Scientists Biodata

Dr. A Maity


Name                                      : Dr. Ashis Maity

Designation                          : Scientist

Contact Address                  : C/o- Shri Chandrakanta Walmilkar,

  Balaji Housing Society, Hotgi Road                                 

E-mail                                     :



Graduated from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyala, Mohanpur, West Bengal in Agriculture, then obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Soil Science & Ag. Chemistry from IARI, New Delhi . Joined West Bengal Agricultural Services as Agricultural Development Officer (ADO) and served for six months at Block level.


Most significant research achievements:


·         Inoculation of Penicillium pinophilum with potassium feldspar resulted much greater improvement in plant growth, photosynthetic activity, chlorophyll content, availability of soil K and P and their uptake.

·         Spraying of CaCl2 @ 1.5% along with OHM schedule could reduce bacterial blight disease incidence by 39.92% and at the same time resulted 102.34% increase in healthy fruit production per plant.

·         A microbial consortium comprising of Azospirillum brasilense, Pseudomonas fluorescens, pink pigmented facultative methylotrophs (PPFM), Pseudomonas striata and Penicillium pinophilum has been proves to be superior in promoting plant growth and nutrient availability in soil and their uptake.


Research Interests:


·         Developing consortia of efficient microbial strains and their use in integrated nutrient management programme of pomegranate for better crop yield and fruit quality.

·         Develop management strategy of micronutrient particularly (Zn and Mn) to the plant or use of amendments or microorganisms for enhancing the bioavailability of micronutrients to plants so that the sustainability of production will be ensured.




·         Obtained editorial ship of the International Journal of Bio-resource and Stress Management


Selected Publications:


  1. Marathe, R.A., Ram Chandra, Sharma J., Jadhav, V.T. and Maity A. 2010. Effect of pink pigmented facultative methylotrophs (PPFM) on growth and nutrient uptake in pomegranate (Punica granatum). Indian Journal of Agricultural Science 80 (6):548-50
  2. Marathe, R.A., Ram Chandra, Maity A., Jadhav, V.T. and Sharma J. 2011. Effect of different microbial inoculants on soil properties, nutrient acquisition and growth of pomegranate (Punica granatum). Indian Journal of Agricultural Science 81 (7): 622-7
  3. Maity, A., Sharma, J., Jadhav, V.T., Dhinesh Babu, K. and Ram Chandra. 2012. Effect of solarization on nutrient availability, enzyme activity and growth of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) air-layered on various potting mixtures. Indian Journal of Agricultural Science 82 (9):775-82
  4. Ram Chandra, Anshul Subhashrao Lohakare, Dhinesh Babu Karuppannan, Ashis Maity, Nripendra Vikram Singh and Vilas Tejrao Jadhav. 2013. Variability studies on physico-chemical properties of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.). Fruits 68(2): 135-146.



Name                                     : Dr. Gaikwad Nilesh Nivrutti                                          

Designation                           : Scientist (Agril. Structures and Process Engg.)

Contact Address                  : NRC on Pomegranate, Kegaon, Solapur-413255 (MS)

Email                                     :


Dr. Nilesh Gaikwad completed his B. Tech. (Agril. Engg.) from MPKV, Rahuri, Post-graduation and Ph.D. in Agril. Engg. (Agril. Structures and Process Engg.) from IARI, New Delhi. He has served for four years as a Scientist at Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana, Punjab. He joined NRCP on August, 3rd 2013.


Most significant research achievements:

  • Designed developed and evaluated the bael (wood apple) pulper machine solving longstanding demand of the bael processing industry and bael producing farmers/triabals/forest dwellers.
  • Designed, developed and evaluated electronic weight grading machine for oranges.
  • Designed, Developed and evaluated fish descaling machine, low cost hand tool, processing table and display cum storage unit.
  • Designed and developed complete set of low cost hygienic poultry processing facility for poultry meat retailer
  • Successfully completed programme of structured outreach agro processing training module for rehabilitation of jail inmates of Central Jail, Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
  • Provided consultancy service and prepared detailed project report for multi-commodity agro processing plant at ICAR RESEARCH COMPLEX for NEH REGION, ARUNACHAL PRADESH, BASAR India. costing Rs. 1.54 Crores


Research Interests:

  • Design and development of agro processing machineries, Post-harvest management and value addition of pomegranate and its processing co-products.


