Ovaid Akhtar

M.Sc. (Botany), D.Phil.

Ovaid Akhtar
All the contents of this website are designed, developed and maintained by Dr. Ovaid Akhtar. Dr. Akhtar is currently working as assistant professor in Botany at Kamla Nehru Institute of Physical and Social Sciences, Sultanpur. He is an academician, plant pathologist, mycorrhizast, botanist, researcher as well as a good photographer. All the photographs in this website are personal recordings of his own.
After getting basic education from a school at his birth place, Sonpipri Khurd, he went to Allahabad for his further education. After passing intermediate in 2008, he enrolled in Ewing Christian College, Allahabad, from where he completed graduation (B.Sc.) in biology in 2011 and awarded by certificate of merit. During graduation he had opted a vocational course, named Biological Techniques and Specimen Preparation (BTSP), where he was trained in photographic skills by Dr. Samuel John. He has completed his masters (M.Sc.) in Botany in 2013 from the Department of Botany, University of Allahabad with specialization in plant pathology and plant protection. During specialization under Professor Harbans Kaur Kehri his interest was developed into identification and management of plant diseases.

After completing his masters, he has enrolled for doctorate (D.Phil.) in Sciences under the noble guidance of professor Harbans Kaur Kehri. Meanwhile, he has qualified CSIR/UGC NET/JRF and awarded with Junior and then Senior Research Fellowship. Under the supervision of prof. Kehri, he has done tremendous works in the field of arbuscular mycorrhizal taxonomy and phytoremediation. He has presented his work in International Conference on Mycorrhiza 9 (ICOM9) held at Prague, Czech Republic in 2017. He has defended his doctoral thesis in 2019.
While doing doctoral research study he was appointed as assistant professor in Botany at Kamla Nehru Institute of Physical and Social Sciences, Sultanpur, where he is serving since 2017.

Current affiliation

Assistant Professor,
Department of Botany,
Kamla Nehru Institute of Physical and Social Sciences,
Sultanpur - 228118 India

Area of specialization

  • Arbuscular Mycorrhiza
  • Phytoremediation
  • Plant pathology
  • Mycology


Research articles

  • Akhtar, O., Kehri, H.K., Zoomi, I., 2020. Arbuscular mycorrhiza and Aspergillus terreus inoculation along with compost amendment enhance the phytoremediation of Cr-rich technosol by Solanum lycopersicum under field conditions. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 201, p.110869. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2020.110869). (ISSN: 0147-6513)

  • Zoomi, I., Kehri H.K., Pandey, D., Akhtar, O., 2019. Effect of AM Fungi on Growth Performance of Capsicum annum L. Raised in Heavy Metals Contaminated Soil. International Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences, 9(3), pp. 230-238. (ISSN: 2230-7605)
  • Akhtar, O., Mishra, R. and Kehri, H.K., 2019. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Association Contributes to Cr Accumulation and Tolerance in Plants Growing on Cr Contaminated Soils. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences, pp.1-8. (https://doi.org/10.1007/s40011-017-0914-4). (ISSN: 2250-1746)
  • Kehri, H.K., Akhtar, O., Zoomi, I. and Pandey, D., 2018. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi: Taxonomy and its Systematics. International Journal of Life Sciences Research, 6(4), pp. 58-71. (ISSN: 2348-3148)
  • Pandey, D., Zoomi, I., Akhtar, O., Srivastava, P. and Kehri, H.K., 2018. Approaches for Remediation of Arsenic Contamination from Soil and Water: A Review. International Journal of Life Sciences Research, 6(3), pp. 146-162. (ISSN: 2348-3148)
  • Mishra, Rani, Kehri, H.K., Akhtar, O., 2016. Diversity and status of Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the ornamental plants growing under natural conditions at different sites of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Journal of Basic and Applied Mycology. 12(1 and 2) 64-76. (ISSN, 0972-7167)
  • Kehri, H.K., Khare, V., Akhtar, O., Zoomi, I., 2016. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi; Potential Inoculants for Cultivation of Aromatic Plant Vetiveria Zizanioides in Alkaline Soil. Journal of Indian Botanical Society. 95(1 and 2), 126-135. (ISSN: 2455-7218)
  • Kehri, H.K., Khare, V., Akhtar, O., Srivastava, P., 2016. Application of Native Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi for Cultivation of Aromatic Plant Cymbopogon flexuosus in Alkaline Soil. Mycorrhiza News. 27(4), 6-12. (ISSN: 0970-695X)

