Senthilvel Senapathy, Principal 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 :

  • 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
  • Development of molecular markers for disease resistance in castor (2011-2016), In-house project
  • 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 :

  • Development of genomic resources and tools for applications in castor breeding (2017 – 2022), In-house project
  • Diversification of parental base and development of superior parental lines in castor (2015 – 2020), In-house project
  • Mapping of QTLs associated with resistance to aphid (Uroleucon compositae Theobald) in safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) using genome‐wide SNP markers (2017-2020) funded by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

Recent Publications (best papers in past 5 years )

  • Senthilvel S, Ghosh A, Shaik M, Shaw RK, Bagali PG. 2019. Development and validation of an SNP genotyping array and construction of a high-density linkage map in castor. Scientific Reports 9: 3003 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-39967-9
  • Shaw RK, Kadirvel P, Shaik M, Prasad MSL, Prasad RD, Senthilvel S. 2017. Genetic characterization of resistance to wilt disease caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. ricini in castor (Ricinus communis L.). Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization. 16(2): 169-177
  • Senthilvel S, Shaik M, Anjani K, Shaw RK, Kumari P, Sarada C, Kiran BU. 2017. Genetic variability and population structure in a collection of inbred lines derived from a core germplasm of castor. Journal of plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 26(1): 27-34.
  • Shaw RK, Shaik M, Mir ZA, Prasad MSL, Prasad RD, Senthilvel S. 2016. Establishing a high throughput screening method for large scale phenotyping of castor genotypes for resistance to Fusarium wilt disease. Phytoparasitica 44(4): 539-548.
  • Kumar S, Hash CT, Thirunavukkarasu N, Singh G, Rajaram V, Rathore A, Mahendrakar MD, Senthilvel S, Yadav R, Srivastava R. 2016. Mapping quantitative trait loci controlling high Fe and Zn density in self and open pollinated grains of pearl millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.]. Frontiers in Plant Science 7:1636
  • Ambawat S, Senthilvel S, Hash CT, Nepolean T, Rajaram V, Eshwar K, Sharma R, Thakur RP, Rao VP, Yadav RC, Srivastava RK. 2016. QTL mapping of pearl millet rust resistance using an integrated DArT- and SSR-based linkage map. Euphytica 209(2): 461-476.
  • Aparna K, Nepolean T, Srivastsava RK, Kholova´ J, RajaramV, Sushil Kumar, Rekha B, Senthilvel S, Hash CT, Vadez V. 2015. Quantitative trait loci associated with constitutive traits controlling water use in pearl millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.]. Plant Biology 17: 1073-1084. doi: 10.1111/plb.12343 (IF: 2.16)
  • 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 DOI 10.1007/s00122-013-2117-6.
  • 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


Area of expertise
· Development and application of molecular markers in genetic resources characterization, linkage mapping, QTL mapping and crop breeding