Dr.agr. Rajasekaran Murugan

FB 11 - Ökologische Agrarwissenschaften - Bodenbiologie und Pflanzenernährung

Research Interest
- Ecological role of saprotrophic and mycorrhizal fungi in different land use
- Microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycles (both terrestrial and aquatic)
- Land use and climate change on soil microbial ecology, C and N cycle and GHG emission
- Soil microbial community structure, function and processes in different management and land use systems on soil organic matter regulation
- C, N, P and S dynamics in subsoil under different ecosystem (both terrestrial and aquatic)

Work Experience

10/2014 - 09/2016
Junior research group leader, University of Kassel

06/2013 - 09/2014
Research Coordinator, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, India

01/2012 - 12/2017
Farm consultant for Avarta Growers Ltd, Naivasha, Kenya

07/2011 - 03/2013
Research Assistant at Department of Soil Biology and Plant Nutrition, University of Kassel

06/2011 - 12/2018
Trainer at Indian Folk Life Journal on “Art of scientific storytelling”

08/2009 - 11/2009
Agronomist at Elunkathir farm, TamilNadu, India

05/2007 - 03/2008
Agro-ecologist in “Reclamation of mined lands and Restoration of Tsunami affected soils” project, Nagapattinam district, TamilNadu, India

Academic background

10. 2014 - present: Junior Research Group Leader, University of Kassel, Germany 
06. 2013 - 09. 2014: Research Coordinator of the research project."The role of climate, land use and vegetation understory diversity on plant-soil feedback in the tropical forest soils"Prof.Sanjay Kumar, Regional Rice Research Station, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India

01. 2010 - 03.2013 Doctor of Agricultural Sciences 

04. 2008 - 03.2010 MSc International Organic Agriculture


08/2013 - 08/2013
Training on "Use of next generation molecular tools in microbial ecology", University of Wageningen, NL.

03/2009 - 04/2009
International training programme on Certification of agricultural commodities and accreditation for certifying bodies.


Got funded by Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Role of climate change, landuse and understory vegetation diversity on plant-soil feedback in tropical
forest soils.

Best poster award in Tropentag, Zurich, Switzerland

DFG PhD grant

Research grant from German Inst. for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL) – project nr. 3/2009.

Ekoconnect Fellowship for the “Summer academy on organic animal breeding and organic animal husbandry”, Dresden, Germany

Memberships and non-academic activities

2014 - 2015
Association for General and Applied Microbiology
Academic member

2014 - 2015
European Geosciences Union
Academic member

2010 - 2020
The German Soil Science Society
scientific speaker



Last updated on 2021-15-03 at 03:00