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Dr. M.Vanaja

Principal Scientist (Plant Physiology)

Education : Ph.D. in Plant Physiology
Major research areas : Stress Physiology and Climate Change
E-mail : m.vanaja@icar.gov.in

Experience profile
  • Joined ICAR through ARS on 11.06.1991 as Scientist
  • Scientist 1991 to 1996
  • Scientist Senior Scale 1996 to 2000
  • Senior Scientist 2000 to 2008
  • Principal Scientist 2008 onwards
Awards
  • Awarded CSIR Junior and senior research fellowship to pursue the Ph.D.
  • Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship 2006 to conduct research on ‘Response of photosynthesis and oxidative stress to elevated CO2 at normal and drought conditions’ at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, UK
  • Fellow of Indian Society for Plant Physiology 2015
Publications
  • Vanaja M., Charyulu N.V.N. and Rao K.V.N. 1989. Cadmium tolerance by Stigeoclonium tenue Kütz.: Partial characterisation of cadmium- binding proteins. Proc. Natn Sci. Acad. B55 (5-6): 489-492.
  • Vanaja M., Charyulu N.V.N. and Rao K.V.N. 2000. Effect of cadmium on carbohydrate, nucleic acid, amino acid and phenolic content in Stigeoclonium tenue Kütz. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology 5 (3): 253-256.
  • Vanaja M., Charyulu N.V.N. and Rao K.V.N. 2001. Kinetics of cadmium uptake in Stigeoclonium tenue Kütz. Journal of Phytological Research 13 (2): 117-122.
  • Vanaja, M., Maheswari, M. Ratnakumar, P., Y.S. Ramakrishna. 2006. Monitoring and controlling of CO2 concentrations in Open Top Chambers for better understanding of plants response to Elevated CO2 levels. Indian J. Radio & Space Phys. 35: 193-197.
  • Vanaja, M., Vagheera, P., Ratnakumar, P., Jyothi Lakshmi,N., Reddy, P.R., Yadav, S.K., Maheswari, M. and Venkateswarlu, B. 2006. Evaluation of certain rainfed food and oil seed crops for their response to elevated CO2 at vegetative stage. Plant Soil Environ. 52: 164-170.
  • Vanaja, M., Ratnakumar, P., Vagheera, P., Jyothi, M., Reddy, P.R., Jyothi Lakshmi,N., Maheswari, M. and Yadav, S.K. 2006. Initial growth responses of blackgram (Vigna mungo L. Hepper) under elevated CO2 and moisture stress. Plant Soil Environ. 52:499-504.
  • Vanaja, M., Reddy, P.R., Jyothi Lakshmi,N., Maheswari, M., Vagheera, P., Ratnakumar, P., Jyothi, M., Yadav, S.K., and Venkateswarlu, B. 2007. Effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations on growth and yield of blackgram (Vigna mungo L. Hepper)- a rainfed pulse crop. Plant Soil Environ. 53: 81-88.
  • Vanaja, M., Reddy, P.R., Jyothi Lakshmi, N., Maheswari, M., Yadav, S.K., and Venkateswarlu, B. 2007. Germination and seedling response of pulse crops to elevated CO2. J Food Legumes 20 (2): 165-168.
  • Vanaja M., Jyothi M., Ratnakumar P., Vagheera P., Raghuram Reddy P., Jyothi Lakshmi N., Yadav S.K., Maheshwari M., Venkateswarlu B. 2008. Growth and yield responses of castor bean (Ricinus communis L.) to two enhanced CO2 levels. Plant Soil Environ. 54: 38-46.
  • Vanaja M., Maheswari M, Raghu Ram Reddy P., Yadav S K, Rao M.S., Jyothi Lakshmi N and Venkateswarlu B. 2010. Effect of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on castor bean growth and yield. J. Oilseeds Res. 27(Special Issue): 372-373.
