Fellows Elected 2017
Dr. Vinayagamurthy Balamurugan (b 22 Oct, 1973) Senior Scientist, ICAR-National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics, Bengaluru (Karnataka)
Dr. Balamurugan has contributed significantly to epidemiology, including molecular epidemiology, development of diagnostics for diagnosis and vaccines including recombinant one using molecular technologies for prevention of infectious animal diseases. He also developed attenuated thermo-stable PPR vaccine and molecular based diagnostic technologies for application in the diagnosis of animal pox diseases. Dr. Balamurugan was also involved in the estimation of economic losses and impact of viral disease like PPR & FMD. One of the technology of vero-cell attenuated live sheep fox vaccine for sheep fox protection developed by Dr. Balamurugan has been transferred for commercialization. He has also been bestowed with many awards.
Dr. Narayan Bhaskar (b 1 Jun, 1969) Principal Scientist, Department of Meat & Marine Sciences, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore (Karnataka)
Dr. Bhaskar has made significant contributions to the field of industrial fishery technology, particularly towards recovery of aquatic bio-functional substances from fish processing by-products and wastes; preparation of proteolytic activity rich spice powder and its application in tenderization of meat; and process for separation of shell membrane from wet egg shells. He has also developed a machine for continuous separation of fish bone and meat, which has created a scope for development of value chains and empowering fish farmers and small scale entrepreneurs to capture benefits of value addition.
Dr. Tarun Kumar Bhattacharya (b 4 Sept, 1970) ICAR National Fellow & Principal Scientist, ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad (Telangana)
Dr. Bhattacharya contributed significantly to the study of marker-trait relationship and identified and characterized new genes and genome sequencing of Aseel and some indigenous chicken breeds. Dr. Bhattacharya also developed sex determination kit and perfected gene knock down technology for improving productivity of chicken in India. He initiated molecular breeding in chicken for enhancing productivity in poultry. He also developed leptin gene marker for bread/strain differentiation in cattle. He has been awarded Lal Bahadur Shastri Young Scientist Award & Hari Om Trust Award, besides NAAS Young Scientist & Associateship.
Dr. Pratap Bhattacharyya (b 16 Jun, 1973) Principal Scientist, Division of Crop Production, ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore, Kolkata (W.B.)
Dr. Bhattacharya has contributed significantly to the carbon dynamics in soil-plant system, greenhouse gas emission, carbon sequestration and nutrient management in rice based cropping systems. He has also made outstanding contributions in watershed management and soil water conservation in Shivalik region. As a team member, Dr. Bhattacharya has also been involved in developing a quantitative model for estimating soil-loss limits for erosion, which is successfully validated in different states of India. His work on carbon budgeting by advanced Eddy covariance system has established that lowland rice ecology is a net carbon sink in IGP rice-rice system.
Dr. Pranjib Kumar Chakrabarty (b 12 Oct, 1958) Assistant Director General (Plant Protection & Biosafety), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
Dr. Chakrabarty has done pioneering work in functional genomics and molecular basis of pathogenicity of Xanthomonas malvacearum, Ervinia carotovora and Xylella fastidiosa, which led to understanding of the mechanism of host-pathogen interactions and ways to counter pathogenicity determinants. The work on signal transduction of Xa21- mediated resistance led to understanding of the role of downstream regulating proteins in HR and defenses. He also developed a robust protocol for transformation and regeneration of cotton and used it for developing chitinase cisgenic diploid cotton and also RNAi mediated transgenic tetra-ploid cotton. For the first time, Dr. Chakrabarty generated a big-bolled cotton of 7.9g genotype having B2 gene for BBR.
Dr. Supriya Chakraborty (b 13 Dec, 1969) Professor (Virology), Molecular Virology Laboratory, School of Life Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Prof. Chakraborty has worked on pathogenesis based strategies to check infection of geminiviruses. He made significant contribution in establishing role of microsatellites in the evolution of plant viruses through recombination, role of synergistic interactions among the geminiviruses, role of betasatellites in host adoption and inhibition of photosynthesis leading to symptom expression. His work on understanding the molecular mechanism of breakdown of resistance in chilli cultivation to chilli leaf curl virus and developing broad-spectrum resistance against geminiviruses using RNAi technology shall go a long way to mitigate the virus menace in crops.
