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International Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science
IJPBCS | Editorial Board
Prof Prem Narain
Former Dean and Joint Director
Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
New Delhi, India
Prem Narain obtained BSc, BSc (Hons), and MSc degrees from Lucknow University, and then joined Drosophila Laboratory, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar (UP) (1958), where he was exposed to quantitative genetic studies that became his life-long passion. He taught postgraduate courses at the Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI), New Delhi (1961-67) and received PhD (1969) from the Institute of Animal Genetics, Edinburgh University, UK working under the guidance of Professor Alan Robertson FRS. Thereafter, he returned to India and continued research at IASRI where he finally became Director (1981). His published research work led to the award of DSc (1984) by Edinburgh University. He moved to Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi (1992) from where he retired in 1994 holding the position of Dean and Joint Director (Education).
Academic and Research Achievements: Narain studied the effect of linkage in inbred systems by generalizing Malecot's concept of coefficient de parente to an arbitrary number of linked loci for the first time. He investigated the genetics of quantitative variability by extending Hayman's method of representing mathematically the laws of genetics to multiple allelic systems. He developed a new concept of the distribution of time taken for the fixation of a gene in finite populations, which has since been useful in animal breeding and evolution. He introduced the method of conditioned diffusion equations in relation to population genetic problems but applicable to other areas also such as economics and structural engineering. He developed efficient methods of progeny testing, sire evaluation, phenotypic and selection indices for use in animal breeding as well as efficient designs of partial diallel crosses for use in plant breeding. He studied intra-individual variation in food and human nutrition and gave a new genetic interpretation of this variation. He also developed a 'dialectical approach to agriculture' as well as a general theory of the 'transmission disequilibrium test' for two linked flanking marker loci used in interval mapping of a disease gene. He has authored over 250 research articles, written and edited several books including a treatise on Statistical Genetics. He mentored a large number of students including about 22 PhDs.
Other Contributions: As FAO expert, he developed a manual on Training Programs in Food and Agricultural Statistics and reviewed the program `Organization of Agricultural Pilot Census in China (1993-96). He established the UNDP project 'Centre of Advanced Studies in Agricultural Statistics and Computer Applications' at the IASRI; and developed a blue-print of KRISHINET, the agricultural research and education information system. He was Member, National Statistical Commission (2000-01); Council Member, International Statistical Institute; and on the editorial boards of several journals including Corresponding Editor of the Proceedings of the Royal Society, London.
Awards and Honours: Professor Narain was conferred Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial Prize (1977), Sankhiyi Bhushan (1991), OP Bhasin Foundation Award (1992), Distinguished Service Award (1993), Dr MS Randhawa Memorial Award (1997-98), Dr BP Pal Memorial Lecture Award (2007), GP Chatterjee Memorial Lecture Award (1987) by INSA and National Award in Statistics by Government of India (2003). He was elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and the National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, Founder Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, President, Indian Region, International Biometric Society, Sectional President, Indian Science Congress, President, Indian Society of Agricultural Science, Secretary-General, Federation of Indian Societies for Agricultural Sciences and Technology and Executive President, Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics.
Quantitative Genetics and Plant Breeding
Dr Muhammad Ishaq Asif Rehmani
Department of Agronomy
D.G. Khan, Pakistan
During my PhD, I have analyzed historical data of Jiangsu province (China) to assess the changing pattern of temperature extremes (daily maximum and minimum temperatures) during rice growing season. I have detected heatwaves based on daily maximum and minimum temperatures and proposed that rapid increase in daily minimum temperature and hot nights are the threat to rice production in the lower reaches of Yangtze River Valley. Latter I designed and constructed Danyang FATE (Free-air Temperature Enhancement) facility with open-field infrared heater arrays to increase rice-wheat canopy temperature in lower Reaches of Yangtze River Valley to simulate different scenarios global warming. In the final step I investigated impact of warming resembling IPCC B1 and A2 scenarios on yield components and quality parameters e.g., protein fractions, amino acid contents, starch and sugar contents of two indica rice hybrids. Results from these experiments would help to understand susceptibility of rice crop to predicted global warming at regional level and will provide guideline for food security.
