Dr. Pramod Kumar Sahu

Name: Dr. Pramod Kumar Sahu
Designation: Scientist (Senior Scale), Agril. Microbiology
Date of Birth: 15th May, 1989
Professional Experience: >9 years as Scientist in ICAR

Research Interest:

  1. Bacterial endophytes with reference to biotic and abiotic stress management
  2. Consortium of microorganisms and bioformulation
  3. Biological Control
  4. Plant-Microbe Interaction
  5. Rhizosphere Biology

Contact Details:  E-mail: pramod15589@gmail.com, Pramod.Sahu@icar.gov.in


Significant recognition (Awards/Fellowships/ Technologies transferred/ Patents etc.):


  • NAAS Young Scientist 2021 in plant protection
  • AMI Young Scientist 2022 in Agri. Microbiology
  • University of Agricultural Sciences Gold Medal (M.Sc. Agri.)
  • B. P. Pal’S Prize- Gold Medal
  • G. Rangaswamy Gold Medal
  • Willium Rigo Award
  • Young Scientist in Agricultural Microbiology-2018
  • Best poster award in 1st International Conference on Biological Control (ICBC 2019)
  • Best poster award in 71st Annual meeting, Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS) at BHU 2019
  • Best oral presentation award in 7th international conference of Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS) at New Delhi 2020
  • Best poster Award in 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress-2016, New Delhi
  • ICAR-NET 2013
  • GATE-2012


  • Merit scholarship in M.Sc.
  • DST-INSPIRE fellowship for PhD
  • ICAR-SRF for PhD

 Membership of Societies:

  • Life member- The Association of Microbiologist of India (AMI)
  • Life member ARSSF
  • Annual member Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS)

On-going projects:

As PI:

  • Alleviation of abiotic stresses by utilization of oxidative stress alleviating microbes in tomato

As Co-PI:

1) Unravelling the microbe-mediated mechanisms of plant defense against Rhizoctonia solani causing banded leaf and sheath blight disease in maize (Zea mays L.)

2) Cooperative or competitive colonization of AM fungi and Trichoderma for alleviation of biotic stress in maize

3) Deciphering Transcriptomic & Proteomic Changes in Stress-Challenged-Rice under Microbe-Interaction(s) to Explore Mitigation Strategies using Bioinformatics Approaches

4) Promotion of microbe mediated farm centric approaches to improve soil and plant health and generate livelihood for farmer’s of Mau (UP)

5) Microbial Diversity analysis of extreme/unique ecological niches

 Publications (nos.):

  • Research publications in peer reviewed journals: 61
  • Books: 3
  • Book Chapters: 22
  • Popular articles: 5
  • Others: 8

List of publications (Best 10 publications):

  • Sahu, P.K., Shafi, Z., Singh, S., Ojha, K., Tilgam, J., Manzar, N., Sharma, P.K. and Srivastava, A.K., 2023. Colonization potential of endophytes from halophytic plants growing in the” Runn of Kutch” salt marshes and their contribution to mitigating salt stress in tomato cultivation. Frontiers in Microbiology14, p.1226149. 1-17. (Corresponding author)
  • Sahu, P.K., Jayalakshmi, K., Tilgam, J., Gupta, A., YALAVARTHI, N., Kumar, A., Hamid, S., Singh, H.V., Minkina, T., Rajput, V.D. and Rajawat, M.V.S., 2022. ROS Generated from Biotic Stress: Effects on Plants and Alleviation by Endophytic Microbes. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13. P.1-19.
  • Sahu PK, Tilgam J, Mishra S, Hamid S, Gupta A, K Jayalakshmi, et al. Surface sterilization for isolation of endophytes: Ensuring
    what (not) to grow. J Basic Microbiol. 2022;1–22. (Corresponding author)
  • Sahu, P.K., Singh, S., Singh, U.B., Chakdar, H., SHARMA, P.K., Sarma, B.K., Teli, B., Bajpai, R., Singh, H.V. and Saxena, A.K. 2021. Inter-genera colonization of Ocimum tenuiflorum endophytes in tomato and their complementary effects on Na+/K+ balance, oxidative stress regulation and root architecture under elevated soil salinity. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12:1-17, p.2847. (Corresponding author)
  • Sahu, P. K. and Mishra S (2021), Effect of hybridization on endophytes: the endo-microbiome dynamics. Symbiosis 83 (2) 1-9; doi: 10.1007/s13199-021-00760-w
  • Sahu, P.K., Singh, S., Gupta, A., Singh, U.B., Paul, S., Paul, D., Kuppusamy, P., Singh, H.V. and Saxena, A.K., 2020. A Simplified Protocol for Reversing Phenotypic Conversion of Ralstonia solanacearum during Experimentation. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1-15, 4274; doi:10.3390/ijerph17124274. (Corresponding author)
  • Sahu, P.K., Singh, S., Gupta, A.R., Gupta, A., Singh, U.B., Manzar, N., Bhowmik, A., Singh, H.V. and Saxena, A.K., 2020. Endophytic bacilli from medicinal-aromatic perennial Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) modulate plant growth promotion and induced systemic resistance against Rhizoctonia solani in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Biological Control150, 1-9, p.104353. (Corresponding author)
  • Sahu, P.K., Thomas, P., Singh, S. and Gupta, A., 2020. Taxonomic and functional diversity of cultivable endophytes with respect to the fitness of cultivars against Ralstonia solanacearumJournal of Plant Diseases and Protection, 127(5) pp.1-10. Doi: 10.1007%2Fs41348-020-00320-2. (Corresponding author)
  • Sahu, P.K., Singh, D.P., Prabha, R., Meena, K.K. and Abhilash, P.C., 2019. Connecting microbial capabilities with the soil and plant health: Options for agricultural sustainability. Ecological Indicators105, pp.601-612.
  • Sahu, P.K., Shailendra Singh, Amrita Gupta, Udai B. Singh, G. P. Brahmaprakash, Anil K. Saxena, 2019. Antagonistic potential of bacterial endophytes and induction of systemic resistance against collar rot pathogen Sclerotium rolfsii in tomato. Biol. Control. 173: 104014; (Corresponding author)
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