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S.B. SAKSENA

S.B. SAKSENA

Dr. S.B. Saksena (Shyam Bahadur Saksena) started his research career (1947-48) at a time when there was a dearth of taxonomists in the country who could identify soil saprophytes with confidence. Dr. Saksena’s devotion and perseverance soon brought fruits and he came out with a very interesting new genus of the order Mucorales which he named after his guide and mentor Dr. Ram Kumar Saksena. He has been known by this monotypic genus because of its interesting morphology and the thoroughness with which it was worked out. The other two or three genera he described were of the Hyphomycetes and these have stood the test of time.

Dr. S.B. Saksena, later, during 1958-59 came in contact with Dr. S.D. Garrett, FRS of the Botany School, Cambridge. On his return from Cambridge he introduced in his laboratory studies on root infecting fungi of the soil including the control of Phytophthora blight of Piper betle.

The Scientific community of the country bestowed on him several honours, such as Fellow of the Indian Botanical Society, Indian Phytopathological Society, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and also President of the Indian Science Congress and Indian Phytopathological Society.

Dr. S.B. Saksena after retirement as Professor and Head of the Botany Department of Saugar University settled at Gwalior and built his own house and he named it in Hindi “Fungus House” because of his abiding love for fungi. 

On March 21, 1988 India lost a noted mycologist, Professor Shyam Bahadur Saksena.