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Dr. P Rajendrakumar

Discipline: Biotechnology | Designation: Principal Scientist | At DSR Since: 2008

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Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute / University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph.D. TNAU, Coimbatore 2001 Plant Breeding & Genetics
M.Sc. (Ag.) TNAU, Coimbatore 1997 Plant Breeding & Genetics
B.Sc. (Ag.) TNAU, Coimbatore 1994 Agriculture

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(years, months)
Principal Scientist ICAR ICAR – Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad 12 Sept., 2014 – continuing  
Senior Scientist ICAR ICAR – Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad 12 Sep 2008 to 11 Sep 2014 6 years
Research Associate ICAR Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad Aug 2004 to Aug 2008 4 years
Research Associate CSIR Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad Feb 2001 to July 2004 3 years, 5 months
Senior Research Fellow ICAR Central Institute for Cotton Research, Regional Station, Coimbatore Oct 2000 to Feb 2001 4 months

Current responsibilities:

  • Development of sorghum cultivars for lignocellulosic biofuel production through marker-assisted pyramiding of brown midrib genes.
  • Identification of genomic regions associated with grain quality traits in rabi sorghum.
  • Bioinformatics
  • Officer In-Charge, Off-Season Nursery (OSN), ICAR-IIMR, Warangal.

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Developed genome-wide (GATA)n motif-based SSR markers and intron length polymorphism (ILP) markers in sorghum
  • Identified 10 grain yield heterosis-related genes in kharif sorghum through real-time PCR
  • Identified 30 SSR markers having the potential for the prediction of grain yield heterosis in sorghum

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Awarded a three-year research project under Rapid Grant for Young Investigators (RGYI) scheme by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India during 2010.
  • Recognized by Osmania University to guide Ph.D. students in the Department of Genetics.
  • Resource person for trainings conducted at the ICAR – Indian Institute of Millets Research, ICAR – Indian Institute of Rice Research, ICAR – Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research, ICAR – National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.
  • Evaluator of the Ph.D. thesis in Biotechnology from JNTU, Hyderabad and Genetics from Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Current collaborative activities:

  • DBT funded collaborative research project with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad entitled “Development of sorghum genotypes suitable for lignocellulosic biofuel production through marker-assisted gene pyramiding of brown midrib genes” (March 2015-2020; Budget: Rs 60.10 lakhs).

Recent most significant publications:

  • Jaikishan I, Rajendrakumar P, Madhusudhana R, Elangovan M and Patil JV (2015) Development and utility of PCR-based intron polymorphism markers in sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]. J. Crop Sci. Biotech. 18(5): 309-318.
  • Rajendrakumar P, Hariprasanna K and Seetharama N (2015) Prediction of heterosis in crop plants – Status and prospects. Am. J. Exp. Agric. 9(3): 1-16.
  • Sheshu Madhav M, Rajendrakumar P, Sivaraju K, Vishalakshi B and Rama Devi SJS (2015) Phylogenetic reconstruction of five Solanaceous species by genome-wide analysis of simple sequence repeats in organellar genomes and their utility in establishing species relationships of genus Nicotiana. Curr. Trends Biotech. & Pharmacy 9(2): 107-116.
  • Jaikishan I, GR Paik, R Madhusudhana, M Elangovan and P Rajendrakumar (2013) Development of microsatellite markers targeting (GATA)n motifs in sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]. Molecular Breeding 31: 223–231.
  • Yamini KN, K Ramesh, V Naresh, P Rajendrakumar, K Anjani and V Dinesh Kumar (2013) Development of EST-SSR markers and their utility in revealing cryptic diversity in safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.). Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 22(1): 90-102.
  • Madhusudhana R, D Balakrishna, P Rajendrakumar, N Seetharama and JV Patil (2012) Molecular characterization and assessment of genetic diversity of sorghum inbred lines. African Journal of Biotechnology 11(90): 15626-15635.
  • Hariprasanna K, P Rajendrakumar and JV Patil (2012) Parental selection for high heterosis in sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] - Combining ability, heterosis and their inter-relationships. Crop Research 44(3): 400-408
  • Books

    1. Madhusudhana R, Rajendrakumar P and Patil JV (2015) Sorghum Molecular Breeding. Springer (India) Pvt. Ltd., ISBN 978-81-322-2421-1, 226 p.

Other professional activities

  • Member Secretary, Institutional Bio-Safety Committee (IBSC)
  • Member, ICAR-IIMR Annual Report Committee
  • Life Member, Society of Millets Research, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Life Member, Indian Society of Plant Breeders, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. P Rajendrakumar

Last Updated on 27th June 2016

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