||1. Microbial systematics is the science of identification, classification and naming of living organisms. Taxonomic work involves study of morphological characteristics and phylogenetic relationship of organisms which is essential for applied biological sciences, such as medicine, agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Development of biotechnologies and their industrial applications depend heavily on taxonomy. I am very much interested in identification of prokaryotes and their application in Biotechnology process, depending on the place within the phylogenetic framework, a taxonomically unassigned strains needs to be characterized by a wide range of approaches to obtain a broad range of informative data from the genetic and epigenetic level, including morphology, physiology, chemistry, DNA patterns, gene sequences and whole genome hybridization. 2. The global necessity to enhance agricultural yields to meet the requirement of an incessantly increasing population has placed considerable strain on the fragile agro-ecosystem. Current trends in agriculture are focused on reduction in the use of chemical pesticides and inorganic fertilizers, compelling the search for alternatives that enhance environmental quality. In this context, a great deal of work has been done on plant growth promoting micro-organisms and the term plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPR) is used to refer bacterial strains having a beneficial effect on plant growth and development. Study on indigenous micro-flora of local rhizosphere and identification of efficient plant growth promoters is important for development of good bioinoculants particularly for regional crops. In this direction, I worked on PGPRs from rhizosphere of Western ghat forest soil which is one of the ninth mega biodiversity hotspot.
||1. Microbes play a vital role in both human and environmental health and have proven to be beneficial and harmful. In nature, there is abundant diversity of these microbes and could be utilized for benefit of mankind using modern tools in Biotechnology. Following great discoveries in microbiology, still 99.9% of microbes are yet-to be explored. The more we explore microbial populations, the more complexity and diversity we find. 2. From last 25 years, phylogenetic trees based on 16S ribosomal RNA genes have been used with great success to identify microbial taxonomy from DNA alone. Functional microbial taxonomy like tracking microbial resources, metagenomics, and next gen sequencing are very useful to depict role of the microbes in industrial biotechnology. Hence taxonomy will play a major role which will lead microbiology in an authentic way. 3. My research interests are culture preservation and identification, microbial taxonomy, phylogenetics , evolutionary microbiology, and microbial physiology (under stress environment). I am very much interested to explore and collaborate on projects related to tapping of culturable and unculturable functional microbial diversity from unique environments using various genetic markers.
||Microbiology, fermentation technology, enzyme structure-function relationship,