& Head, Plant Quarantine Unit
Research Program, Asia
Rajan Sharma is the Head of Plant Quarantine unit, and Principal Scientist Cereals Pathology at ICRISAT, Hyderabad.
Being Head of Plant Quarantine Unit, he liaises with the National Plant Protection Organization for the smooth exchange of germplasm and breeding material of ICRISAT mandate crops. He is the recipient of ICRISAT Science Award (2014) for Outstanding Partnership and his scientific contributions includes – monitoring virulence spectrum of pearl millet pathogens; development of PCR-compatible markers and their use in genetic diversity assessment of plant pathogens, and mapping of avirulence genes; elucidating molecular basis of host-pathogen interaction; identification and utilization of resistance sources for disease management; capacity building of NARS from India and Africa. He served as Vice-President of Plant Protection Association of India during 2014-15 and is a member of International and National societies including American Phytopathological Society. Rajan has published more than 60 research papers in reputed journals and is Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Plant Protection.
Rajan has a PhD from HP Agricultural University, Palamapur, India and was awarded a Gold medal by Him-utkarsh Society, Una, H. P. India.
Expertise in: Host plant resistance, virulence spectrum of phytopathogens, fungal genomics, epidemiology, seed pathology
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