Suganya, A., Debal Deb and T. Pradeep 2019. Spatial distribution mapping of molecules in the grains of different rice landraces, using desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometryRapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry (30 January) doi: 10.1002/rcm.8397

Deb, Debal 2018. Food and Nutrition from Forest: Relationships with Forest Ecological Status and Management System. Bhubaneswar. Living Farms.

Deb, Debal, Bo Li, S. Chattopadhyay and A. Ray 2017. Identification of an endangered tree as a new record of Cordia macleodii, with an update of Cordia in West Bengal, IndiaWebbia J. Pl. Taxon. Geog. 73(1): 81-88. [Download PDF]

Sen Gupta, S, A. Baksi, P. Roy, D. Deb and T. Pradeep 2017. Unusual accumulation of silver in the aleurone layer of an Indian rice (Oryza sativa) landrace and sustainable extraction of the metal. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering 5(9): 8310-8315.

Deb, Debal 2017. Folk rice varieties, traditional knowledge and nutritional security in South Asia. In: G. Poyyamoli (ed), Agroecology, Ecosystems, and Sustainability in the Tropics. Studera Press, pp. 112-128.

Chakraborty, Debarati, Debal Deb and Avik Ray 2016. An analysis of variation of the aroma gene in rice (Oryza sativa L. subsp. indica Kato) landraces. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 63 (6): 953-959. [Download PDF]

Deb, Debal 2016. Ecological ethos and indigenous traditions. Pp. 32-36. In: Humanity and Nature: Traditional, Cultural, & Alternative PerspectivesFocus on the Global South/ The Sombath Initiative: Bangkok. [Download PDF]

Deb, Debal 2015. Sacred bamboo groves of the Rajbansi of north Bengal, pp. 45-62. In: M. Amrithalingam (ed), Ecological Traditions of India. vol. XII, Sacred Groves of West Bengal. C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre. Chennai. [Download PDF]

Deb, Debal, M. Kloft, J. Lässig and S. Walsh 2015. Variable effects of biochar and P solubilizing microbes on crop productivity in different soil conditions. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 40 (2): 145-168. [Download PDF]

Deb, Debal, Soujit Sengupta and T. Pradeep 2015.  A profile of heavy metals in rice (Oryza sativa ssp. indica) landracesCurrent Science 109 (3): 407-409. [Download PDF]

Priya, A, S.P. Das, S. Goswami, M.K. Adak, Debal Deb and N. Dey 2015. An exploratory study on allelic diversity for five genetic loci associated with floral organ development in rice. American Journal of Plant Sciences 6: 1973-1980. [Download PDF]

Deb, Debal 2014. Genetic engineering in agriculture: Uncertainties and risks, pp. 120-129. In: David Newton (ed), GMO Food: A Reference Handbook. ABC-Clio: Santa Barbara, CA. [Download PDF]

Deb, Debal, Kavitha Kuruganti, V Rukmini Rao and Salome Yesudas 2014. Forests as Food Producing Habitats: An exploratory study of uncultivated foods and food & nutrition security of Adivasis in Odisha. Living Farms: Bhubaneswar. [Download PDF]

Deb, Debal 2014. Folk rice varieties, traditional agricultural knowledge and food security, pp. 45-57. In: Claude Alvarez (ed), Multicultural Knowledge and the University. Multiversity/ Citizens International: Penang, Malaysia. [Download PDF]

Deb, Debal 2014. The Value of Forest: an ecological economic examination of forest people’s perspective (Chapter 7), pp. 123-159, in: Trevor Fenning (ed), Challenges and Opportunities for the World’s Forests in the 21st Century. Springer. Heidelberg/New York.

