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Dr. IK Das

Discipline: Pathology | Designation: Principal Scientist | At DSR Since: 1997


Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph D in Plant Pathology Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 1998 Major: Plant Bacteriology Minor: Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Biochemistry
M Sc in Mycology and Plant Pathology Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 1994 1994 Major: Plant Bacteriology Minor: Microbiology
B. Sc (Agri.) Hons. Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya, WB 1991 All Agriculture related subjects including Horticulture, Statistics

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 Feb 2012 to till date  
Senior Scientist ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad Feb 2006 to Feb 2012 6 yrs
Scientist Sr. Scale ICAR NRCS, Regional Centre, CRS, Solapur Feb 2001 to Feb 2006 5 yrs
Scientist ICAR  NRCS, Regional Centre, CRS, Solapur Feb 1997 to Feb 2001 4 yrs

Current responsibilities:

  • Improvement of disease resistance in millets and management
  • Profiling of finger millet blast pathogen and management with host resistance and supplements
  • Planning, execution, reporting and improvement of AICRP sorghum pathology programme as principal investigator

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Developed artificial screening technique for identification of resistance against pokkah boeng of sorghum.
  • Established new concept for precision screening of sorghum lines for grain mold resistance based on fungal components and crop phenology and introduces the concept in AICRP sorghum for improving reliability of multi-location screening.
  • First time identified resistant sources for Fusarium grain mold in sorghum.
  • Registered 14 grain mold resistant and one charcoal rot and drought tolerant line in NBPGR.
  • Registered two superior male sterile line [SLA-9 & SLB-9 (INGR 15063)] and [SLA-29 & SLB-29 (INGR 15064)] in NBPGR.
  • Accessioned agriculturally important 5 Fusarium strains and one Bacillus strain at NBAIM.
  • Identified and developed biocontrol agents (Pseudomonas chlororaphis SRB127; Bacillus subtilis SRB28) for suppression of stalk rot and stimulation of sorghum plant growth in sorghum.
  • First time reported anatomical markers for assessing charcoal rot resistance in sorghum. It was useful for rapid preliminary screening of rabi sorghum genotypes.
  • Handled projects with national and international funding and published around 50 research articles in reputed journals in India and abroad.

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Fellow in professional society: Awarded Fellow of Indian Phytopathological Society (FPSI)
  • Research Supervisor: Faculty of Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad
  • Associate Editor: Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi
  • Reviewer: National & International journals with Springer & Elsevier; ICAR & IPS, New Delhi
  • Best poster: International conference organised by IPS during 2010 at New Delhi.

Current collaborative activities:

  • Collaborative project with PC Unit (Small millet) GKVK, Bengaluru on finger millet blast
  • Collaborative project ICAR-ICRISAT in pearl millet blast
  • Collaboration with SAUs on AICRP-Sorghum pathology programme

Recent most significant publications:

  • Das IK, Nagaraja A and Tonapi VA. (2016). Diseases of millets- a ready reckoner. Indian Institute of Millets Research, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500030, Telangana. 67pp. ISBN: 81-89-335-59-6.
  • Das IK, Rakshit S, and Patil JV (2015). Assessment of artificial inoculation methods for development of sorghum pokkah boeng caused by Fusarium subglutinans. Crop Protection, 77: 94-101.
  • Kannababu N, Das IK, Prabhakar B, Aruna C, Annapurna A, Dhandapani A and Patil JV (2015). Genetic variability for seed ageing and longevity among the forage sorghum cultivars. Range Management & Agroforestry, 36 (1): 33-40.
  • Govardhana C, and Das IK. (2015). Minimization of floret infection by fungi causing grain mold in sorghum through use of fungicides. Indian Phytopathology, 68(1): 67-72.
  • Das IK, Govardhan C, and Patil JV (2014). Milk stage kernel infection frequency and its relationship with grain mold development in sorghum. Indian Journal of Plant Protection, 42(4): 389-397.
  • Rakshit S., Hariprasanna K, Sunil Gomashe, 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 During 1970-2009. Crop Science, 54:1571–1584.
  • Das, I. K., Annapurna, A., and Patil, J. V. (2013). Effect of panicle characters and plant height on premature seed not caused by fusarium grain mold in sorghum. Indian Journal of Plant Protection, 41(3): 238-243.
  • Das, I. K., Audilakshmi, S., Annapurna, A., Kannababu, N., and Patil, J.V. (2012). Relationship among seed germination and other characters associated with Fusarium grain mold disease in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) using path coefficient analysis. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 34(2): 203–212.
  • Ratnavathi, C.V., Komala, V.V., Vijaykumar, B.S., Das, I.K. and Patil, J.V. (2012). Natural occurrence of aflatoxin B1 in sorghum grown at different geographical regions of India. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 92:2416-2420.
  • Das I. K., Audilakshmi, S. and Patil, J. V. (2012). Fusarium Grain Mold: The Major Component of Grain Mold in Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench). The European Journal of Plant Science and Biotechnology, 6: (Special Issue 1): 45-55.

Other professional activities

  • Secretary, Institute Research Committee, IIMR
  • Nodal Officer at IIMR for project information management system of ICAR
  • Expert in selection committee at various ICAR institutes and ANGRAU
  • Life member of two famous plant pathological societies in India, besides being ordinary members of many professional societies associated with agricultural researches.

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Dr. IK Das

Last Updated on 4th August 2016

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