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Profile of Dr. Rishikesh Kumar

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Name : Dr. Rishikesh Kumar
Designation : Scientist
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Telephone (Office) :
Mobile No. : +91-9471060622
Date of joining ICAR : 01st January, 2016
Discipline and specialization : Plant Pathology specialization in Plant bacteriology
Training/advance exposure in the area of work :

CAFT Training at GBPUAT, Pantnagar on “Modern Concepts in Plant Disease Management for Enhancing Quality and Productivity”.

Professional Information

Contribution to the scientific advancement

Reported Six effector genes in Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. punicae, which are related with virulence. Xanthomonas outer protein based Type III effectors play an important role in suppressing the defence mechanism of host especially by XopN effector.

Current area of research

Pathology of Wilt and Dry root rot disease of chickpea.


  • Kumar R. and Mondal K.K.(2013). XopN-T3SS effector modulates in planta growth of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. punicae and cell-wall-associated immune response to induce bacterial blight in pomegranate. Physiological and molecular plant pathology 84: 36-43.
  • Mondal K.K., Rajendran T.P., Phaneendra C., Mani C., Jyotsana Sharma, Richa Shukla, Geeta Verma, Kumar R., Singh D., Kumar A., Saxena A.K., Jain R.K. (2012). The reliable and rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnosis for Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. punicae in pomegranate. African Journal of Microbiology Research 6(30): 5950-5956.
  • Kumar R.Soni M. and Mondal K.K. (2016). XopN-T3SS effector of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. punicae localizes to the plasma membrane and modulates ROS accumulation events during blight pathogenesis in pomegranate. Microbiological Research, 193: 111-120.
  • Singh B.K., Choudhary S.B., Yadav S., Malhotra E.V., Rani R., Ambawat S., Priyamedha, Pandey A., Kumar R., Kumar S., Sharma H.K., Singh D.K., Rai P.K.(2018). Genetic structure identification and assessment of interrelationships between Brassica and allied genera using newly developed genic-SSRs of Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea L.). Industrial Crops & Products, 113 (2018): 111–120.
  • Mondal K.K., Soni M., Verma G., Kulshreshtha A., Mrutyunjaya S. and Kumar R.(2020). Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. punicae depends on multiple non-TAL (Xop) T3SS effectors for its coveted growth inside the pomegranate plant through repressing the immune responses during bacterial blight development. Microbiological Research, 240 (2020): 126560

Awards and Fellowships

  • ICAR NTS fellowship for completion of B.Sc. (Agriculture) study during 2006-2010.
  • ICAR JRF Rank 6th in Plant Science for M.Sc. Plant Pathology from I.A.R.I., New Delhi during 2010-12.
  • CSIR NET Rank 35th in Life Science in 2012.
  • ICAR-IARI Ph.D. Entrance Exam Rank 1st in Plant Pathology.
  • ICAR-SRF Entrance Exam Rank 6th for Ph.D. programme in Plant Pathology.
  • ICAR-NET Qualified with 86% marks in Plant Pathology.
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