Dr.B Sasikumar
Head, Div. Crop Improvement &
ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research
SpecialisationPlantbreeding& Biotechnology
DivisionCrop Improvement and Biotechnology
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Areas of InterestSpices genetic resources,spices breeding, Spices biotechnology,production and Science Popularisation
Research Experience
Period Institute
1985-1989 ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region,Shillong/Tripura
1989-2008 Indian Institute of Spices Research,Kozhikode
2008-2010 National Agricultural Research Institute,Guyana,S.America/Indian High Commission, Guyana
2010-till date Indian Institute of Spices Research,Kozhikode
Total publications380

Current Research Projects (Institute)

  1. Breeding black pepper for high yield, quality and resistance to stresses
  2. Conservation, characterisation, evaluation and improvement of Zingiber and Curcuma Spp.
  3. Mining of DNA markers and Genes from Expressed Sequence Tags of Curcuma longa (2012-2015).

Current Research Projects (External)

  1. DNA Barcoding to discriminate traded spices from their adulterants.
  2. Development of comprehensive SSR and SNP markers for the study of genetic diversity and association analysis in Curcuma spp.


Research Publications

  1. Jaleel kizhakkayil and B.Sasikumar(2012).Characterisation of ginger (Z.officinale R.)germplasm based on volatile and non volatile components.Afr.J.Biotech,11:777-786.
  2. Kizhakkayil,J and Sasikumar.B(2011).Diversity,characterization and utilization of ginger:Areview.Plant Genetic Resources:C&U,9:464-477.
  3. Dhanya, K.,Syamkumar,S.Sijusenan and Sasikumar,B.(2011). Sequence Characterized Amplified Region Markers: A Reliable Tool for Adulterant Detection in Turmeric Powder.Food Research International,44:2889-2895.
  4. Dhanya, K.,Syamkumar,S.Sijusenan and Sasikumar.B(2011).SCAR markers for adulteration detection in ground chilli. British Food J. 113 (5):656-668.
  5. Jaleel Kizhakkayil and Sasikumar.B (2010). Genetic diversity analysis of ginger (Z.officinale R) germplasm based on RAPD and ISSR markers.Sci.Hort.125:73-76.
  6. Siju Senan, Dhanya, K., Syamkumar, S., Sasikumar, B., Sheeja, T.E., Bhat, A.I., and Parthasarathy,V.A. (2010). Development, characterization and cross species amplification of polymorphic microsatellite markers from expressed sequence tags of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.).Mol.Biotech.44(2):140-147.
  7. Siju ,S.,Dhanya,K.,SyamKumar,S.,Sheeja,T E.,Sasikumar.B., Bhat,AI and Parthasarathy,V.A(2010).Development,characterization ad utilization of genomic microsatellite markers in turmeric(Curcuma longa L).Biochem .Syst and Ecol.38:641-646.
  8. Lincy, A.K., and Sasikumar, B. (2010). Enhanced adventitious shoot regeneration from aerial stem explant of ginger using TDZ and its histological studies. Turkish J.Bot.34:21-29.
  9. Syamkumar,S.,Jose,M and Sasikumar.B(2005).Isolation and PCR amplification of genomic DNA from dried capsules of cardamom(E.cardamomum M.).Plant Molecular Biology Reprtr,23:1a-1e.
  10. Dhanya,K.,Syamkumar,S and Sasikumar.B(2009).Development and application of SCAR marker for papaya seed adulteration in traded black pepper powder.Food Biotech.23:97-100.
  11. Lincy, A.K, Remasree, A.B and Sasikumar, B. (2009). Indirect and direct somatic embryogenesis from aerial stem explants of ginger (Z.officinale Rosc.) Acta.Bot.Croatica,68:93-103.
  12. Lincy, A.K., Jayarajan,K., Sasikumar,B (2008) Relationship between vegetative and rhizome characters and final rhizome yield in micropropagated ginger plants (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) over two generations, Sci. Hort.118: 70-73
  13. Dhanya, K., Jaleel Kizhakkayil, Syamkumar, S. and Sasikumar, B. (2007). Isolation and amplification of genomic DNA from recalcitrant dried berries of black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) -A medicinal spice. Mol. Biotechnol. 37: 165-168.
  14. Sasikumar, B., Saji, K.V. and Johnson K. George (2007). Spike proliferation in black pepper (P. nigrum L.).Fruits, 62:325 - 328
  15. Parthasarathy, V. A. and Sasikumar, B. (2006). Biotechnology of Curcuma. Perspectives in Agriculture, veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 1, No. 020.
  16. Parthasarathy, V. A.., Sasikumar, B., Nair, R. R. and Johnson K. George (2006). Black pepper-Botany and horticulture. Hort. Rev. 33: 173 - 266.
  17. Elizabeth Thomas, Jaleel Kizhakkayil, Syamkumar, S., John Zachariah, T. and Sasikumar, B. (2006). Comparative quality characterization and molecular profiling of Indian, Sri Lankan and Guatemalan cardamoms. J. Food, Agril & Environ.4:129-134.
  18. Syamkumar, S. and Sasikumar. B. (2006). Molecular marker based genetic diversity analysis of Curcuma species from India. Sci. Hort.,112: 235-241
  19. Nair, R.R., and Sasikumar, B. (2009). Chromosome number variation among germplasm collection and seedling progenies in turmeric(Curcuma longa L.) Cytologia, 74:153-157.
  20. Sasikumar, B. (2005). Genetic resources of Curcuma: diversity, characterization and utilization. Plant Genetic Resources - Conservation and utilization. 3: 130 -151.
Staff Profile - ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode. Last updated on 21.07.2017