Dr. Aluri Jacob Solomon Raju
Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
Dr. Aluri Jacob Solomon Raju is a Professor and Chairman, Board of Studies of Environmental Sciences and Microbiology in Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India. He was the Head of the Department during 2009-2012. He was the Visiting Professor of University of Colima, Mexico. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Akron, USA for a period of two years. He has conducted extensive field work in Olympic Mountains, Colorado Rocky Mountains, Siskiyu Mountains, Yosemite National Park, Yellostone National Park and Grand Teton Mountains in connection with reproductive biology of an arctic-alpine genus Pedicularis and its conservation and management aspects. Further, he has also conducted field research in Mexico. He has published more than 300 research papers, participated and presented scores of research papers at more than 50 national and more than 30 International conferences held in India and abroad. He visited USA, Canada, UK, Brazil, Paraguay, Italy, Mexico, Spain, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Ethiopia and Tanzania. In recognition of his superior record of scholarship, he was awarded Distinguished Achievement Award by the University of Akron, Ohio, USA. He is also the recipient of Best Research Award and Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Best Academician Award of Andhra University, Loyola Environmental Award from Loyola College, Chennai and Andhra Pradesh Scientist Award from Andhra Pradesh Council of Science & Technology, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. Recently, he received State Level Best Teacher Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He is the Consultant of Convention of Biological Diversity Programme of Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy. He did excellent work on the effects of radiation on tomato seeds which were exposed to space by NASA, USA. He successfully completed a number of major research projects on the Eastern Ghats Forests funded by ICAR, UGC, DST, CSIR, DBT and MoEF. Further, he successfully completed All India Coordinated Research Projects on the endangered species of Eastern Ghats funded by MoEF and Phytogeography and morphometrics of honey bees and stingless bees of Andhra Pradesh funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi. He is the Expert member of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India. He has worked on biodiesel plants such as Pongamia and Jatropha and his work laid foundation for others to initiate work in commercial lines. He has also published ten books on various subjects published by national and international publishers. Thirty Ph.Ds and eight M.Phils were awarded under his guidance. Further, he is currently serving as a resource person for All India Radio, TV Channels, Consultant for issues relating to environmental issues. He is an expert-cum-reviewer for scores of scientific journals published by Elsevier, Springer publishers, Indian Publishers, US Publishers and African Publishers. He is the Chief Editor of Advances in Pollen-Spore Research Journal and Journal of Palynology.
Environmental Science, Biodiversity Conservation & management,Food, Agriculture science, Endangered species, Bio fuels.