Dr Rattan Yadav PhD


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Department of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

Postal address
Aberystwyth University
Edward Llwyd Building
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Phone: 01970 823174

Research interests

Dr Yadav has broad background in genetics, physiology and genomics, and applies such knowledge in understanding and breeding of novel traits in crops varieties. His research, in the last more than two decades, has  focussed on capturing and translating naturally occurring genetic variations present in crops germplasm for ‘public good’ outcomes. He has particular interests in applying modern genetics and genomics tools into plant breeding programmes to hasten crop improvement in temperate forage grasses (Lolium perenne), and tropical millets (Pennisetum glaucum, Eleusine coracana), leading to enhanced food, nutrition, health, and environmental outcomes at global scale. To achieve such scientific goals, he collaborates extensively with academic, industrial (Unilever, Hindustan Unilever, Germinal Holdings), and ‘not for profit’ inter-governmental organizations (such as CGIAR (ICRISAT & IRRI), FAO, IAEA) across the world and passionate about pursuing ‘international development’ goals via sustainable agricultural developments. Dr Yadav currently is a member of BBSRC’s follow-on-fund (FOF) committee; panel member of BBSRC’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), Academic editor of PlosOne; and sits in the panel of experts for Newton Fund, GCRF and InnovateUK.


Dr Rattan Yadav is a Reader in Plant Genomics and Breeding at the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS) of the Aberystwyth University. He received his PhD degree from the University of Sussex and subsequently undertook post-doctoral research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines before coming to Aberystwyth in 1996. 


BRM3920: Crop Genomics and Genetic Engineering

BRM0700 - Current Topics in Biotechnology

Additional information

Recent research grants (in the last five years):

  1. PI - Delivering low glycaemic index (GI) pearl millet grains for the benefits of type-2 diabetics in African regions, InnovateUK, £498,000, 1 1 December 2019 to 31 May 2021.
  2. PI - Development of pearl millet hybrid seeds and novel food products: An affordable resource in the prevention of type-2 diabetes. Funder: Innovate UK, £814,000, 2017-2019
  3. PI - Application of crop genetics to improve Calcium content in millets and other crops for promoting health benefits in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, Funder European Commission, £216,008, 2015-2017
  4. PI - Development of pearl millet for health benefits for type-2 diabetes – feasibility study of physicochemical properties and genetic enhancement, Funder: Innovate UK, £499,998, 2015 – 2017
  5. PI – Dissecting and accessing useful genetic variations for Iron and Zinc content in pearl millet using genome wide association studies, Funder: BBSRC and Unilever,  £245,000, 2014-2018
  6. Co-I: Application of innovative plant breeding and phenotyping technologies to reduce the nutrient requirements of forages and improve livestock production efficiency, Funder: Innovate UK, 2016-2021, £1.16M
  7. Co-I: Novel strategies for genetic improvement of disease resistance in perennial ryegrass, Funder - Innovate UK, 2015-2020, £785,000
  8. Co-I:  Roots for the future – A systematic approach to root design (SUREROOT), Funder – BBSRC, £2.5 million 2014-2019
  9. Co-I: Genomics-assisted breeding for fatty acid content and composition in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.), Funder – BBSRC, £2.4M, 2013-2018