Shiv Kumar Agrawal

Shiv Kumar Agrawal
Head of the Food Legume Research Platform (FLRP) of ICARDA and Regional Coordinator of the ICARDA South Asia and China Regional Program

Dr. Shiv Kumar Agrawal is ICARDA’s regional coordinator for South Asia and China and head of the Food Legumes Program, which aims to deliver improved germplasm of lentil, kabuli chickpea, faba bean, and grass pea to national partners in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, and North Africa. He works on developing short-duration, climate-smart varieties of lentil and grass pea, with high iron and zinc content for the sustainable intensification of cereal-based cropping systems.

During his three-decade career he has worked with national and international partners to develop 39 lentil, five mungbean, two urdbean, one rice, and three grass pea varieties. He has published 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, 68 book chapters, nine books, seven technical bulletins, and two training manuals. He also supervises students for master’s and Ph.D. research, and trains national partners in legume improvement.

Dr. Agrawal holds a Ph.D. in plant breeding from the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India.

Shiv Kumar Agrawal's Publications

Genetic Dissection of Heat Stress Tolerance in Faba Bean (Vicia faba L.) Using GWAS
Selenium supplementation to lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) under combined heat and drought stress improves photosynthetic ability, antioxidant systems, reproductive function and yield traits
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...

Adaptability and Stability of Faba Bean (Vicia faba L.) Accessions under Diverse Environments and Herbicide Treatments
Genomic regions associated with herbicide tolerance in a worldwide faba bean (Vicia faba L.) collection
High-Temperature and Drought Stress Effects on Growth, Yield and Nutritional Quality with Transpiration Response to Vapor Pressure Deficit in Lentil
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...

Crop Wild Relatives Crosses: Multi-Location Assessment in Durum Wheat, Barley, and Lentil
A chickpea genetic variation map based on the sequencing of 3,366 genomes
Current Perspectives on Reducing the β-ODAP Content and Improving Potential Agronomic Traits in Grass Pea (Lathyrus sativus L.)
Selection of Lentil (Lens culunaris L.) Lines Grown at Different Sowing Dates for Their Precocity and Their Agronomic Performance under Semi-arid Climate of Tunisia
Genomics-assisted lentil breeding: Current status and futurestrategies
Genotype by Environment Interaction Effect on Grain Iron and Zinc Concentration of Indian and Mediterranean Lentil Genotypes
The INCREASE project: Intelligent Collections of food-legumegenetic resources for European agrofood systems
Nutritional and Technological Optimization of Wheat-Chickpea- Milk Powder Composite Flour and Its Impact on Rheological and Sensorial Properties of Leavened Flat Bread
Growth and Antioxidant Responses in Iron-Biofortified Lentil under Cadmium Stress
Diversity in Phytochemical Composition, Antioxidant Capacities, and Nutrient Contents Among Mungbean and Lentil Microgreens When Grown at Plain-Altitude Region (Delhi) and High-Altitude Region (Leh-Ladakh), India
Journal Article
July 30, 2021

Mungbeans and lentils are relatively easily grown and cheaper sources of microgreens, but their phytonutrient diversity is not yet deeply explored. In this study, 20 diverse genotypes each of mungbean and lentil were grown as microgreens under plain...

Resistance to Orobanche crenata Forsk. in lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.): exploring some potential altered physiological and biochemical defense mechanisms
Genetic diversity and GWAS of agronomic traits using an ICARDA lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) Reference Plus collection
Genome-wide association mapping of lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus) prebiotic carbohydrates toward improved human health and crop stress tolerance
‘Omics’ approaches in developing combined drought and heat tolerance in food crops
Performance of elite genotypes of barley, chickpea, lentil, and wheat under conservation agriculture in Mediterranean rainfed conditions
Root-omics for drought tolerance in cool-season grain legumes
Heat Priming of Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) Seeds and Foliar Treatment with γ-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA), Confers Protection to Reproductive Function and Yield Traits under High-Temperature Stress Environments
Identifying and validating SSR markers linked with rust resistance in lentil (Lens culinaris)
Dissecting Proteomic Estimates for Enhanced Bioavailable Nutrition during Varied Stages of Germination and Identification of Potential Genotypes in Chickpea
Wild Lathyrus species as a great source of resistance forintrogression into cultivated grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.)against broomrape weeds (Orobanche crenata Forsk. andOrobanche foetida Poir .)
Current Perspectives on Introgression Breeding in Food Legumes
Journal Article
January 21, 2021

Food legumes are important for defeating malnutrition and sustaining agri-food systems globally. Breeding efforts in legume crops have been largely confined to the exploitation of genetic variation available within the primary genepool, resulting in...

Assessment of Genetic Diversity and Symbiotic Efficiency of Selected Rhizobia Strains Nodulating Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.)
Metagenomic Insights into Rhizospheric Microbiome Profiling in Lentil Cultivars Unveils Differential Microbial Nitrogen and Phosphorus Metabolism under Rice-Fallow Ecology
Heat and Drought Stress Impact on Phenology, Grain Yield, and Nutritional Quality of Lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus)
Significance of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria in Grain Legumes: Growth Promotion and Crop Production
Genome wide association analysis for phosphorus use efficiency traits in mungbean (Vigna radiata L. Wilczek) using genotyping by sequencing approach
Identification and Characterization of Contrasting Genotypes/Cultivars for Developing Heat Tolerance in Agricultural Crops: Current Status and Prospects
Differential heat sensitivity of two cool-season legumes, chickpea and lentil, at the reproductive stage, is associated with responses in pollen function, photosynthetic ability and oxidative damage
Identification and characterization of novel penta-podded genotypes in the cultivated lentil
Screening the FIGS Set of Lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus) Germplasm for Tolerance to Terminal Heat and Combined Drought-Heat Stress
Culture selected somaclonal variants showing low-ODAP and high protein content in nineteen grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.) genotypes
In-Vitro Plant Growth Promotion of Rhizobium Strains Isolated from Lentil Root Nodules under Abiotic Stresses
Potential and limits of exploitation of crop wild relatives for pea, lentil, and chickpea improvement
Integrating genomics for chickpea improvement: achievements and opportunities
In vitro Approaches for Shortening Generation Cycles and Faster Breeding of low β-n-oxalyl-l-α, β-diamino propionic acid content Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.).
The roles and potential of lentil prebiotic carbohydrates in human and plant health
Gene Pyramiding and Multiple Character Breeding
Book Chapter
January 10, 2019

