Dilip Nandwani

Dilip Nandwani
Associate Professor
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture

Contact Information
203 Lawson Hall
(615) 963-1897
dnandwan@tnstate.edu

More information about our organic agriculture program here.

Research Interests and Specialization
Vegetable Production (Organic & Conventional)
Sustainable Horticulture, Tropical Fruits, Roots & Tubers
Organic Certification, Micropropagation
International Agriculture Development

Teaching
AGSC 4555/5015: Principles of Organic Agriculture
AGSC 3210: Principles of Crop Science

Research Publications
Sidhu, Varinder, Dilip Nandwani, Wang, Li, Wu, Ying. 2017. Phytochemical content and antioxidant activity of different organic tomato cultivars. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (submitted).
Sochinwechi Nwosisi and Dilip Nandwani. 2017. Wheat straw, pine-needle and black plastic mulch for weed management on organic certified sweetpotato fields. J of Organic Systems (submitted)
Sochinwechi Nwosisi, Prabodh Illukpitiya and Dilip Nandwani. 2017. Risk analysis of organic and conventional sweetpotato production in south-eastern region of the U.S Ecological Economics (submitted)
Ravneet Sandhu, Dilip Nandwani and Sochinwechi Nwosisi. 2017. Assessment of stimplex® on growth and yield of organic leafy green vegetables. Journal of Agriculture of UPR (submitted)
Sochinwechi Nwosisi, Dilip Nandwani and Saidullah Chowdhury. 2017. Organic vertical gardening for urban communities. Acta Hort. (in press)
Sandhu K. R. and Dilip Nandwani. 2017. Cultivar evaluation of six leafy green vegetables in urban organic management system. Acta Hort. (in press)
George Smith, Reginald Archer, Dilip Nandwani and Jianwei Li. 2017. Impacts of urbanization: diversity and the symbiotic relationships of rural, urban, and spaces in-between. Pages 1-14 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504509.2017.1383321
Sochinwechi Nwosisi, Dilip Nandwani and Bharat Pokharel. 2017. Yield performance of organic sweetpotato varieties in various mulches. Horticulturae. 3, 48; doi:10.3390/horticulturae 3030048
Varinder Sidhu and Dilip Nandwani. 2017. Cultivar evaluation and yield performance of tomato in an organic management system. Journal of Horticulture. Vol 4 (2): 1-4. DOI: 10.4172/2376-0354.1000201
Varinder Sidhu and Dilip Nandwani. 2017. Effect of stimplex® on yield performance of    tomato in organic management system. Annals of Advanced Agricultural Sciences.  1 (1): 11-15.
 M. Ashraful Islam1, G. Ferdous1, A. Akter1 and Dilip Nandwani. 2017. Effect of organic and inorganic fertilizers on the growth and yield of cabbage with different planting spacing. Agriculture 7, 31; doi:10.3390/agriculture7040031
 M. Ashraful Islam, S. Islam, A. Akter, M. H. Rahman and Dilip Nandwani. 2017. Effect of organic and inorganic fertilizers on soil properties and the growth, yield and quality of tomato in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. Agriculture 7, 18; doi:10.3390/agriculture7030018
Sochinwechi Nwosisi, Dilip Nandwani, Dafeng Hui and Ramasamy Ravi. 2017. Sensory evaluation of fourteen organic sweetpotato cultivars. International Journal of Vegetable Science. https://doi.org/10.1080/19315260.2017.1346029
Sochinwechi Nwosisi, Dilip Nandwani* and Ramasamy Ravi. 2017. Bioactive compounds in organic sweetpotato. Journal of Advances in Molecular Biology (in press)
George Smith, Dilip Nandwani and Vanaja Kankarla. 2016. Facilitating resilient rural-to-urban sustainable agriculture and rural communities, International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, DOI: 10.1080/13504509.2016.1240723
Nandwani D. 2015. Grafting of mango cultivars (Mangifera indica L.) in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Acta Hort. 1075: 185-189  
Nandwani D. 2015. Effect of 4-Chlorophenoxy Acetic Acid on fruit set and yield of heat tolerant tomato cultivars grown under greenhouse conditions. Projournal of Agricultural Sciences (PASR) ISSN: 2328-4625 Vol. 3 (1): 15-21  
Nandwani D., S. Dennery and S. Balkaran.2014. Effect of 4-CPA on fruit set and yield of beefsteak tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) on the Island of St. Croix. Acta Hort. 1042:255-259  
Nandwani D. 2013. Yield response of four beefsteak tomato cultivars in the US Virgin Islands. J. Agric. Univ. P.R. 97 (3-4):181-184
Nandwani D. 2013. Influence of herbicides on yield of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L). Moench) in the U.S. Virgin Islands. BRJASR. Vol. 2(10) 191-194