Awards/ Honour / Recognition:

  • IARI Merit fellowship for PG and Ph.D.
  • Patent filed Tanbir Ahmad, Nilesh N. Gaikwad and Yogesh Kumar. (2012). An innovative poultry processing table. CBR No. 9785 APP. No. 3172/DEL/2012.

Selected publications:

  • M. Manjunatha, D. V. K. Samuel, Rahul K. Anurag & Nilesh Gaikwad (2012). Development and performance evaluation of a garlic peeler. Journal of Food Science and Technology. DOI 10.1007/s13197-012-0879-5.
  • Manpreet Kaur Grewal­­­­­­­­­­­­, Nilesh N. Gaikwad, S.N. Jha, D.M. Kadam, Jaspreet Kaur, Harleen Kaur. (2012) Relationship between physical and internal quality attributes of kinnow mandarin. Journal of Agricultural Engineering Vol. 49(4) 20-24.
  • Nilesh N. Gaikwad, Tanbir Ahmad and Ajeet Singh. (2013)  Design, development and performance evaluation of fish descaling machine. Paper presented at 1st international Conference on Innovations in Food Processing, Value Chain Management & Food Safety at NIFTEM, Kundli on January 10-11, 2013. 
  • M.M. Pandey, D. Rama Rao, S. Ganeshan, D. Dhingra and Nilesh Gaikwad. (2014) Agricultural Technologies commercialised: Agricultural Engineering. Vol. I. Indian Council of Agricultural Research Publication. ISBN No.:978-81-910388-0-4.


Dr. Ram Chandra


Name                                                      : Dr. Ram Chandra

Designation                                          : Pr. Scientist.(Hort.)

Contact address                                   : Matruchhaya, 12, SBI colony,

  Rohoni, Shelgi Road , Solapur.

E-mail                                                     :



BSc. (Ag), MSc.(Ag.) in Horticulture from BHU, Varanasi and Ph.D. in Horticulture from Kanpur University , Kanpur .  Worked as Scientist (Horticulture) and Scientist (SS)(Horticulture) for 13 years in ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Meghalaya ; Senior Scientist (Horticulture) for 6 1/2 years  in NRC for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Gujarat ; Senior Scientist and Principal Scientist for 7 years in NRCP.


Most Significant research achievements:

·        Surveyed NEH region, Western Himalayas, Deccan Plateau, Gujarat and Rajasthan,   collected > 500 germplasm of pomegranate, guava, citrus, temperate fruits, rhizomatous crops (ginger, turmeric and medicinal & aromatic plants), established Field Gene Bank, evaluated and characterized.      

·        Developed three guava hybrids  and one turmeric variety (RCT-1

·        Standardized agro-techniques for guava, peach, pomegranate, ginger, turmeric, isabgoal, safed musli, guggal, senna with special emphasis on nutrient management, crop geometry, propagation (grafting, layering, cutting, seed germination etc.), mulching,  defoliation, canopy management, farming system, bio-fertilizers, potting mixture, solarization, planting/sowing time etc., bio-terracing, integrated farming system etc.


Research Interests:

·   Germplasm enhancement, evaluation, characterization and maintenance canopy management, propagation, spacing geometry, crop regulation, rootstock evaluation, crop improvement, postharvest management etc.




·         The Horticultural Society of India Gold Medal in Floriculture


Selected publications:


1.        Singh K. A., Singh A., Satapathy K. K., Yadav  B. P . S. and Chandra, R. 2010 Micro-Watershed land use systems for optimization of bio-productivity and resources conservation in a humid subtropical climate. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 34: 292-311.

2.        Chandra, R., Desai, A. R., Govind, S. and Gupta, P. N. 1997 Metroglyph analysis in turmeric (Curuma longa L.) germplasm in India. Scientia Horticulturae. 70: 211-222.

