Dr. Alok Adholeya, a distinguished mycologist and plant biotechnologist, is currently the Sr. Director of Biotechnology and Management of Bioresources Division at The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, India. He has outstandingly contributed to sustainable plant production through his innovative and dedicated research on developing a method to produce mycorrhizal biofertilizers on a large scale and the subsequent successful commercialization of technology. He has been conferred with “ The Biotech Product and Process Development and Commercialization Award 2004” by Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, to honour. Several awards and accolades have come his way during his distinguished career of 23 years so far including the Gwalior Ratna in 2000, the Paryavaran Sanrakshan Samman (an award for protecting the environment) in 1999, Young Scientist Award in 1999.
He has found ways to harness the power of mycorrhiza to increase the productivity of crop plants, and to restore degraded and environmentally stressed lands. He has identified suitable microbes beneficial for propagation technology to grow biomass for biofuel crops especially Jatropha. He has developed technologies involving mycorrhiza in the reclamation of industrial wastelands that includes fly ash dump site; alkali chlor-laden site, distillery effluent and paper mill black liquor discharge site. The increased demand for mycorrhizal technology prompted him to commercialize it.