Dr. Anjan Kumar sarma

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Science




Ph.D in Life Sciences from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. Thesis title: Studies on post harvest spoilage of cowpea seeds and its prevention


First class in M.Sc. (Botany) with specialization in Microbiology from Gauhati University


First class in B.Sc. (Botany) from Pragjyotish College, Guwahati


Second division in HSSLC examination from Aryabhatta Junior Science College, Guwahati


Second division in HSLC examination from Dispur Govt. H.S. School, Guwahati





Job responsibilities

1.8.2019 - Present

Assam down town University, Guwahati

Assistant Professor

Teaching and Research

5.8.2017 – 31.7.2019

ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam,  Meghalaya

Research Associate


6.8.2013 – 31.3.2017

ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam,  Meghalaya

Research Associate


8.3.2011- 5.8.2013

ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam,  Meghalaya

Senior Research Fellow


16.6.2008 -7.8.2010

MNC Balika Mahavidyalaya, Nalbari, Assam



16.1.2007 – 16.7.2007

NIRD-NERC, Guwahati

Field Investigator

Documentation of research data

  • Research paper in international and national journal:
  1. AK Sarma (2021) Effect of essential oils on viability and nutritional quality of stored cowpea seeds. International Journal of Botany Studies, 6(5):1145-1148
  2. AK Sarma (2021). Isolation of mycoflora present in the rhizosphere of cowpea grown from stored seeds. International Journal of Biology, Pharmacy and Allied Sciences, 10(9):2932-2941 https://doi.org/10.31032/IJBPAS/2021/10.9.5602
  3. AK Sarma (2021). Fungi present in stored cowpea seeds and its effect on seed quality. Research Journal of Agricultural Sciences -An International Journal, 12(1): 289–293
  4. AK Sarma, G Das (2020). Studies on relationship between storage fungi of cowpea and their colonization in the roots. International Journal of Biology, Pharmacy and Allied Sciences, 10(4):1298-1307 https://doi.org/10.31032/IJBPAS/2021/10.4.5444
  5. G Das, AK Sarma, NJ Das, P Bhagawati, R K Sharma (2020). Indigenous medicinal plants of Tripura used by the folklore practitioners for the treatment of bone fractures. International Journal of Life science and Pharma Research 11(3): 17-22  http://dx.doi.org/10.22376/ijpbs/lpr.2021.11.3.L17-22
  6. K Mahanta, R Yendrembam, D Nath, A Baishya, M C Talukder, A K Sarma, D J Rajkhowa (2020). Long term cultivation effect on soil health inside poly houses under sub-tropical condition of North East India. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences. 9(3): 1648-1658  https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.903.193
  7. DJ Rajkhowa, AK Sarma, PN Bhattacharyya, K Mahanta (2019). Bioconversion of agricultural waste and its efficient utilization in the hilly ecosystem of Northeast India. International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture 8:11–20 https://doi.org/10.1007/s40093-019-0253-y
  8. K Mahanta, AK Sarma, J Deka (2018). Metribuzin dissipation pattern in soil and its residue in soil and chilli. Indian Journal of Weed Science 50(4): 405–407 https://doi.org/10.5958/0974-8164.2018.00087.4
  9. K Mahanta, P Dutta, DJ Nath, J Deka, IC Barua, NC Deka, AK Sarma (2017). Long term application of herbicides on soil microbial demography in rice - rice cropping sequence of North-East India. Indian Journal of Weed Science 49(4): 317–323 https://doi.org/10.5958/0974-8164.2017.00085.5
  10. DJ Rajkhowa, AK Sarma, K Mahanta, US Saikia, R Krishnappa (2017). Effect of vermicompost on geengram productivity and soil health under hilly ecosystem of North East India. Journal of Environmental Biology, 38 (1): 15-19 https://doi.org/10.22438/jeb/38/1/MS-114
  11. AK Sarma, PN Bhattacharyya (2016). Effect of beneficial microorganisms on cowpea productivity and soil health. Journal of Advance Research in Biology & Pharmacy Research, 1(5): 15-21
