Biological control of soil-borne and foliar pathogens, Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), induced systemic resistance (ISR), commercial development of biofungicides and biofertilizers, efficacy of fungicides and bactericides for disease control in various crops and ornamentals, integrated pest management, plant pathogen interactions, chemical compatibility and mechanisms of biological control. Special interest in disease management of tropical crops such as rice, cereals, sugar cane, coffee, tea, mango, spices and other plantation crops. Emphasis has been directed towards the use of biofertilizers and biofungicides for sustainable agriculture in developing countries.
- Ph. D. Biological Sciences (Plant Pathology and Biological Control), Centre for Pest Management, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, 1986.
- M. Sc. Botany (Plant Pathology Major (Aerobiology), Andhra University, Waltair, India, 1977.
- B. Sc. Biological Sciences, Andhra University, Waltair, India, 1975.