15-04-2024

भाकृअनुप - भारतीय मक्का अनुसंधान संस्थान

ICAR - Indian Institute of Maize Research

(ISO 9001:2015 certified)

Nurturing Diversity, Resilience, Livelihood & Industrial Inputs

Dr. Krishan Kumar

Designation: Scientist Sr. Scale(Ag. Biotechnology)

Qualification: Ph.D. in Life Sciences (Plant Sciences) from International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), JNU, New Delhi

Address: ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research Delhi Office, Pusa Campus, IARI, New Delhi-110012 (INDIA)

Email: krishan.kumar6@icar.gov.in, krishjiwra@gmail.com



Work experience:

  • Scientist, ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research, Delhi Office, Pusa Campus (India) from Oct 9, 2015 – to date
  • Scientist Probationer, National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad (India) from July 1, 2015 to Sep 30, 2015

Area of interest:
Transcriptomic studies and development of Genome Edited maize for useful breeding traits.

Most significant achievements (in last five years):

  • Developed a robust in vitro regeneration and transformation protocol for tropical maize (Zea mays L.) using mature seed-derived nodal explants
  • Identified Phosphorus use efficient (PUE) maize line via hydroponic culture.
  • As team member, standardized a hydroponic-based rapid method of screening for drought stress tolerance in maize
  • As team member, identified key genes differentially expressed (DEGs) in contrasting maize genotypes under low-nitrogen stress conditions via RNA-seq technique
  • As team member, identified a set of differentially expressed miRNAs in tropical maize subjected to different abiotic stresses (drought, water-logging and Phosphate-deficiency)

 Publications in last five years:

Research/Review papers

  1. Research/Review papers
    1. Kumar K, Jha AK, Kumar B, Karjagi CG, Abhishek A, Gambhir G, Aggarwal C, Tyagi A, Sharma P, Pandey P, Rakshit S. 2022. Development of an efficient and reproducible in vitro regeneration and transformation protocol for tropical maize (Zea mays ) using mature seed‑derived nodal explants. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture, 148:557–571. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11240-021-02207-y
    2. Kumar K, Yadava P, Gupta M, Choudhary M, Jha AK, Wani SH, Dar ZA, Kumar B, Rakshit 2022. Narrowing down molecular targets for improving phosphorus use efficiency in maize (Zea mays L.). Mol Bio reports. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11033-022-07679-5
    3. Singh P, Kumar K*, Jha AK, Yadava P, Pal M, Rakshit S and Singh I. 2022. Global gene expression profiling under nitrate stress in contrasting inbred lines identify key genes involved in nitrate stress adaptation in maize (Zea mays L.). Scientific Reports 12 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-07709-z
    4. Kumar B, Choudhary M, Kumar K et al. 2022. Maydis leaf blight of maize: Update on status, sustainable management and genetic architecture of its resistance. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmpp.2022.101889

