Principal Scientist - Groundnut Breeding
Janila Pasupuleti is Principal Groundnut Breeder at ICRISAT, based in Hyderabad, India, and Leader of the Flagship Program on Variety and Hybrid Development program of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes & Dryland Cereals (http://gldc.cgiar.org). Janila has a PhD from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and has 17 years of experience at the University of Hyderabad (UoH), Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Center of DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) and ICRISAT (since 2011).
In the last three years, 1660 advanced breeding lines of groundnut (peanut) developed in her program were shared with partners for evaluation in over 10 countries. She is passionate about furthering ‘Crop Network Groups’ represented by multi-disciplinary teams as a platform for crop breeding product design, strategy, development, testing, advancement, and delivery in Asia and Africa.
Janila’s passion for deployment of process innovations in groundnut breeding and testing pipelines has resulted in enhanced genetic gains and improved operational efficiency. Significant outputs from this endeavor include reduced breeding cycle time; combining early maturity with foliar fungal disease resistance in the genetic background of three popular cultivars, JL 24, TAG 24 and ICGV 91114; targeting market traits like high oleic acid and high oil content; targeting food safety through fresh seed dormancy in Spanish types; and simultaneous improvement of several desirable traits using genotyping and phenotyping tools.
Working with national partners, her team has developed high oleic groundnut varieties for the first time in India to meet food industry demand, and shared the same with partners in nine countries in Asia and Africa. Her team in collaboration ICAR’s Directorate of Groundnut Research (DGR) and NARS in India, released high oil variety ICGV 03043 and a drought-tolerant variety ICGV 07220 during 2017.
She has mentored over 10 research scholars and post-docs, and imparted training to over 20 researchers from Asia and Africa.
My specialization: Genetics, groundnut breeding, marker-assisted selection, process innovations in crop breeding and testing pipelines, farmer participatory selection and seed systems.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=NKZztd8AAAAJ&hl=en