Dr. Hukum Chandra (b 7 Nov, 1972) ICAR National Fellow, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi
Dr. Chandra has made significant contributions to both theoretical and applied aspects of sampling techniques particularly small area estimation, bootstrap methods and methodology for improvement of agricultural statistics. He has also made innovative applications of small area estimation techniques for estimation of crop yield, poverty and malnutrition at micro level. His research outputs, especially the methodology for disaggregated level crop yield estimation; small sample inferences from outlier-contaminated, zero inflated, semi-continuous and count data, are of immense use to various stakeholders. He has also contributed towards development of sample survey resources server for wider dissemination of advances in sampling techniques. He has received several national and international awards.
Dr. (Ms.) Sunita Grover (b 28 Jul, 1958) Principal Scientist and Head, Molecular Biology Unit, Dairy Microbiology Unit, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal (Haryana)
Dr. Grover has made outstanding contributions to the area of probiotics. These include establishing a national repository of novel probiotic strains, their molecular signatures besides demonstrating their pre-clinical functional efficacy both in-vitro and in-vivo. The technology for two promising strains has been transformed to a leading Nutraceutical industry. Besides this, Dr. Grover was instrumental in expression of high value proteins and developing molecular diagnostic kits for high risk pathogens. She is recipient of Rafi Ahmed Kidwai award and young woman scientist award of DBT, Government of India. She is also associated with Probiotic Association of India.
Dr. Ryappa Ramappa Hanchinal (b 1 Jun, 1952) Chairperson, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt of India, New Delhi
Dr. Hanchinal has made significant contributions to the area of crop improvement, variety maintenance, seed production and plant variety protection. He has identified easily measurable morphological traits as valuable selection criteria for heat and drought tolerance in Durum wheat. He has developed fourteen wheat varieties, two cotton varieties and one variety each in cowpea and Mesta. He has developed a unique system of large scale seed production of field crops by selecting and adopting potential villages for seed production with modified seed village concept now popularly known as “DHARWAD MODEL”. This has played an important role in ensuring availability of quality seed of improved crop varieties to the farmers.
Dr. Kshirod K. Jena (b 3 Feb, 1953) Principal Scientist, Plant Breeding Division, International Rice Research Institute, Metro Manila, Philippines
Dr. Jena has made outstanding contributions both in the basic and applied areas of rice research. His contributions advanced the scientific understanding in the study of trisomics and intra- and inter genomic introgression in rice. He contributed to the improvement of three elite rice varieties-MTU 1010, Swarna and Samba Mahwari through selective QTL gene introgression for yield components in close association with the Indian scientists. He has identified genes for BPH, BB and blast resistance and pyramided for durable resistance. He shared novel germplasm with value added genes with Indian scientists and published several research papers in high rated scientific journals.
Dr. Vijay K. Juneja (b 1 Jul, 1956) Lead Scientist (Microbiology), USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Eastern Regional Research Center, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, USA
Dr. Juneja, an Indian born US Citizen, is presently Lead scientist (Microbiology) USDA-ARS-eastern Regional Research Centre, Wyndmoor, PA, USA. Dr. Juneja has made significant contributions to multiple areas within food technology. His research has lessened the risk of potentially fatal toxin being present in refrigerated foods. He has developed groundbreaking predictive models that describe behaviour of high priority pathogens in raw and ready to eat foods. The model is widely used by food industry and regulatory authorities. These models reduce the risk of foodborne illness in consumers. His microbial modelling approach provided new insight into fundamental mechanism of microorganisms and population theory, which has opened new areas in the field of Systems biology. His research has been adopted by food industry in India. He has guided 20 Indian students for M.S. and Ph.D. programmes. He has received many honours and awards including chair of many prestigious scientific committees. In 2013 he was elected to the fellowship of American academy of Microbiology.
Dr. Lata (b 11 Jun, 1959) Principal Scientist, Division of Microbiology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
Dr. Lata contributed to the area of agrowaste management and utilization of bioenergy using microbial consortia of hyperlignocellulosic fungi for rapid conversion. She identified series of fungal and bacterial microorganisms for delignification, saccharification and bioremediations of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and agricultural wastes. Based on these organisms, she developed fungal inoculants for decomposition of organic crop residues and fortification of final products with rock phosphate. She developed and popularised this technology. Her contribution towards formulation of bacteria and cyanobacteria as synergistic bio-inoculants in rice-wheat system has long term applications in creating the sustainable cropping system of rice-wheat.
