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Dr Hariprasanna K

Dr Hariprasanna K.

Discipline: Plant Breeding | Designation: Principal Scientist | At IIMR Since: 2008

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Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph D Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 2002 Genetics (Plant Breeding)
M Sc Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 1998 Genetics (Plant Breeding)
B Sc (Ag) KAU, Thrissur 1995 Agriculture and allied subjects

Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period
(years, months)
Principal Scientist ICAR Indian Institute of Millets Research August 2014 to till date  
Sr. Scientist ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad August 2008 to Aug 2014 6 years
Scientist / Scientist (SS) ICAR DGR (NRCG), Junagadh April 2003 to August 2008 5 Years 04 Months
Research Associate ICAR NBPGR, New Delhi August 2002 to April 2003 8 Months

Current responsibilities:

  • Genetic augmentation of grain yield in foxtail millet and identification of trait-specific genotypes
  • Sorghum grain micronutrient enrichment through conventional breeding and molecular approaches
  • Sorghum parental line development and hybrid breeding
  • DUS testing in sorghum for grant of Plant Variety Protection under PPV&FRA, New Delhi

Recent major contributions:

  • Associated with development of JaicarHeera (CSV 36/SPV 2301) and JaicarSona (CSV 39/SPV 2358), high yielding kharif grain sorghum varieties with moderate tolerance to important pests and diseases.
  • Contributed nearly 15 advance breeding lines and two hybrids for multi-location evaluation under AICRP-Sorghum;these genotypes are being used as parents for further improvement; developed 40 new male sterile lines and more than 200 restorer lines for parental line diversification.
  • Identified promising genotypes from elite and exotic germplasm of foxtail millet, and contributed four high yielding selections to multi-location testing which are in different stages of evaluation.
  • Detected sufficient variability for grain micronutrient contents and other nutritional and health quality parameters like polyphenols, phytate, fibre, trypsin inhibitor and cyanogens in popular sorghum cultivars, parental lines and selected germplasm accessions;mapping populations for polyphenols, phytates and anti-oxidant quality were developed.
  • Worked out genetic control of grain iron and zinc contents in sorghum, detected differential nutrient accumulation by the genotypes, and proposed appropriate breeding strategies for grain micronutrient enrichment.

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Fellow of the Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, New Delhi
  • Faculty of P.G. School, IARI, New Delhi in the discipline of Genetics
  • Fellowship Award of Astha Foundation, Meerut for contribution in the field of Plant Breeding
  • Certificate of Excellence for Foxtail Millet Improvement & Biofortification
  • Member of the Board of Examiners for adjudication of the doctoral thesis under the Faculty of Science, University of Calicut
  • Examiner for M.Sc and Ph.D. theses& Qualifying examinations

Current collaborative activities:

  • ICAR Consortia Research Platform (CRP) on Biofortification in selected crops for nutritional security

Recent most significant publications:


  • Anuradha Kotla, Rahul Phuke, K. Hariprasanna, Shivaji P. Mehtre, Abhishek Rathore, SunitaGorthy, Rakesh K. Srivastava, Roma Das, A. Bhanu Prakash, K. Radhika, C. Tom Hash, Belum V.S. Reddy, J.V. Patil, FarzanaJabeen, D. Shashikanth, Jayakumar Jaganathan, Anil Gaddameedi, VangalaSubhasini, Santosh P. Deshpande, A. Ashok Kumar (2019) Identification of QTLs and candidate genes for high grain Fe and Zn concentration in sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.)Moench]. Journal of Cereal Science 90 (2019) 102850.
  • Jaikishan I, Rajendrakumar P, Hariprasanna K., Bhat BV (2019). Identification of differentially expressed transcripts at critical developmental stages in sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] in relation to grain yield heterosis. 3 Biotech 9: 239.
  • Dayakar Rao, B., Kiranmai, E., Deepika, Hariprasanna, K., and Vilas A Tonapi. 2018. Studies on ready to cook gingelly fortified extruded food-sorghum pasta. International Journal of Chemical Studies 6 (3):2460-2464.
  • J.S. Bhat, B.S. Patil, K. Hariprasanna, F. Hossain, V. muthusamy, G. Mukri, M.G. Mallikarjuna, R. Zunjare, S.P. Singh, S. Mukesh Sankar, T. Singhal, K. Venkatesh, V. Gupta, M. Chakraborti, K. Chattopadhyay, S.C. Ghagane, M.B. Hiremath and A.K.Choudhary. 2018. Genetic enhancement of micronutrient content in cereals. SABRAO Journal of Breeding and Genetics 50 (3) 373-429.
  • Jaikishan I, P. Rajendrakumar, K. Hariprasanna and B. Venkatesh Bhat. 2018. Gene Expression Analysis in Sorghum Hybrids and Their Parental Lines at Critical Developmental Stages in Relation to Grain Yield Heterosis by Exploiting Heterosis-Related Genes from Major Cereals. Plant Mol. Biol. Rep. 36(3): 418-428

