Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2021

Born in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India on 25th October 1977 Dr. A.Anandan got educated at Sri Vani Matriculation School, Rasipuram, Tamil Nadu; Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, B.Sc. (Ag), 1995-1999; Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, M.Sc. (Ag) in Genetics and Plant Breeding, 1999-2001; Ph.D. at Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu,2003-2006.

Dr. A.Anandan started his professional career as Assistant Professor (Genetics and Plant Breeding) with the Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, 2002-2013; Later joined as Senior Scientist (Genetics and Plant Breeding), at ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, 2013-2016; Currently,serving as Principal Scientist,  at ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack,2016 to till date.

Awards/Honours: NEWS India-UK Research Fellowship 2017-18 to undertake research in UK institutes; Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Biodiversity Science2015; SAB Eminent Agricultural Biotechnologist Award 2014.

Research Area: Rice Breeding for Direct Seeded condition; Rice Molecular Breeding; Breeding for Abiotic Stresses.

Major research contribution: Released 11 rice varieties for drydirect-seeded aerobic and irrigatedconditionthrough CVRC or SVRC and published more than 85 research articlesin peer-reviewed journals. Identified QTL’s/superior haplotypes for the shoot and root vigour, anaerobic condition, low nitrogen, and phosphorous condition. His current focus is on developing genetic solutions for enhancing input use efficiency in rice. Introgression of yield, nutrient, and stress-tolerant genes/QTLs into elite varieties through MAS for direct-seeded conditions. 


The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding feels proud to bestow on Dr. A.Anandan the Fellowship of the Society for his outstanding contributions in Rice Genetics and Breeding.