Dr Rattan Yadav
Reader in Plant Genetics
Office: IBERS, Gogerddan
Phone: 01970 823174
Module Coordinator BRM1420: Food Security Scientific Solutions
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. To achieve his scientific goals he collaborates extensively with academic, industrial and ‘not for profit’ organizations (such as ICRISAT, IRRI and the FAO) across the world, and passionate about pursuing ‘international development’ goals via sustainable agricultural developments.
Rattan currently is academic editor of Plos One & Frontiers in Plant Science, and sits in the panel of experts of a range of professional bodies including that of British Council and European Commission.
Research Grants currently held by Dr Rattan Yadav:
- Principal Investigator - Development of pearl millet hybrid seeds and novel food products: An affordable resource in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes, January 2017- Januar 2019, Innovate UK, Unilever (UK), Krishdhan seeds, India, and ICRISAT, £814,000
- Principal Investigator / Coordinator - 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, £216,008
- Principal Investigator - Development of pearl millet for health benefits for type-2 diabetes – feasibility study of physicochemical properties and genetic enhancement, March 2015-July 2017, £499,998, Innovate UK, Unilever (UK) and Hindustan Unilever (India)
- Principal Investigator – 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
- Co-Investigator with Athole Marshall: Application of innovative plant breeding and phenotyping technologies to reduce the nutrient requirements of forages and improve livestock production efficiency, Innovate UK (in collaboration of industry partner Germinal Holdings), total value £1.16 Million, 2016-2021
- Co-Investigator with Leif Skot - Novel strategies for genetic improvement of disease resistance in perennial ryegrass, Innovate UK, 2015-2020, £785,394, Innovate UK and Germinal Holdings Ltd
- Co-Principal Investigator with Mike Humphreys - Roots for the future – A systematic approach to root design (SUREROOT), BBSRC Link, £2.5 million over 5 years (2014-2019)
- Co-Principal Investigator with Athole Marshal - 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)
Current Research Team:
- Debbie Allen, Research Scientist, Ryegrass genetics, genomics and breeding
- Dr. Swati Puranik, Marie Curie Fellow, CaMillet
- Dr. Jason Kam, Post-doctoral Research Assistant
- Rama Yadav, Pearl Millet Food Science Technologist
- Dr Sandra Pierre, https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers/staff/sap36/
- Hanna Manwaring, iCASE PhD student
- PHILLIAM Apangu Godfrey, MSc Food and Water Security Dissertation student
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.
- Abiotic Stress Resistance and Nutrient-Use-Efficiency
- Public Good Plant Breeding (PGPB) Research Group
- Diet and Health
- Human Exercise and Health
Biotechnologies Applied to Crop Breeding – Lessons for Current and Future Challenges. Biosangam 2016 , Allahabad, India, 04/02/2016 - 06/02/2016.2016.
Developing low GI pearl millet and its potential in combating diabetes. Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXIV, San Diego, California, United States of America, 09/01/2016 - 13/01/2016.2016.
Exploration of millet models for developing nutrient rich graminaceous crops. Plant Science 242 pp. 89-97. 10.1016/j.plantsci.2015.08.0232016.
Genetic mapping of root traits in Lolium perenne. Eucarpia 20th General Congress, Zurich, Switzerland, 29/08/2016 - 01/09/2016.2016.
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., , 28/06/2016 - 29/06/2016.2016.
Nutraceutical value of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.), and their improvement using omics approaches. Frontiers in Plant Science 7 0934 10.3389/fpls.2016.009342016.
Developing low GI pearl millet and its potential in combatting diabetes. UK PlantSci, Harper Adam University, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 14/04/2015 - 15/04/2015.2015.
Development of pearl millet for health benefits for type-2 diabetes. World Food System Conference 2015 , Ascona, Switzerland, Switzerland, 21/06/2015 - 26/06/2015. Other2015.
Investigating Genetic Variations Associated with High Micronutrient Content in Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucum) for a Sustainable Future. SE, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 30/06/2015 - 03/07/2015.2015.
Further evidence that a terminal drought tolerance QTL is also associated with reduced salt uptake. Environmental and Experimental Botany 102 pp. 48-57. 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2014.01.0132014.
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.120522014.
Developing and Using Genetic and Genomic Resources in Pearl Millet for Enhanced Traits Dissection and Breeding. Plant and Animal Genome XXI, San Diego, California, United States of America, 12/01/2013 - 16/01/2013. Other2013.
Genotyping by RAD sequencing enables mapping of fatty acid composition traits in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne (L.)). Plant Biotechnology Journal 11 (5) pp. 572–581. 10.1111/pbi.120452013.
QTLs for nitrogen uptake and utilisation efficiencies in temperate forage grass, Lolium perenne. Plant and Animal Genome XXI, San Diego, California, United States of America, 12/01/2013 - 16/01/2013. Other2013.
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/s11104-013-1706-02013.
Successful Marker-Assisted Selectionfor Disease Resistance and drought Tolerance in Pearl Millet in India. In J. Ruane, J. Dargie, C. Mba, P. Boettcher, H. Makkar, D. Bartley, A. Sonnino (eds), Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders: Case Studies from Developing Countries in Crops, Livestock and Fish. Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome pp. 18-26.2013.
