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)
  • STOCKSCH 792A Seminar in Plant Sciences
  • STOCKSCH 892A Seminar in Plant Sciences

Specialty areas

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

Research interests

  • Biology and management of perennial weeds
  • Interactions of soil factors and allelopathic compounds
  • For cool-season turfgrass systems, research focuses on how to reduce herbicide use for weed management strategies with emphasis on cultural practices, sequential applications, reduced rate use, organic products, and growth regulators

Peer Reviewed Publications (from 2010-2014)

Phoboo, S., P. C. Bhowmik, P. K. Jha, and K. Shetty. 2014. Phenolic-linked antioxidant, anti-diabetic and anti-hypersensitive potential of wild and cultivated Swertia chirayita (Roxb. ex Flem.) Karst. using in vitro assays. Journal of Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants 20:55-69 DOI:10.1080/10496475.2013.822448
Published online: 27 Nov 2013

Phoboo, S., M. da Silva Pinto, A. C. Lopes Barbosa, D. Sarkar, P. C. Bhowmik, P. K. Jha, and K. Shetty. 2013. Phenolic-linked biochemical rationale for anti-diabetic property of crude extract of Swertia chirayita [(Roxb. ex Flem.) Karst.] from Nepal using in-vitro models. Phytotherapy Research 27(2):227-235
Published on line: 23 April, 2012 doi:10.1002/ptr.4714)

Sarkar, D., P. C. Bhowmik, M. DaCosta, K. Shetty and E. Watkins. 2013. The proline-associated pentose phosphate pathway during cold acclimation for perennial ryegrass accessions differing in freeze tolerance. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 12:419-427

Tharayil, N., P. Alpert, P. C. Bhowmik and P. Gerard. 2013. Phenolic inputs by invasive species could impart seasonal variations in nitrogen pools in the introduced soils: a case study with Polygonum cuspidatum. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 57:858-867

Bhowmik, P. C. 2012. Introduction to the symposium: History of sulfonylurea herbicide use in turfgrass environments. Weed Technology 26:575-578

Sarkar, D., P. C. Bhowmik, Y. Kwon and K. Shetty. 2011. The role of proline-associated pentose phosphate pathway in cool-season turfgrasses after UV-B exposure. Environmental and Experimental Botany 70:251-258

Sarkar, D., P. C. Bhowmik, K. Shetty. 2010. Antioxidant enzyme response of creeping bentgrass clonal lines with marine peptide and chitosan oligosaccharide. Agronomy Journal 102:981-989

Cheplick, S., Y. Kwon, P. C. Bhowmik and K. Shetty. 2010. Phenolic-linked variation in strawberry cultivars for potential dietary management of hyperglycemia and related complication of hypertension. Bioresource Technology 101:404-413

Ghosh, S., H. Hashayekhi, P. C. Bhowmik and B. Xing. 2010. Colloidal stability of Al2O3 nanoparticles as affected by coating of structurally different humic acids. Langmuir 26(2)873-879

Phoboo, S., P. C. Bhowmik, P. K. Jha and K. Shetty. 2010. Anti-diabetic potential of crude extracts of medicinal plants used as substitutes for Swertia chirayita using in vitro assays. Botanica Orientalis – Journal of Plant Science 7:48-55

Phoboo, S., M. DaSilva Pinto, P. C. Bhowmik, P. K. Jha and K. Shetty. 2010. Quantification of major phytochemicals of Swertia chirayita, a medicinal plant from Nepal. ECOPRINT 17:59-68 or

Honors and Awards

2013  JSPS Visiting Professor Fellowship, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
2012  Outstanding Research Award – 2012, Weed Science Society of America
2011  The Molisch Award – 2011, International Allelopathy Society
2010-11  Fellow of the Indian Society of Weed Science
2007  Outstanding Educator Award, Northeastern Weed Science Society Gold Medal Award, Crop & Weed Science Society
2007  Fulbright Scholar, The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State
2001  Distinguished Agricultural Scientist Award, West Bengal, India
2000  Outstanding Research Award, Northeastern Weed Science Society
1998  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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