University of Hyderabad ,Hyderabad, India
Chitooligosaccharides-induced plant defense
Prof. Appa Rao Podile has over 29 years of teaching and research experience. He works in the area of molecular plant microbe interactions. He is an elected Fellow of all major science academies of the country including Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, Association of Microbiologists of India, New Delhi, the Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences and founding Fellow of Telangana Academy of Sciences, Hyderabad. Received prestigious awards like J.C. Bose Fellowship from DST, Tata Innovation Fellowship from DBT, K.C. Mehta Memorial Award in Crop Protection from National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Rangaswami Award in Agricultural Microbiology from Association of Microbiologists of India, Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Goyal Science Foundation’s Rajib Goyal Young Scientist Award in Agriculture. Prof. Podile chaired/co-chaired important national level task force, program advisory committee, search committees etc. besides being member of the research advisory councils of scientific institutes of ICAR and DST and also on the board of Governors of IIM, Trichy and AIUCAA, Pune. Indian Science Congress Association has conferred Millennium Plaque of Honor on Jan 3, 2017 and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad, U.P. conferred Honorary Doctorate in February 2017. Guided 22 students for Ph.D., and four for M.Phil. At present, he is guiding 7 Ph.D. students and 3 post- doctoral fellows. Currently his lab is supported through an SERB grant and J.C. Bose Fellowship from DST. He has published about 100 papers in peer reviewed high impact journals with over 2800 citations and Hindex of 29.
Research: Prof. Podile’s group works on Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions and published about 85 research papers, with special focus on recombinant bacterial chitinases, non‐host resistance, nanotechnology for crop protection, and molecular interactions of rhizosphere bacteria with plants. This group is actively engaged in cloning and characterization of bacterial chitinases. Prof. Podile is a member of the International Research and Training Group (IRTG) on Molecular and Cellular Glycosciences (MCGS) between University of Hyderabad – University of Munster, Germany.
Teaching: Teach General Microbiology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Microbial Technology and Microbial Ecology to graduate students.