Dr./ Ms. C. Tara Satyavathi completed her Ph. D. in the year 1998 from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. Presently she is working as Project Coordinator ICAR - AICRP on Pearl Millet, Rajasthan.
She is presently Project Coordinator, ICAR-AICRP on Pearl Millet. She was Principal Scientist in the Division of Genetics, IARI, New Delhi. Her research mainly focused on quality parameters in rice Crossability relationship and made hybridization in Brassica Sps, genetic improvement, development of minimal descriptor, National Test guidelines, reference varieties for DUS Testing in Soybean, use of marker technologies like AFLP,SSRs in discerning diversity in soybean, identification of QTL(s) for seed coat permeability, breeding for bold seeded soybean with improved seed germination.
She has re-oriented pearl millet programme at IARI, developed hybrids and varieties, identified QTSL(s) for downy mildew resistance, development and identification of high grain iron and zinc pearl millet lines, genetic stocks for high lysine, high tryptophan, white grain etc. she pioneered the work on pearl millet nutritional improvement through biofortification. She developed a number of mapping populations for economically important traits like downy mildew, thermo tolerance, along with a number of white colorued pearl millet lines that are of use in food industry.
As a Project Coordinator, she has introduced minimum iron and zinc content in the promotion criteria in varietal release policy for the first time ever in the world. Under her leadership, research efforts addressing rancidity in pearl millet and development of pearl millet material for mid zones were taken up
Dr. Satyavathi received many awards including Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh outstanding woman scientist award (2016), outstanding millet scientist award (2018), outstanding research contribution in Pearl Millet Improvement in the country along with best research paper and best poster awards.
She has published 80 research papers in reputed national and international journals. She has written six books and handled 20 research projects financed by DAC, Govt. of India, DBT, AP Cess fund, GLDC Innovation fund, BMGF and ICAR. She has successfully guided three research student for Ph.D. degree and eight student for M. Sc degree
Considering all her achievements and outstanding contributions in the field of Agriculture (Plant Genetic Resources) the BOARD OF AWARDS of the ISGPB has recommended her name for the Dr. M. S. Swaminathan Women Scientist Award 2019 as such the Academy confers upon her the same today on the14th December 2019