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Dr. Sujay Rakshit

Discipline: Plant Breeding | Designation: Principal Scientist | At IIMR Since: 2008


Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph.D. Indian Agricultural Research Institute 1998 Genetics
M.Sc. (Ag.) Banaras Hindu University 1993 Genetics & Plant Breeding
B.Sc. (Ag. Hons.) Visva Bharati 1991 Agriculture

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(years, months)
Principal Scientist ICAR DSR, Hyderabad 29.11.2008 to till date  
Senior Scientist ICAR DMR, New Delhi 22.03.2005 – 28.11.2008 3 yrs 8 months
Scientist SS ICAR DMR, New Delhi 05.09.00-21.03.05 4 years 6 months
Scientist SS ICAR IIPR, Kanpur 22.03.00 - 04.09.00 5 months
Scientist ICAR IIPR, Kanpur 02.09.96 - 21.03.00 3 years 6 months
Scientist ICAR NAARM, Hyderabad 22.03.96-01.09.96 5 months

Current responsibilities:

  • Parental line diversification and improvement towards development of hybrids with higher yield and better quality for rainy (kharif) and post-rainy (rabi) sorghum
  • Varietal improvement for higher yield and better adaptability in rainy (kharif) and post-rainy (rabi) sorghum
  • Genetic improvement of barnyard millet for higher yield and tolerance to stresses (biotic and abiotic)
  • Application of genomics tools towards improvement of sorghum and barnyard millet
  • Co-ordination of grain sorghum research under AICSIP as Principal Investigator (Grain Sorghum Breeding)

Recent major contributions:

  • Projected the genetic gains in Indian sorghum improvement programme over four decades vis-a-vis yield gains in top 10 sorghum producing countries. The study indicated need to strengthen post-rainy sorghum improvement programme in India. Study also highlighted need to strengthen hybrid breeding in India and elsewhere.
  • Developed a reference set of 96 geneotypes for drought studies with 29 identified sources of tolerance. Identified over 50 thousand genome-wide sequence variants to be deployed in genome selection. Registered 45 sequences of genes related to abiotic stress response from different genotypes with NCBI.
  • Identified high crossover genotype ´ environment interaction and delineated mega-environments among testing locations across India, which helps in efficient allocation of testing locations and better utilization of scarce resources.
  • Using ICT developed a web-based automation system for All India Coordinated Sorghum Improvement Project (Copyright no. SW7971/2014). This has enhanced the efficiency of trial execution, monitoring, data retrieval, analysis, and preservation of metadata. The system is now being adopted in other All India Coordinated Research Projects.
  • Developed and contributed 10 grain sorghum hybrids, 8 grain sorghum and two forage sorghum varieties for all India testing.

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Fellow, Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding, New Delhi, 2014
  • NE Borlaug Fellowship (USDA) 2010
  • JSPS Post-doctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers, 2003
  • BOYSCAST Fellowship, 2003
  • CSIR Scientist Travel Fellowship, 2002
  • Indian Science Congress Association Young Scientist Award, 1999
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award, 1999 for outstanding post-graduate research
  • UNESCO Fellowship in Biotechnology, 1998

Current collaborative activities:

  • Coordination of multi-location breeding trials across AICSIP locations

Recent most significant publications:

Research papers (six)

  • Rakshit S, Ganapathy KN, Gomashe SS, Dhandapani A, M Swapna, SP Mehtre, SR Gadakh, RB Ghorade, MY Kamatar, BD Jadhav, IK Das and Prabhakar. 2016. Analysis of Indian post-rainy sorghum multi-location trial data reveals complexity of genotype × environment interaction. J. Agric. Sci. doi:10.1017/S0021859616000137
  • Sujay Rakshit, M Swapna, Monika Dalal, G Sushma, KN Ganapathy, A Dhandapani, M Karthikeyan and HS Talwar. 2015. Post-flowering drought stress response of post-rainy sorghum genotypes. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology, 21: 8-14
  • 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.
  • Rakshit S*, Hariprasanna K, Gomashe S, 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, 1970 to 2009. Crop Sci. 54(4): 1571-1584.
  • Rakshit S*, Ganapathy KN, Gomashe SS, Rathore A, Ghorade RB, Nagesh Kumar MV, Ganesmurthy K, Jain SK, Kamtar MY, Sachan JS, Ambekar SS, Ranwa BR, Kanawade DG, Balusamy M, Kadam D, Sarkar A, Tonapi VA and Patil JV. 2012. GGE biplot analysis to evaluate genotype, environment and their interactions in sorghum multi-location data. Euphytica, 185: 465-479.
  • Rakshit Sujay*, Gomashe SS, Ganapathy KN, Elangovan M, Ratnavathi CV, Seetharama N, Patil JV. 2012. Morphological and molecular diversity reveal wide variability among sorghum Maldandi landraces from south India. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 21(2): 145-156.

Popular articles:

  • Ganapathy KN, Gomashe SS and Rakshit S. 2016. Sustainable technologies for revalorizing millets production and utilization. Indian Farming, 65(12): 30-33.
  • Rakshit S, Prabhakar, Aruna C, Umakanth AV and Bhat BV. 2015. Crop improvement research in sorghum for enhancing productivity. Indian Farming, 65(4): 12-19.
  • Rakshit Sujay, Rakshit A and Patil JV. 2012. Multi-parent intercross populations in analysis of quantitative traits. Journal of Genetics, 91 (1): 111-117.

