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Arun Kumar Joshi

Regional Representative for Asia and Country Representative for India

A native of India, Joshi obtained his B.S., M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He joined CIMMYT in January 2009 and is presently a Principal Scientist in the Global Wheat Program, coordinating wheat breeding activities of CIMMYT in South Asia. He has been engaged in testing, release, seed increase and dissemination of climate resilient, rust resistant wheat varieties in many countries. He is professor of genetics and plant breeding at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, at Banaras Hindu University.

Joshi, an INSA (India) fellow, has made numerous contributions to wheat improvement research especially in understanding heat tolerance and host-pathogen interaction with respect to spot blotch of wheat.