PhD student profile, Sharmila Ghosh

PhD Student: Sharmila Ghosh (ORCID n. 0000-0001-9662-7278)


Supervisor: Andrea Kunova, DeFENS.

Co-tutor: Proff. Paolo Cortesi

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Agri-enviornment


Research topic:

Agricultural waste as a source of bioactive compounds for applications in agriculture


Project Synopsis

Project aims to study the biological activity of compounds obtained from agricultural wastes on the fungus P.oryzae. This notorious fungal pathogen can cause the complete yield loss of rice under favorable environmental conditions. The project aims to characterize the individual molecules present in the extracts from agricultural waste using spectrometric tools. Inhibition of the spore germination and mycelium growth will be studied to determine the antifungal activity of these molecules. Strobilurins are important fungicides used against rice blast pathogen; however, their repeated use leads to the generation of the resistant strains. Therefore, the ultimate aim of this project is to discover a novel bioactive molecule with a mode of action that is different from strobilurins and other used fungicide classes. This research will unravel the antifungal properties of these molecules. we can get further insights into the mode of action of these molecules from agricultural wastes.


Project keywords

Pyricularia oryzae, mycotoxin, fungicides, agricultural waste.



Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS)

Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milano

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Prof. Sabrina Dallavalle, PhD  DeFENS Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences Università degli Studi di Milano



Funded by PNRR mission 4.2 “Dalla ricerca all’impresa” – spoke 8 – Circular economy in agriculture though waste valorization and recycling


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