Many researchers and scientists have contributed to the field of science, helping to identify the animals, the insects, and the living organisms around us. Fungi, a eukaryotic organism that’s found almost all around us, is still widely researched. Common examples include mushrooms, yeasts, and molds. Mycology, the study of fungi, is an incredibly interesting subject that focuses on how these fungi are able to survive in different environments.
The interesting thing about science is that new studies are coming to light and new inventions are being made available every now and then. Only recently, it become known that a Bangladeshi born scientist by the name of Dhanonjoy Chandra Saha, a Ph.D. and a researching professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, developed a new staining technique that could be used to identify fungi in types of grass, with the help of Rose Bengal.
For those who don’t know, Rose Bengal is widely used in industrial food coloring and is also used in biological tissue staining. The method was used by Dr. Saha in order to discover a whole new species of endophytic fungus, which was aptly named Acremonium spp. This type of fungus had not been found in Northern America before Dr. Saha’s discovery. By being in grass, this type of fungus render the grass much more resistant to diseases but was also tolerant in conditions of droughts and it's also not consumed by wild animals and other insects.
Making use of the fungus, World famous research leader, Dr. C Reed Funk and his team were able to create two different varieties of hard fescue grass for which they received two certificates. Dr. Saha was named as a co-inventor and the grass varietals were marked in the USA.
The techniques that Dr. Saha developed and put to use in discovering the fungus became known as the SAHA techniques. His peers named the techniques after him. Dr. Saha worked closely with Dr. Cyrus Reed Funk throughout the research at Rutgers University. The work done by Dr. Funk can be found from the modern lawn to the White House, as he has more than 75 variety releases to his name. He has 8 US Plant Patents and almost 60 Plant Protection certificates to his name as well, making him one of the most qualified and respected professionals in his field.