LEGUME BREEDER FOR SOUTH ASIA
Karthikeyan joined WorldVeg as a Scientific Officer – Legume Breeding on 3 May 2017 and is based at the South Asia office in Hyderabad, India. After receiving an MSc in Molecular Plant Breeding at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, he joined Rasi Seeds (P) Ltd. as a cotton breeder, looking after backcross, pure line and maintenance breeding, and breeder seed production. He developed a high throughput genetic transformation and regeneration system in cotton and advanced 170 independent single copy transgenic lines for evaluation. At WorldVeg he conducts laboratory, glasshouse and field experiments to screen legumes for biotic and abiotic stress resistance/tolerance, and works on plant hybridization and marker assisted selection.