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Name : Dr. Manu B.
Designation : Scientist
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Mobile No. : +91-9540083569
Date of joining ICAR : 05th July 2017
Discipline and specialization : Genetics and Plant Breeding (Cowpea breeding)
Training/advance exposure in the area of work :

Advanced training on Breeding Mangement System (BMS) ICRISAT, Hyderabad.

Professional Information

Contribution to the scientific advancement

  • Studied traits responsible for terminal drought tolerance in chickpea.
  • Mapped QTLs conferring drought tolerance traits (NDVI, CT, thousand grain weight) in backcross inbred lines of wheat.
  • Studied mechanism governing heat and drought tolerance traits of summer mungbean grown in Indo-gangetic plains of India.
  • Management of plant genetic resources of minor pulses (Cowpea and Horsegram).
  • Involved in breeding for yield enhancement and multiple stress resistance of cowpea for southern peninsular zone of India.

Current area of research

Genetic improvement of Urdbean, Cowpea and Horsegram.


  • B. Manu, P. Shashi kumara, Sunil Birader, Divya Chauhan, Rahul Phuke, Divya Ambati, S.V. Sai Prasad, P.C. Mishra, K.K. Mishra, Harikrishna, Neelu jain, P.K.Singh, G.P.Singh and K.V. Prabhu (2020). Genetic gain and morpho-physiological characterization of BILs (Backcross Inbred Lines) under different moisture regimes in wheat (Triticum aestivum L). Indian Journal of Genetics, 80(1):84-93:(NAAS: 6.47).
  • Sunil Harikrishna, Deepali Upadhyay, Rahul Gajghate, P. Shashikumara, Divya Chouhan, Swetha Singh, V.P. Sunilkumar, B. Manu, Nivedita Sinha, Sanjay Singh, Neelu Jain, G.P. Singh and P.K. Singh (2020). QTL mapping for heat tolerance related traits using backcross inbred lines in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Indian Journal of Genetics, 80(3):242-249 DOI: 10.31742/IJGPB.80.3.2 (NAAS: 6.47).
  • B. Manu, Puttamadanayaka S., Harikrishna, Balaramaiah M., Biradar S., Parmeshwarappa S.V., Sinha N., Prasad S.V.S., Mishra P.C., Jain N., Singh P.K., Singh G.P., Prabhu K.V. Mapping genomic regions of moisture deficit stress tolerance using backcross inbred lines in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Sci Rep., 2020 Dec 10;10(1):21646. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-78671-x
  • Douglas C., Pratap A., Hanumantha Rao, B. Manu, Dubey S., Singh P. and Tomar R. Breeding progress and future challenges: Abiotic stresses.In.Nair R.M. et al(eds.). The Mungbean Genome, Compendium of plant Genome, https://.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20008-4_6.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Awarded ICAR Junior Research Fellowship for M.Sc. in 2012.
  • Awarded Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for Ph.D. from Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment 2017.
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