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Dr. B.Sarkar

Principal Scientist (Genetics)

Education : Ph.D. in Enthomology
Major research areas : Genetic enhancement of dryland crops with tolerance to abiotic stresses.
E-mail : b.sarkar@icar.gov.in

Experience profile
  • All along first division (class) in academic carriers from secondary to Ph.D. level
  • Got highest OGPA ( 5.00 out 5) and topper in the batch during M.Sc. in Plant Breeding Department in GBPUA&T, Pantnagar.
  • Recipient of ICAR Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) in Plant Breeding for Ph.D. Programme in 1995-98 at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and worked on "Genetic Studies in Dwafism and Combing Ability in Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea Czern & Coss."
  • Qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB) continuously two year in Plant breeding during 1995-96 and 1996-97.
  • Joined ARS of ICAR on 23rd November, 1998 as Scientist in Directoratge of Wheat Research (DWR), Karnal.
  • Joined as International Barley Breeder (P-Level) at ICARDA, Syria on 7th January, 2008 on deputation from ICAR
  • Senior Scientist (Plant Breeding) at DWR, Karnal from 23rd November, 2007 to September, 2012.
  • Senior Scientist (Plant Breeding) at Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur, UP on 10th September, 2012 to 5th March, 2014
  • Joined CRIDA, Hyderabad as Principal Scientist (Plant Breeding) from 7th March, 2014 to till date.
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Scientific duties
  • Research Projects : Research Projects executed as PI/Co-PI so far
  • Institute Projects :
  • Breeding for malting quality improvement in barley for North Western Plain Zone of India from 1998 to 2012 at DWR, Karnal.
  • Improvement of barley for feed and fodder purposes from 2010-2012 at DWR, Karnal.
  • Evaluation, characterization, conservation and documentation of biodiversity in wheat and barley from 1998-2012 at DWR, Karnal.
  • Multi-location and multi-diciplinary research program on wheat and barley improvement (All India Coordinated Wheat and Barley Improvement Project) from 1998 to 2012 at DWR, Karnal.
  • Genetic improvement for yield and resistance to multiple diseases in blackgram at IIPR, Kanpur from 2012 to 2014.
  • Evaluation urdbean germplam for tolerance to abiotic stresses under NICRA project component on urdbean at IIPR, Kanpur from 2012 to 2014.
  • Senior Scientist at PC (Pigeonpea) unit and involved in Research and Coordination works under AICRP on Pigeonpea.
  • External funded projects :
  • AP Cess fund project funded by ICAR entitled, "Evaluation of barley germplam for biotic & abiotic stresses and malting quality" involving 8 network centres to screen active barley germplam collection (>5000) for biotic and abiotic stresses and evaluation for malting quality traits and characterization for DUS traits from 2004 to 2007.
  • The M/s United Breweries Ltd., Bangalore funded project "Development of Superior malt barley varieties with better quality" from 2004 to 2007.
  • PPV&FPA sponsored project on "Developing guidelines for test of distinctiveness, uniformity and stability (DUS) in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) under by PPV&FPA "for characterization fo released barley varieties in India.
  • National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) for improving productivity of kharif pulses through enhancing tolerance to weather adversities (temperature extremities, drought and water logging).
  • PPV&FPA sponsored project on "Developing guidelines for test of distinctiveness, uniformity and stability (DUS) in pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan)" under by PPV&FRA for characterization of pigeonpea varieties in India.
Scholarship awarded
  • Recipient of University Merit Scholarship in M.Sc. Plant Breeding Programme during 1993-95 at GBPUA&T, Pantnagar.
  • Institute Merit Scholarship of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi.
  • Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) of ICAR at IARI, New Delhi for Ph.D. Programme from 1995-98.
Membership
  • Life member of Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding
  • Life member of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist forum
Trainings attended
  • Attended 67th Foundation Course for Agricultural Research Service from 1st June 1999 to 28th September 1999 at NAARM, Hyderabad.
  • Attended 21 days Summer School training on recent Advances in Agricultural Research Project Management from 15th April to 5th May, 2002
  • Participation in 10 days orientation course on Plant Molecular Biology (PCR technique & molecular marker) at DWR, Karnal from 20th to 29th March 2003.
