Significant Contributions of Prof. S.B. Saksena to Indian Mycology

  • R. S. Mehrotra
  • M. R. Siddiqui
  • Ashok AggarwalEmail author


Late Prof. S.B. Saksena was born on 10th Aug. 1917, therefore, his birth centenary has been celebrated during Aug. 10, 2016–Aug. 10, 2017. On this occasion, his students and associates fondly remembered his endearing qualities, commitment to teaching and research, and significant contributions to Indian mycology. A brief account of his life and achievements are discussed.


Prof. Saksena Saksenaea vasiformis Gliocladiopsis sagariensis Zygomycosis Soil fungi Trichoderma viride 



R.S. Mehrotra, Retd. Professor of Botany, Kurukshetra University, has written about the scientific achievements and later part of personal life of Prof. S.B. Saksena. He was his second Ph.D. student and subsequently a junior colleague of Prof. Saksena. The association lasted for 15 years at Saugar. M.R. Siddiqui, former Professor and Project coordinator in the Division of Seed Science and Technology of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, happened to have obtained Ph.D degree as Prof. Saksena’s first student. He had compiled the bibliography. The third author is Ashok Aggarwal, Professor of Botany, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, who has collected the latest information about the discovery of the two species of the genus Saksenaea and the latest information on the other new genera or species and the preparation and typing of the manuscript. Most of the personal information of Dr. Saksena has been taken from the memoir of Dr. Saksena published in 1993 (Mehrotra et al. 1993) by Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, which is duly acknowledged. The personal information was collected by late Prof. R. Misra of Bananas Hindu University, Varanasi, which is also gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. S. Mehrotra
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. R. Siddiqui
    • 3
    • 4
  • Ashok Aggarwal
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Formerly of the Kurukshetra UniversityKurukshetraIndia
  2. 2.KurukshetraIndia
  3. 3.Formerly of the Division of Seed Science & TechnologyIARINew DelhiIndia
  4. 4.New DelhiIndia
  5. 5.Department of BotanyKurukshetra UniversityKurukshetraIndia

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