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Dr. H S Talwar

Discipline: Plant Physiology | Designation: Principal Scientist | At IIMR Since: 2006

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Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph. D PAU Ludhiana 1990 Plant Physiology
M. Sc CCSAU, Hisar 1980 Botany (Plant Physiology)
B. Sc Kurukeshtra University 1977 Botany, Zoology, Chemistry

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(years, months)
Principal Scientist
(Plant Physiology)
ICAR DSR, Hyderabad 2008 till  date  
Sr Scientist
(Plant Physiology)
ICAR DSR, Hyderabad 2006-2008 2 yrs, 11 months
Sr Scientist
(Plant Physiology)
ICAR CAZRI, RRS Bikaner 2000-2006 5 yr, 1 month
Senior Scientific Officer
(Plant Physiology)
CGIAR ICRISAT, Patancheru 1981-2000 19 yrs, 6 months
(including Ph.D study period)

Current responsibilities:

  • Climate change and abiotic stresses management in post-rainy sorghum
  • Physiological Basis of drought tolerance in Finger and Foxtail millets
  • International Collaborative project (PI): Improving post-rainy sorghum varieties to meet the growing grain and fodder demand in India-Phase II (ACIAR Australia funded, - 106 lakhs). 2013-2017
  • Institute project (Co-PI) “Identification of new sources and traits associated with post-flowering drought tolerance in sorghum

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Identification of genetic stocks with improved drought tolerance in Rabi sorghum
  • Identification of salinity tolerant genetics stock in Sorghum
  • Mechanism of drought and salinity tolerance in sorghum

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Vice president of Indian society of Plant Physiology for 2014-2015
  • National Fellow award for 2012 from Indian Society of Plant Physiology.
  • Best Poster - Awarded 3rd prize – Soni ML, Yadava ND, Singh JP Beniwal RK, Rathor VS, Talwar H.S. and Sunil Kumar 2006. “Performance of various farming system models ----- north western Rajasthan”. National symposium on Livelihood security and diversified farming systems in Arid region held at CAZRI, Jodhpur, Jan 14-16 2006.
  • Best paper: Institute award for the best paper in national journal.
  • Institute award for the recognition of best secretary / coordinator for PME cell DSR Hyderabad.

Current collaborative activities:

  • International collaboration with university of Queensland, QDPI Australia, ILRI and
    ICRISAT (thru collaborative project funded by ACIAR Australia).
  • Collaboration with MPKV, Rauri and UAS Bijapur (thru NICRA project)

Recent most significant publications:

  • Talwar, H.S., Deshpande, S., Vadez, V. J.V. Patil et al. (2016). Stay-green QTL 3B is associated with improved grain and stover yield under postrainy sorghum growing conditions. Field crops Research (Under review)
  • Rakshit, S., Swapna, M., Dalal, M.,Sushma G., Ganapathy, K.N., Dhandapani, A., Karthikeyan, A.M., and Talwar, H.S. (2016). Post-flowering drought stress response of sorghum genotypes, Indian Journal of Plant Physiology 21(1):8–14
  • Talwar, H.S., Deshpande, S., Shewesh Kumar and V.Vadej. (2015). Stay-green QTL 3B is associated with improved grain and stover yield under postrainy sorghum growing conditions. Presentation during 3rd International Plant Physiology congress held at JNU New Delhi, 11-14 December Lead Lecture (session speaker).
  • Talwar HS, Shiwesh Kumar and Patil JV. (2015). Water Saving Traits for crop adaptation to terminal drought with specific reference to post-rainy sorghum Pp 210-222 In: Millets-Promotion for Food, Feed, Fodder, Nutritional & Environment security
  • Soni, M.L., Yadava, N.D., Talwar, H.S., Nathawat, N.S., Rathor, V.S. and Gupta, K. (2015). Variability in heat tolerance in bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (l.) Verdc.), Indian Journal of Plant Physiology 20(1):92–96
  • Sankarapandian, R., Audilakshmi, S. Sharma V., Ganesamurthy K., Talwar H.S. and Patil J.V. 2013. Effect of morpho-physiological traits on grain yield of sorghum grown under stress at different growth stages, and stability analysis. The Journal of Agricultural Science (Cambridge), 151(5) :630-647
  • Talwar HS and Ganapathy, KN (2015). Climate Relience of Millets Indian Farmimg, 65 (4)- Special issue on small millets Pp 31-33
  • Devkumar, D., Padma, V., Talwar, H.S. and Jabeen, F. (2014). Study on the association of SPAD chlorophyll meter reading (SCMR) Photosynthesis and transpiration rate with grain yield in Sorghum genotypes under postflowering moisture stress conditions. International Journal of Applied Biology and Pharmaceutical technology: 5(3): 29-35.
  • Vincent V., Deshpande, SP, Kholova, J, Graeme L. Hammer, GL, Borrel, AK, Talwar, HS and C. Thomas Hash, CT. (2011) Stay-green quantitative trait loci’s effects on water extraction, transpiration efficiency and seed yield depend on recipient parent background. Functional Biology 38 (7); 553–566.
  • Talwar, HS, Aruna kumari, Ashok Surwenshi and Prabhakar (2011). Genotypic variability for the increase in specific leaf weight and its relationship with yield components under postflowering moisture stress in rabi sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). Ind. J Agri. Sci 80 (10): 967-970.
  • Talwar, HS, Aruna kumari, Ashok Surwenshi, and Seetharama, N (2011). Salinity tolerance in Oat: Na+/K+ ratio in the foliage tissues is an indicator of tolerance to chloride-dominant soil salinity. Ind. J Agri. Sci. 80 (5): 481–45.

Other professional activities:

  • Consulting Editor for Indian society for Plant physiology
  • Incharge PME cell for the institute
  • RFD co-nodal officer for the institute

Certified that above facts are correct and I have repeatedly edited and verified to my full satisfaction.

Dr. H S Talwar

Last Updated on 4th August 2016

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