Dr. Mathimaran Natarajan

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

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Born in Puducherry, India, Dr. Mathimaran Natarajan obtained his PhD in Natural Sciences at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Zürich), Switzerland – one of the top ranking universities in the world. After his PhD, he did his Post-Doctoral Fellow in Switzerland at University of Basel in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Following his Post-Doctoral Fellow, he continued his research career in Switzerland as a Research Associate at University of Basel and as a Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). During his tenure at University of Basel and FiBL he was coordinating Indo-Swiss research projects and has been regular invitee by the Indian Embassy as a delegate speaker and panelist at various Indo-Swiss forum. After about 18 years of stay in Switzerland and visiting several research labs, particularly in Europe and Africa, Dr. Mathimaran returned to India as Head of the Biocentre, at Puducherry, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation. Currently Dr. Mathimaran is working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Pondicherry University where he is involved in teaching and research.


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Notable Publications

Rate of hyphal spread of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi from pigeon pea to finger millet and their contribution to plant growth and nutrient uptake in experimental microcosms. Schutz, L., K. Saharan, P. Mader, T. Boller and N. Mathimaran. (2022). Applied Soil Ecology 169. (IF: 4.046; NAAS: 9.45)

Deciphering the Role of Trehalose in Tripartite Symbiosis Among Rhizobia, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, and Legumes for Enhancing Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crop Plants. Sharma MP, Grover M, Chourasiya D, Bharti A, Agnihotri R, Maheshwari HS, Pareek A, Buyer JS, Sharma SK, Schütz L, Mathimaran N, Singla-Pareek SL, Grossman JM and Bagyaraj DJ (2020). Front. Microbiol. 11:509919. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.509919. (IF: 4.235; NAAS: 10.26)

Deep-rooted pigeon pea promotes the water relations and survival of shallow-rooted finger millet during drought—Despite strong competitive interactions at ambient water availability. Devesh Singh, Natarajan Mathimaran, Thomas Boller and Ansgar Kahmen. PLoS ONE. 2020. e0228993. (IF: 2.77; NAAS: 8.77).

Bioirrigation: A common mycorrhizal network facilitates water transfer from pigeon pea to finger millet under drought. Devesh Singh, Natarajan Mathimaran, Thomas Boller and Ansgar Kahmen. Plant and Soil. 2019. Volume 440, 1–2, 277–292. (IF: 3.25; NAAS: 9.31)

Improving Crop Yield and Nutrient Use Efficiency via Biofertilization—A Global Meta-analysis. Schütz L, Gattinger A, Meier M, Müller A, Boller T, Mäder P and Mathimaran N. Frontiers in Plant Sciences. 2018. 8. Article 2204. (IF: 4.30; NAAS: 10.30)

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