Dr. Gulshan Mahajan (b 20 Jun, 1973) Sr. Agronomist, Rice Section, Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (Punjab)
Dr. Mahajan has made outstanding contributions to agronomic research on puddled transplanted rice for water saving that has helped in making a policy in the form of bringing the Act for not to transplant paddy before 10th June in Punjab under Punjab preservation of sub-soil Water Act. He has also developed comprehensive agro-technology package for dry seeded rice to save labour and water that are becoming increasingly scarce. Dr. Mahajan was also involved in developing integrated weed management practices for control of Phalaris minor in wheat involving zero tillage, which helped in increasing wheat productivity of Punjab.
Dr. Albrecht E. Melchinger (b 4 Mar, 1949) Professor, Applied Genetics and Plant Breeding, Institute of Plant Breeding, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
Dr. Melchinger, a German national, is Full Professor of Applied Genetics and Plant Breeding, Institute of Plant Breeding, Seed Science and Population Genetics, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. He has made ground-breaking research contribution on the role of recombination and epistasis in hybrid breeding and expression of heterosis. He has made significant contributions to the advancement of methods for QTL and association mapping. His group has contributed to novel area of genomic selection in plant breeding. He was successful in development and practical application of the double haploid (DH) lines in maize. Dr. Melchinger has received national and international recognition. He has been instrumental in establishing the DH technology for maize breeding in India by developing with CIMMYT tropically adapted inducer lines, which were made freely available to institutions in India. He has collaborated with research on maize breeding in India.
Dr. Irani Mukherjee (b 4 Jan, 1958) Professor & Principal Scientist, Division of Agricultural Chemicals, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
Dr. Mukherjee pioneered the pesticide residue research, which culminated in the establishment of the first ever accredited Pesticide Referral Laboratory. She developed several standard analytical protocols for robust pesticide residue management and applied them in monitoring these chemicals in commodities such as, honey, milk, other dairy products and drinking water. Need based development and improvement of analytical techniques, preparation of analytical standards of pesticides, metabolites and degradative products of crop protection chemicals and bioremediation studies to mitigate undesirable effects of pesticides have clearly improved the residue management system in India. She has also contributed to pesticide-free IPM modules for crops and fruits.
Dr. Ram Krishna Pal (b 1 Jan, 1956) Director, ICAR-NRC on Pomegranate, Kegaon, Solapur (Maharashtra)
Dr. Pal contributed significantly to the development of controlled atmospheric storage and minimal processing of fruits and vegetables. He was instrumental in minimizing the post-harvest losses through use of edible coatings, ɤ radiation, 1-MCP and fruit bagging. Besides, he identified hypoglycemic potential of pomegranate cultivars and developed fruit drinks from several indigenous fruits like bael, jamun and aonla. He played significant role in commercializing these technologies and mass propagation of tissue cultured disease free planting material of pomegranate. As a technical expert of FAO of UN for harmonization of food standards, he contributed in drafting food standards for SAARC countries.
Dr. Chandra Bhushan Pandey (b 1 Jan, 1960) Principal Scientist & Head, Natural Resources & Environmental Division, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
Dr. Pandey has contributed significantly to agroforestry and forestry sciences. He has worked on competitive and complementary growth resource sharing mechanisms, carbon sequestration potential and climate resilience in agroforestry systems. Dr. Pandey demonstrated that incessant-rainfall in humid tropics made soil anaerobic, which caused conversion of ferric oxide to ferrous-oxide complexes that made the fixed phosphorus in iron-rich soils available to plants. His work on Dissimilatory Nitrate Reduction to Ammonium (DNRA) pathway, which converts NO3¯ to NH4 in soils without being incorporated into microbial tissues, is less prone to leaching and gaseous losses. Dr. Pandey found that DNRA provides additional N (NH4) for uptake and assimilation to primary producers in field under moist conditions. This research has provided a basis for improving nutrient use efficiency of agroforestry systems.
Dr. Sabariappan Robin (b 14 May, 1964) Project Director, COE - Molecular Breeding, Centre for Plant Breeding & Genetics, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
Dr. Robin has made significant contribution in developing abiotic stress tolerant rice varieties by combining classical and molecular breeding approaches. It resulted in the release of five drought resistant, one salinity resistant and one sub-mergence tolerant rice varieties. One of his varieties, CO 51 has become very popular and is widely cultivated in the Southern States of the country. He has identified molecular markers linked with Zn and Fe accumulation in rice, which are useful in precision breeding. Dr. Robin has published many scientific papers in journals of international repute with high impact factors.
