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Education

Doctor of Philosophy: Plant Biotechnology - Delhi University, Delhi, India (2001)

Master of Philosophy: Plant Biotechnology - Delhi University, Delhi, India (1994)

Master of Science: Genetics - Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh (1991)

Bachelor of Science (Honors): Botany (Zoology and Chemistry) - Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Professional Experience

2011-present: Instructor, MS Biotechnology Program, Fort Valley State University

2009-2013: Instructor, MS Biotechnology Program, Fort Valley State University

2005-2011: Co-Instructor, Undergraduate Courses, Fort Valley State University

2002-present: Research Professional, College of Agriculture, Fort Valley State University

2000-2002: Research Associate, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi, India

1995-2000: Doctoral Research, Department of Botany, Delhi University, Delhi, India

1992-1994: M.Phil. Research, Department of Botany, Delhi University, Delhi, India

1989-1991: M.S. Research, Department of Genetics, Rajshahi University

Honors & Awards

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (USDA funded projects)
  • Awarded USDA grants over $2 million as Co-Project director, since 2004-present
  • Awarded "Faculty New Researcher of the Year" Award, in 2008
  • Invited Speaker Award for 'In Vitro Biology Annual Conference' San Francisco, CA, in 2004
  • Senior Research Fellowship, 1995-1999
  • Graduate Fellowship, 1989-1991
  • Undergraduate Fellowship, 1983-1989

Research Interests

  • Employing plant biotechnology/tissue culture, genetic engineering molecular markers, agronomic trial, and breeding techniques to improve plant's yield, disease tolerant, cold, drought and water resistant using plants germplasm
  • Investigating plant products/phytochemicals for selecting high yielding plant through TLC, and HPLC
  • Using phytochemicals to control plant's health problems like nematodes, microbes and insect-pests

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Biswas, B.K., Purty, R.S. and S.C. Gupta. 2014. Genetic analysis of in vitro raised elite neem tree using random amplified polymorphic DNA markers. (Communicated)
  2. Bock, C. H., T. Endalew, B.K. Biswas, A.K. Yadav, M.W. Hotchkiss, K.L. Stevenson, R. Arias and B.W. Wood 2014. UP-PCR and RAPD markers to study genetic diversity of the pecan scab fungus (Fusicladium effusum G. Winter). Forest Pathology Article first published online: 26 FEB 2014 DOI: 10.1111/efp.12090. © 2014 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.
  3. Biswas, B., Rogers, K., McLaughlin, F., Daniels, D. and A. Yadav. 2013. Antimicrobial Activities of Leaf Extracts of Guava (Psidium guajava L.) on Two Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria, International Journal of Microbiology, vol. 2013, Article ID 746165, 7 pages, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/746165.
  4. Biswas, B. K., Joshee N., and A. Yadav 2006 Direct somatic embryogenesis, synthetic seed production, and plant regeneration in guava. Acta Hort. 744: 267-276.
  5. Biswas B. K., S. Lakhanpaul, I. S. Bisht, V. K. Chaudhary, and K. V. Bhat 2002. Use of molecular markers for identifying parental lines in mungbean genetic enhancement. 2nd Intl. Agronomy Congress, Nov. 26-30, New Delhi, India, Extended Summaries 2:1035-1037.
  6. Joshee N., B. K. Biswas, and A. K. Yadav 2005. Somatic embryogenesis and plant development in Centella asiatica L. A highly prized medicinal plant of tropics. HortScience. 42: 633-637.
  7. Bisht I. S., K. V. Bhat, S. Lakhanpaul, M. Latha, P. K. Jayan, Z. Abraham, B. K. Biswas, and A. K. Singh 2005. Diversity and genetic resources of wild Vigna species in India. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 52: 53-68.
  8. Bisht I. S., K. V. Bhat, S. Lakhanpaul, B. K. Biswas, M. Pandiyan, and R. R. Hanchinal 2004. Broadening the genetic base of sesame (S. indicum L.) through Germplasm enhancement. Plant Genet. Resources. 2: 143-151.
  9. Bisht I. S., K. V. Bhat, S. Lakhanpaul, B. K. Biswas, B. Ram, and S. P. S. Tanwar 2004. The potential of enhanced Germplasm for mungbean (Vigna radiata (L.) Wilezek) improvement. Plant Genet. Resources 2:73-80.
  10. Rahman S. M., M. Hossain, B. K. Biswas, O. I. Joarder, and R. Islam 1993. Micropropagation of Caesalpinia pulcherrima through nodal bud culture of mature tree. Plant Cell Tissue Organ Cult. 32: 363-365.
  11. Hossain M., R. Islam, M. R. Karim, O. I. Joarder, and B. K. Biswas 1994. Regeneration of plantlets from in vitro cultured cotyledons of Aegle marmelos Corr. (Rutaceae). Scientia Horticulturae 57: 315-321.
  12. Hossain M., B. K. Biswas, M. R. Karim, S. M. Rahman, R. Islam, and O. I. Joarder 1994. In vitro organogenesis of elephant apple (Feronia limonia). Plant Cell Tissue Org. Cult. 39: 265-268.

