Scientific Staff

Dr. KBRS Visarada

Dr. KBRS Visarada

Discipline: Genetics and Plant Breeding | Designation: Principal Scientist | At IIMR Since: 1989


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Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph.D Dept of Genetics Osmania University, Hyderabad 1999 Genetic transformation of rice through particle bombardment
M. Sc School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 1983 Life Sciences (Plant Sciences)
B. Sc. Andhra University, Waltair 1981 Botany, Zoology, Chemistry

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 2007-till date  
Senior Scientist ICAR National Research Centre for Sorghum , Hyderabad 1999-2007 8 years
Scientist (Selection grade)  ICAR National Research Centre for Sorghum , Hyderabad 1998-1999 1 year
Scientist (Senior Scale)   ICAR National Research Centre for Sorghum , Hyderabad 1995-1998 3 years
Scientist S-1 ICAR National Research Centre for Sorghum , Hyderabad 1988-1995 7 years
Scientist  ICAR Directorate of Pulses Research , ( Now Indian Institute of Pulses Research) Kanpur 1986-1989 3 years
Junior Research Fellow    University of Delhi Dept of Botany, University of Delhi, Delhi 1983-1986 3 years

Current responsibilities:

  • Diversification of genetic base through Wide hybridization in sorghum
    1. For resistance to stem borer and shoot fly through inter-specific hybridization
    2. Diversification of parental lines of Kharif hybrids through inter-specific hybridization
    3. Development of high biomass lines through sorghum x maize pollinations
  • Induction of male sterility in foxtail millet.
  • Anther culture in pearl millet.

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Novel variants for high biomass, forage and grain types developed through wide hybridization in sorghum.
  • An Indian patent application was filed, Temp/533/CHE/2009.
  • Promising transgenic Bt sorghum lines developed and evaluated in two popular sweet sorghum genotypes, SSV84 and RSSV9, and two elite parental lines of popular Kharif sorghum hybrids, 296B and CS3541.

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Patent : 533/CHE/2010, KBRS Visarada, N Saikishore, N Seetharama, Genetic transformation of florets through in planta method
  • Awarded best research paper at the International conference on “Emerging biotechnologies” held at Warangal, India during 28-30 Jan 2016. G Sangeeta, Jinu Jacob, G Shyamprasad, KBRS Visarada. Dry popping- an instant method for popping, molecular characterization in sorghum.
  • Elected life member of Plant tissue Culture Association (PTCA-I), India.
  • Was awarded TWAS visiting scientist fellowship to visit Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China during Jul-Oct 2013.

Current collaborative activities: -

Recent most significant publications:

  • KBRS Visarada (2020) Overcoming inter-specific barriers in Sorghum and molecular characterization of the derivatives. Plant Breeding (in press) DOI:10.1111/pbr.12831
  • Aruna C., Suguna Medicharla, KBRS Visarada, Deepika Cheruku, Ratnavathi Chamarthy, Tonapi VA (2020) Identification of Sorghum genotypes suitable for specific end uses: Semolina Recovery and popping. Journal of Cereal Science (accepted).
  • C Aruna, KBRS Visarada, BV Bhat and Vilas Tonapi (2018) Breeding sorghum for diverse end uses. Book edited, Woodhead Publishing (Elsevier), 450 pp
  • KBRS Visarada, Kanti Meena, Aruna, C., S. Srujana, N Saikishore, and N Seetharama (2009) Transgenic Breeding - perspectives and prospects. Crop Science 49:1555-1563
  • N Saikishore, KBRS Visarada, Y Aravinda Lakshmi, E Pashupatinath, SV Rao and N Seetharama (2006) In vitro culture methods in sorghum with shoot tip as the explant material. Plant cell reports 25: 174-182

Other professional activities

  • Institutional Biosafety officer
  • Nodal officer –KRISHI portal
  • Supervising project work of students
  • Serving in different committees

Dr.K B R S Visarada