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Researcher id: B-6408-2012
Citations:  http://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=GmBhYiEAAAAJ&hl=en

 Phone:+27-735530227Email: ashwaniiitd@hotmail.com, a.kumar@ru.ac.za

                                                                                               PUBLICATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS

Publications (International Peer reviewed Journals)                   Total IF: 58.29 (2011 Impact Factor) total citation: 460. Articles: 20, H index-7.


[1]     Siphesihle Mchunu*, Ashwani Kumar*, Kerisha Raghunandan, Kuttanpillai Santhosh Kumar, Algasan Govender, Kugen Permaul, Suren Singh. 2013. Biodegradation of glycerol using bacterial isolates from soil under aerobic conditions. J. Environmental Science & Health  (Accepted). (IF:1.19) *equal contribution.

[2]   Xianzhong Chen, Li Zhou, Kangming Tian, Ashwani Kumar, Suren Singh, Bernard A. Prior, Zhengxiang Wang. 2013. Metabolic engineering of Escherichia coli: A sustainable industrial platform for bio-based chemical production. Biotechnology Advances. (Online). (IF: 9.646). http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0734975013000487

 [3]     Prashant Pandharinath Said, Rama Chandra Pradhan, Ashwani Kumar. 2013. Effect of pre-shelling treatments on physical properties of nutmeg (Myristica fragrans Houtt.). Seed Technology Journal. (Accepted).

[4]   Aditi Gupta, Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma, V.K. Vijay. 2013. Comparative evaluation of raw and detoxified mahua seed cake for biogas production. Applied Energy 102, 1514-1521. (IF: 5.106). www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306261912006575

[5]     Shivani Chaturvedi, Ashwani Kumar. 2013. Bio-diesel waste as tailored organic fertilizer for improving yields and nutritive values of lycopercicum esculatum (tomato). Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. (In press). (IF 0.661). www.scielo.cl/pdf/jsspn/2012nahead/aop3312.pdf

[6]    Shivani Chaturvedi, Ashwani Kumar, Balraj Singh, Lata Nain, Monica Joshi, Santosh Satya. 2013. Bioaugmented composting of Jatropha de-oiled cake and vegetable waste under aerobic and partial anaerobic conditions. Journal of Basic Microbiology 52, 1-9. (IF 1.266). Cited by 1. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22736484


[7] Ashwani Kumar, Suren Singh. 2012. Directed evolution: tailoring biocatalysts for industrial applications. Critical Review in Biotechnology. (Online). (IF 6.472). http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07388551.2012.716810

[8]     Parvaiz Ahmad, Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad Younis, Xiangyang Hu, Ashwani Kumar, Nudrat Aisha Akram and F.Al-Qurainy. 2012. Role of transgenic plants in Agriculture and Biopharming. Biotechnology Advances 30:524-540. (IF 9.646). Cited by 16. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21959304

[9]     Ritu Gothwal, Aditi Gupta, Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma, B.J. Alappat. 2012. Feasibility of Dairy Waste Water (DWW) and Distillery Spent Wash (DSW) Effluents in Increasing the Yield Potential of Pleurotus flabellatus (PF 1832) and Pleurotus sajor-caju (PS 1610) on Bagasse. 3Biotech 2(3): 249–257. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13205-012-0053-9

[10]     Parvaiz Ahmad, Khalid ul Rehman Hakeem, Ashwani Kumar, Muhammad Ashraf, Nudrat Aisha Akram. 2012. Salt-induced changes in photosynthetic activity and oxidative defense system of three cultivars of mustard (Brassica juncea L.). African Journal of Biotechnology 11:2694-2703 (IF 0.57). cited by 13. www.academicjournals.org/AJb/abstracts/.../Ahmad%20et%20al.htm


[11]   Seedhabadee Ganeshan, Pallavi Sharma, Lester Young, Ashwani Kumar, D. Brian Fowler and Ravindra N. Chibbar. 2011. Contrasting cDNA-AFLP profiles between crown and leaf tissues of cold-acclimated wheat plants indicate differing regulatory circuitries for low temperature tolerance. Plant Molecular biology 75:379-398 (IF 4.15). cited by 5. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21267634

[12]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma. 2011. Potential non-edible oil resources as biodiesel feedstock: An Indian perspective. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review 15 (4):1791-1800.  (IF 6.018). cited by 20. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364032110003898


