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Velu Govindan

Senior Wheat Breeder

Velu Govindan is a senior wheat breeder working with CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program in Mexico.

He has been engaged in wheat improvement research for the past 12 years. During this period, he has pioneered partnership-based impact-oriented research, making significant contributions towards the development and release of more than 20 biofortified wheat varieties with enhanced zinc and iron concentration, competitive yields and other farmer preferred traits in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Govindan is passionately committed to advancing genetic gains in wheat yield potential, improved nutritional quality and yield stability across diverse environments by combining traditional breeding and cutting-edge genomic tools.

He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 book chapters, and he is a member of Crop Science Society of America and Indian Society of Plant Breeders. Govindan has received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), as well as the Young Scientist Award from the Society for Plant Research (SPR), based in India.