Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding

Dr. Ravish Chatrath, ICAR-IIWBR, Karnal

Dr. BP Pal Memorial Life Time Achievement Award, 2021

Dr. Ravish Chatrath did his B.Sc. (Ag.) from College of Agriculture, HP University Solan in 1978, M.Sc. in Genetics (1978-80) and PhD in Genetics (1980-85) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He started his scientific career at ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute Regional Station, Pali-Marwar (Rajasthan) in March 1985 and subsequently at ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur in March 1986 where he briefly worked in the All India Coordinated Research Project on Pearl Millet. Thereafter he joined ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal in November 1988 where he worked on breeding wheat for salinity tolerance. In November 2001 he was selected as Principal Scientist at then Directorate of Wheat Research (Now ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research), Karnal till his superannuation in April, 2019. Post his superannuation he worked as Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, DAV University, Jalandhar from January 2020 till January 2021. He is currently working as Scientist Emeritus at ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal since February 2021.

Dr Ravish Chatrath, has remarkable achievements in wheat breeding, having developed 19 wheat varieties for various conditions including salt stress and biofortification along with several genetic stocks. His landmark achievement has been the recommendation of his variety DBW 187 in three mega zones of the country that now tops the breeder seed indent. His area of expertise is breeding wheat for high productive environments, wheat biofortification, water use efficiency through root and shoot traits, bioinformatics and breeding for salt stress. His research on protocols for salt stress screening and its genetics; evaluation and breeding for resource conservation technologies and farmersí participatory research methodologies is widely acclaimed. He has led five international and many national research projects and has a wide international experience having visited more than fifteen countries in all the continents. His publications have 2230 citations; h-index of 19 and i10-index of 31 on Google Scholar.

Dr. Chatrath is recipient of the many prestigious awards viz., Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Gene Steward Award, Hooker Award, MV Rao Memorial Award, Major J. Sharma Guleria Memorial Gold Medal. He is also a Fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Society for Advancement of Wheat and Barley Research and Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding.