Sanghamitra Samantaray

Sectional Editor, Plant Biotechnology

Dr. Sanghamitra Samantaray is Principal Scientist in Crop Improvement Division, ICAR – National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha. During her professional carrier, a number of significant achievements in biotechnological research were made which are well reflected from her publications in international and national journal of reputes. Her most remarkable contribution is notably focused from a published patent “Method for albino free shoot regeneration in rice through anther culture” which is the world’s most frustrating problem in indica rice during androgenesis for generation of doubled haploids. Besides, she developed six cytoplasmic male sterile (CMS) lines which are being used in development of heterotic hybrid in rice. Dr. Samantaray also developed a new DNA isolation protocol for guggal, an important medicinal plant. She was awarded with a prestigious fellowship i.e. Dr. K.S. Krishnan Fellowship Funded by Department  of  Atomic Energy, Government of India, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. During her service period, she has guided more than 35 M.Sc. and M. Tech students and imparted training to more than 45 students on Plant Biotechnology. Most recently, two students working under her guidance were awarded Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology. To her credit she has published about 110 research papers out of which 90 are International and rests are national journal of repute. She also published more than 15 popular articles, Technical Bulletins and book chapters.



Ngangkham U, Dash S, Parida M, Samantaray S, Nongthombam D, Yadav MK, Kumar A, Parameswaran C, Katara JL, Patra BC, Bose LK (2019) The potentiality of rice microsatellite markers in assessment of cross-species transferability and genetic diversity of rice and its wild relatives, 3 Biotech, 9:217


Sekhar S, Panda D, Kumar J, Mohanty N, Biswal M, Baig MJ, Kumar A, Ngangkham U, Samantaray S, Pradhan S, Shaw BP, Swain P, and Behera L (2019) Comparative transcriptome profiling of low light tolerant and sensitive rice varieties induced by low light stress at active tillering stage, Scientific Reports 9(5753):1-14


Kumar A, Sahoo S, Sahu S, Nayak L, Ngangkham U, Parameswaran C, Bose LK, Samantaray S, Kumar G, Sharma SG (2018) Rice with pulses or cooking oils can be used to elicit lower glycemic response. Original Research Article. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 71 (1):1-7


Ngangkham U, Samantaray S, Yadav M K, Kumar A, Parameswaran C, Katara JL (2018) Effect of multiple allelic combinations of genes on regulating grain size in rice, PloS one, 13(1), e0190684


Kumar  A, Lal MK, Kar SS, Nayak L, Ngangkham U, Samantaray S and Sharma SG (2017) Bioavailability of iron and zinc as affected by phytic acid content in rice grain. Journal of Food Biochemistry, 2017;e12413:1-9


Yadav M K, Aravindan S, Ngangkham U, Shubudhi HN, Bag MK, Adak T, Munda S, Samantaray S and Jena M (2017) Use of molecular markers in identification and characterization of resistance to rice blast in India. PloS one,12 (4):1-19


Naik N, Rout P, Ngangkham U, Verma RL, Katara JL, Sahoo KK, Singh ON, Samantaray S (2017). Development of Doubled Haploids from an elite indica rice hybrid (BS6444G) using anther culture. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, 128:679-689


Katara JL, Verma RL, Nayak D, Ngangkham U, Ray S, Subudhi H, Behera L, Samantaray S, Rao RN, Singh ON and Mohapatra T (2016) Frequency and fertility restoration efficiency of Rf3 and Rf4 genes in Indian rice. Plant Breeding 136: 74-82


Rout P, Naik N, Ngangkham U, Verma RL, Katara JL, Singh ON, Samantaray S (2016) Doubled haploids generated through anther culture from an elite long duration rice hybrid,CRHR32: Method optimization and molecular characterization. Plant Biotechnology, 33: 1-10


Ray S, Bose LK, Ray J,  Umakanta N, Katara JL, Samantaray S,  Behera L,  Anumalla M, Singh ON,  Chen M,  Rod A. Wing, Mohapatra T (2016) Development and validation of crosstransferable and polymorphic DNA markers for detecting alien genome introgression in Oryza sativa from Oryza brachyantha. Mol. Genet. Genomics 291:1783-1794