Before starting my career in teaching & research in insect pest management, I obtained basic knowledge of science (Zoology; specialization: Entomology) at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. Further study at Universiteit Gent, Belgium boosted me to acquire in-depth knowledge of microscopic nematodes called as entomopathogenic nematodesŁ. Currently, I am interested in to utilize these beneficial nematodes in the management of insect pests of agricultural importance.
I have carried out research work in different government-funded projects at Dr. YSP University of Horticulture & Forestry (Solan), National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources (formerly Project Directorate of Biological Control) (Bangalore), Indian Institute of Pulses Research (Kanpur), SVP University of Agriculture & Technology (Meerut) and Indian Agricultural Research Institute (New Delhi) during the period 1998 to 2011, besides the work carried out at Institute for Agriculture & Fisheries Research (University of Ghent, Belgium) under Prof. Maurice Moens.
I was involved in teaching and research of entomology-related courses for 4 years (from 2012 to 2015) at Hamelmalo Agricultural College, Keren, Eritrea (North-East Africa). During this period, I have guided 16 undergraduate students for completion of 4 senior research projects required for award of degree. I was also actively involved in co-curricular activities such as curriculum review, preparation of strategic plan for the department, establishment of plant protection lab and departmental exhibition at college level, and served as plant protection laboratory in-charge.
I have published more than 20 research articles in international / national journals and attended/presented +20 papers in symposia, conferences, congress or workshop.
* Instrumental in setting up biological control agent especially entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) research laboratories at Bangalore, Kanpur and Meerut while working in different government-funded projects in India during 1998 to 2010.
* Developed Bio-Intensive Integrated Pest Management (BIPM) module for the control of white grub, especially Holotrichia consanguinea, wreaking havoc on sugarcane crop in Western Uttar Pradesh, India [refer Hussain et al. 2009. In: 5th int. conf. on Biopesticides: Stakeholders perspectives, April 26-30, 2009. Organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in collaboration with Society for Promotion and Innovation of Biopesticides (SPIB) at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India].
* Developed formulation of nematode-infected insect cadavers for the management of white grubs. For example, while working in Belgium, I formulated infected EPN insect and applied under field condition to control chafers. This work yielded one publication [refer Ansari et al. 2009. Pest Management Science volume 65, pages 367-374].
* Identified two indigenous nematode species, viz., Heterorhabditis indica and Steinernema asiaticum from Meerut. Of these, H. indica was highly virulent against several insect pests of agricultural importance [refer Pal et al. 2008. Int. J. Nematol. Volume 18(2), pages 198-202; Prasad et al. 2012. Vegetos volume 25(1), pages 343-351].
* A team member in identification of two new species of beneficial nematodes (Steinernema masoodi and S. seemae) from Uttar Pradesh, India [refer Ali et al. 2005. Int. J. Nematol. Volume 15(1), pages 89-99].