Ashok K. Patra

Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India


Ashok K. Patra did his M. S. and his Ph.D. degrees in the discipline of soil science and agricultural chemistry in 1985 and 1989, respectively, from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India. Patra joined Agricultural Research Service of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, India in 1989 and from 2006 as Principal Scientist at the Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry at the same institute, New Delhi, India. He also served at the Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi, India, from 1990 to 1998, and Central Institute for Fisheries Education, Mumbai, India (1998-1999). Patra also served as a Postdoctoral Scientist from 1991 to 1993 at ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India, and as a Visiting Scientist (1996) at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, North Wyke, Devon, UK. Patra was a recipient of the prestigious INRA Fellowship from 2001 to 2003 of the French Research Ministry to work on molecular soil ecology in N cycling at the CNRS-Claude Bernard Université Lyon, France. Based on his academic and research advancement, he was awarded the DBT Overseas Associateship 2008 for which he visited USA (2008-2009). In addition to research, Patra is actively involved in teaching and guiding of postgraduate students at IARI, New Delhi, India. His current research interests include nitrogen cycling, ecology and microbial biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and nanoparticles. Patra has served for 20 research projects in national and international institutes. He contributed more than 200 publications. Patra is also a recipient of several national and international awards, and he is a Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.

Biography Updated on 7 June 2012

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