3.        Chandra, R. and Govind, S. 1994 Effect of urea and ethrel on growth, flowering and fruiting in guava under intensive planting system Indian Journal of Horticulture, 51(3): 340-345.

4.        Chandra, R., Kumar, D., and Aishwath, O.P 2007 Growth, yield and   nutrients uptake as influenced by different planting methods in Chlorophytum borivilianum Indian Journal Agricultural Sciences, 77(9): 558-560

5.        Chandra, R., Singh, A.K. and Prasad, R.N.  1996 Studies on high yielding turmeric selection resistant to leaf spot disease Indian Journal of   Horticulture, 53(4): 313-316,

6.        Chandra R, Anshul Subhashrao Lohakare, Dhinesh Babu Karuppannan, Ashis Maity, Nripendra Vikram Singh, Vilas Tejrao Jadhav 2013 Variability studies on physico-chemical properties of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) using scoring technique, Fruits, 68 (2): 135-146

7.        Chandra R and V.T. Jadhav 2012 Studies on various grafting methods and time in pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) under semi-arid agro-climatic condition of Maharashtra Indian Journal of Agriculture Science, 82 (11): 990-2



Dr.D.T Meshram

Name                                       : Deodas Tarachand Meshram

Designation                             : Sr. Scientist (L&WME)

Contact Address                     : National Research Centre on Pomegranate (ICAR),

  Solapur, (O): 0217-2354330

E-Mail                                     :


Dr. Deodas Tarachand Meshram (b.13th May, 1970) completed Bachelors (1995) in Agriculture Engineering from PDKV, Akola and Master (1997) in Water Resources Development and Management from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Ph. D (2010) in Irrigation & Water Management Engineering from CTAE, MPUAT, Udaipur. He is having total 19 years experience and written number 31 National, 16 International research papers and 4 books. Presently he is working as Sr. Scientist, (Land and Water Management Engineering) at ICAR-NRC on Pomegranate, Solapur.

Most significant research achievements:

   Developed software for reference crop evapotranspiration

·   Developed stochastic model for time series

·                        Standardized subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) and lateral geometry of drip irrigation system for pomegranate

·                        Developed crop coefficient curve and standardized organic and inorganic mulches for pomegranate

Research Interests:

     Stochastic modeling (ARIMA and SARIMA Model)

    Water saving irrigation methods, Irrigation Scheduling, Watershed Management of fruit crops

    Remote Sensing and GIS Application for Natural Resources Management

    Precision farming

·    Deficit Irrigation


     GATE Scholarship

·                        Best Poster Presentation Award (4)

·                        Best Oral Presentation Award (1)

Selected Publications:

1.             Meshram, D. T., V. V. Appa Rao, A. K. Singh, B. G. Bagle and D. G. Dhandar (2008). Planning, design and construction of series of check dams for soil and water conservation in micro-watershed. Journal of Agro-meteorology, 10(1):27-32.

2.             Meshram, D.T., V. V. Appa Rao, A. K. Singh and H. K. Mittal (2009). Low cost earthen dam for maximization of fruit crops production in semi-arid region. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 8(2): 30-34.

3.             Meshram, D. T., S. D. Gorantiwar, H. K. Mittal and R. C. Purohit (2010). Comparison of reference crop evapotranspiration methods under the major pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) growing district (Solapur) of Western part of Maharashtra State. Journal of Agro-Meteorology. 12(1):44-46.

4.             Meshram, D. T., S. D. Gorantiwar, H. K. Mittal and R. C. Purohit (2010). Probability Distribution Functions of weekly reference crop evapotranspiration for Pune district of Maharashtra State, India. MAUSAM. 61(4):517-524.

5.             Meshram, D. T., S. D. Gorantiwar and  H. K. Mittal (2010) Water requirement of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) Orchards in semi-arid region of Maharashtra, India. Annals of Arid Zone. 49(2):11-18.

6.             Meshram, D. T., S. D. Gorantiwar and A.S.Lohakare (2011) ARIMA Model for Forecasting of Evaporation of Solapur station of Maharashtra, India . Mausam 65(6):812-819.

