Dr. Jana Kholova – Trait Dissection

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 integrating the knowledge of plant biological functionalities through high-throughput phenotyping and modeling tools into the inter-disciplinary crop improvement pipelines. Apart from application-oriented research, the GEMS team (www.gems.icrisat.org) conducts the basic research on various aspects of plant biology underlying crop production quantity and quality improvement in collaboration with the top-notch teams all-over the world and so push the limits of current knowledge further.

Her current responsibility lies in delivering upon the objectives of several large research initiatives (e.g. US-AID, Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation) and multiple medium to small national and international projects (http://gems.icrisat.org/projects/). She is responsible for the development of tools, technologies, and protocols to capture the key plant processes useful in cop improvement and simultaneously reflect these into crop model functions to assess their potential value in target production systems with high geospatial precision. Here, we work towards the quantitative characterization of crop production agro-ecologies to target the agricultural technologies to fit the ethno-socio-bio-geo-physical situation of production regions under current and future environmental challenges.

GEMS stronghold dwells in interdisciplinary integrated research, effective & efficient teamwork, strategic collaboration, exploration, and development of new research areas and innovation.

j.kholova@cgiar.org

janakholova@yahoo.com

040 – 30713373

 

Dr. Sunita Choudhary – Trait Dissection

Dr. Sunita Choudhary
Sunita Choudhary is a Scientist – Crops physiology, Systems Analysis for Climate-Smart Agriculture (SACSA), Innovative Dryland Systems (ISD), ICRISAT, India. She has obtained her Ph.D. in the physiological and molecular aspect of salinity stress tolerance in pearl millet (2011) and a year experience gained in statistical analysis and writing article as a visiting scientist in ILRI, Hyderabad India. She pursued her post-doctoral research from North Carolina State University and joined DuPont Pioneer (now Corteva Agri-Sciences) as an associate scientist in Predictive Agriculture & Modelling Team under Technology Deployment. Altogether 9 years of working experience in public and private R&Ds on plant stress physiology and precision phenotyping. Major research focuses were on C4 cereal (pearl millet, sorghum, and maize) adaptation to atmospheric stress and soil moisture stress in different agro-ecologies and experienced in HTP phenotyping as well as grain quality assessment techniques. She has 23 research articles published and 3 book chapters (h-index 18). She played a significant role in drought product delivery (Aquamax) in industrial partnership. She also has experience in working closely with national agriculture and bring partnership (ICAR-IIMR, AICRP-Pearl Millet, CCSHAU). She is involved in training and development and guided 6 graduate and postgraduate students. In 2018 she obtained the Early Career Research Award (2018) from the Department of Science and Technology, GOI.

 s.choudhary@cgiar.org
 

Dr Krithika – Trait Dissection

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 research technologies/ solutions and understand the complexities of the farming systems. Her other interest includes nutrition-sensitive agriculture, the potential of landraces and underutilized crops, and farming system research. She has supervised 3 intern students. She has two publications from her Ph.D. (h-Index 2) that focused on phenotyping transgenic chickpea for abiotic stress responses.

 

krithika.anbazhagan@gmail.com

Dr. Jana Kholova – Core Gems

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 integrating the knowledge of plant biological functionalities through high-throughput phenotyping and modeling tools into the inter-disciplinary crop improvement pipelines. Apart from application-oriented research, the GEMS team (www.gems.icrisat.org) conducts the basic research on various aspects of plant biology underlying crop production quantity and quality improvement in collaboration with the top-notch teams all-over the world and so push the limits of current knowledge further.

Her current responsibility lies in delivering upon the objectives of several large research initiatives (e.g. US-AID, Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation) and multiple medium to small national and international projects (http://gems.icrisat.org/projects/). She is responsible for the development of tools, technologies, and protocols to capture the key plant processes useful in cop improvement and simultaneously reflect these into crop model functions to assess their potential value in target production systems with high geospatial precision. Here, we work towards the quantitative characterization of crop production agro-ecologies to target the agricultural technologies to fit the ethno-socio-bio-geo-physical situation of production regions under current and future environmental challenges.