Environment monitoring system,
Climate change impact assessment
Plant environment interaction
Plant abiotic stress
Crop ecophysiology and sustainable agriculture
Dr Nasser Shahsavari
Department of Crop Production
Islamic Azad university
Nasser Shahsavari completed his BSc degree in the field of Agronomy and Plant Breeding in 1998 (Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman). He obtained his MSc degree in the field of Agronomy from Azad University of Isfahan in 2002 and Ph.D degree in the field of Agricultural Biotechnology from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 2014. He is an academic staff (member of scientific board) in department of Crop productionat, Islamic Azad University, Hajiabad Branch, Hormozgan, Iran. He joined the Department of Crop Production in 2004, having worked for thirteen years at the Islamic Azad University, Hajiabad Branch, Hormozgan, Iran, where he has been several positions such as head of department, dean and deputy dean during 2005 till now. He has conducted some research projects and published more than 30 papers in valid journals and conferences.
Crop physiology, Agronomy, Drought stress, Canola, Crop nutrition
Dr Jean-Paul Schwitzguébel
Laboratory for Environmental Biotechnology (LBE)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
Dr Jean-Paul Schwitzguébel, French and Swiss citizen, is a plant and microbial biochemist, with Master in Biology from the University of Geneva, and PhD from the Department of Biochemistry (University of Geneva) on the intracellular compartmentation and regulation of carbon and energy metabolism in Neurospora crassa.
Afterwards he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Microbiology (ETH Zurich) on the regulation of C3 and C4 metabolism in Acetobacter aceti; at the Department of Botany of the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London (UK) on bioenergetics and alternative respiratory chains in plant and fungal mitochondria; and at the Laboratory of Plant Physiology of the University of Neuchatel, on plant mitochondria, peroxisomes and chloroplasts. His basic research was thus always focusing on the metabolism and bioenergetics of higher plants and microorganisms.
Afterwards he moved to the “Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne” (EPFL) as a permanent senior scientist at the Laboratory for Environmental Biotechnology. In addition to teaching and administrative duties, most of his work is now devoted to research and development in the fields of phytoremediation and bioenergy.
He was the initiator and coordinator of COST Action 837 (Plant biotechnology for the removal of organic pollutants and toxic metals from wastewaters and contaminated sites, 1998-2003, and COST Action 859 (Phytotechnologies to promote sustainable land use and improve food safety, 2004-2009). In November 2009 he was appointed as the Swiss delegate on the Management Committee of the new COST Action CM0903 (Utilisation of biomass for sustainable fuels and chemicals, 2009-2013). In the framework of this network, he will develop collaboration with European colleagues to produce biofuels from microalgae and plant biomass.
Dr Jean-Paul Schwitzguébel is also the Swiss delegate on the COST Domain Committee on Food and Agriculture.
Plant physiology and biochemistry
Photosynthesis and chloroplasts
Respiration and mitochondria
Dr Qurban Ali
Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology,
University of the Punjab
Assistant Professor, Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Technically, I am strong in plant breeding, quantitative genetics, molecular techniques like gene cloning, RNA, DNA extraction, Agrose gel electrophoresis, SDS-Page, PCR, Nothern blot, Southern blot, Western blot, Tissue culture, embryo culture, gene mutation, and several other microbiology and molecular techniques.
Analysis of variance techniques, Least significant difference tests, Genetic components analysis, simple correlation, Genotypic correlation, phenotypic correlation, environmental correlation, regression analysis, path coefficient analysis, principle component analysis, biplot analysis, line × tester analysis, diallel analysis, combining ability analysis.
