Dr Rattan Yadav PhD
Dr Rattan Yadav is a Research Leader in Plant Genomics and Breeding at the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS) of the Aberystwyth University. He received his PhD degree from the University of Sussex and worked for two years at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines before joining at Aberystwyth in 1996. Prior to working at IRRI he was as an Agricultural Research Services (ARS) cadre scientist of plant breeding discipline with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) from 1986 to 1991.
BRM3920: Crop Genomics and Genetic Engineering
Rattan's research focusses on capturing and translating naturally occurring genetic variations present in crops germplasm into 'public good' outcomes. He has particular interests in developing modern breeding methods to hasten crop improvement especially in the developing world.
Rattan currently is an academic editor of PlosOne & Frontiers in Plant Science. He also is a member of the BBSRC's 'Follow-on Funds' Committee, and sits in the the panel of experts for Newton Fund, European Union and InnovateUK.
Current Research Grants (As either Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator):
- Development of pearl millet hybrid seeds and novel food products, Innovate UK, 2017-2019, £814,000
- Application of crop genetics to improve Calcium content in millets and other crops for promoting health benefits in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, European Commission, 2015-2017, £216,0083. *Development of pearl millet for health benefit, Innovate UK, 499,950, 2014-2016
- Dissecting and accessing useful genetic variations for Iron and Zinc content in pearl millet using genome wide association studies, BBSRC and Unilever, 2014-2018, £245,000
- Application of innovative plant breeding and phenotyping technologies to reduce the nutrient requirements of forages and improve livestock production efficiency, Innovate UK, £1.16 Million, 2016-2021
- Novel strategies for genetic improvement of disease resistance in perennial ryegrass, Innovate UK, 2015-2020, £785,394.
- Roots for the future - A systematic approach to root design, BBSRC Link, £2.5 million over 5 years (2014-2019)
- Genomics-assisted breeding for fatty acid content and composition in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.), BBSRC Link, £2.4 million over 5 years (2013-2018)
Mapping of easy to screen SSR markers for selection of RFLP markers-bracketed downy mildew resistance QTLs in pearl millet. European Journal of Plant Pathology 10.1007/s10658-017-1381-82017.
Mapping QTLs Controlling Flowering Time, Plant Height, Panicle length and Grain Mass in Pearl Millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.]. Frontiers in Plant Science 10.3389/fpls.2017.017312017 (In press).
Pearl millet genome sequence provides a resource to improve agronomic traits in arid environments. Nature Biotechnology 35 pp. 969-976. 10.1038/nbt.39432017.
Draft genome sequence of Sclerospora graminicola, the pearl millet downy mildew pathogen: Genome sequence of pearl millet downy mildew pathogen . Biotechnology Reports 10.1016/j.btre.2017.07.0062017.
Harnessing finger millet to combat calcium deficiency in humans: challenges and prospects. Frontiers in Plant Science 8 pp. 1311. 10.3389/fpls.2017.013112017.
Identification of Combining Ability Loci for Grain and Stover Yield-Related Traits Under Drought Stress Using a Set of Linkage Group 1 (LG1) Chromosome Segment Substitution Lines (CSSLs) in Pearl Millet. Plant and Animal Genome PAG XXV Conference. Cadair2017.
Genome-wide association study reveals the genetic architecture of grain calcium accumulation in finger millet. 2017 Society of Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden. Other Cadair2017.
Investigating Genetic Variations Associated with High Micronutrient Uptake in Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucum) for a Sustainable Future. 2016 BBSRC- Unilever ICP studentship workshop at Colworth on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th June 2016.. Cadair2016.
Genetic mapping of root traits in Lolium perenne. Eucarpia 20th General Congress. Cadair2016.
The Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Biofortification of Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucum) with Elevated Levels of Grain Iron and Zinc. Frontiers in Plant Science 4 1944 10.3389/fpls.2016.01944 Cadair2016.
Mapping Quantitative Trait Loci Controlling High Iron and Zinc Content in Self and Open Pollinated Grains of Pearl Millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.]. Frontiers in Plant Science 7 1636 10.3389/fpls.2016.01636 Cadair2016.
An edge in combating diabetes with pearl millet. 6th Annual GARNet meeting (Genomic Arabidopsis Research Network). Cadair2016.
Phylogenetic relationships between Tunisian and Indian pearl millet germplasms based on seed starch fractions variation. 6th Annual GARNet meeting (Genomic Arabidopsis Research Network). Cadair2016.
