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Dr. Shahid Ahmed

Head & Principal Scientist
(Plant Breeding)

Academic Qualification
PhD. Plant Breeding

Designation with Discipline

Principal Scientist
(Plant Breeding)

Place of Posting

Crop Improvement Division, ICAR-IGFRI Jhansi

EPBX with Ext No:


Plant breeding/ Improvement of forage crops, Forage genetic resources-conservation and improvement, Abiotic and biotic stress and Quality breeding

Awards and Recognitions
Major national level award/ Fellowship

  1. Gold medal and best research worker award: Rajinder Pal Singh Gold Medal (1993) in M.Sc by Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar
  2. Merit scholarship in BSc (1988-90) and MSc (1991-93) by Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar
  3. Fellowship (SRF) from Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi for Ph.D (1994-97)
  4. Fellowship for Foreign Training from DARE-ICAR (2013-14) USA
  5. Team award (2015) as member of PME by ICAR-IGFRI
  6. Team award (2015) as member of adarsh chara gram (ACG) by ICAR-IGFRI
  7. Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution award 2015 to IGFRI, Jhansi for large institute category (As PS )
  8. Best Division Award 2018 (as PS & HD) conferred on 57th Foundation day of IGFRI, Jhansi, 1st November, 2018 by IGFRI, Jhansi.
  9. Fellow of Range Management Society of India (RMSI) 2018-19

Present Area of work
Oat Improvement program
Maize Improvement program

No. of Research Articles, Published in Referred
Major publications

  1. Kumar, Neeraj; Anuragi, Hirdayesh ; Rana, Maneet; Priyadarshini, Parichita ; Singhal, Rajesh Chand, Subhash ; Indu; Sood, Vinod; Singh, Sultan; Ahmed, 2021. Elucidating Morpho-Anatomical, Physio-Biochemical and Molecular Mechanism Imparting Salinity Tolerance in Oats (Avena sativa L.). Plant Breeding. 2021;1–16.
  2. Rajesh Singhal, Jyoti Chauhan, HS Jatav, BK Dadarwal, Subhash Chand, Indu, Debanjana Saha, Eetela Sathyanarayana, VD Rajput, Tariq Aftab, UN Mishra, Shahid Ahmed, Kailash Chandra, Saurabh Pandey, Tatiana Minkina. 2021. Roles of nitric oxide in conferring multiple abiotic stress tolerance in plants and crosstalk with other plant growth regulators. Journal of plant growth regulation, July, 2021.
  3. Manoj Chaudhary, KK Dwivedi, RP Sah, Rahul Gajghate, Shahid Ahmed and K. Singh 2021 Zinc biofortification of fodder oat through bioinoculant and synthetic fertilizers RMSI 42 (1): 181-185
  4. S Ahmed, KK Singh and AK Roy. Performance evaluation of oat variety Bundel Jai-15-1 for fodder and seed yield in hill zone of India. Electronic Journal of Plant Breeding: Vol 11(4):1037-1043.
  5. Maneet Rana, S. Gupta, Neeraj Kumar, Rajeev Ranjan, R.P. Sah, R. Gajghate, K. K. Dwivedi and S. Ahmed. Genetic architecture and population structure oat landraces (Avena sativa L.) using molecular and morphological descriptors. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. 18(3):439-450.
  6. Rajeev Ranjan, VS Chauhan, Manoj Chaudhary, KK Singh, Shahid Ahmed, and Krishna Kumar Dwivedi. Expression of ZmZIP1 a gene involved in Zinc Transport after nutrient application in Oat (Avena Sativa L.). Advances in Bioresearch Adv. Biores., Vol 12 (2) March 2021:23-29.
  7. Sultan Singh, AK Roy, Pankaj Kaushal, AKMisra, KKSingh, MMDas, SBMaity, Shahid Ahmed, SKMahanta and Rameshwar Sah. Effect of Oat Fodder Cultivars on In Vitro Fermentation, Nutrient Utilization, Nitrogen Balance and Performance in Sheep. Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology (2019) 19 : 157-168.
  8. Varsha Chaturvedi, Rajeev Ranjan, Manoj Chaudhary, Shahid Ahmed and Krishna Kumar Dwivedi. Expression of Zinc Transporter Genes in Oat (Avena sativa L.) as Influenced by Zinc-Solubilizing Bacteria. Int. J. Curr. Microbiol. App.Sci 9 (7): 3448-3457.
  9. Ahmed, A.K.Roy and A.B.Majumdar 2011 Genetic diversity and variability analysis in oats (Avena sativa L.) using agro morphological traits Range Mgmt. & Agroforestry, 32 (2): 96-99. 6.10
  10. Sunil Kumar, D R Palsaniya, T Kiran Kumar, A K Misra, Shahid Ahmad, A K Rai, Ashutosh Sarker, Mounir Louhaichi, Sawsan Hassan, Giorgia Liguori, P K Ghosh, Prabhu Govindasamy, Sonu Mahawer & H A Bhargavi (2022): Survival, morphological variability, and performance of Opuntia ficus-indica in a semi-arid region of India, Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/03650340.2022.2031998
  11. Kumar, S.; Louhaichi, M.; Dana Ram, P.; Tirumala, K.K.; Ahmad, S.; Rai, A.K.; Sarker, A.; Hassan, S.; Liguori, G.; Probir Kumar, G.; et al. Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) Productivity, Proximal Composition and Soil Parameters as Affected by Planting Time and Agronomic Management in a Semi-Arid Region of India. Agronomy 2021, 11, 1647.

Journals/Academic achievements