Dr Babu Nagabhushan Motagi
Senior Scientist-Plant Breeding
International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
BABU N MOTAGI, Senior Scientist-Groundnut Breeding, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), PMB 3491, Sabo Bakin Zuwo Road, Tarauni, Kano, Nigeria.
Genetics and Plant Breeding
Plant Genetic Resources
Host Plant Resistance
Seed Science and Technology
Prof Sanjeev Kumar Salgotra
SK University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology,
Working as Senior Scientist-Plant Breeding & Genetics in the Advance Centre for Rainfed Agriculture(ACRA) Dhiansra of SKUAST-Jammu, India . At present working on the Chickpea and Urdbean breeding under rainfed conditions and working in the crop breeding programmes for the last fifteen years. More than eight years of working in the North Western Himalayan Region on Pulses Breeding.
breeding high yielding varieties of Pulses especially for rainfed areas of Jammu and Kashmir of India
Dr Yilmaz Kaya
Faculty of Agriculture
Ondokuz Mayis University
2010-2014 : PhD in Genetics Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering, University Technology Malaysia,Johor, Malaysia
2008-2010 : Master of Science (Biotechnology) Faculty of Biosciences and Bioengineering, University Technology, Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia,
2003-2007 : Biology (Degree of Bachelor)Bachelor of Faculty of Science Erciyes University,Kayseri,Turkey.
Plant genetic transformation, production of herbicide, pest, salt and drought
Plant tissue culture, in vitro propagation and quality control of transgenic plants in
Gene isolation from different organisms, molecular cloning & sub-cloning
Molecular biology experiments including: pcr, rt-pcr, southern and western blotting
Bioinformatics of related experiments, primer design, gene expression, protein
Bio-assay and field test of transgenic plants & quality control
Plant taxonomy, conventional plant breeding, agricultural sciences and consulting
for cultivation, green house designing of related plants
Dr Ambika Rajendran
Scientist (Plant Breeding)
Indian Agricultural Research Institute
Division of Genetics, Soybean group
Pusa Campus, New Delhi
Scientist (Plant Breeding), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Division of Genetics, Soybean group, Pusa Campus, New Delhi, India
Dr VS Ramachandran
Department of Botany
Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, Department of Botany, Bharathiar University Coimbatore, India
Angiosperm Taxonomy, Biodiversity Conservation, Ethnobotany & Medicinal Plants
Dr Ertan Ates
Department of Field Crops
University of Namik Kemal
Faculty of Agriculture
I am Ertan ATES, Asst. Prof,
Breeding of Forage Legumes, Grassland Science, Forage Legumes and Grasses, Turf grass
Dr V.N.Yogananda Murthy
Azyme Biosciences Private Limited
Dr.V.N.Yogananda Murthy completed his graduation in Chemistry, Botany and Sericulture, with First Class, from Siddhartha First Grade College, Tumkur, Bangalore University. He completed his Master Degree in Sericulture with First Class in 1993 and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Sericulture with Distinction in 1996 from Department of Sericulture, Bangalore University, Karnataka, India. He pursued a Doctoral degree in Sericulture from Department of Sericulture, Bangalore University and awarded Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in 2003. He is currently working as Research Coordinator at Azyme Biosciences Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore-560069, Karnataka, India and formerly worked as Lecturer in the Department of Sericulture, K.G.F First Grade College, Oorgaum, Kolar Gold Field-563120, Kolar District, Karnataka, INDIA from 1994-2000, He worked as a B.O.E Member for Under Graduate in Sericulture in Bangalore University from 1995-2000. He worked as an Associate Professor in the Department of Life Sciences (Biotechnology) and Principal at Ganga Kaveri Institute of Science and Management affiliated to Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India from 2004-2014 has 20 years of teaching and research experience. He served as a B.O.E Member for Under Graduate and Post Graduate in Biotechnology in Bangalore University from 2005-2013. His major areas of research interest are plant breeding & genetics, evaluation, plant biochemistry, plant & agricultural biotechnology, environmental science, medicinal plants, toxicology, heavy metal analysis, mulberry cultivation, silkworm biology and rearing techniques. He is recognised as a research guide for M.Phil. Programme by Periyar