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Ecoregion

Meghalaya subtropical forests, Northeast India-Myanmar pine forests, South Western Ghats moist deciduous forests, South Western Ghats montane rainforests, Northeast Himalayan subalpine conifer forests

Expertise

Botanist, Conservationist, Field biologist, Plant taxonomist, Researcher, Scientist, Ecologist

Rajappa Joga

Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Govt. of India

Dr. Rajappa J.J. is working as Senior Scientist at ICAR-CTRI, Research Station, Hunsur. He has 13 years of research experience including five years in Biotechnology R&D in corporate sector and eight years as Scientist in ICAR. During his tenure in Biotechnology industry, he had worked for custom research projects on Genetic Purity testing, Marker assisted selection screening, DNA Sequencing and also on Genetic Engineering of Yeast for quality product of fermentation. At ICAR, he carried out work related to development of self-sustainable integrated farming system for productivity enhancement, improving jhum (shifting cultivation) sustainability through Micro-climate guided interventions, Harvesting, Processing and Value Addition of Natural Resins and Gums, Improvement of jhum farming for natural resource conservation and livelihood security in Northeast Indian Hill region, Collection, taxonomy, molecular characterization and conservation of Musa Germplasm from NE India, Genetic resource assessment, In-situ on-farm conservation and value addition in banana genetic resources of NE region, Livelihood Improvement of Hill Farmers through Sustainable Farming Systems in NE Region, Investigation on population biology, characterization and conservation of high value threatened medicinal plants of north east region. His present work in ICAR includes; Augmentation, Characterization, Evaluation, Conservation and Documentation of Tobacco Genetic Resources. Considering all his achievements and contributions in the field of Plant Genetic Resources, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding (ISGPB) has awarded him the Dr. Harbhajan Singh Memorial Award-2019. With an interest to explore the untapped diversity of plant genetic resources essential for towards future crop improvement programs for ensuring food security, he is keen to identify wild species by collecting, evaluating for their valuable characteristics and conserving them for further utilization for food and agriculture play a crucial role in enabling crop plants to withstand climate change-related conditions.