Kshirod Kumar Jena

Professor Emeritus

Kshirod Jena has over 35 years research and teaching experience. After completing PhD from Utkal University, he did his post doctoral research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Manila, Philippines, and worked as a visiting faculty at University of Georgia, Athens, USA. He worked at IRRI as a senior scientist and Principal Scientist in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology division from 2001-2018. He guided 20 PhD students and 25 MSc students. He has developed a set of primary trisomics in rice and transferred successfully different biotic stresses resistance genes from five distantly related wild Oryza species. He has cloned and characterized one insect resistance gene (BPH18) in rice. He has transferred one yield enhancing gene, OsSPL14 into indica rice varieties and doubled the yield of rice. He has identified QTLs associated with abiotic stress tolerance in rice. Currently he is teaching advance biotechnology and plant science courses at the School of Biotechnology. He has developed five high yielding and biotic stress resistant rice varieties. He has trained more than 30 international scientists and developed international research collaboration with 10 countries. He has 62 SCI journal publications.

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Educational Qualification
M.Sc., PhD

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Awards & Honours
  1. Jawaharlal Nehru Award (1984) for outstanding PhD research in Plant Breeding and Genetics.
  2. Robert S. McNamara Award (1983) from World Bank, USA for Post Doctoral Fellowship.
  3. Rockefeller Foundation award (1989) for a visiting faculty position at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA.
  4. International Award from the Government of Turkey (2017) for outstanding research collaboration and training in developing blast disease resistant rice varieties for Turkey.
  5. Elected Fellow (2017) of the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Science (FNAAS), New Delhi. India.
  6. International award (2018) from the Government of the Republic of Korea for outstanding research collaboration in japonica rice improvement program.

National Acad. of Ag. Sciences, India (NAAS)
Journals/Conferences :
1. Celymar A.S., Yong MT, Vinarao R, Jena K, Holford P, Shabala L, Zhou M, Shabala S, & Chen Z.H. (2020) Back to the Wild: On a quest for donors toward salinity tolerant rice. Front. Plant Sci. 11:323.
2. Stein J. C., Yu Y, Copetti D, Zwick D.D.J, Zhang L, Zhang C, Chougule K, …..Jena K. K, Wicker T, ..Kurata N, De Oliveira A.C, ….Jackson S.A, Machado C, Sanderson M.J, Long M, Ware D, & WingR.A. (2018) Genomes of 13 domesticated and wild rice relatives highlight genetic conservation, turnover and innovation across the genus Oryza. Nature Genet. 50:285-296.
3. Prusty M.R., Kim S.R, Vinarao R, Entila F, Egdane J, Diaz M.G.Q, & Jena K. K. (2018) Newly identified wild rice accessions conferring high salt tolerance might use a tissue tolerance mechanism in leaf. Frontiers in Plant Sci. 9:417
4. S. L. Hechanova., Prusty M.R, Kim S.R, Balesfin L, Ramos J, Prahalada G.D, & Jena K. K. (2018) Monosomic alien addition lines (MAALs) of Oryza rhizomatis in Oryza sativa: Production, cytology, alien trait introgression, molecular analysis and breeding application. Theor. Appl. Genet. 131:2197-2211.
5. Jena K.K., Hechanova S.L, Verdaprado H, Prahalada GD, & Kim S-R (2017) Development of 25 near-isogenic lines (NILs) with ten BPH resistance genes in rice (Oryza sativa L.): production, resistance spectrum and molecular analysis. Theor. Appl. Genet. 130:2345-2360.
6. Ji H., Kim S.R, Kim Y.H, Suh J.P, Park H.M, Sreenivasulu N, Misra G, Kim S.M, Hechanova S.L, Kim H, Lee G.S, Yoon U.H, Kim T.H, Lim H, Suh S.C, Yang J, An G. & Jena K. K. (2016) Map-based cloning and characterization of the BPH18 gene from wild rice confirming resistance to brown planthopper (BPH) insect pest. Scientific Reports 6:34376.
7. Prahalada G.D., Shivakumar N, Lohithaswa H.C, Sidde Gowda D.K, G. Ramkumar G, Kim S.R, Ramachandra C, Hittalmani S, Mohapatra T, & Jena K. K. (2017) Identification and fine mapping of a new gene, BPH31 conferring resistance to brown planthopper biotype 4 of India to improve rice, Oryza sativa L. RICE 10:41
8. Ballesfin M.L.E., , Vinarao R.B, Sapin J, Kim S-R, & Jena K.K. (2018) Development of an intergeneric hybrid between Oryza sativa L. and leersia perrieri (A. Camus) launert. Breed. Sci. 68:474-480.
9. Jena K.K., Balesfin MLE, & Vinarao RB (2016) Development of Oryza sativa L. by Oryza punctata Kotschy ex Steud. monosomic alien addition lines with high value traits by interspecific hybridization. Theor. Appl. Genet. 129:1873-1886.
10. Kim SM, Suh J.P, Qin Y, Noh T.H, Reinke R.F, & Jena K.K. (2015) Identification
and fine-mapping of a new resistance gene, Xa40, conferring resistance to bacterial blight races in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Theor. Appl. Genet. 128:1933–1943.

Books :
1. Jena K.K., & Kim S-R. (2020) Genomics, Biotechnology and Plant
Breeding for the Improvement of Rice Production. Accelerated Plant Breeding. S.S Gosal and SH. Wani (Eds) 1:217-232
2. Jena K. J., & Ramkumar G. (2017) Breeding strategies to improve rice yields:
an overview. Burleigh Dodds Sci Pub. Ltd. pages 1-25.
3. Jena k. K., & Nissila E.A. J. (2017) Genetic Improvement of Rice (Oryza sativa L.). Hugo Campos and peter D.S. Caligari (Eds). pages 111-128.