  • Attended 21 days winter shool on Refresher Course on Human Resource Management at NAARM, Hyderabad 4th to 24th January, 2006.
  • Attended a 6 days basic training Statistical Analytical Software (SAS) for analysis of experimental data.
  • Attended a short training course on Barley Improvement at ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria from 7th to 19th May, 2011.
Professional Achievements
  • Developed six malt barley varieties namely DWR28, DWRUB52 and DBRB92 (two rowed, irrigated, timely sown for NWPZ), DWRB73 & DWRB91 (two rowed, irrigated late sown) and DWRUB64 (six rowed, irrigated late sown).
  • Developed a total of 55 malt barley strains as part of ongoing malt barley research programme at DWR and were contributed for testing under multi-location coordinated trials (IVT-MB and AVT-MB) in AICW&BIP.
  • Developed and registered 7 barley genetic stocks (namely DWR37, DWR38, DWR39, DWR44, DWR45, DWR47 and DWR51) with NBPGR, New Delhi for malting quality traits and disease (rust and blight) resistance.
  • Responsible for rejuvenation, characterization, evaluation and conservation of large number of barley germplasm (>7500) accessions under active collection at DWR, Karnal.
  • Actively involved in research coordination, constitution, conduct and monitoring of multi-location trials (IVT/AVT) and International trials/nurseries received from ICARDA and CIMMYT under AICW&BIP since 1999.
  • Two years experience of working as international barley breeder at International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Syria under CGIAR system.
  • Presently working as Principal Scientist Plant Breeding at CRIDA, Hyderabad for genetic enhancement of dryland crops.
Research Publications
  • a) Research Papers :
  • Sarkar, B., Sharma, R. C., Verma, R. P. S., Sarkar, A. and Sharma, I. 2014. Identifying superior feed barley genotypes using GGE biplot for diverse environments in India. Indian J. Genet. and Pl. Breed. 74(1): 26-33.
  • Sarkar, B., Sarkar, A. Sharma, R. C., Verma, R. P. S., and Sharma, I. 2014. Genetic diversity in barley for traits associated with feed and forage purposes. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences (under review)
  • Verma R P S., Sarkar B., Kharub, AS., Kumar, D., Selva Kumar, R., Narwal, S. Kumar, V. and Sharma, I. 2012. Notification of crop varieties – Barley variety DWRB73. Indian J. Genet. and Pl. Breed. 72(3): 400.
  • Verma R P S., Sarkar B., Kharub, AS., Kumar, D., Selva Kumar, R., Kumar, V. and Sharma, I. 2012. Notification of crop varieties – Barley variety DWRUB64 for late sown condition. Indian J. Genet. and Pl. Breed. 72(3): 400-401.
  • Verma R.P.S., Kharub A.S., Sarkar B., Kumar Dinesh. 2012. Barley: A crop for changing climate in India. Progressive Agriculture. 11(conf): 63-73.
  • Selvakumar, R., Verma, RPS.,Sarkar, B., Saharan, MS., Singh, SP., Karwasra, SS., Kumar, J., Vaish, SS., Kharub, AS., Dinesh Kumar, Kumar, V. and Sharma, I. 2012. Genotypes and environment interaction in response to Bipolaris sorokiniana causing leaf blight in barley. Indian Journal of Wheat Research. 4(1): 70-73.
  • Verma, RPS and Sarkar B. 2010. Diversity for malting quality in barley varieties released in India. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 80(6):493-500.
  • Sarkar, B.; Verma, R.P.S.; Parsad, R. and Jag Shoran. 2010. Diversity among barley germplasm collection in India. Indian J. Genet. & Pl. Breed. 70(3): 234-239.
  • Verma, RPS; Sarkar B.; Kharub, AS and Selvakumar, R. 2010. Challenges for barley production in India. Indian Farming. 60 (5): 41-48.
  • Sarkar, B.; Verma, R.P.S. and Mishra, B. 2008. Association studies among important malting quality traits in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) under Indian conditions. Indian J Agric. Sci. 78 (10): 854-858.
  • Verma, R.P.S.; Sarkar, B.; Gupta, R and Varma, A.2008. Breeding barley for malting quality improvement in India. Cereal Research Communication. 36(1), pp. 135–145.
