Anurag Chaurasia

Areas of Interest: 

His broad area of interests includes GMOs/transgenic, microbes mediated solutions & its industrial application, plant-microbe interaction, biodiversity & conservation, and even beyond..


Major Research Accomplishments: 

Discovered anticancer & antifertility biomolecules in Piper betle, developed first transgenic bt-tomato, brinzal, rice & conducted first GMOs field trial in India, Formulated rules & regulations of GM trails in India. Established Indian Microbial Culture collection institute NBAIM, Initiated work on endophytic & rare actinomycetes, Integrated the biodiversity conservation approaches of different bureaus of ICAR (NBPGR, NBAGR, NBAII, NBFGR & NBAIM working on plant, animal, insect, fish & microbes respectively), Declaration of National Microbe at UN, CBD, COP11 etc.

 Expert for project proposal evaluation submitted to Department of Biotechnology (DBT) GOI; ICAR etc.

His opinion articles "India needs home grown GM food to stop starvation" in reputed Nature journal has been adopted as policy documents by 'Niti Aayog' think tank of GOI in formulating GM policy of the nation and other two articles "Stop teaching Indians to copy & paste" and  "Push for science in Indian classrooms" in same reputed journal Nature have already been adopted by the GOI to formulate the "New Education Policy" of the India.

His views on Indian Science "Making Science social" were  published in Nature 519,S66–S67(26 March 2015)doi:10.1038/519S66a

Book - Anurag Chaurasia, David L Hawksworth CBE, Manoela Pessoa de Miranda (2020) GMOs : Implication for Biodiversity Conservation and Ecological Processes.DOI10.1007/978-3-030-53183-6; eBook ISBN978-3-030-53183-6, Hardcover ISBN978-3-030-53182-9

Patents, Technology, Methodology, Genetic Stock, Variety, etc.:: 

Faculty Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (MBBT), National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB), Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), PUSA, N. Delhi 1997-2005

Established National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms (NBAIM), Under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Funded by Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India

  1. Honored as Associate Editor of the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, Springer Nature [Since 2011]; editorial board member of Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, Springer Nature [Since 2011], International Journal of Food Microbiology, Elsevier [Since 2014], World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology, Springer Nature [Since 2018], Data in Brief, Elsevier [Since 2016], MethodsX, Elsevier [Since 2018]

    Letter of Appreciation by Prof M. S. Swaminathan, Father of Green Revolution

    Letter of Appreciation by Dr K. Kasturirangan, Chairperson, New Education Policy, GOI 


DBT postgraduate fellowship, GATE 1995, UGC-CSIR Fellowship 1996

  1. Transgenic tomato plants resistant to fruit borer (Helicoverpa armigera Hubner). Crop Protection, Volume 19, Issue 5, June 2000, Pages 307-312. (2) India needs home-grown GM food to stop starvation. Nature 529, 439 (28 January 2016) doi:10.1038/529439a  (3) Stop teaching Indians to copy and paste. Nature 534, 591 (30 June 2016) doi:10.1038/534591a (4) Push for science in Indian classroom. Nature 3rd April 2018, doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-04119-y  (5) Cyanobacterial biodiversity and associated ecosystem services: introduction to the special issue. Biodiversity and Conservation April 2015, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 707-710 (6) Actinomycetes: an unexplored microorganisms for plant growth promotion and biocontrol in vegetable crops. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 34:132