Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2021

Born in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), India on 28th February 1976, Dr ShaileshTripathi is aplant breeder by training and has over 15 years of experience in Plant Breeding and Genetics.He obtained his M.Sc (Ag) in Genetics and Plant Breeding (1998-2000) and Ph.D. degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding(2000-2004) from the G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, He was recipient of CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellowship for Ph.D. programme.

He joined Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in 2010 as Senior Scientist and became Principal Scientist in 2016. Before joining IARI, he served as Scientist (Chickpea Breeding) at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad. Prior to ICRISAT, he worked as Scientist at Regional Agricultural Research Station, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University (IGAU), Raipur (2005-2007).

Significant research achievements: He was involved in the development of 9 chickpea varieties released by CVRC or SVRC. The varieties released cover all major chickpea growing zones of the country.A “QTL-hotspot” containing quantitative trait loci (QTL) for several root and drought tolerance traits was transferred through marker-assisted backcross breeding into popular IARI chickpea varieties Pusa 372 and Pusa 362. The country’s first drought tolerant introgression line developed through molecular breeding BGM 10216 was released by CVRC in 2019. Desi chickpea variety suitable for machine harvesting Pusa Parvati (BG 3062) released by CVRC in 2019 for central zone.

Pusa chickpea 4005, a drought tolerant introgression line developed through molecular breeding was dedicated to the nation by Hon’able Prime Minister on 28th September 2021.

His other significant achievements in chickpea breeding and genetics include studying the allelic relationship of early flowering genes, identification of QTLs for drought tolerance related traits, biochemical and morphological characterization of herbicide tolerant lines, development of chickpea breeding lines with combined resistance to multiple diseases, restructuring chickpea plant type for amenability to machine harvesting and development of chickpea genomic resources He is also actively involved in farmers’ participatory on-farm trials for promotion of improved chickpea varieties in the India.

He has more than 45 research articles in peer reviewed national and international journals. He has guided two M.Sc. students. (Google Scholar citations: 1823; h-index: 22).

The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding feels proud to bestow on Dr Shailesh Tripathi the Fellowship of the Society for his outstanding contribution to chickpea improvement.