7.             Meshram, D. T., S. D. Gorantiwar, N. V. Singh and S. S. Suroshe (2012). Non-destructive leaf area estimation in Pomegranate cv. Bhagwa (Punica granatum L.).  Indian Journal of Horticulture 69(2):163-167.

8.             Meshram, D. T., S. D. Gorantiwar, H. K. Mittal, N. V. Singh and A. S. Lohakare, (2012). Water requirement of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) plants upto five year age. Journal of Applied Horticulture, 14(1):47-50.

9.             Meshram, D. T., V. T. Jadhav,  S. D. Gorantiwar, N. V. Singh and S. S. Suorshe (2012). Stochastic modeling of Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) evapotranspiration using Class A pan for Ahmednagar station of Maharashtra. Journal of Agro-meteorology, 14(1):169-179.

10.           Meshram DT and S.D. Gorantiwar (2015). Evaluation pan coefficient for estimating reference crop evapotranspiration
in   Solapur station, Maharashtra. Mausam 66(2): 205-210.

11.           Meshram, D.T., S.D. Gorantiwar, H.K.Mittal and H.K.Jain(2015).Forecasting of Pomegranate (Punicca granatum L.) Evapotranspiration by using ARIMA Model. Indian Journal of Soil Conservation. 45(1):38-46.

12.           Meshram D.T., N.V. Singh and R.K. Pal (2016). Improvement of water use efficiency in Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) cv. Bhagava under micro-irrigation system. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 86(2):192-196.


Dr.Jyotsna Sharma


Name                                      : Dr. (Mrs.) Jyotsana Sharma                                

Designation                          : Principal Scientist

Contact Address                  : NRC on Pomegranate, Kegaon, Solapur-413255

  (Maharashtra) 0217-2354330

Email                                       :



Born on October 24, 1961, completed under graduation from Govt. Degree College, Solan (HP), M.Sc. (with honours) in Plant Pathology from HPKVV, Palampur, Solan campus in 1984, and PhD. in Plant Pathology from IARI, N. Delhi in 1989. Joined ICAR as Scientist in June 1989 with first posting at CPRS, Jalandhar (CPRI, Shimla), where I joined in May 1990 after training and continued to serve the institute till April 10, 2006 . Thereafter I joined National Research Centre on Pomegranate at Solapur (MS), on April 24, 2006 .


Most Significant Research Achievements:

·         Standardized soil solarization technique for improved potato production during winters in the Indo-gangetic plains of India

·         Established pathogenic nature of potato russet– a new disease

·         Established quick dip as an alternative for spray treatment of boric acid against black scurf of potato

·         Standardized and reduced requirement of elite clones (20-24 from 80) for  Breeder’s seed production

·         Established Xanthomonasaxonopodispvpunicaeas the cause of  recent epidemic of bacterial blight of pomegranate

·         Developed diagnostic methods to differentiate Bacterial blight and fungal spot of pomegranate.

·         Proved transmission of bacterial blight though planting material

·         Identified temperatures between 25-35oC with RH>50%, rainfall and wind as major factors responsible for rapid development of bacterial blight and development of forecasting model

·         Orchard Health Management Schedule to mitigate bacterial blight successfully validated in farmer’s orchard in a network mode



Research Interests:

·         Present: Studies on various aspects of pomegranate bacterial blight, wilt and other fungal diseases including identification of new molecules, bioagents and developing forecasting models for bacterial blight and wilt.

·         1990-2006: Soil and tuber borne diseases , soil solarisation technique for potato tuber health and production, production of disease free nucleus potato seed, control of postharvest storage rots of potato under non refrigerated conditions and screening of germplasm for potato apical leaf curl virus

Awards/ Recognition:

1.       NarinderNath Mohan Memorial Gold Medal for outstanding performance in MSc.

2.       Awrded Dr. S Ramanujam Memorial Certificate of Appreciation 2003-04, by CPRI, Shimla, for significant contributions in bringing potato revolution in India.

