Dr. Vincent Garin Vincent Garin is a research fellow working in pearl millet crop modeling, the development of bioinformatics pipelines for the analysis of high-throughput phenotyping data, and the integration of crop modeling with statistical genetics. Originally from Switzerland, Vincent earned a Ph.D. in quantitative genetics from Wageningen University (The Netherlands). Vincent is specialized … Continue reading Vincent Garin – Core of GEMS
Debarati Chakraborty Debarati Chakraborty has been working with the GEMS team as Research Fellow since August 2020. She is currently working on the project “Evaluation of qualitative characteristics of grain crops using sensor-based technologies”. For this she is working regularly with Computed Tomography (CT) scanner and Near-infrared spectroscopes (NIRS) for her work. Her sample includes chickpea, … Continue reading Debarati Chakraborty – Core of Gems
Dr. Krithika Anbazhagan Krithika Anbazhagan is working with the GEMS team as a Visiting Scientist since Dec 2017. Her primary research project, in collaboration with WorldVeg, is on phenotyping elite genotypes of mungbean for drought adaptation. She is also involved and deriving mungbean crop growth parameters for crop models and farmer-participatory studies to extend relevant … Continue reading Dr Krithika – Core of Gems
Dr. M. Tharanya Dr. Tharanya Murugesan is a DST-SERB National Post-Doctoral Fellow, working on low phosphorus adaptation in Foxtail Millet. Previously, she was an Associate Scientist working on phenotyping of sorghum and pearl millet diversity panels for water use and crop production-related traits. During her Ph.D., she focused on “Contribution of water-saving traits for drought … Continue reading Ms. M. Tharanya – Core of GEMS
Dr. Sivasakthi Kaliamoorthy Dr. Sivasakthi Kaliamoorthy is an Associate Scientist, working on phenotyping of sorghum and pearl millet diversity panels for water use and agronomy related traits under well water and water-stressed conditions using lysimeteric facility. Previously, he was a Research Fellow working on phenotyping of stay-green chickpea for water use and agronomical traits. … Continue reading Mr. Sivasakthi Kaliamoorthy – Core of GEMS
Ms. Marijn Voorhaar Research Fellow Main Area of Research Nutritional quality of sorghum and socio-economics of sorghum production and consumption in tribal farmer communities University:VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands email@example.com
Dr. Jana Kholova Senior Scientist, Crops Physiology & Modelling In line with global Sustainable Development Goals, Jana Kholová with GEMS team and network of partners contributes to crop improvement efforts in order to enhance the agricultural production quantities and qualities in semi-arid agro-ecological production system (South Asia, West, and Central Africa). She is responsible for … Continue reading Dr. Jana Kholova – Core Gems
For us gems means GEMS, or G*E*M*S (genotype by environment by management by society) interactions, i.e. the fact that crop yields results from complex biophysical interactions while acceptance depends on farmer/consumer preferences. This complexity becomes an opportunity when it is cracked into components that can be analysed, understood, predicted, and then used to prioritise research investments to maximise return. This is what we do, and this is when GEMS become gems!
For us gems means GEMS, or G*E*M*S (genotype by environment by management by society) interactions, i.e. the fact that crop yields results from complex biophysical interactions while acceptance depends on farmer/consumer preferences. This complexity becomes an opportunity when it is cracked into components that can be analyzed, understood, predicted, and then used to prioritize research investments to maximise return. This is what we do, and this is when GEMS become gems!
A crop performs in different ways in different sites, years and agronomic managements. These are called genotype-by-environment-by management(G*E*M) interactions, and they are a main challenge for breeders and agronomists. There is one more layer of interaction, even more complex: the society (S). Farmers and consumers have different desires, needs, expectations, and a cultivar that fits one may not fit the other (G*E*M*S interactions). The puzzle is complex and challenging but if its components are understood, specific interventions can be undertaken.For instance, breeding for a particular genotype (G, with particular physiological characteristics), for a particular environment (E, with a particular kind of drought pattern that requires a specific adaptive trait), in a particular management practice (M, for instance a sowing density, or a N fertilizer treatment), and targeted to particular farmer/consumer (S, for instance a genotype that produces a lot of rich stover for cattle ranchers) is the need of the hour.