Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Weed Science


Ph.D.  in Weed Science (1981), University of Wisconsin, Madison
M. S.  in Weed Physiology (1970), University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
M. Sc.  in Agronomy (1966), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India
B. Sc.  (Ag.) Hons. (1964), University of Kalyani (BCKV), West Bengal, India


  • STOCKSCH 310 Principles of Weed Management (Fall)
  • STOCKSCH 560 Advance Weed Science (Weed ecology/physiology) (alternate Spring)
  • STOCKSCH 290W Organic Weed Control (Spring)
  • STOCKSCH 391B Turfgrass Science and Management Seminar (co-taught) (Fall)

Specialty areas

  • Biology of invasive weed species
  • Allelopathic interactions of crops and weeds
  • Developing sustainable weed management strategies in turfgrasses

Research interests

  • Biology and management of perennial weeds
  • Weed management strategies with emphasis on cultural practices, sequential applications, reduced rate use, organic products, and growth regulators
  • Tolerance of turfgrass species and cultivars under NTEP to new registered herbicides
  • Evaluation of new herbicides and bio-control products

Peer Reviewed Publications (from 2015-2020)

Zhang Z, Bhowmik PC, Suseela V. 2020. Effect of soil carbon amendments in reversing the legacy effect of
plant invasion. Journal of Applied Ecology

Brosnan JT, Barrett M, Bhowmik PC (2020). Herbicide resistance in turfgrass: a chance to change the future?
Weed Technol. 34:431–436.

Chaudhari S, Varanasi VK, Nakka S, Bhowmik PC, Thompson CR, Peterson DE, Currie RS, Jugulam M
Evolution of target and non-target based multiple herbicide resistance in a single Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) population from Kansas. Weed Technol. 34:447–453.

Derr JF, Neal JC, Bhowmik PC (2020) Herbicide resistance in the nursery crop production and landscape
maintenance industries. Weed Technol. 34:437–446.

Bajwa AA, Zulfiqur U, Sadia S, Bhowmik PC and Chauhan BS. 2019. A global perspective on the biology, impact and management of Chenopodium album and Chenopodium murle: two troublesome agricultural and environmental weeds. Environmental Science & Pollution Research  

Zhang Kai-mei, Yu Shen, Jing Yang, Xiang Miu, Bhowmik PC, Xiaoqi Zhou, Yan-ming Fang, Bao-shan Xing. 2019. The defense system for Bidens pilosa root exudate treatments in Pteris multifida gametophyte. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 173:203-213

Cheplick S, Sarkar D, Bhowmik PC, Shetty K. 2018. Improved resilience and metabolic response of transplanted blackberry plugs using Chitosan oligosaccharide elicitor treatment.  Canadian Journal of Plant Science 98:717-731
Masum S, Hossain A, Akamine H, Sakagami Jun-Ichi, Ishii T, Gima S, Kensaku T, Bhowmik PC. 2018.  Isolation and characterization of allelopathic compounds from the indigenous rice variety “Boterswar’ and their biological activity against Eichornia crus-galli L. Allelopathy Journal 43(1):31-42        
Bhowmik PC. 2018. Importance of allelopathy in agriculture: Bioavailability and functions of allelochemicals in soil environment. Indian Journal of Weed Science   50(3):209-217 DOI: 10.5958/0974-8164.2018.00050.3

Mandal-Biswas S, Chakraborty N, Patra SR, Bhowmik PC. 2017. A new phenol glycoside from root exudates of Peperomia pellucid, L. HBK. and its role in plant invasion.  Annals of Tropical Research 39(2):13-24    

Zhang Kai-Mei, Shen Y, Fang Yan-Ming, Bhowmik PC, Li Y. 2017.  Effects of Bidens pilosa shoot parts on chlorophyll fluorescence in Pteris multifida gametophyte.  Allelopathy Journal 42(2):231-238

Mandal-Biswas S, Chakraborty N, Bhowmik PC. 2017. Cuticular wax of Tectonia grandis L. leaves – a resistance marker against plant pathogens. Biochemistry and Analytical Biochemistry 6(1):330  DOI: 10.4172/2161-1009.1000330

Ohshiro M, Hossain A, Nakamura I, Akamine H, Tamaki M, Bhowmik PC, Nose N. 2016. Effects of soil types and fertilizers on growth, yield and quality of edible Amaranthus tricolor lines in Okinawa, Japan. Plant Production Science 19(1):61-72  

Phoboo S, Sarkar D, Bhowmik PC, Jha PK, Shetty K.  2016. Improving salinity resilience in Swertia chirayita  clonal line with Lactobacillus plantarum.  Canadian Journal of Plant Science 96:117-127

Masum S, Hossain A, Akamine H, Sakagami Jun-Ichi, Bhowmik PC. 2016.  Allelopathic potential of indigenous Bangladeshi rice varieties. Weed Biology and Management 16:119-131

Bhowmik PC, Chandran, RS. 2015.  Biology, ecology, distribution and current status of Heracleum mantegazzianum Sommier & Levier. Journal of Crop and Weed 11(1):1-17
Cheplick S, Bhowmik PC, Shetty K. 2015. Phenolic bioactives from developmental stages of highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) for hyperglycemia management using in vitro models. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 95:653-662

Honors and Awards

2017 ISWS Gold Medal Award: Presented at the Golden Jubilee International Conference, November 22, 2018, Jabalpur, India.

2016 Outstanding International Achievement Award: Presented at the 7th. International Weed Science Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, June, 2016

2014 CWSS Life Time Award – 2014, Crop & Weed Science Society: Presented at the Biennial Conference, BCKV, India

2013 Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS): Awarded by the JSPS, Japan

2012 Outstanding Research Award – 2012, Weed Science Society of America: Presented at the 2012 Annual meeting of the Weed Science Society of America, Waikoloa, HI, February, 2012

2012 Fellow of the Indian Society of Weed Science: Presented at the Biennial Conference, Indian Society of Weed Science, April 19-120, 2012, India

2011 The Molisch Award – 2011, International Allelopathy Society

2007 Outstanding Educator Award, Northeastern Weed Science Society

2007 Gold Medal Award, Crop & Weed Science Society

2007 Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Program is sponsored by The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of United States Department of State

2001 Distinguished Agricultural Scientist Award, West Bengal, India

2000 Outstanding Research Award, Northeastern Weed Science Society

1998 Fellow Award (Distinguished Member Award), Northeastern Weed Science Society

1996 Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America

1994 Outstanding Applied Research Award for Turfgrass Management

1982 Outstanding Research Paper Award

1978-1981   Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Fellowship

1967-1970   Canadian National Research Council Fellowship

1965-66   Indian Council of Agricultural Research Fellowship, Government of India

1965 State Scholarship - Government of West Bengal, Calcutta, India

1964 National Scholarship - Government of India, New Delhi, India

1964 First Class First (Gold Medal):  B.Sc. (Ag.) Hons. - Univ. of Kalyani, India

1960-1963 University Merit Scholarship, BCKV:  First in Dean's Honor List


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