Scientists Biodata

Dr. K. Dhinesh Babu



Name                               : Dr. K. Dhinesh Babu, Ph. D. (Hort.),

Designation                        : Principal Scientist (Hort. - Fruit Science)

Contact Address                 : ICAR- National Research Centre on Pomegranate ,

     Kegaon (PO), Solapur-413 255, M.S. Ph.(O): 0217-2354330

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            Dr. K. Dhinesh Babu obtained B.Sc (Agri.) degree from Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University in 1995, M.Sc.(Horticulture) from Horticulture College & Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore in 1998  and  Ph.D (Horticulture) from College of Horticulture,  Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala in 2005. Upon selection for Agricultural Research Service of ICAR in the discipline of ‘Hort.- Fruit Science’,  he joined as Scientist at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya on 25.11.1999  and served till 31.07.2007. Later, he joined ICAR-National Research Centre on Pomegranate, Solapur on 09.08.2007 and working on improvement and production aspects of pomegranate.


Most significant research achievements:


         Performance evaluation of different varieties of pomegranate, guava, peach, etc

         Standardization of maturity indices for harvesting of pomegranate and peach


Research Interests:


         Floral biology, breeding of pomegranate

         Agro-techniques, post harvest management of pomegranate

         Propagation, improvement and production aspects of guava, papaya, mango, citrus, peach etc.


Awards/ Recognition:


         Jawaharlal Nehru Award for Outstanding Post Graduate Agricultural Research (2006)

         Best Poster Paper Award (2014)

        Agricultural Association Award for Agricultural Extension (1996)

        Shri. P. Chandra Reddy Prize (1996)

        Thiru G. Vagheesam Pillai Prize for B.Sc (Agri.) Plant Breeding (1995)


Selected Publications:


1.     Pal, R.K., Babu, K.D.,N.V. Singh, A. Maity and N. Gaikwad. 2014. Pomegranate research in India – Status & future challenges. Prog. Hort., 46 (2) :184-201.

2.     Chandra, R. Lohakare, A.S., Babu, K.D., Ashis Maity, N.V.Singh and Jadhav, V.T. 2013. Variability studies of physico-chemical properties of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) using a scoring technique.  Fruits, 68(2):135-145.

3.     Singh, N.V., Sharma, J., Chandra, R., Babu, K.D., Shinde, Y.R., Mundewadikar, D.M. and Pal, R.K. 2016.  Biohardening of in vitro raised plants of Bhagwa pomegranate. Indian J. Agrl. Sciences, 86(1): 132-6

4.     Dhinesh Babu. K, N.V. Singh, R. Chandra, J. Sharma, A. Maity and P.C. Sarkar. 2015.  Improvement in keeping quality of pomegranate fruits during storage.  Res. on crops, 16 (2): 281-287.

5.     Marathe, R.A., Sharma, J. and Babu, K.D.  2016. Identification of suitable soils for cultivation of pomegranate cv. Ganesh.  Indian J. Agrl. Sciences, 86 (2) : 227-33.

6.     Maity, A., Sharma, J., Jadhav, V.T. Babu, K.D., and Chandra, R.2012. Effect of solarization on nutrient availability, enzyme activity and growth of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) air-layered on various potting mixtures.  Indian J. Agric. Sciences, 82 (9):775-82.

7.     Dhinesh Babu, K., De, L.C., Patel, R.K. and Singh, A.  2009. Genotypic amenability of guava for patch budding.  Indian J. Hort. 66 (2): 264-266

8.     Dhinesh Babu, K., and D.S. Yadav. 2002.  Fruit growth and development of peach cultivar Shan-e Punjab under edaphic and environmental conditions of Meghalaya.  Indian J. Hort. 59 (1): 44-48

9.     A. Singh, R.K. Patel, L.C. De, and K.D. Babu. 2008.  Effect of cutting types, indole butyric acid treatments and shoot pinching on rooting of Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa). Indian J. Agrl. Sciences. 78 (8):695-8.

10.  Dhinesh Babu, K. and D.S.Yadav. 2007. Effect of micronutrient on enhancing the productivity and quality of Kinnow mandarin. Indian J. Hort. 64 (3):353-356


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