Plant breeders are often interested in improving several quantitative traits including yield, quality, and resistance to both biotic and abiotic stresses simultaneously. However, breeding for multiple traits together is challenging and largely...

Breeding and genomics status in faba bean (Vicia faba)
Journal Article
September 24, 2018

Faba bean is an important legume crop because of its high‐yield potential and nutrition‐dense grains. There have been significant achievements in faba bean improvement in the last four decades, which led to the doubling of the global yield average...

Genetic Variation for Tolerance to Herbicide Imazethapyr in Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.)
Effect of drought, heat and their interaction on the growth, yield and photosynthetic function of lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus) genotypes varying in heat and drought sensitivity
Food Legumes and Rising Temperatures: Effects, Adaptive Functional Mechanisms Specific to Reproductive Growth Stage and Strategies to Improve Heat Tolerance
Quantitative trait loci from identification to exploitation for crop improvement
Selecting Lentil Accessions for Global Selenium Biofortification
Relevance of limited-transpiration trait for lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) in South Asia
Analysis of an intraspecific RIL population uncovers genomic segments harbouring multiple QTL for seed relevant traits in lentil (Lens culinaris L.)
Sustainable management of chickpea pod borer. A review
Journal Article
June 30, 2017

The pod borer [Helicoverpa armigera Hubner
(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)] is responsible for causing up to 90%
damage in chickpea due to its regular occurrence from the vegetative
growth to the pod formation stage. In order to manage this
problem, growers...

Analysis of genetic structure and interrelationships in lentil species using morphological and SSR markers
Identification of High-Temperature Tolerant Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) Genotypes through Leaf and Pollen Traits
Microsatellite marker-based genetic diversity analysis of elite lentil lines differing in grain iron and zinc concentration
Development of Molecular Markers for Iron Metabolism Related Genes in Lentil and Their Expression Analysis under Excess Iron Stress
Temperature sensitivity of food legumes: a physiological insight
Breeding strategies to improve lentil for diverse agro-ecological environments
Biodiversity and varietal development of pulses in South Asia
Development of a panel of unigene derived polymorphic EST-SSR markers in lentil using public database information
Molecular diversity and population structure of the Ethiopian lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus) genotype assessment using SSR markers
Heat stress at reproductive stage disrupts leaf carbohydrate metabolism, impairs reproductive function, and severely reduces seed yield in lentil
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
Lentil Variation in Phenology and Yield Evaluated with a Model
Will selenium increase lentil (Lens culinaris Medik) yield and seed quality?
Current knowledge in lentil genomics and its application for crop improvement
Phenotyping for drought and heat related traits
Book Chapter
January 31, 2015

Frequent drought and heat spells especially after the onset of flowering are common events causing substantial yield losses to agricultural production. Researchers lay emphasis on improving the yield potential and stability of crop genotypes by...

Correlation and path coefficient analysis of seed yield and yield components in Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik) genotypes in Ethiopia
Genetic enhancement of food legumes for nutritional security and sustainable cereal-based cropping systems
Inheritance of spot blotch resistance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)
Global Wild Annual Lens Collection: A Potential Resource for Lentil Genetic Base Broadening and Yield Enhancement
Assessment of somaclonal variation and stability in in vitro regenerated grass pea plants using SDS-PAGE
Agromorphological Traits Variability of the Ethiopian Lentil and Exotic Genotypes
Large-scale microsatellite development in grasspea ( Lathyrus sativus L.), an orphan legume of the arid areas
Efficacy of Combined Formulations of Fungicides with Different Modes of Action in Controlling Botrytis Gray Mold Disease in Chickpea
Evaluation of wild species of lentil for agro-morphological traits
Prebiotic Oligosaccharides, Resistant Starch and Sugar Alcohols in Lentils: Implications for Obesity
Diversification of indigenous gene- pool by using exotic 5 germplasm in lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus subsp. culinaris)
Lentils (Lens culinaris L.), a Rich Source of Folates
Journal Article
July 18, 2013

The potential for genetic biofortification of U.S.-grown lentils (Lens culinaris L.) with bioavailable folate has not
been widely studied. The objectives of this study were (1) to determine the folate concentration of 10 commercial lentil cultivars...

Genetic analysis for seed size in three crosses of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)
Screening of kabuli chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) germplasm resistant to Botrytis Gray Mold in Bangladesh
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 (Lens Culinaris L.): Linking whole foods for better human health
Inheritance of Protruded Stigma in Black Gram [Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper]
Genetic Similarity Analysis in Lentil Using Cross-Genera Legume Sequence Tagged Microsatellite Site Markers
Lentils in production and food systems in West Asia and Africa
No-till lentil: An option for profitable harvest in dry areas
Expression Of The Dreb1A Gene In Lentil (Lens Culinaris Medik. Subsp Culinaris) Transformed With The Agrobacterium System
Genetic improvement of grass pea for low neurotoxin (β-ODAP) content