Welcome to Indian Potato Association, Shimla
   Dr. SK Luthra   
  (B. 16th November, 1970)   

Dr Luthra is working as Principal Scientist-Genetics & Cytogeneties in Crop Improvement division at CPRI Campus Modipuram, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He has twenty five year experience in germplasm management, varietal development and extension of potato varieties to the stakeholders. Dr. Luthra’s contribution for development of varieties for different eco-system and use (table & processing) has been remarkable and he has developed and introduced 53 advanced hybrids in AICRP on Potato. He has five varieties namely Kufri Anand. Kufri arun, Kufri Sadabahar, Kufri Garima and Kufri Mohan to his credit. He has registered four elite genetic stocks namely SS1735-2 (resistance to cold induced sweetening). SS1725-22, SS2040 (frost tolerance) and P7 (late blight resistance & excellent keeping auality). Dr Luthra has standardized the flower induction technology under short days by extended photoperiod and application of hormones for production of TPS. He has 150 national/international publications to his credit including 61 research papers, 17 popular articles, 9 technical bulletins, books, annual reports, 8book chapters and 44 research abstracts etc., He has attended 48 trainings/workshop/sysposia and delivered 45 lectures in international/national training/radio programmes. He has been awarded best poster award for his work on germplasm evaluation for low cold induced sweetening and early planting. He is fellow of Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding, New Delhi (1999) and was conferred with CPRI best worker ward 2015 (scientific category). Dr Luthra is presently principal investigator of the programme “Breeding to evolve trait specific varieties for productivity, quality and resistance to biotie and abionc stresses” with a mission to meet the varietal requirement of hill, sub-tropical plains and plateau region of the country.