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Name : Dr. Girish Prasad Dixit
Designation : Director
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Telephone (Office) : +91-512-2580888
Mobile No. : +91-99361 49224
Date of joining ICAR : 05th August 1991
Discipline and specialization : Plant Breeding
Training/advance exposure in the area of work :

Exploration, Evaluation and Maintenance of Plant Genetic Resources; DNA Molecular Marker Techniques

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Contribution to the scientific advancement

  • Developed 18 varieties of different pulse crops. The Share of these varieties is 64% in the national breeder seed chain.
  • As Project Coordinator (Chickpea), new research programmes initiated focusing on using integrated breeding approaches for the accelerated development of improved breeding materials with diverse desired traits such as high yield potential, improved tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses, resilience to climate change, labour saving, market-preferred grain traits and improved quality of produce; digital data capture, data management and breeding management system for modernization of breeding programs. Also, facilitated the release of 42 varieties of chickpea.
  • Associated with the developement of A Post emergence herbicide (Metribuzin) tolerant fieldpea line P-637 (IC 0241565) Registered by PGRC, ICAR/ NBPGR in 2019.
  • Associated with the development of a bilingual and farmers friendly Mobile App on Chickpea – “Chanamitra” for chickpea farmers.

Current area of research

Pulses Improvement with emphasis on rabi crops.


  • R.K. Varshney, Thudi M., Roorkiwal M., Dixit G.P. and Xin Liu (2019). Resequencing of 429 chickpea accessions from 45 countries provides insights into genome diversity, domestication and agronomic traits. Nature Genetics. 51, 857–864.
  • Dixit G.P., Parihar A.K., Bohra A. and Singh N.P. (2016). Achievements and prospects of grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.) improvement for sustainable food production. The Crop Journal 4(5)407-416.
  • P.M. Gaur and Dixit G.P. (2014). Integrated breeding approaches for improving drought and heat adaptation in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L). Plant Breeding 138 (4) : 389-400.
  • Manish Roorkiwal, Dixit G.P. and Rajeev K. Varshney (2020) Integrating genomics for chickpea improvement: achievements and opportunities. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 133: 1703-1720.
  • G. Misra, A. Joshi-Saha, Dixit G.P. and P. M. Gaur (2020). Baseline status and effect of genotype, environment and genotype × environment interactions on iron and zinc content in Indian chickpeas (Cicer arietinum L.). Euphytica volume 216 Article number: 137 (2020)

Awards and Fellowships

  • Choudhary Devi Lal Best AICRP Award (2016).
  • ISPRD Recognition Award (2020).
  • Recognition Award by PPV & FRA (2016).
  • Best Scientist Award, ICAR-IIPR (2014).
  • Recognition of Outstanding Performance, ICRISAT (2019).
  • Outstanding Research Team Award, AICRP MULLaRP (2007).
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