Book Chapters

  1. Gupta, S. C., and B. K. Biswas 2001. In vitro clonal propagation of elite neem (Azadirachta indica) tree-a research study. Published by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India, New Delhi
  2. Biswas, B. K., and S. C. Gupta 2008. Micropropagation of an elite Neem tree (Azadirachta indica A. Juss.) In: S. M. Jain and H. Häggman (eds.) Protocols of Micropropagation for Woody Trees and Fruits, Chapter # 32. Springer Printed in The Netherlands pp.435-443.
  3. Joarder O.I., A.T.M. Naderuzzaman, R. Islam, M. Hossain, N. Joarder, and B.K. Biswas 1996. Micropropagation of neem through axillary bud culture. In: Singh R.P., M S. Chari, A.K. Raheja, and W. Kraus (eds.) Neem and the Environment, Vol. 2. Science Publishers, New Hampshire, pp.961-966.

Presentations in Conferences

  1. Biswas, B. K., S. Johnson, M. Smith, I. Brown, and M. McKinney, 2014 Investigating stevia germplasm as alternative highly profitable crop for farmers, Abst. in ASHS annual conf., Orlando, Fl. July, 28-31.
  2. Biswas, B., McKinney, M., Beckman, T., and Johnson, S. 2014. Developing peach orchard and continuing in vitro studies for PTSL evaluation. Abst. 2014 World Forum on Biology, Joint Meeting of the Society for In Vitro Biology and the Society for Cryobiology, held during May 31-June 4, at Savannah, Georgia, USA. Published in Society for Cryobiology Program and Society for In Vitro Biology Addendum. P-3002, Page 66-67.
  3. P. Bumpus, S. Konkayala, S. Johnson, B. Ojo, and B.K. Biswas, 2013. Investigating Stevia for High Yield and Biomass Production In Vitro. Abst in ARD meeting 2013, Jacksonville, FL, April, 6-10.
  4. S. Johnson, P. Bumpus, S. Konkayala, B. Ojo, and B.K. Biswas , 2013. Investigating Medicinally Important Phytochemicals of Peach while Employing In Vitro Studies for PTSL Evaluation. Abst in ARD meeting 2013, Jacksonville, FL, April, 6-10.
  5. S. Konkayala, P. Bumpus, S. Johnson, B. Ojo and B.K. Biswas, 2013. In Vitro Investigation of Neem for Higher Yield of Azadirachtin and its Biopesticidal Applications. Abst in ARD meeting, Jacksonville, FL, April, 6-10.
  6. Biswas, B.K., T. Mattice, and N. Phillips 2011. Effect of Honey and Salt on Laboratory Rat (Sprague-Dawley- Rattus norvegicus), American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Annual Meeting held in San Diego, CA on October 2-6, 2011.
  7. Williams, C., B. Biswas, and F. McLaughlin 2011. Understanding bacteria and their controlling measures employing traditional household materials. In: 68th Annual Meeting of BKX/NIH (Beta Kappa Chi/National Institute of Science) held in Atlanta, GA on March 23-27, 2011.
  8. Biswas, B.K., N. Phillips, T. Mattice, and K.L. Arora 2010. The effect of feeding salt and honey solution to Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica), American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Annual Meeting at Atlanta, GA on October 10-14, 2010.
  9. Biswas, B.K, N. Phillips, T. Mattice, and K.L. Arora 2009. Effects of honey on feed consumption and body weight of Sprague Dawley and Obese rats' American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Annual Meeting at Denver, CO.P-72,p 32.
  10. Biswas, B.K, T. Mattice, and K.L. Arora 2009. The effect of various concentrations of salt on health on Japanese quail' 2009 Poultry Science Association at Raleigh, NC. P-276, p 35.
