Ph.D. Soil Microbiology Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (1994) (Dept. of Plant Pathology); M.S. Ag. Microbiology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India (1984); B.S. University of Agricultural Sciences , Bangalore, India (1980).
Research and Teaching Interests:
My research interests and expertise are in basic and applied aspects of microbial processes related to environment, agroecosystem and health. I am interested in synergistic integration of both basic and applied science aspects in our research projects. My areas of research interest and expertise include - Management of soil-borne fungal diseases using biofumigants; Biocontrol of phytopathogens; Biological control of exotic invasive plant species using indigenous phytopathogens; Microbial biodegradation of marine and fresh water algal biotoxins; Endophytic microorganisms; Detection of Indoor toxic mold growth using signature volatile organic compounds; Allelopathic chemical interactions in suppression of invasive plant species; Microbial and plant based biofuel and bio-product production; Plant-microbial symbiosis; plant microbiome and soil microbial diversity; Bioremediation (Heavy metals using plants, Pentachlorophenol and Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using bacteria and white-rot fungi); Restoration ecology and ecological risk assessment following bioremediation. I enjoy teaching a wide variety of courses within the fields of Agriculture and Environmental sciences. Courses I teach - Sustainable Agriculture, Integrated pest management, Soil Microbiology, Energy Resources, Introduction to Environmental Science and sustainability, Food Security and food safety, Sustainable Bioenergy, Agroecology, Special topics “Agriculture Colloquium”.