Anita SINGH, PhD in Botany (India)

Anita Singh

Anita holds a PhD in Botany from the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India and is currently working as a young scientist at the Department of Botany, University of Allahabad, India. Her latest research focuses on the synthesis of nanopowder from leaves of metal accumulator plants and its implementation in a hydroponic system to reduce metal uptake by plants.

Current position: DST-Young Scientist at the University of Allahabad, India

Research focus: Synthesis of nanopowder from leaves of metal accumulator plants and its implementation in hydroponic systems

In her PhD thesis she developed economically viable soil remediation techniques and tried to mitigate the impact of heavy metals on plant physiology, plant yield and human health.

In 2012 Anita was awarded a Green Talent. The jury noted the tremendous impact of her research and was particularly impressed by her excellent record of publications and awards, including the Alice J. Murphy Outstanding Award for excellence in Research and Education. She went on to work as a postdoctoral fellow at her University in Allahabad. Green Talents gave Anita the opportunity to meet outstanding scientists and interact with leading German institutions.

2013 & 2016 Received Best Presentation Award in the Seminar held by Indian Science Congress Association
2007 Alice J. Murphy Outstanding Award for excellence in Research and Education


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2012):

University of Allahabad, India

Research focus: Irrigation water as a source of heavy metal contamination in vegetable crops; soil remediation

Award-winning botanist Anita Singh is developing economically viable soil remediation techniques and trying to mitigate the impact of heavy metals on plant physiology, plant yield and human health.

Heavy metals in the environment are permanent. Instead of decaying, like organic pollutants, they "bioaccumulate" and are extremely toxic in high concentrations. As it turns out, heavy metals can be introduced into the human food chain when farmers irrigate their crops using treated industrial or municipal wastewater. An insidious problem, this was the subject of Anita Singh's PhD dissertation work, several of her first international publications, and an award-winning paper which assessed the risk of heavy metal toxicity from contaminated vegetables and the implications for human health.

Today a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Allahabad, India, Singh is now focusing her efforts on sustainable solutions to the problem. Because many conventional soil remediation technologies have proven expensive and disruptive, Singh is developing cost-effective techniques for reducing the bioavailability of heavy metals and mitigating their impact on plant physiology, plant yield and human health. “My aim is to apply biotechnology to achieve environmentally sound solutions to the global waste crisis facing both developed and developing countries,” says Singh. “Improving agricultural productivity while removing toxic chemicals and heavy metal pollution from the environment will be crucial to sustainable development.”

The jury noted the tremendous impact of Singh's research in her field and was particularly impressed by her excellent record of publications and awards, including the Alice J. Murphy Outstanding Award for excellence in Research and Education.