Senthilvel Senapathy, Senior Scientist (Plant Breeding)
M.Sc. (Plant Breeding and Genetics), Ph.D (Plant Breeding and Genetics)


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

Phone : 040-24598116
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Projects completed :
· Information Management System for Marker-Assisted Plant Breeding (2008-2011) funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India
· Developing DArT markers for several crops in the GCP (2008-2010) funded by Generation Challenge Programme of CGIAR
· Development and utilization of contiguous segment substitution lines in pearl millet (2006-2010) funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India
· Improving molecular tools for pearl millet (2008-2010) funded by Generation Challenge Programme of CGIAR
· Sorghum MAGIC: Multiparent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross development for gene discovery and allele validation millet (2008-2010) funded by Generation Challenge Programme of CGIAR
· Development of microsatellite markers for improving the breeding efficiency in pearl millet in Africa and Asia (2006-2008) funded by Syngenda Foundation, USA
· Development and genotyping of pearl millet composite collection (2006-2008) funded by Generation Challenge Programme of CGIAR
On-going Projects :
· • Discovery of genome-wide SNPs and its use in developing a reference linkage map and association analysis in castor (2013 – 2016), DBT-BIRAC funded project, PI
• Development of sunflower hybrids suited to different agro-climatic conditions (2013 – 2018), In-house project, Co-PI
• Deciphering molecular mechanism of induction of biotic stress tolerance by Trichoderma spp. in castor (Ricinus communis L.) (2012 – 2015), NFBSFARA of ICAR, Co-PI
• Identification of molecular markers associated with disease resistance in castor (2011-2014), In-house project, PI
• Diversification of pistillate base and development of improved varieties and hybrids in castor (2009 – 2014), In-house project, Co-PI

Trainings undertaken (National & International)
· Training on ‘Development and use of DArT markers’ from June 11 to September 07, 2007 a DArT P/L, Canberra, Australia
· Training on 'Bioinformatics and its Applications in Agriculture' from May 2 - 6, 2011 at Kerala Agricultural University, Vellanikkara, Thrissur, Kerala
· Training workshop on 'Intellectual Property Rights in Agriculture in SAARC countries' held from October 10 -17, 2011 at National Academy of Agriculture Research Management, Hyderabad

Recent Publications (best papers in past 5 years )

• Ramu P, Claire B, Jean-francois R, Senthilvel S, Upadhyaya H, Reddy L, Hash CT. 2013. Assessment of genetic diversity in the sorghum reference set using EST-SSR markers. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 126: 2051–2064
• Rajaram V, Nepolean T, Senthilvel S, Varshney RK, Vadez V, Srivastava RK, Shah T, Supriya A, Kumar S, Ramana Kumari B, Bhanuprakash A, Narasu ML, Riera-Lizarazu O, Hash CT. 2013. Pearl millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.] consensus linkage map constructed using four RIL mapping populations and newly developed EST-SSRs. BMC Genomics 14:159
• Vetriventhan M, Upadhyaya HD, Anandakumar CR, Senthilvel S, Parzies HK, Bharathi A, Varshney RK, Gowda CLL. 2012. Assessing genetic diversity, allelic richness and genetic relationship among races in ICRISAT foxtail millet core collection. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 10(3): 214-223
• Kholová J, Nepolean T, Hash CT, Supriya A, Senthilvel S, Kakkera A, Yadav R, Vadez V. 2012. Water saving traits co-map with a major terminal drought tolerance quantitative trait loci in pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.). Molecular Breeding 30 (3): 1337-1353
• Mallikarjuna N, Senthilvel S, Jadhav DR, Saxena K, Sharma HC, Upadhyaya HD, Rathore A, Varshney R. 2011. Progress in the utilization of Cajanus platycarpus (Benth.) Maesen in pigeonpea Improvement. Plant Breeding 130: 507-514
• Supriya, Senthilvel S*, Nepolean, Eshwar K, Rajaram V, Shaw R, Hash CT, Kilian A, Yadav RC, Narasu ML. 2011. Development of a molecular linkage map of pearl millet integrating DArT and SSR marker. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 123: 239-250
• Mallikarjuna N, Senthilvel S, Hoisington D. 2011. Development of new sources of tetraploid Arachis to broaden the genetic base of cultivated groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.). Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 58: 889-907
• Sharma R, Thakur RP, Senthilvel S, Nayak S, Reddy S, Rao VP. 2011. Identification and characterization of toxigenic Fusaria associated with sorghum grain mold complex in India. Mycopathologia 171: 223-230
• Ramu P, Deshpande SP, Senthilvel S, Jayashree B, Billot C, Deu M, Reddy LA, Hash CT. 2010. In-silico mapping of important genes and markers available in public domain for efficient sorghum breeding. Molecular Breeding 26: 409-418
• Thudi M, Senthilvel S, Bottley A, Hash CT, Reddy AR, Feltus AF, Paterson AH, Hoisington DA, Varshney RK. 2010. A comparative assessment of the utility of PCR-based marker systems in pearl millet. Euphytica 174: 253-260
• Ramu P, Kassahun B, Senthilvel S, Ashok Kumar C, Jayashree B, Folkertsma RT, Reddy LA, Kuruvinashetti MS, Haussmann BIG, Hash CT. 2009. Exploiting rice-sorghum synteny for targeted development of EST-SSRs to enrich the sorghum genetic linkage map Theoretical and Applied Genetics 119: 1193-1204
• Senthilvel S, Jayashree B, Mahalakshmi V, Sathish Kumar P, Nakka S, Nepolean T, Hash CT. 2008. Development and mapping of Simple Sequence Repeat markers for pearl millet from data mining of Expressed Sequence Tags. BMC Plant Biology 8:119
• Senthilvel S, Vinod KK, Malarvizhi P, Maheswaran M. 2008. QTL and QTL × Environment Effects on Agronomic and Nitrogen Acquisition Traits in Rice. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 50 (9): 1108-1117
Area of expertise
· Development and application of molecular markers in genetic resources characterization, linkage mapping, QTL mapping and crop breeding