Dr. C. Lavanya, Principal Scientist
M.Sc & Ph.D in Genetics and Plant Breeding

Contact Address :
Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research
Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500 030

Phone : 040-24598114
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Projects completed :
CAS-115: Genetic and Physiological manipulation of sex expression in castor
On-going Projects :
DOR 103-2 : Diversification of pistillate base and development of improved varieties and hybrids in castor
DOR 103-3 : Breeding for resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses in castor
DOR 103-4 : Genetic enhancement through biotechnological approaches in castor
External Project : Central sector scheme for implementation of PVP legislation-Phase II


Trainings undertaken (National & International)

 · ICRISAT-CEG Ninth Training Course on "Molecular Plant Breeding for Crop Improvement" 7-18 November 2011 at ICRISAT Campus, Hyderabad, India.
· Learning workshop-cum-training on “Legalities in the protection of plant varieties and EDVs” organized by Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad from 27-28 August, 2009.
· Testing of plant varieties for DUS-principles and procedures” at Division of Seed Science and Technology under Central Sector scheme for Implementation of PVP Legislation from March 5th to 9th, 2007


Recent Publications (best papers in past 5 years )
1. Lavanya C and Lakshmamma P. 2007. Selection of high yielding lines in castor (Ricinus communis L.). Indian Journal of Agricultural Science, 78, 4 : 318-322
2. Lavanya C and Gopinath V. 2008. Study on inheritance of morphological characters and sex expression in pistillate lines of castor (Ricinus communis L.). The Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 68, 3: 275-282.
3. N. Sunil, Vinod Kumar, N. Sivaraj, C. Lavanya, R. B. N. Prasad, B. V. S. K. Rao, K. S. Varaprasad, 2009. Variability and divergence in Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre germplasm – a candidate tree for biodiesel. GCB: Bioenergy. Doi: 10.1111/j.1757-1717. 2009.01030.x. Published Online: Feb 2 2010 9:51PM
4. Lakshmammma, P, Lakshminarayana, M, Lakshmi Prayaga, Alivelu, K and Lavanya C. 2009. Effect on defoliation on seed yield of castor (Ricinus communis L.,). Indian Journal of Agricultural Science, 79, 8: 620-3
5. Lavanya C, Raoof MA and Santalakshmi Prasad. 2011. Genetics of resistance to Fusarium wilt in castor caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. ricni Nanda and Prasad. Indian Phytopathology. 64 (2): 151-153.
6. Lavanya, C., Murthy, I.Y.L.N., Nagaraj G. and Mukta, N. 2012. Prospects of castor (Ricinus communis L.) genotypes for biodiesel production in India. Biomass and Bioenergy, 39, April 2012, 204-209. (2012), doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.01.008.
7. Liv S. Severino,* Dick L. Auld, Marco Baldanzi, Magno J. D. Cândido, Grace Chen, William Crosby, Tan D., Xiaohua He, P. Lakshmamma, C. Lavanya, Olga L. T. Machado, Thomas Mielke, Máira Milani, Travis D. Miller, J. B. Morris, Stephen. A. Morse, Alejandro A. Navas, Dartanhã J. Soares, Valdinei Sofiatti, Ming L. Wang, Maurício D. Zanotto, and Helge Zieler. A Review on the Challenges for Increased Production of Castor. Agron. J. 104:853-880(2012)
8. Lavanya C and Solanki S S. 2010. Crop improvement of castor: The challenges ahead. In Hegde D. M. (Ed). 2010. Research and development in castor: present status and future strategies. Indian Society of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad. 36-55 pp.
9. Mukta, N, Lavanya C and Praveen Reddy. 2010. Variability for essential DUS characteristics in released varieties and hybrids of castor, Ricinus communis L. Journal of Oilseeds Research, 27 (Special issue):66-68
10. Lavanya C, 2010. Breeding behavior of male lines in castor, Ricinus communis L.. Journal of Oilseeds Research, 27 (Special issue):68-70.

Area of expertise :
Heterosis breeding
Varietal development
Resistance breeding
Seed production technology
DUS characterization
Maintenance breeding


Any other relevant information

Contributed for the release of castor genotypes in all castor growing regions of India by CVRC
o DCH-519 hybrid
o 48-1 variety
o DCS-107 variety
· Contributed for the registration of parental lines with NBPGR
o LRES-17, DPC-9, M-619 pistillate lines
o DCS-106 wilt and leaf hopper resistant male line