Banaras Hindu University
Birinchi Kumar Sarma
Assistant Professor, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
Dr. Sarma has received his Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University in 2002. The same year he joined as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Banaras Hindu University, India. Since then he has been working on management of soil borne diseases of two legume crops, chickpea and pea. He worked as BOYSCAST fellow of Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, at Professor D.R. Cook’s lab at the University of California, Davis, USA for a year 2007-08. At Cook’s lab he optimized pipeline for PCR amplification of several thousand gene-based DNA fragments from seven different legume species for analysis of genetic diversity within each species, and ultimately the development of single nucleotide polymorphisms.
He is currently working on developing environmentally acceptable technologies for management of pathogens such as Sclerotium rolfsii, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. ciceris. He is using compatible fluorescent Pseudomonads, Trichoderma species and rhizobia as consortia for management of those pathogens. His interest is to understand how combinations of compatible rhizospheric microbes provide better tolerance to biotic stresses in chickpea and pea at physiological and molecular level over single applications of microbes. He is also working on identification and characterization of pathogen responsive transcription factors in chickpea. His research program is supported by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi; Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi and Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi.