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Pankaj SHARMA
Last name : SHARMA
First name : Pankaj
Entrance year : 2016
Occupation : Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology)
Company : ICAR
Birthdate : 1973/05/17
Address : Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard Research (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) 321303 Sewar, Bharatpur, RAJASTHAN / India
Main fields of interest :
  • Crop protection
Professional experience : Contribution to the Scientific advancement •Epidemiology of Sclerotinia rot of Indian mustard (Brassica juncea L.) investigated, forecasting models were developed and validated. •More than 7000 Brassica germplasm, breeding lines were screened with standardized stem inoculation technique against Sclerotinia stem rot and reported tolerant sources. •First comprehensively studied report on 65 S. sclerotiorum isolates from 10 states of India that indicates the existence of broader genetic variations based on morphological and genetic diversity. •75 geographical isolates of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum were maintained. •Sclerotinia rot management technology developed and popularized among mustard growers. •First report of 21 new diseases from India and worldwide. Current Research Projects •Management of Sclerotinia rot in rapeseed-mustard. •Incentivizing research in agriculture-Indian mustard. •DST-BBSRC Newton-Bhabha project on Genomics-led improvement of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability. •Participated in 95 seminar, conferences, meetings, workshops and published 125 abstracts. •Published 102 research papers in National and International journals, 14 research notes, more than 600 popular articles and delivered 300 TV and radio talks.
Education : Ph.D. (Plant Pathology), MPUAT, Udaipur M.Sc. Ag (Hons)(Plant Pathology), SKNCA (SKRAU, Bikaner), Jobner B.Sc. Ag (Hons), SKNCA (SKRAU, Bikaner), Jobner
Selected publications : Sclerotinia (22) •Gupta N.C., Pankaj Sharma, Mahesh Rao, P.K. Rai and A.K. Gupta. 2020. Evaluation of non-injury inoculation technique for assessing Sclerotinia stem rot (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) in oilseed Brassica. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 175:105983. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2020.105983 •Sharma Pankaj, V.V. Singh, N.C. Gupta, P.D. Meena and PK Rai. 2019. Identification of Brassica juncea germplasm resistant to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and study of inheritance in early generations. 15th International Rapeseed Congress, Berlin, Germany June 16-19, 2019. pp 101. •Sharma, Pankaj, A. Samkumar, M. Rao, V.V. Singh, L. Prasad, D.C. Mishra, R. Bhattarchatya and N.C. Gupta. 2018. Genetic diversity studies based on morphological variability and molecular phylogeny of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum population from Indian mustard (Brassica juncea). Frontiers in Microbiology. 05 June 2018. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.01169 •Sharma Pankaj, S. Singh, V.V. Singh, N.C. Gupta, L. Prasad., P.D. Meena, S. Ambawat and P.K. Rai.2018. Identification and characterization of new resistance sources against Sclerotinia stem rot (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) in oilseed Brassica. Journal of Mycology and Plant Pathology. 48 (1):35-44. •Sharma, Pankaj, P.D. Meena, A. Kumar, V. Kumar and D. Singh. 2015. Forewarning models for Sclerotinia rot (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) in Indian mustard (Brassica juncea). Phytoparasitica 43:509-516 (DOI: 10.1007/s12600-015-0463-4). •Sharma Pankaj, PD Meena, PR Verma, GS Saharan, Naresh Mehta, Dhiraj Singh and Arvind Kumar. 2015. Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary causing Sclerotinia rot in oilseed Brassicas: A review. Journal of Oilseed Brassica 6 (S): 1-44. •Sharma, Pankaj, P.D. Meena and P.K. Rai. 2017. Epidemiology and recent advances in Sclerotinia rot management in Brassica juncea. GCIRC Technical Meeting 2017, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden. 8-11 May 2017. pp.16. •Sharma, Pankaj, A. Sharma, P.D. Meena and D. Singh. 2015. Pathogenic variability of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum isolates on Brassica differentials. 14th International Rapeseed Congress, Saskatoon, Canada. 5-9 July 2015. pp. 112. Brassica (22); New Disease Reports (21);Others (42);Research notes (14) •Jat, R.S., V.V. Singh, Pankaj Sharma and P.K. Rai.2019. Oilseed Brassica in India: Demand, supply, policy perspective and future potential. Oilseeds & Fats crops and Lipids. 26:8 doi: https://doi.org/10.105/ocl/2019005
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