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Name : Dr. Aditya Pratap
Designation : Principal Scientist
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Telephone (Office) : +91 0512-2580986, Ext. 2204
Mobile No. : +91 94520 60055
Date of joining ICAR : 30th August, 2008
Discipline and specialization : Plant Breeding.
Training/advance exposure in the area of work :

Distant hybridization, plant tissue culture, molecular breeding.

Professional Information

Contribution to the scientific advancement

  • Developed 9 high yielding and disease resistant improved varieties (IPM 512-1 (Soorya), IPM 410-3 (Shikha), IPM 205-7 (Virat), IPM 02-14, IPM 02-3, IPM 312-20 (Vasudha) IPM 409-4 (Heera), IPM 2K14-9 (Varsha) and IPM 302-2 (Kanika),) of greengram. Among these, IPM 205-7 (Virat) is the world’s earliest maturing variety (52-55) and currently the top mungbean variety in national seed indent
  • Developed 3 improved varieties of rapeseed-mustard and 1 of facultative winter wheat.
  • Developed improved Pusa 256 lines of chickpea having resistance to Fusarium wilt race 2 through marker assisted breeding besides several pyramided lines in the background of Pusa 256 and JG 16 against Fusarium wilt disease.
  • Established wide hybridization garden in pulses with >250 accessions of Vigna belonging to 19 different species and undertook a large-scale pre-breeding and distant hybridization program in mungbean.
  • Developed bilingual smartphone application tool “Mung Advisor” for farmers”, a one stop digital solution o all queries related to mungbean cultivation.

Current area of research

Mungbean improvement through conventional and molecular tools, marker assisted breeding in chickpea.


  • Pratap A., Das A., Kumar S. and Gupta S.(2021). Current perspectives on introgression breeding in food legumes. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11:589189. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.589189.
  • Pratap A., Chaturvedi S.K., Tomar R., Rajan N., Malviya N., Thudi M., Saabale P.R., Prajapati U., Varshney R.K. and Singh N.P. (2017). Marker-assisted introgression of resistance to fusarium wilt race 2 in Pusa 256, an elite cultivar of desi chickpea.Molecular Genetics and Genomics, DOI 10.1007/s00438-017-1343-z.292: 137-1245.
  • Pratap A., Basu P.S., Gupta S., Sharma K., Tomar R. and Singh N.P. (2019). Physiological traits for shortening crop duration and improving productivity of greengram (Vigna Radiata (L.) Wilczek) under high temperature. Frontiers in Plant Science. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01508.
  • Pratap A., Gupta S., Malviya N., Rajan N., Tomar R., Latha M., John J.K. and Singh N.P. (2015). Genome Scanning of Asiatic Vigna species for Discerning Population Genetic Structure based on Microsatellite Variation.Molecular Breeding, 35:178.
  • Pratap A., Basu P.S., Gupta S., Malviya N., Rajan N., Tomar R., Latha M., Nadarajan N. and Singh N.P. (2014). Identification and characterization of sources for photo- and thermo-insensitivity in Vigna species. Plant Breeding, 133:756-764.

Awards and Fellowships

  • ICAR-Lal Bahadur Shashtri Outstanding Young Scientist Award-2014 (Crop and Horticultural Sciences).
  • Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship 2011.
  • Best Research Centre Award-2018 by AICRP on MULLaRP, Awarded by Honourable Vice-President of India, Sh. M. Venkaiah Naidu on May 19, 2019.
  • Best Research Team Award by World Vegetable Centre to International Mungbean Improvement Network Project (as a team member).
  • Felicitation on Institution Foundation Day, 5th September, 2015 .
  • Institute Best Scientist Award, Institute Foundation Day, 2012.
  • Fellow, Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development.
  • Secretary, ISPRD.
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