Dr. A.K. Misra (Ashok Kumar Misra) was borne on 15th September, 1954 at Patna, Bihar. He did his M.Sc in Botany with specialization in Plant Pathology from Bihar University, Muzaffarpur during 1975 and Ph.D in Mycology and Plant Pathology, from IARI, New Delhi in 1987. He joined ICAR during the year 1978 as Scientist at Central Rice Research Institute and has completed 37 years of glorious service at CRRI, Cuttack and CISH, Lucknow and served in various capacities, Principal Scientist, Project coordinator and Head Division of Crop Protection. From 1986 he is continuously engaged in the research on subtropical fruits at CISH, Lucknow and Principal Scientist from last 17 years.
Earlier he worked on fungal diseases of rice at CRRI, Cuttack and on fungal diseases of subtropical fruits at CISH, Lucknow, especially on diseases of national importance i.e mango malformation and guava wilt. His area of research was especially their molecular characterization, etiology, epidemiology, histopathology and management of the subtropical fruit diseases. As scientific contribution, he has identified the new causal organism of wilt disease of guava. He achieved biological control of guava wilt and also identified resistant root stock i.e. F1 of cross between Psidium molle X Psidium guajava for wilt disease of guava. He has commercialized two technologies i.e. Rapid Mass multiplication of Aspergillus niger and management of guava wilt through Aspergillus niger. At CISH, Dr. Misra completed 5 externally funded projects as networking PI, PI and Co-PI and 8 institutional projects as PI.
He has about 500 publications to his credit as scientific papers in national and international journals, books, book chapters, bulletins, folders, abstracts and popular articles. He has published 56 books/bulletins/proceedings/annual reports to his credit. Five monumental catalogues were prepared and published of which 3 are on Mango (from 3 different Agroclimatic zones describing approx.
Dr. Misra is Fellow of UP Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2015), Indian Phytopathological Society (1985), Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, ISPP, Ludhiana (2001), Society for Development of Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow (2011) and Confederation of Horticulture Association of India, New Delhi (2012). He was President IPS (2015), Zonal President (MEZ), IPS (2012), Vice President of Indian Society of Plant Pathologist, Ludhiana (2012) and Vice President, Society for Development of Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow (2011-13). Besides, he was Councilor of IPS, Association of Rice Research Workers, Indian Society of Plant Pathologists, Indian Society of Remote Sensing, ISMPP, Udaipur. He is member RAC for NRC for Banana, member IMC of various institutes viz. CISH, Lucknow, CIAH, Bikaner, NRC Citrus, Nagpur, NRC, Pomegranate, Solapur.
Dr. Misra is recipient of award from President of India - Rajeev Gandhi Rashtriya Gyan Vigyan Maulik Pustak Lekhan Puraskar during 2014 for his book Aam ke rog evam Vikar, K.C. Mehta and Manoranjan Mitra Memorial Award (2005) of IPS, IPS (MEZ) Plant Pathology Leadership award (2013), IARI Senior Fellowship award for Ph.D. Programme, “Vinay Kumar Memorial Award” for best poster paper and several other best oral and poster presentation. He also received Ganesh Shanker Vidyarthi Hindi Rajbhasha Patrika Award and Rajbhash Protsahan Puraskar for his publications.
Dr. Misra represented India as country representative at Vietnam in Board of Trustee Meeting (2013) of International Tropical Fruit Network (TFNet) and attended International Symposium on Superfruits and Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam during August 2013. He was editor of Udyan Rashmi and CISH News letter for eight years. He is also editor of Journal of Eco-friendly Agriculture continuously for last 10 years.
Dr. Misra is trained in Photogrammetry, Photo interpretation and Remote Sensing, Bio-Informatics, Molecular Biological Techniques, Internet/Intranet in retrieval of Scientific Information & Database Search Techniques.