Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra took over the charge of Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research Education and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) from Dr S Ayyappan today.
Dr. Mohapatra was holding the position of Director-cum-Vice Chancellor of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. Prior to this, he worked as the Director of National Rice Research Institute (formerly known as CRRI), Cuttack. He served National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi as researcher and teacher for about 20 years. He is a scientist of global repute working in the area of molecular genetics and genomics.
Dr. Mohapatra has over 145 research papers in national and international journals of repute and several book chapters. His research accomplishments include development of the first high yielding Basmati rice variety resistant to bacterial leaf blight through molecular marker assisted selection, and physical mapping and genome sequencing of rice and tomato.
He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences-India, Allahabad and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.