  • Vanaja M., Raghu Ram Reddy P., Jyothi Lakshmi N., Abdul Razak SK., Vagheera P., Archana G., Yadav SK., Maheswari M. and Venkateswarlu B.. 2010. Response of yield and its components of red gram (Cajanus cajan L. Millsp.) to elevated CO2. Plant Soil Environ. 56(10): 458-462.
  • Vanaja, M, Raghu Ram Reddy P, Jyothi Lakshmi N, Yadav S K, Narshimha Reddy A, Maheswari M and Venkateswarlu B. 2011. Yield and harvest index of short and long duration grain legume crops under twice the ambient CO2 levels. Indian J Agricultural Science 81 (7): 666-668.
  • Vanaja M., Yadav S.K., Archana G., Jyothi Lakshmi N., Raghu Ram Reddy P., Vagheera P., Abdul Razak S.K., Maheswari M., Venkateswarlu B. 2011. Response of C4 (Maize) and C3 (Sunflower) crop plants to drought stress and enhanced carbon dioxide concentration. Plant Soil and Environment 57: 207-215.
  • Vanaja M., Maruthi Sankar G.R., Maheswari M., Raghu Ram Reddy P., Jyothi Lakshmi N., Yadav S.K., Archana G. and Venkateswarlu B. 2013. Response of sunflower traits to elevated CO2 levels under cool and warm seasons. Helia 36 (59): 85-98.
  • Gangadhar Rao D., Vanaja M., Hebbar K.B. and Venkateswarlu B. 1996. Control of stomatal function by Xylem exudates from stressed plants without a decrease in the leaf water potential: possible role for root signals? Proc. Natn Sci. Acad. B62 (4): 297-302.
  • Venkateswarlu B. and Vanaja M. 1996. Detection of nitrate reductase activity in gynophores and pods of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.). J. Oilseeds Res. 13(2): 217-220.
  • Gangadhar Rao D., Vanaja M., Karuna Chand L. and Raguram Reddy P. 1998. Suitability of excised leaf water retention capacity (ELWRC) technique for screening castor genotypes for yield. J. Oilseeds Res. 15(2): 280-287.
  • Subba Reddy G., Maruthi V., Vanaja M. and Gangadhar Rao D. 1997. Effect of plant density and moisture stress on productivity of sunflower. Ann. agric. Res. 18(4): 482-487.
  • Subba Reddy G., Maruthi V., and Vanaja M. 1998. Effect of moisture stress and management practices on productivity of sunflower. Indian J. Agronomy 43 (1): 149-153.
  • Maruthi V., Subba Reddy G. and Vanaja M. 1998. Evaluation of sunflower genotypes under late sown rainfed conditions. Helia, 21(28): 97-106.
  • Srinivasa Rao M., Vanaja M.and Sunil Joshi S. 1995. Efficacy of botanical pesticides against castor semilooper Achoea janata l. and tobacco caterpillar Spodoptera litura F. Indian J. Dryland Agric. Res. & Dev. 10(2): 172-176.
  • Das N.D., Maruthi V. and Vanaja M. 1995. Reaction of some sunflower cultivars to Alternaria helianthi (Hansf.) Tubaki and Nishiara – A survey report. Ann. Protec. Sci. 3: 165-166.
  • Raghuram Reddy P., Vanaja M., Hanumanth Rao C., Sankar G.R.M., Satyanarayana K.V.V., Venkateswarlu S. and Eastin J.D. 1998. Root and shoot components, their association and percentage reduction in castor (Ricinus communis L.). Indian J. Dryland Agri. Dev. 13(1): 25-31.
  • Raghuram Reddy P., Vanaja M., Hanumanth Rao C., Venkateswarlu S. and Eastin J.D. 1998. Partitioning of the total yield based on spike orders in castor (Ricinus communis L.) under irrigated and rainfed condition. Indian J. Dryland Agri. Dev. 13(2): 69-74.
