Prof. Zaki Anwar Siddiqui





    Biocontrol of plant diseases and interactions of pathogens


    4/42 D-13, Millat Enclave, Near Paan Wali Kothi, Opposite Ohad Residency, Dodhpur, Aligarh-202001, Permanent Address: Town and P.O. Samdhan Distt. Kannauj (U.P.)-209722





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Zaki Anwar Siddiqui, Professor, Department of Botany, A.M.U. Aligarh was borne on 29th September 1963, Graduated from Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh, India in 1982. He has passed his Post Graduation in 1984 and obtained his M. Phil and Ph.D. in 1986 and 1990 respectively from the same university. He has worked as Research Associate, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi from 1992-1996. Dr. Siddiqui was appointed Lecturer at Aligarh Muslim University on 16 January, 1996 and Reader on 15 June, 2006. He was appointed Associate Professor on 15 June 2009 and Professor on 15 June, 2012. Dr. Siddiqui was Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, Japan from 1st October, 2007 to 30 September 2008. He has published more than 150 research papers and review articles and edited 2 books published from Springer, Netherlands. Dr. Siddiqui has worked as Principal investigator of two major research projects sanctioned by Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi and University Grants commission, New Delhi on the Biological control of plant diseases. His main area of research is biological control of plant diseases using plant growth promoting rhizobacteria, mycorrhizal fungi and some antagonistic fungi. Dr Siddiqui has also worked on the plant disease complexes involving nematodes, fungi and bacteria. He has participated and delivered invited talks in several national and international conferences and has visited China, Japan, Australia,Latin America and Spain. He is fellow of  Indian Phytopathological Society and Fellow of Indian Botanical Society.

        Dr. Siddiqui has studied mechanisms of interactions of nematode, fungal and bacterial   disease complexes and their management. He has studied wilt disease complex of pigeon pea, root rot disease complex of chickpea, blight disease complex of pea, wilt disease complex of brinjal, soft rot disease complex of carrot and root-rot disease complex of beetroot etc. Inoculation of plant parasitic nematodes prior / simultaneous to bacterial and fungal pathogens in increase disease severity and adversely affect plant growth and yield of crops. He also studied the effect of soil types on disease complexes and use of 20 % fly ash with soil was found beneficial for plant growth, yield and also reduce disease indices and nematode reproduction. Biocontrol of disease complexes of pigeon pea, chickpea, tomato, pea, carrot and beetroot was also studied by him using plant growth promoting rhizobacteria, mycorrhizal fungi, antagonistic fungi, plant straw, organic manures etc. He had isolated 123 Bacillus and Pseudomonas isolates from pigeon pea and chickpea fields of U.P. These isolates were tested for their biocontrol potential and isolates Pa324, B18, B615, Pf605, Pf736, and B739 were found potential for the management above mentioned disease complexes in pot, field trials and also by farmers. Species of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi were also isolated, identified and tested for their biocontrol potential. Rhizophagus irregularis (Glomus intraradices) was found potential alone and with other biocontrol agents for disease management. He has also reported successful management of disease complexes using SiO2, ZnO, TiO2, Ag2O and ZrO2 nanoparticles.

General account of bacteria
Characteristics of fungi
Powdery mildew of Cucurbits
White rust of crucifers
wilt of pigeon pea
Leaf curl of papaya