Daljit Singh Virk

Bangor University, United Kingdom

Daljit Singh Virk is a recipient of the Ph.D. and D.S. degrees (Birmingham). He is FNA, FNAAS, and CBiol FSB, trained as a Biometrical Geneticist and Plant Breeder, and he has long experience as Professor (Senior Millet Breeder) at the Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, India, and as an International Coordinator and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Advanced Research in Agricultural Development (CARIAD), Bangor University, Bangor, Wales, UK. He has been the Principle Investigator of dozens of international projects mostly funded by DFID (Department for International Development, UK) in participatory crop improvement of various crops such as wheat, rice, maize, sorghum, horse gram, and finger millet in South Asia and Africa. His latest interests include client-oriented plant breeding and marker-assisted selection in rice and participatory crop improvement for increasing food security and livelihoods of poor farmers in Africa. Virk has released many varieties of pearl millet, rice, and maize. Two of his upland rice varieties are widely grown in India and are being further disseminated by the Research into Use Programme of DFID in rainfed areas. He has been consultant on a large number of international projects and has conducted a number of trainings of professionals in participatory crop improvement in many countries in South Asia and Africa. He is the fellow of many professional academies and societies. He has been the Editor of Journal Crop Improvement, USA, and Crop Improvement, India, for many years.

Biography Updated on 4 October 2011

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