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Department of Plant Pathology

Narinder Singh

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1712 Claflin Rd
4022B Throckmorton Ctr.
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-2569 
Fax: 785-532-5692



Graduate Adviser:

Jesse Poland


B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture and Crop Science, Punjab Agricultural University (2010)

M.S. Plant & Environmental Science, New Mexico State University (2013)

Research Focus:

Genes for economically important traits, such as disease resistance, have been introduced from wild species into the cultivated germplasm. My research focuses on characterizing genetic diversity present in wild progenitors of wheat, especially Aegilops tauschii. Using genotyping-by-sequencing approach, a set of genetically diverse accessions is selected to identify and exploit novel genetic variation for drought tolerance, Hessian fly and rust resistance. In addition, I also focus on efficient curation of gene banks using next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics.

Professional Experience:

  • President, Kansas State University Plant Breeding and Genetics Club (2015-2016)
  • Vice President, Kansas State University Indian Students Association (2015-2016)
  • President, Kansas State University Plant Pathology Graduate Student Club (2014-2015)
  • Teaching Assistant for Introductory Plant Science, Plant Propagation, Plant Mineral Nutrition, and Greenhouse Management (2012-2013)
  • Member, Crop Science Society of America (2012-present)
  • Coordinator, Kansas State University Open House (2014)
  • Staff Organizer, National Allium Research Conference (2012)

Research Publications:

Cramer, C. S., Singh, N., Kamal, N. & Pappu, H. R. Screening Onion Plant Introduction Accessions for Tolerance to Onion Thrips and Iris Yellow Spot. Hortscience49, 1253–1261 (2014).


For more information visit wheat genetics website www.wheatgenetics.org