Surendra Singh

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Periodic applications of heavy dosages of herbicides in modern rice-agriculture are a necessary evil for obtaining high crop productivity. Such herbicides are not only detrimental to weeds but biofertilizer strains of diazotrophic cyanobacteria also. It is therefore, essential to screen and select such biofertilizer strains of diazotrophic cyanobacteria(More)
NaCl-induced changes in the thylakoid membrane of wild-type Anabaena variabilis and its NaClr mutant strain have been studied. Biochemical characterization of the thylakoid membrane was done by taking its absorption and fluorescence spectra at different wavelength. The thylakoid membranes of both strains were isolated by mechanical disruption of the(More)
Effect of indole acetic acid (IAA)-overproducing mutants of Burkholderia cepacia (RRE25), a member of β-subclass of Proteobacteria and naturally occurring rice endophyte, was observed on the growth of rice (Oryza sativa L.) plants grown under greenhouse conditions. Nine mutants were characterized for altered biosynthesis of IAA after nitrous acid(More)
Groundwater is an important source of both drinking water and of irrigation in the Terai region of Nepal. Although thousands of tubewells have been drilled in this region, the distribution of those that have been sampled and analyzed for As contamination is not consistent across the region. Based on a recent blanket tubewell testing program conducted in(More)
Growth, morphological variation, and liquid chromatography–photodiode array detection–mass spectrometric analysis of pigments have been studied in a diazotrophic cyanobacterium Anabaena cylindrica in response to NaCl stress. The chlorophyll and cellular protein contents increased initially in response to 50 mM NaCl. Further increment in NaCl concentration,(More)
A NaClr mutant of the diazotrophic cyanobacterium Anabaena variabilis has been isolated by NTG mutagenesis and selection for NaCl resistance. The NaClr strain has been characterized with respect to its mechanism of NaCl tolerance and regulation of Na+ influx. NaClr strain exhibits low Na+ influx, accumulated high level of glycine betaine as a compatible(More)
We propose a model to describe the changes taking place in biochemical processes/events to explain the development of heterocyst and nitrogenase in a diazotrophic cyanobacterium Anabaena variabilis. For this purpose, a mutant strain of A. variabilis lacking heterocyst differentiation and incapable of growth with dinitrogen as the sole source of nitrogen(More)
Aeroalgal sampling at short height (2.5 m) over natural aquatic and terrestrial algal sources revealed that despite of being similar in size (<1 mm), algal groups vary in their atmospheric abundance. Cyanobacteria were the most abundant, while chlorophytes and bacillariophytes though present, but rare. Statistical analysis (Akaike Information Criterion)(More)
Iron mediated regulation of growth and siderophore production has been studied in a diazotrophic cyanobacterium Anabaena cylindrica. Iron-starved cells of A. cylindrica exhibited reduced growth (30%) when the cells were growing under N2-fixing conditions. In contrast, N03-, NO2-, NH4' and urea grown cells exhibited almost 50% reduction in their growth in(More)
To characterize the airborne algal diversity in a populous subtropical urban environment, sampling was done at a height of 2.5m, the normal human breathing zone. Results indicated that airborne algae are the permanent constituent of Varanasi city atmosphere. The nature, composition, and relative ratio of constituting groups differed among sampling sites.(More)