Aniruddha Maity

Assistant Professor (Weed Science)

Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences

(334) 844-2345 



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559 Devall Dr
Auburn Univ, AL 36832



  • Ph.D. (Plant Breeding) – Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (https://www.tamu.edu/)
  • M.Sc. (Seed Science and Technology) – Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India (www.iari.res.in/)
  • B.Sc. (Agriculture) – Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Coochbehar, West Bengal, India (http://www.ubkv.ac.in/)


  • 2021-22: Postdoctoral Research Associate: Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • 2013-22: Scientist, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • 2019-20: Endeavour Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2011-12: Senior Research Fellow, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
  • 2009-11: Junior Research Fellow, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi



  • WSSA Outstanding Paper Award as the first author in Weed Science journal for 2022
  • International Weed Science Society travel award for attending 2022 meeting in Bangkok, 2022.
  • International Weed Genomics Consortium travel award to attend its first meeting in Kansas City, 2021.
  • Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research – Doctoral by the Graduate and Professional School, Texas A&M University (TAMU).
  • 2020 Agronomy Journal (AJ) Outstanding Reviewer Award by the ASA-CSSA-SSCA.
  • Best Poster Presentation Award in the 2021 Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) meeting, Virtual.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award by WSSA (2021).
  • Best Poster Presentation Award in the 2020 ASA-CSSA-SSCA meeting, Virtual.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin (2020).
  • Nelson Yield-Limiting Factors Graduate Student Scholarship by ASA (2020).
  • CIRTL Associate – Fellow of the Academy for Future Faculty by the Center for Teaching Excellence & Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (TAMU).
  • Best Poster Presentation Award in the 2020 WSSA meeting, Hawaii.
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement (Graduate Research), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, TAMU (2019).
  • BB Singh Award for the Outstanding Thesis Research in Crop Sciences, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, TAMU (2019).
  • Dudley Smith Travel Award by the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences (TAMU) to visit Cornell University, United States (2019).
  • Endeavor Research Leadership Award for six months research visit to The University of Western Australia by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (2019).
  • Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award in Crop Science 2019 by the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA).
  • Tom Slick Graduate Research Fellowship by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, TAMU (2019)
  • Operation Student Connection award by the American Seed Research Foundation at the inaugural Conference of American Seed Trade Association in Washington D.C., 2018.
  • Netaji Subhas – ICAR International Fellowship 2016 for foreign PhD by Government of India
  • Best Poster Award in the 4th National Symposium on transforming Indian agriculture towards food and nutritional security, Society of Agricultural Professionals, Kanpur and RMSI, IGFRI, Jhansi, 2016.
  • Young Scientist Award by the Society for Scientific Development in Agriculture and Technology, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India (2016)
  • Best Division Award as a group (Seed Technology Division) on 55th Foundation Day of ICAR-Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi (2016)
  • Outstanding Interdisciplinary Team Research Award as a group (Seed Research Group) by the Society for Scientific Development in Agriculture and Technology, Uttar Pradesh, India (2016)


  • Life member, Indian Society of Weed Science, India.
  • Weed Science Society of America, Westminster, CO.
  • Life member, Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin
  • Southern Weed Science Society, Westminster, CO.
  • American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America.
  • Life member, The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant breeding, NRC & PB, New Delhi, India.
  • Life member: Society for Scientific Development in Agriculture and Technology, Meerut, India.
  • Life member: Range Management society of India, Jhansi, India.
  • Life member: Indian society of Seed Technology, New Delhi.


Maity’s weed science program focuses on biology, ecology, and integrated management (particularly sustainable approaches) of weeds and invasive plant species in managed (agronomic and specialty crops, horticulture, pastures, rangelands) and natural ecosystems (forests, grasslands), which advances current understanding of plant species that are designated as weed species. Relying on inter-disciplinary and collaborative approaches, his program includes a basic component that increases fundamental knowledge on the evolution and ecological importance of weed species and an applied component that addresses practical issues. In the current scenario of rapid evolution and spread of herbicide resistance in major weeds, potential areas of research include, but not limited to: developing novel and creative herbicidal and non-herbicide based weed management concepts and practices that take advantage of improved understanding of management impacts on weed biology.


CSES 3120, Principles of Weed Science (4) LEC. 3. Pr. (CSES 2040 or CSES 2043) or (AGRN 2040 or AGRN 2043) and (BIOL 1020 or BIOL 1027). Weed identification and biology, methods of weed management and classification of herbicides and how they are used in weed control. Laboratory subjects are weed identification and sprayer calibration. Each Fall.