Research papers presented at conferences/symposia
Nandwani D. and S. Nwosisi. 2017. Fruits and berry nursery management training in Kyrgyzstan. SR-ASHS, Mobile, AL (Poster)
Nandwani D. and S. Nwosisi. 2017. Train-of-Trainers in agricultural extension services delivery and monitoring in Nigeria. SR-ASHS, Mobile, AL (Poster)
Nandwani D. and S. Nwosisi S. 2016. Evaluation of germplasm of organic vegetables crops. Ist International Agrobiodiversity Conference, New Delhi, India p.198
Sandhu K. R. and D. Nandwani. 2016. Effect of stimplex® on yield and growth performance of organic leafy greens in Tennessee. Proc. Plant Growth Regulation Soc. America. Pp. 63-68
Sidhu V. and D. Nandwani. 2016. Variety trials of organic tomato in Tennessee. Student Organic Seed Symposium, August 5-8, 2016, Waterville, Maine.
Nandwani D., Gunther D., Chowdhary S. 2016. Organic urban vertical farming as an alternative for food production. International Conference on Landscape & Urban Horticulture, 20-25 June 2016, Athens - Greece p 70.
Nandwani D. and R.K. Sandhu. 2016. Cultivar evaluation of six leafy green vegetables in urban organic management system. International Conference on Landscape & Urban Horticulture, 20-25 June 2016, Athens - Greece p 71.
 Nwosisi S. and D. Nandwani. 2015. Organic sweetpotato variety trial in Tennessee. Student Organic Seed Symposium, August 9-12, 2016, Madison, Wisconsin
Nandwani D., Dennery S., Forbes V., Geiger T., and R.K. Sandhu. 2015. Effect of biostimulants on the yield performance of organically-grown okra cultivars in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proceedings of the Caribbean Food Crops Society. 51:153-156.
Nandwani D., Dennery S., Forbes V., Geiger T., and V. Sidhu. 2015. Effect of bio-stimulants on the yield performance of organically-grown eggplant cultivars in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proceedings of the Caribbean Food Crops Society 51:181-185.
Nandwani D. and S. Nwosisi. 2015. Comparison of mulches for weed management in organic sweetpotato production in Tennessee. National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group (NSCG). Annual meeting, Nashville. P 8.
Nandwani D., S. Dennery, V. Forbes, and T. Geiger. 2014. Evaluation of four tomato varieties for commercial organic production in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Caribbean Food Crops Society, St. Thomas
Fenis V. N. and D. Nandwani. 2014. The effects of preemergence herbicides on the growth, yield and quality of transplanted watermelon. Proc. Caribbean Food Crops Society 49: 467-475
Bailey D. and D. Nandwani. 2014. Production of cucumber (Cucumis sativus) in the UVI aquaponic system. 2013. Proc. Caribbean Food Crops Society, 49: 134-137
Nandwani D. 2013. Growth and yield response of sweet pepper cultivars in the US Virgin Islands. Proc. Caribbean Food Crops Society, Puerto Rico. 48: 231-236
Vyas P., R. Joshi, M.L. Agarwal and D. Nandwani. 2013. Assessment of genetic diversity of Commiphora wightii (Guggal) germplasm in Rajasthan using RAPD and ISSR markers. American Society for Horticulture Science, Palm Spring, CA (poster)
Nandwani D., V. Forbes, S. Dennery, S. Balkaran and V. Napoleon-Fanis.2013. Vegetable Research at the UVI-AES - An Update. UVI Colloquium. University of the Virgin Islands. St. Croix, USVI (oral)
Nandwani D. 2013. Weed control in okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L). Moench) in the US Virgin Islands. American Society for Horticulture Science, Palm Spring, CA (poster)
Nandwani D. and S. Dennery. 2013. Effect of 4-CPA on fruit set and yield of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) on the island of St. Croix. Plant Growth Regulators Society Association, Orlando, FL (poster)
Fenis V.N. and D. Nandwani. 2013. Effects of preemergence herbicides on the growth, yield and quality of transplanted watermelon. Caribbean Food Crops Soc. Trinidad and Tobago (poster)