  • Raghuram Reddy P., Vanaja M., Hanumanth Rao C., Sankar G.R.M., Venkateswarlu S. and Eastin J.D. 1998. Variance, heritability and genetic advance of morphological, phenological and yield components in castor (Ricinus communis L.) germplasm. Indian J. Dryland Agri. Dev 13(2): 103-105.
  • Raghuram Reddy P., Vanaja M., Hanumanth Rao C., Sankar G.R.M., Venkateswarlu S. and Eastin J.D. 1999. Performance of castor (Ricinus communis L.) genotypes with normal and delayed seeding under irrigated and rainfed conditions. Indian J. Agril. Sci. 69 (2): 96-100.
  • Raghuram Reddy P., Hanumanth Rao C., Vanaja M., Sankar G. R. M., Venkateswarlu S. and Eastin J.D. 1999. Heritability and genetic advance in castor (Ricinus communis L.) over varied soils and dates of sowing. Indian J. Agril. Sci. 69 (5): 371-375.
  • Raghuram Reddy P., Sankar G.R.M., Hanumanth Rao C., Vanaja M., Venkateswarlu S. and Eastin J.D. 1999. Performance and genetic estimates of mass selected populations in castor under rainfed conditions. Indian J. Gen. Pl. Breeding. 59(2): 237-238.
  • Raghuram Reddy P., Vanaja M., Sankar G.R.M., Hanumanth Rao C., Venkateswarlu S. and Eastin J.D. 1999. Effectiveness of mass selection in castor (Ricinus communis L.) under drylands. Indian J. Dryland Agri. Dev. 14(1): 36-39.
  • Maruthi Sankar G.R., Venkateswarlu S., Balasubramanian V., M. Vanaja, and P. Raghuram Reddy. 1999. Statistical modelling of physiological parameters for crop growth prediction in dryland alfisols. Indian J. Dryland Agri. Dev. 14 (1): 45-51.
  • Maruthi Sankar G.R., Narasimha Murthy D., Vanaja M., and Raghuram Reddy P. 1999. A multiple selection index for selecting sunflower genotypes using principal component analysis. Indian J. Dryland Agri. Dev. 14 (2): 93-103.
  • P. Raghuram Reddy, C. Hanumanth Rao, M. Vanaja, G. R. M. Sankar, S. Venkateswarlu and J.D. Eastin. 1999. Selection of suitable castor (Ricinus communis L.) genotypes and their traits for moisture stress conditions under alfisols. Indian J. Dryland Agri. Dev. 14 (1): 19-26.
  • Raghuram Reddy P., Vanaja M., Sankar G. R. M., Hanumanth Rao C., Venkateswarlu S. and Eastin J.D. 1999. Yield components in castor germplasm under irrigated and rainfed conditions. J. Maharastra agric. Univ. 24(1): 36-41.
  • Subba Reddy G., Maruthi V. and Vanaja M. 2000. Effect of moisture stress on growth and yield of sunflower genotypes. J. Oilseeds Res. 17 (1) 54-60.
  • Maruthi Sankar G.R., Vanaja M. and Raghuram Reddy P. 2001. On assessing superiority of sunflower genotypes using principal component analysis. Indian J. Appl. Statistics, 5: 41-53.
  • Subba Reddy G., Maruthi V. and Vanaja M. 2001. Effect of soil depth on productivity of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) and pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) in sole and intercropping systems. Indian J. Agril. Sci. 71 (8) 510-515.
  • Maruthi Sankar G.R., Vanaja M. and Raghuram Reddy P. 2001. Selection of superior genotypes of sunflower using regression analysis. Helia, 24 (34): 49-62.
  • Maruthi Sankar G.R. and Vanaja M. 2003. Crop growth prediction in sunflower using weather variables in a rainfed alfisol. Helia, 26 (39): 125-140.