GEMS stronghold dwells in interdisciplinary integrated research, effective & efficient teamwork, strategic collaboration, exploration, and development of new research areas and innovation.

j.kholova@cgiar.org
janakholova@yahoo.com
040 - 30713373

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Sunita Choudhary – Core of GEMS

Dr. Sunita Choudhary
Sunita Choudhary is a Scientist – Crops physiology, Systems Analysis for Climate-Smart Agriculture (SACSA), Innovative Dryland Systems (ISD), ICRISAT, India. She has obtained her Ph.D. in the physiological and molecular aspect of salinity stress tolerance in pearl millet (2011) and a year experience gained in statistical analysis and writing article as a visiting scientist in ILRI, Hyderabad India. She pursued her post-doctoral research from North Carolina State University and joined DuPont Pioneer (now Corteva Agri-Sciences) as an associate scientist in Predictive Agriculture & Modelling Team under Technology Deployment. Altogether 9 years of working experience in public and private R&Ds on plant stress physiology and precision phenotyping. Major research focuses were on C4 cereal (pearl millet, sorghum, and maize) adaptation to atmospheric stress and soil moisture stress in different agro-ecologies and experienced in HTP phenotyping as well as grain quality assessment techniques. She has 23 research articles published and 3 book chapters (h-index 18). She played a significant role in drought product delivery (Aquamax) in industrial partnership. She also has experience in working closely with national agriculture and bring partnership (ICAR-IIMR, AICRP-Pearl Millet, CCSHAU). She is involved in training and development and guided 6 graduate and postgraduate students. In 2018 she obtained the Early Career Research Award (2018) from the Department of Science and Technology, GOI.
 s.choudhary@cgiar.org
 

Dr.Vincent Vadez

Dr.Vincent Vadez
Principal Scientist – Crop Physiology Laboratory

Theme Leader

System Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture

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040-30713463

Vincent Garin – Core of GEMS

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 in the statistical analysis of plant multi-parent populations data like nested association mapping (NAM) or breeding populations in single or multi-environment settings. For that purpose, Vincent programmed the R package mppR. Having a background in social sciences, Vincent is interested in developing a holistic approach to agriculture integrating natural science, socio-economic, and cultural dimensions. This interest motivated him to participate in GEMS team efforts to extend technology on the ground and support tribal farmers. Vincent has also worked as a volunteer for many years in Swiss mountain farms.

vincent.garin6@gmail.com

Sivasakthi Kaliamoorthy – Trait Dissection

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. During his Ph.D., he focused on “Contribution of water-saving traits for drought adaptation in chickpea (Cicer arietinum (L.)) through physiological, molecular and genetic approaches”. He has a good understanding and working experience with LeasyScan, Lysimeter, and Field. He has got knowledge of plant hydraulics by using pharmacological approaches, handling various physio- instruments such as Scholander pressure chamber, IR camera, Ceptometer, etc. He has supervised 5 master students and 3 interns. He has published 10 research articles and 2 book chapters (h-Index 6). Further research interest includes the assessment of grain nutritional content (Total Carotenoids and beta-carotene) and genetic enhancement of carotenoids content in different stay-green legumes (Chickpea, cowpea, common bean, and Lima bean) for nutritional security in addition to the assessment of genetic variability in fodder and grain quality parameters in sorghum and pearl millet diversity panels.
 

k.sivasakthi@cgiar.org

Mr. Sivasakthi Kaliamoorthy – 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. During his Ph.D., he focused on “Contribution of water-saving traits for drought adaptation in chickpea (Cicer arietinum (L.)) through physiological, molecular and genetic approaches”. He has a good understanding and working experience with LeasyScan, Lysimeter, and Field. He has got knowledge of plant hydraulics by using pharmacological approaches, handling various physio- instruments such as Scholander pressure chamber, IR camera, Ceptometer, etc. He has supervised 5 master students and 3 interns. He has published 10 research articles and 2 book chapters (h-Index 6). Further research interest includes the assessment of grain nutritional content (Total Carotenoids and beta-carotene) and genetic enhancement of carotenoids content in different stay-green legumes (Chickpea, cowpea, common bean, and Lima bean) for nutritional security in addition to the assessment of genetic variability in fodder and grain quality parameters in sorghum and pearl millet diversity panels.
 
Main Areas of Research

Physiological and molecular mechanisms related to water use traits in chickpea

University:

Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli-620024, Tamil Nadu


 k.sivasakthi@cgiar.org