Scientific Staff

Dr. R Madhusudhana

Dr. R Madhusudhana

Discipline: Plant Breeding | Designation: Principal Scientist | At IIMR Since: 1996


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Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
Ph D IARI, New Delhi 1996 Genetics
MSc (Ag.) UAS, Dharwad 1993 Genetics and Plant Breeding
BSc (Ag.) UAS, Dharwad 1990 Agriculture

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, Hyderabad 20-12-2011 to till date  
Senior Scientist ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad 20-12-2005 to 19-12-2011 5years,11months
Scientist (Sr.scale) ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad 20-12-2000 to 19-12-2005 4years,11months
Scientist ICAR Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad 20-12-1996 to 19-12-2000 3years,11months

Current responsibilities:

  • Development of sorghum parental lines and varieties with insect resistance
  • Breeding for high biomass pearl millet forage cultivars with improved quality
  • Trait dissection through genetic mapping, genomics and marker-assisted breeding in sorghum and pearl millet

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Developed high yielding early duration hybrid, CSH23
  • Developed high yielding variety, CSV20
  • Generation and characterization of various RIL mapping populations in Sorghum
  • Construction of molecular maps of sorghum genome
  • Detection of QTLs for agronomic traits, resistance to shoot fly, foliar diseases, stay green etc.
  • Molecular mapping major effect genes like Trichome morphology, plant color, leaf midrib color, awn cover, seed pericarp color, bloomless in sorghum
  • Tagging of a gene for fertility restoration (Rf6) and epicuticular wax
  • Fine mapping of fertility restoration (Rf2) locus and development of a diagnostic SSR marker
  • Diagnostic SSR marker for genetic purity of A/B line and hybrid seed

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • “ICAR-Jawaharlal Nehru award for outstanding doctoral thesis research-2011” for Student thesis
  • Recognized as supervisor for doctoral research leading to PhD under the Department of Genetics, Osmania University, Hyderabad and in Department of Botany, Andhra University, Vishakapatnam.
  • Best research paper award from National Academy of Biological Sciences, Chennai for “Mapping QTL for grain yield and other agronomic traits in post-rainy sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]” authored by Nagaraja Reddy R, Madhusudhana R, Murali Mohan S, Chakravarthi DVN, Mehtre SP, Seetharama N, Patil JV 2013.
  • DST-BOYSCAST fellowship 2002-03
  • Evaluator of doctoral and degree thesis from Agricultural Universities
  • Reviewer of National and International Journal research papers

Current collaborative activities:

  • Marker-assisted transfer of stay green QTLs in rabi sorghum: University of Queensland, QDPI Australia, ILRI and ICRISAT (through collaborative project funded by ACIAR Australia).
  • Association mapping for forage traits in pearl millet: ICRISAT, Hyderabad, UAS, Dharwad, IISR, Mau

Recent most significant publications:

  • Uttam, G. A., Praveen, M., Rao, Y.V., Tonapi, V.A., Madhusudhana, R. 2017. Molecular mapping and candidate gene analysis of a new epicuticular wax locus in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench). Theoretical and Applied Genetics130:2109-2125 (JrnID: T054; IF: 10.13).
  • Praveen, M., Uttam, A.G., Tonapi, V.A. and Madhusudhana, R. 2018. Fine mapping of Rf2, a major locus controlling pollen fertility restoration in sorghum A1 cytoplasm, encodes a PPR gene and its validation through expression analysis. Plant Breeding 137(2) :148-161 (JrnID: P086; IF: 7.34).
  • Kannababu, N., Rakshit, S., Madhusudhana, R., Tonapi, V.A., Das, I.K., Raghunath, K. 2017. Identification of superior parental lines for seed quality and storability through GGE biplot analysis of line x tester data in grain sorghum. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding (The) 77:278-286 (JrnID: I060; IF: 6.32).
  • Praveen, M., Anurag Uttam, G., Madhusudhana, R. 2016. Inheritance of fertility restoration in sorghum cytoplasmic male sterility systems. International Journal of Scientific Research 4.
  • Rajendrakumar, P., Hariprasanna, K., Madhusudhana, R., Umakanth, A.V., Elangovan, M. and Seetharama, N. 2017. Molecular characterization of parental lines of post-rainy sorghum using simple sequence repeat markers. J. BioSci. Biotech. 6(1): 49-57.

Other professional activities:

  • Life Member, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, New Delhi
  • Life Member, Society for Millet Research, Hyderabad
  • Member of various institutional support services

Dr. R Madhusudhana