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Faculty - TERI University


Alok Adholeya
Adjunct Faculty,
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.
Dr Adholeya's work has been recognized both by those who have directly benefited from his research and by the academic community. He has published over 60 research papers in reputable national and international journals and has also been a member of the editorial boards of many of them (including Mycorrhiza and the Swedish Journal of Agriculture); he has been an active member of and has often chaired many advisory committees on agriculture and bioremediation constituted by the government as well as by the non-governmental sector; and he has guided eleven doctoral students and many more master's students so far.




Educational Qualifications
  •  Post Doctoral, United States Department of Agriculture, Philadelphia, USA, 1992

  •  Ph D, G.B. Pant, University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, 1988

  •  M Sc, Jiwaji University Gwalior, 1984

  •  B Sc, Jiwaji University Gwalior, 1981

Selected Publications
 Development 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,

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