I have an unusual and diverse educational background as I first studied engineering before pursuing plant pathology and nematology. I have also worked in nanochemistry, structural biology, human parasitology and cancer biology between my Master’s in Biochemical and Bioprocess Engineering and my current Ph.D. in Plant Pathology. Through my Ph.D. program, I have had opportunities to be trained in molecular plant pathology, with a special focus on mycology and nematology, through courses as well as special training within and outside the university; the University of Minnesota plant metabolomics workshop, Clemson University nematode identification course and the Fusarium laboratory workshop at Kansas State University.
My current research focuses on identifying and screening isolates of a culturable mycobiome of soybean cyst nematode (SCN) cysts for use as biocontrol agents and bionematicides. I am examining SCN cysts from our long-term soy-corn rotation experimental field at University of Minnesota’s Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, Southern Minnesota to
Identify the members of the mycobiome
Investigate community structure with respect to seasonal and crop-rotation effects
Screen for biological control agents
I use molecular and morphological methods to identify members of the mycobiome and analyze the community structure.
I am also interested in dissecting Nematode-Fungal-Plant interactions, especially Fusarium spp., in complex soil environments, where there are several interacting partners and factors.
Deepak Haarith, Weiming Hu, Dong-gyu Kim, David Showalter, Senyu Chen and Kathryn Bushley. Culturable Mycobiome of Soya Bean Cyst Nematode (Heterodera glycines) Cysts from a Long-term Soya Bean-Corn Rotation System is Dominated by Fusarium. Fungal Ecology (Accepted August 2019)
Deepak Haarith, Kathryn Bushley and Senyu Chen. Biological Control of Soybean Cyst Nematodes (Heterodera glycines) Using Fungi: A Current Update. Journal of Nematology (Under review)
Noah Strom, Weiming Hu, Deepak Haarith, Senyu Chen and Kathryn Bushley. Fungal Communities in Soybean Cyst Nematode-Infested Soil Under Long Term Corn and Soybean Monoculture and Crop Rotation. Applied Soil Ecology (Under review)
Weiming Hu, Noah Strom, Deepak Haarith, Senyu Chen, and Kathryn Bushley. Mycobiome of Cysts of the Soybean Cyst Nematode Under Long Term Crop Rotation. Frontiers in Microbiology. 2018; 9: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.00386
Andrew E. Sathoff, Deepak Rajendran, Seth D. Wannemuehler et al. First report of a 16SrI (Aster Yellows) group Phytoplasma in Phlox in the United States. Plant Health Progress. 2016; 17(3): 198-199
Deepak Rajendran and Jayapradha Ramakrishnan. Lipopeptide biosurfactant from Bacillus
thuringiensis pak2310: A potential antagonist against Fusarium oxysporum. Journal de Mycologie Medicale. 2015; 25(1): e15-24
Deepak Rajendran, Ponnusami Venkatachalam and Jayapradha Ramakrishnan. Response Surface Methodology: optimization of antifungal bioemulsifier from novel Bacillus thuringiensis. The Scientific World Journal. 2014; Article ID 423289, 8 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/423289
R. S. Santhosh, Amit Tuteja, Soumashree Basu, Aishwarya Subramanian, S. Sundharraman, AnitaKumari, M. Vaidhyanathan, Athul Mohan, R. Mahalakshmi, S. Shankaranarayanan, Shreyans Chordia, G. Divya, Akansha Virmani, Kandarp Joshi, Sishir Kumar Yadav, Lakshmi Narasimha Charyulu, R. Savitha, C. Ajithavalli, Deepak Rajendran, et al., Open access Mycobacterium tuberculosis clone repository: a community resource by OSDD members. Current Science. 2013; 105(10): 1342-1345
Deepak Rajendran and Jayapradha Ramakrishnan. A comparative study on efficacy of potentialbiocontrol agents in dynamic environments. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology. 2012; 6(4): 1977-1983