Scientific Staff

Dr. N Kannababu

Dr. N Kannababu

Discipline: Seed Technology | Designation: Principal Scientist | At IIMR Since: 1997

Email: kannababu@millets.res.in  | 

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Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute / University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph.D. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu 1996 Seed Science & Technology
M. Sc (Agri) University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka 1992 Seed Science & Technology
B. Sc (Agri) PDKV (Agricultural University), Akola, Maharashtra State 1990 Agriculture

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(From-to)
Duration
(years, months)
Principal Scientist ICAR Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR) 6-7-2014 to till date  
Senior Scientist ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research (DSR), Hyderabad 6-7-2005 to 5-7-2014 9 years
Scientist (Sr. Scale) ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research (DSR), Hyderabad 6-7-2000 to 5-7-2005 5 years
Scientist ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research (DSR), Hyderabad 6-7-1996 to 5-7-2000 4 years

Current responsibilities:

  • Seed science approaches for enhanced seed yield and seed quality in millets
  • Studies on seed setting, seed maturation and seed longevity in small millets

Recent 3 major contributions (including technologies developed):

    Seed science research:

  • Studied the seed maturity pattern and identified the stage of physiological maturity to harvest the quality seeds in finger millet, little millet, foxtail millet, kodo millet, barnyard millet and proso millet.
  • Identified superior varieties among promising cultivars of small millets with high seed setting potential and seed vigour across seasons in finger millet, little millet, foxtail millet, kodo millet, barnyard millet and proso millet.
  • Identified suitable seed yield and seed quality traits ideal for improvement of seed production potential in single-cut and multi-cut forage sorghum types.
  • Identified suitable chemicals and bio agents for the control of molds and improvement of seed quality of rainy season sorghum.
  • Categorized sorghum genetic accessions, parents of mapping populations, forage and sweet sorghum varieties; and superior parental lines for seed quality and storability.
  • Standardized the hybrid seed production technology of sorghum based on the synchronization of parents and hybrid seed setting potential. Worked out the economics hybrid seed production of sorghum.
  • Coordination of programs:

  • Nodal officer, DUS project on sorghum (2005-2009): Published the DUS test guidelines on Sorghum (ICAR & PPVFRA). Coordinated the DUS characterization of extant varieties and DUS testing of candidate varieties.
  • Nodal officer, National Seed Project (crops) on sorghum (2000-2008):Coordinated the nucleus and breeder seed production, maintenance and distribution programs.

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Recognition: “Certificate of Excellence for Seed Science Research” (2019), ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad.
  • Award of “Fellow of Indian Society of Seed Technology (FISST)” (2017), New Delhi.
  • National Recognition: “Distinguished scientist/expert as Resource Person” for 'Centre of Excellence for training the professionally qualified persons' in ‘Seed Science and Technology and Plant variety protection’ DSST, IARI, New Delhi.
  • Recognitions: To guide Ph.D scholars at ANGR Agricultural University, and Osmania University, Hyderabad.
  • Recognition: “Best Research Paper” (2009-10), Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad.
  • Recognition: “Best field experiment” (Kharif 2008), Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad.
  • Award of “Netherlands Fellowship”: Participated in “International Course on Biotechnology, Plant Breeding and Seed Technology” (April-July 2002) at International Agriculture Centre, Wageningen University, Netherlands.
  • Award of “CSIR - Senior Research Fellowship”: For Ph. D studies granted by CSIR, HRD, Govt. of India o Reviewer for the Journals: 1) Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 2) Range management and agro-forestry, 3) Seed Research, and 4) Journal of Karnataka Agricultural Sciences

Current collaborative activities:

Nil

Recent most significant publications:

    Journal papers:
  • Das IK, Sunil Kumar, Kannababu N and Vilas A Tonapi (2019). Pokkah boeng resistance in popular rabi sorghum cultivars and effects of the disease on leaf chlorophyll, Indian Phytopathology  https://doi.org/10.1007/s42360-019-00146-5.
  • Das IK, Govardhan C, Ghorade RB, Narayana YD, Bhanderi GR, Kannababu N, Sunil Kumar and Tonapi VA (2017). Milk stage kernel infection frequency in kharif sorghum at grain mold prone locations in India. Indian Phytopathology70(2):178-183.
  • Kannababu N, Rakshit S, Madhusudhana R, Tonapi VA, Das IK, Raghunath K (2017). Identification of superior parental lines for seed quality and storability through GGE biplot analysis of line× tester data in grain sorghum. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding 77 (2): 278-286.
  • Kannababu N, Rao SS, Prabhakar B, Shyamprasad, Srinivasababu K, Dhandapani A and  Patil JV (2016). Genetic variability for seed ageing and longevity among the advanced sweet sorghum genotypes and cultivars. Sugar Tech 18 (1): 100-104.
  • Kannababu N, Das IK,Prabhakar B, Aruna C, Annapurna A, Dhandapani Aand Patil JV (2015). Genetic variability for seed ageing and longevity of forage sorghum cultivars. Range management and Agro-forestry, 36 (1): 33-40.
  • Kannababu N, Subbarayudu B, Das I K, Shyamprasad G, Vilas A Tonapi and Patil JV (2014). Variation in seed quality of sorghum cultivars available in market. Seed Research 42 (2): 217-223.
  • Kannababu, N, Rakshit Sujay, Audilakshmi S, Tonapi VA, Patil JV, Dhandapani A, Reddy DCS, Venugopal K, Swarnalatha M, Balakrishna G, Raghunath K and Subhakar V (2013). Genetic variability among Indian rainy season sorghum cultivars revealed by morpho-agronomic traits. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding 73: 110-115.
  • Das IK, Audilakshmi S, Annapurna A, Kannababu N, and Patil JV (2012). Relationship among seed germination and other characters associated with Fusarium grain mold disease in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) using path coefficient analysis. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 34(2): 203–212.  
  • Kannababu N, Das IK and Shyamprasad G (2010). Effect of seed moisture and storage containers on seed longevity of forage sorghum, Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 80 (12): 1098-1101.
  • Kannababu N, Das IK and Seetharama N (2009). Effect of chemicals and bio agents on control of molds and improvement of seed quality of rainy season sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 79 (6): 461-5.

