Assam Agricultural University
Dr. B. K. Sarmah
Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam, India
Dr. B. K. Sarmah, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhathas made significant contributions in the field of “gene technology for crop improvement, especially for improving chickpea for its resistance against insect pests." Dr. Sarmah worked at CSIRO, Australia (1997-1999; 2005) and Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland (2001 – 2002) as visiting Scientist and Washington State University, USA as visiting faculty (2006). Currently, Dr. Sarmah is acting as the Director of the DBT-AAU Centre for Agricultural Biotechnology (since, 2012) which is being funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. He has also been working as visiting faculty in the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece.
Dr. Sarmah has developed genetic stocks, such as “Transgenic chickpea resistant to stored grain pests (Callosobruchous sp.)” in collaboration with CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia with funding from McKnight Foundation, USA and “Transgenic chickpea resistant to pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera)” in Collaboration with CSIRO, Canberra, NRCPB, New Delhi and ICRISAT, Patencheru through funding obtained from Department of Biotechnology, Government of India; Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology and Indo-Australia Strategic Research Fund. The backcross derivatives of his Cry2Aa chickpeas lines have gone into field test (BRL1) in India in collaboration with Sungro Seeds, New Delhi. Dr. Sarmah is an Editorial Board member of the journal “Plant Science” and “Indian journal of genetics and plant breeding” and adjudged one of the top reviewers (2012) and received Certificate of Excellence in Review (2013) by the Elsevier Publication, USA.