Research interests:

Beneficial microbes may protect plants from large number of phytopathogens by either directly inhibiting pathogen or indirectly by inducing resistance. The interaction between plants and beneficial microbes may modulate different regulatory signals, of which only few are detected till date. Addition of microbes in consortium mode in the rhizosphere may alter these signals, providing multiple modes of mechanisms working together making the signals more dynamic. The signals produced in plants can be highly influenced by interacting with microorganism, which may cause both up and down regulation of proteins along with formation of new ones. Studies at proteome level will allow us to unzip these interactions so that they can be efficiently utilized for agricultural benefits and will help in visualizing a better picture of this complex multi-species interactions occurring in the rhizosphere. Presently proteomics approach is used to study the resistance response induced in rice treated with beneficial microbes upon challenge with Xanthomonas oryzae


Address: Division of Plant Biology
Centenary Campus
Bose Institute
P-1/12 C.I.T. Scheme VII-M
Kolkata - 700054, India
E-Mail: akanshajain[at]
Phone: +91-33-25693263



Ø  Jain, A, Singh, A, Sarma, BK and Singh, HB. (2012). Microbial consortium mediated reprogramming of defense network in pea to enhance tolerance against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 112(3): 537-550. (Impact factor: 2.156)

Also selected for publication in virtual issue on Plant Resistance of Journal of Applied Microbiology

Ø  Jain, A, Singh, A, Singh, S and Singh, HB. (2013). Microbial consortium-induced changes in oxidative stress markers in pea plants challenged with Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 32: 388-398. (Impact factor: 2.166)

Ø  Jain, A, Singh, S, Singh, S, Sarma, BK and Singh, HB. (2014) Bicontrol agents mediated suppression of oxalic acid induced programmed cell death during Sclerotinia sclerotiorum-pea interaction. Journal of Basic Microbiology, Special Issue: Signaling, 55(5), 601-606; DOI 10.1002/jobm. 201400156. (Impact factor: 1.585)

Ø  Jain, A, Singh, A, Chaudhary, A, Singh, S and Singh, HB. (2014). Modulation of nutritional and antioxidant potential of seeds and pericarp of pea pods treated with microbial consortium. Food Research International, 64: 275-282. (Impact factor: 3.182)

Ø  Jain, A, Singh, A, Singh, S and Singh, HB. (2015). Biological management of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in pea using plant growth promoting microbial consortium. Journal of Basic Microbiology, DOI 10.1002/jobm. 201400628 (Impact factor: 1.585)

Ø  Jain, A, Singh, A, Singh, S, Singh, V and Singh, HB. (2015). Phenols enhancement effect of microbial consortium in pea plants restrains Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Biological Control,89, 23-32 (Impact factor: 2.012)

Ø  Jain, A, Singh, A, Singh, S and Singh, HB. (2015). Comparative proteomics analysis in pea treated with microbial consortium of beneficial microbes reveals changes in protein network to enhance resistance against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Journal of Plant Physiology, (Impact factor: 2.971)

Ø  Singh, A, Jain, A, Sarma, BK, Abhilash, PC and Singh, HB. (2013). Solid waste management of temple floral offerings by vermicomposting using Eisenia fetida. Waste Management, 33: 1113-1118. (Impact factor: 3.829)

Ø  Singh, A, Jain, A, Sarma, BK, Upadhyay, RS and Singh HB. (2013). Rhizosphere microbes facilitate redox homeostasis in Cicer arietinum against biotic stress. Annals of Applied Biology, 163: 33-46. (Impact factor: 2.103)

Ø  Singh, A, Jain, A, Sarma, BK, Upadhyay, RS and Singh HB. (2014). Rhizosphere competent microbial consortium mediates rapid changes in phenolic profiles in chickpea during Sclerotium rolfsii infection. Microbiological Research, 169: 353-360. (Impact factor: 2.723)

Ø  Singh, A, Jain, A, Sarma, BK, Upadhyay, RS and Singh HB. (2014). Beneficial compatible microbes enhance antioxidants in chickpea edible parts through synergistic interactions. LWT- Food Science and Technology, 56: 390-397. (Impact factor: 2.711)

Ø  Ram, RM, Jain, A, Singh, A and Singh, HB. (2015). Biological management of Sclerotinia rot of bean through enhanced host defense responses triggered by Pseudomonas and Trichoderma species. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology, 9(1): 523-532. (Impact factor: 0.07)

Ø  Jain, A and Das, S. (2016). In-sight to the interaction between plants and associated fluorescent Pseudomonas spp. International Journal of Agronomy, Hindawi Publications, Article ID 4269010.

Ø  Jain, A, Singh, BN, Singh, SP, Singh, HB and Singh S. (2010). Exploring biodiversity as bioindicators for water pollution In: National Conference on Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation. Ed: P. Kumar, UP State Biodiversity Board Lucknow, pp. 50-56.

Ø  Singh, HB, Jain, A, Singh, A, and Sarma, BK. (2012). Diversity of microbes in relation to plant growth promotion and disease control. In: Dubey, KN, Yadav, GP, Roy, AK and Chorasia, HK, (eds.) Biodiversity: Threats to Conservation. S.K. Publishing Company, India, pp. 26-49.

Ø  Singh, A, Jain, A, Sarma, BK, Jha, A and Singh, HB. (2012). Natural antioxidants and their role in cancer Prevention. In: S. Shankar and R.K. Srivastava (eds.), Nutrition, Diet and Cancer, pp. 563-580.

Ø  Jain, A, Singh, A, Singh, BN, Singh, S, Upadhyay, RS, Sarma, BK and Singh HB. (2013). Biotic stress management in agricultural crops using microbial consortium. In: Maheshwari, DK, (ed) Bacteria in Agrobiology: Disease Management. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 427-448.

Ø  Singh, HB, Jain, A, Saxena, A, Singh, A, Keswani, C, Sarma, BK and Mishra, S. (2013). Deciphering the pathogenic behaviour of phyto-pathogens using molecular tools. In: Sharma, N (ed). Biological Controls for Preventing Food Deterioration: Strategies for Pre- and Postharvest Management. Wiley DOI: 10.1002/9781118533024.ch16.

Ø  Jain, A, Singh HB and Das, S. (2017). Bioasafety and regulatory aspects of nanotechnology in agriculture and food. In: Singh, HB, Mishra, S, Leonardo (ed). Nanotechnology in Food and Agriculture. CABI Publications (In Press).

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  • Secured 1st position in B. Sc. Biotechnology , 2007
  • Secured 2nd position in B. Sc. Biology group, 2007
  • Awarded Chancellor’s medal for standing first in Banaras Hindu University M. A/ M. Sc. Examination , 2009
  • Awarded BHU medal for standing first in M. Sc. Applied Microbiology-[, 2009
  • Awarded UGC-Residential Fellowship , 2009
  • Awarded DST INSPIRE-JRF Fellowship , 2010
  • Awarded DST INSPIRE-SRF Fellowship , 2012
  • All India Ranked 6th in UNO test , 2002
  • Awarded DST Women Scientist , 2015
  • Awarded DST Young Scientist , 2015


Taught Food Science and Microbiology to M.Sc. 2nd Semester students at Banaras Hindu University [Year 2012 and 2013]


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