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Shailender Kumar Verma

Dr Shailender Kumar Verma

Research Fellow

Organisation

John Innes Centre

Research summary

I work in the field of plant biotechnology and bioinformatics, particularly on metal uptake, transport, translocation and storage in crops and biofortification of wheat for mineral micro-nutrients.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 2 billion peoples are suffering from the dietary deficiency of mineral micro-nutrients such as iron. This problem is even severe in developing nations such as India. Wheat is the staple food for majority of global population. Since the year 2009, I am working on this problem and have developed several high grain mineral micronutrient wheat-Aegilops interspecific hybrids by using conventional molecular breeding techniques. Currently, I am working on genetic regulation of metal uptake in cereals by analyzing source-to-sink allocation of mineral nutrients and to enhance the iron levels in the wheat grains.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Genetic regulation of metal distribution in cereal crops

Scheme: Newton International Fellowships

Dates: Jan 2018 - Dec 2019

Value: £99,000

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