P. V. Vara Prasad's Research
- Drought and heat tolerance in sorghum: The goal of this project is to understand the mechanism associated with drought and heat tolerance of grain sorghum.
Funding source:Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission; K-State Center for Sorghum Improvement; and Ogallala Aquifer Program of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
- Heat tolerance in wheat: The goal of this project is to evaluate winter and spring wheat germplasm collections for tolerance to high temperature stress during reproductive stages of crop development.
Funding source:Kansas Wheat Commission; and Kansas Crop Improvement Association.
- Abiotic stress management in soybean: The goal of this project is understand the key reproductive processes that are influencing seed-set and develop potential management practices to overcome impact of environmental stress.
Funding source: Kansas Soybean Commission; and Syngenta Corporation.
- Improve sorghum and millet productivity in the semi-arid regions: The goal of this project is to evaluate and develop crop, soil, nutrient and water management practice to improve productivity and profitability of sorghum and millet based cropping systems in West Africa. Our research is currently ongoing in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
Funding source: International Sorghum and Millet – Crop Research Support Program of United States Aid for International Development.
- Develop sustainable crop, soil and water management practices in West Africa: The goal of this project is to evaluate and develop conservation agricultural production systems that will enhance productivity of rainfed cropping systems in West Africa and improve profitability of small holding farmers. Our research is currently ongoing in Ghana and Mali
Funding source: Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Program of United States Aid for International Development.
- Simulating impacts of climate change and climate variability: The goal of this project is to evaluate the impacts of past and future climate change and climate variability on crop productivity in the Ogallala Aquifer Region.
Funding source: Ogallala Aquifer Program of USDA.