Centre of Excellence in Genomics (2007-2017)

The Centre of Excellence in Genomics is founded

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Two new projects sanctioned by ICAR

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HHB 67 Improved pearl millet released

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First CEG training course organized

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Genotyping services for SSR & DArT markers started

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ICRISAT secures DBT funding for deployment of molecular markers in chickpea

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First workshop on NGS data analysis

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First SSR-based genetic map in groundnut

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CEG training course for partners from Africa

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ICRISAT and UC Davis to boost nitrogen fixation of legumes

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Molecular Breeding Platform (MBP) to harness biotech

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Markers based purity assessment of hybrids in pigeonpea

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ICRISAT-led global team cracks pigeonpea genome

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Sixth ICLGG with over 500 partcipants from 44 countries organized

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BGI and ICRISAT sign MoU on genomics

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Launch of AISRF chickpea project

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Chickpea reference genome and 90 chickpea lines sequenced

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USAID project for genomics research into sorghum

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USAID project on pigeonpea improvement

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Agreement between ICRISAT and SAAS

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Strides in pearl millet genome sequencing

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First molecular breeding product for drought tolerance in chickpea

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Digitalization of crop breeding

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Joint biotech lab set up in China

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Blue Sky Research project on pigeonpea launched

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Launch of the 3000 chickpea genome sequencing initiative

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Visit of Union Agriculture Minister to ICRISAT

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First peanut genome sequenced

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First molecular breeding product for foliar disease in groundnut

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Molecular breeding lines for disease resistance in chickpea

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Foliar blast resistance in pearl millet through QTL

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QTL-Hotspot in chickpea

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High Throughput Genotyping (HTPG) project for low-cost genotyping launched

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Genomic Open-Source Breeding Informatic Initiative (GOBII) launched

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Second cycle improvement in pearl millet

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Fifth NGGIBCI conference with over 300 participants from 30 countries organized

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First genome of cultivated peanut cracked by international group of researchers

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Global team cracks ancestor genome of groundnut

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Project on groundnut aflatoxin launched

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Molecular breeding lines for oil quality in groundnut

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Indo-Australian project for improved chickpea production

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Genomics Project Consortium with Karnataka

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New partnership to optimize use of nitrogen in cereal crops

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Pigeonpea genome resequenced 

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Pearl millet genome sequencing reveals traits that help it withstand high temperatures

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Fifth InterDrought conference with over 900 participants from 56 countries organized

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Celebrating the tenth year of CEG

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Key awards and honours

2008

Dr Rajeev Varshney
INSA-Young Scientist Medal
Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

2010

Dr Rajeev Varshney
First NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Agriculture
National Academy of Sciences, India and Elsevier South Asia

Dr Rajeev Varshney
Elected Fellow
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS)

2012

Rachit K Saxena
INSA-Young Scientist Medal
Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

2013

Rajeev K Varshney
Elected Fellow
Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

Rajeev K Varshney
The Greater Good Initiative Award
Illumina Inc

Rajeev K Varshney
Young Crop Scientist Award
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

2015

Rajeev K Varshney
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize
Government of India

Rajeev K Varshney
Elected Fellow
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Rajeev K Varshney
Elected Fellow
The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)

Himabindu Kudapa
INSA-Young Scientist Medal
Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

Himabindu Kudapa
NASI-Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award
The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)

2016

Rajeev K Varshney
Elected Fellow 
German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Rajeev K Varshney
Elected Fellow
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

Rajeev K Varshney
Elected Fellow
American Association for the Advancement of Sciences 

Rajeev K Varshney
Qilu Friendship Award
The People’s Republic of China (Shandong Province)

Rajeev K Varshney
Doreen Margaret Mashler Award
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

2017

Mahendar Thudi
Elected Fellow 
Telangana Academy of Sciences

Manish K Pandey
Associateship
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS)

Rachit K Saxena
NAAS Young Scientist Award
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS)

Vikas Singh
INSA Medal for Young Scientist
Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

Sailaja Boghireddy
Jawaharlal Nehru Award for P.G. Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

Key workshops and conferences

 

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