Birth & Education details: 2nd April, 1957; M.Sc. - University of Allahabad, Allahabad - Botany (MPP) – 1979; D.Phil.- Botany (Mycology & Plant Pathology), HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, Garhwal (Uttarakhand) – 1986; Chairman- Professor Dr. R.L. Munjal
Positions held (year wise): Principal Scientist (2015-till date); Senior Scientist PB-4 (2010); Senior Scientist PB-3 (2007); Senior Technical officer (2000); Research Scientist (1990); Technical officer (1994)
Awards/Honours Received: Fellow of Indian Phytopathological Society (F.P.S.I.), New Delhi in 1993; Prof. M.J. Narasimhan Medal Award for best research paper published (2002) Indian Phytopathology 2006; Zonal Councilor, Delhi Zone of Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS) in 2005; Rashtriya Gaurav Award-India International Friendship Society, New Delhi in 2011; First Prize in Hindi Programme organized in Division of Plant Pathology by ICAR-IARI in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Membership (Life) of Professional Societies: Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi; Indian Mushroom Growers Association, Solan, H.P.; Society of Bio Sciences, Muzafarnagar, U.P.; Indian Society of Seed Technology, New Delhi; Society of Vigyan Bharti, Delhi; Range Management Society of India, IGFRI, Jhansi; Allahabad University Alumni Association, New Delhi.
Research Areas: 1. Mushroom Biology: Worked on Taxonomy, spawn production, cultural practices, disease management, preservation and storage of various edible mushrooms i.e. Agaricus bisporus, A. bitorquis, species of Pleurotus, Volvariella, Auricularia and Calocybe. High yielding strains by hybridization and mutation of Pleurotus were developed. Various macro fungi (woody and fleshy fungi/mushrooms) including P. opuntiae and P. cornucopiae reported as new records from India, protocol for spore germination, spawn preparation and sporophores production was developed for various mushroom species; 2. Indian Type Culture Collection (ITCC): Identification services of fungi, maintenance of cultures, periodic viability, sporulation tests and bio-conservation of newly reported fungi. Cultures of Zygomycetes and Basidiomycetes are being maintained, and supplied to different educational, research and industrial organization (as revenue generation); 3. Use of Gamma radiation for Management of post-harvest storage losses of crops, pulses and vegetables, increased shelf life of mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus and Pleurotus) and vas life of cut flowers (roses, marigold, gladiolus etc.); 4. Wheat Diseases Survey and Surveillance Programme with Dr. LM Joshi; 5. Method developed, X-ray radiography, for detection of insect-pest in stored seeds of forage/fodder; 6. Diseases on forage/fodder crops and grasses in field and under storage conditions and post flowering stalk rot diseases of Maize; 7. First time identified a non-destructive and quick method for determining seed filling in grasses by soft X-ray radiography; 8. Vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal studies for afforestation in arid zone trees in India and taught PG classes in University of Delhi; 9. Faculty member PG School, IARI, New Delhi and, a part of various extension services.
Publications: Total-133 which include Research Papers (42), Book chapters, Popular Hindi/English Articles, Training/Technical Bulletins, News Letters and Abstracts
Address: Dr. Diwakar Bahukhandi, Principal Scientist (Mycology), Division of Plant Pathology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi - 110012, Mobile: 09868332774, 07042256634, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org