • Professor, Manipal Centre for Information Science, Manipal, (July, 2010 to December, 2013)
  • Reader, Manipal Institute of Management, Manipal,( 2007 March to 2010 July)
  • Chief Project Coordinator, Entrepreneurship Development Cell (In the cadre of Professor)
  • Senior Faculty, Management Studies
  • Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, (July 2003 to March 2007)
Responsibilities  & Achievements :

Department of Commerce :
  • Research Coordinator
  • Research Guide

School of Information Sciences:

  • Coordinator, IT Management Course
  • QMR-For quality compliances
  • Research Coordinator
  • BoP Coordinator
 

Prof. Anil Prakash
Head, Department of Biotechnology
Coordinator-Bioinformatics Center (Sub DIC) and -DBT-Builder Program
Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences
Chairman, B O S Microbiology
Department of Microbiology

Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India
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Dr. Prakash is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India and currently is a Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, and Coordinator for Bioinformatics Center. Dr. Prakash is also a Coordinator of DBT-Builder program sanctioned by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. He is actively involved in teaching and research in Microbiology for last 31 years and in Biotechnology for last 15years. He was a Visiting faculty at several Indian Universities and delivered several talks. Currently focusing on DBT funded project "genetic diversity of selective species of flora and fauna across the different agro climatic zones of Madhya Pradesh" and successfully executed 6 National projects funded by National Medicinal Plant Board, MPCST Bhopal, DST, ICAR of Government of India and 2 International Projects under Indo-Swiss and Indo-German cooperation. Extensively visited several countries viz., Japan, Canada, U.S.A., Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, Singapore, Austria, Germany, France, South Korea to deliver talks of his expertise. Offered consultancy and expert services on microbiological analysis, vermi-composting, biofertilizer and biodiversity to Alfa Lavel Pune, EPCO Bhopal and NCERT of Govt. of India. He has guided 28 Ph.D. scholars as supervisor and 11 scholars as co-supervisor; 4 M. Phil students and 11 M.Sc. students. He has organized several national and international conferences, seminars and workshops on Bioinformatics, and on Biotechnology. He is associated with Indian Science Congress Association, Association of Microbiology of India, Mycological Society of India and Asian PGPR Society of Sustainable Agriculture. At present, he is actively involved working on Endophytes of Medicinal Plants for their PGPR properties. To his credit, he has published over 55 research papers in National and International Peer Reviewed Journals and written 7 book chapters published by Springer, Scientific, CSB and NCRT publishers. Edited books on ‘Fungi in Biotechnology’ published by CBS Publishers and on ‘Mycorrhiza’, published by Scientific Publishers. Editor for the Journal of Microbiology, Journal of Microbial World, Asian Journal of Experimental Biology, Indian Journal of Microbiology, Asian Journal of Experimental Sciences and reviewer in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.
 

Dr. Ashok Kumar Rathore
International Consultant F.Inst.D.A. MRAIPA
New South Wales, Australia
Emeritus Professor & Foundation Director Animal welfare & Veterinary Science Institute “AVSI” Allahabad U.P. 211-007, India
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Qualification: B.Sc. (Holkar College, Indore, Agra University, 1955); B.V.Sc.& A.H. (Mhow Veterinary College, Vikram University, 1959); M.V. Sc. (IVRI, Izatnagar, Agra University, 1961); M.S. (Animal Science), (Rutgers The State University, New Jersey, USA, 1965); Ph.D. (Livestock Production, Rural Science), (University of New England, Armidale, NSW Australia, 1968); MBA (Public Sector Management, University of Technology Sydney, NSW Australia, 1984); D. Min. (AAI-DU, India, 2008); Ph.D. Scholar in Theology at SHIATS.

Experience:
1961-1962: Research Associate, IVRI, Livestock, Obstetrics & Gynecology, at IVRI;
1962-1965: Research Assistant, Rutgers State University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA;
1965-1965: Consultant Veterinarian, Merck Sharpe & Dohme International, Rahway, New Jersey, USA, before migrating to Australia;
1965-1968: Teaching Fellow, University of New England, Armidale, NSW Australia;
1968-1979: Special Research Scientist, New South Wales Department of Agriculture, Sydney, NSW Australia;
1979: Livestock Consultant, World Bank—Under UNDP/IBRD Program, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Philippines;
1979-1994: Principal Research Scientist, State National Parks & Wildlife Service, worked as Wildlife Ecologist  (1984-85 Seconded to NSW Higher Education Board, Ministry of Education, Sydney, NSW, Australia, as Special Technical Adviser to Minister for Education);
1995-2005: International Ecologist/Consultant, Livestock and Wildlife Management;
2006- To-date: Emeritus Professor, Animal Sciences, Animal Husbandry Department cum Foundation Director “Animal welfare & Veterinary Science Institute” at SHIATS, Allahabad
March to June 2010/2011: Visiting Professor, University of Queensland, Centre for Animal Welfare & Ethics; School of Veterinary Science, The White House; Gatton, QLD

Publications: Published 247 refereed scientific papers in International Scientific Journals.  Presented lead papers at 97 National & International Conferences. Expertise covering various aspects of Ecology, Eco-Tourism; Climate Change & Agriculture, Agriculture/Livestock Management/Production, Recognized International research/extension Veterinarian/Scientist on Higher Education & Human Resource Development; Public Relations; Livestock; Wildlife Management; Alternate energy resources (Biogas technology); Animal Behavior and Welfare, Animal Biotechnology  & Animal Ethology, Rural Poverty & Women Empowerment; Theology.
 

Dr. (Mrs.) Ramanibai Ravichandran
Director, Guindy Campus
Professor & Head, Department of Zoology
Head i/c - Centre for Ocean and Coastal Studies, University of Madras, India
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Dr. Ravichandran obtained her M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Zoology with Ecotoxicology from the University of Madras, Tamilnadu, India. She has over 33 years of research experience in diverse areas such as Ecology, Biodiversity, Molecular Taxonomy, Barcoding of Zooplankton, Biocontrol of    Mosquitoes, Paleolimnological study of Diatoms, antitumor activity of Marine Sea weeds & bioactive components from medicinal plants and Nano bioscience. She has trained and supervised more than 26 Ph.D. Scholars, authored and co-authored over 110 peer reviewed research papers in high impact journals and several book chapters and proceedings. Dr. Ravichandran has published three Books to her credit. Panellist on grants review boards, Editor, Associate Editor and Reviewer of research papers for several national and international journals. Developed and managed grants in partnership with national and international research and development organizations of DBT, DST ES, CSIR, DST SERC, SERB and CSIR- MHRD.  Research efforts have been recognized widely and invited to several countries around the globe for presentations and research collaborations such as Universität des sciences et Technologies de Lille (Lille I), CNRS UMR 8187, LOG, Station Marine, Wimereux, France during 2007 and 2008, Singapore, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Thailand, Bangkok, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mauritius, Malaysia, Philippines, Vienna, Czech, Slovakia, Poland, Italy, Australia and U.K, and Romania. Received prestigious Fellow of Tamil Nadu Academy of Sciences in 2010, Fellow of Society of Applied Biotechnology in 2011and Life Time Achievement by Pearl Foundation in 2016. Very actively associated with Subject Expert Member WOS A Women Scientist, Sub Committee Member, Zoology, CCRH,New Delhi, RUSA Sub Committee Member, UNOM,  Planning Board Member, MTWU, UGC Subject expert (Life Science) Govt. of India, DST Subject Expert Council Member (WOS-A) Govt. of India, Mother Teresa Women University Academic Council & EC Member,  Senate & Academic Council Member of Madras University, Board of Studies Chairman of Zoology, UNOM and Inspection Committee Member of CIBA, CMFRI, FSI, ZSI. Dr. Ravichandran served as an expert selection & subject committee member of many prestigious Universities across India such as Madurai Kamaraj University, Alagappa University, Thiruvalluvar University, Periyar University, Mother Teresa University, Anna University, Tamil Nadu Open University, Vikrama Simhapuri University and Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam University for Women. She has a passion and devoted herself in several awareness programs for women students and a Founder Chairman of Women Association to empower women in science and education.
 



Dr. P. Kishore Varma
Scientist (Plant Pathology),
Regional Agricultural Research Station,
Anakapalli, Visakhapatnam (A.P).,
Andhra Pradesh
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Dr. Varma is a Scientist (Plant Pathology) from Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Andhra Pradesh, India since 2006.  He has vast experience in biological control of plant diseases and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria. He is instrumental in initiating research at Regional Agricultural Research Station, Anakapalle of ANGRAU on bacterial endophytes particularly PGPR strains from sugarcane. He has over 20 research publications and book chapters in national and international repute journals. He has participated and delivered talks in national and international conferences over the years. He is recognized as a reputed teaching faculty by ICRISAT, Asia and delivered online lectures for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOCS) on “Diseases of Horticultural Crops” developed by ICRISAT-IIT Bombay, India. Dr. Kishore has trained several undergraduate and post graduate students in Plant Pathology and supervised several Master’s students to obtain their degrees.
 
 
Dr. N. Raja Kumar
Senior Scientist (Plant Pathology)
RARS, Anakapalle, India

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Dr. Kumar is a senior Plant Pathologist at Regional Agricultural Research Station, Anakapalle of Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Andhra Pradesh, India. He obtained his Master’s degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India and Ph. D. from Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU). He has an experience of over 8 years in sugarcane research and expertise in comprehensive integrated disease management strategies for major sugarcane diseases. He has authored more than 40 research publications in national and international repute journals. He is a member of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) in Sugarcane with emphasis in screening for disease resistance to red rot, whip smut, wilt, Pokkah boeng, and Yellow Leaf Disease (YLD). His current focus of research is on major viral diseases of sugarcane such as YLD and Mosaic and use of PGPR technologies. He is instrumental in maintaining a very good sugarcane pathology laboratory at RARS, Anakapalle for research and training.
 

Dr. K. Vijay Krishna Kumar, Ph.D. (USA)
Senior Scientist (Plant Pathology)
Executive Board member of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture
Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University
Regional Agricultural Research Station
Anakapalle, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Dr. Krishna Kumar is presently working as a Senior Scientist (Plant Pathology) at Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Andhra Pradesh, India. He obtained his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology under the guidance of the founding Chairman of the Asian PGPR Society, Prof. M. S. Reddy from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA. His doctoral thesis was commercial development of biological control strategies using PGPR against sheath blight, which is one of the most economically important rice diseases worldwide, caused by the fungal pathogen Rhizoctonia solani. His doctoral findings lead to a commercial development of a biological fungicide “IntegralTM” by Becker Underwood Inc. and later was acquired by BASF SE. He has a research experience of over 20 years in biological control of plant diseases using plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria and optimization of integrated disease management strategies against major diseases of rice, groundnut and sugarcane. He worked at ICRISAT in peanut disease management strategies as a team member. He has over 80 research publications to his credit in national and international peer reviewed journals. He is an Executive Board member of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture and actively participated in society’s bi-annual conferences held in India, China, and Philippines. He is a member of several scientific societies and editorial member of scientific Journals and participated in national and international seminars (USA, China and Philippines) and presented his research findings.
 

