The global population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, raising concerns about feeding these increasing numbers without further degrading the environment. Our work focuses on bringing sustainability in agricultural practices by developing plant and microbe derived products that reduce the use of chemical fertilisers while substantially improving crop yields. We are making strides in using nano biotechnology to develop a range of green products including nano-fertilisers, superfoods and algal based bioenergy. We demonstrate change by helping farming communities improve their livelihood through our products and practices.

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    Saving Punjab's groundwater, one agricultural pump at a time

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Saving Punjab's groundwater, one agricultural pump at a time

Ms Bigsna Gill

A scheme in Punjab delivers direct monetary benefit to farmers for using agricultural pumps more efficiently

A biomass-solar combination for cold storage of farm produce

Ms Shruti Rawat
Mr Sunil Dhingra

A novel way of utlising biomass and solar power to create cold storage facility in rural areas

Making medicinal plant wealth work for Northeast India

Dr Ashish Kar

Northeast India has a wealth of medicinal plants that make their way to Indian and foreign markets. If grown sustainably, the sector can be a major bio-resource for the region.

Improving soil microorganisms for sturdier tea cultivation, come drought or flood

Dr Sushmita Gupta

TERI is working in Assam to reengineer plant root-associated microbes to make tea cultivation more resistant to biotic and abiotic challenges

Producing hydrogen from agriculture waste - the microbial way

Dr Sanjukta Subudhi

Intensive research explorations are being carried out at TERI for hydrogen production from agri-residue woody biomass

Water-food-energy nexus in India

Ms Prakriti Prajapati

In these times of agriculture crisis and falling water tables, it is important to rework policies to better address key challenges in the irrigation-power space


International conference on Nanobiotechnology for agriculture: Translational research for future food and agriculture technologies

November 21, 2019
to November 22, 2019

The third international conference of Nanobiotechnology for Agriculture is being held on the theme Translational Research for Future Food and Agriculture Technologies. The conference has an innovative programme amalgamating scientific sessions and a capacity building programme for scientists to aid them in undertaking translational research in nanobiotechnology.

Consultation workshop on Promoting sustainability: Gender perspective

September 18, 2019
to September 18, 2019

Issues and Challenges faced by Women in Agriculture and Allied Livelihoods

Indo-US bilateral symposium: Next generation biologically synthesized nanofertilizers for seed coating and foliar application

September 5, 2019
to September 7, 2019

The TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre, TERI Gram, Gurugram, in collaboration with International Fertilizer Development Center, USA, is organising a joint symposium on the theme "Next Generation Biologically Synthesized Nanofertilizers for Seed Coating and Foliar Application".

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Networking event on nano interventions in fertilizers: Current status and future perspectives

August 2, 2019
to August 2, 2019

NanoBiotech@DBT is a platform initiated by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and is being taken forward by the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (TDNBC) under support and mentorship of the DBT.

International workshop on 'Disruptive translational research in nanobiotechnology: Advancing sustainable food systems and human health solutions'

March 13, 2019
to March 13, 2019

Celebrating 25 years of engagement in India, Deakin University, Australia, in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, is organising an international workshop on Disruptive Translational Research in Nanobiotechnology: Advancing Sustainable Food Systems and Human Health Solutions'.

World Sustainable Development Summit 2019

February 11, 2019
to February 13, 2019

WSDS is India's imprint to the global sustainability footprint. WSDS now strives to provide long-term solutions for the benefit of the global community by assembling the world's most enlightened leaders and thinkers on a single platform.


How India can eliminate the burning of crop waste

November 26, 2019
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| Hindustan Times

It is unrealistic to expect farmers to forego income for the sake of the environment. However, if they see economic gains in switching to alternative crops and patterns, they will come forward. There is a successful example of triggering fundamental transformation in farm practices. The ITC, known for its e-choupal initiative, ran a Baareh Mahine Hariyali (greenery for the whole year) programme in four districts of Uttar Pradesh last year. It saw the doubling of incomes among farmers who adopted the full programme.

There is always a solution

November 9, 2019
| Dr Vibha Dhawan
| The Pioneer

The ill-effects of crop residue burning go beyond air pollution. Crop burning also results in loss of fertility and micro flora of the soil. Not only that, the deposition of particles on leaves lowers the rate of photosynthesis, further affecting carbon dioxide fixation and oxygen release. It also inhibits crop growth and productivity, thereby encouraging use of fertilisers in future crop cycles, hence leaving behind an ever-larger ecological footprint.

TERI to study impact of climate change on farm sector

September 1, 2019 |
September 1, 2019
The Hindu Business line

TERI is undertaking a study on the impact of climate change and sustainability on the agriculture sector in India and come out with probable solutions to address these.

TERI to set up incubation centre in Odisha for biotech solutions

March 13, 2019 |
March 13, 2019
Business Standard

Facility will support development of solutions to address issues affecting agriculture, environment and energy.

Preserve natural resources, promote farming

March 1, 2018
| Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Tribune

Tackling the agrarian crisis from its roots necessitates attention to the important aspect of the neglect and degradation of natural resources, the natural capital that underlies all agriculture production systems.

A living system

February 27, 2018
| Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Telegraph

Organic farming can improve sustainability in Indian agriculture. Its principles challenge the dominant narrative of input and energy-intensive industrial agriculture systems that make farmers dependent on expensive commercial inputs and damage soil, water and biodiversity, inducing grave socio-economic adversity. Organic agriculture visualizes the farm as a dynamic ecosystem where biotic and abiotic components interact and harness local resources, such as farm residue, biodiversity and natural processes, to deliver optimal agricultural production and stability.


Discussion Paper : Organic Agriculture: An option for fostering sustainable and inclusive agriculture development in India

June 2, 2015

Land scarcity, degraded ecosystems and climate change are pressures that the agriculture sector confronts in the 21st century whilst needing to meet demands for food, feed and fibre, preserve natural resources as well as ensure profitability, economic and social equity (FAO, 2015). Industrialized agriculture,1 which is capital intensive, substituting animal and human labour with machines and purchased inputs (IAASTD, 2009) has been the favoured model for agriculture development due to its tremendous success in increasing food production.

Strengthening Agricultural Biotechnology Regulation in India

September 22, 2010

The recent decision by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to place an indefinite moratorium on the release of Bt Brinjal for commercial agriculture has brought sharp focus on the stridently polarized views across the scientific community and civil society on the benefits and costs of genetically modified crops.


Technology for reclaming wastelands

We provide expertise in greening and reclamation of wasteland to turn it into green, productive land. We do this using a beneficial group of micro-organisms known as mycorrhizal fungi. Successful examples of sites reclaimed using this technology include fly ash overburdens, alkali chlor-laden sites, distillery effluent discharge sites, phosphogypsum ponds, coal mines, red mud, saline and arid sites.

Next generation technology to produce high-quality mycorrhiza

Mycorrhiza is a biofertiliser that helps promote plant growth in an environment-friendly manner and provides several benefits during the plant cultivation stages. Our in-vitro mass production technology uses a sterile, contamination-free environment, to commerciallly produce this high-quality mycorrhiza, which is viable, healthy, and genetically pure. Our next generation technology for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi is suitable for industries and requires less space for maximum recovery of propagules (up to 1000 billion propagules/annum).

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Senior Director, Sustainable Agriculture
Associate Director, Sustainable Agriculture
Associate Fellow and Area Convenor, Sustainable Agriculture
Fellow and Area Convenor, Centre for Excellence in Agrinanotechnology