Dr. Velu RAJESH KANNAN, currently working as Assistant Professor of Microbiology in Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, India, is Botany graduate from Madurai Kamaraj University. He obtained his master degree in Plant Sciences and Ph.D. from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India. As a faculty his 15 years of research and teaching won him several awards including CSIR and DST Young Scientist Fellowships. He has produced 8 Ph.Ds. 30 M.Phils. and presently guiding at 8 Ph.Ds. M.Phils. and completed several major research projects and some are in progress. He extends his service as member of board of studies in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Botany and Life Sciences and member of reviewer in more than 50 international reputed scientific journals and is an editorial board member in several scientific publications. His research specialization is Rhizosphere Biology and Bioremediation . He has published more than 80 research papers and several review articles in international refereed journals and an edited book in Springer entitled Microbiological Research in Agroecosystem Management (2013). Further, he has deposited nearly 100 microbial rRNA sequencing and 9 pyro sequencing in NCBI Genbank. He has organized 2 scientific conferences at national level, delivered keynote address in International conference in Taiwan, and several talks in All India Radio. His is active membership in professional bodies of Indian Science Congress Association, International Mycorrhizae Research Society, International Plant-Microbes Interactions Association, International Ecological Association, Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists and Association of Microbiologists of India. He has also visited in several Asian and European countries to present papers and to participate in deliberations.
... I strongly believe that this book will be a keystone of plant pathology in agricultural fields. I congratulate Dr. Rajesh Kannan and Dr. Bastas, and all the contributors on their arduous efforts in producing this volume. -From the Foreword by Dr. V. M. Muthukumar, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India