- Interested to carry out abiotic stress and production physiology research as independent researcher or as a team member in an academic organization.
- Member of four professional body.
- I have established research collaboration with more than 10 international scientists working in State University (India, Finland, Australia and USA) and CGIAR institute.
Authorship of scholarly work:
- Authored 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 8 book chapters. My work has been cited more than 1030 times; and three of my seminal discoveries have been cited more than 100 times each (h-index: 16). Presented abstracts at 24 national and international conferences in my area of research.
Judge of work of others:
- Reviewer of eight major journals of plant sciences
Original contributions of major significance in the field:
- For the first time quantified the effects of short episode high temperature stress on pollen and ovary functions in sorghum and wheat.
- Decoded mechanisms of reproductive failure in sorghum and soybean under high temperature stress during pre and post anthesis stage.
- Identified for the first time the lipid signal molecule responsible for maintain the pollen tip polarity and its function under high temperature stress. I have pioneered the development of a high-throughput screening tool for identifying crop varieties more tolerant to abiotic stresses using in-vitro probes.
- High temperature stress resulted in increased production of ethylene, which causes premature leaf senescence, and flower and pod abortion. This effect can be reduced by foliar application of a chemical named as 1-MCP. This key finding has proved valuable to soybean growers everywhere, to increase seed yield.
- First to identify the primary mechanism of high temperature stress effect i.e., through oxidative damage.
- First, to identify that selenium can acts as an antioxidant in soybean and sorghum under stressful environment. Foliar spray of selenium was proved to work under field conditions.
- Decoded mechanism of salinity tolerance in rice and identified technology to improve the salinity tolerance.
- Dissected the mechanism of chromium tolerance or susceptibility at the physiological and molecular levels has made the way to bioremediation. Based on this finding, a sorghum variety was identified which is less susceptible to chromium damage is now grown in areas which have higher soil chromium content.