Abstracts
Nandwani D., Dennery, S., Forbes, V. and T. Geiger. 2014. Yield of tomato cultivars grown in the organic management in the U.S. Virgin Islands. HortScience. 49 (9): S279-280
Nandwani D. and S. Dennery. 2013. Effect of 4-CPA on fruit set and yield of heat tolerant tomato cultivars. HortScience. 48 (9): S16-17
Nandwani D.  2013. Weed control in okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L). Moench) in the US Virgin Islands. HortScience. 49(9): S272-273.
Vyas P., R. Joshi, M.L. Agarwal and D. Nandwani. 2013. Assessment of genetic diversity of Commiphora wightii (Guggal) germplasm in Rajasthan using RAPD and ISSR markers. HortScience. 48(9): S263
Khatik N., R. Joshi, M.L. Agarwal and D. Nandwani. 2013. An efficient protocol for direct somatic embryogenesis in medicinal tree Murraya koenigii (L.). HortScience. 48(9) S406
Nandwani D. 2013. Effect of preemergence herbicide on weed control in eggplant (Solanum melongena L.). HortScience 48(9): S65
Nandwani D. and A. Tudela. 2013. Pitaya production in the CNMI. HortScience 48(9): S62
Nandwani D. 2012. Field trials of peppers (Capsicum spp.) on the island of St. Croix. Proceeding 21st International Pepper Conference, Naples, FL. P.39
Nandwani D., Zimmerman T.,  Forbes V. and S. Crossman. 2012. Growth and yield response of four tomato cultivars in the US Virgin Islands. HortScience 47(9) S60
Nandwani D. and V. Forbes. 2012. Growth and yield response of eight hot pepper varieties in the US Virgin Islands. HortScience 47(9) S303
Nandwani D. 2011. Field evaluation of tissue culture banana in the Northern Mariana Islands. HortScience, 46 (9): S22

Books, extension booklets, and book chapters
D. Nandwani. 2015. Organic Farming for Sustainable development. Springer, Switzerland, (in prep) (edited book)
D. Nandwani. 2014. Sustainable Horticultural Systems: Issues, Technology and Innovation.  Springer, Switzerland, pp 385 (edited book)
Velta Napoleon-Fanis and D. Nandwani. 2014. Sustainable Vegetable Production: Caribbean Perspective. In: Sustainable Horticultural Systems: Issues Technology and Innovation, D. Nandwani (Ed.) Springer, Switzerland Vol. 2: 3-17
D. Nandwani, Purohit S.D, Jain S.M and K.G. Ramawat. 2004. Propagation techniques in woody plants with special reference to arid and semi-arid zone trees. In: Tree Improvement and Biotechnology. P. Shanmughavel and S. Ignacimuthu (Eds.) Pointer Publishers, Jaipur, India. 16-52 ISBN 81-7132-373-1
Muniappan R. and D. Nandwani. 2002. Survey of Arthropod Pests and Invasive weeds of the Marshall Islands. University of Guam, Guam. p.16
Manglona R., Nandwani D., Bowen L., and C. Bier. 2009. Soil and Water Conservation in the CNMI. p.18
Nandwani D and A Tudela. 2010. Sweet potato in the CNMI. Saipan. P 27 (http://crees.org/resources/files/forms/41.pdf)
Nandwani D and A Tudela. 2010. Taro varieties in the CNMI. Saipan. P 31 (http://libweb.hawaii.edu/libdept/scitech/agnic/pdf/taro-CNMI.pdf)
Nandwani D, A Tudela and I. T Cabrera. 2010. Banana guide for the CNMI. Saipan. P 34 (http://libweb.hawaii.edu/libdept/scitech/agnic/pdf/banana-CNMI.pdf)
Nandwani D, Lee Bowen and Stafford Crossman. 2012. Harvest tips for home gardeners. 41st Agrifest 2012,  St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, p. 36-39
Nandwani D. 2013. Eggplant Production. 42nd Agrifest 2013, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, p. 41-44
Leticia W. and D. Nandwani. 2013. Tropical fruits of the US Virgin Islands. University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service, VI
Nandwani D. Nandwani D. Learning to graft. 2013. University of the Virgin islands Cooperative Extension Service, VI p.13

