Srikanta Dani K G

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Plant Physiology
  • Photosynthesis
  • Leaf Lifecycle
  • Biology of Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Plant Ageing
  • Evolutionary Trade-offs
  • Plant-Climate Interactions
  • Biosphere-Atmosphere Feedbacks


Srikanta is an empirical plant biologist and likes being amidst trees asking himself (not trees) how and why they are the way they are. Most recently, he was a research associate and a Marie-Curie post-doctoral fellow at the Florence unit of the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP), Department of Biology, Agriculture, and Food Sciences, National Research Council of Italy (CNR).

He has a PhD in Biological Sciences from Macquarie University, Sydney, a Master’s degree in Earth System Science from University of Bristol, and a Master’s degree in Botany from Bangalore University.

By conducting experiments on trees and model herbaceous plants, he investigates plant leaf physiology, volatile metabolism, senescence (ageing), and death, often in molecular and organismal evolutionary contexts. 

Some of his ideas on volatile organic compounds as plant developmental regulators were summarised in a recent Tansley Insight article in the journal New Phytologist.

He is also a poet, a Carnatic musician specialising in percussion, and a student of Kannada literature and South Indian medieval history.



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