M. S. Reddy
Professor, Consultant & Entrepreneur at Auburn University and Auburn Ventures
Dr. Reddy is a Professor in the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Auburn University, USA. He has 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. He 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. He established a multi-disciplinary and is nationally and internationally recognized, a 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.
Reddy has developed several commercial biofertilizers and biofungicides for sustainable agriculture with national and international collaborative efforts. He is the author and co-author of 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. He was a panelist on several granting agency review boards, Chief Editor, Editor, Associate Editor and Reviewer of research papers for several national and international journals. He has developed and managed grants in partnership with national and international research and development organizations that have reached over several millions of dollars. His research efforts have been recognized widely and he has been invited to several countries around the globe for presentations and research collaborations. Since 1987, he's 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, he 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 1500 registered life members from around the globe and is growing every day. To-date, six very successful Asian PGPR International Conferences have been organized including: First Asian PGPR International Conference in Hyderabad, India (2009), Second Asian PGPR Conference in Beijing, China (2011), Third Asian PGPR Conference in Manila, Philippines (2013), all the way up to the Sixth held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The 7th Asian PGPR International Conference is going to be held in KL. Malaysia during August of 2021.
Reddy has participated as a Chair of workshops in scientific programs and an organizer of numerous symposia and workshops at international conferences. He trained several M.Sc. and Ph. D. graduates, post-doctoral and visiting scientists at national and international levels as well as received prestigious awards from USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, China, South Korea, India etc. He is a successful businessperson, investor and entrepreneur of www.auburnventures.com, Auburn, Alabama, USA. Currently he is a consultant for several national and international educational, industrial, and governmental and non-governmental funding agencies including WHO, FAO, Asian Bank etc.