Dr P. Ananda Kumar, Formerly Director, National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi 110012, India; Director, Institute of Biotechnology, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad; Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad, India.
Dr P. Ananda Kumar is a scientist specialized in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. He obtained M.Sc degree in Botany from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. He joined as a Scientist in the Agricultural Research Service of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1978. He obtained Ph.D degree in Plant Physiology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. After working as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the University of Hannover, he moved to Biotechnology Centre, IARI, in 1993. He specialized in the area of transgenic development for insect resistance utilizing the genes encoding insecticidal proteins of Bacillus thuringiensis. Dr Kumar developed fruit borer resistant brinjal and tomato, which were licensed to private companies. In collaboration with Assam Agricultural University (Jorhat), he developed Pod borer-resistant Chickpea. His associates are currently involved in the development of Pod borer resistant Pigeonpea, utilizing the codon-modified Bt genes constructed by him.
Dr Kumar published over 150 research articles, books and book chapters. He has three patents on codon-modified and chimeric Bt genes. His other research interests include functional genomics of rice, brinjal, ragi and cotton.