Scientific Staff

Dr. K K Sharma

Dr. K K Sharma

Discipline:Plant Pathology | Designation: Principal Scientist & Officer-in-Charge | At IIMR Since: July 15  |  Mobile: 9075374122

Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute / University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field

Ph. D (Agril)  

Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishva-Vidyalaya, College of Agriculture Solan, HP 1986 Mycology and Plant Pathology
M. Sc (Agri) Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishva- Vidyalaya,
College of Agriculture Solan,HP
1981 Mycology and Plant Pathology
B. Sc (Hons) Delhi University
Desh Bandhu College
1978 Botany

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
Centre on Rabi Sorghum (IIMR), Solapur, Maharashtra
July, 2015-
till date
Principal Scientist ICAR National Research Centre on Pomegranate, Solapur, Maharashtra July 2008 –
July 2015
7 years
Senior Scientist ICAR National Research Centre on Pomegranate, Solapur, Maharashtra Dec 2005 -
July 2008
2 years and 8 months
Senior Scientist ICAR
Central Potato Research Station(CPRI), Jalandhar, Punjab July 1998 –
Nov 2005
7 years and 4 months
Scientist Sr. Scale ICAR Central Potato Research Station(CPRI), Jalandhar, Punjab April 1991 –
July 1998
7 years 3 months
Scientist ICAR Central Potato Research Station(CPRI), Jalandhar, Punjab Dec 1986 –
Apr 1991
4 years and 5 months
Scientist ICAR Central Potato Research Institute(CPRI), Shimla, HP Apr 1986 –
Nov 1986
8 months

Current responsibilities:

  • Officer-in-Charge, Centre on Rabi Sorghum (IIMR), Solapur, Maharashtra.
  • Etiology and epidemiology of important diseases of rabi sorghum with emphasis on root and stalk rots and their Integrated management.
  • Evaluation of sorghum and foxtail millet germplasm/varieties/hybrids for resistance to important diseases and insect-pests.
  • Evaluation of sorghum breeding material for resistance against charcoal rot under AICRP sorghum pathology (rabi). Etiology and severity of important diseases of rabi sorghum.

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Sorghum seedling blight in one month old seedlings has been found to be mainly caused by Macrophomina phaseolina. Seedling blight (mortality) caused by M.phaseolina was found to be aggravated by soil moisture stress and higher temperatures (> 32.0oC) particularly, in shallow soils. Besides, in a few affected seedlings, Fusarium spp. have also been found associated.
  • Pathogenicity tests revealed that of M.phaseolina isolate from seedling blight seedlings was able to cause charcoal rot infections in mature stalks of sorghum plants under field conditions, thereby, suggesting that M.phaseolina is the cause of seedling blight in young and charcoal rot in mature sorghum plants.
  • Seedling blight was managed significantly by seed treatment with Trichoderma viride formulation (@ 8g/Kg seed) and soil drenching with carbendazim 12% + mancozeb 63% (0.2%) and the treatments gave 73.38% and 86.76 % control of seedling blight respectively under field conditions. The same treatments have been found effective against charcoal rot also.

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Received Certificate of Excellence for “ Governance” 2019 from ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research on 9th February 2019.

Current collaborative activities:

  • SAUs and KVKs

Recent most significant publications:

  • Das,I.K., Rakshit, S., Sharma,K.K., Chattannavar,S.N., Gholve,V.M., Jayalakshmi,S.K., Tonapi,V.A. 2018. Development of Charcoal rot rating index for multilocational trials of Sorghum .Crop Protection 108: 102-109. (JrnID:C147;IF:7.83).
  • Kadam,P.R., Sharma,K.K. 2018. Identification and Severity of Important Diseases of Foxtail Millet [Setariaitalica (L.) Beauv.]. Contemporary Research in India 2: 179- 183 (JrnID: C130; IF: 3.23).
  • Patroti Parashuram., Sharma, K. K and Samdur, M. Y. 2018. Assessment of magnitude of heterosis in Double and single crosses over their parental lines in Post-rainy sorghum [(Sorghum bicolor L.) Moench]. Contemporary Research in India 3: 257-261 (JrnID: C130; IF: 3.23).
  • Abstracts
  • Sharma,K.K., Parashuram Patroti, Prabhakar and Samdur, M.Y. 2017. Evaluation of Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor(L.) Moench] parental lines for charcoal rot resistance (Macrophomina phaseolina) resistance under rabi conditions. In: Book of Abstracts : ‘XIII Agricultural Science Congress 2017, 21-24, on Climate Smart Agriculture February, 2017,UAS,GKVK, Benagaluru, p. 175 (Abstract).
  • Sharma,K.K., Prabhakar, Patroti,P. and Tonapi,V.A.2017. Etiology, Epidemiology and Management of Sorghum Seedling mortality. In: Book of Abstracts “ XIII Agricultural Science Congress-2017 on Climate Smart Agriculture’ 21-24, February 2017, UAS, GKVK, Bengaluru, p. 144 (Abstract).
  • Sharma, K.K., Parashuram Patroti, Samdur M.Y., Prabhakar and Das I.K. Evaluation of sorghum B,R lines, advanced varieties for charcoal rot resistance in post rainy season' 2018. In: Souvenir and Abstracts - National Symposium on "Plant and Soil Health Management: New Challenges and Opportunities " ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur , November 16-18, 2018 . p. 102 (Abstract).
  • Kuldeep Sharma, Indrakanta Das, Parashuram Patroti, Mohan samdur and Vilas Tonapi. 2019. Macrophomina phaseolina (Tassi) Goid., the cause of seedling blight and charcoal rot of sorghum and its management in India. Abstract presented in “ International Plant Protection Congress IPPC2019 10-14 November, 2019,Hyderabad ,Telangana, India. In Abstract Book: Crop Protection to Out smart Climate Change for Food Security & Environment Conservation IPPC 2019 p. 294 (Abstract).

Other professional activities

  • Member, Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi
  • Member, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Udaipur
  • Member, Indian Potato Association, Shimla
  • Member, Indian Society for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner
  • Member, Society for Advancement of Research on Pomegranate, Solapur
  • Member, Society for Millets Research, Hyderabad (*Application for Membership submitted)

Dr. K K Sharma