Books/Proceedings edited

  • Rakshit S, Das IK, Shyamprasad G, Mishra JS, Ratnavathi CV, Chapke RR, Tonapi VA, Dayakar Rao B and Patil JV. 2013. Compendium of Papers and Abstracts: Global Consultation on Millets Promotion for Health and Nutritional Security, Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad, Dec 18-20, 2013. Pp 356. (ISBN No. 81-89335-47-2)
  • Rakshit S and Patil JV. 2013. Basics of Sorghum Breeding and AICSIP Data Management. Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad. p 121. (ISBN No. 81-89335-45-6)
  • Patil JV, Dayakar Rao B, Umakanth AV, Tonapi AV, Rakshit S, Rao SS and Ganapathy KN. 2010. Research and Development in Millets: Present Status and Future Strategies. Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad. p 141.

Book chapters (six)

  • Ganapathy KN, Rao BD, Rakshit S, Gnanesh BN and Patil JV. 2015. Sorghum for Health and Business. In: Sustainable Agriculture Reviews Vol. 16. (eds. E Lichtfouse and A Goyal). Springer, pp 173-196.
  • Rakshit S and Swapna M. 2015. DNA markers in diversity analysis. In: Sorghum Molecular Breeding (eds. R Madhusudhana, P Rajendrakumar and JV Patil). Springer, pp. 23-46.
  • P Rajendrakumar and Rakshit S. 2015. Genomics and bioinformatics resources. In: Sorghum Molecular Breeding (eds. R Madhusudhana, P Rajendrakumar and JV Patil). Springer, pp. 117-153.
  • Rakshit S and Patil JV. 2013. Sorghum. In: Breeding Field Crops: Recent Advances (eds. VL Chopra, SR Bhat) Studium Press (India) Pvt. Ltd. pp 79-96.
  • Rakshit S and Ganapathy KN. 2013. Comparative genomics of cereal crops: status and future prospects. In: Agricultural Bioinformatics (eds. PB Kavi Kishor, S Prasanth and R Bandyopadhyay) Springer Verlag, New Delhi, Berlin, Germany, pp 59-87.
  • Rakshit S, Kanzaki H, Matsumura H, Rakshit A, Fujibe F, Okuyama Y, Yoshida K, Oli M, Shenton M, Utsushi H, Mitsuoka C, Abe A, Kiuchi Y and Terauchi R. 2010. Use of TILLING for reverse and forward genetics of rice. In: The Handbook of Plant Mutation Screening (eds. K Meksem and G Kahl), Wiley-VCH Verlag Gmbh & Co, Weinheim, pp 185-198.

Technical bulletins:

  • Elangovan M, Tonapi VA, Rakshit S, Kumar RV, Rani MJ, Babu PK and Patil JV. 2012. Pedigree database on sorghum elite breeding stocks (AICSIP: 2006-11). All India Coordinated Sorghum Improvement Project (AICSIP), Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. 71 pages. ISBN 81-89335-39-1.
  • Dass S, Singode A, Rakshit S, Manivannan A, Kaul J, Sekhar JC, Ravinder, Meenakshi and Chikappa GK. 2010. Genetic diversity analyses in maize inbred lines using microsatellite markers. DMR Technical Bulletin 2010/2, Directorate of Maize Research, Pusa, New Delhi 110 012, India. 36 pages.

Technical articles/Notes

  • Ganapathy KN, Sujay Rakshit, Sunil Gomashe and Patil JV. 2013. Amino acid composition in grains of rabi sorghum cultivars. Sorghum Times, 10(1): 12.
  • Shekahr M, Kumar S, Sekhar JC and Rakshit S. 2012. DMR-PFSR-1 and DMR-PFSR-9 (IC0590094-IC0590095; INGR11041-INGR11042), a maize (Zea mays) germplasm resistant to post flowering stalk rots caused by Macrophomina phaseolina and Fusarium moniliforme, with stiff, strong and stay green character of stalk. Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources, 26(1): 88-89.
  • Sekhar JC, Kumar P, Kumar RS, Kaul J, Rakshit S, Dass S and Vasal SK. 2012. DMRE-9 (IC0589141; INGR11028), a maize (Zea mays) germplasm, as an inbred line as source of resistance to pink borer, Sesamia inferans. Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources, 25(2).
  • Sekhar JC, Kumar P, Kumar RS, Kaul J, Rakshit S, Dass S and Vasal SK. 2012. DMRE-57 (IC0589142; INGR11029), a maize (Zea mays) germplasm, as an extra-early line as source of resistance to pink borer, Sesamia inferans. Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources, 25(2).
  • Das IK, Talwar HS and Rakshit S. 2011. Pokkah boeng disease of sorghum. Sorghum Times, 8: 3-4.
  • Dass Sain, Sekhar JC, Kaul Jyoti and Rakshit Sujay 2011. Notification of crop varieties and registration of germplasm. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 71(1): 91-92.

Other professional activities:

  • Associate Editor of Indian Journal of Genetics & Plant Breeding.
  • Reviewers in BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Genetics, Euphytica, Journal of Molecular Evolution, Journal of Genetics, Molecular Breeding, Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Indian Journal of Genetics & Plant Breeding etc.

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Dr. Sujay Rakshit

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