[13]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma, Saroj Mishra. 2010. Influence of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi and salinity on seedling growth, solute accumulation and mycorrhizal dependency of Jatropha curcas L. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation. 29: 279-306. (IF 2.859). cited by 17.  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00344-009-9136-1

[14]   Ashwani Kumar, Kapil Kumar, Naresh Kaushik, Satyawati Sharma, Saroj Mishra. 2010. Renewable Energy in India: Current Status and Future Potentials. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review 14(8): 2434-2442. (IF 6.018). cited by 24. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364032110001140


[15]   Satyawati Sharma, Ashwani Kumar, Anil Pratap Singh, Padma Vasudevan. 2009. Earthworms and vermitechnology- A Review. Dynamic Soil Dynamic Plant 3 (special Issue 2), 1-12. Global Science Book. (Invited). www.globalsciencebooks.info/JournalsSup/09DSDP_3_SI2.html

[16]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma, Saroj Mishra. 2009. Application of farmyard manure and vermi-compost on vegetative and generative characteristics of Jatropha curcas. J Phytology,1(4): 206-212. cited by 7. http://journal-phytology.com/index.php/phyto/article/view/719

[17]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma, Saroj Mishra. 2009. Effect of alkalinity on growth performance of Jatropha curcas inoculated with PGPR and AM fungi. J Phytology,1(3): 177-184. cited by 4. http://journal-phytology.com/index.php/phyto/article/view/706

[18]   Shivani Chaturvedi, Ashwani Kumar, Balraj Singh. 2009. Utilizing Composted Jatropha, Neem Cake And Tobacco Waste To Sustain Garlic Yields In Indo-Gangetic Plains. Journal of Phytology,1(6): 353-360. cited by 2. http://journal-phytology.com/index.php/phyto/article/view/777


[19]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma. 2008. An Evaluation of Multipurpose Crop for Industrial Uses (Jatropha curcas L) – A Review.  Industrial Crops and Products, 28:1-10. (IF 2.469). cited by 286. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926669008000046


[20]   Padma Vasudevan, Satyawati Sharma, Ashwani Kumar. 2005. Liquid Fuel from Biomass: An Overview. J. of Scientific and Industrial Research, 64: 822-831. (Special Issue) (IF 0.587). cited by 44. nopr.niscair.res.in/bitstream/.../1/JSIR%2064(11)%20822-831.pdf.

                                                                                                                             Book Chapters

[21]   Kalpana Arora, Ashwani Kumar, Joanna Dames, Satyawati Sharma. 2013. Application of Microbial Biofertilizers in Drought and Salinity Stress Tolerance. Accepted. Springer publication New York.

[22]   Ashwani Kumar, Aditi Gupta, MM Azooz, Satyawati Sharma, Parvaiz Ahmad, Joanna F. Dames. 2012. Genetic Approaches to Improve Salinity Tolerance in Plants. In: Salt Stress in Plants: Signalling, Omics and Adaptations. Editors: Parvaiz Ahmad, MM Azooz, MNV Prasad. Springer publication New York.

[23]   Parvaiz Ahmad, Ashwani Kumar, Aditi Gupta, Xiangyang Hu, Khalid ul Rehman Hakeem, Satyawati Sharma. 2012. Polyamines: Role in plants under abiotic stress. In Crop production for Agriculture Improvements. Edited by Ashraf et al. Springer publication, ISBN 978-94-007-4115-7. cited by 3

[24]   Kalpana Arora, Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma. 2012. Energy from Waste: Present Scenario, Challenges and Future Prospects towards Sustainable Development. In Global Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy Systems, Edited by Phillip Olla. IGI Global publisher. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1625-7, ISBN13: 9781466616257, ISBN10: 1466616253, EISBN13: 9781466616264

[25]   Satyawati Sharma, Ashwani Kumar. 2010. Jatropha curcas: A Source of Energy and Other Applications. Energy Crop. Royal Society of Chemistry, Europe. ISBN 13:  9781849730327  ISBN10: 1849730326.

[26]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma, Saroj Mishra, Naresh Kaushik. 2008. Testing the efficacy of bioinoculants on biomass characteristics of Jatropha curcas under alkaline land: A field study. Renewable Energy and Environment: for Sustainable Development. Narosa Publication, Delhi. India. ISBN: 978-81-7319-993-6.

