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Dr. Ravi Kumar

Discipline: Agronomy | Designation: Senior Scientist | At IIMR Since: 1984

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Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph. D (Agronomy) APAU, Hyderabad 1995 Agronomy – Crop Simulation modeling
M. Sc (Agronomy) APAU, Hyderabad 1981 Agronomy – Nutrient Management
B. Sc (Agrl) ANGRAU, Hyderabad ANGRAU, Hyderabad 1979 Agricultural Sciences

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(years, months)
Sr. Scientist ICAR IIMR, Hyderabad June 15 to till date  
Sr. Scientist ICAR CRS Solapur July 2012 to May 15 2 yrs 11 months
Sr. Scientist ICAR DSR Jalna 2009-July 2012 3 yrs
Sr. Scientist ICAR DSR Hyderabad 31 Dec 1996-Oct 2009 13 yrs
Scientist (Sr Scale) ICAR DSR Hyderabad 1994- 30 Dec 1996 2yrs
Scientist (Sr Scale) & Officer Incharge ICAR CRS Solapur 1991-1994 4 yrs
Scientist ICAR NRCS Hyderabad 31 Dec 1983-88 5 yrs

Current responsibilities:

  • All India Coordinated Research Project on Sorghum related multi-location experimentation.
  • Institute project “Optimization of the potential productivity of small millets and assessing the physiological basis of sustaining Finger Millet Yield in a rainfed environment”
  • DBT funded project “Commercialization of sweet sorghum as a complimentary feedstock for ethanol production in the sugar mills of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat”.

Recent major contributions:

  • Improved NUE in rabi sorghum: Bringing about the interaction of applied fertilizer with available soil moisture through the deep placement management strategy helped improve the spikelet number and spikelet weight. Improvement in yield components helped increase the grain yield and in turn the agronomic nitrogen use efficiency. Annual and seasonal rainfall which help replenish the stored soil moisture could be utilized efficiently through the nitrogen management intervention. The hypothesis that improved water use efficiency in a rainfed rabi environment characterized by receding stored soil moisture can be brought about by deep placement of N fertilizer in rabi sorghum was validated.
  • Development of low lignin high biomass sorghums for bio-fuel production: Second generation biofuels would facilitate blending of petrol with ligno-cellulosic ethanol, produced from high biomass sorghums. Competitiveness and economic returns are two important criteria that drive any innovative application by enterprises. Sorghum with the potential for high biomass production can be competitive through exploitation of important traits like photosensitivity and low ligno-cellulosic content. The physiological basis of biomass production as well as the biomass production potential of selected sorghum genotypes was validated.
  • Decadal analysis of Sorghum Cultivar response to fertilizer application: Proportional increase in grain yield (due to application of external fertilizer input) over the control was linearly related to the N fertilizer use efficiency. Fertilizer N-use efficiency (DY/DN) defined as change in yield for every unit of applied N increased from 10 kg grain to 20 kg grain/kg of N applied. Hence, increase in productivity can be brought about both by genetic improvement as well as associated nutrient management intervention in a rainfed environment.

Recent awards and recognitions:

Distinguished Editor 2013 Ratikanta Maiti Foundation, Puspa Publishing House, Kolkata Individual

Current collaborative activities:

Recent most significant publications:

Authors Year Title with full reference* Page Number NAAS Journal ID/Rating
Kumar SR, Kulkarni R, and Rajappa PV (2014) Grain number estimation, regression model and grain distribution pattern in sorghum genotypes. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 84 (1): 90–92. IO22
K. Boomiraj, S. Marimuthu, Suhas P. Wani, S. Ravi Kumar, Manikandan and S Tani. (2012) Vulnerability assessment of kharif rainfed sorghum to climate change in SAT regions of India. Journal of Agrometeorology 14 (1): 2-8 JO23
Kumar, SR; A V Ramajaneyulu and A Krisshna (2010) A decadal analysis of improved sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) cultivar response to fertilizer application in rainy season and a hypothetical grain production model Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 80 (9): 786–90 IO22
S. Ravi Kumar; Graeme L Hammer; Ian Broad; Peter Harland; and Greg McLean (2009) Characterizing environmental effects on phenology and canopy development of diverse sorghum genotypes. Field Crops Research 111 (1-2) 157–165 FO10

Other professional activities:

Referee 2008 – Till date The Indian Journal of Agricultural Science (IJAS) ICAR, New Delhi Individual
Member Editor 2012 – Till Date International Journal of BioResource and Stress Management (IJBSM) journal, PUSPA publishers Kolkata. Editorial Committee

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Dr. Ravi Kumar

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