Principal Scientist, Plant breeding
M.Sc(Ag), Ph.D (Genetics & Plant Breeding)

Contact Address :
Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research,
Rajendranagar, Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh, India- 500030

Phone : 040-24598111
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Projects Completed : 5
A. Institute projects: As Principal Investigator
1. Genetic improvement of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) through exploitation of heterosis.

B. External Funded projects: As Principal Investigator
1. Development, maintenance and utilization of cytoplasmic male sterility for hybrid safflower (C. tinctorius L.) seed production-Funded by APCess Fund, ICAR, New Delhi, India
2. Sustainable Management of Plant Biodiversity-Castor Genetic Resources- Funded by NATP, ICAR, New Delhi, India
3. Collecting Safflower Germplasm from Unexplored Areas in India-Funded by International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome
4. Studies on diversity of ecotypes for safflower genetic resources- Funded by International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome


On-going Projects : 5

As Principal Investigator
a. Development of Improved Varieties and Hybrids in Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.).
b. Collection, C
haracterization, Maintenance, Evaluation and Utilization of Castor (Ricinus communis L.) Germplasm.

c.Developing High Oleic Safflower Cultivars and Protocols for Marker-Assisted selection for high Oleic Traits in Safflower for Indian conditions.

As Co-PI
·DOR-103-4: Development of elite parental lines in castor through prebreeding.
·DOR102-1:Collection, Characterization, Maintenance, Evaluation and Utilization of Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) Germplasm.
· ICAR Network Project: Phytophthora, Fusarium and Ralstonia diseases of horticulture and agricultural crop-Fusarium wilt of safflower

Trainings Undertaken (National & International)
1. “Molecular Marker Applications in Crop Genetics and Breeding” sponsored by DBT, GOI, India from 31 March -11 April, 2008 at ICRISAT, India.
2. “Contemporary and Participatory Approaches to Plant Genetic Resources Conservation & Use” sponsored by Wageningen International, Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN), Wageningen UR and Bioversity International at Wageningen International, the Netherlands from 6 April 2009 to 1 May 2009.
3. “Legalities in the Protection of Plant Varieties & EDVs” at the Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad, India from 27-28 August 2009.
4. “Hybrid Purity Assessment Using Molecular Markers” at DOR, Hyderabad, India from 18-25 March 2010
5. “Data Analysis Using SAS” sponsored by National Agricultural Innovation Project at NAARM, Hyderabad, India at NAARM, Hyderabad, India from 15-21 September, 2010.
6. “Establishment of National Information Sharing Mechanism (NISM) on the Implementation and Monitoring of the Global Plan of Action (GPA) for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA)” sponsored by FAO, Rome and NBPGR at NBPGR, Reg. Station, Hyderabad, India on 9 July 2010.
7. “National Consultation on Agro-biodiversity Management” at NBPGR, New Delhi, India from 26-26 May 2010.

Recent Publications


1.  Anjani, K., Pallavi, M., Sudhakara Babu, S.N., 2007. Uniparental inheritance of purple leaf and the associated resistance to leafminer, Liriomyza trifolii (Burgess) (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in castor bean (Ricinus communis L.). Plant Breeding, 126, 515-520.

2.  Anjani, K. 2010. Extra-early maturing germplasm for utilization on castor improvement. Industrial Crops and Products, 31 (1), 139-144.

3.  Anjani, K.,  Pallavi, M., Sudhakara Babau, S.N. 2010. Biochemical basis of resistance to leafminer in castor (Ricinus communis L.). Industrial Crops and Products, 31(1), 192-196.

4.  Anjani.K. 2012. Castor genetic resources: A primary gene pool for exploitation. Industrial Crops and Products, 35 (1): 1-14.

5.  Kalinati Narasimhan Yamini & Kamtam Ramesh & Vasupalli Naresh & Passoupathy Rajendrakumar & Kammili Anjani & Viswanathaswamy Dinesh Kumar. 2012. Development of EST-SSR markers and their utility in revealing cryptic diversity in safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.)J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. DOI 10.1007/s13562-012-0115-4.

6.  Anjani K .2012 .Genetic linkage between male sterility and non-spiny trait in safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.). Plant Breeding.doi10.1111/pbr.12029

7.  Anjani.k. 2013. "Analysis of mode of inheritance of Fusarium wilt resistance in castor (Ricinus communis L.)". Plant Breeding,doi:10.1111/pbr.12126

B. National

1. Anjani, K. 2012. Maintenance of male sterility in cyto-sterile A-lines in safflower. Journal of Oilseeds Research, 29 (Spl.Issue): 4-6.
2. Anjani, K., Pallavi, M., Prasad, R.D. Dinesh Kumar, V., Madnamohan, B and Janaki Ramayya, P. 2012. Identification of RAPD markers flanked to Fusarium wilt resistance gene in safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.). Journal of Oilseeds Research, 29 (Spl.Issue): 4-6.
3. Praduman Yadav and Anjani, K. 2012. High oleic safflower breeding lines. Journal of Oilseeds Research, 29 (Spl.Issue): 465-467.
4. Anjani K and Raoof MA. 2010. Sources of resistance to Botrytis ricini (Godfrey) in castor germplasm. J Oilseeds Research, 27:20-21.
5. Anjani, K and Raoof, M.A. 2009. RG-2787: a castor (Ricinus communis L.) germplasm, source of multiple resistance. Indian J Plant Genetic Resources 22:295-296.

Area of expertise :  Plant Breeding, Genetics, Cytogenetics 

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Awards/Distinctions received
  1. G. S. Murty Award conferred by Indian Society of Tobacco Science for the best research paper entitled “Embryo rescue in Nicotiana hybrid by in vitro culture”. Plant Science 43: 219-222.
  2.  Vasantarao Naik Memorial Gold Medal bestowed by Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyalaya (PDKV), Nagpur for developing and releasing the first safflower hybrid in India.
  3. Hexmar Agricultural Research and Development Fund (HARDF) Award conferred by Indian Society of Oilseeds Research for the best research work on host plant resistance.
  4. Netherlands Fellowship-2009 awarded by Netherlands Government under Netherlands Fellowship Programme.
  5. Visiting Scientist Fellowship for Plant Genetic Resources sponsored by United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), USA.
  6. Selected for the assignment to conduct the FAO sponsored “International Safflower Trials” in India in collaboration with Beijing Botanical Garden, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of sciences, Beijing, China.
  7. Accredited to guide Ph.D. students in Genetics from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
  8. Nominated as one of the editors on the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Oilseeds Research.
  9. Nominated as Principal Investigator of All India Research Project on Safflower.
  10. Nominated as reviewer of project proposals by Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute, Berhampur, India
  11. Nominated as Nodal Officer for germplasm activities at National Germplasm Site for Oilseeds, DOR, Hyderabad by NBPGR, New Delhi.
  12. Nominated as a member of Professors and Associate Professors Promotion Committee by ANGRAU, Hyderabad.
  13. Nominated as a member of Scientist and Senior Scientists Promotion Committee by ICAR.
  14. Recognized as Expert Project reviewer of IPAS projectof German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF),Germany
  15. Editorial Board Member of Electronic J Plant Breeding.