Tapan Adhya


Prof. Tapan Adhya started his academic and research career in 1973 and after completing the term as the Director of the Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, India in 2011, He joined the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (Deemed University) as Professor in the School of Biotechnology in 2012. He is also seconding as the Director of the South Asia Nitrogen Centre, New Delhi since 2016 and is involved in the coordination of research work and policy implementation on Reactive-N in different sectors of economy of the South Asian countries. Using tropical paddy as the model ecosystem, the focus of research of Prof. Adhya was on sustainable management of resource poor tropical soils to maintain high productivity with minimum environmental impact. Prof. Adhya initiated field-level research on greenhouse gas emission from tropical Indian paddy and also identified strong mitigation options. He has contributed to India's first NATCOM and was invited in the elite panel of reviewers of the IPCC-2012 database and methodologies (2013) on GHGs by WMO/UNEP. He has contributed to an integrated global framework to assess the current capability and future vision on the impact of land use and management change on soil carbon, and prepared a UNFCCC document on ‘Standardized Baselines for Rice Cultivation CDM Methodology involving Annex III countries of Africa’. He has done research on ‘Health and environmental implications of low-carbon, climate-change resilient diets in India’ funded by Wellcome Trust, U.K. He is also Co-ordinating a GEF/UNEP funded project on “Towards Integrated Nitrogen Management System” (Towards INMS) for its south Asia Operations and Indo-Norway program on “Use of bio-gas digestate on GHG emission from cropped fields”. Currently Prof. Adhya is also Coordinating the ‘UKRI-GCRF funded ‘South Asia Nitrogen Hub’ Project as the Co-Director (Science). Widely travelled and Fellow of all the three science academies of the country, Prof. Adhya has published >170 peer reviewed journal papers with total citations of >6,000 with an H-index of 40 and i10 index of 106.

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Educational Qualification

  1. Towards Integrated Nitrogen Management Systems (2018- ) Funded by GEF-UNEP
  2. South Asia Nitrogen Hub (2019- ) Funded by UKRI-GCRF

Administrative Responsibility
Professor and Co-Director (Science) South Asia Nitrogen Hub

Awards & Honours
  1. Samanta Chandrasekhar award for the year 2008 (awarded in February, 2010) by the Orissa Bigyan Academy under the aegis of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Orissa.
  2. Prof. G. Rangaswami memorial award in Agricultural Microbiology for the year 2009 by the Association of Microbiologists of India, New Delhi.
  3. Dr. N.S. Randhawa Commemoration award for excellence in research in Natural Resource Management for the year 2010 by the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.
  4. First recipient of ICAR Norman Borlaug Award, the highest award in agriculture in the country, for providing a breakthrough for agriculture through a new insight that has created high potential value for future, for the year 2010 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.
  5. Professor Krishna Sahai Bilgrami Memorial Medal for the biennium 2011-13 for recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of Agricultural Sciences, by the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi

  1. President, Association of Microbiologists of India (2014-15), New Delhi
  2. Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Chilika Development Authority, Govt. of Orissa, to oversee the scientific studies and research carried out in the lake (2012 - 2014).
  3. Member, International Union of Microbiological Societies National Committee, a constituent body of the International Council of Scientific Unions (2009-11; re-nominated for a second term from 2012-2014).
  4. President of the Agriculture and Forestry section of the 98th Indian Science Congress 2010-11 that was held from January 03-06, 2011 at SRM University, Chennai and organized a special session on “Quality Education and Excellence in Agricultural Research in India for Enhanced Capability and Competitiveness”.
  5. Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences India, Allahabad (2010)
  6. Fellow of the West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology, Kolkata (2009)
  7. Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi (2008); member sectional committee of the Agricultural sciences (2009-2011)
  8. Fellow of the Association of Microbiologist of India, New Delhi (2007)
  9. Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi (1997); member executive council of the Academy from Jan, 2005; member sectional committee on Plant Protection and convener, Eastern chapter of the academy.

Outreach Activity
Director, South Asia Nitrogen Centre, New Delhi
Journals/Conferences :
1. Pawar, P., Ghude, S......... Adhya, T.K. (2020) Analysis of atmospheric ammonia over South and East Asia based on the MOZART-4 model and its comparison with satellite and surface observations. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2020-639, in press.
2. Kayatz, B., Harris, F., Hillier, J., Adhya, T., Dalin, C., Nayak, D., Green, R.F, Smith, P. and Dangour, A. (2019) “More crop per drop”: Exploring India’s cereal water use since 2005. Science of the Total Environment 673: 207-217. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.03.304
3. Kritee, K., Nair, D., Zavala-Araiza, D., Jeremy Proville, J., Rudek, J., Adhya, T.K. et al. (2018) High nitrous oxide fluxes from rice indicate the need to manage water for both long- and short-term climate impacts. PNAS (USA) 115: 9720-9725
4. Dangour, A., Green, R., Harris, F., Joy, E., Milner, J., Hillier, J., Kayatz, B., Agrawal, S., Adhya, T.K., Macdiarmid, J., Smith, P., Haines, A. (2018) Environmental impacts of current and future diets in India. THE LANCET PLANETARY HEALTH 2_S28
5. Singh, A., Vishwakarma, P., Adhya, T.K., Inubushi, K. and Dubey, S. K. (2017) Molecular ecological perspective of methanogenic archaeal community in rice agroecosystem. Science of the Total Environment 596-597: 136-146
6. Datta, A., Santra, S.C. and Adhya, T.K. (2017) Environmental and economic opportunities of applications of different types and application methods of chemical fertilizer in rice paddy. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 107: 413–431. doi:10.1007/s10705-017-9841-2
7. Adhya, T.K., Pathak, H., Raghuram, N. and Abrol, Y.P. (2016) Reactive nitrogen assessment in South Asia. Current Science 111: 782-783
8. Smith, P., House, Jo I., Bustamante, M. , Sobocká, J., Harper, R., Pan, G.X., West, P., Clark, J., Adhya, T.K. et al. (2015) Global Change Pressures on Soils from Land Use and Management. Global Change Biology 22:1008-1028.
9. Chaurasia, A.K., Adhya, T.K. and Apte, S.K. (2013) Engineering bacteria for bioremediation of persistent organochlorine pesticide lindane (γ-hexachlorocyclohexane). Bioresource Technology 149, 439-445.
10. Bal, H.B., Nayak, L., Das, S. and Adhya, T.K. (2013) Isolation of ACC deaminase producing PGPR from rice rhizosphere and evaluating their plant growth promoting activity under salt stress. Plant and Soil, 366, 93-105.

Books :
1. Abrol, Y.P., Adhya, T.K. et al. (2017) The Indian Nitrogen Assessment, Elsevier B.V., pp. 1-538, ISBN: 978-0-12-811836-8
2. Adhya, T.K. et al. (2018) Advances in Soil Microbiology: Recent Trens and Future Prospects. Vol. I & II , Springer ISBN: 978-981-10-6177-6 / 978-985-10-7379-3
3. Mishra, S., Adhya, T.K. and Ojha, S.K. (2019) Biogas Technology.New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi. ISBN: 978-93-87973-52-7