Student Awards
Sochinwechi Nwosisi. 2017. Investigating the impact of plant spacing on yields of sweetpotato produced in organic systems. Graduate Student Grant. Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) ($16419)
Sochinwechi Nwosisi. Travel award to attend and present research paper in Organic Seed Alliance Student Symposium, August 9-12, 2015. Madison, Wisconsin
Varinder S. Sidhu. Travel award to attend and present research paper in Organic Seed Alliance Student Symposium August 5-8, 2016. Waterville, Maine
Ravneet K. Sandhu. 2016. Travel award to attend and present research paper in Plant Growth regulators Society of America, July 16- 21, 2016. Raleigh, North Carolina
Sochinwechi Nwosisi. Travel award to attend and present research paper in American Society for Horticultural Science, August 8-11, 2016. Atlanta, Georgia.
Varinder Sidhu. Travel award to attend and present research paper in American Society for Horticultural Science, August 8-11, 2016. Atlanta, Georgia
Ravneet K. Sandhu. Travel award to attend and present research paper in American Society for Horticultural Science, August 8-11, 2016. Atlanta, Georgia
Sochinwechi Nwosisi. Travel award to attend and present research paper in 2nd International Environmental Youth Symposium, September 8-9, 2016. Atlanta, Georgia.
Varinder S. Sidhu. Travel award to attend and present research paper in 2nd International Environmental Youth Symposium, September 8-9, 2016. Atlanta, Georgia.
Ravneet K. Sandhu. Travel award to attend and present research paper in 2nd International Environmental Youth Symposium, September 8-9, 2016. Atlanta, Georgia.

Books (Editor)
Nandwani D. 2018. Urban Horticulture for 21st Century (in press)
Nandwani D. 2016. Organic farming for Sustainable Development.  Springer, Switzerland, pp 360
Nandwani D. 2014. Sustainable Horticultural Systems: Issues, Technology and Innovation.  Springer, Switzerland, pp 385

Professional Societies and Journal Editorial Service

ASHS, SIVB, IPPS, APS, PGRSA, APAARI
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Nature Environment and Pollution Technology
Chair, Microirrigation of Sustainable Water Use. Multi State Regional project (W2128). USDA-NIFA (2014)
Chair, International Horticulture Issues (IHI), American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) (2014)

Awards and Honors
2017: Faculty Engaged Scholar Award. 2017 Community Service Awards. Tennessee State University. Nashville, TN
2016: The President’s Volunteer Service Award. Bronze. Corporation of National and Community Service, Washington DC  
2016: Best Poster paper award (Ist Place) - 2nd International Environmental Youth Symposium, Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, GA September 8-9, 2016
2015: Hind Ratan Award, NRI Society of India, New Delhi
2014: Award of Excellence. The Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors. In recognition of multi-state project titled `Microirrigation for Sustainable Water Use’. Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU), Orlando, FL  
2013: The President’s Volunteer Service Award. Corporation of National and Community Service, DC (Winrock International)  
2011: Blue Ribbon Extension Communications award for `Banana Guide for the CNMI’ (Extension Publication), American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)-Southern Region  
Permanent Residency in “Outstanding Researcher” category - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
2010: National Parent Leadership Award, Department of Youth Services (DYS), Office of the Governor, CNMI  
2010: Non-Instructional Faculty of the Year, Northern Marianas College  
2009: Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) from the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)  
1994: Young Scientist Merit Award by Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Calcutta, India

Grants
2015. Issues and Challenges in Sustainable Agricultural Research, Extension and Education for Women Farmers in Bangladesh. (USAID-VEGA, PI, $150,000)
2014. Organic Vegetable Production Techniques for Small-Scale Household for Food Security, Nutrition and Income Generation in Bangladesh. (USDA-SCRP-FAS, PI, $40,000)
2014. Development of Organic Management Practices in Vegetables for the Minority Farmers in Tennessee. (USDA-Evans-Allen, PI)
Building Capacity and Enhancing Income of Minority Farmers in Sustainable Organic Sweetpotato Production in Tennessee (USDA-AFRI, $500,000, PI)- (Submitted)

Education
1991: Ph. D. (Botany), University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India
1987: M. Sc. (Botany), University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India
1985: B. Sc. (Biology), University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India

Date Joined TSU: January 2014






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