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Vijay Rakesh Reddy S

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Division of Post Harvest Technology and Agricultural Engineering
Post Harvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables
PhD (Post Harvest Technology)
Research Accomplishments: 

(During the Period of 2019-2023)

During his service at ICAR-CIAH, he has developed postharvest handling and packaging protocol for fresh dates, and ber fruits. Standardized pre-harvest sprays for inducing uniform ripening in phalsa fruits to reduce the number of pickings and save labour. Developed various value added products viz. aonla based mouth freshener; kachri based curry powder, snap melon ketchup, ber pulp based toffee, Khejri extrudates, Iron fortified aonla candy etc. Developed protocol for chuhhara preparation from date cv. Medjool and standardized pretreatments for controlling their browning during storage. He also screened various sour genotypes of pomegranate for anardana making. He standardized drying methods for dehydrating unmarketable ber and date fruits which have the potential use as topping with breakfast cereals and Museli like products. Currently, at IIHR, he has screened the potentiality of various biopolymers for making composite edible coatings to be applied over various fruits and vegetables. Also screened various volatile and non-volatile organic compounds for antimicrobial activity against the food borne pathogens and spoilage microbes. He is also associated with development of active modified atmosphere packaging technology for minimally processed fruits viz. jackfruit, papaya, pineapple, muskmelon, pomegranate for extended storage life and quality.

Varieties / Technologies Developed: 


  1. Aonla based mouth freshener
  2. Dry dates (Chhuhara) protocol
  3. Technology for uniform ripening of phalsa fruits
  4. Technology for browning reduction in dry dates during storage
  5. Kachri curry powder
  6. Handling cum storage box for ber
  7. Handling cum storage box for date fruits
  8. Aonla-Ginger (Namkeen) Mouth Freshener
  9. Snapmelon Ketchup
  10. Ber pulp based toffee
  11. Iron fortified aonla candy
  12. Khejri based extrudates

(Best 10/High Impact)

  1. Sachin, A. J., Rao, D. V. S., Ravishankar, K., Ranjitha, K., Vasugi, C., Narayana, C. K., and Reddy, S. V. R. 2022. 1-MCP treatment modulated physiological, biochemical and gene expression activities of guava during low-temperature storage. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 44(12): 1-9. (NAAS rating 8.74)
  2. Sarolia, D.K., Saroj, P.L., Reddy, S.V.R., Singh, D. and Meena, A. 2022. Influence of weather variables on different phenophases of mulberry. Indian Journal of Horticulture, 79(2): 215-220. (NAAS rating 6.16)
  3. Preethi, P., Mangalassery, S., Thanushree, K., Reddy, S.V.R., Pandiselvam, R., Ramesh, S.V., Sachin, A.J., Manikantan, M.R. and Veena, G.L. 2022. Synergestic effect of powdered cashew sprout cum cotyledon and cereals on improving the biochemical and physical properties of extrudates. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. (In press) (NAAS rating 8.61)
  4. Vijay Rakesh Reddy, S., Sudhakar Rao, D. V., Sharma, R. R., Preethi, P., & Pandiselvam, R. 2021. Role of Ozone in Post-Harvest Disinfection and Processing of Horticultural Crops: A Review. Ozone: Science & Engineering, 1-20. (NAAS rating 8.60)
  5. Preethi, P., Soorianathasundaram, K., Sadasakthi, A., Subramanian, K.S., Reddy, S.V.R., Paliyath, G. and Subramaniyan, J. 2021. Preharvest Application of Hexanal as a Surface Treatment Improved the Storage Life and Quality of Mango Fruits. Coatings, 11(10):1267. (NAAS rating 9.24)
  6. Preethi, P., Mangalassery, S., Shradha, K., Pandiselvam, R., Manikantan, M. R., Reddy, S. V. R., Ramyashree Devi, S and Nayak, M. G. (2020). Cashew apple pomace powder enriched the proximate, mineral, functional and structural properties of cereal based extrudates. LWT, 110539. (NAAS rating 12.06)
  7. Reddy, S. V. R., Sharma, R.R., and Barthakur, S. (2017). Influence of 1-MCP on texture, related enzymes, quality and their relative gene expression in ‘Amrapali’ mango (Mangifera indica L.) fruits. J. Food Sci. Tech., 54 (12): 4051-4059. DOI 10.1007/s13197-017-2874-3 (NAAS rating : 9.12)
  8. Reddy, S. V. R., Sharma, R.R., Srivastava, M. and Kaur, C. (2016). Effect of pre-harvest application of Salicylic acid on the postharvest behavior of 'Amrapali' mango fruits during storage. Indian Journal of Horticulture, 73(3): 405-409. (NAAS rating : 6.16)
  9. Reddy, S. V. R. and Sharma, R.R. (2016). Effect of pre-harvest application of salicylic acid on the postharvest fruit quality of the ‘Amrapali’ mango. Indian Journal of Agricultural Science, 86(6): 727-731. (NAAS rating : 6.37)
  10. Reddy, S. V. R., Sharma, R.R., Barthakur, S. and Srivastava, M. (2015). An efficient and rapid method for the isolation of RNA from different recalcitrant tissues of mango (Mangifera indica L.). Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 90 (3): 285-290. (NAAS rating 7.92)
  11. Sharma, R. R., Reddy, S. V. R. and Datta, S. C. (2015). Particle films and their applications in horticultural crops. Applied Clay Science, 116-117: 54-68. (NAAS rating 11.91)
  12. Sharma, R. R., Reddy, S. V. R. and Jhalegar, M. J. (2014). Pre-harvest fruit bagging: a useful approach for plant protection and improved post-harvest fruit quality – a review. J. Hort. Sci. Biotech., 89 (2): 101-113. (NAAS rating 7.92)

