Ashutosh Sarker

Ashutosh Sarker
Head, ICARDA-Food Legume Research Platform & Coordinator, South Asia and China Regional Program

Dr. Ashutosh Sarker has more than 35 years of experience in food legume breeding and genetics. Dr. Sarker joined ICARDA in 1996, after serving as a project leader at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, where he developed 11 food legume varieties. In total, over the course of his career, he has developed 69 lentil varieties released by various national programs.

Dr. Sarker coordinates with international organizations, national programs, and the donor community in South Asia to develop new partnerships and build successful research-for-development projects. He is currently serving as project leader of CGIAR’s HarvestPlus Challenge Program, and has supported the implementation of two CGIAR Research Programs, Dryland Systems and Grain Legumes.

Dr. Sarker has been recognized by the governments of Nepal, Bangladesh, and Australia for significant contributions to nutritional security, pulses research, and plant breeding. In 2014, he received an award from the Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding. He has 218 publications to date, including 132 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and proceedings.

Ashutosh Sarker's Publications

Is DNA Fingerprinting the Gold Standard for Estimation of Adoption and Impacts?  A Case of Lentils in Bangladesh
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...

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
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 -
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
Modeling unstructured heterogeneity along with spatially correlated errors in field trials
Tempo-spatial covariance structure of lentil yield and water use efficiency from supplemental irrigation trials