  11. Biswas, B.K, N. Phillips, T. Mattice, and K.L. Arora 2009. Obesity: Will honey reduce overeating habit? Presented as oral presentation during 15th Biennial ARD (Association for Research Director Inc.) Research Symposium held in Atlanta, GA on March 28- April 1, 2009.
  12. Arora, K.L., V. Vatsalya, and B. K. Biswas 2010.Characterization of postnatal testicular growth in Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica), American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Annual Meeting at Atlanta, GA on October 10-14, 2010.
  13. Biswas, B. K., and K.L. Arora 2008. Effects of feed and water deprivation on Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica). 2008 AALAS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. p119.
  14. Biswas, B.K, and K.L. Arora 2008. Effects of feed and water deprivation on Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica). Abstracts of Scientific Papers 2008 AALAS National Meeting, November 8-13, 2008, Indianapolis, IN Abst. Laboratory Investigation, P-168, p119.
  15. Biswas, B.K, and K.L. Arora 2008. Fertility assessment of male Japanese quail bird by the size of their cloacal gland. In 2008 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting, July 20-23, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Abst. MP262 in Poultry Science 87: 84.
  16. Biswas, B.K, and K.L. Arora 2008. Variability in embryonic and postembryonic growth in Japanese quail: Effect of egg weight. In 2008 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting, July 20-23, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Abst. TP420 in Poultry Science 87: 132.
  17. Biswas, B.K, and K.L. Arora 2007. Some observations on molting male Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). ADSA.PSA.AMPA.ASAS Joint Annual Meeting held at San Antonio, TX. Abst. W-233, on July 8-12, 2007.
  18. Biswas, B. K., N. Joshee, A. Yadav, and A. K. Yadav 2006. Investigating the efficiency of plant cell-based cultures to achieve bioproduction. Poster presented at "2006 Meeting of the Society for the In Vitro Biology" held at Minneapolis, MN on June 3-7, 2006.
  19. Biswas, B. K. 2006. Somatic embryogenesis and high frequency plantlet recovery in guava. Poster presented at 14th Biennial Research Symposium of Agricultural Research Directors Inc., held at Atlanta, GA on April 1-5.
  20. Biswas, B. K., N. Joshee, A. Yadav, and A. K. Yadav 2006. Investigating the efficiency of plant cell-based cultures to achieve bioproduction. In Vitro. P-3024. pp.11-12.
  21. Biswas, B. K., A. Yadav, and A. K. Yadav 2006. Would leaf cultures of neem be adequate to produce azadirachtin over an extended period of time? HortScience. 41: 963.
  22. Yadav, A. K., Joshee, N., Biswas, B.K., and A. Yadav 2006. The biotechnology initiative for "Educating The Educators": Advancing the interest of K-12 students for hands–on-experience. 14th Biennial Res. Sympo., April 1-5, Atl., GA, Assoc. Res, Dir. Abst. 118:118.
  23. Yadav, A., Joshee, N., Biswas, B.K., and A. Yadav 2006. Biotechnological studies in brahmi. 14th Biennial Res. Sympo., April 1-5, Atlanta, GA , Assoc. Res, Dir. Abst. 117:117-118.
  24. Yadav, A. K., N. Joshee, Biswas, B.K., and A. Yadav, 2006. Biotechnological advances in medicinal and nutraceuticals plants. In Vitro Biology Meeting Silent Abst. P-3006. p. 7.
  25. Yadav, A., N. Joshee, Biswas, B., and A. K. Yadav 2006. Mass multiplication and Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of brahmi for cold tolerance. HortScience 41: 964-965.