Dr. Irina E. Smirnova
Doctor of Biological Sciences & Chief Researcher of the Laboratory Microbial Ecology
Institute of Microbiology and Virology
Ministry of Education and Science
Advisory Board member of the Asian PGPR Society
Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty
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Dr. Smirnova is a leading scientist in the field of applied Microbiology. The main directions of her research are broad and focused on basic and applied research in the field of agricultural biotechnology and microbiology leading to the development of new biological preparations for agriculture. In 1991, she was awarded the degree of Candidate of Biology (Ph.D.) in Microbiology and in 2007, she obtained her Ph. D. in Microbiology from the Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Plants and Microorganisms, Moscow, Russia.  Her Ph. D. dissertation was “Physiological and Population Approach for Practical using Cellulolytic Bacteria”. Dr. Smirnova research focuses on the possibility of using cellulolytic bacteria in the practice of melioration of soils under rice crop. The fermentation process of cellulose wastes by using cellulolytic nitrogen-fixing bacteria for animal feed with high protein content has been developed. Dr. Smirnova isolated and studied new strains of cellulolytic bacteria capable of synthesizing carotene when grown on cellulose substrates. Based on these strains, fermentation cellulose wastes have been developed. The fermentation increases content of the carotene in the animal feed more than two-fold. During 2007-2008, she was a co-investigator and Leader of FAP (Fungal Associate Program) of “International Cooperative Biodiversity Group Central Asian Program” (ICBG) in Kazakhstan. TheProgram was financed by National Institute of Health of USA. Dr. Smirnova research shows the possibility of using cellulose bacteria to protect agricultural plants against fungal phytopathogens. Under her leadership, bio-preparations for the protection of cereals and sugar beet against root rot and biological promoters of the seed germination and growth of legumes (melilot and alfalfa) have been developed. Dr. Smirnova has numerous patents and publications in reputed journals to her credit. In 2015, she published monograph on "Cellulolytic bacteria and their use for agriculture". She was an invited speaker for 1st Asian PGPR Congress held in Hyderabad, India (2009), 2nd Asian PGPR Conference held in Beijing, China (2011), 3rd Asian PGPR Conference held in Manila, Philippines (2013), 4th Asian PGPR Conference held in Hanoi, Vietnam (2015) and many other conferences nationally and internationally over the years.
 

Miss. Alka Sagar
Department of Microbiology and Fermentation Technology
Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences
Allahabad (211007), Uttar Pradesh, India
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Miss. Alka Sagar is an awardee of Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) awarded by University Grants Commission (UGC) of India and pursuing Ph.D. in the Department of Microbiology and Fermentation Technology at Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences, Allahabad, India under the supervision of Prof. Pramod W. Ramteke. Since 2012, her research work concentrated on evaluation of performance of rhizobacteria containing 1-aminocyclopropane- 1-carboxylate deaminase (ACC Deaminase) in improving growth and yield of cereal crops under salinity stress. Potential of 29 plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) were identified and their 16S rRNA sequence were deposited in Gene Bank (NCBI). Completed Master of Science from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, India and her thesis entitled “studies on treatment of distillery effluent and effect of different composts on seed germination”. Her professional career spanning a total of 9 years consist of experience in research, teaching and administration in the Department of Microbiology in a reputed industry and degree college in India. She is an instrumental in guiding several post-graduate and under-graduate students in their thesis and project work. Authored and co-authored over 5 research papers in national journals and one book chapter, several oral and poster presentations in national and international conferences. She has participated in over 15 symposium/seminar/workshops/training programs. To her credit, she was an awardee of “Best Oral Presentation” for her paper on salt tolerance of plant growth-promoting bacterium Enterobacter cloacae (KP226569) in sustainable maize production under salt stress at International Conference on Advancing Frontiers in Biotechnology for Sustainable Agriculture and Health during 2016 held in India. Participated at trainings Abiotic and Heavy Metal Stress Management in crop through Physiological, Phytoremediation and Proximate Sensing Approaches conducted by Indian Council of Agriculture Research, India and International short term course on microbial inoculants for sustainable agriculture conducted by International Centre for Genetics Engineering and Biotechnology in La Plate, Argentina during 2016. Presented an oral presentation at XXV Italo-Latin American Congress of Ethnomedicine held in 2016, Modena, Italy.
 

Dr. Tanuku Samuel Sampath Kumar Patro
Ph. D. (IARI), FPSI, FPPAI, FISMPP, FSAB, FINSOPP, FSBSc.
Senior Scientist and Head
Agricultural Research Station
Vizianagaram-535 001
Andhra Pradesh, India
phone:91-9701023194

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Dr. Patro is a Head of the Research station at Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India, obtained M.Sc.(Ag) and Ph. D. during 1997-2002 from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi with 8 gold medals including two SAARC awards and three Institute gold medals. Dr. Patro has joined the ANGR Agricultural University in 2002 and carried out his research in Sugarcane for four years and identified several new disease outbreaks for the first time in the world. Later in 2005, he joined in millet crops and identified several new diseases and some of them were the first reports as per world records. The University has awarded him the “Eminent Plant Pathologist” in A.P state in 2009, “ANGRAU Young Scientist” award in 2010, “Best Researcher” award in 2013. Dr. Patro has published more than 75 research papers in National and International Journals and conferences. He has attended many international conferences throughout the world as a lead speaker and has chaired many technical sessions. He is a life and editorial board member of more than 12 scientific societies including a member of Asian PGPR Society of Sustainable Agriculture. He has published more than 100 popular research articles for the benefit of extension officers and farmers. Awards and laurels won by Dr. Patro is highly commendable. So, far he has received 40 awards including fellow of 8 Scientific Organizations including worlds second oldest Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS). Dr. Patro has authored two popular books on “IPM in Horticultural crops” published by Astral Publishers, Dhariyaganj, New Delhi, India and “Diseases of Field Crops and their Management” Published by Indian Phytopathological Society, IARI, New Delhi. He is a faculty member in first ever International Massive Open Online course (MOOCS) in Agricultural Sciences conducted by ICRISAT, Hyderabad. To his credit, he has won the best research station award by the Agricultural Research Institute at Vizianagaram of Andhra Pradesh. He is a Hon’ble member of board of studies in botany department at Maharaja College, Vizianagaram, India.
 

Prof. Dr. Christian Staehelin
State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol and Guangdong Key Laboratory of Plant Resources, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, East Campus, Guangzhou 510006, China Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prof. Staehelin is heading a research team interested in the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.  China. Dr. Staehelin obtained his Ph. D. in1994 from the University of Basel, Switzerland and did his PDF at Botanical Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland.   Current research work of his laboratory is mainly focused on (i) functional analysis of Rhizobial effector proteins during the nodule symbiosis, (ii) characterization of symbiosis-related host proteins such as the recently described Nod factor hydrolase of Medicago truncatula, and (iii) symbiotic function of exo-oligosaccharides derived from Rhizobial exo-polysaccharide (EPS).

 

Dr. Riyaz Sayyed
Department of Microbiology, P.S.G.V.P. Mandal’s, Arts, Science & Commerce College, Shahada, Maharashtra, India
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Dr. Sayyed is a Head of the Department of Microbiology at PSGVP Mandal's Science College, SHAHADA, (MS) India. Currently, he serves as a Vice President in the Executive Board of Asian PGPR Society of Sustainable Agriculture and actively coordinating the society’s International Conferences in Asian countries over the years. To his credit, he has received the “Best Teachers Award” during 2016 from the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India; “Green Globe Award” from the International Society for Biodiversity Research, Bareilly, India; “Young Scientist Award” for the years of 2005, 2008, and 2012 from the Dept. of Science and Technology, Dept. of Atomic Energy, Government of India and Maulana Azad Shikshan Bhushan Pruskar, Muslim Students Organization, Maharashtra. He has over 17 years of teaching and 13 years of research experience in Microbiology and Biotechnology. His research expertise are plant-microbe interaction and microbial biopolymers. Trained several graduate, post-graduate and research students and produced four Ph.D.’s under his guidance. Authored and co-authored over 78 research papers and 53 book chapters in reputed national and international journals. He is one of the editor for many of the Asian PGPR Conference proceedings published over the years. Successfully demonstrated the transfer of laboratory research to farmer’s fields in PGPR related technologies. Delivered many invited talks at several South East Asian and European Countries.
 

Dr. N. P. ESWARA REDDY
Principal Scientist & University Head
Department of Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Regional Agricultural Research Station, ANGRAU
Tirupati-517502. Andhra Pradesh, India.
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Dr. Reddy is a Principal Scientist & University Head in Department of Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Regional Agricultural Research Station, ANGRAU, Tirupati-517502. Andhra Pradesh, India. For being M.Sc. (Ag.) in Mycology and Pathology from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, MS in Tropical Molecular Biology and PhD. in Molecular Plant Pathology by Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium. Started career as Research Assistant in Department of Plant Pathology, Agricultural Research Station, Anantapur from 1983 to 1986 and became Scientist, in Department of Plant Pathology, worked as Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Tirupati 1997-1998, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Tirupati 1998-2002. Then elevated to the post of Professor and University Head, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.  Honored with 3 international and 9 national awards to the contributions made for the welfare of agriculture sector. Received Meritorious Best Teacher Award for the year 2009 by Government of Andhra Pradesh and honored with Dr. BAP Reddy Award for “Integrated Pest Management” for the period 2006-2008 by Plant Protection Association of India, Hyderabad on 26th April 2010. Fellow of Phytopathological Society of India, New Delhi, Hind Agri-Horticultural Society, Muzaffarnagar and National Environmental Science Academy (FNESA), India. Published three books, three book chapters and more than 128 original research papers published in international and national peer reviewed journals. Handled research projects funded by prestigious national organizations viz., DST, DBT, DRDO, UGC, ICAR, APNL-BTU etc. Developed innovative techniques and authored many scientific articles/bulletins in local languages for the benefit of farmers. Nominated as Institutional Bio Safety Committee (IBSC) Member to monitor the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food safety and biotechnology work in ANGRAU, Nuziveed seeds Ltd and Prabhat Agri-Biotech, Ltd., Hyderabad. Participated as a chairperson during  scientific programs at national and international conferences. Successful  entrepreneur and consultant for several national and international agencies. Serving as Executive council member in International Journal of Plant Protection, Muzaffarnagar, India and Zonal Councilor for South Zone of Association of Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems (AAPMHE), Bangalore. Nominated as subject expert in the selection committee for recruitment of faculty positions of Associate Professors and Assistant Professors in the Department of Plant Pathology at Central Agricultural University, Manipur and also expert member of project review committee at various universities.
 

Dr. Purisima Pajaro Juico
Department of Soil Science
College of Agriculture
Central Luzon State University
Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
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Dr. Juico is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Central Luzon State University (CLSU).  Earned her Ph.D. from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna.  She worked as supervising agriculturist for over 15 years at the Research Division of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management and was involved in research projects about soil salinity and acid soils. Currently, connected at CLSU for over 11 years and involved in research projects about organic agriculture and now completing a study on utilization of P-solubilizing microorganism from animal manures. Member of the Technical Working Group for Organic Agriculture in the Philippines and Professional Societies such as Philippine Society of Soil Science and Technology (PSSST); Philippine Agriculturist; Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture and others. Trained students for their research studies in the field of Soil Science.  Married to Prof. Charlito R. Juico of the Research Division of CLSU.
 

Dr. Rajendra Singh Associate Professor
Principal Investigator, UGC Major Project
Pest and Parasite Research Lab
P.G Department of Zoology
Bareilly College, Bareilly
MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, 243001; UP, INDIA
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Dr. Singh is the Associate Professor of Zoology at PG and Research Department of Zoology, Bareilly College campus of MJP Rohilkhand University of Uttar Pradesh, India. He has 17 years of teaching experience in basic biology with specialization in animal biochemistry. He has obtained Doctorate in 2000 for biological management of root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne incognita with indigenous botanicals. He is an active researcher working on plant parasitic nematodes with eco-friendly management with each of botanical compounds and mixtures of PGPR’s with earthworms. He has successfully completed a major research project sponsored by UGC of Indian Government on eco-friendly management of plant parasitic nematodes. Dr. Singh has published more than 50 research papers in peer reviewed national and international journals. He has authored four books includes Unified Zoology, Modern Zoology, Environmental Issues for Socio-Ecological Development and Advances in Medico-Biosciences. He is the member of various scientific societies, councils and boards of his field. He has organized several national conferences sponsored by UGC, SERB-DST, CSIR, INSA and UP-HED of Government of India. Dr. Singh has delivered several invited lectures at national and international conferences. He has various academic visits to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Belgium, Serbia, Switzerland, Italy, Vietnam and Hong Kong to develop international research collaborations. Dr. Singh has received various fellowships and awards from government and nongovernmental organizations. To his credit, recently, UGC has awarded him a research project for the “GIS modeling of hotspot areas of nematode infestation” in western Uttar Pradesh province of India. He has trained several students for their Master’s and Ph. D. degrees. Currently, he serves as an Executive International Advisory Board Member of Asian PGPR Society of Sustainable Agriculture and actively coordinating the society’s International Conferences in Asian countries over the years.
 