Books:

  • Talwar HS, Kannababu N, Venkatesh Bhat B and Vilas A Tonapi (2019). Climate Resilience in Millets. 232 pages. ISBN 81-89335-85-5. ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad, TS, India.
  • Kannababu N, Venkatesh Bhat B, Prabhakar, Raghavendra Rao KV and Vilas A Tonapi. (2018). Millets: Maintenance Breeding for Seed Quality Assurance. 228 pages. ISBN 81-89335-71-5. ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad, TS, India
  • Vilas A Tonapi, B Venkatesh Bhat, N Kannababu, M Elangovan, AV Umakanth, Raghunath Kulakarni, Krittika V Tonapi, KV Raghavendrarao and TG Nageshwar Rao (2015). Millet Seed Technology: Seed Production, Quality Control, & Legal Compliance. 462 pages. ISBN 81-89335-54-5. ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad, TS, India.
  • Vilas A Tonapi, Elangovan M, Kannababu N, Audilakshmi S, Reddy DCS, Subhakar V, Suresh P, Meena RS, Raghunath K, Swarnalatha M, Jhansirani M, Gawali HS, Raghavendrarao KV and Patil JV (2011). DUS characteristics of Indian Sorghum Parental lines, Hybrids and Varieties. 513 pages. ISBN 81-89335-33-2. Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad AP, India. 
  • Vilas A Tonapi, Elangovan M, Kannababu N, Raghavendrarao KV, Raghunath K, Reddy DCS, Meena RS, Gawali HS, and Seetharama N (2009). Sorghum cultivars of India: Hybrids, Varieties and Parental lines. 144 pages. ISBN 81-89335-23-5. National Research Centre for Sorghum, Hyderabad AP, India.
  • Kannababu N, Audilakshmi S, Elangovan M, Tonapi VA, and Seetharama N (2006). National guidelines for the conduct of tests for distinctness, uniformity and stability of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench). 24 pages. NRCS TECH/16/2006-07. National Research Centre for Sorghum, Hyderabad AP, India.
  • Kannababu N, Tonapi VA, and Seetharama N (2004).  ‘Sorghum seed production manual. 110 pages.  ISBN: 81 – 89335-02-2. National Research Centre for Sorghum, Hyderabad AP, India.
    Book chapters:
  • Kannababu N, Sooganna and Vilas A Tonapi (2019). Relevance of agro-climate to hybrid seed production in sorghum. In: Talwar HS, Kannababu N, Venkatesh Bhat B and Tonapi VA. (Editors) Climate Resilience in Millets. 232 pages. ISBN 81-89335-85-5. ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad, TS, India.
  • Aruna C, Sanjana Reddy P, Deepika C and Kannababu N (2019).  Millets improvement, progress and prospects - Area, production and Productivity. In: Talwar HS, Kannababu N, Venkatesh Bhat B and Tonapi VA. (Editors) Climate Resilience in Millets. 232 pages. ISBN 81-89335-85-5. ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad, TS, India.
  • Ravi Kumar S and Kannababu N (2019). Assessing climate change impact on millets. In: Talwar HS, Kannababu N, Venkatesh Bhat B and Tonapi VA. (Editors) Climate Resilience in Millets. 232 pages. ISBN 81-89335-85-5. ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad, TS, India.
  • Talwar HS, Kannababu N and Shiwesh Kumar (2019).Adaptation of millets to salinity stress. In: Talwar HS, Kannababu N, Venkatesh Bhat B and Tonapi VA. (Editors) Climate Resilience in Millets. 232 pages. ISBN 81-89335-85-5. ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad, TS, India.
  • Kannababu N, Sooganna and Vilas A Tonapi (2019). Quality seed production and maintenance in millets. In: Das IK, Shyamprasad G, Chapke RR and Vilas A Tonapi (Editors). Good agricultural practices for biotic stress management and productivity improvement in millets as nutricereal. 203 pages. ISBN: 81-89335-87-1. ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad, TS, India.

Life Member of Societies:

  • Indian society of millets research
  • Indian society of seed technology
  • Indian society of plant physiology
  • Indian society of oilseeds research

Dr. N Kannababu