  • Subba Reddy G., Maruthi V. and Vanaja M. 2004. Effect of soil depth on productivity of mungbean and pigeon pea under rainfed environment. Legume Res. 27 (1) 1-10.
  • Subba Reddy G., Maruthi V., Vanaja M. and Sree Rekha M. 2004. Influence of soil depth on productivity of rainfed castor and cluster bean in sole and intercropping systems. Indian J. Agric. Res. 38 (2) 79-86.
  • Maruthi Sankar G.R., Vanaja M., Maruthi V., Raghuram Reddy P. and Narasimha Murthy D. 2004. Selection of consistent plant traits for sunflower growth using principal component analysis. Helia, 27 (41): 113-122.
  • Vijaya Kumar P. and Vanaja M. 2004. Effect of weather parameters on photosynthesis in four castor bean genotypes. Indian J. Plant Physiology. 9 (4) 442-446.
  • Maruthi V., Subba Reddy G., Vanaja M. and Raghuram Reddy P. 2005. Alternate weed management strategies in dryland cropping systems. Indian J. Dryland Agri. Dev. 20 (1): 41-45.
  • Yadav, S.K., Jyothi Lakshmi, N., Maheswari, M., Vanaja, M. and Venkateswarlu, B. 2005. Influence of water deficit at vegetative, anthesis and grain filling stages on water relations, and grain yield in sorghum. Indian J Plant Physiology 10(1): 20-24.
  • Janardhan Reddy K. and Vanaja M. 2006. Plant responses to drought stress. Journal of Plant Biology. 33 (1&2): 115-124.
  • Srinivasa Rao M., Masood Khan M.A., Srinivas K., Vanaja M., Rao G.G.S.N. and Ramakrishna Y.S. 2006. Effects of elevated CO2 and temperature on insect plant interactions - a review. Agricultural Reviews 200-207.
  • Maheswari M., Jyothi Lakshmi N., Yadav S.K., Varalaxmi G., Vijaya Lakshmi A., Vanaja M. and Venkateswarlu B. 2006. Efficient regeneration from shoot apices and meristems of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench). Biol. Plant. 50(4): 741-744.
  • Uttam Kumar Mandal, U.S. Victor, N.N. Srivastava, K.L. Sharma, V. Ramesh, M. Vanaja, G.R. Korwar, and Y.S. Ramakrishna. 2007. Estimating yield of sorghum using root zone water balance model and spectral characteristics of crop in a dryland Alfisol. Agricultural Water Management. 87: 315-327.
  • Yadav, S.K., Korwar, G.R., Vanaja, M., Pratibha, G. and Venkateswarlu, B. 2007. Curry Leaf Essence: A High Value Low Volume Product for Rainfed Farmers. Indian J. Dryland Agril. Res. Develop. 22: 48-51.
  • Jyothi Lakshmi N., Vanaja M., Maheswari M., Yadav S.K., Raghuram Reddy P., and Venkateswarlu B. 2009. Excised leaf water retention capacity (ELWRC) technique for screening black gram genotypes for yield. J Food Legumes 22:211-212.
  • Srinivasa Rao M., Srinivas K., Vanaja M., Rao G.G.S.N., Venkateswarlu B. and Ramakrishna Y.S. 2009. Host plant (Ricinus communis Linn.) mediated effects of elevated CO2 on growth performance of two insect folivores. Current Science 97 (7): 1047-1054Sunil N., Sivaraj N., Anitha K., Babu Abraham, Vinod Kumar, Sudhir E., Vanaja M. and Varaprasad K. S. 2009. Analysis of diversity and distribution of Jatropha curcas L. germplasm using Geographic Information System (DIVA-GIS). Genet Resour Crop Evol. 56 (1), 115-119 (DOI 10.1007/s10722-008-9350-x).
