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Dr. Ganapathy KN

Discipline: Plant Breeding | Designation: Scientist | At IIMR Since: 2009

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Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute / University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph. D University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore , Karnataka 2009 Genetics and Plant Breeding
M. Sc 2005 Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 2005 Plant Breeding and Genetics
B. Sc 2003 Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu 2003 Agriculture

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position))

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(years, months)
Scientist (Plant Breeding) ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad 2009 to date  
Research Associate University of agricultural Sciences, Bangalore Dept. of Biotechnology July, 2008 to April, 2009 10 months
Senior Research Fellow University of agricultural Sciences, Bangalore AICRP on Pigeonpea February, 2008 to June, 2008 5 months
Senior Research Fellow University of agricultural Sciences, Bangalore AICRP on Pigeonpea September, 2007 to January, 2008 5 months

Current responsibilities:

  • Genetic improvement for grain yield and economic traits in Finger millet (Eleusine coracana L. Gaertn)
  • Genetic improvement for grain yield and agronomic traits in Little millet (Panicum sumatrense Roth. ex Roem. & Schult.)
  • Development of single-cut forage sorghum genotypes with improved forage yield and quality
  • Identification of end product specific genotypes in millets
  • Nodal officer for conduction for AICRP-Sorghum Trials and Nurseries.

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Associated with release of single-cut forage sorghum variety CSV 32F
  • Developed and contributed 4 grain sorghum hybrids, 4 forage sorghum varieties for all India testing.
  • Identified superior rabi sorghum cultivars for biscuit making under DSR-Britannia Joint Project.
  • Identified promising lines for grain protein digestibility and semolina recovery
  • Characterized sorghum mini-core collection for grain quality traits.
  • Assessed population structure in sorghum mini-core collection using SSR markers
  • Associated with the submission of sorghum SNPs to the NCBI database under ICAR-NAIP project

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Editorial board member for Electronic journal of plant breeding
  • Reviewer for Euphytica and Australian Journal of Crop Science journals
  • Guided student for research work as part of their M Sc degree programme
  • Best participant in the training on Bioinformatics & its Applications in Agriculture
  • Best Poster Presentation (first place) under the category product development “selection of suitable sorghum cultivars for preparation of Sorghum Lassi” during Global consultation on Millets Promotion for health and nutritional security, 18-20 December, 2013.

Current collaborative activities:

  • Coordination of multi-location breeding trials across AICSIP locations

Recent most significant publications:

  • Ganapathy KN, Sujay Rakshit, Sunil Gomashe, S Audilakshmi and JV Patil (2016) Genetic diversity in sorghum minicore and elite rainy and post-rainy genotypes of India. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization. doi:10.1017/S1479262115000441
  • Rakshit S, Ganapathy KN, Gomashe SS, Rathore A, Ghorade RB, Nagesh Kumar MV, Ganesmurthy K, Jain SK, Kamtar MY, Sachan JS, Ambekar SS, Ranwa BR, Kanawade DG, Balusamy M, Kadam D, Sarkar A, Tonapi VA and Patil JV (2012) GGE biplot analysis to evaluate genotype, environment and their interactions in sorghum multi-location data. Euphytica 21(2):145–156
  • Rakshit S*, Hariprasanna K, Gomashe S, Ganapathy KN, Das IK, Ramana OV, Dhandapani A, and Patil JV. 2014. Changes in Area, Yield Gains, and Yield Stability of Sorghum in Major Sorghum-Producing Countries, 1970 to 2009. Crop Science. 54(4): 1571-1584.
  • Sujay Rakshit, Ganapathy KN, Gomashe SS, Dhandapani A, Swapna M, Mehtre SP, Gadakh SR, Ghorade RB, Kamatar MY, Jadhav BD, Das IK and Prabhakar (2016) Analysis of Indian post-rainy sorghum multi-location trial data reveals complexity of genotype × environment interaction. Journal of Agricultural Science, Cambridge: doi:10.1017/S0021859616000137
  • Dayakar Rao B, Bhargavi G, Kalpana K, Ganapathy KN and Patil JV. 2015. Development and Standardization of Sorghum Pasta Using Extrusion Technology. Journal of Food Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1007/s13197-015-1801-8 (NAAS 8.02)
  • Ganapathy KN, Gnanesh BN, Byre Gowda M, Venkatesh SC, Sunil Gomashe and Channamallikarjuna V (2010) AFLP analysis in Cajanus revealed close relationship of cultivated genotypes with some of its wild relatives. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 58:837–847
  • Ajay BC, Gnanesh BN, Ganapathy KN, Byre Gowda M, Prasad PS, Veerakumar GN, Venkatesha SC, Abdul Fiyaz R and Ramya KT (2011) Genetic analysis of yield and quantitative traits in pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan L. Millsp.) Euphytica 186:705–714
  • Ganapathy KN, Byre Gowda M, Ajay BC, Venkatesha SC, Gnanesh BN, Gomashe SS, Prasanth Babu G, Girish PS, Prasad GN, Veerakumar and Patil JV (2012) Inheritance studies of Sterility mosaic disease (SMD) resistance in vegetable type pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.) Australian Journal of Crop Science 6(7):1154-1158
  • Rakshit S, Gomashe SS, Ganapathy KN, Elangovan M, Ratnavathi CV, Seetharama N and Patil JV (2012) Morphological and molecular diversity reveal wide variability among sorghum Maldandi landraces from India. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 21 (2) 145-156
  • Sunil S Gomashe, Misal MB, Mehtre SP, Sujay Rakshit and Ganapathy KN (2012) Assessment of parental lines and crosses for shoot fly resistance mechanism in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding 72 (1): 31-37

