30-10-2020

भाकृअनुप - भारतीय मक्का अनुसंधान संस्थान

ICAR - Indian Institute of Maize Research

(ISO 9001:2015 certified)

Nurturing Diversity, Resilience, Livelihood & Industrial Inputs

Dr. Ishwar Singh

Designation: Principal Scientist (Plant Physiology)

Qualification: Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Post-doc from Japan International Centre for Agricultural Sciences, Okinawa Subtropical Station, Japan

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

Email: ishwar.singh@icar.gov.in, isingh.dmr@gmail.com

Mobile: +91 996449332

Phone: +91 011 25841805 (O)



Work experience

  • Principal Scientist from Jan. 01, 2009 – to date: ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research, Pusa Campus, New Delhi, India
  • Senior Scientist from March 01, 2008 – Dec. 31, 2008: ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research, Pusa Campus, New Delhi, India
  • Senior Scientist from Sep. 14, 2002 – Feb 29, 2008: ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, India.
  • Scientist (Senior Scale) from Jul. 27,1997 – Sep. 13, 2002, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, India
  • Scientist from Feb 10, 1994 – Jul. 26, 1997: ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, India.
  • Scientist from Sep. 14, 1993 – Feb. 09, 1994: ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, India.
  • Research Associate from April 24, 1992 – Sep. 10, 1993:   CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India

Area of interest
Brassinosteroids and abiotic stresses (drought, temperature and nutrient stress) tolerance in crops

Most significant achievements (in last five years):

  •  Identified six heat-shock proteins (HSPs) specific to maize (ZmHsp22 ZmHsp26, ZmHsp60, ZmHsp70, ZmHsp82, ZmHsp101) by using EXPASY and SMART bioinformatics tools and studied their expression profiling in two contrasting maize genotypes[LM 17 (highly tolerant) x HKI 1015-wg8 (highly susceptible)].
  • Developed two maize mapping populations [HKI 335 (highly tolerant) x MGUD 22 (highly susceptible)] and [LM 17 (highly tolerant) x HKI 1015-wg8 (highly susceptible)] for drought and heat-stress, respectively over the last 10 years.
  • Developed more than 70 maize inbred lines tolerant to cold, drought and high temperature.
  • Cloned five antioxidant genes from two contrasting maize inbred lines [HKI 335 (highly tolerant) x MGUD 22 (highly susceptible)] in terms of drought tolerance and registered their sequence with NCBI GenBank with accession numbers viz., KR105967, KR136339, KR136340, KR136341 and KR136342.
  • Facilitated Memorandum of understanding (MoU)  with 8 universities (6 public an 2 private) for academic and research collaboration

Publications in last five years  

  1. Research papers
  2. Yadava P, Aggarwal C, Verma R, Kumar K and Singh I (2020) Effect of nitrogen-stavrvation on growth pattern and expression of nitrogen assimilation ralted genes in maize (Zea mays). Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 90(1):195-200.
  3. Kumar, K, Singh, I, Aggarwal, C, Tiwari, I, Jha, AK, Yadava, P and Rakshit, S (2019). Expression profiling of heat shock protein genes in two contrasting maize inbred lines. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences, 8(6): 347-358.
  4. Singh I, Chikkappa GK, Atkare AP, Shukla PK, Avni, Yadava P (2017). Identification of heat-stress tolerant recombinant inbred lines in maize (Zea mays). Maize J., 6: 9-21.
  5. Singh, M, Chakraborti, D., Dass, S. Singh, DK, Singh, N and Singh, I (2017). Effect of high temperature and low moisture stress on morpho-physiological and biochemical characters and yield of maize hybrids, Annals of Plant and Soil Research 19(1): 71–74.
  6. Debnath, S, Gazal, A., Yadava, P and Singh, I. (2016). Identification of contrasting genotypes under heat stress in maize (Zea mays ) Maize J., 5: 14-24.
  7. Dwivedi, N., Nautiyal, P.C., Singh, K. and Singh, I. (2016) Evaluation of maize hybrids for leaf thermostability, photosynthetic rate, stem reserves and productivity under rain-fed conditions. Indian J. Agric. Sci. , 86(11):1426-1432.
  8. Yadava, P., Kaushal, J., Gautam, A., Parmar, H. and Singh, I. (2016) Physiological and Biochemical Effects of 24-Epibrassinolide on Heat-Stress Adaptation in Maize (Zea mays ). Natural Science, 8, 171-179. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ns.2016.84020.
  9. Yadava, P., Nepolean, T., Kaur, P., Kaliyugam, S. and Singh, I. (2015) Salicylic acid alleviates methyl viologen induced oxidative stress through transcriptional modulation of antioxidant genes in Zea mays Maydica, 60: M21.
  10. Jhadhav, A., Kumar, A., Singh, A.K., Singh, I. and Das, T.K. (2015). Response of maize hybrids (Zea mays L.) to staggered sowing. Indian J. Agron., 60(3): 476-478.

