Dr Rattan Yadav


Dr Rattan Yadav


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Dr Rattan Yadav is a Reader 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. 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 in tropical millets (Pennisetum glaucum, Eleusine coracana) and temperate forage grasses (Loloum perenne) leading to enhanced food, nutrition, health and environmental security at global scale.To achieve such goals, he collaborate extensively with academic, industrial (Unilever, Hindustan Unilever, Germinal Holdings), and ‘not for profit’ organizations (such as CGIAR and the FAO) across the world and passionate about pursuing ‘international development’ goals via sustainable agricultural developments. In last 2 decades, he has managed a number of research projects funded by the DFID, BBSRC-DFID, European Union and InnovateUK in collaboration of seeds and food industries in the UK and abroad.

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 GCRF, ISCF, Newton Fund, European Union and InnovateUK.



Additional Lecturer

BRM3920: Crop Genomics and Genetic Engineering

BRM0700 - Current Topics in Biotechnology


Recent Research Grants:

  1. Development of pearl millet hybrid seeds and novel food products, Innovate UK, 1 March 2017- 30 November 2019, £814,000
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Development of pearl millet for health benefit, Innovate UK, 499,950, 2014-2016
  5. 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, 2016-2019
  6. Novel strategies for genetic improvement of disease resistance in perennial ryegrass, Innovate UK, 2015-2020, £785,394.
  7. Roots for the future - A systematic approach to root design, BBSRC Link, £2.5 million over 5 years (2014-2019)
  8. 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)


Nitrogen and fatty acid rumen metabolism in cattle offered high or low polyphenol oxidase red clover silageLee, M. R. F., Fychan, R., Tweed, J. K. S., Gordon, N., Theobald, V., Yadav, R. & Marshall, A., 2018 , In : Animal.
Root imaging showing comparisons in root distribution and ontogeny in novel Festulolium populations and closely related perennial ryegrass varietiesHumphreys, M., Doonan, J., Boyle, R., Camargo-Rodriguez, A., Marley, C., Williams, K., Farrell, M., Brook, J., Gasior, D., Loka, D., Collins, R., Marshall, A., Allen, D., Yadav, R., Dungait, J. A. J., Murray, P. J. & Harper, J., 2018 , In : Food and Energy Security.7, 4, e00145.
Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) for water use and crop production traits collocate with major QTL for tolerance to water deficit in a fine mapping population of pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum L. R. Br.)Tharanya, M., Kholov√°, J., Sivasakthi, K. S., Sehgal, D., Hash, C., Yadav, R. & Vadez, V., 2018 , In : Theoretical and Applied Genetics.131, 5, p. 1509-1529
Mapping grain iron and zinc content QTLs in an Iniadi-derived immortal population of pearl milletKumar, S., Hash, C. T., Nepolean, T., Mahendarkar, M. D., Satyavathi, C. T., Singh, G., Rathore, A., Yadav, R., Gupta, R. & Srivastava, R. K., 2018 , In : Genes.9, 248, p. 1-1717 p., 9050248.
Accessing and Dissecting Genomic Regions for High Grain Iron and Zinc Content Using GWAS in Pearl MilletManwaring, H. R., Hegarty, M., Winters, A., Bligh, F. & Yadav, R., 2018 , (Accepted/In press). 1 p.
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