    1. Soujanya PL, Sekhar JC, Yathish KR, Karjagi CG, Rao KS, Suby SB, Jat SL, Kumar B, Kumar K, Vadessery J, Subaharan K, Patil J, Kalia VK, Dhandapani A and Rakshit S. 2022. Leaf Damage Based Phenotyping Technique and Its Validation Against Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda(J. E. Smith), in Maize.  Plant Sci. 13:906207. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.906207
    2. Yadav P, Dayaram V, Agarwal A, Kumar K et al. Fine-tuning the transcriptional regulatory model of adaptation response to phosphate stress in maize (Zea mays L.) Physiol Mol Biol Plants  28, 885–898. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12298-022-01155-x
    3. Kumar B, Rakshit S, Kumar S, Singh BK, Lahka C, Jha AK, Kumar K, Kumar P, Choudhary M, Singh SB, Amalraj JJ, Prakash B, Khulbe R, Kamboj MC, Chirravuri  NN and Hossain F. 2022. Genetic Diversity, Population Structure and Linkage Disequilibrium Analyses in Tropical Maize Using Genotyping by Sequencing. Plants  11, 799. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants11060799
    4. Kumar B, Choudhary M, Kumar P,  Kumar K, Kumar S,  Singh B K, Lahkar C,  Meenakshi,  Kumar P, Dar ZA, Devlash R, Hooda KS, Guleria SK,  and Rakshit  2022. Population Structure Analysis and Association Mapping for Turcicum Leaf Blight Resistance in Tropical Maize Using SSR Markers. Genes  13, 618. https://doi.org/ 10.3390/genes13040618.
    5. Singh P, Tomar R S, Kumar K, Kumar B, Rakshit S and Ishwar Singh I. 2021. Morpho-physiological and biochemical characterization of maize genotypes under nitrogen stress conditions. Indian J. Genet., 81(2): 1255-265 DOI: 10.31742/IJGPB.81.2.8
    6. SinghI, Sheoran S, Kumar K, and Rakshit S. Speed breeding in maize vis-à-vis in other crops: status and prospects. 2021. Indian J. Agril Sci., 91 (9): 1267–73.
    7. Kumar K, Abhishek A, Jha AK, Kumar B and Rakshit S. 2021. In vitro regeneration in maize (Zea mays) Maize Journal 10(1): 17-23.
    8. Kumar K*, Gambhir G, Dass A, Tripathi AK, Singh A, Jha AK Yadav P, Chaudhary M and Rakshit S. 2020. Genetically modified crops: current status and future prospects. Planta 251: 91. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00425-020-03372-8
    9. Kumar B*, Kumar K, Jat SL, Srivastava S, Tiwari T, Kumar S, Meenakshi, Pradhan HR, Kumar B, Chaturvedi G, Jha AK and Rakshit S. 2020. Rapid method of screening for drought stress tolerance in maize (Zea mays). Indian J. Genet. 80(1): 16-25.
    10. Kumar B*, Singh SB, Singh V, Hooda KS, Bagaria PK, Kumar K, Pradhan HR, Kumar S, Meenakshi, Bhati P, Kumar B, Chaturvedi G and Rakshit S. 2020. RILS development and its characterization for MLB resistance and flowering in maize (Zea mays L.). Indian J. Agril Sci. 90(1): 183-188.
    11. Yadava P*, Aggarwal C, Verma R, Kumar K and Singh I. 2020. Effect of nitrogen-starvation on growth pattern and expression of nitrogen assimilation genes. Indian J. Agril Sci. 90(1): 195–200.
    12. Agarwal A, Yadava P*, Kumar K, Singh I, Kaul T, Pattanayak A and Agrawal PA. 2018. Insights into maize genome editing via CRISPR/Cas9. Mol. Biol. Plants. 24(2):175–183.
    13. Kumar S, Kanakachari M, Dhandapani G, Kumar K, Narayanasamy P, Padmalatha KV, Solanke AK, Gamanagatti S, Hiremath V, Katageri IS, Leelavathi S, Kumar PA and Reddy VS*. 2016. Genome-wide transcriptomic and proteomic analyses of bollworm-infested developing cotton bolls revealed the genes and pathways involved in the insect pest defence mechanism. Plant Biotech. J. 14(6):1438-1455.
    14. Mahanta P, Bhardwaj A, Kumar K, Reddy VS and Ramakumar S*. 2015. Structural insights into N-terminal to C-terminal interactions and implications for thermostability of a (ß/α)8-triosephosphate isomerase barrel enzyme. FEBS J. 282(18): 3543-3555.
    15. Kumar S, Pandey P, Kumar K, Rajamani V, Padmalatha KV, Dhandapani G, Kanakachari M, Leelavathi S, Kumar PA and Reddy VS. 2015*. Delineating the glycoproteome of elongating cotton fiber cells. Data in Brief J. 5: 717-725. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2015.10.015.

