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    Faculty - TERI University


    Pallavolu Maheswara Reddy
    Adjunct Faculty,
    Department of Biotechnology

    Dr. Reddy has more than 25 years of research experience. Prior to joining TERI Dr. Reddy worked at several leading research and academic institutions like International Rice Research Institute (Philippines), National Institute of Agricultural Sciences (Japan), National University of Mexico (Mexico), University of Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, Auburn University and University of Tennessee (USA) and North-eastern Hill University (India). Dr. Reddy's interdisciplinary approach to the study of developmental biology of cyanobacteria, and plant-microbial interactions, and his innovative and path breaking research in understanding genetic predisposition of rice for forming symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing rhizobia earned him international recognition. Dr. Reddy provided the evidence for the first time for the operation of photoinduction-photoreversal phenomenon in cyanobacteria similar to phytochrome-like system in higher plants, and gene expression studies in cowpea under continuous temperature stress led to the discovery of genes that potentially confer protection to plants under prolonged temperature stress. Dr. Reddy pioneered the investigations on determining genetic potential of rice for forming nitrogen-fixing symbiosis with rhizobia. Dr. Reddy, for the first time, demonstrated that rice has a mechanism to perceive and transduce rhizobial Nod signals leading to the activation of early nodulin genes akin to that occurring during legume nodulation. He further demonstrated that rice also harbors homologues of legume nodulation genes. These efforts provided definitive evidence for the existence of some of the developmental and signal transduction subprograms in the rice genome, which are similar to those that lead to the development of nitrogen-fixing symbioses in legumes. His innovative research has generated a remarkable interest among several research groups working on legume-rhizobial symbiosis in Europe, Japan and USA, and prompted them to initiate research on engineering rice for symbiotic nitrogen fixation. The pioneering research results of Dr. Reddy are being widely utilized by the scientific community in their investigations to enable rice to enter in to symbiosis with rhizobia.

    Dr. Reddy served as an editor for the publication of a book entitled "The Quest for Nitrogen Fixation in Rice", and has (co)-authored more than seventy research publications, of which many of them are peer-reviewed research articles in international journals such as Nature, Plant Journal, Journal of Bacteriology, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Biochimca et Biophysica Acta, Biochemical Biophysical Research Communications, Journal of Experimental Botany, Plant Cell Reports, Plant and Soil, etc. Especially noteworthy in this regard is the degree of senior authorship among his many learned papers. Dr. Reddy's work is cited extensively.




    Educational Qualifications
    •  Ph D in Botany, Banaras Hindu University, India, 1977

    Honors and Awards
    National Scientist I (SNI 1), CONACYT, Mexico (2011-2013)

    Catedra Patrimonial de Excelencia II (Endowed Chair of Excellence), CONACYT, Mexico (2002-2003)

    International Research Fellowship of the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) (1995-1996)

    Post-doctoral Research Fellowship of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) (1984-1986)

    Junior/Senior Research Fellowship of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (1973-1976)

    Citation in the Maquire's Who's Who in Science, Technology and Engineering in U.S.A (1992)

    Selected Publications
     Changes in auxin distribution patterns during lateral root development in rice
    Sreevidya VS, Hernandez-Oane RJ, Gyaneshwar P, Lara-Flores M, Ladha JK, Reddy PM
    Plant Science 178: 531-538,

     Evidence for sugar signalling in the regulation of asparagine synthetase gene expressed in Phaseolus vulgaris roots and nodules
    Silvente S, Reddy PM, Khandual S, Blanco L, Alvarado-Affantranger X, Sanchez F, Lara M
    J. Exp. Bot. 59: 1279-1294,

     Molecular cloning, characterization and regulation of two different NADH-glutamate synthase cDNAs in bean nodules
    Blanco L, Reddy PM, Silvente S, Khandual S, Alvarado-Affantranger X, Sanchez F, Millar S, Vance C, Lara M
    Plant, Cell and Environment 31: 454-472,

     Metabolic engineering of rice with soybean isoflavone synthase for promoting nodulation gene expression in rhizobia
    Sreevidya VS, Rao CS, Sullia SB, Ladha JK, Reddy PM
    J. Exp. Bot. 57: 1957-1969,

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