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Praveen Rahi

Scientist, National Centre for Microbial Resource, National Centre for Cell Science

About Praveen Rahi

My research interests are the evolutionary relationship among the legume-rhizobia (particularly crop legumes), rhizosphere microbiome and microbial taxonomy. I have deciphered a biogeographic pattern of distribution of two different sublineages of pea rhizobia in the two valleys of the Indian trans-Himalayas. Recently, I surveyed the different agro-climatic regions of Indian to study the populatio...

My research interests are the evolutionary relationship among the legume-rhizobia (particularly crop legumes), rhizosphere microbiome and microbial taxonomy. I have deciphered a biogeographic pattern of distribution of two different sublineages of pea rhizobia in the two valleys of the Indian trans-Himalayas. Recently, I surveyed the different agro-climatic regions of Indian to study the population structure of pea rhizobia and found that specific species of Rhizobium nodulates pea in different regions. I am also undertaking the comparative genome and pan-genome analyses of different species of pea-Rhizobium. To get a better understanding of microsymbiont selection by legumes, I am exploring the bacterial communities in the rhizosphere using NGS technologies. The overall scientific goal of my research is to harness microbiome of plants to increase farm productivity via increasing nutrient uptake and cycling, and resistance of disease incidence. I am also interested in the detection of “objectionable microorganisms”, which can either cause illness or degrade the products. Identifying them up to species and sub-species levels, and to know which places they prefer to proliferate could provide crucial information to develop highly efficient strategies to control microbial infections and contaminations

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