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Surendra Osti
Graduate Student

Major Professor: Dr. Jong Hyun Ham


2012- present: MS student , Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University, United States.

2006 - 2010: B. Sc. in Agriculture, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Work Experience

2012 - present: Graduate Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University, United States.


  • Rice disease management

  • Detection and characterization of Didymella bryoniae and Phoma spp that causes the gummy stem blight in cucurbits.

  • Neglected and underutilized crops and its contribution to food and nutrition security of tribal and ethnic communities (Tharu, Darai and Chepang ) of Nepal.


  • Khatiwada, B.P., R. Ghimire, R. Adhikari and S. Osti. 2012.Increasing crop water productivity through local crops and technologies: a case from ethnic chepang community of Nepal. Hydro Nepal. Special issue. Pp. 50-58

  • Osti, S., Barphaga, I.K. and Ham, J.H. 2013. The noble regulator, tepR, influences toxoflavin production and virulence in the rice pathogenic bacterium Burkholderia glumae. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 103:S1.8

  • Khatiwada B.P, B. Chaulagain and S. Osti. 2011. Cost of Neglecting Locals. FARMIING MATTERS, International center for Low External Input Agriculture, The Netherlands.

  • Osti, S and B.P. Khatiwada, Community Seed Bank: concept, need and methods. In Dr. Sitamaiya Singh Thapa (Chief Ed.). Journal of Our Resources, Years 11, Issue 4, August 2011, Pp 26-31. Our Resource Media and Counseling Center, Kathmandu, Nepal.

  • Khatiwada B. P., B. Chaulagain and S. Osti. 2012. Availability and use status of plant genetic diversities from forest for food, nutrition and livelihood security: A case from Chepang tribal communities of Nepal. World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development 9:2. Pp 147-158.

Area of Research:

"Characterization of a σ54-dependent response regulator, tepR, in the rice-pathogenic bacterium Burkholderia glumae and disease management of rice bacterial panicle blight."


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