Chapters in book

  • Zoomi, I., Kehri, H.K., Akhtar, O., Pandey, D., Singh, U., Chaudhary, K.L. and Narayan, R.P., Biological Wastewater Treatment Technology: Advancement and Drawback. In Removal of Emerging Contaminants Through Microbial Processes (pp. 207-216). Springer, Singapore. (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-5901-3_10). (ISBN: 978-981-15-5901-3).
  • Pandey, D., Kehri, H.K., Zoomi, I., Singh, U., Chaudhri, K.L., Akhtar, O. (2020). Potassium Solubilizing Microbes: Diversity, Ecological Significances and Biotechnological Applications. In: Yadav, A.N., Singh, J., Rastegari, A.S., Yadav, N. (eds) Plant Microbiomes for Sustainable Agriculture (pp. 263-286). Springer, Cham. (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-38453-1_9). (ISBN: 978-3-030-38453-1)
  • Akhtar, O., Zoomi, I., Pandey, D., Kehri, H.K., Narayan, R.P. (2020). Tripartite Interaction Among Nanoparticles, Symbiotic Microbes, and Plants: Current Scenario and Future Perspectives. In: Bhushan, I., Singh, V., Tripathi, D. (eds) Nanomaterials and Environmental Biotechnology. Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences (pp. 55-64). Springer, Cham. (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34544-0_4). (ISBN: 978-3-030-34544-0)
  • Zoomi I., Kehri H.K., Akhtar O., Pandey D., Srivastava P., Narayan R.P. (2020). Ecotoxicity of Metallic Nanoparticles and Possible Strategies for Risk Assessment. In: Bhushan I., Singh V., Tripathi D. (eds) Nanomaterials and Environmental Biotechnology. Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences (ISSN: 41-53). Springer, Cham. (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34544-0_3). (ISBN: 978-3-030-34544-0)

  • Zoomi, I., Kehri, H.K., Akhtar, O., Srivastava, P., Pandey, D. and Narayan, R.P., 2019. Medicinal Plants of India and Their Antimicrobial Property. In Ethnopharmacology and Biodiversity of Medicinal Plants (pp. 205-227). Apple Academic Press.
  • Pandey, D., Kehri, H.K., Zoomi, I., Akhtar, O., Singh, A.K. (2019). Mycorrhizal Fungi: Biodiversity, Ecological Significance, and Industrial Applications. In Recent Advancement in White Biotechnology Through Fungi (pp. 181-199). Springer, Cham. (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10480-1_5)
  • Kehri, H.K., Akhtar, O., 2018. Approaches in Studying the Diversity of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. In: Singh, S. (ed). Biodiversity: Monitoring Management and Utilization, Astral International Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, pp. 91-110. (ISBN: 9789351249276)
  • Zoomi I., Narayan R.P., Akhtar O., Srivastava P. (2017) Role of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria in Reclamation of Wasteland. In: Patra J., Vishnuprasad C., Das G. (eds) Microbial Biotechnology. Springer, Singapore. (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6847-8_3). (ISBN: 978-981-10-6847-8)
  • Kehri, H.K., Mishra, Rani, Rai, P., Akhtar, O., 2017. Potential Use of AM Fungi for Better Utilization of Fly Ash in Terrestrial Ecosystem and Agroecosystem. In: Aggarwal, A. and Yadav, K. (eds). Mycorrhizal fungi, Astral International Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, pp. 275-290. (ISBN: 978935124841)