University, Tamil Nadu, India, and guided 5 M.Phil. students. He is recognised as a research guide for Ph.D. programme by Career Point University, Kota, Rajasthan, India and guiding for 3 Ph.D. students. He has participated and presented 35 research papers in a number of conferences and seminars of national and international repute that span across the areas of sericulture and life sciences research. He has to his credit 28 research papers published in national and international peer-reviewed impact factor journals. He has been on the panel of reviewer and editorial / advisory board member of many national and international journals. He is a Life Member for the Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, India and Life Member for the Applied and Natural Science Foundation (ANSF), Uttarakhand, India and awarded the Fellow of Applied and Natural Science Foundation (FANSF). He is a resource person for preparing course curricula (e-content) in sericulture for the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, New Delhi since 2010 to date. In 2009, he was a board member for framing course curricula / syllabus to sericulture sector and sericulture for visually handicapped for modular employable skills (MES) under Directorate General of Employment and Training, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Government of India, New Delhi. He has completed one UGC-sponsored minor research project in sericulture as a co-investigator. He has organized successfully One Day Seminar on Recent Trends in Biotechnology, Three Days National Conference on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Workshop on PCR and Agro Bacterium Mediated Transformation and Two Days International Conference of Public Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (2). He chaired in number of technical / scientific sessions in the international and national conferences / seminars.
Plant Breeding and Genetics
Plant and Agricultural Biotechnology
Natural Products and Medicinal Plants
Toxicology and Pharmacology
Silkworm Biology and Rearing Techniques
Dr Zafer Secgin
Department of Agricultural Biotechnology
Faculty of Agriculture
Ondokuz Mayıs University
PhD in Biosciences-Ondokuz Mayıs University, Faculty of Agriculture, Agricultural Biotechnology Department, Samsun, Turkey
Physiological and biochemical changes of crop plants at various herbicide conditions;
Determination of changes lethal dosage under herbicide condition
Crop improvement by transgenic technologies; genetic modifications against herbicide factors;
Recombinant DNA technologies, contruct vectors
Characterization of herbicide related genes of model plants
Tissue culture studies
Dr Lotan Kumar Bose
Crop Improvement Division
National Rice Research Institute
Senior Scientist, Crop Improvement Division, National Rice Research Institute, Odisha, India
Development of pre-breeding lines tolerance
Resistance to biotic and abiotic stress in rice
Dr Suheb Mohammed
Department of Biology
University of Virginia
VA 22904, USA
World water demand has tripled over the past 50 years, with water tables being depleted at a faster rate in heavily irrigated regions, such as, the U.S. Southern Great Plains. Drought-susceptible genotypes exposed to water and heat stress exhibited impaired photosynthesis, reduced chlorophyll content and lower biomass, with an early transition to the dry seed stage and poor seed set. The physiological traits such as leaf epicuticular wax and cooler canopy temperatures have substantial impact on wheat grain yield. Dr. Suheb’s project of investigating the genetic variation and genomic regions for leaf epicuticular wax and cooler canopies was awarded and supported by doctorate Pathways fellowship at Texas A&M University. The quantification of leaf epicuticular wax and measure of leaf canopy temperature is very easy and are good predictor of drought tolerance in wheat. Dr. Suheb was first to investigate the effect of leaf epicuticular wax and cooler canopies as composite physiological traits in improving wheat grain yields. His dissertation involved the genomic dissection of the recombinant inbred line population using a set of microsatellites and Golden Gate Assay of Illumina based 90K infinium SNPs chip at North Dakota State University. He successfully investigated the co-localized stable genomic regions for leaf epicuticular wax, cooler canopy temperatures and grain yield components using recombinant inbred line population. The genomic regions on chromosome 2B, 3B, 5B and 7B were significantly associated with the physiological and agronomical traits.
