Rita Kumar works in the area of environmental biotechnology where the major thrust is to develop different biosensors for pollution detection.
Some of the important activities in her laboratory include:
Development of bacterial genetics based biosensors for pollution detection
Application of microorganisms for purification of waste water and neutralization of alkaline waste-water.
She and her group have been instrumental in developing efficient methods for rapid BOD estimation. Several technologies developed by her laboratory are in different stages of commercialization.
- Bioremediation of pulp and paper mill effluent by tannic acid degrading Enterobacter sp. Y,P,Singh; Purnima Dhall; R,M,Mathur; R,K,Jain; Vasanta vadde Thakur; Virendra Kumar; Rita Kumar; Anil Kumar. Water Air Soil pollut. 2011 Nov, 218:693-701
- Interaction studies of novel cell selective antimicrobial peptides with model membranes and E. coli ATCC 11775. Joshi, S; Bisht, G.S; Rawat D.S; Kumar, A; Kumar, R; Maiti, S; Pasha, S. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2010 Oct;1798(10):1864-75.
- Holistic Bioremediation of Pulp and Paper Mill Effluents using autochthonous bacteria. Deepa K Tiku; Anil Kumar; Rekha Chaturvedi; S.D.Makhijani, A Manoharan; Rita Kumar. International Biodeterioration Biodegradation 64 (2010) : 173-183
- Neutralization of alkaline industrial waste waters using Exiguabcterium sp.
N.H. Kulshreshta; Anil Kumar; Purnima Dhall; Saurabh Gupta; G.Bisht; Santosh Pasha; V.P.Singh; Rita Kumar. International Biodeterioration Biodegradation 64 (2010) : 191-196
- 1,5-Bis(2-Hydroxyphenyl) Pent-1,4-Diene-3-One: A lead compound for the development of broad spectrum antibacterial agents. A.Rani; S.Jain; R. Kumar; A.Kumar. S.Afr.j.Chem (2010) 63:1-5.