  • Maheswari; M., Varalaxmi, Y.; Vijayalakshmi, A.;Yadav, S.K.; Sharmila, P.; Venkateswarlu, B.; Vanaja, M.; Pardha Saradhi, P. 2010. Metabolic engineering using mtlD gene enhances tolerance to water deficit and salinity in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench). Biol. Plant. 54(4):647-652.
  • Yadav, S.K., Gopala Krishna, M., Maheswari, M., Vanaja, M. and Venkateswarlu, B. 2010. High frequency induction of multiple shoots and plant regeneration from cotyledonary node explant of mung bean (Vigna radiata L Wilczek). J. Plant Biochem. Biotech. 19(2): 267-270.
  • Yadav, S.K., Sreenu, P., Maheswari, M., Vanaja, M. and Venkateswarlu, B. 2010. Efficient shoot regeneration from double cotyledonary node explants of green gram (Vigna radiata L Wilczek). Indian J. Biotech. 9: 403-407.
  • Babu Abraham, V. Kamala, N. Sivaraj, N. Sunil, S.R. Pandravada, M. Vanaja and K.S. Varaprasad. 2010. DIVA-GIS approaches for diversity assessment of pod characteristics in black gram (Vigna mungo L. Hepper). Current Science, 98 (5): 616-619.
  • Sunil N., Sujatha M., Vinod Kumar, Vanaja M., Basha S.D., Varaprasad K.S. 2011. Correlating the phenotypic and molecular diversity in Jatropha curcas L. Biomass and Bioenergy 35: 1085-1096.
  • Yadav SK, Vanaja M, Reddy PR, Jyothi lakshmi N, Maheswari M,. Sharma KL, Venkateswarlu B. (2011). Effect of elevated CO2 levels on some growth parameters and seed quality of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.). Indian J. Agricultural Biochem. 24(2): 158-160.
  • Sunil N., M. Vanaja, Vinod Kumar, Jainender, Babu Abraham and K. S. Varaprasad. 2012. Intra- specific variation in response of Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.) to elevated CO2 conditions. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 18 (2): 105-113.
  • Yadav, S.K., Sweety, K., Varalaxmi, Y., Annapurna, K., Jyothi Lakshmi, N., Vanaja, M., Maheswari, M., Shankar, A.K., Venkateswarlu, B. and Kirti, P.B. M. 2012. Optimization of Agrobacterium mediated genetic transformation of cotyledonary node explants of Vigna radiata . Springer Plus. 1: 59. Doi:10.1186/2193-1801-1-59.
  • Vijayalakshmi, T., Varalaxmi, Y, Jainender, Yadav, S.K., Vanaja M., Jyothilakshmi, N., Maheswari, M. 2012. Physiological and Biological Basis of Water- Deficit Stress Tolerance in Pearl Millet Hybrid and Parents. American J Plant Sciences 3:1730-1740.
  • Ashish Kumar, Arunita Rakshit, Naresh. K. Mangilipelli, Y. Varalaxmi, T. Vijayalakshmi, Jainender, Vanaja M., Yadav S. K., Venkateswarlu B. and Maheswari M. 2012. Genetic diversity of maize genotypes on the basis of morpho-physiological and simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers. African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 11(99), pp. 16468-16477.
  • Raghu Ram Reddy P., Maruthi V., Vanaja M., Reddy B.M.K., Jainender, Archana G., Abdul Razak SK., Maheswari M. and Venkateswarlu B. 2012. CRIDA-18R’ A new Horse Gram (Macrotyloma uniflorum) Variety: Germination as Influenced by Higher CO2, Temperature and Relative Humidity. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 82 (9): 821-823.
  • Yadav S. K., Vikram Singh, Jyothi Lakshmi N., Vanaja M., Maheswari M., Yogesh Kumar Tiwari, Amol Patil, Nagendram E., and Venkateswarlu B. 2013. Carbohydrates and sucrose metabolizing enzymes in the leaves of Vigna mungo genotypes as influenced by elevated CO2 concentration. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology 15 (6): 1107-1120.
