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Plant Physiology

·         Identified drought tolerant groundnut genotypes based on water use efficiency (WUE) and isotope discrimination   techniques and utilized in breeding programs.

·         Demonstrated the involvement of Electrical potential as a signal in long distance communication between the roots   and  shoots in drying soil of field crops.

·         Identified the phenotypic traits for drought, flooding and salinity tolerance of cotton plants.

·         Identified the cause of sudden wilt/parawilt in cotton and evolved the management strategies Developed and validated   an Infocrop-cotton simulation model to simulate   the growth and yield of cotton under varied agroclimatic conditions.

·         Assessed the impact of future climate (A2, B2 and A1B scenarios) on the cotton production of India using the Infocrop –cotton simulation model.

·         Identified the phenotypic traits in contrasting genotypes responsible for slow wilting and fast wilting of soybean and   early and slow senescing wheat lines.

·         Demonstrated the role of nutrients in early senescence development of wheat Under the Changing Climatic Scenario.

·         BSc.(Agri) UAS, Merit Scholarship.

·         MSc.(Agri) ICAR Jr. fellowship.

·         PhD. ICAR Sr. fellowship.

·         Qualified National Eligibility Test of ICAR conducted by ASRB 1992.

·         Selected as Scientist through ASRB in the year 1992.

·         Selected as Senior Scientist in All India Competition in March 2002.

·         Selected as Principal Scientist in All India Competition in July 2007.

·         Selected as Head, Plant Physiology, Biochemistry & Post Harvest Technology, CPCRI, Kasaragod in September 2010.

·         Received the best Oral presentation award for the paper entitled ‘Effect of waterlogging on growth and yield of cotton: Genotype Vs environment interaction’ in Crop Production Category of International symposium on ‘ Strategies for sustainable cotton production- A global vision, held at UAS, Dharwad, India, 23-25, November 2004.

·         Received the best Poster award for the paper entitled’ Infocrop- a dynamic simulation model to cotton, its integration with remote sensed data and GIS to predict cotton production-Nagpur district as an example by K.B.Hebbar et al. in a National seminar on Plant Physiology, held at Kerala Agril. University, Kerala from 28-30 Nov., 2006.

·         Reviewer of manuscripts in the following journals: Indian Journal of Plant Physiology, Journal of Plant Biology, Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Geobios, Current Science, Experimental and Economic Botany.

·         Selected as Global Research Alliance and Borlaug Fellow for the year 2010 under Climate change.




Hebbar K.B., Sashidhar V.R, Udayakumar M., Devendra R. and Rao .C.N.1994 A Comparative assessment of  WUE in groundnut grown in containers and in the field under water limited conditions  Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Cambridge, 122: 429-434


Hebbar, K.B. and Sinha S.K.1994 Action potential a possible signal in root to shoot communication caused by water deficit around roots of sunflower seedling. Current Science, 66: 936-938


Mervat,E.S, Sashidhar V.R, Hebbar K.B., Prasad T.G. and Kumar M.U. 1994 Root osmotic adjustment promotes higher water status in shoots: facts or fallacy of evidence linking drought tolerance and avoidance mechanisms in two crop species Plant Physiol. & Biochem., New Delhi, 21: 9-13


Gangadhar Rao D and Hebbar K.B. 1996 Lack of relationship between leaf water potential and stomatal conductance in cowpea, maize and sorghum under progressive water stress Plant Physiol. & Biochem., New Delhi, 23: 38-41


Gangadhar Rao D, Vanaja M., Hebbar K.B. and Venkateshwarulu B. 1996 Control of stomatal  function by xylem exudates from stressed plants without a decrease in the leaf water potential. Proc. Ind. Natn. Sci. Academy, 62: 297-302


Hebbar K.B. and Sinha S.K.2000 Surface electrical potential changes of saline tolerant and sensitive wheat varieties differ with NaCl treatment. Current Science, 78: 76-78


Hebbar K.B., Venugopalan M.V. and Rao M.R.K. 2000. Effect of salinity on cotton growth and development: Sodium cannot substitute for potassium in cotton. Journal of Plant Biology, 27:271-76


Hebbar K.B., Prakash A.H. and Rao M.R.K 2001 Lenticel- a morphological  adaptation of cotton plant to waterlogging .Journal of Plant Biology, 28:119-121


Hebbar K.B. and Sinha S.K. 2002. Effect of external electrical field on mobile water fraction and physiological processes in wheat  (Triticum aestivum) leaves.  Indian Journal of Experimental Biology.  40: 957-959


Hebbar K.B. 2003. Effect of long duration waterlogging on growth and yield of cotton genotypes of Cotton at early seedling and flowering stages. Indian Journal of Agril. Sciences, 73, 172-4


Hebbar K.B. and Mayee C.D. 2004. Parawilt in cotton. Is inhibition of root respiration causative factor? Indian J. Agril. Sci. 74, 48-51


K.B.Hebbar, P.P.Gokulpure, V.V.Singh, V.Gotmare, N.K. Perumal & P.Singh. 2005. Species and genotypic response of cotton (Gossypium) to salinity. Indian J. Agril. Sci. 75, 441-44


K.B.Hebbar, M.R.K.Rao and B.M.Khadi 2007 Synchronised boll development  of Bt cotton Hybrids and their physiological consequences. Current science 93(5) 693-95


K.B.Hebbar, N.K.Perumal and B.M.Khadi. 2007. Photosynthesis and Plant Growth Response of Transgenic Bt Cotton (Gossypium  hirsutum L.) Hybrids Under Field Condition. Photosynthetica, 45 (2); 254-258


Venugopalan M. V., Hebbar K B, Tiwary P, Chatterji S, Ramamurty V, Challa O, Sonune B A. 2007. Productivity and Nitrogen use efficiency parameters in cotton cultivars with varying N levels and soil types under rainfed conditions. Acta Agronomica Hungarica, 55: 383-89.


K.B.Hebbar, M.V.Venugopalan, M.V.R. Seshasai, K.V. Rao, B.C.Patil , A.H.Prakash, V.Kumar, K.R.Hebbar, P.Jeyakumar, K.K.Bandhopadhyay, M.R.K. Rao , B.M.Khadi  & P.K.Aggarwal. 2008. Predicting Cotton Production using Infocrop-cotton simulation model, remote sensing and spatial agro-climatic data. Current Science, 95(11): 1570-80


K.B.Hebbar, M.V.Venugopalan, S.K.Ray, D.Balise and P.P.Gokulpure. 2010. Differential response of cultivated cotton species (Gossypium spp.) to salinity. Geobios. 37: 3-8.


K.B.Hebbar and Mayee C D. 2011 Parawilt/suddenwilt of cotton- A Perspective on the cause and Its management under field condition. Current Science. Vol. 100