  • Jin X, Bagavathiannan M, Maity A, Chen Y, Yu J. (2022) Deep learning for detecting herbicide weed control spectrum in turfgrass. Plant Methods 18, 94. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13007-022-00929-4
  • Maity A, Young B, Subramanian N, and Bagavathiannan M. Pollen-mediated transfer of herbicide resistance between johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) biotypes. Scientific Report 12, 7663. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-11713-8
  • Maity A, Young B, Schwartz-Lazaro L, Korress N, Norsworthy J, Bagavathiannan, M. Seedbank Management through an integration of harvest-time and post-harvest tactics for Italian ryegrass (Lolium perenne ssp. multiflorum) in wheat. Weed Technology 36(2): 187-196. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/wet.2022.16
  • Maity A, Locha RL, Khalil Y, Bagavathiannan MV, Ashworth MB, and Beckie HJ. Concurrent evolution of seed dormancy and herbicide resistance in field populations of dominant weed species in Australian cropping systems. Weed Science 70(3): 309-318. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/wsc.2022.15
  • Rocha RL, Khalil Y, Maity A, Beckie HJ, and Ashworth MB. Mechanical scarification technique breaks seed coat-mediated dormancy in wild oat (Avena fatua L.). Weed Technology 36(1): 152-159. DOI: doi:10.1017/wet.2021.94
  • Maity A, Lamichaney A, Joshi DC, Bajwa AA, Subramanian N, Walsh MJ, and Bagavathiannan M. 2021. Seed shattering: a trait of evolutionary importance in plants. Frontiers in Plant Science 12, 1180. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.657773
  • Maity A, Singh V, Martins MB, Ferreira PJ, and Bagavathiannan, M. 2021. Species identification and morphological trait diversity assessment in ryegrass (Lolium spp.) populations from Texas Blacklands. Weed Science 69(3): 379-392. DOI: doi:10.1017/wsc.2021.18
  • Maity A, Singh V, Jessup R, and Bagavathiannan M. 2021. Seed traits correlate with herbicide resistance in Italian ryegrass (Lolium perenne spp. multiflorum). Pest Management Science. 77(6): 2756-2765. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.6304
  • Lamichaney A and Maity A. 2021. Implications of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration on seed quality. International Journal of Biometeorology 65: 805-812. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-020-02073-x
  • Kumar S, Keerti MC, Kumar V, Singh T, Maity A, and Yadav VK (2020) Diurnal and temporal activity of pronubial insects on berseem flowers in a subtropical environment. Journal of Apicultural Research DOI: 10.1080/00218839.2021.1963123.
  • Bhattachrya P, Maity PP, Mowrer J, Maity A, Chakrabarti B, Ghosh T, and Krishnan P (2020) Assessment of soil health parameters and application of the sustainability index to fields under conservation agriculture for 3, 6, and 9 years in India. Heliyon. 6(12): E05640. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e05640
  • Singh V., Maity, A., Abugho, S., Swart, J., and Bagavathiannan, M (2020) Multiple herbicide resistant lolium spp. is prevalent in wheat production in Texas Blacklands. Weed Technology 34(5): 652-660. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/wet.2020.23
  • Wasnik VK, Koli P, Maity A, Kantwa SR, Sondhia S, Kumar S (2020) Evaluation of herbicides in berseem (Trifolium alexandrinum) for fodder and seed production. Range Management and Agroforestry 41(1): 74-80. https://indianjournals.com/ijor.aspx?target=ijor:rma&volume=41&issue=1&article=009
  • Maity A, Chakrabarty SK, Pramanik P, Gupta R, Parmar SS, Sharma DK (2019) Response of Stigma Receptivity in CMS and Male Fertile Line of Indian Mustard (B. Juncea) under Variable Thermal Conditions. International Journal of Biometeorology 63(2): 143 – 152. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-018-1645-9


Although Maity’s research program does not have a formal outreach component, the research questions are derived from the relevant large-scale surveys in growers’ fields and the interactive discussions with growers in the extension meetings. The conclusions and solutions coming out of the research projects are translated into extension recommendations through appropriate extension channels and media.

Students & Support Staff


Akashdeep Singh – MS

Akash comes from Punjab, India, with a Bachelor’s in agricultural sciences from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He is working as a Graduate Research Assistant (MS) in Dr. Aniruddha Maity’s lab, where he aims to study the integrated weed management options in soybean-wheat double cropping systems in Alabama. Akash is also working on UAV-based weed identification and management strategies, alongside a multistate weed survey. Akash aspires to become a multi-dimensional weed scientist with advanced skills and techniques.


559 Devall Dr.
Auburn Unv, AL 36832


Ankit Yadav – MS

Ankit comes from Bhiwani district, Haryana, India. Coming from a farming background, Ankit pursued his education in agriculture, earning a Bachelor’s in agricultural sciences from Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar, Haryana. Ankit is working as a Graduate Research Assistant (MS) in Dr. Aniruddha Maity’s lab, where he is studying the biology/ecology and integrated management options for controlling herbicide-resistant Italian ryegrass in Alabama. Additionally, he is involved in multiple state-wide weed surveys to understand the current weed science research needs in the state. Ankit plans to use his weed science skillsets to serve the farming community either through industry or academia engagement in the future.


559 Devall Dr.
Auburn Unv, AL 36832