Sushil K. Sharma

Designation:Principal Scientist (Ag. Microbiology)& Incharge, NAIMCC

Professional Experience: More than 20 years 


Research Interest:


(1) Conservation of microbial resources

(2) Microbes mediated phosphorus and zinc nutrition in plant

(3) Microbial diversity

(4) Microbial Indicators of soil quality


Contact Details:

Tel: 0547-2530156

Mobile: 09473725811



Significant recognition (Awards/Fellowships/ Technologies transferred/ Patents etc.):

·      Best poster award No 2

·      Developed microbes based technology for zinc biofertilization and biofortification in soybean and wheat crops for central India.


Membership of Societies:

·      Life membership of Association of Microbiologists of India, New Delhi

·      Life membership of Indian Society of Soybean Research and Development, DSR, Indore

·      Life membership of Indian PGPR Society, Hyderabad

·      Individual Ordinary Membership of World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC)

·      Life Membership of National Academy of Biological Sciences, Chennai

On-going projects:

·      Development of Methods for Detection of Dissimilatory Nitrate Reduction to Ammonium (DNRA) Process in Bacteria from Different Agroecosystems

·      Microbial Diversity Analysis of Extreme Ecological Niches

Publications (no.) 72

· Research papers: 28· Reviews:02Book: 01· Book chapters:05

· Popular articles: 07· Others: 30


List of publications (Best 10 publications):


1.      Sharma SK, Saini S, Verma A, Sharma PK, Lal R, Roy M, Singh UB, Saxena AK, Sharma (2017). National Agriculturally Important Microbial Culture Collection in Global Context of Microbial Culture Collection Centres. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s40011-017-0882-8.


2.      Sharma SK, Kumar R, Vaishnav A, Sharma PK, Singh UB, Sharma AK (2017) Microbial cultures: maintenance, preservation and registration. In: Varma A, Sharma AK (eds) Modern Tools and Techniques to Understand Microbes. Springer International Publishing AG 2017. doi:10.1007/978­3­ 319­49197­4_22

3.      Ramesh A, Sharma SK, Yadav N and Joshi OP (2014) Phosphorus mobilization from native soil P-pool upon inoculation with phytate-mineralizing and phosphate-solubilizing Bacillus aryabhattai isolates for improved P-acquisition and growth of soybean and wheat crops in microcosm conditions. Agricultural Research, 3: 118-127.

4.      Ramesh A, Sharma S.K., Sharma MP, Yadav N and Joshi OP (2014). Inoculation of zinc solubilising Bacillus aryabhattai strains for improved growth, mobilization and biofortification of zinc in soybean and wheat cultivated in Vertisols of central India. Applied Soil Ecology, 73: 87-96.

5.      Sharma SK, Sharma M.P., Ramesh A and Joshi O.P. (2012) Characterization of zinc-solubilizing Bacillus isolates and their potential to influence zinc assimilation in soybean seeds, Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 23: 352-359.

6.      Sharma SK, Johri B. N., Ramesh A., Joshi O.P. and Sai Prasad S.V. (2011) Selection of Plant Growth-Promoting Pseudomonas spp. that Enhanced Productivity of Soybean-Wheat Cropping System in Central India. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 21:1127-1142 .

7.      Sharma SK., Ramesh A., Sharma M.P., Joshi O. P., Govaerts B., Steenwerth K. L. and Karlen D. L. (2010) Microbial Community Structure and Diversity as Indicators for Evaluating Soil Quality. In: Biodiversity, Biofuel, Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture Review 5, DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-9513-8_11, Editor, Eric Lichtfouse, Springer Science + Bussiness Media B.V., The Netherlands, 317-358

8.      Lodha S, Sharma SK, Mathur BK, & Aggarwal RK (2003) Integrating sub-lethal heating with Brassica amendments and summer irrigation for control of Macrophomina phaseolina, Plant and Soil, 256: 423-430

9.      Lodha S, Sharma SK, and Aggarwal RK (2002) Inactivation of Macrophomina phaseolina propagules during composting and effects of compost on dry root rot severity and on seed yield of clusterbean, European Journal of Plant Pathology, 108: 253-261.

10. Lodha S, Sharma SK, & Aggarwal RK (1997) Solarization and natural heating of irrigated soil amended with cruciferous residue for improved control of Macrophomina phaseolina, Plant Pathology, 46: 186-190.