3.       Patent obtained for  ‘A Process for Preparing a biofertilizer cum biofungicidal composition with Aspergillusniger strain AN27’    Notified in ‘The Gazette of India’, November 29, 2003:page 4871


Selected Publications:

·         Sharma Jyotsana., Sharma KK, Sharma and Jadhav VT, Diseases of Pomegranate (2012): In: Current Status of Economically Important Diseases of Crops in India, Publishers: Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi.

·         Singh RK, Sharma Jyotsana, Jha SK and singh AK (2012). Solarization technique: its use in the multiplication of in vitro planting materials. Current Science. 102 (10). 1433-36. pp-----

·         Sharma KK, Sharma, Jyotsana and Jadhav VT (2010).Status of bacterial blight of pomegranate in India. In: Fruit, Vegetable, Cereal science and Biotechnology 4 (special issue 2), Global Science Books (publ.), Japan: 102-105

·         Sharma Jyotsana and Maity A (2010). Pomegranate phytochemicals: Nutraceutical and Therapeutic values. In: Fruit, Vegetable, Cereal science and Biotechnology 4 (special issue 2), Global Science Books (publ.), Japan: 56-76

·         Raj Kumar and Jyotsana Sharma. 2005. Effect of soil solarization on true potato (Solanumtuberosum L.)seed germination, seedling growth, weed population and tuber yield. Potato Research 48: 15-23.

·         Sharma, Jyotsana and R. K. Singh . 2003. Effect of Soil Solarization  onFertilisation , Yield and Health of Potato Tubers. J. Indian Potato Assoc. 30 (1-2): 105-106.

·         Trehan, S.P. Jyotsana Sharma and R.C. Sharma. 1997. Effect of sources of nitrogen, iron and cultivars on pseudo-common scab symptoms of potato tubers. J. Indian Potato Assoc. 24 (3-4): 132-141.

·         Khanna, R.N. and Jyotsana Sharma. 1996. Effect of boric acid treatment on seed and soil borne Rhizoctoniasolaniinocula and rhizospheremicroflora. J. Indian Potato Assoc. 23 (1-2): 1-7.

Dr.K.Dinesh Babu


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

Designation                          : Sr. Scientist (Hort. - Fruit Science)

Contact Address                  : National Research Centre on Pomegranate (ICAR),

  Solapur (O): 0217-2354330,

Email                                       :,



Having conferred with B.Sc (Agri.) from Annamalai University in 1995, Tamil Nadu, M.Sc.(Hort.) from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in 1998, Coimbatore and Ph.D (Hort.) from Kerala Agriculture University in 2005, Thrissur, Kerala, I have joined Agricultural Research Service of ICAR on 25.11.1999 and served at ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, Meghalaya till 31.07.07. I have been working at NRC Pomegranate (ICAR), Solapur since 09.08.07.


Most significant research achievements:


·         Evaluation of different varieties of pomegranate, guava, peach, etc for qualitative traits

·         Standardization of maturity indices for harvesting of pomegranate and  peach


Research Interests:


·         Floral biology, Breeding, Marker Assisted Selection of pomegranate

·         Post harvest management, value addition of pomegranate

·         Propagation, Improvement and production aspects of guava, peach, citrus, papaya, mango etc


Awards/ Recognition:


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

·         Best Poster Paper Award (2008)

·         Agricultural Association Award for Agricultural Extension (1995)

·         Shri. P. Chandra Reddy Prize (1995)

·         Thiru G. Vagheesam Pillai Prize for B.Sc (Agri.) Plant Breeding (1994)


Selected Publications:


1.        Chandra, R. Lohakare, A.S., Dhinesh Babu, K., 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.

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

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

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

5.        K. Dhinesh Babu and D.S.Yadav. 2005. Foliar spray of micronutrients for yield and quality improvement in Khasi mandarin (Citrus reticulata Blanco). Indian J. Hort. 62 (3):280-281

6.        K. Dhinesh Babu and D.S.Yadav.2002. Determination of maturity standards for Flordasun cultivar of peach under midhill altitudes of Meghalaya. Research on crops. 3 (3):569-572

7.        K. Dhinesh Babu 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

Mr. Mallikarjun M. Harsur




Mr. Mallikarjun M. Harsur



Contact Address:

ICAR-NRC on Pomegranate, Kegaon, Solapur-413255(Maharashtra) 02172354330, 2350074


Graduated B.Sc. (Ag) from University of Agriculture Sciences Dharwad (UASD), Dharwad, Karnataka in 2008.Then obtained M.Sc. (Ag) specialization in Agricultural entomology from University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), G.K.V.K, Bengaluru, Karnataka in 2010. After completion of NAARM training I joinedNational Research Centre on Pomegranate on 10thApril, 2015 as Scientist.


