Dr Ashwani Tapwal completed his undergraduate studies in 1994 and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Botany with specialization in Mycology and Plant Pathology from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He has worked as scientist in Himalayan Research Group Shimla from 2002 to 2006 on different R&D and livelihood development programmes. In 2004, he was awarded with Young Scientist Project by Department of Science and technology (GOI). He assumed a faculty position in the Shooloni Institute of Life Sciences and Business Management, Solan, Himachal Pradesh in July, 2006. In this Institute he served as Head, Dept. of Botany for two years and had pioneer role in the establishment of this department. He teaches several courses for post graduate classes in botany like Plant Pathology, Mycology, Microbiology, Biotechnology etc. Presently he is a Scientist in Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education at Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat, working in Forest Protection Division. Since 1996 he is engaged in research on several issues related to Mycology and Plant Pathology, Integrated pest management, Biocontrol of soil borne plant pathogens, Soil Microbiology, vermicomposting, Mushrooms, Ectomycorrhiza, endomycorrhiza, and Fungal secondary metabolites.