Ashutosh Sarker
Regional Coordinator of SACRP & Head-FLRP

Ashutosh Sarker's Publications

Survival, morphological variability, and performance of Opuntia ficus-indica in a semi-arid region of India
Plot-level impacts of improved lentil varieties in Bangladesh
Journal Article
January 25, 2022

The advent of improved lentil varieties (ILVs) in the mid-1990s solved the disease problem
which almost halted lentil production in Bangladesh. Levels of adoption of ILVs have been
documented in the literature, but little is known about their impacts...

Wild Lentils: Treasure of Novel Diversity
November 27, 2021

The cultivated lentil (Lens culinaris ssp.
culinaris) is an annual herbaceous selfpollinating true diploid (2n=2x=14) species
with an estimated genome size of 4063
Mbp/C (Arumuganathan and Earle, 1991).
The crop is one of the first domesticated...

Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) Productivity, Proximal Composition and Soil Parameters as Affected by Planting Time and Agronomic Management in a Semi-Arid Region of India
Variation in P-acquisition ability and acid phosphatase activity at the early vegetative stage of lentil and their validation on P-deficiency field
Evaluation of disease resistant and high yielding faba bean germplasm in India
Identification and morphological characterization of promising kabuli chickpea genotypes for short-season environment in central India
Mapping Areas for Growing Pulses in Rice Fallows Using Multi-Criteria Spatial Decisions
Identification and allelic variation of drought responsive dehydrin gene based on sequence similarity in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)
RNA-Seq analysis and development of SSR and KASP markers in lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus subsp. culinaris)
Genetic and Agro-morphological diversity in global barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) collection at ICARDA
Understanding photothermal interactions will help expand production range and increase genetic diversity of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.)
Identification of stable drought tolerant landraces of chickpea (Cicer arietinum) under multiple environments
Identification and characterization of novel penta-podded genotypes in the cultivated lentil
Evaluation and identification of wild lentil accessions for enhancing genetic gains of cultivated varieties
Finding a Suitable Niche for Cultivating Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) as an Integrated Crop in Resilient Dryland Agroecosystems of India
Finding a Suitable Niche for Cultivating Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus‐indica) as an Integrated Crop in Resilient Dryland Agroecosystems of India
Lentil (Lens culinaris) demonstration for enhanced productivity at farmers field in India
Variation for seed protein and ODAP content in grasspea (Lathyrus sativus L.) germplasm collections
Digital Diffusion for Inclusive Agroecosystems
Book Chapter
November 28, 2018

The technological advancements in agriculture have resulted in higher yields but lower ecological efficiency and nutritional value. Little innovations in later sectors such as integrating ecological functions in the production systems have crippled...

Is DNA Fingerprinting the Gold Standard for Estimation of Adoption and Impacts?  A Case of Lentils in Bangladesh
Adoption and Utilization of Cactus Pear in South Asia—Smallholder Farmers’ Perceptions
Nutrient intake and utilization in sheep fed opuntia [Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Mill.] in combination with conventional green and dry fodders
Characterization of grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.) germplasm collections for beneficial agronomic traits
Technology gap, constraint analysis and improved production technologies for yield enhancement of barley (Hordeum vulgare) and chickpea (Cicer arietinum) under arid conditions of Rajasthan
Reducing anti-nutritional factor and enhancing yield with advancing time of  planting and zinc application in grasspea in Ethiopia
Comparative Analysis of Agro-Morphological and Molecular Variations in Huskless Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) under Central Agro-Climatic Zone of India
Genetic variability for nutritional quality in Lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus Subsp. culinaris)
Comparative Study of Relative Water, Chlorophyll and Proline Content in Drought Tolerant and Susceptible Genotypes of Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.)
Agronomic management of lentil under relay cropping system
Journal Article
October 26, 2017

A field experiment was conducted at District Seed Farm, Kalyani, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (22.97oN, 88.43oE, 9.75m MSL), Nadia, West Bengal, India during rabi season of 2014-16 to identify the optimum seed rate and variety for relay...

Comparative Agronomy Performance and Reaction to Fusarium Wilt of Lens culinaris X L. orientalis and L. culinaris X L. ervoides derivatives.
AMMI Biplot Analysis for Genotype X Environment Interaction on Yield Trait of High Fe content Lentil Genotypes in Terai and Mid-Hill Environment of Nepal
Microsatellite marker-based genetic diversity analysis of elite lentil lines differing in grain iron and zinc concentration
Source of resistant against Fusarium wilt and Stemphylium blight in lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus).
Enhancing grasspea (Lathyrus sativus) production in problematic soils of South Asia for nutritional security
Biodiversity and varietal development of pulses in South Asia
Power transformations: An application for symmetrizing the distribution of sample coefficient of variation from inverse gaussian populations
Biofortification through breeding interventions in lentil
Book Chapter
January 23, 2016

Micronutrient deficiency affects more than two billion population worldwide especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The deficiency in human body is commonly described as “hidden hunger” leading to a range of health hazards including low...

