Tusar Kanti Bag

President 1
Name Tusar Kanti Bag
Designation Principal Scientist
Complete postal Address with city code Division of Plant Pathology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012
Email IDs tusar.bag@gmail.com
Mobile No. 7085951827

Brief Biodata

Educational Qualification:

B.Sc. (Ag) Hons from BCKV, North Bengal campus, Cooch Bihar (1984-88), M.Sc. (Ag) in Mycology and Plant Pathology  (1989-91) from BCKV, Mohanpur, Nadia, WB; Ph.D. (Plant Pathology) (1992-95) from IARI, PUSA New Delhi.


Position Held:

Joined as ARS scientist in ICAR Research Complex, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.  Scientist (SS) and Senior Scientist in NRC for Orchids, Sikkim, IIVR, Varanasi, UP. Principal scientist in ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Meghalaya. Head, CPRI- regional Station, Shillong, Meghalaya (2010-16 March), Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology) Division of Plant Pathology, IARI, PUSA.


Significant Achievements:

Contributed in concluding the nature and number of gene(s) involved for resistance to the Delhi isolates of Karnal bunt (Neovossia indica) in three resistant genotypes of wheat (T. aestivum) viz.HD 29, HP 1531 and W 485. It was concluded that susceptibility was dominant over resistant and the resistance was conferred by a single recessive gene.

Exotic potato accessions viz. CP 2163, CP 2294, CP 1722, CP 2000, CP 2011, CP 2163 and CP 2379 were identified as resistant to potato late blight as a member of a group of scientist. Potato accessions CP1673, CP2011, CP2068, CP2132 and CP2333 were identified as resistance against late blight as a member of a group of scientists at all the locations along with desirable tuber characters which can be utilized as parents in breeding programme.

Immune and resistant mung bean  var./lines  identified against powdery mildew (Erysiphe polygoni.): VGG 26,  Pusa 977 VGG 20, OBGG 40, PUSA 105, HUM 7 and MI 389. 4 Soybean entries identified as consistently resistant to Phakopsora pachyrhizi.viz. JS (SH)- 49, JS 80-20, PK 416 and JS (SH) 89-59).

Occurrence and incidence of anthracnose on orchid germplasms has been worked out. 23 genera of orchids were found to be infected by Colletotrichum Gloeosporioides.

5 Rhizospheric bacteria having potential to suppress disease causing pathogens such as Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici (FOL) and Rhizoctonia solani have been Isolated.

Establishment of Aeroponic system and making it functional for basic quality seed production of potato at Central Potato Research Station, Shillong, Meghalaya.


Awards Honours: Nil


Fellows: FPSI


Research Areas:  Mycology & Fungal Plant Pathology (Orchids, potato, vegetables, Pulses)