M.Sc. (Botany); Ph.D. (Botany)
Microbiology, Microbial Ecology and Plant Pathology.
PG teaching: 31years; Research/Guiding: 34 years
19 awarded. One student submitted her thesis. Currently, four research students are working under my supervision.
Completed several major research projects supported by different funding agencies. Currently, a twinning project entitled, “Fungal and mycotoxin contamination of stored maize (Zea mays Linn) samples in Meghalaya and antimicrobial and mycotoxin inhibitory efficacy of some biocontrol agents and essential oils of traditionally used medicinal plants of the region” in collaboration with Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India is in progress.
Book Chapter: Four
Prof. M. S. Dkhar and her group has participated and presented over 40 research papers in National Symposia/Seminars/Workshops.
Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India sponsored Twinning project entitled, “Fungal and mycotoxin contamination of stored maize (Zea mays Linn) samples in Meghalaya and anti-microbial and mycotoxin inhibitory efficacy of some biocontrol agents and essential oils of traditionally used medicinal plants of the region” under DBT’s program for the NE’in collaboration with Prof. N. K. Dubey (PI) and Dr. Bhanu Prakash (Co-I), Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi is going on (2017-2020).
Completed a Twinning project entitled, “Survey of endophytic fungi associated with some aromatic plants of North Eastern region and assessment of their effect on chemical profile and biological activity as antimicrobial, aflatoxin inhibitors and antioxidant” in collaboration with Prof. N. K. Dubey (PI) and Dr. Richa Raghuwanshi (Co-I) Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (2014-2017).
Currently, the research interests include endophytes and essential oils
of some medicinally important aromatic plants of north eastern region as antimicrobial agents against phytopathogens, and documentation and biodiversity of wood rotting fungi of different forest stands of north eastern region. Prof. Dkhar and her research group have reported nine wood rotting fungi for the first time from India. The species reported were Microporus quarrie (Dawki, Jaintia Hills), Cyclomyces fuscus, Humphreya coffeatum and Heterobasidion perplexa, a rare species ? new to India (Mawphlang Sacred Grove, Meghalaya), Coltriciella dependens (NEHU Campus, Shillong), Favolaschia calocera (Phusachodu community forest, Nagaland), Pholiota polychroa (Rusoma community forest, Nagaland) and Jackrogersella minutela and Porodisculus orientalis (also a new to India, Puliebadze reserved forest, Nagaland). The research work on wood -rotting fungi with special emphasis on edible fungi in different forest stands of Manipur is also in progress.
Delivered several invited talks in National Seminars /Symposia/Workshops.