Most significant research achievements:


1.     Standardized the laboratory rearing protocol for pomegranate fruit bore on semisynthetic diet.

2.     Isolated and identified the methyl ester based pheromone compound for pomegranate fruit borer

3.     Isolated and identified 11 sex pheromone compounds for fruit sucking moths.


Research Interests:

Development of Ecofriendly Integrated Pest Management (E-IPM) practices for insect pests of pomegranate.


1.     Jindal Scholarship for pursuing M.Sc. (Ag) sponsored by Jindal Foundation, Bengaluru, Karnataka.

2.     Young scientist of the year award for the year 2015-16, by National Environmental Science Academy, New Delhi


Selected Publications:


Mallikarjun, Jagadeesh Babu, C.S., Prashant, Jayalakshmi Narayan hedge and Byrappa, A.M., 2011. Influence of total soluble Proteins and total soluble Sugars on incidence of bruchid (Callosobruchus theobromae L.) on selected field bean accessions.International Journal on Agricultural Sciences, 1 (2): 205-208.

Mallikarjun, Jagadeesh Babu, C.S., Prashant, Jayalakshmi Narayan hedge and Byrappa, A.M., 2011.Influence of Enzymes, Peroxidase and Phenylalanine Ammonia lyase (PAL) activities on incidence of bruchid (Callosobruchus theobromae L.) on selected field bean accessions.International Journal on Agricultural Sciences, 1 (2): 201-203.

C.S. Jagadeesh Babu and Mallikarjun., 2012.Evaluation of different Insecticides and bio pesticides for control of pigeon pea pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera Hubner).International Journal of Plant Protection, 5 (2): 272-274.

Mallikarjun, Jagadeesh Babu, C.S., Sudhirkumar,  S and Shivaraju, C., 2011.Influence of total Phenol and Tanin on incidence of bruchid (Callosobruchus theobromae L.) on selected field bean accessions.International Journal on Agricultural Sciences, 1 (3): 201-203.

Dr N V Singh


Name                                      : Dr. Nripendra Vikram Singh

Designation                          : Scientist

Contact Address                 : NRC on Pomegranate, Kegaon,

                                             Solapur 413255 (Maharashtra)


E-mail                                     :


Dr. Nripendra V. Singh has received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Horticulture from IARI, New Delhi . After completion of his NAARM training he joined National Research Centre on Pomegranate on 20th June, 2009 as Scientist. Dr. Singh has undergone advance training program on Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops. He was awarded Young Scientist Award from BIOVED Organization in the year, 2012.


Most significant research achievements:


  • Standardized in vitro propagation of two cultivars of pomegranate
  • Standardized in ovulo embryo rescue technique in grapes
  • Developed innovative technique of wax sealing of cut ends of nodal segments to control phenolic browning in pomegranate tissue culture
  • Integrated Diseases and Insect Pests Management (IDIPM) schedule for pomegranate was developed under network project and successfully demonstrated in 35 adopted orchards of Maharashtra , Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.


Research Interests:


·         Propagation of pomegranate

·         Micropropagation of pomegranate

·         Production, Improvement of pomegranate

·         Micropropagation of fruit crops


Awards/ Recognition:


Young Scientist Award from BIOVED Organization in the year 2012.