Dr. Noshin Ilyas
Assistant Professor
Department of Botany
PMAS, Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
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Dr. Noshin Ilyas is working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Botany, PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Earned her Ph.D. in Plant Sciences from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.  Always distinct in academic carrier with a first class first position in Masters and did Ph.D. under fellowship from Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. Dedicated with experience in teaching and research in the area of plant microbiology and plant physiology. Combines a focus on achievement with a passion for scholarly work presenting and publishing at conferences and peer reviewed journals. Not only thoroughly involved in teaching various courses at graduate and post graduate level but has supervised dissertational research work of 3 Ph.Ds. and 15 M.Phil. students till date and is still mentoring 5 Ph.D. and 7 M.Phil. students. Also actively involved in earning research grants. Prime area of interest include plant microbe interaction under abiotic stress. Have attended various national and international conferences and symposiums.
 

Dr. Chengqiang Wang
Lecturer
College of Life Sciences, Shandong Agricultural University, Tai’an, 271018, P.R. China
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Dr. Wang received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Ph. D. in Microbiology from Shandong University, P. R. China. Since 2014, working as a Lecturer in College of Life Sciences, Shandong Agricultural University. His scientific research focuses on molecular mechanism of biocontrol and bio-promoting of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), especially the expression and regulation of antibiotics in Paenibacillus polymyxa and Bacillus methylotrophicus. To his credit, he has published several research papers in Journal of Metabolic Engineering, Analytical Biochemistry, Research in Microbiology, Biomed Research International, Genome Announcements, etc. Currently, two of his research projects was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (ZR2014CL003) and the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2015M582121). He has associated with several national and provincial cooperative projects in China.
 

Dr.  Suchit Ashish John
Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Dr. John is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Earned a D. Phil. in Science from the University of Allahabad, Allahabad. Engaged in teaching and research, at the Department of Biological Sciences for last 16 years. Established a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive research in the area of mitigation of Plant stress (biotic & abiotic) through PGPRs, biopesticides, organic agriculture and development of environment friendly ‘stress busters’ for plants. Successfully guided over 55 Masters and Ph.D. scholars. Authored and Co-authored over 45 peer reviewed research papers apart from book chapter, refereed research articles, bulletins and press reports. Resource person for Workshops, winter and Summer schools. Invited for presentations at different science and research programs at China, Malaysia, Singapore and India. Participated as Chairperson and co-chairperson at a number of technical sessions of seminars, symposia and workshop. Also been rapporteur for numerous seminars and workshops. Active life member of renowned National and International Societies.
 

Dr. Dionisio S. Bucao
Research and Development Directorate
MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY

Batac-Paoay Road, Brgy. 17-Tabug, City of Batac,
2906 Ilocos Norte, Philippines
TEL. No. 077 670-1898
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Dr. Bucao obtained Master of Science in Agriculture from MMSU, City of Batac, Ilocos Norte in 2003 and Ph. D. In Socil Science from UPLB College, Laguna of Philippines in 2010. He obtained fellowships from Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) to pursue his Doctoral Degree in Soil Science and the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Accelerated S&T Human Resource Development Program – Dissertation Grant (June 2009 – March 2010) and Human Resource Development Program (June 2007 – October 2009). To his credit, Dr. Bucao received several awards such as  Best Paper Award (Production Category) for the paper entitled “Effectiveness of Potential Biofertilizers, Organic and Inorganic Fertilizers on the Growth and Yield of Multiplier Onion (Allium ascalonicum)” during the 1st National Organic Agriculture Scientific Conference held on July 7-11, 2015 at DA-ATI CAR, BSU, La Trinidad Benguet; AFMA R&D Paper Award (Adaptive Research Category) for the paper entitled “Isolation, Characterization, Identification and Preliminary Evaluation of Bacteria from Plant Rhizospheres as Biofertilizer during the 24th National Research Symposium, DABAR, Quezon City on October 22, 2014 and AFMA R&D Paper Award (Adaptive Research Category) for the paper entitled “Adaptability and Grain Quality Evaluation of Special Rices in Favorable Rainfed Lowlands of Ilocos Norte during the 24th National Research Symposium, DA-BAR, Quezon City on October 17-18, 2012. Also received 2014 Outstanding Researcher Award given during the 37th Foundation Anniversary of the Mariano Marcos State University held at the Teatro Ilocandia, MMSU City of Batac on January 7, 2015; Presidential Award for garnering the AFMA Best Paper Award (Bronze) for the paper entitled “Harnessing remote sensing and geographic information System technologies through improved governance and agricultural productivity given during the 36th Foundation Anniversary of the Mariano Marcos State University held at the Teatro Ilocandia, MMSU City of Batac on January 7, 2015 and Plaque of Recognition for having completed the degree in Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science under the DOST-PCARRD Scholarship Program during the DOST-Science and Technology Week on July 21, 2010.  He is a member of Asian Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria Society for Sustainable Agriculture, Mycological Society of the Philippines, Inc., International Society for Agricultural Sciences in Southeast Asia (Philippine Chapter), Incorporated; Philippine Society for the Study of Nature, Incorporated; Philippine Association of Agri-environment Educators and Entrepreneurs (PASSAGE), Incorporated; Forests and Natural Resources Research Society of the Philippines, Incorporated; and Philippine Soil Science Society and Technology Incorporated. He has published several papers in reputed National and International Journals.
 

Dr. Jayaraj Jayaraman
Professor of Biotechnology & Plant Microbiology
Department of Life Sciences
The University of The West Indies
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 1 (868) 662 2002 ext. 83244 (Office) ext. 82238 (Plant-Microbe Lab)

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Dr. Jayaraj Jayaraman is a Professor in the Department of Life Sciences, The University of The West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agriculture from Annamalai University, India, and his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the same University. He worked as a Lecturer, (1990-1996) and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, India (1996-2000); DST-BOYSCAST-Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biochemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS,   USA (1999-2000); Associate Scientist, Dept. of Biochemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA (2000-2003); Senior Scientist, Dept. of Biosciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada (2003-2009); Lecturer, Dept. of Life Sciences, FST, UWI-St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago (2009-2011) and Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Life Sciences, FST, UWI-St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago (2011-2014). His research interest include Plant-Microbe interactions, Induced resistance, Elicitor-biomolecules, Biological control, Molecular based disease diagnostics, Genetic engineering of plants for disease resistance and stress tolerance, Metabolic engineering, Biopharming of therapeutic proteins and industrially valuable compounds, Phyto-nutraceuticals and Seaweed products for agriculture and human health. Obtained funding from various agencies which include Acadian Sealants, Dartmouth, NS, Canada; UWI-Campus Research and Publication Fund; Conservation, Food and Health Foundation of USA; United Nationals Development Program; ACP Caribbean & Pacific Research Program for Sustainable Development; Ministry of Environment and Forestry & FAO; Trinidad and Tobago RDI Fund, for his research projects. Dr. Jayaraman has published more than 100 research papers in reputed peer reviewed journals. He is very active in training post-graduate and doctoral students. Acting as reviewer for several journals world-wide and acted as an editor a book and conference proceedings. Delivered several invited talks in national and international conferences. Associated with various International scientific societies and currently he is an international advisory board director of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture.
 

Jintu Dutta
Senior Research Fellow
Microbial Biotechnology Lab
Life Sciences Division
Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST)
Pashim Boragaon, Garchuk, Guwahati-781035, Assam, India

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Jintu Dutta is working as an institutional Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (DST, Govt. of India), Guwahati, Assam. Prior to this worked as a Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Government of India funded project entitled “Exploration of microbial diversity (culturable) associated with Tea Rhizosphere Soil of Assam and Darjeeling (WB), and utilization for the production of plant growth promoting substances and bio-control of prominent fungal diseases and pests in tea” at Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (DST, Govt. of India), Guwahati, Assam. Also worked as a Junior Research Fellow, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Government of India funded project entitled “Exploration of microbial diversity (culturable) associated with Tea Rhizosphere Soil of Assam and Darjeeling (WB), and utilization for the production of plant growth promoting substances and bio-control of prominent fungal diseases and pests in tea” at Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (DST, Govt. of India), Guwahati, Assam. Submitted thesis on “Genetic and Functional Diversity of Tea Rhizobacteria for the Production of Plant Growth Promoting Traits and Bio-control of Phytopathogens” for Ph.D. degree in the Department of Biotechnology, Gauhati University. Obtained awards and fellowships such as UGC-State Level Eligibility Test (SLET), DBT-CTEP, Govt. of India fellowship  and 2nd best oral presentation in 3rd Colloquium, 2015 organized by IASST, Guwahati. Published peer reviewed papers in national and international journals and attended several conferences.
 

Dr. Rupak Kumar Sarma
Young Scientist
Biological Sciences and Technology Division
CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat – 785006, India
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Dr. Sarma is an Young Scientist, in the Department of Biological Sciences and Technology Division, CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, India. Over the past seven years, he has led research expedition on microbial diversity exploration from extreme environmental conditions and their activity on plant growth promotion and other industrial applications. His major expertise are Plant-Microbe Interaction, Microbial Ecology and Stress Physiology. To his credit, he has obtained awards from the Department of Science and Technology (Govt. India) travel grant in 2015 and Department of Science and Technology (Govt. India) Young Scientist Award for independent research in Environmental Microbiology and Eco-Restoration in 2015. Reviewed several research papers for publications on invitation from the Journals of Frontiers in Plant Science, World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, American Journal of Microbiological Research, Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences, World Journal of Agricultural Research etc. Published several peer reviewed papers in national and international reputed journals, invited chapters in various books and conference papers in various proceedings.
 

Prof. Ir. Loekas Soesanto, M.S., Ph.D.
Faculty of Agriculture
Jenderal Soedirman University,
P.O. Box 125, Purwokerto 53101
Indonesia
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Prof. Loekas Soesanto was born at Pati, Central Java Province of Indonesia. He obtained his Ph.D. from Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands in 2000 on Ecology and Biological Control of Verticillum dahliae under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Mike J. Jeger and Dr. A. J. Termorshuizen. Prof. Soesanto was active as the branch head of Indonesian Phytopathological Society and Indonesian Microbiological Society. He is an author of 8 books of plant diseases, i.e., Phytopathological Dictionary, Postharvest Disease, Introduction to Biological Plant Diseases Control (2 editions), Compendium of Peanut Diseases (2 series), Compendium of Soybean Diseases, Compendium of Cacao Diseases, and Introduction to Biological Pesticide. Authored and co-authored sevral peer reviewed research papers in high impact journals and several book chapters, refereed research and extension articles, proceedings, bulletins, popular press reports, electronic media and others. Panelist on grants review boards, Editor, Associate Editor and Reviewer of research papers for several national and international journals.
 

