Department of Biotechnology
Banwari Lal is currently the Director of the Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology Division at TERI, New Delhi and CEO of ONGC TERI Biotech Ltd. He coordinates the research activities of the Microbial Biotechnology and Plant Biotechnology areas within TERI and in TERI?s North East Centre. His main areas of research are: development of clean technology, specially bioremediation of oil spill sites, microbially enhanced oil recovery, and prevention of paraffin deposition in oil well tubing and flow lines. He is also working on enhanced coal bed methane production and carbon sequestration, exploitation of metagenomics for production of biodegradable plastics, biohydrogen production, detection and control of microbial induces corrosion in oil and gas pipelines, probiotics and clinical trials and development of biological production of 2, 3 butanediol from bacterial fermentation broth. He has 8 patents and has published 50 research papers in international journals. He has been a member of various advisory and expert committees constituted by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
- Ph D in Microbiology, Univ. of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 1987
- M Sc in Microbiology, Univ. of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 1983
- B Sc, Univ. of Rajasthan Jaipur, 1981
Honors and Awards
- All India Biotech Association award 2001 for achievement in Industrial Biotechnology by All India Biotech Association, New Delhi, India.
- Biotech Product & Process Development for Commercialization Award 2002 by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi, India.
- Jawarharlal Nehru Memorial National Gold Medal Award 2002 for excellence in Environmental Biotechnology Research by International Greenland Society, Hyderabad, India.
- Best paper oral presentation award in the 5th International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition (PETRO-TECH 2003) organized by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd., India.
- National Petroleum Management Programme Award 2002-2003 for Creativity and Innovation in R&D category. The Award was presented by Hon'ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India on 27th May'04. The Award comprise of a citation and cash award.
- Burhani Foundation - NEERI Award 2002 (Innovation in Environmentally Sound Technology) for development of Oilzapper. The award comprise of a citation and cash award.
- National Bioscience Award for Career Development, 2004-05 (by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India). The award comprise of a citation and cash award. The award was presented by Minister of Science and Technology and Ocean development, Government of India.
- Shortlisted as Finalist for World Technology Award (by the World Technology Network, USA). 2004.
- National Research Development Corporation Award 2005 for the invention "Oilzapper eliminates crude oil spills, manage oily sludge". The award carries a cash award. The award was presented by Minister of Finance, Government of India.
- Biotech Product & Process Development for Commercialization Award 2008 by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi. The Award was presented by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, Former President, India. The award comprised of citation and cash awa
Dark Fermentative Biohydrogen Production By Mesophilic Bacterial Consortia Isolated From Riverbed Sediments
Singh S, Subudhi S, Sarma P M, Mandal A K and Lal B. 2010
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. DOI: 10.1016/J.ijhydene.2010..0.3,
Degradation of pyrene by an enteric bacterium, Leclercia adecarboxylata PS4040
Sarma P M, Duraja P, Deshpande S, and Lal B
Diversity of culturable sulfidogenic bacteria in two oil-water separation tanks in the north-eastern oil fields of India
Agarwal A, Vanbroekhoven K and Lal B
Fermentative Hydrogen Production By New Marine Clostridium Amygdalinum Strain C9 Isolated From Offshore Crude Oil Pipeline
Jayasinghearachchi H S, Singh S, Sarma P M, Agnihotri A and Lal B
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 35:6665-6673,
Oceanotoga teriensis gen. nov., sp.nov., a thermophilic, bacterium isolated from off-shore oil-producing wells of Bombay High in India
Jayasinghearachchi H S and Lal B
International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. DOI: IJS.O.018036-0,