  • Sarkar, B.; Verma, R.P.S. and Mishra, B. 2008. Genetic diversity for malting quality in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Indian J. Genet. 68(2), 163-170.
  • b) Publication in Symposia/Seminars/Conferences
  • Selvakumar, R., Verma, R. P. S., Bhardwaj, S. C., Sarkar, B. and Sharma, I. 2012. Sources of rust resistance in Indian barley genotypes. In: Proceedings of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative 2012 Technical Workshop, held from September 1–4th 2012 at Beijing, China. p112. (abstract)
  • Sarkar, B. and Verma, RPS. 2012. Diversity among barley germplasm collection in India (Abstract). 11th International barley genetics Symposium, 15-20th April, 2012, Hangzhou, China (poster presentation).
  • Verma, R.P.S.; Kharub, A.S.; D. Kumar; Sarkar, B. and Selvakumar, R. 2012. Widening the horizon for malt barley cultivation in India. (Abstract). 11th International barley genetics Symposium, 15-20th April, 2012, Hangzhou, China (poster presentation).
  • Verma, R.P.S.; Kharub, A.S.; Sarkar, B. and Kumar. D. 2011. Barley: A crop for changing climate in India. Invited paper presented in International Conference on Issues for climate change, land use, Diversification and Biotechnological tools for livelihood security at SVPUA&T, Modipuram, Meerut, India on 9th October, 2011.
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  • Verma, R.P.S., Sarkar, B. and Mishra, B. 2008. Improvement of two-row malt barley through two x six-row hybridization in India. In: 10th International Barley Genetics Symposium Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt. 5th -10th April 2008 (Abst.).
  • c) Research bulletin/short notes/short communication :
  • Verma, RPS, Kharub, AS, Kumar, D, Sarkar, B. Selvakumar, R, Indu Sharma. 2012. New late sown malt barley cultivars. ICAR News. Vol. 18. No. 3. 14-15.
  • Sarkar, B. 2012. Barley improvement for feed and forage purposes. In: A compendium of lectures on “Malting Quality Improvement in Barley, Sorghum & Corn”, Ed.: Verma, R.P.S., Kharub,A.S., Dinesh Kumar, Sarkar, B., Selvakumar, R., Rekha Malik and Indu Sharma 2012. DWR Compendium No. 5, Directorate of Wheat Research, Karnal, India. p. 34-37.
  • Sarkar, B. 2012. Utilization of barley genetic resources for barley improvement. In: A compendium of lectures on “Malting Quality Improvement in Barley, Sorghum & Corn”, Ed.: Verma, R.P.S., Kharub, A.S., Dinesh Kumar, Sarkar, B., Selvakumar, R., Rekha Malik and Indu Sharma 2012. DWR Compendium No. 5, Directorate of Wheat Research, Karnal, India. p. 38-47.
  • Verma, R.P.S. Kharub, A.S., Kumar, D., Sarkar B., Selvakumar, R., Malik R and Sharma, I. 2012. A compendium of lectures on “Malting Quality Improvements in Barley, Sorghum & Corn”. Directorate of Wheat Research, Karnal (January 28 - February 6, 2012) DWR, Compendium No. 5, P126.
  • Verma, R.P.S., Kharub, A.S., Kumar, D., Sarkar, B., Selvakumar, R. Singh, R., Malik, R., Kumar, R. and Sharma, I. 2011. Fifty. Years of Coordinated Barley Research in India. Directorate of Wheat Research, Karnal-132001. Research Bulletin. No 27: P46.
  • d} Book Chapter
  • Sarkar, B. etal. 2012. Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) In: BREEDING, BIOTECHNOLOGY AND SEED PRODUCTION OF CEREALS. New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi (ISBN No. 9789381450680)
  • Roy, B. and Sarkar, B. 2012. Achievement and letdown in Hybrid Wheat In: BREEDING, BIOTECHNOLOGY AND SEED PRODUCTION OF CEREALS. New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi (ISBN No. 9789381450680).
  • Satish Kumar, Mishra, C.N., Sarkar, B. and Singh, S.S. 2012. Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) In: Breeding Field Crops. AGROBIOS India. (ISBN-13: 978-8177544565.) Pp 99-112.