Roshan Pudasaini is joining the department of Plant Agriculture as a PhD student with Prof. Manish Raizada. Roshan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agricultural Science from Thribhuvan University in his home country of Nepal, where he specialized in soil science. His PhD research will investigate complex crop rotation to help farmers increase crop yield and increase sustainability.
“I propose to test the idea of integrating drought-tolerant leguminous cover crops and African short-duration cash crops in a conventional crop rotation system. With the support of probiotic microbes, such systems can increase crop yield, suppress pathogens, improve soil health and resiliency,” says Roshan.
“My research has the potential to create an avenue for more than one billion rural peoples, who belong to smallholder farms in the subtropics of Asia and Africa, to increase their production and improve resilience.”
Outside of his academic career, he has worked for 10 years at Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), a Nepalese research NGO working in agriculture and natural resource management.