Ray, Avik, Debal Deb, Rajasri Ray & Balaji Chattopadhayay 2013. Phenotypic characters of rice landraces reveal independent lineages of shortgrain aromatic indica rice. AoB Plants (Aug 2013)

Lele, S., O. Springate-Baginski, R. Lakerveld, Debal Deb and P. Dash 2013. Ecosystem services: origins, contributions, pitfalls, and alternatives. Conservation and Society 11(4): 343-358. [doi: 10.4103/0972-4923.125752]

Deb, Debal 2013. Toward Sustainable Use of Forest Resource: Connecting Forest Ecology to Village Economy.  RCDC: Bhubaneswar. [Download pdf]

Karmakar, Joydip, Rajib Roychowdhury, Rup Kumar Kar, Debal Deb and Narottam Dey 2012. Profiling of selected indigenous rice (Oryza sativa L.) landraces of Rarh Bengal in relation to osmotic stress tolerance. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 18(2): 125–132. DOI 10.1007/s12298-012-0110-1 [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2012. Did you say ‘High Yield’? pp. 22-25. In: Where is Our Oryza? Living Farms. Bhubaneswar. [Download full booklet]

Deb, Debal, J. Lässig and M. Kloft 2012. A critical assessment of the importance of seedling age in the system of rice intensification (SRI) in eastern India. Experimental Agriculture vol. 48 (3): 326-346. DOI: 10.1017/S001447971200004X [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2011. Review of Rebels for the Soil: The Rise of the Global Organic Food and Farming Movement byMatthew Reed. Economic Botany 65 (2): 236-237. [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2010. Review of Sacred Spaces and Religious Traditions in Oriente Cuba by Jualynne E. DodsonEconomic Botany 64 (3): 269-270. [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2009. Biodiversity and complexity of rice food webs: An empirical assessment. The Open Ecology Journal 2: 112-129. URL: [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2009. Valuing folk crop varieties for agroecology and food security. Bioscience Resource (Commentary) (26 October 2009) [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2009. Beyond Developmentality: Constructing inclusive freedom and sustainability. Earthscan. London. ISBN 9781844077120 [Read review by Ashish Kothari in Frontline] [Read review by Brent McCusker in Economic Geography] [Read review by Joan Martinez-Alier in Journal of Cleaner Production] [Read Review by A.E. Remi in Development in Practice] [Read review by Miramanni M. Mishkin C. in Economic Botany] [Read review by Dino Kosjak in Umwelt Actuell]

Deb, Debal and Debdulal Bhattacharya 2009. Two unique landraces from West Bengal. Seed Research 37 (1&2): 152-155. [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2008. Agriculture, pp. 67-81 In: A K Ghosh (ed.), Status of Environment in West Bengal: A Citizens’ Report. ENDEV Society for Environment and Development. Kolkata.

Deb, Debal 2008. Sacred ecosystems of West Bengal, pp. 117-126. In: A K Ghosh (ed.), Status of Environment in West Bengal: A Citizens’ Report. ENDEV Society for Environment and Development. Kolkata. [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2008. Joint forest management, pp. 96-104. In: A K Ghosh (ed.), Status of Environment in West Bengal: A Citizens’ Report. ENDEV Society for Environment and Development. Kolkata.[Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2007. Sacred Groves of West Bengal: A Model of Community Forest Management. Working Paper No 8. Understanding Livelihood Impacts of Participatory Forest Management Implementation in India and Nepal. (Ser. Ed. Oliver Springate-Baginski). University of East Anglia, Norwich. Overseas Development Group. [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2006. Flowering asynchrony can maintain genetic purity in rice landracesCurrent Science (Bangalore) 91: 155-157.

Borromeo, E. and Debal Deb 2006. Future of Rice: Examining long term sustainable solutions for rice production. Greenpeace International. Amsterdam & Bangalore. [Read review in Munlochy GM Vigil]

Deb, Debal 2006. Development against freedom and sustainabilityCapitalism Nature Socialism (New York) 17: 49-70. [doi: 10.1080/1045575060087455 5 ] [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2005. Seeds of Tradition, Seeds of Future: Folk Rice Varieties of Eastern India. RFSTE. New Delhi. [Read review in HoneyBee]

Spadoni, M. and Debal Deb 2005. “Ethnoecology of sacrd groves in West Bengal, India,” pp. 143-160, In: Proceedings of Seminar on “Himalaya: Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development”. Cooperazione Italiana/ASIA Onlus/Zoological Museum. Rome.

Deb, Debal 2005. Unnayaner Pura Katha (An Archeology of Development, in Bengali). Nagarik Mancha. Kolkata.

Deb, Debal 2005. Water crisis in West Bengal, pp. 141-146. In: V. Shiva and K. Jalees (eds), Water and Women. RFSTE/National Commission for Women. New Delhi.

