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Indian National Science Academy Fellowship Conferred on ICRISAT Scientist

January 15, 2014

The Indian National Science Academy (INSA) has conferred its elected fellowship on Dr. Rajeev Varshney, research program director (grain legumes) and director of the Centre of Excellence in Genomics, at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), for his outstanding work in the area of legume genomics. The award was presented at the INSA's 69th anniversary meet in Lucknow.

In a congratulatory note, ICRISAT Director General Dr. William D. Dar said, "Such awards to our scientists at national and international levels reflect the high quality of science ICRISAT is doing together with its partners. This will enable superior crop varieties to be developed for smallholder farmers in the dryland tropics of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. They in turn can have access to markets and generate more income following the framework of Inclusive Market-Oriented Development or IMOD."

At ICRISAT, Dr. Varshney has led the genome sequencing of pigeonpea and chickpea, developed large-scale genomic tools and is currently working on the deployment of molecular breeding to develop superior varieties with enhanced resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses that will have higher yield.

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