Shardendu Singh

Shardendu K Singh
Research Assistant Scientist
Expertise: Plant Physiology, Environmental Stress, Precision Ag, Cropping Systems, Agronomy
Office Location: Adaptive Cropping Systems Laboratory, USDA/ARS, Bldg 001, Rm 301, 10300 Baltimore Ave. Beltsville, MD 20705
Organizational Unit
Research Assistant Scientist
Shardendu K Singh
Wye Research and Education Center
P.O. Box 169
124 Wye Narrows Drive
Queenstown, Maryland 21658-0169
Phone (main): 301 504-6633
Phone (alt): 573 239-1769
Fax: 301 504-5823  OR


  • Aug 2008: Ph.D. in Agronomy (Crop Physiology). Mississippi State University, MS, USA
  • May 2004: M.S. in Agriculture (Plant Physiology). Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P. India
  • May 2001: B.S. in Agriculture. C.S.A. University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur, U.P. India


  • August 2014 to current: Research Assistant Scientist, Adaptive Cropping Systems Laboratory, USDA/ARS, Beltsville, MD, USA; and Wye Research and Education Center, AGNR, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
  • July 2011 to August 2014: Research Associate, Crop Systems and Global Change Lab, USDA/ARS, Beltsville, MD, USA; and Wye Research and Education Center, AGNR, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
  • August 2008 to June 2011: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri- Columbia, MO, USA
  • August 2004 to August 2008: Graduate Research Assistant, Mississippi State University, MS, USA

Research Works:

My research interests are based on the integrative approach to address critical issues in the sustainable crop production as challenged by multiple soil and environmental constraints. The overall aim is to device methods for smart-agriculture by understanding the mechanisms of resilience, adaptation, and mitigation in a sustainable agriculture system.  As essential components of my research, I have been deeply involved in developing climate-ready crop cultivars, which warrant tolerance to abiotic stresses, greater resources use efficiency and high yield. I am interested in the cropping system with the best agronomic practices for the non-limited and limited resource conditions (e.g. water and nutrients). Currently, Dr. Singh’s research is mainly focused on quantifying water and nutrient relation of crop plants and developing process based algorithms to improve crop simulation models GOSSYM (cotton), SPUDSIM (potato), and GLYCIM (soybean). This research emphasizes nutrient stress and its impact on the interaction with climate change factors such as CO2 and temperature, and drought. Quantification of crop growth, developmental rates and their dependence on the photosynthetic capacity which relates to the range of internal and external factors such as tissue nutrient concentrations, temperature, water and carbon dioxide to understand the underlying mechanism of plant responses. Dr. Singh’s some other research works are highlighted below:

  • Planning and conducting experiments to establish empirical relationships between crop agronomic traits and abiotic factors (water, nutrients, temperature), which is used in the crop simulation models (corn, soybean, and potato) to improve their yield predictive capabilities under current and future climatic scenarios, and to assist in the decision making process for the application of crop inputs.
  • Working on the impact of Climate Change factors, and Nutrient Interaction on crop physiological, vegetative and reproductive processes.
  • Tissue nutrients such as N, P, and K balance in plant organs and impacts on grain nutritional qualities.
  • Coupling high-throughput genetic and phenotypic information for soybean yield enhancement and drought tolerance in USDA germplasm collections.
  • Screening of crop genotypes to improve yield and drought tolerance under field conditions.
  • Developing and validating remote sensing hyperspectral algorithms in crops for water and nutrient management and precision agriculture.
  • Abiotic stress factors (water and nutrients stress, CO2, temperature, UV-B radiation) and their interactions with crops (corn, cotton, cowpea, canola, soybean, switchgrass) grown in controlled environments or under the field.
  • Developing screening methods for abiotic stresses in agronomic crops.

Recent Publications:

Book Chapters and Dissertations:

  • Singh, S.K., and Reddy, V.R.,2016. Crops responses to multiple global change drivers and to their interactions. In: Deshmukh, P. Ed. Crop Physiology: Accomplishments and Applications. Springer-Verlag, Under Review.
  • Reddy, V.R., Singh, S.K., and Venkatachalam Anbumozhi. 2015. Food supply chain disruption due to natural disaster: entities, risks and strategy for resilience, In: ERIA Discussion Paper Series​, The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). pp 1-35.
  • Singh, S.K., Reddy, V.R., Sharma, M.P., Agnihotri, R. 2015. Dynamics of plant nutrients, utilization and uptake, and soil microbial community in crops under ambient and elevated carbon dioxide In: A. Rakshit, H.B. Singh and A. Sen, eds. Nutrient Use Efficiency: From Basics to Advances, Springer-Verlag. pp 381-399.
  • Reddy, K.R., Prasad, P.V, Singh, S.K. 2009. Effect of Ultraviolet-B Radiation and its Interactions with Climate Change Factors on Agricultural Crop Growth and Yield In: W. Gao, D. L. Schmoldt and J. R. Slusser, eds. UV Radiation in Global Change: Measurements, Modeling and Effects on Ecosystems, Springer-Verlag and Tsinghua University. pp 395-436.
  • Singh, S. K. 2008. Developing screening tools for abiotic stresses using cowpea [ Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.] as a model crop. Ph.D. Dissertation, Mississippi State University, MS, USA.
  • Singh, S. K. 2004. Effect of salicylic acid, kinetin and gibberellic acid on growth and biochemical behaviour of mung bean [ Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek] under salt stress. M.S. Dissertation, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.