Deb, Debal 2004. Industrial vs Ecological Agriculture. RFSTE. New Delhi. [Read review by Matt Cullen-Meyer]

Patrick Bateson, David Barker, Timothy Clutton-Brock, Debal Deb, Bruno D’udine, Robert A. Foley, Peter Gluckman, Keith Godfrey, Tom Kirkwood, Marta Mirazón Lahr, John Mcnamara, Neil B. Metcalfe, Patricia Monaghan, Hamish G. Spencer and Sonia E. Sultan 2004. Developmental plasticity and human healthNature (London) 430: 419-421. [doi: 10.1038/nature02725]

Deb, Debal 2004. Economics of multiple cropping: A study of traditional polyculture farms of West Bengal. Circolo Culturale Ambientescienze. Cremona, Italy.

Deb, Debal 2003. Tagore’s oriental postmodernity. CTheory (Event-Scene e34: 29/9/2003).

Deb, Debal 2003. Sacred groves and Sacred ponds. Document for NBSAP. New Delhi. National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.

Deb, Debal 2003. The non-use value of biodiversity and biophilia. Document for NBSAP.

A. K. Ghosh and Debal Deb 2002 (eds). Trainers’ Training Manual for Sustainable Agriculture. Navdanya. New Delhi.

Deb, Debal 2001. The culture of conservation: sacred species and sacred habitats, p. 35. In: V. Shiva and R. Holla-Bhar (eds), An Ecological History of Food and Farming in India. vol. 1. Research Foundation for Science Technology & Ecology: New Delhi

Deb, Debal and K C Malhotra 2001. Conservation ethos in local traditions: the West Bengal heritageSociety and Natural Resources (Pullman, WA) 14: 711-724. [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal 2001. “An inventory of plant food resources from Bengal.” pp. 293 to 298. In: V. Shiva and R. Holla-Bhar (eds), An Ecological History of Food and Farming in India. Vol. 1. Research Foundation for Science Technology & Ecology: New Delhi.

Deb, Debal 2001. “Bengal Famines.” pp. 76 to 81. In: V. Shiva and R. Holla-Bhar (eds), An Ecological History of Food and Farming in India. vol. 2. Research Foundation for Science Technology & Ecology: New Delhi.

Deb, Debal 2000. Folk Rice Varieties of West Bengal: Agronomic and Morphological Characteristics. Vrihi/ Research Foundation for Science Technology & Ecology. New Delhi.

Deb, Debal 2000. Loot Hoye Jay Swadeshbhumi (Our Land is Being Plundered, in Bengali). Utsa Manush. Kolkata.

Deb, Debal 1999. “Wild and uncultivated plants and animals as food resource: the Bengal paradigm”, pp. 18-19 and 109-113. In: SANFEC Proceedings of South Asian Workshop on Uncultivated Food and Plants. 2-4 October 1999. Bishnupur, Bangladesh.

Deb, Debal 1999. “In search of the forgotten rice varieties.” Down To Earth (New Delhi) 35: 122-123. [Download pdf]

Deb, Debal and A.K. Ghosh 1999. “Land use practices in India: reinstatement and displacement of traditional knowledge.” In: B.B. Basu (ed), Proceedings of the National Colloquium on Natural Resource Management. School of Fundamental Research: Calcutta.

Deb, Debal, K Deuti and K C Malhotra 1997. Sacred grove relics as bird refugiaCurrent Science (Bangalore) 73: 815-817.

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Deb’s new paper on biomolecular mapping of rice grains

February 7, 2019February 7, 2019
Deb's new paper on mass spectroscopy showing localization of various biomolecules in the grains of selected rice landraces. This work was accomplished in T. Pradeep's lab in IIT-M. Read here

Deb’s work featured in Gaia Foundation exhibition

October 24, 2018October 24, 2018
Gaia Foundation's photography exhibition, We Feed the World, held in October in London, featured Deb's conservation work as one of the best examples of the triumphs and tribulations of the smallholder farmers and fisherfolk who bring food to the plates of hundreds of thousands of people every day. Report here.

