Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Microbiology
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India
Dr. D Balachandar is working as Associate Professor in Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India since 1997. He conferred his PhD in immobilized Cyanobacterial biofertilizer technology for rice ecosystem from the same university in 2003. He had his post-doc at Florida International University, Miami, USA with fellowship from Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi in 2008. He investigated the soil microbial community profiling influenced by long-term nutrient managements during his stay at USA. He was in-charge for the Biofertilizer Production & Quality Control lab at the department for 5 years (2003-2008). He has been working with bioinoculants technology, formulations, delivery systems and marker strains to tracking the inoculants. He has been working with Rhizobia, Methlylobacteria, Pseudomonas and cyanobacteria and their interaction with agricultural crops. Presently, he is also exploring the mycorrhizal diversity in agricultural soils of Tamil Nadu state of India for P nutrition of crop plants through BRNS scheme.