Shiv Kumar Agrawal

Dr. Shiv Kumar Agrawal leads ICARDA’s 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

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
Lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus): a whole food rich in prebiotic carbohydrates to combat global obesity
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
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
No-till lentil: An option for profitable harvest in dry areas
Lentils in production and food systems in West Asia and Africa