This thematic series will publish in
CABI Agriculture and Bioscience.
Guest Edited by:
C. Tara Satyavathi: ICAR- Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad, India
Renu Pandey: ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India
Submission Deadline: 31st October 2023
Aims and Scope:
Millets are the nutrient rich small-grained cereals which are often grown on marginal and poor soils. These are climate smart crops that can withstand vagaries of climate change and provide food and nutritional security to the poor farmers and the dependent cattle whose livelihoods depends on the low fertile, marginal soils in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Very little information is available about millets as research, production and marketing of these crops is done in pockets.
As 2023 has been declared the International Year of Millets, CABI Agriculture & Bioscience is launching a special collection focused on millets, covering production, protection, economics, marketing, post-harvest processing and popularization.
Submissions after the deadline will be considered if suitable. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to submit after the deadline above.
Dr. C. Tara Satyavathi is a renowned pearl millet geneticist. She developed hybrids (2) and varieties (3), identified QTL(s) for downy mildew resistance, agronomically important traits, developed high grain iron and zinc pearl millet lines, genetic stocks for high lysine, high tryptophan, white grain etc. Her research in Pearl millet mainly focussed on nutritional quality improvement and abiotic stress tolerance especially seedling stress tolerance. She developed a number of mapping populations for economically important traits like downy mildew, thermo-tolerance in white coloured pearl millet background that are of use in food industry. As Project Coordinator (Pearl millet), she introduced benchmark levels of iron (42 ppm) and zinc (32 ppm) content in the promotion criteria in cultivar release policy for the first time ever in the world culminating in release of 32 hybrids and 2 varieties of pearl millet with minimum 42 ppm iron and 32 ppm zinc leading to the nutritional security of rural women and children in India. Under her leadership, research efforts addressing rancidity in pearl millet and development of material and technologies for arid zones were taken up.
She published 140 research papers in reputed national and international journals, written three books, many book chapters, technical bulletins, popular articles. She handled 23 research projects financed by various agencies. She successfully guided students for Ph.D. degree and M. Sc degree in Genetics and Plant breeding. She served as Vice President of Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding; editorial board of Annals of Agriculture and Electronic journal of Plant breeding; as Councillor and Joint secretary of Indian Society of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi. She is Fellow of Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding. Dr. Tara Satyavathi received Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh outstanding woman scientist award (2016) from ICAR, Outstanding Millet Scientist award (2018) from Karnataka Govt., Outstanding research contribution in Pearl Millet Improvement in the country (2018, 2020) and M.S. Swaminathan Woman Scientist Award (2019) from ISGPB.
Dr. Renu Pandey research is focus on mineral nutrition of crop plants, exploring the physiological and molecular mechanisms, and identifying superior ‘donors’ and ‘traits’ for nitrogen and phosphorus use efficiency in crops. The interaction between nutrients and other abiotic stresses like drought, high temperature, and CO2 are also under investigation. In the area of genomics of plant nutrition, Dr. Pandey is conducting genome-wide and candidate gene association studies for phosphorus and nitrogen use efficiencies.
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