Dr. Ritesh Pattnaik
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), India
M.Sc. Department of Microbiology, OUAT, India

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Dr. Ritesh Pattnaik received his doctoral degree from National Rice Research Institute (NRRI) - Utkal University in 2018. His Ph.D topic was “Microbially mediated cycling of iron in anoxic rice soils”. During his course of doctoral study, Dr. Pattnaik analysed the biologically mediated Fe-oxido- reduction processes, soil nutrient management strategies and functional role of microbial communities in rice soil and paddy ecosystem. He is working as a faculty in School of Biotechnology since 2010.

Teaching Experience

  • Faculty Associate, School of Biotechnology, KIIT University
  • Faculty, College of Basic Science and Humanities, Odisha

Awards and Honours

  • Junior Research Fellow - Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Best Poster award In: National Seminar on “Emerging Trends in Plant Sciences: Morphology to Biotechnology,” Ravenshaw University

Specialization and Research Interest

Microbial diversity and nutrient cycling: Major emphasis on biologically mediated cycling and interaction of micronutrients under oxic-anoxic conditions in natural and simulated ecosystems. Cultivation of anoxic Fe-reducing microorganisms and their role in nutrient cycling. Currently interested in exploring the activity and productivity of proteolytic microbial communities in biomass utilization and agro-industrial waste management.

Selected Publications

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  1. Mishra R, Singh PK, Dash S, Pattnaik R* (2018) Microbial pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for enhanced biomethanation and waste management.3 Biotech 8: 458. 
  2. Pattnaik R*, Mishra AK, Ramakrishnan B (2017) Influence of soil amendment on iron reduction in paddy field and crop improvement. Journal of Advanced Microbiology 3(1): 34-42.
  3. Pattnaik R*, Mishra AK, Ramakrishnan B (2016) Fe(III) reduction potential in rice soil as influenced by microbial communities under flooded condition. Journal of Advanced Microbiology 2(6): 285-298.
  4. Mohanty D, Jena R, Choudhury PK, Pattnaik R, Mohapatra S, Saini MR (2016) Milk Derived Antimicrobial Bioactive Peptides: A Review, International Journal of Food Properties, 19:4, 837-846.
  5. Ramakrishnan B, Patel D, Pattnaik R, Rekha S, Mishra AK (2009) Relevance of iron cycling and associated microorganisms in rice ecosystems. pp. 121-138. In: Agriculturally important microorganisms, Volume 1, Academic World International, India.