Book chapters:

  • Ganapathy KN and Rajendrakumar (2015) Genomic development post-sorghum genome sequencing Sorghum. In: sorghum molecular breeding Madhusudhana, R, Rajendrakumar, P, Patil, JV (Eds.) Springer India Pvt Ltd
  • Ganapathy KN, Dayakar Rao B, Sujay Rakshit, Gnanesh BN and Patil JV. 2014. Sorghum for health and Business. Accepted for publication in sustainable agricultural reviews, volume cereals, Springer Science+Business
  • Ganapathy KN (2015) Genetic improvement of finger millet. In: Genetic improvement of Millets. Patil JV (Eds) Accepted for publication in Elsevier publications.
  • Ganapathy KN (2015) Genetic improvement of little millet. In: In: Genetic improvement of Millets. Patil JV (Eds) Accepted for publication in Elsevier publications.
  • Rakshit S and Ganapathy KN. 2013. Comparative genomics of cereal crops: status and future prospects. In: Agricultural Bioinformatics (eds. PB Kavi Kishor, S Prasanth and R Bandyopadhyay) Springer Verlag, New Delhi, Berlin, Germany, pp 59-87.

Popular/Technical articles:

  • Ganapathy KN and JV Patil (2014) Revalorizing Millets for Climate Resilience Agriculture and Nutritional Security (
  • Hariprasanna K, Sunil Gomashe, Ganapathy KN and Patil JV (2014) Millets for Ensuring Nutritional Security Patil Popular Kheti 2(3) (July-September issue)
  • Talwar HS and Ganapathy KN (2015) Climatic resilience of millets. Indian Farming 65(4)-31-33,
  • Dayakar Rao B, Nirmal Reddy K, Rajendra Prasad MP, Hymavathi TV and Ganapathy KN (2015) Creation of demand through value chain development in millets. Indian Farming 65 (4)69-71
  • Ganapathy KN, Sujay Rakshit, Sunil Gomashe and Patil JV (2013) Amino acid composition in grains of rabi sorghum cultivars. Sorghum Times, 10(1): 12.
  • Ganapathy KN, Dayakar Rao, SV Rao and JV Patil (2013) A microscopic method for quantitative estimation of sorghum grain endosperm texture. Sorghum Times, 10(1): 12.
  • Rao Dayakar B, Ganapathy KN and Patil JV. 2013. Sorghum/ Millets: Small Grains, a Big Gain. In, Volume 13 (11) November: 6-10
  • Ganapathy KN, Sunil Gomashe and Sujay Rakshit (2013) Applications of Next Generation Sequencing Technologies in Crop Improvement. Published on 11-06-2013 (
  • Ganapathy KN, Sunil Gomashe and Sujay Rakshit (2013) Association Mapping - A Novel Genomic Approach for unraveling Genetic Variation in Crop Plants. Published on 20-06-2013 (

Other professional activities:

  • Life Member, Indian Society of Millets Research,
  • Member of the ISO Certification for the quality management system in research and development (ISO 9001:2008)
  • Member, Farm management committee
  • Member of PhD student Research Advisory committee.

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Dr. Ganapathy KN

Last Updated on 4th August 2016

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