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Dr. A V Umakanth

Discipline: Plant Breeding | Designation: Principal Scientist | At IIMR Since: 1997

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Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph D Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India 1997 Genetics and Plant breeding
M.Sc. (Ag) Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India 1993 Genetics and Plant Breeding
B.Sc. (Ag) Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India 1991 Agriculture sciences

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(years, months)
Principal Scientist ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad 2012- Till date  
Senior Scientist ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad 2006 - 2012 6 Yrs
Scientist ICAR National Research Center for Sorghum 1997-2006 9 years

Current responsibilities:

  • Genetic enhancement of sweet sorghums for high stalk, sugar, juice and ethanol yields
  • Genetic enhancement for high biomass accumulation rate in sweet and high biomass sorghums
  • Development of low lignin-high biomass sorghums through introgression of brown midrib genes suitable for second generation biofuel and bioenergy production
  • Development of pest and disease tolerant sweet and dual-purpose sorghum genotypes which can be used as quality forage
  • Liaison with the industry for promoting sweet and high biomass sorghums as effective feedstocks for biofuel production
  • Coordination of sweet sorghum research as Principal Investigator under All India Coordinated Sorghum Improvement Project

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Developed the Single-cut forage variety CSV 32F which has been released during 2015 for the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka
  • Developed the dual-purpose variety SPV 1870 which has been released as CSV 27 during 2012 for the states of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Haryana under rainfed condition in Kharif season
  • Developed the kharif dual-purpose variety CSV 20 which has been released and notified during 2009 for All India cultivation
  • Developed two brown midrib entries viz., SPV 2018 and SPV 2017 which have recorded significantly lowest lignin and highest digestibility (IVDMD) compared to the checks.

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Won III prize for poster entitled “Potential of sweet sorghum for bioenergy, biomass, food and fodder in dryland agro ecosystems” during National Seminar on millets held at Hyderabad during Nov 2010. Authors: S S Rao, Seetharama N, Umakanth A V , Elangovan M, Ratnavathi C V, Dayakar Rao B, Bhat V and Mishra J S
  • Reviewer for National and International journals

Current collaborative activities:

  • Collaboration exists with IICT, ICRISAT, JNTUH, TNAU, IIT-M, and IIT-D in promoting sorghum as an efficient feedstock for 2nd generation biofuel production

Recent most significant publications:

  • Praveen M, Anurag Uttam G, Suneetha N, Umakanth AV, J.V. Patil, Madhusudhana R. 2015. Inheritance and molecular mapping of Rf6 locus with pollen fertility restoration ability on A1 and A2 cytoplasms in sorghum. Plant Science, 238:73-80
  • Umakanth A V, Venkatesh bhat B, Michael Blümmel, Aruna C, Seetharama N and Patil J V 2014. Yield and stover quality of brown mid-rib mutations in different genetic backgrounds of sorghum. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences. 84 (2): 181–185
  • Vinutha, K S and Rayaprolu, L and Yadagiri, K and Umakanth, A V and Srinivasa Rao, P. 2014. Sweet Sorghum Research and Development in India: Status and Prospects. Sugar Tech, 16 (2). pp. 133-143.
  • Reddy Shetty Prakasham, Darmarapu Nagaiah, Kanaganahalli S Vinutha, Addepally Uma,Thulluri Chiranjeevi, Akula V Umakanth, Pinnamaneni Srinivasa Rao & Ning Yan. 2014. Sorghum biomass: a novel renewable carbon source for industrial bioproducts. Biofuels (2014) 5(2), 159–174. Review
  • Patil J V, Sanjana Reddy P, Prabhakar, Umakanth A V, Sunil Gomashe and Ganapathy K N. 2014 History of post-rainy season sorghum research in India and strategies for breaking the yield plateau. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding 74(3): 271-285.
  • Rao SS, Patil J V, Prasad P V V, Reddy D C S, Mishra J S, Umakanth A V, Reddy B V S, Kumar A A. 2013. Sweet Sorghum Planting Effects on Stalk Yield and Sugar Quality in Semi-Arid Tropical Environment. Agronomy Journal 105 ( 5):1458-1465
  • Rao SS, Patil JV, Umakanth AV, Mishra JS, Ratnavathi CV, Prasad GS and Rao BD. 2013. Comparative performance of sweet sorghum hybrids and open pollinated varieties for millable stalk yield, biomass, sugar quality traits, grain yield and bioethanol production in tropical Indian condition. Sugar Tech 15: 250-257.
  • Umakanth V. Akula, Padmaja G. Poluru, Ashok Kumar Jangam and Patil V. Jagannath. 2012. Influence of types of sterile cytoplasm on the resistance to sorghum shoot fly (Atherigona soccata) Plant Breeding 131: 94-99
  • Umakanth A V, Venkatesh Bhat B, Hariprasanna K and Ramana O V. 2012. Stability of yield and related traits in dual-purpose sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) across locations. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 82 (6): 532–4.
  • Umakanth A V, Patil J V, Rani Ch, Gadakh S R, Siva Kumar S, Rao S S and Tanmay Vilol Kotasthane. 2012. Combining Ability and Heterosis over Environments for Stalk and Sugar Related Traits in Sweet Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench.). Sugar Tech 14(3):237–246

Other professional activities

  • Life Member, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding
  • Life Member, Society for Millets Research, Hyderabad
  • Member of various institutional support services

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Dr. A V Umakanth

Last Updated on 3rd August 2016

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