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Dr. Arup Kumar Mukherjee

Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology)
Division of Crop Protection
ICAR-National Rice Research Institute
Cuttack, India


Dr. Arup Kumar Mukherjee is a Principal Scientist at Division of Crop Protection, ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha, India. He has completed his Ph. D. and Post Doc in Plant Biotechnology. Before joing ICAR-NRRI, he has worked as DBT Post Doctoral Fellow at NRC on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi from, Scientist, Biotechnology at Regional Plant Resource Centre, Govt. of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, Visiting Scientist/DBT Overseas Associate at the Department of Biology, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel, Senior Scientist, Plant Pathology at ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur.

He has 22 years of research experience after Ph.D. (nine years and eight months as Scientist in the Regional Plant Resource Centre, IRC Village, Bhubaneswar, Orissa). He guided 10 Ph.D. students, and 12 M.Sc. students. He has published 112 Research articles, 6 Newsletters, 3 Books/Technical Bulletins, 22 Book Chapters/Training Manual, 20 Symposium papers/Abstracts, 6 Review articles, 41 Gen Bank (NCBI Submission), 14 culture deposition in IMTECH, Chandigarh. He has Cumulative International IF of his publications is 160.019, with total citations=1297, H index 21, i10 index 43. He has developed 2 products and 1 patent. 8 scholars have been awarded with Ph.D under his guidance.Recently he has elected as Zonal President (Eastern Zone) (2020) of Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi and member of many repute associations/organizations.


(i). Developed one Trichoderma based bio fungicide against soil and seed borne cotton pathogens named as TrichoCash which performed extremely well for continuous three years (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16) in the All India Coordinated Cotton Improvement Project (AICCIP) against Fusarium wilt of cotton.

(ii).Associated with release of 8 rice varieties namely CR Dhan 506 (CVRC), CR Dhan 311(high protein & high Zinc) and CR Dhan 507 (SVRC) and CR Dhan 510 has been identified in the current year 2016-17 for CVRC.CR Dhan -309 (CVRC), CR Dhan -102 & CR Dhan 210 (SVRC); CR Dhan 312 (CVRC).

Success Story:
Das Lipi, Sharma SG, Samal P, Patnaik SSC, Sahu RK, Rath PC, Mishra SK, Panda BB and Mukherjee AK (2017) Success Story on ‘Rice value chain in PPP mode for increasing farm income and entrepreneurship’, 1-4. ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack.

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Patent filed:

Mukherjee, A.K.,Adak, T. Swain, H, Behera, S.P., Dhua, U., Jena, M., Bagchi, T.B.,Bhattacharya, P.Kumar, A. and Dangar.T.K (2015). Multiuse composition of talcum powder based product containing novel Trichoderma sp. Complete Patent file No. 1240/KOL/2015.

Membership of Professional Societies:

Member of (i)Founder member of the Genome India International. (ii) Life Member of Society of Applied Biotechnology (iii) Life Member of National Academy of Biological Sciences, (iv) Life member of Society of Association for the Advancement of Biodiversity Science, (v)Life member of Scientific Society of Advanced Research and Social Change, (vi) Life member of Applied Zoologists Researchers Association (vii) Society of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. (viii) Life Member of Indian Phytopathological Society.


  • Awarded with the Dr. Sabuj Sahoo Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award in the International Conference on Plant Science in Post Genomics Era, March 14-16, 2020, Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  • Received AZRA Fellowship Award (2020) during XVII AZRA International Conference jointly organized by UAS, Raichur, Karnataka, AZRA Bhubaneswar, Odisha and Entomological Society of India, IARI, New Delhi. 12th to 14th Feb 2020, UAS, Raichur, Karnataka.
  • Elected as Fellow of Association of Rice Research Workers on 2nd June 2019 during 54th Indian Rice Group Meeting.
  • Sir C.V. Raman Life time Achievement National Award” for outstanding excellence and remarkable achievement in the field of Teaching, Research & Publications on 28th Oct 2018 at Chennai by IRDP group of journals, Chennai.
  • Received Distinguished Achievement Award -2015 for innovative research at the frontiers of Plant Pathology and for exceptional potential to shape the future through intellectual and inspired leadership in Plant Biotechnology awarded by Association for the Advancement of Biodiversity Science, 2015.
  • Elected as Fellow of Society of Association for the Advancement of Biodiversity Science, 2015.
  • Elected as Fellow of Scientific Society of Advanced Research and Social Change,2015
  • Received Anand Prakash Award for 2014 for significant contribution in Plant Protection from Applied Zoologists Researchers Association.
  • Received SAB Merit Award for 2012 from the Society of Applied Biotechnology for outstanding achievement in Agricultural Biotechnology.
  • Elected as a Fellow of the Society of Applied Biotechnology, 2012.
  • Qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB), Indian Council Of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, in the Year 1996.
  • Got Post-Doctoral Fellowship of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi, in the session 1997 – 1999 and placed at National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, and New Delhi.
  • Worked as a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Biology, Israel Institute of Technology, Technion, Haifa 32000, Israel, during the period from 8th March 2006 to 7th March 2007.
  • Has been awarded with The Long term DBT Overseas Associate shipAward for the year 2004-2005 and working on “Common pathways to leaf senescence and defense response in plants: proteomic approach.” Under the supervision of Prof. S. Gepstein and Prof B.A. Horwitz, Department of Biology, The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

Research Interest

  • Nutraceuticals for fish health and growth
  • Nutrigenomic approach to optimize inclusion level of ingredient in aquafeed
  • Medicated feed
  • Leaf meal as alternate to DORB