Areas of Interest: 

Abiotic and biotic stress management through microbial agents, Postharvest disease management, Biodegradation of pesticides, Biofuel,PGPR, Biofertilizers, Climate change, Greenhouse gases, Methane mitigation

Major Research Accomplishments: 

Isolated potential bacterial and fungal biocontrol agents effective against postharvest pathogens

Isolated microbes involved in degradation of fungicide kresoxim methyl

Validated the role of β-glucosidase enzyme in catalyzing the rate limiting step of biomass hydrolysis for biofuel production

Developed baseline information on diversity of methane oxidizing bacteria from flooded paddy field of different agroecological regions of India

Developed field scale technology for minimizing methane emission from flooded paddies through the use of methane oxidizing plant growth promoting bacterial inoculants

Studied microbial diversity in the desert regions of Jaisalmer for abiotic stress management using microbes 


  1. IARI Merit Medal Award for outstanding performance in M.Sc. Programme at IARI, New Delhi


UGC- SRFScholarship (Rank-67; June, 2014) for PhD programme at IARI, New Delhi

ICAR Junior Research Fellowship in Plant Science for M.Sc. programme

Qualified CSIR- NET for lectureship in June- 2014 with AIR- 67

AIR-2 in Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) PhD Entrance Examination- 2014

AIR-2 in AICE- JRF/SRF PhD exam


Rani, V., Bhatia, A., & Kaushik, R. (2021). Inoculation of plant growth promoting-methane utilizing bacteria in different N-fertilizer regime influences methane emission and crop growth of flooded paddy. Science of The Total Environment775, 145826.

Rani, V., Bhatia, A., Nain, L., Tomar, G. S., & Kaushik, R. (2021). Methane utilizing plant growth-promoting microbial diversity analysis of flooded paddy ecosystem of India. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology37(4), 1-22.

Rani, V., Bhatia, A., & Kaushik, R. (2021). Methane oxidizing-plant growth-promoting yeast isolated from Indian rice fields. The Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences91(3).

Divekar, P. A., Narayana, S., Divekar, B. A., Kumar, R., Gadratagi, B. G., Ray, A., ... & Behera, T. K. (2022). Plant Secondary Metabolites as Defense Tools against Herbivores for Sustainable Crop Protection. International journal of molecular sciences23(5), 2690.

Rani, V., Kaushik, R., Majumder, S., Rani, A. T., Devi, A. A., Divekar, P., ... & Singh, J. (2021). Synergistic Interaction of Methanotrophs and Methylotrophs in Regulating Methane Emission. In Microbial Technology for Sustainable Environment (pp. 419-437). Springer, Singapore.

Rani V., Mohanram S., Tiwari R., Nain L., and Arora A. (2014).Beta-Glucosidase: Key Enzyme in Determining Efficiency of Cellulase and Biomass Hydrolysis. Bioprocessing and Biotechniques. 5(1): 1-8.