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Dr. Tara Satyavathi Chellapilla, Principal Scientist (Genetics & Cytogenetics), Pulse Laboratory, Division of Genetics, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa Campus, New Delhi has been awarded Punjabrao Deshmukh Outstanding Woman Scientist Award 2016. She has been contributed significantly towards improvement of Brassica, Soybean and Pearl Millet Crop. She contributed the development of minimal descriptor which paved way to the formulation of National Test Guidelines for testing distinctiveness, uniformity and stability in soybean. She has characterized the Indian soybean cultivars with AFLP and SSR markers for the first time. She is also instrumental in establishing the molecular breeding facilities in soybean. She has been working in the area of improving seed longevity in soybean and identifying the QTLs responsible for seed longevity though in-depth studies on seed coat permeability. She has developed a number of useful breeding materials in soybean. She is also involved in digitalization of the morphological characters of soybean and developing a database for identification of reference varieties for DUS testing in soybean. She is also the first Indian scientist to estimate the genetic base of Indian soybean varieties and compare it with that of American and Brazilian soybean genetic base. In addition, Dr. Tara was also involved in developing a number of composites and hybrids of pearl millet. She pioneered the work on nutritional improvement through bio fortification and development of pearl millet genotypes with improved iron, zinc and amino acid profile. She is also involved in improving the utilization of pearl millet in ready to eat snacks, use of extrusion technology etc. She also isolated thermo-tolerance genes from pearl millet. She developed a number of white/cream colored pearl millet lines with resistance to downy mildew with vision for their future use in food industry. Dr. Tara is involved in developing interspecific and intergeneric hybrids of Brassica campestris with Brassica gravinae and Diplotaxistenuisiliqua through embryo rescue techniques. She is also involved in identification of early maturing stable brassica genotypes like SEJ-2, which was later released as Pusa Agrani for cultivation in Northern India. She has experimentally proved that basal branching architecture in brassica in high yielding and protects the crop from yield looses during hail storms. She is also in involved in PG teaching and guided a number of Master's and Ph.D. students in Genetics and Plant Breeding at Division of Genetics, IARI, New Delhi.

Awards to AICPMIP Staff

Year

Title

 

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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