Development of rapid and high throughput protocols to extract slowly, rapidly digestible and resistant starch from pearl millet grains. 6th Annual GARNet meeting (Genomic Arabidopsis Research Network). Cadair2016.
Agriculture-to-nutrition: Improving Calcium content of crops through crop genetics to promote bone health. GARNet 2016. Cadair2016.
Evaluating genetic variations in a diverse collection of finger millet germplasm for micronutrients and their bioavailability. 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress. Cadair2016.
Developing low GI pearl millet and its potential in combatting diabetes. UK PlantSci. Cadair2015.
Investigating Genetic Variations Associated with High Micronutrient Content in Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucum) for a Sustainable Future. SE. Cadair2015.
Seed number and 100-seed weight of pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.) respond differently to low soil moisture in genotypes contrasting for drought tolerance. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science 200 (2) pp. 119-131. 10.1111/jac.12052 Cadair2014.
Small temporal differences in water uptake among varities of pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.) are critical for grain yield under terminal drought. Plant and Soil 371 (1-2) pp. 447-462. 10.1007/s11104-013-1706-0 Cadair2013.
Successful Marker-Assisted Selectionfor Disease Resistance and drought Tolerance in Pearl Millet in India. In (eds) Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders: Case Studies from Developing Countries in Crops, Livestock and Fish. Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome pp. 18-26. Cadair2013.
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) pp. 1337-1353. 10.1007/s11032-012-9720-0 Cadair2012.
Integration of gene-based markers in a pearl millet genetic map for identification of candidate genes underlying drought tolerance QTLs. BMC Plant Biology 12 (9) pp. 1-13. 10.1186/1471-2229-12-9 Other Cadair2012.
Exploring synteny of candidate genes underpinning a major pearl millet drought tolerance QTL across sorghum, rice and the perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). UK Plant Science Conference. Cadair2012.
Using genetic and genomic resources in breeding improved pearl millet cultivars that are resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses and have improved nutritional quality. Crop Genomics and Crop Improvement Conference. Cadair2012.
QTL analysis of components of nitrogen use efficiency in a perennial ryegrass mapping family under high and low nitrate supply in flowing solution culture. EUCARPIA 29th Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section Meeting. Cadair2011.
A major terminal drought tolerance QTL of pearl millet is also associated with reduced salt uptake and enhanced growth under salt stress. Molecular Breeding 27 (2) pp. 207-222. 10.1007/s11032-010-9423-3 Cadair2011.
Molecular Markers Based Approaches for Drought Tolerance. In (eds) Molecular Techniques in Crop Improvement. 2nd edn, Springer Nature pp. 207-230. Cadair2010.
Terminal drought tolerant pearl millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.] have high leaf ABA and limit transpiration at high vapor pressure deficit. Journal of Experimental Botany 61 (5) pp. 1431-1440. 10.1093/jxb/erq013 Cadair2010.
Progress and prospects of increasing drought tolerance in pearl millet using genetics and genomics approaches. 2nd International Symposium on Genomics of Plant Genetic Resources. Cadair2010.
Genetics and genomics resources for enhancing conventional breeding in pearl millet. 2nd National Workshop on Marker-Assisted Selection for Crop Improvement. Cadair2010.
Fine mapping of a major terminal drought tolerance QTL in pearl millet. Cadair2010.
Molecular markers based approaches to drought tolerance. In (eds) Molecular Techniques in Crop Improvement. Molecular Techniques in Crop Improvement 2nd Editionth edn, Springer Nature pp. 207-230. 10.1007/978-90-481-2967-6_9 Cadair2009.
Contrast in physiological traits in peral millet genotypes differing for a terminal drought tolerance QTL. XVII Plant & Animal Genomes Conference, Town & Country Convention Centre, San Diego, California. Other Cadair2009.
Elucidating of link between physiological and biochemical traits influencing drought tolerance in pearl millet. XVII Plant & Animal Genomes Conference, Town & Country Convention Centre, San Diego, California. Other Cadair2009.
Developing gene based markers for pearl millet drought tolerance QTL using comparative genomic approaches. XVII Plant & Animal Genomes Conference, Town & Country Convention Centre, San Diego, California. Other Cadair2009.
Conducting association mapping analysis of global pearl millet germplasm collection to validate candidate genes associated with a major drought tolerance QTL. Plant and Animal Genome XVII Conference. Other Cadair2009.
Progress towards fine-mapping of a major QTL for drought tolerance and yield in pearl millet. 3rd international conference on integrated approaches to improve crop production under drought prone environments. Other Cadair2009.
