N. Karthikeyan

Professional Experience:


Position held




Junior Research Fellow

Dept. of Agronomy

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu


Senior Research Fellow

Dept. of Ag. Microbiology

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu


Senior Research Fellow

Dept. of Food Microbiology

Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu


Assistant Microbiologist (AICRP-RES)

Dept of Farm Power and Machinery

College of Agricultural Engineering and Post Harvest Technology, Central Agricultural University, Sikkim



FOCARS 98th Batch

ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad, Telangana


Scientist (Ag Microbiology)


ICAR-NBAIM, Maunath Bhanjan, UP

10.10.2013- till date


Research Interest:

·         Plant-Microbe interaction

·         Microbe mediated abiotic stress management

Contact Details:

Address: ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms

Kushmaur, Mau, Uttar Pradesh – 275103, India                                             

Phone: +91 547 2530080 (Office); +91 8005202078 / 9677612001 (Mobile) 

E-Mail: microkarthi.iari@gmail.com                           

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


Junior Research Fellowship (Indian Council of Agricultural Research)


IARI Merit Medal for outstanding academic performance in MSc (Microbiology)


Erasmus Mundus Fellowship (European Commission) For Master’s in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition program (SEFOTECHNUT)


Senior Research Fellowship (Indian Agricultural Research Institute)


Membership of Societies: Life member of AMI, India

On-going projects:

Publications (no.)

· Research papers -03 · Reviews-02 · Books -          Nil

· Book Chapters -05 · Popular articles -         02 · Others

List of publications (Best 10 publications):

Ø Karthikeyan, N., Prasanna, R., Lata and Kaushik, B.D. (2007). Evaluating the potential of plant growth promoting cyanobacteria as inoculants for wheat. European Journal of Soil Biology. 43: 23-30

Ø Karthikeyan, N., Prasanna, R., Sood, A., Jaiswal, P and Kaushik, B.D. (2009). Physiological characterization and electron microscopic investigation of cyanobacteria associated with wheat rhizosphere. Folia Microbiologica 54 (1): 43-51

Ø Om Prakash, Rohit Sharma, Praveen Rahi, Nanjappan Karthikeyan, (2015). Role of Microorganisms in Plant Nutrition and Health. In: Nutrient Use Efficiency: from Basics to Advances. Springer. pp 125-161

Ø Rajasekaran Murugan, Swamination Chitraputhirapillai, Peter von Fragstein und Niemsdorf, Karthikeyan Nanjappan. (2011)Effects of Combined application of biofertilisers with neem cake on soil fertility, grain yield and protein content of black gram (Vigna mungo (L.). Hepper. World Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 7(5): 583-590

Ø Parewa, H.P., Yadav, J., Rakshit, A., Meena, V.S., Karthikeyan, N., (2014). Does a plant growth promoting rhizobacteria enhance growth and nutrient uptake of crops. Agriculture for Sustainable Development 2 (2): 101-116.

Ø Chakdar, H., Kumar, M., Pandiyan, K., Singh, A., Nanjappan, K., Kashyap, P.L., Srivastava, A.K. (2016). Bacterial xylanases: biology to biotechnology. 3 Biotech, vol. 6: 150