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Balakrishnan Prithiviraj

Associate Dean, International, Associate Professor/Plant Stress Physiology Research Chair

Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences

Email: bprithiviraj@dal.ca
Phone: 902.893.6643
Mailing Address: 
Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Agricultural Campus
PO Box 550
Truro, NS, B2N 5E3


  • B.Sc. (Agriculture) Annamalai University, India
  • M.Sc. (Mycology and Plant Pathology) Banaras Hindu University, India
  • Ph.D. (Mycology and Plant Pathology) Banaras Hindu University, India


  • AGRI 5710: Molecular Plant-microbe interactions
  • BIOL4003: Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • AQUA2000: Introduction to Aquaculture
  • RESM4002: Animal Science Project-Seminar

Research interests

• Marine bio-products in plant and animal health
• Plant-microbe interactions
• Natural anti-infective compounds


Selected publications

  • Sanhga JS, Ravichandran, S, Prithiviraj K, Critchley AT, Prithiviraj B. 2010. Sulfated macroalgal polysaccharides -carrageenan and ι-carrageenan differentially alterArabidopsis thaliana resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology (In Press).
  • Khan W, Hiltz, D, Critchley AT, Prithiviraj B. 2010. Bioassay to detect Ascophyllum nodosum extract induced Cytokinin-Like Activity in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Applied Phycology (In Press).
  • Khan W, Costa C, Souleimanov A, , Prithiviraj B, Smith DL (2010) Response ofArabidopsis thaliana roots to Lipo-chitooligosaccharidefrom Bradyrhizobium japonicum and other chitin-like Compounds. Plant Growth Regulation (In Press).
  • Di Fan, D. Mark Hodges, Junzeng Zhang, Christopher W. Kirby, Xiuhong Ji, Steven J. Locke, Alan T. Critchley, Balakrishnan Prithiviraj  (2011).  Commercial extract of the brown seaweed Ascophyllum nodosum enhances phenolic antioxidant content of spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) which protects Caenorhabditis elegans against oxidative and thermal stress. Food Chemsitry 124:195-202.
  • Khan W, Rayirath U, Subramanian S, Jithesh MN, Rayorath P, Hodges DM, Critchley AT, Craigie JS, Norrie J, Prithiviraj B. (2009). Seaweed Extracts as Biostimulants of Plant Growth and Development. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 28:386-399.

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