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Dr. Somanath Nayak

Assistant Professor (Agronomy)

Dr. Somanath Nayak has completed his Ph.D. and M.Sc. (Agronomy) from Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, and B.Sc. Agriculture from College of Agriculture, Chiplima, Odisha university of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswar. He is presently working as Assistant Professor at Galgotias University. His area of specialization is nutrient management in field crops, conservation agriculture, and agronomic biofortification. He has qualified the ICAR-JRF and IARI-PhD exams with AIR 3rd, and also successfully qualified the ICAR-SRF, ASRB-NET, and UGC-NET with good scores. He has several publications in both national and international journals. 


  • Ph.D. (Agronomy)

Award & Recognition

  • Participated and presented papers at various national and international conferences/symposiums like4th International Agronomy Congress, New Delhi, 2016”, “XIV Agricultural Science Congress, New Delhi, 2019”, and “107th Indian science congress, Bangalore, 2020".

  • Received best poster award in the National Conference on “Natural Farming Systems and Biodiversity Conservation under Changing Climate Scenario” organized at CAU, Kyrdemkulai, Meghalaya, during 5-7th December, 2022.

  • Life member of Indian society of Agronomy, New Delhi, and Indian Society of Agrophysics, New Delhi.


  • Dr Sharma has published more than 15 Papers in various National and International Journals    

Area of Interest

  • Management of field experiment

  •  Data observation and analysis

  •  Nutrient management in field crops

  •  Conservation agriculture

  • Agronomic biofortification Extension & Research

Book & Book Chapters Published

Nayak, S., Shivay, Y.S., Prasanna, R., Mandi, S., Kumar, D., Meena, S.L., Purakayastha, T.J., Shrivastava, M., Baral, K. and Reddy, K.S. 2022. Zinc translocation and biofortification is differentially regulated in biofortified and non-biofortified rice varieties in response to zinc fertilization. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. (Accepted) (NAAS Rating – 9.87)

Nayak, S., Shivay, Y.S., Prasanna, R. and Mandi, S. 2022. Effect of biofortified and non-biofortified varieties and zinc fertilization strategies on growth, productivity and profitability of rice. International Journal of Bio-resource and Stress Management 13(10): 1003–1011. Doi:10.23910/1.2022.3181a. (NAAS Rating – 5.11)

Shivay, Y.S., Prasanna, R., Mandi, S., Kanchan, A., Simranjit, K., Nayak, S., Baral, K., Sirohi, M.P. and Nain, L. 2022. Cyanobacterial inoculation enhances nutrient use efficiency and grain quality of Basmati rice in the system of rice intensification. ACS Agricultural Science & Technology 2(4): 742–753. Doi:10.1021/acsagscitech.2c00030

Mandi, S., Shivay, Y.S., Prasanna, R., Kumar, D., Purakayastha, T.J., Pooniya, V., Nayak, S., Raihan, O., Baral, K., and Pal, M. 2022. Improving micronutrient density in basmati rice and durum wheat through summer green manuring and elemental sulfur fertilisation. Crop and Pasture Science. Doi:10.1071/CP21313. (NAAS Rating – 8.29)

Nayak, S., Behera, U.K., Meena, S.L. and Shivay, Y.S. 2020. Productivity and economics of soybean (Glycine max) as influenced by different tillage practices and phosphorus fertilization under conservation agriculture. Indian Journal Agricultural Science 90 (10): 201–204. (NAAS Rating – 6.37)

Nayak, S., Behera, U.K., Meena, S.L. and Shivay, Y.S. 2019. Influence of tillage practices and phosphorous management on productivity of soybean (Glycine max) and soil properties in soybean-wheat cropping sequence under conservation agriculture. Indian Journal of Agronomy 64 (3): 422–425. (NAAS Rating – 5.55)

Biswakarma, N., Rai, B., Nayak, S. and Radheshyam (2021). Conservation agriculture (CA)-based tillage practices in maize for enhancing crop yield, resource use efficiency and soil health: a review. Agricultural Reviews. doi:10.18805/ag.R-2184. (NAAS Rating –4.63)

Nayak, S., Mandi, S., Baral, K., Prasanna, R. and Shivay, Y.S. 2022. Agronomic approaches for biofortification of staple food crops. (In) Biofortification of Staple Crops. Kumar, S., Dikshit, H.K., Mishra, G.P., Singh, A. (Eds), Springer Nature, Singapore.

Mandi, S., Nayak, S., Shivay, Y.S., Singh, B.R. 2021. Soil organic matter: Bioavailability and bio-fortification of essential micronutrients. (In) Soil Organic Matter and Feeding the Future. Lal, R. (Eds), CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, FL, USA. DOI: 10.1201/9781003102762-9

Nayak., S., Pradhan, A., Biswakarma, N. and Sihag, R. 2019. Conservation agriculture in India: retrospect and prospect. (In) Advances in Agronomy. Eds Rawat, A.K., Tripathy, U.K. (Eds), Akinik Publications, New Delhi. 

Nayak, S., Nayak, P. and Pradhan, A. 2019. Agronomic biofortification of zinc in food crops. AGRICULTURE & FOOD: e Newsletter 1(11): pp. 346–347. 

Nayak, S., Pradhan, A. and Nayak, P. 2019. Globally important agricultural heritage systems in India. AGRICULTURE & FOOD: e Newsletter 1(11): pp. 323–326.

Nayak, S. and Nayak, P. 2020. Contract Farming: An Alternative for Indian Farmers. AGROBIOS NEWSLETTER, pp. 11–12.

Nayak, S., Pradhan, A., Pradhan, S. and Panigrahi, I. 2020. Foliar fertilization in field crops. AGRICULTURE & FOOD: e Newsletter 2(1): pp. 83–86.

Reddy, K.S., Nayak, S., Mandi, S., Baral, K., Shivay, Y.S. 2023. Micro-Irrigation: Way forward for precise use of irrigation water in Agriculture. Indian Farming 73(02): 18–20.