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Dr. Neenu S

Senior Scientist

Crop Production

Senior Scientist


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Ph.D (Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry)

Soil Chemistry/ Soil Fertility

·         Chemical Characterization of cocoa pod husk biochar was done.

·         Phosporus sorption capacity of Cocoa pod husk biochar amended soils were determined.

·         Co-developed technology for biochar production from coconut waste.

·         Reported the rate of soil potassium depletion in organic fertilizer trials under HDMSC.

·         Biochar coated urea materials developed to increase the N use efficiency in maize.

·         Identified and reported the major phosphorus fractions in Permanent Manurial Trials experiment of coconut

·         Ameliorating effect of Leucena biochar on soil acidity was established.

·         "Mridaparikshaka" soil test kit was developed and filed for patent.

·         Identified the best nutrient use efficient varieties of soybean and chickpea under the changing climatic condition in central India.

·         The optimum phosphorus levels for both soybean and chickpea varieties under the changing climatic conditions in central India were fixed for getting higher yield.

·         The best fertilizer management practices for major soybean and chickpea varieties were identified.

·         Phosphorus saturation indices of major soils of India were calculated for phosphorous loss by leaching.

·         Developed QUEFT model for Bitter gourd.

·         Established the partial substitution of K with Na in Coleus without affecting the yield.

·         KAU Merit Scholarship for MSc

·         Second rank holder in MSc Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry in KAU

·         KSCSTE fellowship for doing PhD

·         IPNI Scholar award 2011





Somasundaram, J., Sinha, N. K.,  Mohanty, M., Hati, K. M.,  Chaudhary, R. S.,  Shukla A.K., Shirale, A.O., Neenu,S.,  Naorem, A.K., Rashmi, I., Biswas, A. K., Patra A. K., Ch.Srinivasa Rao and Dalal, R. C. 2021. Conservation Tillage, Residue Management, and Crop Rotation Effects on Soil Major and Micro-nutrients in Semi-arid Vertisols of India. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. 21(1): 523-535
2Ramesh S.V.,  Pandiselvam, R., Ramayyan Thushara,Manikantan, M. R., Hebbar K. B., Beegum, Mathew,A.C., Neenu,S., Sandip Shil  2020. Engineering intervention for production of virgin coconut oil by hot process and  multivariate analysis of quality attributes of virgin coconut oil extracted by various methods. Journal of Food Process Engineering. 43(6):e13395
3Murali Gopal, Alka Gupta, Shaul Hameed, K, Neenu,S., Khadeeja Rejeela, T. H and George V.Thomas. 2020. Biochars produced from coconut palm biomass residues can aid regenerative agriculture by improving soil properties and plant yield in humid tropics. Biochar. 2: 211-226.
Neenu,S., Ramesh, K., Somasundaram, J. and Ramana, S. 2020. . Varietal Influence on Phosphorus Uptake and Use Efficiency in Soybean at Varying Phosphorus Regimes in Vertisols of Central India . Int.J.Curr.Micr.Appl.Sci. 9(6): 2743-2753.
5Neenu,S. and Ramesh, K. 2020. Weather-Micronutrient Interactions in Soil and Plants–A Critical Review. Chemical Science Reviews and Letters. 9 (33), 205-219. 
6Somasundaram, J., Salikram, M., Sinha, N. K.,  Mohanty, M.,  Chaudhary, R. S.,  Dalal, R. C., Mitra, N. G., Blaise, D.,  Coumar, M. V.,   Hati, K. M., Thakur, J. K., Neenu,S., Biswas, A. K., Patra A. K.  and Chaudhari, S. K. 2019. Conservation agriculture effects  on soil properties and crop productivity in a semiarid region of India. Soil Research. 57(2): 187-199.. 
7Jha, P., Neenu,S., Rashmi, I., Meena, B.P., Jatav, R.C., Lakaria, B. L., Biswas, A.K., Singh, M. and Patra, A.K.2016. Ameliorating effects of Leucaena biochar on soil acidity and exchangeable ions. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis  47(10):1252-1262.
8Neenu,S., Ramesh, K., Ramana, S. and Somasundaram, J. 2017. Dry Matter Partitioning and Yield of Different Varieties of Soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill) under Aberrant Climatic Conditions in Central India.  International Journal of Plant & Soil Science. 14 (6), 1-9. 
9Neenu,S., Ramesh, K., Ramana, S. and Somasundaram, J. 2017. Effect of Cultivars and Sowing Dates on Nutrient Uptake and Yield of Chickpea under Aberrant Climatic Conditions in Black Soils of Central India . Advances in Research. 12 (4): 1-11

Neenu,S, Ramesh, K, Ramana, S, Biswas, A.K. and Subba Rao, A. 2014. Growth and yield of different varieties of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) as influenced by the phosphorus nutrition under rainfed conditions on Vertisols. Int. J. Bio-resource Stress Manage. 5 (1):053-057.