  12. DJ Rajkhowa, PN Bhattacharya, AK Sarma, K Mahanta (2014). Diversity and distribution of earthworms in different soil habitats of Assam, North-East India, an Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot. Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences, India Section B. Biological Sciences. 85 (2): 389-396 https://doi.org/10.1007/s40011-014-0380-1
  13. DJ Rajkhowa, K Mahanta, Manoj-Kumar, AK Sarma (2014). Nitrogen mineralization from rice straw as influenced by organic and inorganic amendments in acid soil. Agrochimica. 58(2):103-113
  14. AK Sarma, MR Devi, A Nigam (2014). Efficiency of storage device for long term storage of cowpea seeds. International Journal of Agriculture, Environment and Biotechnology, 7(2): 233-240 https://doi.org/10.5958/2230-732X.2014.00239.3 
  15. AK Sarma, MR Devi, A Nigam (2014). Antagonistic effect of essential oils against pathogenic storage fungi of cowpea. Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences. 16(4): 965-972
  16. AK Sarma, PN Bhattacharya, DJ Rajkhowa, DK Jha (2014). Impact of global climate change on beneficial plant-microbe association, Annals of Biological Research. 5(3): 36-37
  17. AK Sarma, MR Devi (2011). Management of Rhizosphere on enhanced productivity. Journal of Advanced Plant Sciences, 5(3&4): 119-126
  18. AK Sarma, MR Devi, A Nigam (2010). Effect of metabolites produced by seed borne fungi on germination of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) seeds. Journal of Advanced Plant Sciences, 5(1&2): 13-16
  19. AK Sarma, MR Devi (2010). Effect of Trichoderma viride as bio-control agent. Journal of Advanced Plant Sciences, 5(1&2): 68-70
  20. AK Sarma, MR Devi (2009). Influence of stages of growth of Chilli (Capsicum annum) on the rhizosphere mycoflora. Journal of Advanced Plant Sciences, 4(3&4): 36-40
  • Popular article:
  1. S Hazarika, AK Sarma (2017). Climate smart technologies for resource poor farmers’ of north east hill India. Training manual on Integrated farming system for sustainable hill agriculture: An option for climate smart agriculture & natural resource management, Training manual on IFS for sustainable hill agriculture: an option for climate smart agriculture and natural resource management, ICAR RC for NEH Region, Manipur centre, Imphal, pp 21-23
  2. DJ Rajkhowa, AK Sarma, K Mahanta, SV Ngachan (2016). Options of soil and water conservation in the context of climate change for sustainable hill agriculture, Souvenir of national seminar on integrated agri-horticultural and allied research for food and nutritional security in the era of global climate disruption, March 4-6, 2016, Imphal, Manipur, pp. 114-122
  3. DJ Rajkhowa, US Saikia, K Mahanta, AK Sarma (2015). Adaptation and Mitigation Options for Agriculture in NEH Region under Changing Climatic Scenario. Souvenir of North Eastern Zone Regional Agricultural fair 2014-15, 9-10 January, 2015, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya, pp. 15-20
  • Chapter in seminar proceeding:
  1. R Krishnappa, DJ Rajkhowa, M Haloi, AK Sarma, US Saikia, NA Deshmukh, SV Ngachan (2015). Physiological response of buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum L.) for nutrient management practices in acid soils of eastern Himalayas under climate change. Proceeding of the 9th International symposium on plant-soil interactions at low pH, October 18-23, 2015, Dubrovnik, Croatia, pp. 81-84 (ISBN: 978-953-7871-40-6)
  2. AK Sarma, MR Devi (2013). Indigenous Technical Knowledge for storage and pest management of Ginger and Rice in Assam, Proceedings of the International Seminar on Bioresources and Human sustenance, pp. 215-218 (ISBN: 978-93-82384-36-6)
  3. AK Sarma, MR Devi (2011). Phylloplane mycoflora of a few medicinally important plants, Proceedings of the National seminar on Plant Resource Management and Conservation Strategies in N.E. Region, pp. 355-360 (ISBN: 978-93-81139-47-9)
  • Bulletin:
  1. US Saikia, DJ Rajkhowa, B Goswami,  AK Sarma, E Shylla, NS Azad Thakur, SV Ngachan (2015). El Nino, Monsoon and North Eastern Agriculture. Research Bulletin No. 1, Division of Natural Resource Management, ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya 793103, pp. 25 (ISBN: 978-81-928041-1-8)

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