Pearl millet pollinator lines bred with a major drought tolerance QTL perform better under salt stress as well. 3rd international conference on integrated approaches to improve crop production under drought prone environments. Other Cadair2009.
Using genomics and mapping approaches to identify genes underlying a major QTL of drought tolerance in pearl millet. XVII Plant & Animal Genomes Conference, Town & Country Convention Centre, San Diego, California. Other Cadair2009.
Mapping and marker assisted selection of genomic regions associated with nitrogen use efficiency and other forage productivity traits in Lolium perenne cultivars. 18th Meeting of the Eucarpia Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section. Other Cadair2009.
Translational genomics in breeding increased drought tolerance in pearl millet. Biospectrum 2009, International Symposium 'Second Green Revolution: Priorities, Programmes, Social and Ethical Issues', Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Cadair2009.
Genetics, physiology, breeding and multi environment testing of a major QTL contributing to yield of pearl millet in drought stress environments. Invited speaker - 3rd international conference on integrated approaches to improve crop production under drought prone environments, Shanghai, China, October 11-16. Other Cadair2009.
Genetic improvement of perennial ryegrass & red clover to increase nitrogen use efficiency and reduce N losses to water from pastures & silo. DEFRA Link Project LK0686 Annual Report 2009 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Cadair2009.
Diploid Italian ryegrass variety Bb2527. Cadair2008.
Integrating genomics and mapping approaches to identify genes underlying a major drought tolerance QTL in Pennisetum. Mini-symposium on High Sustainable Cereal Yields Under Drought, Grasmere. Cadair2008.
Genetic improvement of nitrogen use efficiency in temperate forage grasses. In (eds) Proceedings of the 18th EUCARPIA General Congress. "Modern Variety Breeding for Present and Future Needs". Proceedings of the EUCARPIA 18th General Congress, Valencia, Spain. La Editorial de la Universitat Politècnica de València pp. 503. Cadair2008.
Independent validation of pearl millet Lg2 terminal drought tolerance QTL. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference. Cadair2007.
Replicated success in marker-assisted backcrossing of a major drought tolerance QTL in pearl millet. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference. Cadair2007.
Genetic analysis of the response to high temperature and drought in pearl millet. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference. Cadair2007.
Successful marker-assisted breeding to improve pearl millet from lab to farmers' field. 3rd UK Cereal Genetics and Genomics Workshop. Cadair2006.
Field evaluation of drought tolerance QTL effects on phenotype and adaptation in pearl millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.] topcross hybrids. Field Crops Research 94 (1) pp. 14-32. 10.1016/j.fcr.2004.11.006 Cadair2005.
Improving pearl millet drought tolerance. International Sorghum and Millet Newsletter 42 pp. 15-17. Cadair2005.
Genomic regions associated with grain yield and aspects of post-flowering drought tolerance in pearl millet across stress environments and tester background. Euphytica 136 (3) pp. 265-277. 10.1023/B:EUPH.0000032711.34599.3a Cadair2004.
Mapping and characterisation of QTLxE interactions of grain and stover yield determining traits in pearl millet. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 106 (3) pp. 512-520. 10.1007/s00122-002-1081-3 Cadair Other2003.
Impact of pearl millet molecular marker research. Research Highlight Plant Science Programme Annual Report to DFID 2002 Department for International Development Cadair2003.
Marker assisted breeding to enhance forage quality in ryegrass varieties. Aspects of Applied Biology: Proceedings 'Crop Quality' Its role in sustainable livestock production. Assocation of Applied Biologists Conference. Association of Applied Biologists pp. 183-186. Cadair Other2003.
Quantitative trait loci associated with traits determining grain and stover yield in pearl millet under terminal drought stress conditions. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 104 (1) pp. 67-83. 10.1007/s001220200008 Cadair Other2002.
Mapping and marker-assisted selection to improve drought tolerance in the tropical cereal, pearl millet. In (eds) Quantatitive Genetics and Breeding Methods: The Way Ahead: Proceedings 11th EUCARPIA Section on Biometrics in Plant Breeding Meeting. 11th EUCARPIA Section on Biometrics in Plant Breeding Meeting. pp. 295-296. Cadair2000.
Identification and utilisation of quantitative trait loci to improve terminal drought tolerance in pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.). Proceedings of the International Stretegic Planning Workshop on Molecular Approaches for the Genetic Improvement of Cereals for Stable Production in Water-Limited Environments. Cadair2000.