Meera Pandey

	Meera Pandey
Designation: 
Principal Scientist
Division/Section: 
Division of Plant Pathology
Specialisation: 
Plant Pathology (Mushrooms)
Qualification: 
PhD
Research Accomplishments: 

►Developed technologies for the lignocellulosic waste management through the production of edible and medicinal mushrooms ►Developed strategies for efficient input resources in mushroom cultivation ► Developed strategies for the utilization of mushrooms for nutrition management ►Developed strategies to make mushroom production a zero waste system ► Documentation and conservation of mycological wealth and ethnomycological knowledge for posterity ►Developed strategies for mechanization of Indian mushroom industry ► Developed strategies for utilization of spent mushroom substrate for betterment of soil health ► Upgraded the skills and technical empowerment of human resource for economic upliftment through mushroom technology ► Conceptualized the concept of ornamental mushroom as conservation strategy for non edible mushrooms

Important Publications: 

1. S S Veena and Meera Pandey (2012). Physiological and cultivation requirements of Trametes versicolor, a medicinal mushroom to diversify Indian mushroom industry. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 82 (8): 672–5, August 2012 2. Dandamudi Rajesh Babu , Meera Pandey & G. Nageswara Rao (2012). Antioxidant and electrochemical properties of cultivated Pleurotus spp. and their sporeless/low sporing mutants. J Food Sci Technol DOI 10.1007/s13197-012-0822-9 3. Veena. S.S and Meera Pandey (2011). Paddy Straw as a Substrate for the Cultivation of Lingzhi or Reishi Medicinal mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum (W. Curt.:Fr.)P.Karst.in India. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, 13 (4): 397-400. 4. Meera Pandey and S. Ravishankar (2010). Development of sporeless and low spored mutants of edible mushrooms for alleviating respiratory allergies. Current Science, 2010, Vol 99, No 10, 1449-1452 5. B. Saritha, Meera Pandey (2010). Evaluation of Alternate Substrate Pasteurization Techniques for Culinary-Medicinal White Oyster Mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus var. florida (Agaricomycetideae) Cultivation. Int.J. Med. Mush. (2010), Vol 12 (3) pages 309-316 6. Soudamini Mohapatra, Meera Pandey, AK Ahuja, Veena SS and Sandhya R (2008). Degradation of Lindane and imidacloprid in soil by Calocybe indica. Pesticide Research Journal Vol 20 (1) 143-145 7. Veena. S. S & Meera Pandey (2006) . Evaluation of locally available substrates for the cultivation of indigenous Ganoderma lucidum isolates. J. Mycol.Pl. Pathol , vol 36, No. 3, pp 434-438. 8. Sandhya Ravishankar; Meera Pandey, Tewari R.P and V. Krishna. (2006). Development of sporeless/low spored strains of Pleurotus species through mutation. World journal of microbiology and biotechnology. 22; 1021-1025 9. Soudamini Mohapatra and Meera Pandey (2005). Uptake of immidacloprid by oyster mushroom (Pleurotus florida) following its application to the spawn run blocks. Pest management in Horticultural Ecosystems, Vol 11, No. 1 pp 65-67 10. Meera Pandey and Lakhanpal T.N. (1996). Physical and nutritional requirements for the vegetative growth of C. indica. Mushroom Information (Italy) ANNO XII-N/7/8/9, 14-29

Awards & Recognitions, Patents, Inventions, etc: 

TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPED ► Developed technology for the commercial cultivation of Milky mushroom (Calocybe indica) ► Developed the commercial production technology of medicinal mushrooms –Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) on mixed sawdust substrate and Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) on sawdust and paddy straw substrates ►Developed the first sporeless and low spored mutant of Pleurotus florida and P. sajor-caju in India to mitigate respiratory allergy due to spores ►Documented , conserved and domesticated the wild culinary medicinal mushrooms of Andaman & Nicobar islands, Westernghats, Aravalli forests and Thar forest region of Rajasthan, The Dangs and Girnar forests of Gujarat, Balaghat and Jabalpur forests of Madhya Pradesh and the forests of Sikkim. ►The first indigenous species of Pleurotus (P. djamor) conserved from Westernghats released for commercial cultivation as institute variety Arka-OM-1 ►Introduced the Elm oyster (Hypsizygus ulmarius) for commercial cultivation in India ►Developed solar energy integrated mushroom production system in India ► Developed machinery for spawn production for the first time in India ► Developed mushroom products for daily diet supplementation to mitigate malnutrition ► Developed the concept of ornamental mushrooms for the first time through fructification of Pycnoporus cinnabarinus ► Standardized methodology for the utilization of mushroom spawn production waste for biogas production and Mushroom SMS for Trichoderma multiplication

Contact Details
Address for Communication: 
Principal Scientist, Mushroom Research Lab, Email: meera@iihr.ernet.in, Tel : 080-28466420 Extn. 347, 349(O) 080-28567779(R)
Email Address: 
meera@iihr.ernet.in
Telephone #: 
28466420 Extn 347,34
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