Dr Rama Kant Dubey

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 


English, Hindi

Research Focus

Enhancing the food and nutritional security for a rapidly growing human population is one of the important sustainability challenges of this 21st century and also the target of United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) by the year 2030. However, intensive agricultural practices have resulted in rampant pollution due to the indiscriminate use of agrochemicals, drastically reduced the soil quality and aboveground-belowground biodiversity mainly due to the loss of soil structure, organic carbon, essential micro and macronutrients, and enhanced trace gases emission. Therefore, sustainable management of agroecosystems is of paramount importance to ensure the food and nutritional security of an additional 3 billion population by 2050 and also to maximize the food production and soil biodiversity without negatively affecting the ecosystems services offered by the soil system. Against this backdrop, during my doctoral research, I have developed various climate-smart and resource conservation agro-biotechnological practices for improving the soil fertility, carbon stock, aboveground-belowground biodiversity, and enhancing the yield and nutritional quality of agricultural produces. Furthermore, I am highly interested to develop sustainable agricultural practices that could offer the complete package for improving soil, plant, human and environmental health and help in achieving the targets of the UN-SDGs.

Research Groups

  • Agri-Environmental Systems Biology (AESB) Group, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Lab#9, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, UP, India


  • In my postdoctoral research at NUS, Singapore, I am interested to know how the knowledge of microbial ecology, above-below-ground plant-chemical-microbe axis, and microbe-microbe interactions can contribute to the early stage re-vegetation of degraded Southeast Asian Peat Ecosystems.
  • My doctoral research at IESD-BHU, India, was lies in the area of agroecosystems management (plant-soil-nutrient axis), soil biology and agro-environmental microbiology. There, I have investigated the impact of sustainable agro-biotechnological practices on soil quality, carbon stocks, rhizospheric microbes and enhancing the yield and nutritional quality of agricultural produce under diverse agroecosystems of Uttar Pradesh, India. My doctoral research work has been supported by the CSIR, India. In the same, I also worked at Helmholtz Zentrum, (HMGU) Munich, in a short term research project and identified the structure and functions of the crops-specific microbiomes under conventional and sustainably managed agricultural fields. My work at HMGU was funded by BMBF, Govt. of Germany.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Doctoral Felllow (IESD, BHU, India)
  • Guest Scientist (HMGU, Munich, Germany)

Global goals

Target 2.1
Target 2.3
Target 2.4
Target 2.5
Target 12.2
Target 12.4
Target 12.8
Target 15.1
Target 15.3
Target 15.5

Professional Organisations

  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute & Banaras Hindu University, India; HMGU, Munich, Germany; National University of Singapore, Singapore


  • Singapore
  • India
  • Germany