Last week, we reported that PLoS ONE was retracting three papers by the research group because “there are no data available underlying this study and thus…the published results are fabricated.” Now, according to The Hindu, four more papers are being retracted:
- “Aerobic degradation of 4-nitroaniline (4-NA) via novel degradation intermediates by Rhodococcus sp. strain FK48,” in Journal of Hazardous Materials
- “Degradation of 2,4-dinitroanisole (DNAN) by metabolic cooperative activity of Pseudomonas sp. strain FK357and Rhodococcus imtechensis strain RKJ300,” in Chemosphere
- “In Silico Approach for the Bioremediation of Toxic Pollutants,” in Journal of Petroleum and Environmental Biotechnology
- “Aerobic Degradation of 2-Hexanone by a Rhodococcus Sp. Strain MB-P1 via Novel Pathway,” in Journal of Petroleum and Environmental Biotechnology
IMTECH director Girish Sahni told the Hindu:
“It is very unfortunate. As a director [of IMTECH], I feel bad about it…These papers were retracted based on the findings of the enquiry committee that was formed in January to look into the circumstances. It found that the data accompanying the papers were not supported by raw data in the lab.”
According to the Hindu, first author Fazlurrahman Khan has resigned from IMTECH.