IIT-Madras talk

September 12, 2018September 12, 2018
September 12:  D. Deb gave talk at IIT-Madras on ‘Agroecology’, and designed a collaborative research with Prof. T Pradeep. DD-IITM    

Debal and Debdulal train Koraput farmers

August 31, 2018August 31, 2018
Debal Deb and Debdulal Bhattacharya went to 4 villages in Boipariguda Block of Koraput district, Odisha on 29th and 30th August to give hands-on training in rouging techniques to maintain the genetic purity of the folk varieties distributed to them earlier this year. This year, more than 1100 farmers adopted 35 folk varieties to suit their land types.

Prof. T Pradeep talks at Basudha Study Circle

June 21, 2018June 21, 2018
Basudha Study Circle by Prof. T Pradeep of IIT-Madras on Nanotechnology and Water on 20 June 2018. Pradeep@BasudhaLab  

The Guardian cites Deb’s work

June 6, 2018June 6, 2018
John Vidal's new article in The Guardian describes Deb's work as "the antithesis of Bayer and Monsanto."

Deb teaches Agroecology to Bangladesh Farmers

April 25, 2018April 25, 2018
D. Deb gave an intensive training in agroecology to farmers in the Agroecology School organised by RIB, at Nilphamari, Bangladesh. DD-BD-Nilphamari DD-BD-Farmers2 DD-BD-class DD-BD-Farmers1  

Deb questions the necessity of Golden Rice

April 3, 2018April 3, 2018
At an international conference "Stop Golden Rice", held in Quezon City, D. Deb talked with Philippino ministry and activists, and demonstrated the unnecessary public expenditure on developing Golden Rice, while several indigenous rice landraces from India and the Philippines contain vitamin A. [View video of Deb's speech here]

Basudha Study Circle Talk by Santanu Mitra

January 27, 2018January 27, 2018
Basudha Study Circle Talk on "Why You Should Be More Concerned about Glyphosate Herbicide than Farmers", by Santanu Mitra, eminent expert on the environment and public health from Canada. February 24, 2018. 4:00-6:00 pm. 186A, Kalikapur Canal Road, Ekatre 2nd Floor, Kolkata 700099. [View video recording here] Tonu-Glyphosate DD-Glyphosate  

Deb’s new paper identifies an Endangered Tree in Bengal

December 30, 2017December 30, 2017
D. Deb has identified a hitherto unidentified rare tree, locally known as Sitapatra as Cordia macleodii, of which only 5 mature specimens are surviving in West Bengal. Deb also adds a few novel characters of this species to its taxonomic description. Here is the new paper, published in Dec 2017.

Crash Course in Agroecology: Principles and Practice

November 2, 2017November 2, 2017
The Crash Course was conducted from 26 to 31 October 2017. Trainees from 4  States of India and one from Germany attended the course.

Rice conservaonists from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia visit Basudha

October 11, 2017October 11, 2017
Agroecology activists and rice conservators from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia visited Basudha on the 9th and 10th October. The team from MASIPAG, Philippnes exchanged seeds with Basudha.

‘Silver Rice’ paper published in ACS Journal

August 5, 2017August 5, 2017
Details of silver accumulation on Garib-sal rice published in ACS journal:

Deb’s New Paper on Traditional Agricultural Knowledge

June 2, 2017June 2, 2017
Deb's new paper Folk rice varieties, traditionl knowledge and nutritional security in South Asia is published in G. Poyyamoli (ed), Agroecology, Ecosystems, and Sustainability in the Tropics. Studera Press, New Delhi.

Deb’s Talk to Punjab Farmers: Transcript

February 18, 2017February 18, 2017

Hindu Business Line Blink on Deb’s Work

February 5, 2017February 5, 2017

Laconte and Remy write on Basudha

January 1, 2017January 1, 2017
Dr. Philippe Laconte and Jean Remy wrote articles on Basudha's work on conservation and sustainability, in Reflets and Biodynamis: Cultiver la Vie.

Seedling of Vitex glabrata planted in Odisha

November 25, 2016November 25, 2016
Basudha Lab regenerated a few seedlings using tissue culture method from seeds of the last specimen of Vitex glabrata, that existed in a roadside sacred grove in Chhandar village of Bankura district of West Bengal. This Critically Endangered tree was cut down in March 2016. The first seedling was successfully transplanted in Kerandiguda village, near Basudha farm, on November 18, 2016.

