Tenth Anniversary (2007-2017) of CEG

Centre of Excellence in Genomics (CEG) is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary by organizing a two-days symposium during Dec 7-8, 2017 at ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India. Click here for more details.

Efficient plant breeding requires high-throughput allele determination at low cost for better prediction of an individual’s phenotype from its genotype. This is the primary reason for the establishment of ICRISAT’s Center of Excellence in Genomics (CEG). To cater the needs of molecular breeding community, the CEG has three main components i.e. applied genomics research and sequencing, high quality marker genotyping services and capacity building in modern genomics and molecular breeding.

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid or dryland tropics has over 2 billion people, and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower these poor people to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agriculture.

The power of genomics science and collaboration with advanced research institutes and international and national partners has made it possible for us to make a quantum leap in genomics research and molecular breeding in dryland tropics.

Dr David Bergvinson, Director General, ICRISAT

Director’s note

Genomics can revolutionize breeding and research, but for this to become a reality, scientists must be allowed to focus on the research problem, and not on the technology. The CEG is enabling this possible by making the highly sophisticated equipment required for this research available to scientists.

By offering genotyping and sequencing service on cost-to-cost basis, coupled with support in data analysis and interpretation, CEG is committed to enhance adoption of genomics in breeding programmes to increase yield.

CEG’s Vision is to make it possible for agricultural breeding & research programs to fully utilize modern genomics tools in developing countries.

Dr Rajeev Kumar Varshney

Upcoming Event

Tenth anniversary celebrations of CEG

  Center of Excellence in Genomics will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The center has contributed significantly toward the mission of ICRISAT in improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers with by releasing improved varieties for the semi arid tropics. In addition the center has been offering genotyping and sequencing service on cost-to-cost basis, coupled with support in


Annual Meeting of GOBII Project

The Genomic and Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative (GOBII) is the first large-scale public-sector effort to enable systematic application of high-density genotypic information to the breeding of staple crops in the developing world. By working closely with the CGIAR centers, the project will develop and implement genomic data management systems to enhance the capacity of public


Team CEG

Talks & Seminars at CEG

Dr Zenglu Li, delivered a seminar entitled “Genomics-enabled Soybean Improvement". more

Dr Zenglu Li
Dr Zenglu LiUniversity of Georgia, USA

Dr Eric von Wettberg, delivered a seminar entitled “Introgression of adaptive traits from wild relatives: using ecology and genomics to harness new variation to increase crop climatic resilience". more

Dr Eric von Wettberg
Dr Eric von WettbergAssociate Professor, FIU, USA

Dr Gary Atlin, delivered a seminar on "Modernizing plant breeding programs to deliver higher rates of genetic gain in the developing world" more

Dr Gary Atlin
Dr Gary AtlinSenior Program Officer, BMGF

Dr Elizabeth Jones, delivered a  seminar on “Use of markers in seed purity, IP and molecular breeding: perspectives from industry ". more

Dr Elizabeth Jones
Dr Elizabeth JonesProject Manager - GOBII, CU, USA.