Dr. Suheb’s investigation of these stable genomic regions would be a landmark study for future scientist in marker assisted selection for physiological and agronomical traits. Dr. Suheb have also investigated phenotypic trait correlations between the physiological traits and grain yield components across five environments over two years. These results are groundbreaking considering leaf epicuticular wax and cooler canopies making a significant impact on drought tolerance. These results are novel and published in many Crop Sciences, Plant Molecular Biology and North American Biotechnology Council conferences and the dissertation article have also been viewed and downloaded by many scientists all over the world.
I would like to mention another incredible piece of research accomplished by Dr. Suheb at the University of Virginia. He is the first scientist to demonstrate the conversion of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) QTLs into polymorphic markers used for marker assisted selection in plant breeding field at University of Virginia. This technique help to design the primers across SNPs resistance alleles in Cowpea. So far researcher’s in plant breeding field have done many SNPs QTL studies and have identified significant genes associated with biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, unfortunately those identified SNPs were not used further in breeding purposes. Dr. Suheb’s innovative technique help to design the significant primers on the SNPs through basepair mismatch technique. Dr. Suheb with his exceptional expertise was successfully able to develop primers for cowpea aphid resistant alleles and cowpea fusarium wilt for race 3 and race 4. This work is very fruitful and speed up the selection or disease screening process in cowpea breeding program by marker assisted selection. Another part of these designed primers were used for close mapping for the resistant genes. Dr. Suheb have successfully presented his research in international conferences and in front of diverse group of international plant breeder scientist. His work showed guidance to different research labs all over the world specializing in plant breeding such as University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Kirk House Trust Foundation, United Kingdom, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Savannah Agricultural Research Station, Tamale, Ghana and University of Agriculture, Nigeria have adopted and referenced his state-of-art technique in their research fields.
Dr. Suheb had shown exceptional devotion and capability in helping to train these new students at University of Virginia. He had mentored and trained many students over the past couple of years at, he trained many scientists from East and West Africa agricultural research institutes funded by Kirk House Trust Foundation. In addition he is an expertise in statistical analyses and help many research scientists and graduate students in genetic and phenotypic data analyzations and manuscript preparations. Dr. Suheb also judges other’s research work as an excellent reviewer in international journals such as Journal of Agricultural Sciences and Journal of Plant Studies. Therefore, not only does he play a key role in our present research, he has also played a key role in educating and judging future scientists in this field.
Molecular and conventional breeding
Dr Daryush Talei
Medicinal Plants Research Center
Daryush Talei was born on 23th of May 1969 in Ardabil one of the historical cities located in Northwest of IRAN. He completed elementary in his hometown and secondary and high school studies in Sari, Mazandaran province, Iran and obtained his BSc degree in the field of Agronomy and Plant Breeding in 1992 (Mazadaran University). He obtained his MSc degree in the field of Plant Breeding from Azad University of Ardabil in 1997 and Ph.D degree in the field of Plant Biotechnology from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2012. He is an of Assistant Professor Plant Biotechnology (Proteomics) in the Medicinal Plants Research Center, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran. He has been working in Shahed University since 2000. He was involved in statistic and experimental design for 15 years in Shahed University, Iran. He has conducted some research projects and published more than 40 papers in ISI journals with 238 SCI citations and an H factor of 9. He is known for contributions to the development of protein extraction in medicinal plant of Andrographis paniculata, experimental design and statistical analysis.
Proteome analysis, abiotic stress, Secondary metabolite, Genetic and Plant Breeding, Statistical and Experimental design
Dr A B M Khaldun
Oilseed Research Center
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI)
Khaldun A B M, PhD, Senior Scientist, Oilseed Research Center Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Joydebpur, Gazipur-1701, Bangladesh
Gene Expression study, microRNA Analysis, Transcriptomics, Genetics and Biotechnology, Functional Genomics, Molecular Plant Breeding, Bioinformatics.