Dr. G.S.R. Murti
Born on 27 June 1946, Dr. G.S.R. Murti hails from the State of Andhra Pradesh. He completed his B.Sc. in 1964 from Andhra University, Waltair. After obtaining M.Sc. (Agri.) in 1968 from Sardar Patel University, Anand, he earned his Ph.D. degree in Plant Physiology from IARI, New Delhi, in 1972.
He served as S1 (Plant Physiology) from 15 March, 1972 to 30 June, 1976, and as S2 (Plant Physiology) from 1 July, 1976 to 20 May, 1979, at CPRI, Shimla. He shifted to IIHR, Bangalore, on 21st May, 1979. He was promoted to Scientist S3 on 1st July 1982, a post he held upto 31st Dec., 1985. Thereafter, he was re-designated Principal Scientist, a post he held until his retirement on 30th June, 2008. He headed the Division of Plant Physiology & Biochemistry, IIHR, for 2 spells (22.10.1987 - 21.10.1992 and 28.02.2002 - 30.06.2008). For a year, he also held the position of Head, Division of Biotechnology, IIHR, from 1st Dec. 1995 to 30th Nov. 1996. He was Acting Director, IIHR, from 6 Nov. 2007 until his superannuation on 30th June, 2008.
Areas of his research interest include physiology of flowering & fruiting in horticultural crops, mechanism of vigor-regulation in mango, and, physiological basis of water and high temperature stress tolerance in vegetables crops. He obtained training abroad in ‘Methodology in Plant hormones’ at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Beltsville, in 1985, and, in `Isotopes in agriculture’ at the Nuclear Research Laboratory, IARI, New Delhi, in 1972. He received the ICAR Gold Medal for highest grade point average in Ph.D. Programme at IARI New Delhi. He also received the ICAR Senior Merit Fellowship during his Ph.D. at IARI.
His published 12 articles in International journals, 60 in national journals, authored / edited 2 books, 4 book chapters and 10 popular / review articles. He presented 26 papers in various symposia/seminars.
He was Secretary, Staff Research Council, CPRI, Shimla, from 1973 to 1977 and was appointed Member, Management Committee at the same Institute by ICAR, New Delhi, for 3 years w.e.f. September, 1975. At IIHR, Bangalore, he was entrusted with the following responsibilities: Member, Management committee (for 3 years from 7 March, 1986), Member, Stores Committee 1986, Chairman, Works 1990‑91, Chairman, Farm Management Committee, 1991‑92, Chairman, Works, 1993-1994; In-Charge, Stores, 1994 –95; Officer In-Charge, Transport, 1999-2000; Chairman, Civil works, 2001, Chairman, Works and Workshop, 2001-2002; Chairman, Research Management & Co-ordination Cell, 2002-2007.
He was Advisory Committee Member, Ph.D. / M.Sc. students, Division of Crop Physiology / Horticulture at U.A.S., Bangalore. He was recognized faculty at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, for teaching post-graduate courses.
He has been Editor, Indian Journal of Plant Physiology; Editor, Journal of Indian Potato Association, and, Life Member, Society for Promotion of Horticulture, having also held the portfolio of Treasurer of this Society.