Lentil: breeding
Book Chapter
January 04, 2016

The lentil is among the earliest domesticates from the Near East Fertile Crescent. With seed of high nutritional value and a low water use, the food legume crop – lentils – is well adapted to cereal-based dryland cropping in Mediterranean and...

Genetic Diversity in Lens Species Revealed by EST and Genomic Simple Sequence Repeat Analysis
Livestock Migration in the Arid Region of Rajasthan (India) - Strategy to Cope with Fodder and Water Scarcity -
Genetic enhancement of food legumes for nutritional security and sustainable cereal-based cropping systems
Global Wild Annual Lens Collection: A Potential Resource for Lentil Genetic Base Broadening and Yield Enhancement
Diversification of indigenous gene- pool by using exotic 5 germplasm in lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus subsp. culinaris)
Capturing the Heterogeneity of the Error Variances of a Group of Genotypes in Crop Cultivar Trials
Global Lentil Production: Constraints and Strategies
Journal Article
February 01, 2013

Lentil (Lens culinaris ssp. culinaris) is an important food legume crop with global
production of 3.59 million tonnes. The crop suffers substantial yield losses from
various biotic and abiotic stresses. Past efforts have been directed towards...

Combining Ascochyta blight resistance and high yield in lentil cultivars
Lentils in production and food systems in West Asia and Africa
Tannin free lentils: A promising development for specialty use and increased value
Expression Of The Dreb1A Gene In Lentil (Lens Culinaris Medik. Subsp Culinaris) Transformed With The Agrobacterium System
A Global Survey Of Effects Of Genotype And Environment On Selenium Concentration In Lentils (Lens Culinaris L.): Implications For Nutritional Fortification Strategies
Modeling unstructured heterogeneity along with spatially correlated errors in field trials
Adaptation of Small-Seeded Red Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik. subsp. culinaris) to Diverse Environments
Journal Article
August 31, 2010

The lentil improvement program of ICARDA benefits from the information generated by the Legume International Nursery Network operating globally. Over the period 1996 to 2002, 12 different types of trials comprising lentil genotypes with weights<35 g per 1000 seeds, hence defined as small-seeded, were carried out at 111 environments in 16 countries. We found that 73% of the environments significantly (P < 0.05) differentiated the lentil genotypes. The predicted environmental mean yield ranged from 180 to 3670 kg ha−1 and heritability ranged from 14 to 95%. Significant genotype × environment interaction (G × E) was observed in 10 of the 12 trial types. Seven trial types provided a wide coverage of environments, and the top yielding entries of six of them represented stable genotypes in the sense of Type II stability. Genotype 8 (FLIP 90-41L) of LIYT-1996 (1970 kg ha−1 yield), genotype 9 (FLIP 95-39L) of LIYT-1998 (1633 kg ha−1 yield), and genotype 34 (FLIP 96-31L) of LISN-1996 (1567 kg ha−1 yield) were the highest yielding and most stable in the respective trial types. The cluster analysis resulted in five clusters, four of which comprised of 85% of the locations. In selecting the highest yielding lines common between (i) the top 10% of lines based on yield across all the environments at which they were evaluated and (ii) the top 10% of lines based on yield across the environments in the individual clusters, three genotypes—FLIP 2002-20L, FLIP 97-24L, and FLIP 92-36L—showed wide adaptation with production potential at up to 61% of locations tested. These genotypes have potential for direct release as varieties and may be valuable to use in hybridization program to generate new genetic stocks for adaptation and higher yield for a wide range of environments across lentil-growing regions.

Registration of 'Teshale' Lentil
Approaches to rationalising selection of test environments for on-farm lentil variety trials in Mediterranean rainfed cropping systems
Tempo-spatial covariance structure of lentil yield and water use efficiency from supplemental irrigation trials
Registration of ‘Barimash‐3’ Blackgram
Efficiency of spatial methods in yield trials in lentil (Lens culinaris ssp. culinaris)
Registration of Six Lentil Germplasm Lines with Combined Resistance to Viruses
Inheritance and linkage relationships of days to flower and morphological loci in lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus subsp. culinaris)