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Dr. Abhishek Sharma

Dr. Abhishek Sharma

Name

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ABHISHEK SHARMA

Designation

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VIROLOGIST

Complete postal Address with city code

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DEPARTMENT OF VEGETABLE SCIENCE, PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, LUDHIANA

Email IDs

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pauvirus@gmail.com; abhishek@pau.edu

Mobile No.

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+91-9417538509

Brief Biodata (in 150 words)

Dr. Abhishek is presently working as Plant Virologist in Department of Vegetable Science at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana under AICRP (Vegetable Crops). His present research areas of interest are detection, identification and characterization of viruses infecting vegetables along with resistant source identification for effective management. Dr. Abhishek obtained his B.Sc. Agriculture (Hons.) from Rajasthan College of Agriculture, Udaipur (RAU, Bikaner) in the year 1997. He was awarded JRF (ICAR) for M.Sc. in Plant Pathology from UAS, Bangalore (1997 -99) and Sandoz Biotech Fellowship for Ph.D. from PAU, Ludhiana (2000-03) He has visited The World Vegetable Centre, Taiwan and University of Arizona, USA. He is actively involved in development of varieties resistant to viruses in vegetable crops. He was member of team who has developed CH-27, a chilli hybrid resistant to leaf curl disease and wilt. Presently this hybrid has been licensed for production and marketing of its seed within country to 18 seed companies and is covering vast area in north western states of the country. His involvement in development of virus resistant tomato varieties Punjab Varkha Bahar 1, 2, and 4 have made possible to grow tomato during rainy season. Besides, he is also associated in development of yellow vein mosaic virus resistant variety Punjab Nawab of Pumpkin and various virus resistant breeding lines in okra, bitter gourd and muskmelon.  He has been associated with eleven adhoc grants received from different funding agencies and has published 71 research papers. He has been awarded Appreciation Certificate for outstanding research by PAU and RK Arora Best paper award (2018) by Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources, NBPGR, New Delhi.