Popular articles:

  • के हरिप्रसन्ना, प्रभाकर, महेश कुमार तथा विलास ए टोणपि. 2018. लघु कदन्नों की उन्नत किस्मों की विशेषताएं. खेती अक्टूबर 2018. 71(6): 14-19
  • हरिप्रसन्ना के, के बी आर एस विशारदा, महेश कुमार तथा विलास ए टोणपि. 2018. कंगनी की खेती और इसका पौष्टिक महत्व. खेती अक्टूबर 2018. 71(6): 26-29
  • Hariprasanna K and B Dayakar Rao. 2016. Small Millets in India – Current scenario and way forward. Indian Farming 65(12): 8-13
  • Hariprasanna K. 2016. Foxtail Millet – Nutritional importance and cultivation aspects. Indian Farming 65(12): 25-29
  • Ashok Kumar A, Hariprasanna K., K Anuradha and B Ramaiah. 2016. Biofortifying Sorghum for combating micronutrient malnutrition. Indian Farming 65(12): 34-36
Technical bulletins:

  • B Dayakar Rao, R. Ananthan, K Hariprasanna, Venkatesh Bhat, K Rajeswari, Sukreeti Sharma and VA Tonapi. 2018. Nutritional and Health Benefits of Nutri Cereals. Nutri Hub, ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500030. 96p. ISBN 81-89335-73-1
  • Patil JV, Chapke RR, Mishra JS, Umakanth AV and Hariprasanna K. 2013. Sorghum Cultivation – A Compendium of Improved Technologies. Vol. I, Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad 500030, India. 115p. ISBN: 89335-41-3

Book chapters:

  • Hariprasanna K. 2019. Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) Testing in Sorghum. In: Aruna C, K.B.R.S. Visarada, Venkatesh Bhat and Vilas Tonapi (Eds). Breeding Sorghum for Diverse End Uses. Woodhead Publishing, Elsevier Ltd., UK. 341-365. ISBN: 978-0-08-101879-8 (print),
  • Hariprasanna K. 2019. Biofortified millets: Prospects and challenges. In: Good agricultural practices for biotic stress management and productivity improvement in millets as nutricereals. Eds. Das IK, Shyam Prasad G, Chapke RR and Tonapi VA. Training Manual 2019-20, ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad, India, ISBN: 81-89335-87-1. pp.169-186.
  • Hariprasanna K., Jinu Jacob, Parashuram Patroti and K.B.R.S. Visarada. 2017. Breeding Strategies in Foxtail Millet. In: Manoj Prasad (Ed.), The Foxtail Millet Genome (Compendium of Plant Genome series). Springer International Publishing AG, Switzerland. pp. 53-61. ISSN 2199-4781, ISBN 978-3-319-65616-8, ISBN 978-3-319-65617-5 (eBook). DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-65617-5.
  • Hariprasanna K. and Sujay Rakshit. 2017. Economic Importance of Sorghum. In: Sujay Rakshit and Yi-Hong Wang (Eds.), The Sorghum Genome (Compendium of Plant Genomes Series). Springer International Publishing. pp 1-25. ISBN 978-3-319-47787-9.
  • Hariprasanna K. 2017. Foxtail millet, Setariaitalica (L.) P. Beauv. In: J.V. Patil (Ed.), Millets and Sorghum: Biology and Genetic Improvement. First Edition, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., UK. pp. 112-149. ISBN 978-1-119-12305-7.

Other professional activities:

  • Principal Investigator for DUS testing in Sorghum
  • Crop Sub-leader for Sorghum, ICAR-CRP on Biofortification
  • Team leader/Member for AICRP-Sorghum trials monitoring teams
  • Technical editing & compilation
  • Life member, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, New Delhi
  • Life member, Indian Society of Plant Breeders, Coimbatore
  • Life member, Society for Millet Research, Hyderabad
  • Life member, Society for Scientific Development in Agriculture and Technology, Meerut

Dr Hariprasanna K.