     

        Popular articles

    1. कृष्ण कुमार, पूजा शर्मा, अभिषेक झा, भूपेंद्र कुमार, प्रांजल यादव, एवं सुजय रक्षित। विश्व में ट्रांसजेनिक फसलों की स्थिति। कृषि चेतना 2021: अंक – 4, पृष्ठ संख्या 64-66 ।
    2. भूपेंद्र कुमार, कृष्ण कुमार, पूजा शर्मा, बृजेश कुमार सिंह, मीनाक्षी, सोनू कुमार, पुष्पेंदर, एवं सुजय रक्षित। पोषण संबंधी खाद्य सुरक्षा के लिए क्वालिटी प्रोटीन मक्का महत्व। कृषि चेतना 2020: अंक – 3।
    3. Kumar K (2019). Genome editing with engineered nuclease. Online presentation at https://www.slideshare.net/https://www.slideshare.net/secret/A8RCgFqlpFZ8Rb
    4. कृष्ण कुमार एवं अवनि। ट्रांसजेनिक मक्का की स्थिति: एक समीक्षा। कृषि चेतना 2018: अंक – 1 (मक्का विशेषांक) 89-92.
    5. Yadava P, Kumar K, Kumar B and Singh I. Landmark maize research papers in 2018. Maize Journal 7(2): 90-92; Short Communication.
    6. बचाएँ सफ़ेद सोना हलधर टाइम्ज़, जयपुर 2015 ।

     

        Book chapters

     

    1. Singh I, Kumar K, Singh P, Yadava P and Rakshit S. 2021. Physiological and molecular interventions for improving Nitrogen-Use Efficiency in maize. In Molecular Breeding in Wheat, Maize and Sorghum: Strategies for Improving Abiotic Stress Tolerance and Yield (eds M.A. Hossain et al.) DOI:10.1079/9781789245431.0019
    2. Yadava P, Singh A, Kumar K, Sapna, and Singh I. 2019. Plant Senescence and Agriculture In Sarwat M, Tuteja N Eds. Senescence Signalling and Control in Plants. Elsevier, Academic Press (ISBN: 978-0-12-813187-9), pp 283-302. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-813187-9.00018-4
    3. Kumar K, Aggarwal C, Sapna, Singh I, Yadava P. 2018. Microbial Genes in Crop Improvement. In Prasad R, Gill SS, Tuteja N Eds. New and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering: Crop Improvement Through Microbial Biotechnology. Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands (ISBN: 978-0-444-63987-5), pp 39-54.
    4. Kumar K, Gupta M, Singh A, Aggarwal C, Choudhary M, Singh I, Yadava P. Frontier technologies in maize improvement. In Maize research in India: Retrospect and prospect. Indian Institute of Maize Research (ISBN 978-81-928624-2-2), pp 425-443.
    5. Avni, Yadava P, Kumar K. Role of frontier technologies in maize improvement. All India co-ordinated maize improvement project, 2016 (pp. 19-28).

     

    Significant recognition

    • Best Scientist award 2021-22, ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research.
    • Best poster award in National Conference on “Maize for Resource Sustainability Industrial growth and Framers’ Prosperity” held during February 23-25, 2022 at Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur.
    • Best poster award in International Symposium onAdvances in plant Biotechnology and genome editing (APBGE-2021) held virtually from 8-10 April 2021; organized by ICAR-IIAB, Ranchi in association with PTCA, India.
    • Best poster award in International Conference on Photobiology Phytochemistry & Plant Biotechnology (ICPPP-2019) held at MohanLal Sukhadia University, Udaipur from 8th to 9th May, 2019.
    • Editor (Basic Sciences), Maize Journal (https://mtaisociety.weebly.com/maize-journal.html), 2018-19.
    • Best oral presentation award in International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (ICCBSA) held at Jorhat, Assam from 13 December to 16 December , 2018 ICCBSA-2018
    • Awarded with Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) for PhD research in UN institute (ICGEB) by DBT, Govt. of India (June 2011-June 2015).
    • CSIR-JRF fellowship for PhD research (Aug 2010 – May 2011).
    • Certificate of merit for securing 2nd rank at University level and grade O (Outstanding) in M.Sc. examination.
    • DBT, National fellowship during M.Sc. programme (2008-10)
    • Certificate of appreciation/merit for outstanding performance in B.Sc. III exam
    • Certificate of appreciation/merit for outstanding performance in B.Sc. II exam

     

Project Associations:

Institutional/ In-House

  • Development of banded leaf and sheath blight resistant transgenic maize.