Profile of Dr Kamlesh Kumar Meena

Name: Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Meena

Designation: Incharge Head & Senior Scientist (Agricultural Microbiology)

Date of Birth: 01.01.1977

Area of Specialization: Microbial interventions for abiotic stress mitigation; plant microbe interactions; microbial secondary metabolites; microbial products for crop enhancement.

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Mobile: +91-9730289659Phone: 02112-254057, Fax: 02112-254056




Year of Passing


Ph. D. (Microbiology)

February 2008

IARI, New Delhi in collaboration with University of Rajasthan

M.Sc. (Microbiology)

August 2004

IARI, New Delhi

B. Sc (Agriculture)

 July 2001

R. A. U. Bikaner

Professional History




Senior Scientist

Since 02.08.2012

ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Malegaon, Baramati, Maharashtra

Scientist (SS)


ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Maunath Bhanjan, Uttar Pradesh

Visiting Scientist


University of Washington , Seattle, USA

Scientist (ARS)       


ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Maunath Bhanjan, Uttar Pradesh


Published more than 20 research papers, 02 review paper, 20 popular articles and technical bulletins, 10 Book/Manuals; and 09 book chapters. H-index 11, i10-index 11 with more than 707citations in international literature.

Publications List: (10 best only)

  • Sahu PK, Singh DP, Prabha R, Meena KK and Abhilash PC (2019) Connecting microbial capabilities with the soil and plant health: Options for agricultural sustainability. Ecological Indicators 105, 601-612.
  • Wakchaure GC, Minhas PS, Meena KK, Singh NP, Hegade PM and Sorty AM (2018). Growth, bulb yield, water productivity and quality of onion (Allium cepa L.) as affected by deficit irrigation regimes and exogenous application of plant bio–regulators. Agricultural Water Management 199, 1-10.
  • Krishnani KK, Kumar N, Meena KK and Singh NP (2018).Bioremediation of Perturbed Waterbodies Fed with Wastewater for Enhancing Finfish and Shellfish Production. Wastewater Management Through Aquaculture, 185-206
  • Meena KK, Sorty AM, Bitla UM, Choudhary K, Gupta P, Pareek A, Singh DP, Prabha R, Sahu PK, Gupta VK, Singh HB, Krishnani KK, and Minhas PS (2017). Abiotic Stress Responses and Microbe-Mediated Mitigation in Plants: The Omics Strategies. Frontier Plant Science. 8, 172.
  • Mishra BK, Meena KK, Dubey PN, Aishwath OP, Kant K, Sorty AM and Bitla UM (2016). Influence on yield and quality of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Mill.) grown under semi-arid saline soil, due to application of native phosphate solubilizing rhizobacterial isolates Ecological engineering 97, 327-333.
  • Sorty AM, Meena KK, Choudhary K, Bitla UM, Minhas PS and Krishnani KK (2016).Effect of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria Associated with Halophytic Weed (Psoralea corylifolia L) on Germination and Seedling Growth of Wheat Under Saline.  Applied biochemistry and biotechnology 180 (5), 872-882
  • Mahesh S. Yandigeri, Kamlesh Kumar Meena, Divya Singh, Nityanand Malviya, Manoj Kumar Solanki, Arvind Kumar Yadav,  Dhananjaya P. Singh and Dilip K. Arora (2012) Drought tolerant endophytic  actinobacteria  promote growth of  wheat (Triticum aestivum)  under  water stressed conditions. Plant Growth Regulation (DOI 10.1007/s10725-012-9730-2)
  • Shweta Tiwari, Pratibha Singh, Rameshwar Tiwari, Kamlesh K. Meena, Mahesh Yandigeri, Dhananjaya P. Singh, Dilip K. Arora (2011) Salt-tolerant rhizobacteria-mediated induced tolerance in wheat (Triticum aestivum) and chemical diversity in rhizosphere enhance plant growth. Biology and Fertility of Soils (DOI 10.1007/s00374-011-0598-5)
  • Kamlesh K. Meena, Sukumar Mesapogu, Manish Kumar, Mahesh S. Yandigeri, Geeta Singh and Anil K. Saxena (2010), Co-inoculation of the endophytic fungus Piriformospora indica with the phosphate-solubilising bacterium Pseudomonas striata affects population dynamics and plant growth in chickpea. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 46:169–174 (DOI 10.1007/s00374-009-0421-8)
  • Kamlesh Kumar Meena, Manish Kumar, Marina Kalyuzhnaya, Mahesh S.Yandigeri,D.P Singh, A.K Saxena and D.K Arora (2011) Epiphytic pink pigmented methylotrophic bacteria enhance germination and early seedling growth of wheat(Triticum aestivum) by produncing phytohormone. Antonievan Leeuwenhoek DOI10.1007/s10482-011-9692-9.


  1. Meena KK., Sorty AM, Krishnani KK, and Minhas PS (2015). Development of microbially derived polymeric product for gel formation, microbial colonization and metals binding. Indian Patent Appl. No. 3127/MUM/2015


  • Qualified for Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-2006 and Eligibility for Lectureship/National Eligibility Test (NET) in Microbiology (Agricultural Science) and recruited as Scientist in the pay scale of Rs. 8000-275-13000.
  • Qualified for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) -University Grant Commission (UGC) Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Eligibility for Lectureship- National Eligibility Test (NET) held on June 22, 2003.
  • Qualified for Council of Scientific and industrial Research (CSIR) -University Grant Commission (UGC) Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) and Eligibility for Ph.D during 2006.
  • ICAR-Junior Research Fellowship for M.Sc. during 2002-2004.
  • Awarded fellowship for  three months international training by NAIP, ICAR under HRD component-1 in the area of molecular microbial taxonomy at university of Washington, USA
  • Selected as Senior Scientist, Microbiology by ASRB, ICAR, New Delhi on May, 30th, 2012.

Member of Professional bodies

  • Life Member of Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI)
  • Life member of Society for Agricultural Research in Abiotic Stress (SARAS)