Dr A Ashok Kumar

Dr A Ashok Kumar
Interim Research Program Director
Principal Scientist - Product Placement Lead

Dr Ashok Kumar Are is a Principal Scientist & Product Placement Lead – Asia  at International Crops Research Institute for the Semiarid Tropics (ICRISAT), India  and  plays key role in implementing data-driven breeding for increasing the rate of genetic gain and rate of varietal replacement in farmers’ fields, for all ICRISAT crops. He provides international consultancies to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of UN. With Ph D from Division of Genetics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute and Certifications from Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley and Queensland University in Product Management, Organizational Leadership and Statistical Learning , he has 22 years of research experience in the area of genetics, plant breeding, market segmentation and developing target product profiles for improved products development in various crops. During 2006-2019 as researcher and head of sorghum improvement, he developed innovative approaches that enhanced breeding efficiency for higher genetic gain in sorghum for various end-uses- food, feed, fodder and fuel. Besides developing energy dense sorghums and their commercialization for biofuels production, he was instrumental in development of first biofortified sorghum variety ‘Parbhani Shakti’ and worked extensively in seed systems development for increased adoption of cultivars. He has published 93 journal articles, 46 book chapters, 50 conference papers and co-edited 8 books. He has >40 international partnerships in various projects and guided 10 MS and Ph D students.

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=5havJO8AAAAJ&hl=en

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ashok_Are


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