Department of Biotechnology
Alok Adholeya is a mycorrhizologist and bio-diesel expert. He is currently the Director of the Biotechnology and Management of Bioresources Division at The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, which he joined in 1986. Dr Adholeya has significant experience and expertise in soil fertility, soil and plant microbiology, nutrient cycling, bioremediation using microbes and plants, bio-fuels, mass production technology for mycorrhizae biofertilizer using transformed root organ cultures, molecular characterization and commercialization of mycorrhizal biofertilizers. Dr Adholeya's career has been largely devoted to finding and developing ways to harness the power of microbes, particularly mycorrhizae, to increase the productivity of crop plants and to restore degraded lands. This research has played an important role in allowing both horticultural and forest species of plants to not only find a foothold, but also to thrive in hostile habitats across the country. To meet the increasing demand for mycorrhizal biofertilizer, Dr Adholeya's group developed the means for large scale production, which has been adopted by many industries. The use of biofertilizer has reduced the use of chemical fertilizers, making farming more profitable and less polluting. To solve the problem and the continuous pressure that industries were facing from the regulators as well as public to control fugitive dust emissions and suspended particulate matter levels, Dr Adholeya developed many other technologies involving mycorrhiza in the reclamation of industrial wastelands that include: Fly ash reclamation technology, Alkali chlor-laden site reclamation technology, Distillery effluent discharge site reclamation technology, Paper and Pulp efflueunt discharge site reclamation technology.
Selected PublicationsDevelopment of a novel fungal consortium for the treatment of molasses distillery wastewater
Pant D and Adholeya A
Environmentalist, DOI 10.1007/s10669-010-9255-z Springer,
Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Association in Plants Growing on Metal Contaminated and Noncontaminated Soils Adjoining Kanpur Tanneries, Uttar Pradesh, India
Khade SW and Adholeya A
Water Air Soil Pollut. 202:. Pg 45 - 56, DOI 10.1007/s11270-008-9957-8 Springer,