Prof. Bushan L. Jalali, FNASc; FNAAS, Formerly Director of Research, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, Haryana, India.
Academic Profile: B.Sc.(Ag.) and M.Sc.(Plant Pathology) from Banaras Hindu University in 1963 and 1965 respectively; Ph.D. from Punjab Agricultural University in 1968; Post–Doctoral Fellow, at Federal Research Center for Agriculture, Braunschweig, Germany, (1973-1975).
Professional Profile and allied details : Director of Research , Haryana Agricultural University, (1998 – 2001); Director, National Research Center for Integrated Pest Management, I.C.A.R., (1992-93); Professor & Head, Department of Plant Pathology, H.A.U., (1987-90); Professor, Plant Pathology, H.A.U. (1982 - 2003); Visiting Professor, Universities of Hannover and Tubingen (Germany); Universities of Montreal, McGill and Laval (Canada); DongGuk University, (South Korea), Universities of Ohio, Texas, Michigan and North Carolina (U.S.A).
Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India; National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India; Indian Phytopathological Society (1999-2000).
President: Indian Phytopathological Society (2000); Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology (1998-99).
Editor-in-Chief, Indian Phytopathology, (2007-2010).
Chairman/Member: several research management, planning and advisory committees/expert panels of: ICAR, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), GOI; Department of Science and Technology (DST), GOI; IDRC, ICOM, and other national and international bodies.
Recipient of several awards, including: ICMPB Life-Time Achievement Award (2012), Banaras Hindu University; Life-Time Achievement Award - 2013, Ind. Soc. Mycology & Pl. Pathology; IPS-Recognition Award (2010); N. Prasad Memorial Lecture Award (2008); Sir JC Luthra Award – (2000); IPS-MS Pavgi Memorial Lecture Award , (1998); National Narasimhan Academic Award (1978).
Technical Advisor, Academic Councils of I.A.R.I.,New Delhi; H.P.K.V.V. Palampur; Board of Management, Haryana Agrl. University; National Research Development Council.
Led Study Visit to various land-grant Universities in U.S.A. (2000), for strengthening the India-U.S. research collaborations.
Member, Commission on Agricultural Reforms, Research and Development, Govt. of Jharkhand (2006-08).
Major contributions in the domains of : Dynamics of mycorrhizal associations under biotic and abiotic stresses; (Phosphate flux in mycorrhizal model system; Side-effects of pesticides on non-target microorganisms; Mycorrhizal potential in biocontrol); Molecular Biology of host-pathogen interactions; (Signal transduction in mediating expression of resistant genes; Cross-talk between different signaling pathways; Pathogenesis-related proteins in chickpea blight; detailed variability studies in various target pathogens, using molecular tools); Decision-Support System (DSS) in Integrated Pest Management (IPM); Research Management: policy-planning, priority-setting, research-extension linkage.
Research Publications: 147, in journals of repute.
Hobbies: Light classical music, Ghazals, Poetry.