  • Srinivasa Rao M., Manimanjari D, Vanaja M, Rama Rao CA, Srinivas K, Rao VUM, Venkateswarlu B. 2012. Impact of elevated CO2 on tobacco caterpillar, Spodoptera litura on peanut Arachis hypogea. Journal of Insect Science 12:103. (http://www.insectscience. org/12.103).
  • Yadav S. K., Jyothi Lakshmi N., Vikram Singh, Amol Patil, Yogesh Kumar Tiwari, Nagendram E., Sathish P., Vanaja M., Maheswari M. and Venkateswarlu B. 2013. In vitro screening of Vigna mungo genotypes for PEG induced drought stress. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology 18 (1): 55-60.
  • Srinivasa Rao M., Padmaja P. C. M., Manimanjari D., Rao, V.U.M., Maheswari M., Abdul Khadar, Vanaja M., Srinivas K. and Venkateswarlu B. 2013. Response of Aphis craccivora Koch to elevated CO2 on cowpea. Journal of Agrometeorology 15 (Special Issue-I): 51-56.
  • Sunil N., Vanaja M., Vinod Kumar, Babu Abraham and Chakrabarty S. K. 2013. Variation in physiological traits in Jatropha germplasm from peninsular India. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology 18 (2): 152-156.
  • Babu Abraham, Varaprasad K.S., Vanaja M., Sunil N., Kamala V., Sivaraj N., and Reddy PR. 2013. Identification of photosensitive lines in blackgram and their characterization. Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources. 26 (1), 47-49.
  • Babu Abraham, Vanaja M., Raghu Ram Reddy P., N. Sivaraj, N. Sunil, V. Kamala, and Varaprasad K.S. 2013. Identification of stable and high yielding genotypes in blackgram (Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper) germplasm. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding 73(3): 264-269.
  • Jyothi Lakshmi N., Vanaja M., Yadav S.K., Maheswari M., Vagheera P., and Venkateswarlu B. 2013. Genotypic variation in growth and yield of blackgram (Vigna mungo) genotypes in response to increased carbon dioxide concentration. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 83 (2): 184-188.
  • M. Srinivasa Rao, Srinivas K, Vanaja M, Manimanjari D, Rama Rao CA, Venkateswarlu B. 2013. Response of multiple generations of semilooper, Achaea janata feeding on castor to elevated CO2. Journal Environmental Biology 34: 877-883.
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Book Chapters
  • D. Gangadhar Rao, M. Vanaja, and S. K. Sinha. 1999. Physiological Basis of Crop Adaptation to Drought. In: Fifty Years of Dryland Agricultural Research in India (Eds. H.P. Singh, Y.S. Ramakrishna, K.L. Sharma and B. Venkateswarlu). Pp. 145-161.
  • M. Vanaja. 2007. Measuring plant water potential, stomatal conductance and photosynthetic rate. In: Agricultural Drought: Aspects of Micrometeorology. Eds Y.S. Ramakrishna, G.G.S.N. Rao, PSN Sastry and VUM Rao. Pp 348-353.
  • M. Vanaja, Y.S. Ramakrishna, G.G.S.N. Rao, K.V. Rao and AVM Subba Rao 2007.Climate change and dryland agriculture. In: Dryland Ecosystem: Indian Perspective. Eds. K.P.R. Vittal, R.L. Srivastava, N.L. Joshi, Amal Kar, V.P. Tewari and S. Kathju. Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur and Arid Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur. Pp 23-34.
  • M. Vanaja, P. Raghu Ram Reddy, M. Maheswari, N. Jyothi Lakshmi, S.K. Yadav, M. Srinivasa Rao and GGSN Rao. 2009. Impact of Elevated Carbon Dioxide on Growth and Yield of Castor Bean. In: Global Climate Change and Indian Agriculture- Case Studies from the ICAR Network Project (Ed: P. K. Aggarwal). Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, pp.32-34.
