Dr.R Ramakrishnan Nair
Principal Scientist
ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research
QualificationM. Sc. (Genetics and Plant Breeding)-University of Kerala
Ph. D. (Applied Botany)- Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
SpecialisationGenetics and Cytogenetics (ARS)
DivisionGenetics & Cytogenetics
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Areas of InterestGenetics and Cytogenetics of Spices
Tissue culture of Spices
Research Experience
Total publications23, Research Papers-12,Reviews-3, Book Chapters-4 Popular articles-4

Current Research Projects (Institute)

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Jawaharlal Nehru Award for PG Agricultural Research-2003 for outstanding contribution in the field of In vitro plant regeneration in black pepper

Research Publications

  1. Nair R R & Ravindran P N 1992 Induced polyploidy in black pepper (Piper nigrum L.). J. Spices and Aromatic Crops 1: 151-153.(India)

  2. Nair R R, Sasikumar B & Ravindran P N 1993 Polyploidy in a cultivar of black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) and its open pollinated progenies. Cytologia 58: 27-31. (Japan)

  3. Nair R R & Ravindran P N 1994 Somatic association of chromosomes and other mitotic abnormalities in Vanilla planifolia (Andrews). Caryologia 47: 65-73. (Italy)

  4. Nair R R & Dutta Gupta S 2003 Somatic embryogenesis in black pepper (Piper nigrum L.): 1. Direct somatic embryogenesis from the tissues of germinating seeds and ontogeny of somatic embryos. The Journal of Hort. Sci. & Biotech. 78: 416-421. (United Kingdom)

  5. Nair R R & Dutta Gupta S 2005 Effect of explants and genotypes on primary somatic embryogenesis in black pepper (Piper nigrum L.). Cytologia 70: 195-202.(Japan)

  6. Nair R R & Dutta Gupta S 2006 High frequency plant regeneration through cyclic secondary somatic embryogenesis in black pepper (Piper nigrum L.). Plant Cell Reports 24: 699-707(Germany).

  7. Nair R R & Dutta Gupta S 2007 In vitro plant regeneration from encapsulated somatic embryos of black pepper (Piper nigrum L.). Journal of Plant Sciences 2(3):283-292(USA).

  8. Nair R R 2007 Aneuploid variation of chromosome number in the somatic cells of Piper magnificum Trel. Cytologia 72(2): 239-242(Japan).

  9. Nair R R and Sasikumar B 2009. Chromosome number variation among germplasm collections and seedling progenies in turmeric (Curcuma longa L.). Cytologia 74(2): 153-157 (Japan).

  10. Nair R R, Shiva K N, Anchu S and Zachariah T J, 2010. Characterization of open pollinated seedling progenies of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) based on chromosome number, plant morphology, rhizome yield and rhizome quality. Cytologia 75(4): 443-449 (Japan)
Review articles
  1. Parthasarathy V A, Sasikumar B, Nair R R and George J K 2007 Black pepper: botany and horticulture. In: Janik J (ed.), Horticultural reviews 33, John Wiley, New Jersey pp173-266.
  2. Nair R 2009 Vanilla In: T. K. Bose, G. G. Maiti, D. Sanyal, M. K. Sadhu, S. K. Mitra, V. A. Parthasarathy, S. I. Basak (eds), Dictionary of Horticulture Vol. 10 pp. 5970-5972.
  3. V. A. Parthasarathy, V. Srinivasan, R R Nair, T. John Zachariah, A. Kumar, and D.Prasath 2011. Ginger: Botany and Horticulture . Horticultural reviews 39 (in press).
Book Chapters
  1. Nair R R and Suseela Bhai R 2008. Vanilla In: Parthasarathy V A, Bhat A I and Parthasarathy U (eds).Spices (Vol. 1 Major Spices), Today and Tomorrow Printers and Publishers, New Delhi, 619-753.
  2. Nair R R 2011 Black pepper In: H P Singh, V A Parthasarathy and K Nirmal Babu (eds), Advances in Horticulture Biotechnology Vol. I Regeneration Systems: Fruit Crops, Plantation Crops and Spices. Westville Publishing House, New Delhi pp. 369-394.
  3. Nair R R and Pathasarathy V A 2011 Botany and Breeding of Turmeric In: H P Singh, V A Parthasarathy V. Srinivasan and K N Shiva (eds), Turmeric - Production and Utilization. Westville Publishing House, New Delhi pp. 10-39.
Staff Profile - ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode. Last updated on 21.07.2017