Dr. Reddy is a Professor in the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Auburn University, USA. Earned a Ph. D. in Integrated Pest Management with speciality in Biological Control and PGPR from the Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Completed Post Doctoral training in the Department of Botany at the University of Toronto, Canada. Worked as a Scientist, Senior Scientist and R & D Global Manager for several industries such as ExxonMobil (Esso – Imperial Oil), Agrium, Cominco fertilizers, Allelix etc. in Canada for over 15 years and its current position since 1998. Established a multi-disciplinary, nationally and internationally recognized, comprehensive research in the area of biological control of soil-borne diseases, IPM, biofertilizers & biofungicides (PGPR), induced systemic resistance, organic agriculture, development of safer environmentally-friendly agricultural products for sustainable agriculture with reduction of pesticide use and poverty alleviation around the world for over 40 years. Developed several commercial biofertilizers and biofungicides for sustainable agriculture with national and international collorative efforts. Authored and co-authored over 300 peer reviewed research papers in high impact journals and several book chapters, refereed research and extension articles, proceedings, bulletins, popular press reports, electronic media and others. Panelist on several granting agency review boards, Chief Editor, Editor, Associate Editor and Reviewer of research papers for several national and international journals. Developed and managed grants in partnership with national and international research and development organizations that have reached over several millions of dollars. Research efforts have been recognized widely and invited to several countries around the globe for presentations and research collaborations. Since 1987, participated in sucessfully organizing International PGPR Workshops includes Orillia, Ontario, Canada in 1987; Interlaken, Switzerland in 1990; Adelaide, Australia in 1994; Sapporo, Japan in 1997; Cordoba, Argentina in 2000; Kerala, India in 2003; Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands 2006; Portland, USA in 2009; Medellin, Colombia in 2012; and Liege, Belgium in 2015. In 2009, established a non-profit Asian PGPR Society of Sustainable Agriculture with likely-minded group of scientific friends and registered the society in India and later in USA to enable scientists, researchers, academicians, government groups, students, farmers, and industry personnel etc. from various agricultural disciplines to meet every two years in different Asian Countries and discuss their common interests in teaching, research and commercialization of PGPR’s. Asian PGPR Society has more than 1200 registered life members from around the globe and is growing every day. To-date, four very successful Asian PGPR International Conferences have been organized includes; 1st Asian PGPR International Conference in Hyderabad, India (2009); 2nd Asian PGPR Conference in Beijing, China (2011); 3rd Asian PGPR Conference in Manila, Philippines (2013); 4th in Hanoi, Vietnam (2015) and the 5th will be in held in Bogor, Indonesia from July 16-19, 2017. Participated as a Chair of workshops of the scientific programs and an organizer of numerous symposia and workshops at international conferences. Trained several M.Sc. and Ph. D. graduates, post-doctorals and visiting scientists at national and international levels. Received prestigious awards from USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, China, South Korea, India etc. Successful Businessperson, Investor & Entrepreneur of www.auburnventures.com, Auburn, Alabama, USA. Consultant for several national and international educational, industrial and governemntal and non-govermental funding agencies.
Biological control of soil-borne and foliar pathogens, Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), induced systemic resistance (ISR), commercial development of biofungicides and biofertilizers, efficacy of fungicides and bactericides for disease control in various crops and ornamentals, integrated pest management, plant pathogen interactions, chemical compatibility and mechanisms of biological control. Special interest in disease management of tropical crops such as rice, cereals, sugar cane, coffee, tea, mango, spices and other plantation crops. Emphasis has been directed towards the use of biofertilizers and biofungicides for sustainable agriculture in developing countries.
Ph. D. Biological Sciences (Plant Pathology and Biological Control), Centre for Pest Management, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, 1986.
M. Sc. Botany (Plant Pathology Major (Aerobiology), Andhra University, Waltair, India, 1977.
B. Sc. Biological Sciences, Andhra University, Waltair, India, 1975.