PhD student

Devesh Singh
Totengässlein 3
4051 Basel

Phone: +41 (0)61 207 35 06





Research Interests

Plant Physiology
Sustainable and Climate Smart Agriculture

I am interested in exploring the interaction between plants and their environment. Plants are unable to escape sudden environmental changes such as drought, salt extremes, temperature extremes, and even environmental pollutants. However, plants posses the means to sense and respond to these harsh conditions by activating internal defense systems or by forming the beneficiary association, such as commensalism and mutualism, with their surrounding environment. My long-term scientific goal is to develop strategies for climate smart agriculture.

My PhD work “Biofertilization and bioirrigation for sustainable mixed cropping of pigeon pea and finger millet" is a part of ISCB (Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology) project and during my PhD I shall perform experiments to assess the potential of different pigeon pea varieties to do hydraulic lift, test the potential of finger millet to utilize water that is hydraulically lifted (bioirrigation) by pigeon pea in a mixed cropping system and evaluate the influence of AMF and PGPR biofertilizers on the efficiency of bioirrigation.

Education and Professional Experience

06/2014 - ongoing: PhD student in the Sustainable Land Use group, Prof. Ansgar Kahmen, on the ISCB project
01/2014 - 03/2014: Student assistant on the project "LEDs for energy efficient greenhouse lighting" at the Hannover Centre for Optical Technologies, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany.
03/2012: Research internship at the Seed Conservation Department, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK.
10/2011 - 09/2013: MSc in International Horticulture, major in Plant Physiology, at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.
MSc thesis: Salicornia as a multi-purpose plant: Acting as a biofilter, serving as a vegetable and producing valuable secondary compounds.
06/2010 - 07/2010: Research internship at the Institute of Botany, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.
07/2007 - 05/2011: Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology at the VIT University Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.
Bachelor's thesis: Effect of salt stress on expression pattern of carotenoid pathway genes and physiological characterization of Tomato cultivar PKM1.


Devesh Singh, Chandrajit Basu, Merve Meinhardt-Wollweber, Bernhard Roth (2015) LEDs for energy efficient greenhouse lighting. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 49:139-147. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2015.04.117

Singh D, Buhmann AK, Flowers TJ, Seal CE, Papenbrock J (2014): Salicornia as a crop plant in temperate regions: Selection of genetically characterised ecotypes and optimization of their cultivating conditions. AoB PLANTS, doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plu071M.

A. Babu, D. Singh and K. M. Gothandam (2012) The effect of salinity on growth, hormones and mineral elements in leaf and fruit of tomato cultivar PKM1. J. Anim. Plant Sci., Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 159-164.

Merlene Ann Babu, Devesh Singh and K. M. Gothandam (2011) Effect of salt stress on expression of carotenoid pathway genes in tomato. Journal of Stress Physiology & Biochemistry, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 87 - 94.