Rajeev Nayan Bahuguna, co-first author of “Carbon dioxide responsiveness mitigates rice yield loss under high night temperature”
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa, India
Education: M.Sc. Plant Physiology, Ph.D. Plant Physiology, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India
Non-scientific Interests: Writing poetry, Photography
Brief bio: Rajeev completed his early education in Uttarkashi, a small town in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India. Fascinated by the beauty of nature, he was always intrigued by plants adaptation to diverse environments. His passion to study more about plant biology resulted in him perusing his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Plant Physiology. Later he joined the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and worked with Dr. Krishna Jagadish, Heat Stress Physiology Group, where he conducted experiments to understand rice responses to high night temperature. He gradually developed his interest in photosynthesis, respiration and source-sink dynamics, which are key target traits affected by high night temperature in rice. After completing his post-doctoral research, Rajeev moved back to India, where he received a Fast-track Young Scientist Fellowship Grant, Govt. of India to work as an independent researcher at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He started his research on CO2-high night temperature interaction in rice using field-based heat tents and Free Air CO2 Enrichment Facility. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor, Plant Physiology, Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa, India where his major research area includes plant respiration, source-sink dynamics, grain quality and other plant responses to multiple abiotic stresses occurring under natural environment.