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Dr. Deo Mishra

APAC Plant Health Risk Assessment Lead
Research & Development Division
Bayer CropScience
Hyderabad, India


Dr. Deo Mishra currently leading APAC Plant Health Risk Assessment activities at Bayer CropScience, R & D Division, Hyderabad, India. He obtained Ph.D. in Plant Pathology in 2002 from GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India.

One of the most intriguing challenges for plant pathologist is to understand the complex interactions of plants, their environment, and the multitude of living organisms in or around the plant. During last >18 years, research focus of Dr Mishra has been to tackle these challenges primarily in rice-bacterial blight (Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae) patho-system, by investigating pathogen virulence shifts and new race evolution with respect to the deployment of resistance genetics.  His studies integrated physiological, molecular, and genomic approaches along with laboratory and field experimentation to identify sources of long-lasting, broad-spectrum disease/insect resistance in rice, allowing for the development of customer-designed sustainable solution for small-holder farmers in Asia. This resulted into development of rice hybrids resistant to Bacterial Leaf Blight (BLB) and Brown plant hopper (BPH), those are currently being grown in >4-million-acre area across Asia. Dr Mishra also collaborated on multiple projects on rice crop health improvement with National and International Institutes/Universities, like Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Indian Institute of Rice research (IIRR), Institute of Microbial technology (IMTECH), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Colorado State University and California University.


  • 2021 Global Bayer R&D ECLIPSE Award
  • 2020 Global Bayer Breeding Excellence Award
  • 2017 Global Bayer CropScience Innovation Award
  • 2008 Bayer Seeds Innovation Excellence Award

Research Interest

  • Plant Pathology
  • Microbial genomics
  • Host-plant resistance
  • Customer designed sustainable crop solutions