My research interests focus on plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses in field and laboratory settings where mechanistic approach of plant physiology and agronomic experiments are harmonised. Uncertain climate variability prompted me to concentrate on pre-breeding and agronomy research to reduce impact on food security by more climate resilient crops.
I am leading Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) based cropping systems research in South and Southeast Asia for sustainable production since I join CIAT May 2017. The main focuses are on the nutrition of cassava and associated soil management to improve livelihoods of small holder farmers. Much of my work emphasizes the appropriate use of NPK fertilisers, effect of disease on cassava yield, and response of diseases to fertiliser application. Rapid multiplication of clonal propagated crop (as cassava) is also an important aspect of my research.
Prior to joining CIAT, I have conducted projects in Australia, Japan and Bangladesh working closely with UWA Principal Investigators. I completed my PhD. in Plant Science (2003) from the university of Western Australia under the supervision of Dr. Marcus Schortemeyer, Prof. Tim Colmer and, Prof. Hans Lambers.
Currently, I am based in Vientiane, Laos. I have published 30+ referred journal papers and 2 book chapters since 2001. I am an adjunct Senior research fellow at the University of Western Australia. I supervise PhD and MSc Students. I am currently serving as a Section Editor for the Journal Plant and Soil.