Scientific Staff

Dr. Amasiddha Bellundagi

Dr. B. Gangaiah

Discipline: Agronomy | Designation: Principal Scientist | At DSR Since: 20th January, 2020


Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute / University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
PG Diploma IGNOU 2017 Disaster Management
Ph D Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 1995 Agronomy
M.Sc. (Ag) Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Hyderabad 1991 Agronomy
B.Sc. (Ag) Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Hyderabad 1989 Agricultural

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(years, months)
Principal Scientist ICAR IIMR, Hyderabad 20 January 2020- till date  
Director (Acting) ICAR Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair September-November, 2019 3 months
Head, NRM Division ICAR Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair 01-12-2014 - 2019 5 yrs
Principal Scientist ICAR Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad 17-2-2011-30-11-2014 3 years 9 months
Senior Scientist ICAR ICAR Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 2003-2011 7 years 11 months
Scientist ICAR Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Regional Station Dharwad, Karnataka 1997-2003 5 years 10 months
Scientist ICAR Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Regional Station Avikanagar, Rajasthan 1995-1997 1 year 8 months

Current responsibilities:

  • Principal Investigator- AICRP (Agronomy)

Recent major contributions:

  • Plastic film mulch cultivation of rice and Aluminum sheet mulching in plantation cropsfor resource conservation
  • Ensiling (silage, haylage & hay) technology for rice fodder (C-14-8 cultivar)
  • Technology for restoration of agriculture in tsunami affected lands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands evolved and prepared contingency plans for changing climate for 3 districts of Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Fellow, Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences, November, 2019.
  • Vice President, Andaman Science Association, 2019
  • Research Scientist Award, Ritunestam, September, 2019

Current collaborative activities:


Relevant experiences:

  • Natural resource (soil, water, weed) management in crops and cropping systems (fodder, rice, plantation crops) for efficient use and profitable production

Recent most significant publications:
Journal papers

  • B Gangaiah, MBB Prasad babu, PC Latha, T Vidhan Singh and P Raghuveerrao. (2019). Rice cultivation using plastic mulch under saturated moisture regime and its implications on weed management, water saving, productivity and profitability. Indian Journal of Weed Science 51(2), 198-202.
  • B. Gangaiah and Abbubaker. (2019). Effect of mulching on weed management in areca nut in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indian Journal of Weed Science51(3),312-318.
  • B. Gangaiah. (2019). Weed management in areca nut (Areca catechu L) plantation during post rainy season through herbicides in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Journal of Crop and Weed 15(2), 148-154.
  • B.Gangaiah.(2019). Evaluation of rice hybrids in Andaman & Nicobar Islands as a tool to augment the local production capabilities. Annals of Agricultural Research 40(2),140-144.
  • B. Gangaiah, S. Swain, Abbubaker and MNV Nagalaaxmi. (2019). Hay production from paddy (Oryza sativa L) to augment fodder resources of Andaman and Nicobar Islands for supporting the livestock production systems. Range Management & Agroforestry 40 (In press).
  • B. Gangaiah. (2019). Nutrient omission plot technique for yield response, indigenous nutrient supply and nutrient use efficiency estimation of rice (Oryza sativa L.) crop in Andaman & Nicobar Island. Oryza56(4) In Press.
  • ChSrinivasarao, KV Rao, KA Gopinath, YG Prasad, A Arunachalam, DBV Ramana, G Ravindra Chary, B Gangaiah, B Venkateswarlu and T Mohapatra. (2020). Agriculture contingency plans for managing weather aberrations and extreme climatic events: Development, implementation and impacts in India. Advances in Agronomy 159, 35-91.
  • ChSrinivasarao, C Subha Lakshmi, Y Sudha Rani, KC Nataraj, B Gangaiah, M Jaya Laxmi, M Vijay SankarBabu, Usha Rani, S Nagalakshmi, R Manasa. (2019). Soil Health Issues for Sustainability of South Asian Agriculture. EC Agriculture 5(6), 1-17.

Books and book chapters

  • B Gangaiah, Pooja Bohra, HarshaHaridas, PA Bala, K Sakthivel, SK Zamir Ahmed, N Bommayasamy, K Saravanan, SK Singh and TP Swarnam. (2019). An Overview of Integrated Farming Systems of Coastal India. 1-189 p. ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. (Book).
  • A Kundu, SK Zamir Ahmed, Jai Sunder, B Gangaiah, BA Jerard, R Kiruba-Sankar, S Dam Roy, RK Gautam, P K Singh, D Bhattacharya, T Janakiram and W S Dhillon. (2019). Strategies for development of agriculture and allied sectors in Andaman and Nicobar & Lakshadweep groups of Islands. (Policy Brief).
  • B.Gangaiah, TSubramani, KR Kiran, AVelmurugan, Sachidananda Swain and TP Swarnam. (2019). Organic Farming in Coastal Ecosystems of India: Present Status and Future Prospects. pp. 293-310. In: Organic farming.KAGopinath and AVRamanjaneyulu. (Eds), Daya Publishing House, New Delhi. (Book Chapter)
  • B Gangaiah, BA Jerard, SK Zamir Ahmed, R Jaya Kumaravaradan, S Dam Roy, R Kiruba Sankar, PK Singh, K Shaktivel, A Kundu and S Swain. (2019). Rural Employment and Industrial Opportunities in Agriculture Sector in Islands of India. Pp 46-53. In: India Back to Gandhi: Rural Business Summit and Trade Fair 2019- Crafting Livelihood for Rural India, MSME, Government of India, New Delhi. (Book Chapter)
  • B Gangaiah. (2019). Natural resources perspective of livestock farming in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. pp. 177-182. In: Hands on training programme on cutting edge molecular and bioinformatics tools for indigenous livestock conservation, ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair, August-September, 2019. (Book chapter)

Conference papers:

  • B Gangaiah. (2019). Restoration of agriculture in tsunami affected lands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A way to tackle future sea level rise too. In: Proceedings of the 106th Indian Science Congress, Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, Punjab, 2019, Section of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, 181-182 pp.
  • S. Swain, B.Gangaiah, T.Subramani, and K R Kiran. (2019). Scope for development of Agro-based rural industries in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. pp.17. In: Book of Abstracts, National Seminar on Prospects for Agro-based rural industries in Andaman & Nicobar Islands – A way to growth. 6-7 March, 2019, JNRM College, Port Blair, A & N Islands.

Other professional activities

  • Editor, Indian Journal of Agronomy
  • Life Member, Arid Zone Research Association of India (CAZRI, Jodhpur), Indian Society of Agronomy (IARI, New Delhi), Indian Society of Pulses Research & Development (IIPR, Kanpur), Andaman Science Association (CIARI, Port Blair), Association of Rice Research Workers (NRRI, Cuttack), Indian Society of Weed Science (IIWR, Jabalpur).
  • Fellow, ISPRD, Kanpur-2009
  • Fellow, ISA, New Delhi -2011
  • Fellow, ASA, Port Blair -2015
  • Secretary, Indian Society of Agronomy, New Delhi (2009-10)
  • Advisor, State Specific Action Plan-Water, Andaman & Nicobar Islands (2019
  • Expert Member, Wetland Ecology, Andaman & Nicobar Administration (2017-2020)

Dr. B. Gangaiah