Dr. Dilfuza Egamberdieva
Centre of Microbiome and Plant Health Research,
National University of Uzbekistan,
Tashkent 100174, Uzbekistan
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Dr. Egamberdieva graduated in Biology from the National University of Uzbekistan in 1993. She received her Ph. D. in Agriculture from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany in 2000 and did her first postdoctoral studies at the Helsinki University of Finland in 2001. In 2003, she did her second postdoctoral research in the Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, University of Florence, Italy. She returned to Uzbekistan and established her own group, where the main focus of the research was directed towards an understanding of the structural and functional organization of plant associated microbial communities. In 2006, she has been awarded with UNESCO-L’OREAL Fellowship for Women in Science and conducted her research in Institute of Biology, Leiden University of Netherlands. Her research group developed novel techniques for the development of salt tolerant bacterial inoculants and the mechanisms of biological control, plant growth stimulation by rhizobacteria in environmental stressed environments. During her scientific career she has conducted many short and long-term visits to laboratories of different European countries, Helsinki University of Finland, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) Germany, Leiden University of the Netherlands, and Manchester Metropolitan University UK. For her best academic achievements, she has received numerous awards including IUBMB Young Scientist Award, ASM Morrison Rogosa Award, UNESCO-MAB Award, and TWAS-TWOWS-SCOPUS Young Women Research Award. In 2012, she has been awarded with TWAS Prize for her innovative contributions to the study of plant-microbe interactions in environmental stressed conditions and their potential to improve crop production. In 2014, she has been awarded with Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Marie Curie COFUND Fellowship to continue her research activities in Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF). She is a board member of Free International Association of Researchers on Natural Substances (FIARNS), The Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture and also co-chair of the Association of Women Scientist of Uzbekistan. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and books.
 

Dr. Bindu Madhavi Gopireddy
Scientist (Plant Pathology)
Regional Agricultural Research Station, Lam, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Dr. Bindu Madhavi Gopireddy is a scientist (Plant Pathology) at RARS, Lam, Guntur of Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Andhra Pradesh, India. Earned a Ph. D. With a topic of  biointensive managemnt of banded leaf and sheath blight disease of maize by using biocontrol agents such as Trichoderma, PGPR and biofumigation crops from the Department of Plant pathology, College of Agriculture, PJTSAU, Hyderabad. Since 2007,  working as a scientist  and associated with other scientists to evaluate cultural, biological and chemical disease control strategies as a component of integrated disease management of corn, sorghum and gram crops. Also, conducted fundamental research on the biology, host resistance and epidemiology of corn and red gram diseases. Published 32 research papers in  peer reviewed journals and several popular articles and bulletins in telugu.
 

Prof. Dr. Tongmin Sa
Department of Environment and Biological Chemistry, Chungbuk National University, South Korea
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Dr. Tongmin Sa is a Professor of Agricultural Chemistry Department at Chungbuk National University, South Korea. His expertise lies in investigating the mechanism of biofertilizer and product development. He is recognized for researches on plant microbe interaction study and microbial diversity changes in agricultural soils under environmental stress conditions. His interest also lies in microbe mediated control of environmental pollution. He is currently serving as the President of The Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer (KSSSF) and is a Full Member of The Korean Academy of Science & Technology. He has written 19 book chapters and authored or co-authored over 290 peer reviewed publications and advised over 77 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from many countries. His academic background includes bachelors and master degree from Seoul National University and doctoral degree in soil science from North Carolina State University.
 

 

Dr. K. K. Dakhore
Agrometeorologist
Assistant Professor of Agricultural Meteorology,
In-Charge Officer, AICPAM,
Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth
Parbhani, 431401, Maharashtra, India
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Dr. K. K. Dakhorea attended many short-term courses/summer institutes and presented papers at National/International Seminars, Symposia, Workshop on Agrometeorology, Crop Modeling. Remote Sensing etc. Devoted 10 years in teaching, research, extension and education in different disciplines.  Guiding 2 M.Sc. (Agri.) students and acting as an external examiner for Ph.D. and M.Sc. students of several universities.   To his credit, he has 14 research papers and 16 papers presented in seminars and symposium. Acted as a member of several important societies at State and National level Committees. Working as a PI of five projects funded by ICAR, Ministry of Earth Sciences and WOTR etc. Participated in COP for 15 Climate Change Conference during 7 -18 Dec, 2009 at Copenhagen, Visited Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy, during Feb 18-19, 2010, awarded “Best Paper – Oral Presentation” at Nagpur, ISRS Annual Convention and National Symposium on “Advances in Geo-spatial Technologies with Special Emphasis on sustainable rainfed agriculture at Nagpur, September 17 - 19, 2009, received Dr. P. D. MISTRY Gold medal Award for best Ph. D thesis by association of Agrometeorologist for the year 2007-08, received Bhart Jyoti Award by Indian International Friendship Society, New Delhi for the year 2014 and received The Best Citizen of India Award by Best Citizen Publishing House, New Delhi for the year 2014.
 

Prof. M. K. Naik
Director of Research, University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga, Karnataka, India
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Prof. Naik is currently the Director of Research at University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga, Karnataka, India. An eminent Plant Pathologist and a renowned teacher with more than 27 years of experience as Scientist of ICAR, ICRISAT and State Agricultural Universities. His area of expertise is in PGPR, Biocontrol, Aflatoxin contamination, Fungal Biodiversity, Soil borne pathogens, Food safety and IPM. Prof. Naik operated more than 20 externally funded research projects and contributed extensively in identification of potential fluorescent Pseudomonad possessing broad spectrum antibiotic genes such as DAPG, Pyoverdine, pyrilonitrin explored them for formulation and delivery. He discovered two new pathotypes of Fusarium udum on pigeonpea and F. solani on hot pepper, development of low cost detection of aflatoxin contamination, IPM module and biointensive module demonstration for production of export quality chili in largescale in farmer’s field. Recipient of several awards such as National Level Outstanding Teacher Award by ICAR, National Young Scientist Award by the Indian Science Congress, Fulbright Visiting Fellowship at NDSU, USA, Best Teacher Award of University, V. P. Bhide Memorial Award, ISMPP, Post Doctoral Fellowship by ICRISAT and Fellow of 5 Professional Societies etc. He has operated more than 20 externally funded projects from ICAR, DBT, DST, World Bank, BARC, RKVY etc, strengthened PG Education as Dean of PG Studies at UAS, Raichur and currently directing Research and Development programs of UAHS in 13 research stations and 13 AICRP schemes with higher order commitment and dedication. Guided more than 30 PG theses and co-guided for more than 200 PG student’s theses some of his students are crowned with Medals and Awards. Dr. Naik is a member of Task Force of DBT, Ministry of S & T, New Delhi, President IPS (South Zone), Research Advisory Committee of ICAR-NCIPM, New Delhi and ICAR-NBAIR, Mau and many professional committees and assignments. Widely travelled to over a dozen nations, he has 150 research papers, 52 book chapters and a patent to his credit.
 

Dr. Krishna Kumar, Ph.D., FPSI, FISMPP, FSPPS
Head and Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology)
Division of Crop Protection
ICAR-Indian Institute Pulses Research (IIPR)
Kanpur-208024, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Dr. Kumar obtained Ph. D. degree in Plant Pathology in 1996 from NDUAT, Faizabad, India. He worked as a Research Associate at IARI, New Delhi, Assistant Professor at SKUAST, Jammu and then served as a Senior Scientist for thirteen years on research, teaching and extension experience in mushroom production, bio-control, microbial diversity, integrated disease management, diagnosis of unknown plant diseases and suitable bio-control agents at Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair. His major area of research is on diversity of antagonistic and pathogenic microorganism, developing location specific IPM modules, standardization of production technology of tropical mushrooms.  His scientific achievements were teaching and guiding M. Sc and Ph. D students and research both at university and CARI, Port Blair for upliftment of farming community. Since 2016, working as a Head, Division of Crop Protection at Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur, India. He has handled six institute funded and three externally funded projects. He has standardized Oyster mushroom production technology and milky mushroom production technology on paddy straw. Reported 5 new diseases in various crops and reported 4 new species of Trichodermafrom Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. A total of 750 microbes include antagonistic bacteria, plant growth promoters, myco-parasitic fungi and bacterial and fungal plant pathogens have been isolated form Andaman and Nicobar Islands, characterized and conserved for further use research and exploitation. Total of 42 microorganisms have been deposited at the National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms (NCBI) and submitted 400 sequences of them to NCBI. Recipient of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award for Outstanding Research in Tribal Farming Systems-2010 by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, India, SPPS Meritorious Scientist Award-2011 by Society of Plant Protection Sciences, New Delhi, India and Distinguished Service Award-2010 for his contribution in Plant Pathology by BIOVED Research Society, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Fellow of three prestigious professional societies and life member of 12 scientific societies and organized two national symposia in Plant Pathology. Trained and demonstrated Mushroom and Crop Protection Technologies to farmers, personals of military, navy and air force Welfare Association of Andaman and Nicobar Command. Development of bacterial wilt resistant brinjal germplasm is one of the most significant achievement to his credit. Published over 70 research papers includes books chapters, popular articles, extension bulletins, and various training manuals in National and International level.  Delivered several radio talks and TV shows on different topics for the benefit of farming community.
 

Dr. K. R. K. Reddy
Sri Biosphere Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, Telangana, India
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Dr. Reddy obtained M. Sc. and Ph. D.  in Plant Sciences from Kakatiya University, Warangal, India and Post-Doctoral training in Plant Biotechnology from Central University of Hyderabad, India and University of Bayreuth, Germany. After post-doctoral research, Dr. Reddy started Sri Biotech Laboratories at Hyderabad in the year 1994 with a focus to develop safe and green alternatives for agro chemicals for crop nutrition and protection. The in-house R & D of the company is well recognized by national and international research institutions. The focus of the research was on the isolation and characterization of microbes associated with abiotic and biotic stress of the crop plants followed by product development. This lead to development of novel delivery systems which can go hand to hand with farmer’s package of practices. Under his leadership, the company has received several National and International grants for collaborative research programs under public- private partnership mode in the area plant biotechnology. Dr. Reddy guided several post graduate and Doctoral students and filed 7 patents. Received several National and International awards for his contributions in research, innovations, product development with special reference to bio intensive integrated crop management to improve agricultural productivity. He is the member of several national and international societies and member of board of studies and biotech committees such as Osmania University, Kakatiya University, Yogi Vemana University, Nagarjuna University and Padmavathi Mahila University. Also, served Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India as member of task force on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides. Currently he is the member of FICCI-Telangana sub-committee on Agriculture and food processing and CII-Telangana task force on Agriculture. To his credit, received several International, National and State level awards such as AIMA, NATIONAL AWARD FOR CREATIVITY and innovation 2005, MSME, NATIONAL AWARD FOR best R & D, BUSINESS TODAY & YES BANK SME AWARD, BIOASIA, AWARD, PEARL OF A. P, AWARD, FAPCCI, AWARD for his contributions in the field of agriculture technology and innovations. Since, Sri Bio, nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of environmentally sustainable, biological alternatives for pest, weed and disease control in agriculture, very recently, Valagro S.p.A, an Italian global leader in the production and commercialization of biostimulants and specialty nutrients acquired a majority stake of Sri Biotech Laboratories. Currently, Dr. Reddy serves as a non-executive director in Valagro SpA.
 

Dr. Rohit Sonawane
Senior Research Fellow
Cotton Research Scheme
VNMKV, Parbhani, India
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Dr. Sonawane completed graduation from College of Agriculture Badnapur, Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Agriculture University, Parbhani, Maharashtra, India; M.Sc. in the discipline of Agronomy from PG Institute, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Agriculture University, Akola, Maharashtra, India and Ph. D from Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Agriculture University, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India. Worked as a Research Associate at VNMKV, Parbhani and as Assistant Professor at College of Agriculture, Golegaon, VNMKV, Parbhani. Currently, is a Senior Research Fellow in Cotton Research Scheme, VNMKV, Parbhani, Maharashtra, India.
 

