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Name : Dr. Sudhir Navathe

Designation : Scientist – C

Brief Background :

Currently I am working as wheat pathologist at Genetics and Plant breeding group at Agharkar Research Institute, Pune. My research is focused on fungal biology, host-pathogen interaction, diversity of fungal plant pathogens, effectors of plant pathogens and phytopathology.

I started my career in plant pathology at Dr.Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth (An agricultural university) Dapoli, Maharashtra India ( My topic of research was based on the identification and reporting mushroom biodiversity in Konkan part of Western Ghat Region (biodiversity hot spot and world heritage site; of the India and recycling agricultural waste for mushroom cultivation. I was awarded with University Hexamer Gold Medal in Plant Pathology.

Further I developed my research interest in molecular plant pathology during my doctoral studies at Institute of Agricultural sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi India. There served as INSPIRE Fellow Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. My focus area of research was molecular and biochemical basis of spot blotch disease resistance in spring wheat. The research at Banaras Hindu University was mainly emphasised to histochemical and pathological analysis for localization of reactive oxygen species and infection process of Bipolarissorokiniana-wheat interaction, studies on antioxidant enzymes and different reactive oxygen species and their role in response to different stress conditions, marker based assessment of the population for the QTL mapping / fine mapping for spot disease resistance in wheat.

Contact Details :

+91 9889516054

  • B. Sc. (Ag) Dr. B. S. Konkan KrishiVidyapeethDapoli, Dist. Ratnagiri, India.
  • M. Sc. (Ag.) Plant Pathology, Dr. B. S. Konkan KrishiVidyapeethDapoli, Dist. Ratnagiri, India.
  • Ph. D. Mycology & Plant Pathology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi UP 221005. India
  • NET- Plant Pathology, Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board, New Delhi.

Awards / Medals: 2

  • INSPIRE FELLOW (2015) by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India
  • HEXAMER GOLD MEDAL 2013 (PLANT PATHOLOGY) by Dr. B. S. Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India.

My areas of expertise and interest are

  1. Host pathogen interaction in cultivated crops such as wheat, mungbean etc.
  2. Diversity, and virulence patterns of fungal plant pathogens of cultivated crops
  3. Molecular plat pathology- effector triggered susceptibility and necrotrophic effector molecules in plant pathogen interaction
  4. Mapping of disease resistance in wheat and mungbean
  5. Stress biology and mechanism of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in crop plants
  6. Surveillance for the black stem rust and brown leaf rust of wheat in Peniinsular India.

Current Project:

Germplasm Characterization and Trait Discovery in Wheat using Genomics Approaches and its Integration for Improving Climate Resilience, Productivity and Nutritional quality. Sub Project-3: Evaluation of wheat germplasm for abiotic stresses

Funding and Collaborators:

  • Department of Biotechnology, Govt. Of India, New Delhi.
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.
  • ICAR- Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal.
  • Sundeep Kumar, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi.
  • Ramesh Chand, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi


    1. Wilken PM, Aylward J, Chand R, Grewe F, Lane FA, Sinha S, Ametrano C, Distefano I, Divakar PK, Duong TA, Huhndorf S, Kharwar RN, Lumbsch TH, Navathe Sudhir, Pérez CA, Ramírez-Berrutti N, Sharma R, Sun Y, Wingfield BD and Wingfield MJ (2020).IMA Genome – F13: Draft genome sequence of Ambrosiellacleistominuta, Cercosporabrassicicola, citrullina, Physciastellaris, and Teratosphaeriapseudoeucalypti. IMA Fungus 11, 19.
  1. Wijayawardene N. et al. (2020) Outline of Fungi and fungi-like taxa. Mycosphere 11(1):1060-1456
  2. Navathe, Sudhir, Yadav, P. S., Vasishtha, N. K., Chand, R., Mishra, V. K., Meher, P.K., Joshi A. K. Gupta, P. K. (2020) ToxATsn1 interaction for spot blotch susceptibility in Indian wheat: An example of inverse gene-for-gene relationship. Plant Disease. 104:71-81
  3. Yashavantha Kumar KJ, Baviskar VS , Honrao BK, Misra SC, Chavan AM, Surve VD, Khade VM , Bagwan JH, Gite VD, Khairnar SS, Bankar DN and NavatheSudhur (2019). Notification of crop varieties and registration of germplasm Durum Wheat MACS 3949, Biofortified Wheat MACS 4028. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding 79(4): 765-769.
  4. Poudel A, Navathe Sudhir, Chand R, Mishra VK, Singh PK, Joshi AK (2019) Hydrogen peroxide prompted lignification affects pathogenicity of hemi-biotrophic pathogen sorokiniana to wheat (Triticumaestivum L.) ThePlant Pathology Journal35:287-300 DOI: 10.5423/PPJ.OA.09.2018.0180. 
  5. Navathe Sudhir, Singh S, Singh V K, Chand R, Mishra V K, Joshi AK (2019) Genome wide mining of respiratory burst homologs and its expression in response to biotic and abiotic stress in Triticumaestivum. Genes and Genomics41: 1027-1043 DOI: 10.1007/s13258-019-00821-x
  6. Navathe Sudhir,Chand R, Mishra V. K., Pandey S. P., Kumar U, & Joshi A. K. (2020). Management of spot blotch and heat stress in spring wheat through Azoxystrobin mediated redox balance, Agricultural Research 9:169-178 DOI : 1007/s40003-019-00417-7
  7. Sharma S, Chen C, Navathe Sudhir, Chand R, Pandey SP (2019) A halotolerant growth promoting rhizobacteria triggers induced systemic resistance in plants and defends against fungal infection. Scientific Reports 9: 4054.
  8. Muarya A. K., Navathe Sudhir., Mohapatra C., & Chand R. (2018) Antioxidants elevates the resistance to Cercosporacanescence in interspecific cross of Vigna radiate (Kopergaon) × Vigna mungo (Pant Urd 31)’. Indian Phytpathology 71:519-528.
  9. Sharma S, Sahu R, Navathe Sudhir, Mishra VK, Chand R, Singh PK, Joshi AK, Pandey SP (2018) Natural variation in field-grown wheat genotypes upon spot blotch infection. Frontiers in Plant sciences 9:636. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00636
  10. Pandey, A., Ansari, S.Q., Navathe, Sudhir. Chand R., Mishra V. K., & Joshi A. K. (2016). Association of lesion mimic trait with spot blotch resistance in wheat. Tropical plant pathology 41: 406-414 doi: 10.1007/s40858-016-0115-3.
  11. Mohapatra, C., Chand, R., Navathe, Sudhir, & Sharma, S. (2016). Histo-chemical and biochemical analysis reveals association of er1 mediated powdery mildew resistance and redox balance in pea. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 106: 54-63.


While genome sequences and sequence read Archives (SRA):

  1. SRX7473635: Sequence read archives (SRA) sorokiniana isolate Pusa2 (MCC 1533) (Bio-sample SAMN13091761)
  2. SRX7473632: Sequence read archives (SRA) sorokiniana isolate HD3069 (MCC 1572) (Bio-sample SAMN13091755)
  3. JAASFE000000000: De novo WGA of Pseudocercosporacruenta infecting Vignaunguiculata
  4. JAASFF000000000: De novo WGA of Cercosporacitrullina infecting Lagenariasiceraria
  5. JAASLH000000000: De novo WGA of brassicicola infectious on turnip Brassica rapa subsp. rapa
  6. JAASLG000000000: De novo WGAof sesami infecting Sesamumindicum