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2024 Speakers

Roshan Maroti Shinde

Roshan Maroti Shinde, Speaker at Plant Science Conferences
Indira Gandhi Agriculture University, India
Title : Leveraging bacterial isolates for sustainable rice straw decomposition: An eco-friendly paradigm


Annually millions of tons of paddy straw waste produced poses an environmental crisis as the majority of it remains unused or is subjected to polluting burning practices. Microbial composting emerges as a sustainable solution for repurposing rice straw, but it requires robust lignocellulolytic microbes capable of efficient conversion and environmental mitigation. This research focuses on isolation and screening of the potential of microbial isolates to decompose or transform rice straw waste in to pulp across diverse in lab and on field experimental setups. The isolates underwent comprehensive biochemical and molecular characterization. 16s rRNA sequence analysis confirmed the identity of key isolates, including species like Stenothermophil Acinetobacter, Uncultured bacterium, Erwinia chrysanthemi, Vibrio cyclitrophicus, Enterobacter cloacae, Aeromonas sanarellii, Pseudomonas putida, Sphingobacterium thalpophilum strain, and Enterobacter asburiae etc. Results showcased highly efficient rice straw decomposition, with notable achievements such as a 25-day time frame in glass experiments and 35 days in field conditions. Moreover, specific bacterial isolates, such as 5A, TR32, SH2A, SH, S, AK15, AK17, and AK21, demonstrated exceptional efficacy in converting rice straw into pulp. The study also explored laccase activity, a pivotal enzyme in lignin degradation, revealing isolate SH2A as the highest performer. This study promotes eco-friendly alternatives to stubble burning through a multidimensional, sustainable waste management approach, charting a greener and more promising future.

Keywords: Paddy straw waste, lignocellulolytic microbes, sustainable waste management, Laccase.


Dr. Roshan Maroti Shinde is an experienced agricultural biotechnology professional and assistant professor at Vasantrao Naik College of Agricultural Biotechnology, Yavatmal. He has a strong academic background, including a bachelor's degree in Agriculture from Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth Akola, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Dr. Shinde has also qualified national exams such as ICAR JRF, JNU CEEB, ASRB-NET, and UGC-SET. He has over five years of experience in teaching and research in agricultural biotechnology and has published his research in national and international journals. Dr. Shinde has received the Young Scientist Award for his contributions in the field. His dedication and thirst for knowledge have made him a respected figure in agricultural research and academia.

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