Basudha’s Work mentioned in OFAI Source Book

June 1, 2016June 1, 2016
Basudha's Work and Debdulal's contribution mentioned in Shamika Mone's Source Book on Organic Seeds, published by OFAI, Goa.

Basudha Lab’s Report (Jan-Apr 2016) Published

April 25, 2016April 25, 2016
The First Quarterly Report of Basudha Biotechnology Laboratory for Conservation is published. Click to download

Deb presented agroecology before Gujarat Chief Minister

April 19, 2016April 19, 2016
Kapil Shah and D Deb were invited to gave presentation before the Chief Minister, Gujarat, to suggest (a) enlisting of agroecology experts outside of mainstream agriculture universities on faculty of the proposed Organic Agriculture University, (b) agroecological design of a demonstration plot of the university, and (c) exclusion of GMOs from the State.

Agroecology training in Chittagong, Bangladesh

April 12, 2016April 12, 2016
Deb gave agroecology training for farmers and NGOs at Chittagong, Bangladesh from 10-12 April 2016.

34 Rice Landraces Rescued from Nagaland

January 2, 2016January 2, 2016
D. Deb and Avik Saha visited the districts of Dimapur and Peren in Nagaland and rescued 34 traditional rice landraces from imminent risk of extinction from agricultural modernization.

New publication: Biochar effect on crop productivity

January 2, 2016
Recently published: "Variable effects of biochar and P solubilizing microbes on crop productivity in different soil conditions" DOI: 10.1080/21683565.2015.1118001. [Download PDF]

Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems journal mentions Basudha’s work

December 2, 2015December 2, 2015
Editorial of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems vol. 39 (6), 2015 mentions Basudha's conservation and demonstration efforts.  [Download PDF]

New Demonstration Farm in Kashipur, West Bengal

November 28, 2015November 28, 2015
Under the auspices of Mr. Avik Saha, Basudha took over in November 2015 a new agroecological demonstration farm at Kashipur, West Bengal. This farm will (i) demonstrate agroecology and ecological fishery, and (ii) conserve multiple landraces of rice, millets, legumes and tubers.

New Study Published Showing Metal Profiles of 130 Rice Varieties

September 14, 2015September 14, 2015
In a recent issue of Current Science (10 Aug 2015), a new study on metal contents of 130 rice varieties was published, showing over 65 varieties containing high quantities of iron, and a unique variety containing a considerable amount of silver uptake and deposition in grains. This work was authored by D. Deb and Prof. T Pradeep, and Soujit Sengupta from IIT-Madras.

400 Indigenous Farmers Joining Force to Save Heirloom Seeds

May 19, 2015May 19, 2015
During a period of just 5 days, from the 13th June to 18th June, Basudha's campaign to save folk rice varieties persuaded over 400 farmer households to replace all modern rice varieties with heirloom varieties, on zero-external chemical input. D. Deb and Debdulal Bhattacharya visited 8 villages of Gendabaju and Kodisuru villages of Chandrapur block, Rayagada district of Odisha to talk with them about the value of indigenous rice varieties and the means to winning freedom from seed corporations and chemicals industry. Entire communities in these 8 villages, comprising over 400 farmer households, pledged to abandon all modern rice varieties, and grow indigenous seeds instead, on their farms. They would collect seeds free of cost from Virhi in early June. Kodisuru Gendabaju

22 Rice Landraces Rescued from Malkangiri District

March 26, 2015March 26, 2015
D. Deb surveyed 4 blocks in Odisha's Malkangiri district, and rescued 22 landraces to add to Vrihi's accession.

Biotechnology Lab for Conservation Opened in Aug 2014

August 26, 2014August 26, 2014
Basudha's Biotechnology Laboratory for Conservation opened in Kolkata on 12 August 2014, entirely funded by Mr. Avik Saha, cultural activist and lawyer, and Basudha's trustee. This laboratory is established with the explicit aim to promoting conservation of the country's biological heritage. The lab will remain engaged in studies to reveal genetic, biochemical and nutraceutical properties of folk rice varieties; and tissue culture of critically endangered plants to promote their conservation for the benefit of the local communities. This is the only lab in the country that runs on individual donations, and does not, and will not receive any institutional funding support from any governmental or corporate institutions, and is entirely aimed at biodiversity conservation. Read report in Times of India (New Delhi/Kolkata) 13 August.   [Download pdf]