Dr. B. RAVINDRA REDDY, M.Sc., Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor & Nodal Officer for SAS
Dept. of Statistics & Maths
S.V. Agricultural College
Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University
Tirupati -517502, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Dr. Reddy is an Assistant Professor (Statistics & Mathematics) at S. V. Agricultural College, Tirupati of Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Andhra Pradesh, India since 2008.  He has obtained his Master’s degree (1994) and Ph. D. in Statistics (2006) from Sri Krishna Devaraya University, Anantapur, A. P.  He is a life member of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture and has contributed research papers in 2nd & 3rd Asian PGPR Conferences held at China and Philippines. He has both research and teaching experiences in ANGRAU and has more than 35 publications at his credit. Guided five Masters and two Ph. D. students in Agricultural Statistics and participated in several National and International Conferences and presented his research findings. Prior to his service in ANGRAU, had held several positions such as “Assistant Statistical Officer”, Directorate of Economics & Statistics, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. In ANGRAU, his focus was development of a weather based forewarning systems for major rice diseases and undertaking of comprehensive studies of socio-economic aspects of peanut farmers in Southern Zone of Andhra Pradesh and its documentation. He has also played a pivotal role in preparing contingent farm plans in rain fed alfisols of Andhra Pradesh.Alfisols are moderately leached soils that have relatively high native fertility. These soils have mainly formed under forest and have a subsurface horizon in which clays have accumulated. Alfisols are primarily found in temperate humid and sub humid regions of the world.
 

Dr. S. Bharathi
Senior Scientist (Agronomy), All India Coordinated Cotton Improvement Project
Regional Agricultural Research Station, Lam, Guntur, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Dr. Bharathi  is a Senior Scientist (Agronomy) in All India Coordinated Cotton Improvement Project at Regional Agricultural Research Station, Lam, Guntur of Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Andhra Pradesh, India. Earned a Ph. D. in Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) of maize with special emphasis on organics and their residual effects in cropping systems from the Department of Agronomy,Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Andhra Pradesh, India. Worked as a Scientist, Senior Scientist in nutrient management of maize, chillies and cotton using  integrated farming systems approaches since 1998. Research contributions include, testing the concept of High Density Planting System (HDPS) in cotton. Refined and demonstrated the INM, IWM strategies in Bt Cotton. Authored and co-authored over 50 peer reviewed research papers, extension articles, proceedings, bulletins, popular press reports, electronic media and others. Coordinated Rs. 50 lakhs externally funded projects to improve irrigation facilities of deepening the water catchment ponds, micro irrigation at RARS, Lam. Recognition and awards received include, Certificate of Appreciation from The Collector and District Magistrate, Guntur on 26th Jan, 2005 and Merit Certificate by the Honorable Vice Chancellor of ANGRAU for the services rendered as a member of publications committee during the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of RARS, Lam on February, 10 to 12th 1999. Life Member of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture and actively involved in social and welfare of regional famers around LAM of ANGRAU.
 



Dr. Kiyoon Kim

Department of Environmental and Biological Chemistry,
Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, S. Korea

Dr. Kim is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Environmental and Biological Chemistry at Chungbuk National University, South Korea. He obtained Master’s Degree in 2012 and Ph. D. degree in 2017 in Agricultural Chemistry from Chungbuk National University, South Korea. His Speciality is studies on the effect of PGPR inoculation on the growth of crop plants under salinity stress. He also extended his research by studying the effect of soil salinity on distribution of microbial community structure and diversity in salt affected soils. His future interests lie in studying the interaction of between different crop cultivation and microbial community under environmental stress conditions.
 



Dr. S. Krishna Sundari
Professor, Biotechnology Department
Plant & Microbial Technology Group, Biotechnology Department, JIIT, NOIDA, India
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Dr. Krishna Sundari is a Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, JIIT, NOIDA, India with a decade of experience working in Microbial & Environmental Biotechnology. She has earned Masters in Life Sciences (specialization in Plant Sciences) from Hyderabad Central University of Hyderabad, India and obtained Doctorate in Microbiology from Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India. Dr.  Krishna Sundari has distinction throughout her academics (National merit Scholarship received from 1985-1987, Ranked first in the college from 1985 through 1991). She harbours research Interests in the areas pertaining to plant-microbe interactions, bioremediation of organic pollutants with PGPR, mycorrhizae research, bioactive compounds from mushrooms and microbial diversity studies. Prior to this, worked at National & International repute such as Teri (The Energy and Resources institute), New Delhi; Institute Nationale Recherche Agronomie (INRA), Champenoux, France; and brief work assignments at ENSAIA, France; Universitae Henrie Poincare, France, and University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. She also worked at Institute of Home Economics (of DU), Jamia Milia Islamia, and Teri – SAS, New Delhi. Dr. Krishna Sundari holds membership in international scientific societies such as International Mycorrhiza Society (CMR, Teri, New Delhi), American Society of Microbiology (ASM, Washington DC), Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture and Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI). She has supervised several Sponsored R & D projects such as Formulation of Microbial Consortia with Parallel biofertilizer and biocontrol properties; Funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and ability of select PGPM strains to remediate organophosphate pesticides commonly used in agriculture" Funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. Worked on a biotechnological solution for attaining longer shelf life and portability of microbial inoculum funded by Trident GreenTech Pvt. Ltd., Andhra Pradesh. Delivered several invited talks namely on “Mycorrhiza – future vision”, “Global warming & Climate change: a state of panic or a sense of purpose?”, “Accumulating municipal waste; a menace or a resource to be mined”, “Application of Plackett-Burman Design to evaluate and select Media Components”, and series of Lectures on “Techno Economic Biofeasibility Reporting”. Received an Indo-US Professorship award (year 2005) from IUSSTF in coordination with American Society of Microbiology (ASM), Washington D.C. to teach a short course at the University of Florida, USA. Authored and co-authored several research papers and book chapters and trained Post Graduate and Doctoral students over the years.
 



Dr. Denver Walitang
Department of Environmental and Biological Chemistry, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, S. Korea
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Dr. Walitang is a Post-Doctoral researcher in the Fertility and Soil Microbiology Laboratory at Chungbuk National University, South Korea. He obtained Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of the Philippines and completed his Doctoral degree in Agricultural Chemistry at Chungbuk National University, South Korea. His current research concentrates on structural diversity and community dynamics of bacterial endophytes colonizing the internal structures of seeds. He is also currently studying endophytic competence and adaptation of bacterial endophytes in the endosphere of their hosts. His interest lies in the plant-microbe interaction and how the plant host affects the community structure of its endophytes and in turn and how these endophytes interact and benefit their host plant.
 



Dr. Dileepkumar Guntuku
Global Program Leader, Seed Science Center, Iowa State University, USA
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Dr. Guntuku, is a global program leader for the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University (ISU), specializes in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Knowledge Systems. He provides leadership to strengthen the Center’s international programs by integrating science and technology to develop innovative technologies, tools, and methods that benefit global seed industry and smallholder farmers around the world. Obtained Ph. D. in Information and Communication Technology from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communications Technology (DA-IICT), India; M. Sc. in Agricultural Entomology from Gujarat Agricultural University, India; MS in Information Technology in Agriculture from DA-IICT, India; B. Sc. in Agriculture from Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, India; and a Graduate Certificate in Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University. Prior to joining ISU, served as a Global Leader for the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Knowledge Sharing and Innovation program. He was a Director of the Centre of Excellence in ICT Innovations for Agriculture, Coordinator for ICRISAT South-South Initiative and served as a member of ICRISAT’s Research Committee and Risk Management Team. Under Rd. Guntuku’s leadership, ICRISAT opened a Centre of Excellence in ICT Innovations for Agriculture in 2012, and a Data Management Unit and ICT for Development, in addition to the existing Information Systems Unit, Library and Information Services, and Learning Systems Unit under the Knowledge Sharing and Innovation Program. During his career, Rd. Guntuku worked for the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, India; Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), India in various capacities; he has also contributed to various international and national projects that include: the Commonwealth of Learning, Canada; German Development Corporation (GIZ), India; Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO-South Asia); International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB-India); Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR-India) National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) funded by the World Bank; USDA; USAID and the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) funded by UKAID. He has written a book, 10 book chapters, more than 50 research articles and papers.  He also contributed to the policy recommendations to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India for defining policies on e-government initiatives in India. He is member on several committees, reviews and editorial boards, to name a few he is member on the executive council of International Society of Extension Education; Technology Advisory Panel of eXetension; International Institute of Informatics and Systemics; National Advisory Board of Indo-US Global Education summit etc. Beyond academic and professional pursuits, what sets Dileep apart is his sheer ability to understand the real needs of local cultures and communities and tailor programs to improve their lives through Innovations. Towards this, he has led outstanding ICT and Knowledge Systems initiatives that have made a global impact.  For example, encapsulating best practices in agriculture in video/online format has helped bring knowledge to thousands of farmers, researchers, scientists, students etc.  Promoting Big Data in Agriculture; ‘open’ and free access to research to all brings out expert knowledge that usually rests in universities and labs, into the field – where it can be advocated and applied for the benefit of humanity. Dileep has high proficiency in coordinating several national and international organizations while designing and developing Innovations; and, very well versed with funding procurement; budgeting and program management; implementing and executing innovative platforms and methods. Dileep’ s experiences have been rich as a program leader, trainer, academician and researcher in the areas of ICTs and Knowledge Systems and developing innovative platforms for seed security and food security.
 



Dr. K. Gurava Reddy
Coordinator, Electronic Wing
Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Lam, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Dr. Reddy is working as a Coordinator, Electronic Wing, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Lam, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Prior to this, worked as a Scientist with an extension responsibilities at ANGRAU, Visiting Scientist at ICRISAT, India, Project Director at Federation of Farmers Associations of Andhra Pradesh, Training Associate at KVK, Medak, Telangana and Research Associate at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Mahanandi, Andhra Pradesh. Obtained Ph.D. from ANGRAU. Dr. Reddy is very active to organize and train several farmers and extension officers at LAM, Guntur. To his credit, he has published over 120 publications in national and international peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings, training manuals, book chapters, popular articles and booklets etc. Acted as an editor for Agri Magazines. Received several awards includes, Best Poster at GFAR Triennial Conference in 2006, New Delhi; Meritorious Scientist award from the Collector & District Magistrate, Guntur on the eve of Republic Day Celebrations in 2010, Best Paper Award in National seminarorganized during 19-21 January 2013 at Hyderabad, Appreciation from Bioforsk, Norway during 2013, State Level Best Scientist, Govt. of A. P. award from the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy in 2013, Meritorious Extension Scientist Award 2012 from ANGRAU during 46th Convocation on 9 September 2015, Young Scientist Award during 2014 from the Society for Scientific Development in Agricultural Technologies.
 



Dr. H. B. Singh

Professor & Head
FNAAS, FPSI, FICN, FISMPP, FBRS & FSPRB
Mycology & Plant Pathology
Institute of Agricultural Sciences
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
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Dr. Singh trained and worked at several places includes, PDF (CSIR), 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 to 2006. Professor, Mycology & Plant Pathology, B.H.U., Varanasi since Dec. 2006 to date, Visiting Professor, Cornell University, USA, Nov.-Dec., 2011. Research areas are Microbial based biopesticides & biofertilizers, organic farming, fortified and designer foods.  Received several awards and honors such as CSIR Technology Prize for Biological Sciences, 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 Awards, 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;  Rashtriya Gaurav Award- 2012 by IIFS, Plant Pathology Leader Award by IPS (MEZ), 2012; CSIR Award for S & T Innovation for Rural Development (CAIRD) 2011; Environment Conservation Award, 2013; Vigyan Ratna by UP Council of Science and Technology 2012; Mundkur Memorial Award, 2015; and M.S. Swaminathan Award, 2016. Actively associated with scientific and academia as an 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 and Member publication committee of "Indian Perfumer" (2005-07); Member publication committee of "Indian Perfumer"; 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; Biofertilizer Biotechnology and Biological Agents & Biopesticides in Crop Management; Member in both the committees of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, Feb. 2013 to date. Fellow of National Academy of Agriculture Sciences (FNAAS); Indian Phytopathological Society (FPSI); International College of Nutrition (FICN); Indian Society of Mycology & Plant Pathology (FISMPP); Biotechnology Research Society of India (BRSI); Society of Plant Reproductive Biologists, (FSPRB), 2013 and Vice President, Asian PGPR Society of Sustainable Agriculture. Dr. Singh published over 350 research papers in peer reviewed national and international journals, review articles, book chapters, technical bulletins, annual reports, proceedings, manuals etc. Edited over 16 books and written a book. Developed several technologies for commercialization through Agri-Biotech Industries for Sustainable Agriculture.
 



