Dr. V.R. Rao
Fellow, Elected 1994

Born in Guntur, Andhara Pradesh on 21 June 1945. Educated at Hindu College, Guntur, 1963-66; M.S. University of Baroda, 1966-68; USSR Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microbiology, Moscow, 1968-74; B.Sc. 1966, M.Sc. 1968, Ph.D. 1974.

Microbiology Assistant, Department of Microbiology, Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal (A.P.) 1969-70; CSIR Pool Officer, 1974-75; Junior Soil Microbiologist, 1975; Senior Scientist, 1976; Principal Scientist, 1982; and Head, Division of Soil Science & Microbiology & I/c Head Crop Production, Central Rice Research Institute Cuttack, 1995-2007. Principal Investigator of ICAR "All India Coordinated Project on Nitrogen Fixation" CRRI Center; Co-Principal Investigator, US-India Funded project on "Pesticide Biodegradation"; Principal Investigator, DAE, Govt. of India, Research Project on Nitrogen Fixation in Rice Soils; Principal Investigator, Joint FAO/IAEA Funded Research Project on Nitrogen Fixation in Rice Soils; Co-Principal Investigator, NATP project on 'Greenhouse gas emission'; Team of Excellence Member, Editorial Board, ORYZA, 1981-84; Member Secretary RAC/SRC (CRRI), Nominated Member of IMC, RAC, Joint Council by ICAR; Member RAC, WTCER, Bhubaneswar, 2005-09; Member Board of Studies, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, 2004-08; Member Consortium Advisory Committee, National Agricultural Improvement Project on Greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration, 2007 till date; Member Editorial Board "Journal of Tobacco Research" 2011-2014; Member, Research Advisory Committee, Central Tobacco research Institute, 2012-14.

Fellow: Life member, Association of Rice Research Workers (ARRW), Cuttack; Member, Association of Microbiologists of India; Life Member, Association of Retired Employees of ICAR.

Research Areas: Microbiology, Soil Fertility and management, Natural resource management, Environmental Protection, management and conservation, Microbial biodiversity.

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