Discipline: Plant Breeding Designation: Principal Scientist Since March, 2007
Email: P.manivel@icar.gov.in Mobile: +91-9429543209

Academic Qualifications

Degree Institute/ University Year of completion Subject(s) with major field
BSc Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore 1988 Agriculture
MSc TNAU, Coimbatore 1990 Plant Breeding & Genetics
PhD TNAU, Coimbatore 1995 Plant Breeding & Genetics
Post Gratuate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights (PGDIPR) Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi 2009 Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)


Employment Record & Experience (Starting from the present position)

Designation Organization Institution & place of posting Period(From-to) Duration(years, months)
Principal Scientist (Plant Breeding) Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi ICAR-Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research (DMAPR), Anand, Gujarat 24.03.2007 to Continuing 7 years 9 months
Senior Scientist (Plant Breeding) ICAR, New Delhi Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla 19.3.2002 to 23.03.2007 5 years 4 days
Scientist (Sr. Scale) (Plant Breeding) ICAR, New Delhi National Research Centre for Groundnut (NRCG), Junagadh, Gujarat 13.02.1999 to 18.3.2002 3 years 1 month 5 days
Scientist (Plant Breeding) ICAR, New Delhi National Research Centre for Groundnut (NRCG), Junagadh, Gujarat 13.02.1995 to 12.2.1999 4 years
Research Associate Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore Oilseeds Research Station, Tindivanam 15.06.1992 to 09.02.1995 2 years 8 months

Current responsibilities:

  • Collection, purification, evaluation, maintenance, characterization and documentation of Asparagus adscendens, Desmodium gangeticum, Gymnema sylvestre, Plantago ovata, and Withania somnifera
  • Development of high yielding varieties with appropriate secondary metabolite content in isabgol, and ashwagandha
  • Nodal – Officer, RFD; Secretary- IRC, Vigilance Officer

Recent 3 major contributions:

  • Varieties Developed: Developed a high yielding isabgol variety, “Vallabh Isabgol-1”
  • Germplasm Registered: Developed and registered five elite germplasm lines viz., (i) DPO 14 (INGR11035) -an early maturing (85-90 days) and high yielding mutant with high harvest index (>22%); (ii) DPO 296-4 (INGR 14010), a Golden yellow leaf colour mutant of isabgol; (iii) DGS 22 (INGR 13041) – A high fruit producing and high leaf yielding Gymnema sylvestre germplasm accession; (iv) DWS 327 – A dwarf (less than 30cm) ashwagandha pure line and DWS-6 a decumbent growth habit pure line of ashwagandha have been registered with NBPGR, New Delhi.
  • Technologies developed: Hybridization technique in Isabgol, Tetraploids in isabgol, and male sterile plants in ashwagandha (first report)

Recent awards and recognitions:

  • Gold medal for the best research paper (2013)
  • Gold medal for the best research paper (2004)
  • Fellow: National Academy of Biological Science (NABS), Chennai (2011)
  • Fellow: Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, New Delhi (2011)
  • Best Citizen of India award given by International Publishing House, New Delhi during (2011)
  • Member Fellow: National Academy of Science, India (NASI), Allahabad.
  • Editorial Member (2012-14): Electronic journal of Plant Breeding.
  • Resource Person in seminar/ conferences (6 times) (2010-2014)

Current collaborative activities:

  • AICRP-MAP Trials

Recent most significant publications:

  • Mahesh Kawale, Sandip Ankoliya, Saravanan R, Manivel P (2014) Pharmacognostical and phytochemical analysis of Asparagus adscendens – a medicinal shrub. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 3(4): 131-139.
  • Mahesh Kawale, Saravanan R, Sandip Ankolia, Prakash Patel, Ashuthosh Srivastava, Narendra Gajbhiye, Sandip K Patel, Manivel P (2012) Pharmacognostic characterization of Desmodium gangeticum L., an Ayurvedic plant. International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemical Research. 3(4): 119-126.
  • Deore HB, Manivel P (2014) Inheritance of growth habit and berry colour in ashwagandha (Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal) – A medicinal plant. Electronic J. Plant Breeding. 5 (2): 244-247.
  • Nandanwar HR, Manivel P(2014) Inheritance of flower colour in Desmodium gangeticum L. Electronic J. Plant Breeding. 5 (2): 290-293.
  • Nandanwar HR, Manivel P, Patil AS,Punewar AA (2014) Genetic Variability Studies in Desmodium gangeticum (L.) DC. International Journal of Bioresources and Stress Management (accepted).
  • Manivel P, Saravanan R (2010) DPO 14 – An early maturing mutant of Isabgol (Plantago ovata Forsk). Electronic J. Pl. Breed. 1(5): 1371-1373.


  • Bandyopadhyay A, Manivel P (2014) Chapter 13: Groundnut. In: Breeding Field Crops 1: Practices (Ed. V. L. Chopra). Studium Press LLC P.O. Box 722200, Houston TX 776-8950-USA. pp. 520-596. (ISBN: 1-62699-029-8).
  • Bandyopadhyay A, Manivel P (2014) Chapter 14: Groundnut. In: Breeding Field Crops 2: Advances (Ed. V. L. Chopra). Studium Press LLC P.O. Box 722200, Houston TX 776-8950-USA. pp. 243-262. (ISBN: 1-62699-029-8).
  • Satyabrata Maiti, Manivel P (2010) Medicinal and aromatic Plants. In: Horticulture in Different Agro-Climatic Conditions – Four Decades of Coordinated Research. (Eds. H.P. Singh and M.S. Palanisamy). Westville Press, New Delhi. Chapter No. 8. (Pp. 215-260). (ISBN 13: 9788185873602).


  • Saravanan R, Manivel P (2008) Nila Avarai – manavariku Uganda marhuthuvapayir. (In tamil). (Senna- suitable medicinal plant for rainfed cultivation). Valarum Velanmai (Growing



  • Manivel P, Vinay Kumar, Gajbhiye NA, Satyabrata Maiti (2012) DWS 327 (IC0588697; INGR11026), an Ashwaganhda (Withania somnifera) germplasm, with Dwarf Plant Type. Indian J. of Plant Genetic Resour. 25 (2): 215.
  • Manivel P, Saravanan R (2012) DPO-14 (IC0586947; INGR11035), an Isabgol (Plantago ovate) germplasm with Early maturing (80-85 days) and High Harvest Index (>22%). Indian J. of Plant Genetic Resources. 25 (2): 220.

Other professional activities:

  • Life member and Executive Body member of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Association of India (MAPAI), ICAR-DMAPR, Anand