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Veere Gowda, R.

Veere Gowda, R.
Principal Scientist (Horticulture)
Division of Vegetable Crops
Horticulture- Vegetable crop breeding
Ph.D (Horticulture)
Experience (No. of Years): 
27 Years
Research Accomplishments: 


1. Developed cytoplasmic male sterile lines (Ms-65, MS-48, MS-11 and MS-39) and their maintainer lines   in onion suitable for Indian short day conditions and used in the development of F1 hybrids.


2. Developed and released two onion F1 hybrids namely Arka Kirthiman and Arka Lalima for high bulb yield and quality. Male sterile lines and parental lines are in demand in public, private and multinational companies. These lines were commercialized and revenue of 20 laksh has been generated.


3. Short day yellow onion varieties suitable for export namely Arka Pitamber & Arka Sona (Yellow   colour, mild pungent, low TSS   and big size onions) have been released.


4. White onion varieties with high TSS and high dry matter content for processing namely Arka Swadista (White onion-high TSS (18-20%) & dry matter (15-18%)) for fermented preservation have been released.


5. Rose onion varieties (2No.) namely Arka Bindu and Arka Vishwas (Dark red colour, Small size, flat shape and high pungent, & TSS) for export market have been released.


6. True seed multiplier onion variety namely Arka Ujjwal (big bulblet, uniform red colour and size, 2-3 bulblet /bulb with good storage) have been released for high bulb yield and quality.


7. Synthetic red onion varieties Arka Bheem & Arka Akshay have been released for high bulb yield and quality.


8. High carotene Carrot variety Arka Suraj (11.5 mg %), resistant to powdery mildew and tolerant to   nematodes besides high bulb yield (27t/ha) has been released and proposed for notification for central seed sub committee.


9. Molecular markers for Purple blotch disease (900 bp RAPD) and soil moisture stress 750 bp (OPV4), 1300 bp (OPV4), 900 bp (OPAN18) and 1200 bp (OPAO15) have been identified in onion.


10. Onion genotypes resilient to soil moisture stress (abiotic stress) were identified in AFLR, Arka Kalyan- 649, Satara Local and PBR-140 and advanced lines MST 121-55, MST 115-46, MST 120-54 and MST 112-42 with high bulb yield and qualities have been developed.


11. Advance lines namely PBR-287 and PBR-296 tolerant to Purple blotch disease (biotic stress) with high bulb yield and qualities have been developed.


12. Arka Bindu, rose onion and Arka Pitamber, yellow onion have been Notified at National level on 27.12.2006. 

Important Publications: 


  • Pathak , C.S. and R.V. Gowda , 1994.Breeding for the development of onion hybrid in India:     Problems and Prospects. Acta   Horticulture, 358, 239-242.   


  • Veere Gowda,R ,,T.H.Singh and R.G.Somkuwar, 1998. Genetic variability in onion (Allium cepa L.), PKV Research Journal, 22(1): 146-148.


  • Veere Gowda , R, C.S.Pathak and Girija Ganeshan, 1998. Resistance source for  powdery  mildew in  carrot,  PKV  Research Journal, 22(1): 55-56.


  • Veere  Gowda,R, C.S.Pathak and Girija Ganeshan,2000. Resistance source for Powdery  mildew and Alternaria Leaf blight disease in carrot. Journal of Tropical Agriculture, 38:84-86.


  • Veere Gowda,R E.S.Rao, T.H.Singh and G.Ganeshan.2004.Screening rainy season onion (Alium cepa L)for longer shelf life and ambient conditions. Indian journal of Agricutltural sciences. 74(8): 438-440.


  • R.M.Bhat, N.K.Srinivasa Rao and R.Veere Gowda.2004.Genotypic variability of physiological responses of water stress in onion (Allium cepa L.). Tropical Agriculture. 84 (4): 248-252.


  • Rao,E.S R.Veere Gowda, G.GaneshanandE.R.Manjanna.2005.Influence of male sterility cytoplasm on F1 hybrids in Indian onion genotypes. Journal of Genetics and Breeding. 59(2): 153-156.


  • R.M.Bhat, N.K.Srininivasa Rao and R.Veere Gowda. 2006. Response of bulb onion (Allium cepa L.) to water stress: Photosynthesis, stomatal conductance and osmotic adjustments. Indian Journal of Horticulture. 63(3): 270-280.


  • Sangeetha Kutty,M, R.Veere Gowda and Lalitha Anand. 2006. Analysis of genetic diversity among Indian short day onions (Allium cepa L.) cultivars using RAPD markers. Journal of Horticultural Sciences and Biotechnology. 81(4): 774-777.


  •  Shashikanth Evoor, Veere Gowda. R.,Gangappa.E. and Girija Ganeshan .2008 Genetics of resistances to Purple blotch disease in onion (Allium cepa. L) Genetics of resistances to Purple blotch disease in onion (Allium cepa. L).


  •  Shashikanth Evoor, Veere Gowda. R., Gangappa. E. and Krishna Manohar. R. 2008. Heterosis for yield,yield components and quality traits in onion .Karnataka Journal of Agri. Sci.,20(4): 830 832.


  •  Padmini.K., R. Veere Gowda and L.B.Naik.2008. Studies on parental synchronization in flowering for hybrid seed production in onion (Allium cepa. L). Journal of Horticultural. Sciences,2(1): 47-49.
Awards & Recognitions, Patents, Inventions, etc: 


  • FAO fellowship was awarded to under go training at International agricultural centre (IAC), the Netherlands on vegetable production under AHRD project from13/8/2000 to 18/11/2000.


  • ICAR nominated as IMC member for National Research Centre for onion, Garlic,   Rajagurunagar, Pune, Maharastra from 2005 to 20007.


  • MSAMB, Lasalgaon, Maharashtra has made member of the experts committee for technical advice on promotional activities of onion crop from1999 -2000 .


  • Nodal officer for implementation of activities in Agri. Export Zone for Bangalore Rose onion. (Govt. of   Karnataka) from 20.8.2002 to 20-8-2007.


  •  Invited to Chair as Co- chairman in the session onion biotechnology in the National  conference on Alliums held at BHU, Varanasi. on 24-25 ,Feb,2005.


  • Invited to Chair as Co- chairman in the session biotic stresses in the 5th International   symposium on Alliacea held at the Netherlands on 25  to 28-8-2005.


  • UAS Merit Scholarship and General Fellowship B.Sc. (Horticulture)
  •  ICAR Junior fellowship during M.Sc. ( Horticulture)
  •  UNDP Senior fellowship during P.hd. (Horticulture).


Contact Details
Address for Communication: 
#30, Mahadeswara block, R.T. Nagar Post,Cholanayakanahalli560032 Bangalore,Karanataka,560032
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