  26. Yadav, A., Biswas, B.K., N. Joshee, and A. K. Yadav 2005. Development and application of biotechnology in guava: A nutraceutical fruit. FAV health 2005, Intl Symp. on Human Health effects of Fruits and Vegetables, Quebec City, Canada P. on August 17-20,page: 35-36,
  27. Biswas, B.K. 2005. In vitro propagation and somatic embryogenesis in phalsa. Paper presented to 'American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Annual Conference held at Las Vegas, Nevada on July 18-21, 2005.
  28. Biswas B.K. 2005. Plant regeneration in guava through somatic embryogenesis. Paper presented to '2005 In Vitro Biology Meeting' held at Baltimore, Maryland on June 5-8, 2005.
  29. Biswas, B. K., N. Joshee, A. Yadav, and A. K. Yadav 2005. Employing agro forestry practices in your farm' and 'potential of medicinal plants to supplement farm income. Presented poster at the 'Annual Agriculture Meeting' organized by the American Farm Bureau Foundation held at Charlotte, North Carolina on Jan. 9-10, 2005.
  30. Biswas, B.K., Yadav, A., Joshee, N., and A. K. Yadav 2005. In vitro plant regeneration and genetic transformation to enhance cold hardiness in guava: A nutraceutical fruit. 1st Intl Guava Symp, Dec. 5-8, CISH Lucknow, India. 3.O.2: 31-32.
  31. Biswas, B., N. Joshee, A. Yadav, and A. K. Yadav 2005a. In vitro propagation and somatic embryogenesis in phalsa. HortScience 40:1104.
  32. Biswas, B., Joshee, N., Yadav, A., and A. K. Yadav 2005b. Plant regeneration in guava through somatic embryogenesis. In Vitro, P-1002, 41:26A.
  33. Biswas, B. K., Eugine Amoah, Curtis Borne., N. Joshee, and A. K. Yadav 2004. The field evaluation on Bt corn, GM zucchini and yellow squash. Presented poster at the Annual Meeting of 'Southern AgBiotech Consortium for Underserved Communities (SACUC)' held at Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN on September 22-24.
  34. Biswas, B. K., N. Joshee, and A. K. Yadav 2004. Can agricultural biotechnology help guava growing in temperate climate. Paper presented to 'American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Annual Conference held at Austin, Texas on July 17-20, 2004.
  35. Biswas, B. K., N. Joshee, A. Yadav, and A. K. Yadav 2004. Guava (Psidium guajava L.)- A suitable fruit tree for agroforestry. Presented in '1st World Congress of Agroforestry' held at Orlando, Florida on June 27- July 2.
  36. Biswas, B. K., N. Joshee, A. Yadav, and A. K. Yadav 2004. Application of biotechnology in neem, the Indian medicinal tree of Ayurveda. Presented paper to WAVES meeting held at University of Maryland, Washington, D.C. on July 9-11, 2004.
  37. Biswas, B. K., N. Joshee, and A. K. Yadav 2004a. Developing biotechnology to regenerate and improve selected nutraceutical plants. In Vitro, P-33,40: 23A.
  38. Biswas, B. K., N. Joshee, and A. K. Yadav 2004b. Can agricultural biotechnology help guava growing in temperate climate. HortScience 39:861.
  39. Biswas, B. K., N. Joshee, and A. K. Yadav2004c. Guava (Psidium guajava L.)- A suitable fruit tree for agroforestry. Book of Abstr. on 1st World Cong AgForestry, p-110.
  40. Biswas, B. K., N. Joshee, and A. K. Yadav 2003. Developing biotechnology to regenerate and improve selected woody fruit plants. Presented poster at the department of biotechnology in 'Biotechnology Symposium' held at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN on Nov. 16-18, 2003.