Dr. M. Nedunchezhiyan is currently working as a Principal Scientist & Head (i/c), Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Bhubaneswar – 751 019, Odisha, India is a renowned agronomist in root and tuber crops. He has completed B.Sc. (Ag) in 1986, M.Sc. (Ag) Agronomy in 1988 and Ph.D. (Agronomy) in 2001. He has 28 years experience in tropical root and tuber crops. He is specialized in root and tuber crops based farming and cropping systems, weed and drip fertigation management. He is also looking after production and distribution of quality planting materials of root and tuber crops. He has more than 160 research papers in International and National peer reviewed journals and more than 90 popular articles. He has authored 14 books, 26 book chapters, 7 technical bulletins and 4 training manuals. He has organized a 21 days winter school training programme for scientists and assistant professors and above cadres during 2008-09.
He has also organized 8 days model training course on ‘Root and tuber crops based integrated farming system: a way forward to address climate change and livelihood improvement’ for development officers during 19-26 September 2016. He has organized en-number of on and off farm trainings to the farmers on tuber crops technologies for sustainable livelihoods and commercial cultivation. Last eighteen years he is working in hilly areas for food and nutritional security of tribal farmers of Eastern and North-Eastern India through tuber crop technologies.
He has co-ordinated the Global Conference on Aroids during 2011 and the National Seminar on Root and Tuber Crops during 2004. He has visited Thailand, LAO PDR, Philippines and China for presenting research papers. He has guided 4 Ph.D. students and 3 M.Sc. students. He is a life member of 7 scientific societies. He is a reviewer and referee of 7 scientific research journals including international journals.