[27]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma. 2006. Jatropha curcas:  A Promising Biofuel Crop for Wasteland utilization. Vedams Books, Rajasthan India. ISBN : 8171325146.

                                                                                                        Publications (International Conference)

 [28]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma, Saroj Mishra, Joanna Dames. Increased alkalinity tolerance of Jatropha curcas by dual inoculation of arbuscular mycorrhiza and Azotobacter bacterium. 7th International Conference on Mycorrhiza (ICOM 7), Organizer TERI University, New Delhi, India. 6-11 Jan. 2013.

[29]   Letitia Nadasen, Ashwani Kumar, Suren Singh, and Kugen Permaul. Optimisation of fermentation  parameters for the maximum production of gellan from Sphingomonas paucimobilis. 25th SASM-UKZN. South Africa, 25 Oct. 2011.

[30]   Naidoo SM, Rodda N, Ashwani Kumar. The effect of model grey water from solid and liquid detergents on hydrological properties of red Berea soil. 25th SASM-UKZN. South Africa, 25 Oct. 2011.

[31]   Siphesihle Mchunu, Ashwani Kumar, Santhosh Kuttan Pillai, Kugen Permaul, Suren Singh. Glycerol utilisation and bioconversion to 1, 3-propanediol and ethanol. Biomalaysia, 2011 Malaysia. 21-23 Nov. 2011.

[32]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma, Saroj Mishra, Suren Singh. Physico-chemical and anatomical responses of Jatropha curcas under co-induction of bioinoculants and salt stress. SASM 2011, Capetown, South Africa.  6-9 Nov. 2011.

[33]   Mandisa Mbokazi, Ashwani Kumar, Santhosh K. Pillai, Permaul K and Suren Singh. Optimisation of bioreactor parameters for maximum chitinase production by an actinomycete. 24th SASM-UKZN. South Africa, 28 Oct. 2011.

[34]   Mchunu S.I, Ashwani Kumar, Pillai S.K., Permaul K., Suren Singh. Glycerol utilisation and conversion to value-added products. 24th SASM-UKZN. South Africa. 28 Oct. 2011.

[35]   Ashwani Kumar, Madhumita Patel, Lalit Prasad, Narendra Kumar Sahoo, S.N.Naik, Satyawati Sharma, A.K. Keshari. Exploring the Potential Algal species for Biofuel Production through GIS Mapping of Water Bodies in National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi. International Conference on Energy from Waste during 25-26  th Nov. 2010, NEERI, Nagpur, India.  

[36]   Madhumita Patel, Ashwani Kumar, Narendra Kumar Sahoo, Subhalaxmi Pradhan and S.N.Naik. Microalgae: A Potential Source of Second Generation Biofuel. International Conference on Energy from Waste during 25-26th Nov. 2010, NEERI, Nagpur, India.

[37]   Lalit Prasad, Subhalaxmi Pradhan, C.S. Madankar, Ashwani Kumar, L.M. Das and S. N. Naik. Assessment of toxic Phorbol ester of Jatropha curcas Oil, Biodiesel and Performance Emission test in CI Engine. International Conference on Energy from Waste during 25-26th Nov. 2010, NEERI, Nagpur, India.

[38]   Pallavi Sharma, Seedhabadee Ganeshan, Ashwani Kumar, D. Brian Fowler and Ravindra N. Chibbar. cDNA-AFLP global transcriptomic profiling of wheat crown tissues reveals novel and unique low temperature-induced genes. Plant Biology. July 31- Aug. 4, 2010. Montreal Canada.

[39]   Ashwani Kumar, Pallavi Sharma, Seedhabadee Ganeshan, D. Brian Fowler and Ravindra N. Chibbar. cDNA-AFLP analysis for low temperature-induced transcripts in winter and spring wheat. 17th Annual Research Day Life & Health Sciences. March 12th 2010. University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

[40]   Narendra Sahoo, Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma, S.N. Naik. 2009 Interaction of Jatropha curcas with ecosystem in the International Conference on Enviroenergy 2009, organized by NIT Kurukshetra, at Hotel Taj during 19-21/03/2009, Chandigarh, India.  cited by 3

[41]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma, Saroj Mishra, Naresh Kaushik. 2008. Testing the efficacy of bioinoculants on biomass characteristics of Jatropha curcas under alkaline land: A field study. Narosa Publication, Delhi. India. (Chapter in Book). Renewable Energy Asia 2008 International conference IIT Delhi 11-13 Dec. 2008.

