My mission throughout my professional career(1980-2013) has been a passion to explore the science of agronomy and plant biology in tandem, understand the connecting theory ,and generate technologies( or technological options ) to solve problems holding back productivity gains in agriculture.In this background,the most significant contribution I have been able to make, is discovering in 1991 the role of sulphydryl bioregulators in improving harvest index and crop productivity.Since then,the bioregulator thiourea ( a SH compound ) has been researched intensively,and found effective in increasing the yield of several crops.Through effects on phloem transport,thiourea improves nutrient use efficiency and imparts crop tolerance to environmental stresses.viz. drought, frost and heat stress.Like the spectacular results recorded with nitric oxide in human health and medicine in the 1990's, thiourea and similar other thiols like thioglycollic acid and N-acetyl cysteine can revolutionize productivity in agriculture in the wake of climate change and global warming the world over.
Pertinent publications :
1. Sahu, M.P. and Solanki, S.S. 1991. J. Agron. Crop Sci. 167 : 356 – 359
2. Sahu, M.P. and Singh, D. 1995. J. Plant Growth Regul. 14 : 169 – 173
3. Srivastava, A.K., Nathawat, N.S., Ramaswamy, N.K., Sahu, M.P., Singh, G., Nair, J.S., Radha
Krishna, P. and D’Souza, S.F. 2008.Environ. Expt. Bot. 64 : 250 – 255
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