Hyderabad: Dr. Raman Meenakshi Sundaram has been appointed as Director of ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research (ICAR-IIRR), Hyderabad.
Earlier, Dr.Sundaram was working as Principal Scientist (Biotechnology), Crop Improvement Section, ICAR-IIRR and served the Rice Institute for the last 23 years, according to a press release.
He is a scientist of global repute working in the area of rice biotechnology, molecular breeding, and genomics and has over 160 research papers in national and international journals of repute and has published several books, book chapters and popular articles.
Dr.Sundaram’s research accomplishments include the development of one of the first biotechnology products in rice, Improved Samba Mahsuri, which is high yielding, is of fine-grain type, has a low glycaemic index and is highly resistant to bacterial blight, it said.
Dr. Sundaram has been conferred with several national and international awards, which include DBT Product and Process Development and Commercialization Award, ICAR Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award, ICAR-Hari Om Ashram Award, CSIR Award for innovation in rural development and P.N. Behl Award for excellence in Crop Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Sciences-India, Allahabad and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.
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