Prof. Binghai Du
College of Life Sciences, Shandong Agricultural University, Tai’an, 271018, P. R. China
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Prof. Du received Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Shandong Agricultural University, P. R. China, and Ph. D. in Microbiology from China Agricultural University, P. R. China. Since 2004, working as a full Professor in College of Life Sciences, Shandong Agricultural University. His scientific research focuses on microbial technology in agriculture and molecular mechanism of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), especially the applied research on Paenibacillus polymyxa. Paenibacillus polymyxa strain YC0573 is a plant growth–promoting rhizobacterium with antimicrobial activity, which was isolated from tobacco rhizosphere. Prof. Du reported the complete genome sequence of P. polymyxaYC0573 and antifungal and antibacterial genes were discovered. To his credit, he has published several research papers in peer reviewed national and international Journals such as Journal of Bacteriology, Research in Microbiology, Biomed Research International, Genome Announcements, etc. He has associated with several national and provincial cooperative research projects in China. Currently, some of his research projects were supported by the Science and Technology Major Projects of Shandong Province (2015ZDXX0502B02), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31600090), and the Key Technical Project of Shandong Yancao Co., Ltd. (KN238-201602). Prof. Du attended several national and international conferences over the years and trained several graduate and post-doctoral students. Some of his publications can be found in: https://www.pubfacts.com/author/Binghai+Du & http://scicurve.com/author/Du%20Binghai
 



Prof. Dr. S. K. Bhatnagar
M. Sc., Ph. D., FBS, MPS (France); Fellow of Linnaean Society (FLS) of London; VASVIK Awardee of 2010 of Agricultural Research;  INSA COSTED AWARDEE of INDO-GREECE FELLOW; International Advisory Board Member of Asian PGPR Society (USA); Secretary General for Society of Plant Research; Chief Editor of VEGETOS (An International Journal of Plant Science); Member of Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC), MHRD, Govt. of India; Dean, College of Biotechnology, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology, Meerut, India & Head  of Cell Biology, Recombination Technology and Commercial Biotechnology
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Prof. Bhatnagar started his career in higher education since 1977, as an Assistant Professor and became an Associate Professor in 1992 and from 2007 onwards serving as a Professor.  Dr. Bhatnagar is currently is a Head and Dean of College of Biotechnology, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology, Meerut, India with a vast experience of more than 40 years in teaching and research.   Besides this, he served as a Chief Personnel Officer (Pro-VC); Officiating Registrar; Nodal Officer, College of Basic Science and Humanities; Chief Warden; Chairman, Screening Committee for Career Advancement Scheme; Chairman, Discipline Committee; Director, Training & Placement in the same university. Prof. Bhatnagar is the Founder and Secretary General, Society for Plant Research which is an internationally recognized Society for Plant Research in 1988, which is now become an International Journal of Plant Research “VEGETOS” with wide scope of indexing in SCOUPUS, ResearchGate, Thomson Reuters and NAAS etc. since 1988. He is the current Editor in Chief of VEGETOS. Prof. Bhatnagar has been awarded as NSA-COSTED and INDO-GREECE visiting scientist fellowships to visit and deliver lectures in France, Britain, Belgium, Oxford, Greece, Crete, Ireland etc. Successfully completed several research projects funded by the University Grants Commission, CSIR and ICAR of India as a Principal Investigator and guided several Ph. D. and M. Tech (Biotechnology) students. Member of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). To his credit, he has published more than 100 research papers in national and international peer reviewed journals and delivered more than 50 Invited Keynote talks in India and abroad. He has edited several books published by National and Internationally recognized publishers. Chaired and organized symposiums in the University of Ireland, Galway and delivered Keynote lectures. Fellow of Botanical Society of India (FBS), Linnea Society of London (FLS) and currently is an International Advisory Board Member of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture of USA. Honored with the most prestigious VASVIK award for agriculture research at Mumbai, India. Established UP State of India’s first Department of Biotechnology at Bareilly College, Bareilly in 1994 and implemented the first course of curriculum for undergraduate students in Biotechnology which has been adopted by other universities of in the state. Elected as a Member of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), by the University Grants Commission of India to assess the prestigious institutions such as Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and HBNI, Tata memorial center (TMC), Gujarat Ayurvedic University, Jamnagar, Veer Narmada South Gujarat University, Surat, M G R University, Chennai of India etc. Expert panel member of Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB) and AYUSH, Government of India and an Expert panel member for various universities in India. Acted as a reviewer for many international journals and organized several National and International Conferences includes the recently held International Conference on Technological Advancement for Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development (TASARD - India, 2017) in collaboration with African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) on Feb 20-22 at New Delhi which was a great success attended by the representatives from 24 countries. Prof. Bhatnagar had been instrumental in the accreditation of S.V. P. University of Agriculture & Technology, Meerut by ICAR-Peer Review Team as PRT-Coordinator during 2016 and on ICAR-IMPACT Assessment Analysis Team Member which was admired by all team mates and University authorities of India.
 



Prof. Suresh Deka
Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory
Resource Management & Environment Section, Life Sciences Division
Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST)
Paschim Boragaon, Garchuk, Guwahati -781035
Assam, India
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Prof. Deka has obtained Ph. D. in Microbial Ecology from Guwahati University in 1991 and has more than 27 years of research experience in the fields of hydrocarbon degradation, bioremediation, biosurfactant and plant diseases control. He is currently, working as a Professor in the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST) of India. He has been awarded an Overseas Scholarship by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India during 2006-2007 for Research on Biosurfactants at the University of Ulster. He has completed several research projects funded by different central governmental agencies of India as a Principal Investigator.
 



Dr. S. Suryakumari
Principal Scientist
Dr. YSR Horticultural University
HRS, Lam, Guntur, India
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Dr. Suryakumari is a Principal Scientist at Dr. YSR Horticultural University, HRS, Lam, Guntur, India and supervised various research programmes in tapioca, chilli, grain spices for the last 23 years of distinguished service in ANGRAU and Dr. YSRHU. Obtained Ph. D. in Horticulture with specialization in Paprika breeding from ANGRAU, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India, M. Sc. (Ag.) (Horticulture) with specialization in Okra breeding from ANGRAU, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh and B. Sc. in Agriculture from ANGRAU, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Presently working with Dr. YSRHU at HRS, Lam in AICRP on spices crop production aspects with emphasis on turmeric. Associated with spectacular achievement of Lam center in the development of chilli variety LCA353 with moderate pungency, good color value with high export potential and released as a National Variety LAM 353 in 2008. Notable contribution at the state and national level in the development of a new chilli entry LCA 334 with desirable attributes for its cultivation in the country and was released as a National Variety “Prasanth” in 2007. As a co-scientist, involved in the development of 10 new varieties of different crops i.e. Chilli, Cashew, Coriander, Fenugreek and Ajowan which are ready for release.  Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Biodiversity Sciences. Authored and co-authored over 50 peer reviewed research papers in high impact journals and several book chapters, refereed research and extension articles, proceedings, bulletins, popular press reports, TV, Radio programs and other electronic media press releases. Nominated as a  panel expert member in various scientific and technical commitees pertaining to spices at state and national level. Organized symposia and workshops on spices.  Received appreciation awards, best poster and oral presentation awards at district and national level.   Guided M. Sc and Ph. D. students in the faculty of Horticulture at Dr. YSR Horticultural University.
 



Dr. Asia Nosheen
Assistant Professor, Department of Biosciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Park Road, Chak Shahzad, Islamabad
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Dr. Nosheen is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biosciences, COMSATS, Islamabad, Pakistan. Obtained Ph. D in Plant Sciences from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad in 2014, M. Phil. (Plant Physiology) Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad in 2008, M. Sc in Botany from B.Z.U. MULTAN in 2006, and B. Sc in Biology from B.Z.U. MULTAN in 2003. Worked for 3 years as a Research Associate in HEC funded research project entitled ‘Physiological and Biochemical Measures to improve quantity and quality of Biodiesel” during 2008-2011. Her expertise is Biodiesel Technology, Phytoremediation, Plant Physiology, Stress Physiology, Plant leaf and seed Protein analysis, Oil seed crops, Biofertilizers and Plant Micro Techniques, One dimensional Gas Chromatography (1DGC), Comprehensive two-dimensional Gas Chromatography (GC×GC), Multidimensional Gas Chromatography (MDGC) and NMR.AttendedInternational Conference of plant scientists, Venue: GCU Lahore, 22-24 September, 2014; International Conference “3rd Asian conference on Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) and other microbials” Venue: Hyatt Hotel, Manila, Philippine (April 21–24, 2013); National Conference on Leadership 2013, Pakistan, Leadership at The Crossroads. Venue: Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, (29 April 2013); Seminar on “A tale of Omics and Mummies study by Agilent Technologies” Australia, Venue: Room G19, building 75, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (10 July 2012); and Symposium “Building effective coordination between R & D and industry for enhancing innovations, competitiveness and productivity of indigenous technologies”. Her achievements to-date are DICE Project Competition Award (2nd Best Project Award, 1–2 October 2013); Travel grant from PSF to participate in a conference at Philippine (20–24 April 2013); Foreign Scholarship Awarded by HEC Pakistan under IRSIP Program (2012); Quarantine Awareness and Approved Accredited Person by Australian Government (2012); Visiting scholar at Monash University, Australia (2012) and Permanent member of Board evaluator’s ad-hoc of “PLANTA DANINHA JOURNAL” (2016). Published over 21 publications in various international and national journals and recently completed a project entitled “Optimization and Response of Kasumbha (Safflower) to PSB and N2 Fixing Biofertilizers for biodiesel production” as a PI (0.5m HEC Grant).
 



DR. K. S. R. K. MURTHY
Former President, Plant Protection Association of India & Retired Associate Professor, ANGR, Agricultural University, Rajendranagar 500 030, Hyderabad, India
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Dr. Murthy obtained B. Sc. (Ag) and M. Sc (Ag) in Entomology from Agricultural College, Bapatla, India and Ph. D. from University of Udaipur, Udaipur, India. Did his post-doctoral training at the University of Reading, UK. Vast experienced such as Research Assistant in Plant Physiology, Govt. Agricultural College, BAPATLA from 1964-1966; Jr. Entomologist/Asst. Professor from 1970-1976 at A.P. Agricultural University, Agricultural College, BAPATLA; Senior Entomologist at State Farms Corporation of India from 1976-1978; Entomologist/Associate Professor from 1978-1985 at A.N.G.R. Agricultural University, College of Agriculture, Rajendranagar; Senior Manager, Research Training and Development at M/s Searle India Limited, Hyderabad;  Advisor  at M/s Hyderabad Chemicals Ltd., Balanagar, Hyderabad  from1999  to 2006 with duties as  Registration of New Products, Establishment of  Bio Sciences Research Laboratory with excellent infrastructure development and field testing in 21 acres of farm where in new molecules  supplied by IICT were tested for Pesticide /PGR/ Fungicidal /Herbicidal Properties. Dr. Murthy obtained specialized trainings and expertise in Pesticide Application Techniques from Imperial College of London – 1997; Integrated Pest Management-Approach to Crops -  IACR; Rothamstead, Harpenden , UK – 1997; Bio Rational Pest Management Development and Use of Pheromones, Natural  Resources Institute -1997; Integrated Pest Management in Rice, Directorate of Plant Protection, Kathmandu, Nepal – 1999;  Integrated Pest Management in Cotton, Asia Pacific Regional Technology Centre, Bangkok - 2003;  FICCI QUALITY FORUM Under the Offices of Food Cert B.V  The Netherlands; Inspector for quality Assurance and residues,  Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, New Delhi. Held positions such as Vice Chairman and Chairman from 1993-1995 of Pyrethroid Efficacy Group of India; Chairman, Insecticide Resistance Action Committee, India Chapter during 1995 -1999 and Vice President & President, Plant Protection Association of India, Hyderabad from 1988-2012. To his credit, awarded as best Farm Scientist by the ANGR Agricultural University, Lam Farm, Guntur during 1997-1998 Golden Jubilees Celebrations and Best Plant Protection Development Manager by the Plant Protection Advisor to Govt. of India in 1997-98.  Associated with several Professional Societies includes Life Fellow of the Entomological Society of India-IARI; Fellow of the Plant Protection Association of India, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad; Fellow of the Society of Pesticide Science India; Research Division of Agricultural  chemicals of IARI and Life Member of more than 12 Scientific Societies in India.  Guided 13 M. Sc. (Ag) and 2 Ph. D students as a major advisor. Published more than 110 research papers in Entomology and Integrated Pest Management, IRM, popular papers in English and Telugu. Published booklets and a book on Plant Protection (Palupantalalo Sasyrakshana) for the use of farmers.
 