[47]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma, Saroj Mishra. Effect of Bioinoculants on Jatropha curcas (Energy Crop) Under Na2CO3 Induced Stress. in the International Conference on Energy Security and Climate Change: Issues, Strategies, and Options (ESCC 2008), at Sofitel Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.  

[42]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma. Cultivation practices and role of bioinoculants in seedling development of Jatropha curcas under alkalinity stress in SATIS 2007, organized by Solar Energy Society, Florida. USA.

[43]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma. Comparative study on Jatropha curcas on FYM and Vermicompost raised through cuttings in International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Bio-energy and Livelihood Security,14-16 Feb 2007, Jabalpur (M.P.).

[44]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma. Jatropha curcas:  A Promising Biofuel Crop for Wasteland in International Conference on Biofuel Vision-2015, 12-14 Oct.06, organized by Engineering College, Bikaner. Rajasthan (Chapter in Books).

[45]   Ashwani Kumar, Satyawati Sharma. Potential of Jatropha curcas and different agronomical practices to maximize its yield in International Conference on Productivity and Quality Research, organized by Deptt. of Humanities, IIT Delhi., 12-15, Dec. 2005.

National Seminar

[46]   Ashwani Kumar, Narendra Kumar Sahoo, Rabindra Kumar Padhan, Satyawati Sharma, A.K. Keshari, S.N.Naik. A seasonal assessment of water quality in selected lakes of Delhi NCR. National seminar on Sustainable Management of Water Resources. 14-15th Jan. 2011. BHU Varanasi, UP. India.

[47]   Narendra Kumar Sahoo, Ashwani Kumar, Madhumita Patel, Jagdamba Prasad, S N Naik. Utilization of Wastewater in Aquatic Biomass Production for Biofuels. National seminar on Sustainable Management of Water Resources. 14-15 Jan. 2011. BHU Varanasi, UP. India. 


 ·      Rhodes University Council Research Grant, Rhodes University Grahamstown South Africa.  

·      Rhodes University Grant for attending International Conference on Mycorrhiza (ICOM-7), New Delhi, India

·      NRF free standing Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2014) awarded by National Research Foundation South Africa.

·      Claude Leon Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship (2012-14) awarded by Claude Leon Foundation, South Africa.

·      Rhodes University Postdoctoral fellowship (2012-14) awarded by Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

·      Postdoctoral fellowship (2011-13) awarded at Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa.

·      Commonwealth Fellowship under Canadian Commonwealth Exchange Program, Asia-Pacific from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). 2009-2010.

·      International travel grants for attending conference 4/08/08-6/08/08 at Bangkok, Thailand By CSIR, MHRD, Govt. of India.

·      International travel grants for attending conference 4/08/08-6/08/08 at Bangkok, Thailand By IIT, Delhi, India.

·      CSIR Senior Research Fellow from CSIR, MHRD, Govt. of India, from Jan,   07 to Jan, 2010.

·      CSIR Junior Research Fellow from CSIR, MHRD, Govt. of India, from Jan,   05 to 07. 436800+140,400

·      University Fellowship by C.C.S. Meerut from July 1998 to June, 1999.

·      2nd Prize in science quiz competition in M.Phil. 

Editorial Board of International journal

   American Journal of Plant Physiology

 •     International Journal of Soil Science

    •  Journal of Plant Sciences

·       Asian Journal of Crop Science

·        Asian Journal of Agricultural Research

 Reviewer of International journal/conferences

·  Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review (Elsevier Publication)

·         Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy

·         Critical Review in Biotechnology

·         Plant Functional Biology (Wiley)

·         International Journal of Agronomy

·         Pharmaceutical Biology (informahealthcare)

·         Bioresource Technology

·         Plant Biosystem

·         Process Biochemistry

·         Acta Physiologia Plantarum

·         Environmental Science and Health part-A

·         Desalination and Water Treatment

·         Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy


   Membership of the Society

·         International Mycorrhizal Society

·         International Association of Ecology (INTECOL)

·         American Society of Microbiology

·         Founder member of International Foundation for Biotechnology Research & Early Stimulation

·         Alumni of CBIE Canada


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