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Dr. C. Tara Satyavathi, has contributed significantly towards Pearl millet improvement at the national level. She developed of one hybrid, three varieties and two registered germplasm for high grain iron and zinc content and popping trait in Pearl millet. She pioneered the work on nutritional improvement through biofortification and development of pearl millet genotypes with improved iron and zinc content, amino acid profile and developed 100 white/ cream coloured pearl millet lines with potential use in food industry. Involved in promoting pearl millet utilization in ready to eat snacks, use of extrusion technology etc. Identified QTLs in Pearl millet for - downy mildew resistance, high grain iron and zinc content, flowering and yield; 4 gene sequences for heat and drought tolerance submitted in NCBI, characterized three genomic regions for high grain iron and zinc content. Involved in full length genome sequence of pearl millet downy mildew pathogen Sclerospora graminicola and heterotic gene pool concept in Pearl millet.

As the first woman Project coordinator of pearl millet, with a vision to exploit the nutritional superiority, climate smart potential of Pearl millet and promote it as nutricereal, initiated efforts and steered research at the national level to reduce rancidity and improve shelf life, develop technology for ready to eat (RTE) products and support Nutritional security of the nation, promoted identification and release of six biofortified hybrids with high Fe (79-91ppm) and Zn (39-46 ppm) and nine high yielding dual purpose hybrids during last two years.

Her research career of more than two decades resulted in 75 research publications in high impact peer reviewed journals and 5 books. She is honoured with Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Outstanding Woman Scientist award for 2016 of ICAR. As Vice President, ISGPB and Joint Secretary ISAS, she is actively involved in promotion and spread of science. She has also been honored with Millets Outstanding Scientist Award for Millet Improvement by Organic and Millets 2019, Govt of Karnataka.

Awards to ICAR-AICRP on Perarl Millet Staff

Year

Title

 

2019

SIRIDHANYA: Millets outstanding Scientist award 2019

Organic and Millets 2019, Govt of Karnataka

2017

Panjabrao Deshmukh Outstanding Woman Scientist Award 2016

ICAR, New Delhi

2011

Outstanding contribution of AICPMIP in crop registration

PPV & FRA, Govt of India

2011

NAAS Fellowship to Dr. O.P. Yadav, Project Coordinator

NAAS, India

2007

Most Distinguished ICAR-ICRISAT  Partnership Award

ICRISAT, Hyderabad

2003

Millennium ICRISAT Science Award 2003 to Pearl Millet Team and Partner Organization

ICRISAT, Hyderabad

2003

Chaudhary Devi Lal Outstanding All India Coordinated Research Project

ICAR, New Delhi

1999-2000

ICAR Award for Team Research

ICAR, New Delhi

 

 

 

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