Dr. Sibnarayan Dam Roy (b 31 Dec, 1959) Director, ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair (A&N Islands)
Dr. Roy has worked extensively on mangrove ecology and biodiversity. His work on brackish water aquaculture in Andaman had a focus on generating environmentally sustainable livelihood options. His work in fishing zone advisories and improved fishing gear in Andaman has contributed to sustainable fishery management. He has increased an understanding of the impact of climate change impact and mitigation measures to be undertaken in island ecosystem.
Dr. A. Sait Sahul Hameed (b 1 May, 1960) Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, C. Abdul Hakeem College, Vellore, Melvisharam (Tamil Nadu)
Dr. Hameed has developed an herbal immune stimulant and PCR diagnostic kit for WSSV, which have been commercialized. He has developed more than 25 cell lines and has established a repository of fish cell lines and aquatic animal pathogen. Based on his expertise, he was invited to contribute to OIE aquatic health manual and only OIE nominated expert from India.
Dr. Arjamadutta Sarangi (b 11 Jun, 1967) Principal Scientist, Water Technology Centre, IARI, Pusa Campus, New Delhi
Dr. Sarangi has significantly contributed to hydrological modelling and soft computing for surface runoff and sediment yield estimation from watersheds. He has developed agricultural drought index for pearl millet and ground nut, decision support systems for soil and water conservation measures in watersheds, land reclamation through bio-drainage, enhancing productivity from irrigated saline environments, and increasing water productivity of rice-wheat cropping system. Integrated modelling system for prediction of maize yield under climatic change condition is also notable achievement of Dr. Sarangi. Dr. Sarangi has been awarded ICAR Jawahar Lal Nehru Award 2000, IWMI-Tata Young Scientist Award 2005 and Associateship of NAAS, India since 2009.
Dr. (Mrs.) G. Taru Sharma (b 4 Aug, 1965) Principal Scientist & Head and Director, Centre of Advanced Faculty Training in Veterinary Physiology, Division of Physiology and Climatology, ICAR-IVRI, Izatnagar (U.P.)
Dr. Sharma has made significant contributions to in-vitro culture of buffalo pre-antral follicles, embryo genomics of buffalo embryos besides developing protocol for therapeutic application of adult and fetal stem cells. She has developed an economic cryo-devise yielding more that 90% oocytes post-thaw. Dr. Taru Sharma has national and international recognitions to her credit, like ICAR Panjabrao Deshmukh Women Agriculture Scientist Award, DBT National Bio-Science Award and Fellowship by FAO.
Dr. Ram Roshan Sharma (b 14 Mar, 1962) Principal Scientist, Division of Food Science & Post-harvest Technology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
Dr. Sharma contributed significantly by developing six regular bearing varieties/hybrids of mango besides developing an efficient RNA isolation protocol from recalcitrant tissues in mango. He also standardized protocol for in vitro multiplication of grapes. Dr. Sharma also contributed to post-harvest management of fruits by developing technology of shrink wrapping in apple, pomegranate and kiwi fruits thus extending their shelf life. Besides, he also standardized passive modified atmospheric packaging of apple.
Dr. Ajit Kumar Shasany (b 1 Mar, 1967) Scientist F (Senior Principal Scientist), CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, PO CIMAP, Lucknow (U.P.)
Dr. Shasany has made significant contributions to breeding improved varieties of several important medicinal plant species with higher active ingredients, notably in Mentha and Artemisia annua. He has developed several mint varieties for higher productivity and high menthol content. Similarly, Artemisia annua varieties Cim-Arogya and Cim-Sanjeevani, bred by him have higher artimisinin content that could significantly contribute to its growing domestic demand. He has contributed significantly to genome sequencing project on Ocimum tenuiflorum and functional characterization of genes responsible for arogenate route of scent biosynthesis. He has also identified sterol biosynthesis route for anolides in Withania somnifera.
Dr. Yashbir Singh Shivay (b 1 Dec, 1966) Principal Scientist, Division of Agronomy, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
The work of Dr. Shivay has shown that zinc biofortification of food grains can be achieved successfully by agronomic means, viz., by soil and foliar fertilization of crops. Dr. Shivay has also generated volumes of data on the zinc enrichment of grains by zinc fertilization, which is internationally recognized. Dr. Shivay has also developed techniques for blending urea with neem oil and indigenous materials containing sulphur, which are now available in the market for commercial use. He has also developed a bio consortia involving novel biofilm preparation using specific strains of cyanobacteria and other agriculturally useful bacteria for the increased nutrient use efficiency in crop production.
