Dr Janila Pasupuleti

Dr Janila Pasupuleti
Cluster Leader – Crop Breeding
Principal Scientist - Groundnut Breeding

Janila Pasupuleti has a doctorate in Plant Genetics from the premier institute, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. She is the Cluster Leader of Crop Breeding & Principal Scientist (Groundnut breeding) at ICRISAT, she has 21 years of work and leadership experience in establishing and managing demand-led crop breeding programs in international and national institutes.

She led a 9-year multi-institutional research resulting in commercialization of the first high oleic groundnut varieties, Girnar 4 (ICGV 15083) and Girnar 5 (ICGV 15090) in India (2020) that were dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister of India. So far, she shared >100 high oleic lines with partners in 10 countries which are in advance stage of commercialization in Myanmar, Bangladesh, New Zealand and South Africa. By deploying cutting edge tools in the breeding pipelines, she has established a strong breeding pipeline for high oleic acid groundnut.

In her role as Cluster Leader at ICRISAT, she manages the 15 crop breeding programs in Africa and Asia for three millets (sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet) and three legumes (chickpea, pigeon pea and groundnut) by modernizing them towards demand-led crop-breeding programs that use data-driven decisions and cutting-edge tools and technologies by engaging stakeholders from private and public sectors.

She engages actively in building networks and partnerships and established successful engagements with partners, advance research institutes, donors and private crop breeding, seed and food industry in India, Bangladesh, Australia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Laos PDR, New Zealand, USA, China, South Africa and other countries. In 2017, she has established a Groundnut Newtork Group – Asia (GNA-A) that engages all the stakeholders annually along the value chain through design, development, testing and deliver of groundnut crop products.

She has mentored 6 post- docs, 12 PhD research scholars and 18 researchers from Africa and Asia on long term training, and ~100 researchers from Asia and Africa in short-term training sessions. Her publications include 80 research and review papers in peer-reviewed journals and >30 conference papers.

She is the Editorial Board member of Theoretical and Applied Genetics (TAG), Member of International Advisory Board (IAB) of International Conference on Legume Genomics and Genetics (ICLGG) and Member of the International Groundnut Genome Initiative (IPGI). She believes and promotes inclusiveness.

My specialization: Genetics, demand-led crop breeding, marker-assisted selection, process innovations in crop breeding and testing pipelines, farmer participatory selection.

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=NKZztd8AAAAJ&hl=en


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