Simrat Pal Singh

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Cultivated common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius A. Gray) genotypes possessing desirable agronomic traits were hybridized. The F1 hybrids were backcrossed twice with the common bean (i.e., recurrent backcrossing). Also, alternate backcrosses with common and tepary beans (i.e., congruity backcrossing) were carried out.(More)
The value of intra- and interracial populations in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) needs to be determined in order to create useful genetic variation for maximizing gains from selection, broadening the genetic base of commercial cultivars, and making efficient use of available resources. Five large-seeded parents of race Nueva Granada (N), two(More)
Iron and zinc deficiencies negatively impact human health worldwide. We developed wheat lines that meet or exceed recommended dietary target levels for iron and zinc in the grains. These lines represent useful germplasm for breeding new wheat varieties that can reduce iron and zinc deficiency-associated health burdens in the affected populations.(More)
Inheritance of resistance to common bacterial blight in the trifoliate leaf, plant canopy, and pods was controlled by a single major gene. Additive followed by dominance effects were more important than epistatic interactions. Narrow-sense heritability values ranged from 0.18 to 0.87 for trifoliate leaf, from 0.26 to 0.76 for canopy, and from 0.11 to 0.36(More)
The bean-pod weevil (BPW), Apion godmani Wagner, often causes heavy losses in crops of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Farmers need resistant bean cultivars to minimize losses, cut production costs, stabilize seed yield, and reduce pesticide use and consequent health hazards. To design effective breeding methods, breeders need new and better sources of(More)
Salt-tolerant alkaliphilic actinomycetes are difficult to isolate as their natural environments are much more different and hostile than laboratory conditions. Due to these limitations, majority of the microbial population remain uncultivated. During the recent years, development and application of molecular techniques, such as; DGGE, TGGE, RFLP and DNADNA(More)
Three selection procedures, single-seed-descent, selection of the best 5% in both seed size and seed yield per plant were followed in two divergent crosses of chickpea under four environments in order to study the improvement of seed yield. Analysis of variance showed wide ranges of variability for all characters except days to maturity. Seed size (SSB) was(More)
Four cathodal bands (C1, C2, C3 and C4) of esterase (E1, C1. 3.1) were correlated with the grain weight of rice (Oryza sativa L.). Zymogram patterns indicated intensity differences among these bands infinegrain and coarse-grain varieties. Bands C1. and C2 were dark in fine grain varieties whereas C3 and C4 were dark in coarse grain varieties. These bands(More)
Nearly half of the world's population obtains its daily calories from rice grains, which lack or have insufficient levels of essential micronutrients. The deficiency of micronutrients vital for normal growth is a global health problem, and iron, zinc and vitamin A deficiencies are the most prevalent ones. We developed rice lines expressing Arabidopsis(More)
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