 

  1. Review articles
  2. Agarwal, A., Yadava P, Kumar,K, , Singh I, Kaul T, Pattanayak A and Agrawal PK (2018) Insights into maize genome editing via CRISPR/Cas9. Mol. Biol. Plants, 24(2): 175-183. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12298-017-0502-3.
  3. Yadava P, Abhishek A, Singh R, Singh I, Kaul T, Pattanayak A and Agrawal PK(2017) Advances in Maize Transformation Technologies and Development of Transgenic Maize. Plant Sci. 7:1949. doi:10.3389/fpls.2016.01949.

 

  1. Book chapters
  2. Yadava, P, Singh, A, Kumar, K and Singh I (2019) Plant Senescence and Agriculture. In Sarwat M and Tuteja N Eds. Senescence Signaling and Control in Plants. Academic Press.pp. 283-302.
  3. Krishan Kumar, Chetana Aggarwal, Sapna, Ishwar Singh and Pranjal Yadava (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. pp 39-54. Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

 

  1. Magazine Article
  2. Kumar, A. and Singh, I. (2014). Crop diversification through maize-based cropping systems. Indian Farming, 64(4): 16-19.

 

 Professional recognition

  • Vice-President, Indian Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi (2020-21)
  • Vice President, Maize Technologists Association of India (2018-20)
  • Secretary, Maize Technologists Association of India (2016-18)
  • Joint Secretary, Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi (2010-18)
  • Treasurer, Maize Technologists Association of India (2013-16)
  • Zonal Secretary (North Zone), Indian Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi (2007-09)
  • Co-chair for session on “Biotic Stress management and Interactions” in the 4th International Plant Physiology Congress (IPPCongress-2018) held at NBRI, Lucknow, India during 2-5 December, 2018.
  • Co-chair for the session on “Genomics assisted crop improvement” in the 3rd International Plant Physiology Congress (IPPCongress-2015)  held at JNU, New Delhi during 10-14 December, 2015.
  • Team Leader for ICAR-CYMMYT collaborative program on “Identification and utilization of source of tolerance to abiotic (moisture and high temperature) stresses (2009-12).
  • Co-chair for the session on “Abiotic Stress management, Signalling and Gene Expression” in the National Seminar on “Physiological and Molecular Approaches for Development of Climate Resilient Crops” held at ANGRAU, Hyderabad, India during December 12-14, 2012.
  • Co-chair for the session on “Abiotic Stress management, Signalling and Gene Expression” in the National Seminar on “Sustaining Crop Productivity though Physiological Intervention” held in Mumbai during 24-25 November, 2011.
  • Co-Chair for session on “Post Harvest Technology/ Climate Change” in the National Symposium on “Advances in Biotechnological Research in Agri-Horticultural Crops for Sustaining Productivity, Quality Improvement & Food Security” to be held at SVBPUAT, Meerut from September 14-16, 2011.
  • Co-Chair for session on “Resource Conservation and Climate Change” in ISPP Zonal Seminar on “Physiological and Molecular Interventions for Yield and Quality Improvement in Crop Plants” held at SVBPUAT, Meerut, September 17-18, 2010.
  • Invited to deliver a talk on “Green Seeker Optical Sensor: A New Tool for Integrated Crop management in Sugarcane” at the International Conference (IS 2008) held at Al-Aris, Egypt, 11-14 September, 2008.
  • Invited by the Organizing Committee of the “International Symposium on Sustainable Sugarcane and Sugar Production Technology IS-2004” held in Nanning, P.R. China from November 29 to December 2, 2004 to present a theme paper on “Low temperature stress on sugarcane and sugar proclivity
  • Worked as staff member during Summer School on “Physiological and Molecular Approaches for Improving Sugarcane Productivity” held at the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, India from June 16 to July 15, 2003.