    

PABBATHI VENKATA MOHAN RAO
Pasura Crop Care Pvt. Ltd
2nd Floor, M. S. Nilayam, 15, HACP colony
Karkhana, Secunderabad-500009, Telangana State
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Mr. Mohan Rao is a well-trained chemist and a founder of a Hyderabad, India based Dhana Crop Sciences Ltd. Established in 1990 and later Pasura Crop Care Pvt. Ltd in Secunderabad, Telangana, India. Dhana Crop Sciences offers over 50 generic insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, Nutritionals, PGRs, Organic Chalets, Organic mineral Gluconates and Glycinates, Protein Hydrolysates and other aids from a portfolio of more than 50 strategic active ingredients. Dhana Crop Sciences is the supplier of end-use products and supplier to other marketers throughout India.  Dhana Crop Sciences is a capable of sufficient production capacities in formulations such as EC, LL, EW, WDP, SP etc. molecules to serve the needs of customers under license from central Insecticide Board of India. Established a Copper Oxy Chloride technical plant in Hyderabad, Telangana, India in 1996. Dhana and Pasura group ventured through several innovative and diversified business fields and setup successful track in all core areas across India and other countries. Mr. Rao, to his credit, established a vast marketing network, team building programs, introducing motivational curriculum, formulating new schemes and trends, employee-friendly relationships and adoptability that suits and supports corporate environment. Dhana and Pasura group dealer network considered as one of the best recognized in entire, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamilnadu States of India. Six years ago, Mr. Rao ventured Telugu magazine “VISWAS” to educate farmers on modern adoptable sustainable agricultural practices and it is well publicized as “Farmers Agricultural Magazine”. Mr. Rao is very active in social and philanthropical aspects for health, sports, education and disaster response, as well as arts and heritage. Some of his contributions to-date are “Anna Daana” Programs during the Guru Pournima event every year in Madhira Village, Khammam Dist. Telangana; “Pasura Education Trust” to educate needy poor children; Constructed a Holy Temple of Shri.  Shiridi Sai Baba Mandir in Madhira Village in Khammam District of Telangana; Health Services to the destitute; Employment opportunities to the needy etc. As a hobby, Mr. Rao produces TV Program called “Pasura Palleseemalu” for 30 min and broadcasts every day through Satellite about pure agricultural practices, economical support to farmers through various schemes and crop protection advices in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh crop patterns and farmer’s success stories to inspire farmer community etc. Mr. Rao is a great laurel and an Idealistic disciplined man of commitment towards human’s welfare and prosperity. Travelled extensively and organized spot and result oriented demonstrations with different pesticide molecules at field level and trained field assistants to help farmers.
 



PROF. RANA PRATAP SINGH
Professor, Former Head and Dean
Department of Environmental Science
School for Environmental Sciences
Dean I/C School for Management Studies
Coordinator, Centre for Industry Institution Partnership Program
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (A Central University)
Rae Bareilly Road, Lucknow-226025 (India)
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Prof. Singh has made significant contributions in understanding of ammonia assimilation and N-metabolism in plants. Most of the publications have been cited frequently with 274 as a maximum for one of his paper. The novel findings reveal the knowledge and understanding the role of ammonia assimilation pathways in non-stress and stressed agro-climatic conditions, role of nitrogenous molecules in in-vitro morphogenesis and development and application of low cost organic matrix based granular slow release fertilizers for rice, wheat, mustard and other crops. Besides, he has contributed new knowledge on toxicity and remediation of soil and water ecosystems. He has more than 30 years of PG teaching and 35 years of research experience as well as 12 years of administrative experiences in MD University, Rohtak and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He has guided over 30 students for successful award of Ph.D. degrees and published more than 120 original research papers, 14 review articles and 24 book chapters (Cumulative Impact factor of Research Publications (Thomas Reuters) about: 141.24) and 17 books published from CAB International Kluwer, Springer, IBH Oxford, Studium Press etc. He has guided over 100 M.Sc. and M. Phil students for their Dissertations. The Google Citation Indices; Total Citation: 2667, H-index: 28 and i10: 62 to his credit. Prof. Singh is an Editor-in-Chief for an International Journal of “Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants” (www.springer.com/journal/12298) since 2002, with a Scopus rating of about 1.0 and is considered a leading international journal in field of Plant Science. He is also an Editor of another International Research Journal “Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability” and Editor of a multilingual quaternary magazine "Kahaar " started in 2014, focused on communicating  knowledge and practices of sustainable development to common masses and school students; contributed 17 books published by various publishers which includes 3 series 1) Nitrogen in Relation to Plants (Five Books); 2) Plant Genetic Engineering (9 Books) and 3) Legume Biotechnology (2 Books), besides independent titles. Worked as a Dean, School of Environmental Science and Head, Department of Environmental Science and worked as a Controller of Examinations for BBA University, Lucknow besides his teaching and research assignments and participated in various committees and statuary bodies of the University time to time as chairman or member. Prof. Singh has worked as a member of MOEF nominated committee, State Expert Appraisal Committee, U.P. Directorate of Environment, Lucknow for a period of 3 years during 2011 to 2013. He is presently working as a Dean in-charge, School of Management Studies and Coordinator, Centre for Industry Institution Partnership Program (CIIPP) in the university. AEB Honor in 2012, Academy of Environmental Biology by India, Lucknow, Scientist of Excellence Award in 2008 by Society for Plant Research, Meerut, R. D. Asana Medal, 1992 by Indian Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi, JEB Young Scientist Award in 1992 by Academy of Environmental Biology India, Lucknow, INSA Visiting Fellowship in 1992 by INSA, New Delhi, India, UNESCO ST Biotech Fellowship in 1994 by UNESCO, Paris, France, NSERC Biotech Visiting Fellowship in 1996 by University of Guelph, Canada, First Prize Award on Poetry Book in 1988-89 by Haryana Sahitya Academy, Chandigarh, First Prize Award on Children’s Book in 1994-95 by Haryana Sahitya Academy, Chandigarh. He is a Fellow of Academy of Environmental Biology of India (HQ: IITR, Lucknow) and Indian Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi.
 



Prof. V. Muralikrishnan
Annamalai University
Annamalainagar-608002,
Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, 608 002
04144-238451 (O), 04144-238076 (Fax)
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Dr. Muralikrishnan completed his Ph. D. from Annamalai University, India in Microbiology in 2003 and obtained M. Sc. (Agriculture) in Agrl. Microbiology from Tamil Nadu Agriculture University. Presently, he is working as a professor in the Department of Agrl. Microbiology, faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, India. His research interests are Bio-fertilizer for paddy and sugarcane; bio-fertilizers for field crops; organic farming; probiotic microorganisms; biodegradable plastics etc. Has over 23 years of teaching and research experience in Agriculture Microbiology. His expertise are microbial consortium development for sugarcane and mass production of biofertilizers. He has vast experience in the production of all kinds of bacterial and fungal biofertilizers. He has been the consultant and giving turnkey projects on the biofertilizer production units. He designs fermenters or bioreactors to suit the available budget.  Guided several Post Graduate students for their M. Sc, M. Phil and Ph. D. degrees over the years. Published over 30 peer reviewed papers in national and international journals and delivered several invited talks nationally and internationally. Attended several conferences includes all Asian PGPR International Conferences held in India, Beijing, Philippines and Vietnam. Very active advocator of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture.
 



Dr. Rita Grosch
Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops
Head of Department Plant-microbe systems
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Dr. Grosch obtained Ph. D. in Phytopathology from Agriculture Faculty, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Since 1982, she worked at several capacities such as the Head of Department Plant-microbe system, IGZ; Acting Head of Department Plant Health, IGZ; Scientific co-worker at the Department Plant Health, IGZ; Scientific co-worker at the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture, Institute of Phytomedicine at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Scientific co-worker of the Institute for Crop Production at the Academy of Agricultural Science, Paulinenaue etc. Her main research areas are plant–pathogen interactions, soil-borne pathogens such as Rhizoctonia solani and Verticillium spp. and major focus is on the impact of the pathogens on plant response including metabolomics.  Supervised several funded projects contributing to a better understanding of the development of biological control methods against diseases caused by soil-borne pathogens. A recent research topic is to improve the understanding of the plant microbiome, its interaction with the plant, and the functions of the plant-microbe entity in interplay with the environment. Microorganisms in association with plants can cause on the one hand plant diseases, and on the other hand can increase plant performance. Aimed at understanding both types of interactions, how pathogenic microorganisms initiate processes in plants that result in disease symptoms detrimental to both crop yield and quality, and how other microorganisms positively influence plant performance. Taught several courses:  Phytomedicine (Epidemiology of plant pathogens), Phytomedicine (Mycology), Plant protection in organic farming at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin, University of Applied Sciences, Berlin. Supervised several Bachelor and Master theses students. Reviewed research papers for various journals includes Fungal Biology, Plant Diseases, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, PlosOne, European Journal of Plant Pathology, Microbial Ecology, Plant and Soil, Scientia Horticulturae, Applied Soil Ecology etc. and an Academic Editor of the Journal PlosOne and an Associate Editor of the Journal Phytopathology. Published several papers in peer reviewed national and international journals.
 
 



Dr. Nusaibah binti Hj.Syd Ali
Senior Lecturer
Department of Plant Protection
Faculty of Agriculture
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone:+60389474999
Fax:+60389381014
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Dr. Nusaibah is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Obtained her Ph. D in Plant Pathology from Institute of Tropical Agriculture (ITA), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Previously, she held the post of Research Officer at Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). She completed Post-Doctoral training at West Coast Metabolomics Center and Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, USA. Her research interest is on oil palm disease focusing on Ganoderma disease detection and control, Plant Pathogen Interaction and Metabolomics. Received several national public grants and private to work on oil palm diseases. Teaches several courses includes Introduction to Plant Pathology, Man and Agriculture, Agricultural Microbiology and Plant Pathology. Currently supervising Ph.D and M.Sc candidates and produced 3 M.Sc candidates with thesis and 6 bachelor students in Agricultural Science. She is an active in publishing her research findings in peer reviewed international and national journals and have reviewed research papers from various local journals.