Selected Publications:


1.        Chandra, R., Lohakare, A.S., Babu, K.D., Maity, A., Singh, N.V. and Jadhav, V.T. (2013). Variability studies of physico-chemical properties of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) using a scoring technique. Fruits 68 (2):135-146

2.        Singh, N. V., Singh, S. K.,  Singh, A. K.,  Meshram, D.T.,  Suroshe, S. S. and Mishra, D. C. (2012). Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) induced hardening of micropropagated pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) plantlets. Scientia Horticulturae. 136: 122–127

3.        Singh, N.V., Singh, S.K. and Singh, A.K. (2011). Standardization of embryo rescue technique and biohardening of grape hybrids (Vitis vinifera L.) using Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. Vitis 50 (3): 115–118

4.        Singh, N.V.,Singh, S.K. and Patel, V.B. (2011). In vitro culture establishment studies in pomegranate. Indian Journal of Horticulture 68 (3): 307-11

5.        Singh, N.V.; Singh, S.K.; Patel, V.B.; Singh, A. and Singh, A.K. (2009).Standardization of embryo rescue technique for grape hybrids (Vitis vinifera L.) under sub-tropical conditions. Indian Journal of Horticulture.  67 (Special Issue): 37-42

6.        Meshram, D. T., Gorantiwar, S. D., Singh, N. V. and Suroshe, S. S. (2012). Non-destructive leaf area estimation in Pomegranate cv. Bhagwa (Punica granatum L.). Indian Journal of Horticulture. 69(2):163-167

Dr. Shilpa HB


Name                                      : Dr. (Mrs.) Shilpa HB

Designation                          : Scientist

Contact Address                  : NRC on Pomegranate, Kegaon, Solapur-413255

  (Maharashtra) 0217-2354330

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Dr. (Mrs.) Shilpa HB (DOB: October 1, 1986), conferred with B.Sc. (Agri.) from UAS, GKVK, Bangalore (KA), M.Sc. (Agri.) and Ph.D. (Agri.) with specialization in Genetics and Plant Breeding from University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore. Joined ICAR in July 2014 and started working as Scientist at NRC on Pomegranate, Solapur, Maharashtra, from 10th October, 2014.


  Most Significant Research Achievements:

  • Identified the Xanthomonas interacting genes from different crop species through in silico approach and designed primers for the same.
  • Identified and developed pyramided resistant lines for blast and brown planthopper (Pi1+bph4) in rice.
  • Generated the genomic survey sequence (GSS) resources for pigeonpea, cowpea, common bean and the same were deposited in NCBI database.
  • Comparative genomics study has been made among ten legume crops (Medicago, pigeonpea, cowpea, horsegram, chickpea, urd bean, common bean, soybean, dolichos bean and groundnut).

 Research Interests:

·         Development of new hybrids/varieties in pomegranate.

·         Marker assisted breeding for biotic and abiotic stress tolerance/resistance in pomegranate.

 Awards/ Recognition:

·         Awarded Jindal merit scholarship for M. Sc (Agri.).

·         Awarded University Residential Merit Scholarship during Ist year Ph. D.

·         Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru scholarship for Doctoral studies. 

·         Awarded University Gold Medal for Ph.D.

  Selected Publications:

1.     Shilpa, H.B., Shivakumar, N., Parashuram Patroti, Theertha Prasad, D., Shailaja Hittalmani, Lohithaswa, H.C. and Ramachandra, C. (2014). Genetic variability, heritability and character association studies for grain yield and yield attributing traits in segregating population of rice (Oryza Sativa L.). Progressive Research. 9: 1125-1128.

  1. Kambegowda, R., Shilpa, H.B., Lohithaswa, H.C., Puttaramanaik and Pandurange Gowda, K.T., (2013). Heterosis and combining ability studies in maize (Zea mays L.). Mysore J. Agril. Sci., pp. 1-4.

3.     Mondal, B., Telem, R.S., Saha, R.K. and Shilpa, H.B. (2014). Genetic relationship among Citrus species on the basis of protein profiling obtained by comparative electrophoresis. Progressive Research. 9 (1): 140-144.

4.     Parashuram Patroti, Jayarame Gowda, Usha Rani, P. and Shilpa, H.B. (2014). Floral biology studies in three different varieties of fingermillet [Eleusine coracana (L.) Gertn.]. Progressive Research. 9: 837-838.

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