ZUNJARE DR RAJKUMAR UTTAMRAO
Fellow, Elected 2022
Born at Babhulgaon, Maharashtra, on 13th September, 1988, Dr. Rajkumar completed his education from 6th to 12th class (1999-2006) at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Hingoli. He completed his B.Sc. (Ag.) from Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapith, Parbhani, Maharashtra in 2010. Both M.Sc. (Genetics) in 2012 & Ph.D. (Genetics & Plant Breeding) in 2017 from ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He joined as Scientist in ICAR and posted at Division of Genetics, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi in April, 2016, after completing three months’ foundation training at ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad (January-March, 2016).
Dr. Rajkumar has
received many awards and honours which include
International Research Experience to visit Iowa State University, USA for six
months (2022), ISGPB - Dr. Srinivasa Ramanujam Memorial Award for Young
Scientists (2022), Manihar Best PG Research in Maize Award (2020) of MTAI,
ICAR-Jawaharlal Nehru Award (2018) for Outstanding Doctoral Research, ICAR-Senior
Research Fellowship (2015), Full Sponsorship for oral paper presentation at 12th
Asian Maize Conference, Bangkok, Thailand (2014), ASR-NET in Genetics and Plant
Breeding (2013), UGC-Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for Ph. D. (2012-2015)
and ICAR-Junior Research Fellowship for M. Sc. with first rank (2010-2012).
Dr. Rajkumar made significant
contribution in maize breeding and basic research. He was involved in
development of nine biofortified hybrids enriched with lysine, tryptophan and
provitamin-A, two shrunken2 gene-based sweet corn hybrids, two baby corn hybrids, and
one field corn hybrid. He developed first
cytoplasmic male sterile (CMS)-T based baby corn hybrid “Pusa HM4 male sterile
baby corn (Shishu)” which was released for North Western Plain Zone of the
country. Developed and evaluated series
of male sterile baby corn hybrids and inbreds using CMS –T, –C and –S systems. Characterized lycopene
epsilon cyclase (lcyE) gene and
developed multiplex PCR assay amplifying ?-carotene
hydroxylase (crtRB1) and lcyE genes for their utilization in provitamin-A
biofortification. Identified resistant maize inbreds for Sitophilus oryzae infestation. Published 55 research papers in
journals of repute. Also, authored 25 training manuals, six popular articles, nine
book chapters and a review article. He is also involved in teaching and guiding
M.Sc. and Ph.D. students since 2019.
The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding feels proud to bestow on Dr. Rajkumar Uttamrao Zunjare, the fellowship of the society for his outstanding contribution in the field of Plant Breeding and Genetics.