 
 


Dr. Javid Ahmad Parray
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Science
Govt Degree College, Ganderbal, J & K, India
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Dr. Parray is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Govt. Degree College, Ganderbal, J & K, India.He is a recipient of the Emerging Scientist Award 2015 by the Indian Academy of Environmental Science (IAES) Haridwar, India. He obtained his M. Sc. M. Phil. and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J & K, India. He has qualified for state-level competitive examinations like SET. He completed his Ph. D. in Environmental Science with specialization in plant microbe-interaction on the topic entitled “Evaluating role of rhizosphere bacteria in saffron culture” from University of Kashmir in the year 2014. Dr. Parray worked as a Fast Track Young Scientist Fellow in the project entitled “Molecular characterization and metabolic potential of rhizosphere bacteria from Arnebia benthamii across North Western Himalaya" at CORD, University of Kashmir. He also finished his Post Doctorate Research Associateship in a DBT funded project entitled “Tissue culture based network programme on saffron”. He has a strong interest in studying the plant rhizosphere for determining their metabolic potential besides using plant tissue culture based technique like suspension culture for increasing and producing the constant supply of active metabolites. He has contributed numerous international papers and added various data sets pertaining to crop improvement via PGPR’s. He has been actively engaged in research and teaching in the field of Environmental Sciences, Environmental Biotechnology, Microbial Ecology and Plant Microbe-interactions since 2008. His main research subjects include microbial diversity, ecophysiology, stress physiology, medicinal and aromatic herbs along with their mass cultivation and bio-efficacy. Dr. Parray has presented his work at national and international platforms and was awarded with numerous awards for his immense contribution in the field of plant improvement. Recently, he has authored a book on “Approaches to Heavy Metal Stress Tolerance in Plants” published by Springer.

 
 

Prof. Ramakrishna Wusirika
Professor and Head
Centre for Biochemistry and Microbial Sciences
Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, India

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Dr. Wusirika is a Professor and Head of the Centre for Biochemistry and Microbial Sciences, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, India. He obtained Ph. D. from National Chemical Laboratory/ University of Pune (1995), worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Purdue University, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at Michigan Technological University, USA prior to his current assignment. He has significant contributions in the fields of Plant Molecular Biology, Genomics and Plant Growth Promoting bacteria. His research interests include understanding between PGPR and plants using Systems Biology (Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics) approach. His research group identified several PGPR belonging to Pseudomonas sp. with potential applications in rhizoremediation and agriculture. He is currently collaborating with agricultural research institutes to understand and improve plant-PGPR interactions at the molecular level. Published over 58 papers in international peer reviewed journals including Environmental Science and Technology, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, BBA Proteomics, Plant Physiology, Plant Cell, PMB, Genome Research and Science. Complete list of publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ramakrishna_Wusirika/publications. He guided several M.Sc. and Ph. D. students. Served as panel member of United States Department of Agriculture grant programs and editorial member of several international journals.

 
 




Dr. Prasada Rao Kongala
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences
Allahabad-211007, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Dr. Rao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biological Sciences, Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He has earned a Ph. D. in Biochemistry from Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences, Allahabad. He is engaged in teaching and research at the Department of Biochemistry and Biological Sciences for the last 14 years. Dr. Rao Research Interests focuses on mechanisms that enable certain plants to thrive in sub-optimal soil conditions, such as those of high salinity, low water or low nutrients. A strength of research is the integration of Cell Biology with whole plant physiology. The ultimate applied aim of his research is to develop technology & crop varieties with improvement of yield on such soils. Successfully guided over 28 Masters. Authored and Co-authored over 15 peer reviewed research papers. Dr. Rao is a member of scientific societies viz., ASBMB, Society of Biological Chemists, India and IUPAC, ADNAT etc.

 
 



Mrs. Sravani Ankati
Ph. D. Scholar
 Department of Plant Science, School of Life Sciences
University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad-500 046, Telangana, India
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Mrs. Sravani Ankati is a doctoral student of Prof. Appa Rao Podile in the University of Hyderabad, India. She is a recipient of the prestigious CSIR-SRF grant to pursue her doctoral work by Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. In addition, she is a recipient of Saraswathi Prathibha Puraskar Best Student Award by Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India and Certificate of Merit in Biochemistry by Vignan Sravanthi organized by Vignan Educational Institutions, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Awarded lectureship under Andhra Pradesh-State Eligibility Test (AP-SET) in 2012. Her doctoral dissertation involves molecular understanding of Arachis hypogaea L. and its plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria interactions. In this passage of time, she had developed an expertise in omics approaches viz. metabolomics, proteomics and genomics to solve the mysterical chemistry between these mutualistic partners. She had guided four post graduate students on their thesis and project works. She has a research article, two review articles and two book chapters to her credit. In order to keep herself updated, she has been participating in more than twenty national and/or international conferences, seminars and workshops. She has presented in 8 conferences on root exudates analysis, metabolites role in PGPR-groundnut interactions, bio-weedicides. Received best Poster Presentation Award in 8th Plant Science Colloquium, 2016 organized by Dept. of Plant Science, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.

 
 



Dr. Ruey-Hua Lee
Institute of Tropical Plant Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70001, Taiwan
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Dr. Lee is a professor at the Institute of Tropical Plant Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Dr. Lee obtained Ph.D. in 1997 from Wye College (Imperial College), the University of London, UK. She did her PDF at Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Current research work in her laboratory is mainly focused on 1) Functional study of regulatory proteins in thylakoid membrane degradation and abiotic stress response, and 2) characterization of root-associated microbiome in plant growth and stress tolerance.

 
 



Dr. Muhammad Akil
Division of Ecology and Physiology
Indonesian Cereals Research Institute, Maros, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
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Mobile phone: 62-082192879020

Dr. Akil is working as a senior Researcher in the Division of Ecology and Physiology, Indonesian Cereals Research Institute (ICEREI), Maros, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. He is a Soil and Agronomy Scientist. He obtained his Ph.D. in Crop Science & Agronomy from Central Luzon State University, Munoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines in 1999. Dr. Akil research interest is to evaluate several commercially available biofertilizers for their efficacy on maize under field conditions.  Obtained financial support from Biofertilizer Innovation Development Consortium jointly between Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development and National Innovation Committee for research programs.

 
 



Dr. Abdul Gafur
Plant Health Head and Senior Scientist
AAA Group R&D
RGE Technology Center Building
Pangkalan Kerinci 28300, Indonesia
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Dr. Gafur obtained his B.Sc. degree in Plant Protection in 1985 from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia; M.Sc. degree in Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology in 1991 from University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA; and Ph.D. degree in Molecular Plant Pathology and Mycology in 1998 from Kinki/Kyoto University, Japan.  From 2000 – 2002, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Visiting Scholar at the University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany.  Visited several countries including Australia, Colombia, England, and Germany for collaborative R & D projects.  A Humboldtian, he is also an Alumni of the International Deans Course of South East Asian program conducted during 2012-2013 by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors Conference (HRK).  Currently, he holds the positions of Plant Health Head and Senior Scientist at the AAA Group R&D in Indonesia.  His research interest includes, interaction between plants and soil microbes, forest soil biodiversity as influenced by aboveground tree species and biological control of soil borne pathogens.  To his credit, Dr. Gafur has published over 55 scientific articles in reputable refereed national or international journals and 13 books or book chapters.  As of May 2017, his publication citations and h-index are 175 and 8 (Scopus), 278 and 10 (Research Gate), 322 and 10 (Google Scholar Citations), respectively.  He also actively contributes to several scientific meetings, both domestic and overseas.  Currently, an Editorial Board member of the Indonesian Journal of Phytopathology and reviews several scientific papers for national or international journals including Plant Disease, published by the American Phytopathological Society.

 



Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Marianti Manggau, Apt.

Biopharmacy and Pharmacology Toxicology Laboratory
Faculty of Pharmacy Hasanuddin University
Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km.10
Makassar 90245, INDONESIA
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Prof. Marianti Manggau, Apt, currently is the Head of Biopharmacy and Pharmacology Toxicology Laboratory, Faculty of Pharmacy Hasanuddin University. Obtained her Ph. D. from the Dept. of Pharmacology, Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Pharmacy, University of Berlin in 2002, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Monika Schaefer-Korting. Worked as a Research Fellow at Faculty of Pharmacy, Ernst Moritz Arndt, University of Greifswald under IMHERE scholarship. Her expertise are study of the beneficial plants, algae, bee-products and microorganisms and their development as drugs, cosmeceutical and nutraceutical. From the research, she obtained one patent on anti-inflammation of Propolis from Apis trigona. Her interest also in clinical pharmacy researchsuch as study of role of pharmacist in the rationalization use of drugs, high alert, and off-label.   Also, involved in several national research collaboration projects such as study of Ethno Pharmacology of plants used in Makassarese, Buginese and Tolaki ethnis. She was a coordinator of the World bank project IMHERE branch Pharmacy.  Along with her high contribution on pharmacology and biopharmacy research and development, she earned a Satyalancana Wira Karya award from the Indonesian Government in 2013. She has participated actively in International Seminars/Conferences and has published scientific papers in journals and proceedings. Authored and co-authored several peer reviewed research papers in high impact journals and several book chapters, refereed research and extension articles, proceedings, bulletins, popular press reports, electronic media and others. Reviewer of research papers for several national journals.  Developed and managed grants in partnership with national research and development organizations. She works also as Assessor either in National Accreditation Institute or Autonomic Accreditation Institute for Health Higher Education. She was a vice dean for Academic and Student Affairs from 2008-2012 and vice dean for Human Resource, Administration, Financial and Collaboration Affairs from 2012-2016. Active member of Indonesian Pharmacology Association, Member of Indonesian Pharmacist Association and International Pharmaceutical Federation FIP.

 



Dr. Gururaj Sunkad
Professor and Head, Department of Plant Pathology
University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur-584 104, Karnataka, India
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Dr. Gururaj Sunkad, currently is the Professor and Head of the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka, India. Obtained M.Sc. (Agri.) degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad. Completed his Ph. D. as an in-service candidate while serving as a Scientist (Plant Pathology) in the AICRP (Groundnut) system. Visited foreign countries for research exchange programs and training includes, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Washington State University, Pullman, USA through joint support from UAS, Raichur and USAID IPM-CSRP Project; as a delegate to Bangkok, Thailand for ‘Working Group Meeting on Groundnut Bacterial Wilt and Stem rot’; participated in ‘9th Australasian Plant Virology Workshop’ at Melbourne, Australia. His expertise are Mycology, Molecular Characterization and Variability of Plant Pathogens, Disease Resistance, Biological Control of Soil Borne Pathogens and IDM. Actively engaged in teaching and guided more than 15 students for their M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. He is an instrumental in maintaining a very good Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory and ICAR-Experiential Learning Bio-inputs Entrepreneurship Centre for PG Research and UG Hands on training at Department of Plant Pathology, UAS, Raichur. His special attainments in teaching and research include, more than 50 research publications to his credit in national and international peer reviewed journals; associated in the release of six groundnut varieties; registration of 8 multiple disease resistant groundnut genotypes at NBPGR; 35 disease management technologies to university package of practices; mass multiplication and popularization of Trichoderma and Pseudomonas; FTA cards for molecular characterization of PBNV. He has been awarded with Fellow of Indian Society of Oilseeds Research (2014) and Fellow of Indian Phytopathological Society (2015).

 



Dr. Adarsh Pandey, M.Sc, Ph.D, FNRS,FSLSc
Asst.Prof. & Head
Department of Botany
SS P.G.College,  Shahjahanpur
242001 UP, India
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Dr. Pandey is the Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany (Post Graduate) at Swami Shukdevanand PG College, Shahjahanpur, campus of MJP Rohilkhand University of Bareilly, U. P., India. He has 11 years of teaching experience in basic Biology with specialization in Mycology and Plant Pathology. He has obtained doctorate in 2001 for “studies on fungal diseases of Brinjal in India”. His expertise of research is biological control of fungal diseases of vegetables. He has published more than 25 research papers in peer reviewed refereed national and international journals. His thesis work has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing Company of Germany. He has published four books of Botany for undergraduate and post-graduate courses. He is the life member of 9 scientific prestigious societies including Indian Phytopathological society, which is the world’s third largest society. He has received many scientific awards including High Impact Researcher and Young Scientist award from the Society of Plant Research of India at Delhi University. He has received several other awards to his credit.

 
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