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Dr. R Madhusudhana

Discipline: Plant Breeding | Designation: Principal Scientist | At IIMR Since: 1996

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Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph D IARI, New Delhi 1996 Genetics
MSc (Ag.) UAS, Dharwad 1993 Genetics and Plant Breeding
BSc (Ag.) UAS, Dharwad 1990 Agriculture

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(years, months)
Principal Scientist ICAR Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad 20-12-2011 to till date  
Senior Scientist ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad 20-12-2005 to 19-12-2011 5years,11months
Scientist (Sr.scale) ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad 20-12-2000 to 19-12-2005 4years,11months
Scientist ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad 20-12-1996 to 19-12-2000 3years,11months

Current responsibilities:

  • Development of sorghum parental lines and varieties with insect resistance
  • Breeding for high biomass pearl millet forage cultivars with improved quality
  • Trait dissection through genetic mapping, genomics and marker-assisted breeding in sorghum and pearl millet

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Developed high yielding early duration hybrid, CSH23
  • Developed high yielding variety, CSV20
  • Generation and characterization of various RIL mapping populations in Sorghum
  • Construction of molecular maps of sorghum genome
  • Detection of QTLs for agronomic traits, resistance to shoot fly, foliar diseases, stay green etc.
  • Molecular mapping major effect genes like Trichome morphology, plant color, leaf midrib color, awn cover, seed pericarp color, bloomless in sorghum
  • Tagging of a gene for fertility restoration (Rf6) and epicuticular wax
  • Fine mapping of fertility restoration (Rf2) locus and development of a diagnostic SSR marker
  • Diagnostic SSR marker for genetic purity of A/B line and hybrid seed

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • “ICAR-Jawaharlal Nehru award for outstanding doctoral thesis research-2011” for Student thesis
  • Recognized as supervisor for doctoral research leading to PhD under the Department of Genetics, Osmania University, Hyderabad and in Department of Botany, Andhra University, Vishakapatnam.
  • Best research paper award from National Academy of Biological Sciences, Chennai for “Mapping QTL for grain yield and other agronomic traits in post-rainy sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]” authored by Nagaraja Reddy R, Madhusudhana R, Murali Mohan S, Chakravarthi DVN, Mehtre SP, Seetharama N, Patil JV 2013.
  • DST-BOYSCAST fellowship 2002-03
  • Evaluator of doctoral and degree thesis from Agricultural Universities
  • Reviewer of National and International Journal research papers

Current collaborative activities:

  • Marker-assisted transfer of stay green QTLs in rabi sorghum: University of Queensland, QDPI Australia, ILRI and ICRISAT (through collaborative project funded by ACIAR Australia).
  • Association mapping for forage traits in pearl millet: ICRISAT, Hyderabad, UAS, Dharwad, IISR, Mau

Recent most significant publications:

  • Praveen M, Suneetha N, Umakanth AV, Patil, J and Madhusudhana R (2015) Inheritance and molecular mapping of Rf6 locus with pollen fertility restoration ability on A1 and A2 cytoplasms in sorghum. Plant Science 238, 73-80.
  • Madhusudhana R, Rajendrakumar P and Patil JV (2015) Sorghum Molecular Breeding: Springer.
  • 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]. Journal of Crop Science and Biotechnology 18, 309-318.
  • Reddy RN, Madhusudhana R, Murali Mohan M, Seetharama N and Patil JV (2014) Detection and validation of stay-green QTL in post-rainy sorghum involving widely adapted cultivar, M35-1 and a popular stay-green genotype B35. BMC Genomics 15, 1.
  • Reddy RN, Madhusudhana R, Mohan, SM, Chakravarthi D, Mehtre S, Seetharama N and Patil JV (2013) Mapping QTL for grain yield and other agronomic traits in post-rainy sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 126, 1921-1939.

Other professional activities:

  • Life Member, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, New Delhi
  • Life Member, Society for Millet Research, Hyderabad
  • Member of various institutional support services

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Dr. R Madhusudhana

Last Updated on 5th August 2016

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