In the early 1980s, disease susceptibility in short-season lentil landraces began to limit productivity in areas where relay cropping took place in Bangladesh. Since then, several improved high-yielding lentil varieties, which are resistant to rust...
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.