  • M. Vanaja. 2010. Impact of climate change on CO2 exchange between vegetation and atmosphere. In: Advances in plant- atmospheric interactions. Eds. VUM Rao, AVM Subba Rao, GGSN Rao, BV Ramana Rao, P Vijaya Kumar and B Venkateswarlu. Pp 154-155.
  • Vanaja, M., Reddy, P. Raghu Ram, Yadav, S.K., Jyothi Lakshmi, N., Narasimha Reddy, A., Reddy, B.M.K., Maheswari, M. and Venkateswarlu, B. 2012. Increasing CO2 concentration and its probable influence on rainfed food and oilseed crop productivity in SAT. In: Impact of Climate Change in soils and rainfed agriculture of tropical ecosystem (Eds: T. Bhattacharyya, D.K. Pal, Dipak Sarkar and S.P. Wani), published by Studium Press LLC, USA.
  • M. Vanaja, M. Maheswari, N. Jyothi Lakshmi, S.K. Yadav and B. Venkateswarlu. 2012. ‘Impact of Climate Change on Natural Resources-Physiological Approaches for Optimizing Crop Yields’. In: Lead paper National Seminar on Physiological and Molecular Approaches for Development of Climate Resilient Crops, 12-14 December 2012. ANGRAU, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India.
  • G.G.S.N. Rao, A.V.M.S. Rao, M. Vanaja, V.U.M. Rao and Y.S. Ramakrishna 2008. Impact of regional climate change over India. In: Climate Change and Agriculture over India. Eds G.S.L.H.V. Prasada Rao, G.G.S.N. Rao, VUM Rao and Y.S. Ramakrishna. AICRP on Agrometeorology and Kerala Agricultural University. Chapter 2, Pp 13-48.
  • Uttam Kumar Mandal, U.S. Victor, N.N. Srivastava, K.L. Sharma, V. Ramesh, M. Vanaja, G.R. Korwar and Y.S. Ramakrishna. 2006. Use of root zone soil moisture model and crop spectral characteristics to estimate sorghum yields in a dryland Alfisol toposequence. In: Agriculture and hydrology applications of remote sensing. Eds R J Kuligowski, JS Parihar, Genya Saito. Proc. Of SPIE Vol. 64110B-1. doi: 10.1117/12.707846.
  • Maheswari, M., Vanaja, M., Arun K. Shanker and Venkaeswarlu, B. 2010. Strategies for developing climate ready crop varieties. In: Lead Papers National Symposium on Climate Change and Rainfed Agriculture, (Eds: B. Venkateswarlu et al), 18-20 February 2010, ISDA, CRIDA, Hyderabad, India, pp. 27-36.
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  • M Maheswari, A Shankar, SK Yadav, N Jyothi Lakshmi, M Vanaja and B Venkateswarlu. 2012. Enhancing Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crops: Mechanisms, Traits and Strategies. In: Lead paper National Seminar on Physiological and Molecular Approaches for Development of Climate Resilient Crops, 12-14 December 2012. ANGRAU, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India.
Deputation / International Visits
  • Attended training on “The Effect of CO2 Enrichment on the Carbon Sequestration and Productivity of Rainfed Crops” from 15th to 28th February 2003 at US Water Conservation Laboratory, USDA, Arizona, USA under NATP Rainfed Agro Eco System Sub-Project RNPS-25.
  • On Deputation to work on ‘Response of photosynthesis and oxidative stress to elevated CO2 at normal and drought conditions’ at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, UK for six months from 2nd October 2006 to 1st April 2007 under Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship.
Any other relevant information
  • ICAR network project on “Impact, Adaptation and Vulnerability of Indian Agriculture to Climate Change” sub-project “Effect of elevated CO2 on rainfed crops”.
  • ICAR network project on ‘National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture” sub project on ‘Rainfed crops productivity under increased CO2, temperature and moisture stress conditions’