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Dr.K.Surendra Gopal

Professor & Head
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Brief Profile of the staff: 

  • 25 years of experience in teaching, research and extension activities in the field of Agricultural Microbiology.
  • Area of research: Microbial inoculants, Plant-Microbe interactions, Climate change impact on soil microflora.
  • Courses offered :

UG: Agri. Microbiology, Microbial inoculants production of Biocontrol and biofertilizer organisms

PG: Biofertilizer Technology, Microbial Physiology & metabolism, Soil Microbiology, Microbial Biotechnology, Principles of Microbiology, Organic Farming and Soil Health, Food Microbiology


  • Currently handling 4 research projects as Principal Investigator and 2 as Co-Principal Investigator.
  • Completed 5 research projects as Principal Investigator and 9 as Co-Principal Investigator.
  • Guided 18 M.Sc. (KAU) and 28 PG (Outside KAU) students as Major Advisor.
  • Published about 80 research papers and published a book on Biofertilizers for sustainable production of horticultural crops ISBN: 978-93-90591-29-9.New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi. 122 pages


  • Technical advisor for the Production of biofertilizers to the State Biocontrol Lab (State Dept. of Agriculture), Mannuthy, Thrissur
  • Member of the State level Technical Committee of State Biocontrol Lab (State Dept. of Agriculture), Manuthy, Thrissur
  • Member of the Project Co-Ordination (PC) group of KAU on Post-Harvest Technology and Value Addition, Aromatic and medicinal plants and Plant Pathogens and Beneficial Microbes.
  • Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Tropical Agriculture published by Kerala Agricultural University.
  • Conducted 5 state level vocational training on Techniques in Microbiology, Mycorrhiza and Production technology for microbial inoculants.
  • Acted as a resource person for various other training programme on microbial inoculants.
  • Consultancy services offered and being offered on establishment of microbial inoculants production unit for entrepreneurs and other stake holders.
  • A technology on cheap liquid formulations with enhanced shelf-life were developed for Trichoderma and Pseudomonas fluorescens.
  • Certificate of appreciation was awarded by KAU for the valuable contributions in the  development of nutmeg variety (KAU Pullan, KAU Poothara, KAU Mundathanam, KAU Punnathanam and KAU Kochukudy)
  • Life - member of Indian Society of Soil Biology and Ecology, UAS, Bangalore and Agrometerologists Association of India (Annual Member)


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College of Agriculture
Kerala Agricultural University
Thrissur Kerala 680656
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