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Dr. K K Sharma

Discipline:Plant Pathology | Designation: Principal Scientist & Officer-in-Charge | At IIMR Since: July 15

Email:sharma@millets.res.in  |  Mobile: 9075374122

Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute / University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field

Ph. D (Agril)  

Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishva-Vidyalaya, College of Agriculture Solan, HP 1986 Mycology and Plant Pathology
M. Sc (Agri) Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishva- Vidyalaya,
College of Agriculture Solan,HP
1981 Mycology and Plant Pathology
B. Sc (Hons) Delhi University
Desh Bandhu College
1978 Botany

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(From-to)
Duration
(years, months)
Principal Scientist ICAR Indian Institute of Millets Research
Centre on Rabi Sorghum (IIMR), Solapur, Maharashtra
July, 2015-
till date
-
Principal Scientist ICAR National Research Centre on Pomegranate, Solapur, Maharashtra July 2008 –
July 2015
7 years
Senior Scientist ICAR National Research Centre on Pomegranate, Solapur, Maharashtra Dec 2005 -
July 2008
2 years and 8 months
Senior Scientist ICAR
Central Potato Research Station(CPRI), Jalandhar, Punjab July 1998 –
Nov 2005
7 years and 4 months
Scientist Sr. Scale ICAR Central Potato Research Station(CPRI), Jalandhar, Punjab April 1991 –
July 1998
7 years 3 months
Scientist ICAR Central Potato Research Station(CPRI), Jalandhar, Punjab Dec 1986 –
Apr 1991
4 years and 5 months
Scientist ICAR Central Potato Research Institute(CPRI), Shimla, HP Apr 1986 –
Nov 1986
8 months

Current responsibilities:

  • Officer-in-Charge, Centre on Rabi Sorghum (IIMR), Solapur, Maharashtra.
  • Etiology and epidemiology of important diseases of rabi sorghum with emphasis on root and stalk rots and their Integrated management.
  • Evaluation of sorghum and foxtail millet germplasm/varieties/hybrids for resistance to important diseases and insect-pests.
  • Evaluation of sorghum breeding material for resistance against charcoal rot under AICRP sorghum pathology (rabi). Etiology and severity of important diseases of rabi sorghum.

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Seedling mortality, a serious problem in rabi sorghum  has been observed to be caused by Fusarium spp. and Macrophomina phaseolina. Higher temperatures and soil moisture stress conditions during the period further aggravated the problem.
  • Diagnosis of important diseases of rabi sorghum revealed occurrence of  foliar diseases namely downy mildew (Peronosclerospora sorghi), rust (Puccinia purpurea), leaf blight ( Exserohilum turcicum) and sooty stripe (Ramulispora sorghi) . Root and stalk rot diseases were observed to be mainly caused by Fusarium moniliforme and Macrophomina phaseolina (incitant of charcoal rot).
  • Soil treatment with fungicides prior to seed sowing was found beneficial in the management of rabi sorghum seedling mortality .

Recent awards and recognitions:

Nil

Current collaborative activities:

  • SAUs and KVKs

Recent most significant publications:

  • Prabhakar and K.K.Sharma. 2016. CRS (IIMR), Solapur - At a Glance, Published by Officer In-Charge, CRS (IIMR), Solapur, p 6.
  • Das, I.K., Gholve,V. M., Sharma, K.K., Vastrad, S.M and Girish,G. 2016. Sorghum Pathology-Rabi 2015-16, pp 1-6. In: Progress Report Pathology, Annual Sorghum Group Meeting 25-27 April, 2016, All India Coordinated Research Project on Sorghum, Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad.

Other professional activities

  • Member, Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi
  • Member, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Udaipur
  • Member, Indian Potato Association, Shimla
  • Member, Indian Society for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner
  • Member, Society for Advancement of Research on Pomegranate, Solapur
  • Member, Society for Millets Research, Hyderabad (*Application for Membership submitted)

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

Dr K K Sharma

Last Updated on 25th July 2016

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