A modern biologist by training, Prof. N. Raghuram’s main research interest is in understanding the functional biology of nitrogen response, as well as the phenotype and genotype for improving nitrogen use efficiency in rice. He also works on plant G-protein signaling and its interface with nutrient and stress responses in Arabidopsis and rice, apart from molecular characterization of N-response in the cyanobacterium Arthrospira platensis. More recently, he established the Indo-UK virtual Nitrogen Centre in India along with Mark Sutton from CEH (UK) and is also a part of his GCRF South Asia N Hub.
Over a half of all his 41 journal articles, 13 books and 24 book chapters and many other articles, gene sequences/microarrays have been on reactive nitrogen or nutrients. Since 2002, he led many interdisciplinary Indian and international consultations on the research and policy aspects of reactive nitrogen in agriculture, industry and environment. To facilitate them, he co-founded the Indian Nitrogen Group (2006) under the Society for Conservation of Nature, of which he is now President. He is also a cofounder and Trustee of the Sustainable India Trust. He co-organized the 5th International Nitrogen Conference (N2010) and co-edited special issues of the journal Current Science on nitrogen (2008) and phosphorus (2015). He co-led the first Indian Nitrogen Assessment (2017) and highlighted it during the World Environment Day events (2018).
As the Director of the South Asian Nitrogen Centre of INI (2013-15) and Steering Committee member of the Global Partnership for Nutrient Management (GPNM) under the UN Environment, he advocated regional N assessment as an important pillar of global assessment.He is currently co-leading South Asian N assessment under the UNEP-GEF project on ‘International Nitrogen Management System (INMS)’. He is currently a member of the UNEP-FAO-WHO consultative committee on the health and environmental effects of fertilizers and pesticides for UNEA5. An advocate of India’s global environmental leadership potential, he facilitated Indian govt’s first resolution on nitrogen in UNEA4.
A Best Teacher Awardee at his university (2004) and national levels (2017), he so far taught 18 courses at B.Tech, M.Tech, M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels in 3 Indian universities and mentored 7 Ph.D., 12 M.Tech., 2 M.Sc. and 43 B.Tech. theses/dissertations in 2 Indian universities. As an editor and now Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal, Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants, he made it one of the top plant journals in Asia and ahead of over 277 plant journals globally. A former journalist in the science and environment magazine Down To Earth, he generated considerable public awareness on reactive N in the Indian media.
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ResearcherID: F-5775-2011; ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9486-754X