Prof Rattan Yadav PhD

Professor of Plant Genetics

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IBERS Research

Phone: 01970 823174

Research interests

My research, over the last 30 years, has focused on capturing and translating naturally occurring genetic variations present in crops germplasm for public good outcomes. I have interests in developing and applying modern plant breeding methods utilising genomics to hasten breeding in tropical millets (Pennisetum glaucum, Eleusine coracana) and temperate forage grasses (Lolium perenne) leading to sustainable food, nutrition, health, and environmental outcomes at global scale. In pursuing such aims, I have developed technologies (e.g., marker assisted selection system in pearl millet) and germplasm andd crops varieties that are extensively used across the world. In doing so I collaborate across the globe with academics and industries and not for profit inter-governmental organizations (such as European Union, CGIAR, FAO, IAEA) and passionately pursue international development goals via sustainable agricultural developments. Apart from academic and research activities, I actively engage externally, for example, I am currently a member of UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) sub panel 6: Agriculture, Food and Veterinary sciences (see details at - REF - REF in UK is a system for assessing the quality of research across the UK higher education institutions. Earlier in 2020, I completed my 3 years tenure as a member of BBSRC’s Follow-on-Fund Committee. Presently, I am also a member of several research grant awarding panels within the UK (e.g., GCRF, Newton Fund, British Council, BBSRC, Innovate UK) and abroad (e.g., European Commission, Swedish Council for Sustainable Development (known as Formas). In 2020, I reviewed global CRP ‘RICE’ hosted by IRRI ( to which I provided leadership in evaluating quality and effectiveness of its science and provided recommendations for its future orientation. I am Academic editor of PlosOne Since 2014, and guest editing a special issue for Agronomy and Frontiers in Plant Science currently.  


I am a Professor of Plant Genetics and hold a personal chair at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) of the Aberystwyth University. I received my DPhil degree from the University of Sussex and subsequently undertook post-doctoral research at 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