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, Norwich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 18/04/2012 - 19/04/2012.2012.
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 Other2012.
Molecular and Genomics-Assisted Breeding of Perennial Crops for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Plant and Animal Genome XX Conference, San Diego, United States of America, 14/01/2012 - 18/01/2012. pp. W170. Other2012.
Subsistence, Security and Seed. Prom pp. 18-21. Other2012.
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, Norwich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 05/12/2012 - 06/12/2012.2012.
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) pp. 1337-1353. 10.1007/s11032-012-9720-02012.
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.
Creating genetic markers to breed downy mildew and drought resistance in pearl millet. Other2011.
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, Dublin, Ireland, 04/09/2011 - 08/09/2011.2011.
Fine mapping of a major terminal drought tolerance QTL in pearl millet.2010.
Genetics and genomics resources for enhancing conventional breeding in pearl millet. 2nd National Workshop on Marker-Assisted Selection for Crop Improvement, Patancheru, India, 27/10/2010 - 29/10/2010.2010.
Molecular Markers Based Approaches for Drought Tolerance. In S. Jain, D. Brar (eds), Molecular Techniques in Crop Improvement. 2nd edn, Springer pp. 207-230.2010.
Progress and prospects of increasing drought tolerance in pearl millet using genetics and genomics approaches. 2nd International Symposium on Genomics of Plant Genetic Resources, Bologna, Italy, 24/04/2010 - 27/04/2010. pp. SL25.2010.
Progress and prospects of increasing drought tolerance in pearl millet using genetics and genomics approaches. SEB Main Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, June 30 - July 3, , 01/01/2010 - 01/01/2010. pp. Abstract No: P7.14. Other2010.
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.
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, San Diego, United States of America, 10/01/2009 - 14/01/2009. pp. P148. Other2009.
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, , 10/01/2009 - 14/01/2009. pp. P319. Other2009.
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, , 10/01/2009 - 14/01/2009. pp. P211. Other2009.
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, , 10/01/2009 - 14/01/2009. Other2009.
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 Affairs2009.
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, , 01/01/2009 - 01/01/2009. pp. L6.06. Other2009.
Integrating genomics and mapping approaches to improve pearl millet productivity in drought prone regions of Africa and Asia. BBSRC Annual Report BB/F004133/1 BioMed Central Other2009.
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, La Rochelle, France, 10/05/2009 - 14/05/2009. pp. Abstract No: P82. Other2009.
Mapping plant stress tolerance. International Conference on Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Vienna, Austria, 08/02/2009 - 12/02/2009. pp. 33. Other2009.
Molecular markers based approaches to drought tolerance. In S. Jain, D. Brar (eds), Molecular Techniques in Crop Improvement. Molecular Techniques in Crop Improvement 2nd Editionth edn, Springer pp. 207-230. 10.1007/978-90-481-2967-6_9 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, Shanghai, China, 11/11/2009 - 16/11/2009. pp. P 6.50. Other2009.
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, Shanghai, China, 11/11/2009 - 16/11/2009. pp. 179. Other2009.
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, , 02/07/2009 - 04/07/2009.2009.
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, , 10/01/2009 - 14/01/2009. Other2009.
Diploid Italian ryegrass variety Bb2527.2008.
Genetic improvement of nitrogen use efficiency in temperate forage grasses. In J. Prohens, M. Badenes (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, , 09/09/2008 - 12/09/2008. La Editorial de la Universitat Politècnica de València pp. 503.2008.
Improving food security for 500M people.2008.
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, , 17/11/2008 - 20/11/2008.2008.
Welsh researchers to help farmers in drought prone regions. Gwlad pp. 10. Other2008.
Genetic analysis of the response to high temperature and drought in pearl millet. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference, San Diego, California, United States of America, 13/01/2007 - 17/01/2007. pp. P15.2007.
Independent validation of pearl millet Lg2 terminal drought tolerance QTL. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference, San Diego, California, United States of America, 13/01/2007 - 17/01/2007. pp. P377.2007.
Replicated success in marker-assisted backcrossing of a major drought tolerance QTL in pearl millet. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference, San Diego, California, United States of America, 13/01/2007 - 17/01/2007. pp. P372.2007.
Successful marker-assisted breeding to improve pearl millet from lab to farmers' field. 3rd UK Cereal Genetics and Genomics Workshop, Norwich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 06/04/2006 - 07/04/2006.2006.
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.
Impact of pearl millet molecular marker research. Research Highlight Plant Science Programme Annual Report to DFID 2002 Department for International Development Cadair2003.
Mapping and characterisation of QTLxE interactions of grain and stover yield determining traits in pearl millet. TAG Theoretical and Applied Genetics 106 (3) pp. 512-520. 10.1007/s00122-002-1081-3 Cadair Other2003.
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, Manchester, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 15/12/2003 - 16/12/2003. Association of Applied Biologists pp. 183-186. Cadair Other2003.