Principal Scientist
Areas of Interest: 
  • Genetic Improvement of Solanaceous and Legume vegetables
  •  Enhancement of vegetable production through use of PGR and , organic farming
Major Research Accomplishments: 

Developed  varieties/ lines/ hybrids  like   Manilema,  Manikhamanu, Manithobi, Megha Tomato-1,  Megha Tomato -2 , Kashi Chayan , ToLCV-16, ToLCV-32 in  tomato;  RCMBL-1 (Long), RCMBR-1(Round),RCMBHL-3(Long) and RCMBHL-4 (Oblong) in brinjal ; Kashi Samppan, Kashi Rajhans, VRFBP-44 in French bean; Kashi Haritima, Kashi Khushaal, Kashi Sheetal, IIVRSEM-6, IIVRSEM-501 and IIVRSEM-186 in Indian bean; Kashi Sudha and , Kashi Nidhi in cowpea  and Megha Turmeric-1 in turmeric. Identified sources  for tolerance  to biotic&  abiotic  stresses and quality traits in vegetable crops viz; tomato for ToLCV (H-88-78-1, H-88-78-4, EC-520061, EC-520078 and EC-521080),early blight (EC-520061, WIR-3928, KT-10 and  KT-15),root knot nematode (EC-520070),bacterial wilt (BT-10 andBT-117-5-3-1),heat tolerant upto 40OC (Suncherry, Superbug,VRT-06, CLN2016 and CLN 2026),high TSS (WIR-13708(11.5%),EC-521080(9.5%)and EC-521078(9.4%);high lycopene  (EC-520078(17.6mg/100g) and EC-520078(12.23mg/100g);DYMV toleranance (VRSEM-887and VRSEM-894) and  heat  tolerance  upto 38oC(VRSEM-855 and VRSEM-860)in Indian bean;high yield and   heat tolerance  upto 32oC(Kashi Sampann, Kashi Rajhans) in French bean and early blight  tolerance in colocassia (ML-1 and ML-9).Validated markers like  SSR218170-145 andSSR304158-186  for ToLCV resistant in tomato using Punjab Chhuhara x EC-520061; RAPD (OPC05, OPD9 and OPF14) and SSRs (CEDG 008 and CEDG039) markers  in Indian bean; RAPD marker OPA2  in French bean and SSR marker VM4   in cowpea for studying of  genetic  diversity.

Patents, Technology, Methodology, Genetic Stock, Variety, etc.:: 



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Technology generated


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French bean




Advance lines under  testing


    • Kirti Singh Life time Achievement Award (2017)
    • Harbhajan Singh Memorial Award (2016)
    • Research Paper Reviewer Award(2016)
    • Best Research Paper Presentation Award( 2016)
    • Harbhajan Singh Memorial Award (2015)
    • HTH Gold Medal (2013)
    • Best Citizens of India Award ( 2012)
    • Best Research Paper Presentation  Award(2011)
    • Best Research Paper presentation  Award(2010)
    • Year of the Scientist Award (2010)
    • Distinguished Scientist Award (2009)
    • Young Scientist Associate Award(2008)
    •  Crop Research Award (2004)
    •  Best Research Work Appreciation Letter (2004)
    • Gold Medal in Vegetable Science (1986)
    • B.H.U. Fellowship (1990-1992)
    • Junior Research Fellowship (1986-1989)
    • ICAR Fellowship ( 1983-1986)
    • National Scholarship (1980-1982)
  • Fellow of  Horticultural Research and  Development  in 2020
  • Fellow of  International Society for Noni Sciences in 2020
  • Fellow in Horticultural Sciences awarded by Uttar Pradesh Agricultural Scientist Association in 2016.
  • Fellow of Indian Society of Vegetable Science in 2012.
  • KK Rai, N Rai Mohd Amir, Deepika Tripathi, Shashi Pandey Rai (2020). Interactive role of  salicylic acid and nitric oxide on transcriptional reprogramming for high temperature tolerance to lablab purpureusL. Structural and functional in sights using computational approaches. Journal of Biotechnology, 309: 113-130.
  • Rai KK, N. Rai and SP Rai (2019).Prediction and validation of DREB transcription factors for salt tolerance in Solanum lycopersicum L. An integrated experimental and computational approach. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 165: 1-18.
  • Rai KK, N Rai and SP Rai (2018). Salicyclic acid and nitric oxide alleviate high temperature induced oxidative damage in Lablab purpureus L. plants by regulating biophysical process and dna methylation.Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 128: 72-88.
  • Rai KK, N Rai and SP Rai (2018). Response of Lablab purpureus L. to high temperature stress and role of exogenous protectants in mitigating high temperature induced oxidative damages. Molecular Biology Report,
  • Rai KK, N Rai, SP Rai (2018). Recent advancement in modern genomic tools for adaption of Lablab purpureus L to biotic and abiotic stresses: Present -6 mechanism and future adaptions.Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 40-164,
  • Singh AK, N Rai, RK Singh, RK Rai, S Saha and Singh RP (2017). Genetics of resistance to early blight in crosses of wild derivatives of tomato. Scientia Horticulturae, 219:70-78.*(Corresponding author)