Dr. Arvind Kumar Shukla (b 3 Jan, 1966) Project Coordinator (Micronutrients), ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal (M.P.)
Dr. Shukla has made outstanding contributions in developing technology and management strategies for enhancing resource use efficiency in rice-rice and rice-wheat cropping systems. He has devised use of leaf colour chart for real-time N management and for synchronizing the N supply with crop demand. Using LCC, he has also revised N scheduling in rice-wheat cropping system. Dr. Shukla also developed commendable recommendation for use of fly ash as soil ameliorant and as a source of plant nutrients. He has developed micronutrient deficiency map for 300 districts to be used for site-specific nutrients management packages. The novel contribution of Dr. Shukla for establishing linkage between soil health and human health by a concept of trace elements in soil-plant-animal/human continuum is commendable.
Dr. Bijendra Singh (b 1 Jul, 1960) Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Jakhini (Shahnshahpur), Varanasi (U.P.)
Dr. Singh contributed significantly to vegetable improvement through developing a number of varieties and hybrids in okra, garden pea, cauliflower, radish and ash gourd. Several of these have traits of economic importance, e.g., YVMV resistance and bushy habit in okra, early maturity and heat tolerance in garden pea. Besides, Dr. Singh identified and registered seven unique genetic stocks of different vegetables. He was also associated in elucidating mechanism of resistance to okra jassids. As a task force member of PPV&FRA, he was instrumental in developing DUS guidelines for nine vegetable crops.
Dr. Kuldeep Singh (b 25 Dec, 1960) Senior Molecular Geneticist, School of Agricultural Biotechnology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (Punjab)
Dr. Singh, an outstanding researcher and teacher, has made significant contribution to basic and applied research in the field of genetics, molecular breeding and development of genomic resources in rice and wheat. He played a key role in sequencing of wheat genome. He has identified, mapped and transferred novel genes for resistance to rust, powdery mildew and nematode in wheat; bacterial blight, blast, brown plant hopper and yield components in rice. His contributions to pre-breeding in rice and wheat will go a long way in enhancing productivity of these crops.
Dr. Narendra Pratap Singh (b 11 Jan, 1960) Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kalyanpur, Kanpur (U.P.)
Dr. Singh has developed regeneration and transformation system in chickpea and pigeon pea leading to the development of several transgenic events (Bt gene) in these crops exhibiting resistance to pod borer. He has made significant contribution in the development of the first draft of chick pea genome sequence in collaboration with several laboratories across the world. He identified marker linked to QTL for yield attributing traits and several biotic and abiotic traits, besides successfully developing a Marker Assisted Breeding (MAB) product for Fusarium wilt resistance in chickpea. He has developed two varieties of field pea and chick pea and coordinated the development of 17 varieties of chick pea.
Dr. Patrick Sorgeloos (b 13 Aug, 1948) Emeritus Professor of Aquaculture, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Dr. Patrick, a Belgian Citizen, is presently Professor Emeritus, Ghent University, Belgium. He was formerly Head, Animal Production and Director, Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Centre. He has been involved in fish and shellfish larvi-culture R&D in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa since the mid seventies. Till 2003, over 250 Masters (from more than 50 countries including India) and 70 Ph.D. (from more than 20 countries including India) graduated at Ghent University in the field of Aquaculture under his guidance. He is the world leader in Artemia research and highly respected globally in the field of aquaculture. His research on natural presence of semicarbazides, the metabolites of nitrofurons in crustacean shells led to a paradigm shift in the thinking about results of residue testing in EU import testing laboratories. This finding also helped Indian shrimp industry with regard to mandatory testing for nitrofurans in EU. He is the chair and member of very high level committees of aquaculture at global level. He has received many honours, among which recent ones are from the king of Thailand, President of Vietnam and Government of China. His involvement with India has been since 1980 in various capacities conducting specialized FAO trainings, and guiding Ph.D. students from time to time.
Dr. Hari Deo Upadhyaya (b 12 Aug, 1953) Director, Genebank, ICRISAT, Patancheru (Telangana)
Dr. Upadhyaya has made immense contributions in the management and use of plant genetic resources for increasing yield in groundnut and chickpea. Groundnut varieties developed by him are widely cultivated in 22 countries in Asia, including India. The ‘mini-core’ concept given by him has been recognized internationally in identifying climate resilient germplasm for crop breeding. He has successfully introgressed genes for climate resilience through pre-breeding in chickpea and groundnut. Dr. Upadhyaya is a prolific writer and has published a large number of papers in high impact factor journals.