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Sanjeet Kumar

Scientist - Pepper Breeding


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M.Phil, Ph.D in Genetics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India

Research interests

Vegetable breeding and production


Sanjeet Kumar has led the Center's pepper breeding activities since mid-2011. Previously he worked for about four years as a vegetable breeder in a joint appointment for the World Vegetable Center and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Niamey, Niger. With a group of scientists, he selected and promoted a number of vegetable varieties in the Sahel under both irrigation and rainfed production systems. The impact of these efforts on livelihoods in the Sahel was recognized and in 2010 the World Vegetable Center and ICRISAT won the CGIAR Science Award for Outstanding Partnership. Before joining AVRDC in 2007, he served for 10 years at the Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR), Varanasi, India, where he conducted research on cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) and the development of improved chilli cultivars to produce validated markers for CMS, created new alloplasmic CMS cytoplasm, and disseminated varieties to help growers, researchers and students in India. The recipient of three “Young Scientist Awards,” by different scientific societies of India, Sanjeet was also a member of a team at IIVR, Varanasi that received an Outstanding Team Research Award from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.