Books Chapter 

  1. Reddy, S. V. R., Gundewadi, G., and Dasarahalli-Huligowda, L. K. (2022). Scope and Applications of Nanotechnology in Horticulture. In Nanotechnology Applications in Agricultural and Bioprocess Engineering (Eds.) Goyal, M. R., Mishra, S. K. and Dasarahalli-Huligowda L.K. Apple Academic Press. pp. 33-77. (ISBN: 9781774637500)
  2. Dasarahalli-Huligowda, L. K., Gundewadi, G., and Reddy, S. V. R. (2022). Role of Nanotechnology: Emerging Path from Soil to Fork. In Nanotechnology Applications in Agricultural and Bioprocess Engineering, Apple Academic Press, pp. 3-30. (ISBN: 9781774637500)
  3. Gowda, T. S. H., Pal, P., Reddy, S. V. R., Ashwija, B. N., and Rudra, S. G. (2022). Nanosized Additives for Enhancing Storage Quality of Horticultural Produce. In Edible Food Packaging (pp. 289-329). Springer, Singapore. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-16-2383-7_16 (ISBN 978-981-16-2382-0)
  4. Ranjitha, K. Reddy, S.V.R., and Oberoi, H.S. 2022. Microbial Valorization of Food Industry Wastes for Production of Nutraceutical Molecules. In Sustainable microbial technologies for Valorisation of Agro-Industrial wastes, (Eds.) Saini, J.K., Singh, S. and Nain, L. CRC Press, p. 376 (ISBN: 9781003191247)
  5. Reddy, S.V.R., Raghavendra, H.R., Preethi, P. and Sachin, A.J. 2021. Advances in Post Harvest Management of Horticultural Crops. In Current Horticulture: Improvement, Production, Plant Health Management and Value-Addition, (Eds.) Singh, B., Singh, A.K., Tomar, B.S., Ranjan, J.K. and Dutt, S. Brillion Publishing, p.553-573 (ISBN: 978-93-90757-42-8)
  6. Sharma, R.R., Singh, D., Reddy, S.V.R., and Raghavendra, H.R. 2021. Bio-control of Postharvest pathogens affecting perishable horticultural commodities In Postharvest Handling and Diseases of Horticultural Produce. (Eds.) Singh, D., Sharma, R.R., Devappa, V. and Kamil, D.CRC Press, p.79-92. (ISBN 9780367492892)
  7. Sarolia, D.K. and Reddy, S.V.R. 2021. Guava (Psidium guajava L.). In Tropical Fruit Crops: Theory to Practical, (Eds.) Ghosh, S.N and Sharma, R.R. Jaya Publishing House, New Delhi. p. 258-305. (ISBN: 9789390611683)
  8. Sharma, K.M., Muralidharan, C.M. and Reddy, S.V.R. 2021. Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.). In Tropical Fruit Crops: Theory to Practical, (Eds.) Ghosh, S.N and Sharma, R.R. Jaya Publishing House, New Delhi. p. 180-217. (ISBN: 9789390611683)
  9. Reddy, S.V.R., Sachin, A.J., Kavitha, C. and Kalal, P. 2021. Papaya (Carica papaya L.). In Tropical Fruit Crops: Theory to Practical, (Eds.) Ghosh, S.N and Sharma, R.R. Jaya Publishing House, New Delhi. p. 426-468. (ISBN: 9789390611683)
  10. Sharma, R., Reddy, S. V. R., and Gajanan, G. 2020. X-ray imaging for quality detection in fruits and vegetables. In Sensor-Based Quality Assessment Systems for Fruits and Vegetables, (Eds.) Kuswandi, B. and Siddiqui, M.W. Apple Academic Press Inc. p.231-252. (ISBN 9781003084174)
  11. Haldhar, S.M., Sarolia, D.K., Reddy, S.V.R. and Berwal, M.K. (2021) Role of Host Plant Resistance (HPR) in Pests Management of Dry land Horticultural Crops. In Pest management in Dry land Horticulture Crops (Eds) Haldhar, S.M and Maheswari, S.K.p 87-97. (ISBN: 978-81-7622-491-8).
  12. Vijay Rakesh Reddy, S., Sharma, R.R., Raghavendra, H.R. and Prajapathi Uma 2020. Microbiological efficacy of decontamination methodologies for fresh produce. In Food Security and Plant Disease Management (Eds.) Kumar, A and Droby, S. Wood head publishing, Elsevier p. 532. (ISBN: 978-0-12-821843-3)
  13. Vijay Rakesh Reddy, S. 2020. Determination of physiological loss in weight, total soluble solids and total sugars in fresh fruits. In Manual on Post Harvest Management and Value addition of Fruits (Eds.) Yadav, P.K., Narolia, R.K., Rathore, R.S., and Sharma, N.K. Published under NAHEP, ICAR, by COA, SKRAU, Bikaner, p. 75
  14. Vijay Rakesh Reddy, S. 2020. Effect of Ethylene on Ripening and Chemicals Used for Hastening and Delaying Ripening of Fruits. In Manual on Post Harvest Management and Value addition of Fruits (Eds.) Yadav, P.K., Narolia, R.K., Rathore, R.S., and Sharma, N.K. Published under NAHEP, ICAR, by COA, SKRAU, Bikaner, p. 75
  15. Sharma, R.R. and Vijay Rakesh Reddy, S. 2019. Ber. In Handbook of Horticulture. Volume-I (Eds.) Chada, K.L., Verma, S.A., Dutt, S., and Pradhan, S. DKMA, ICAR, KAB, Pusa New Delhi-110012, pp 271-273. (ISBN: 9788171641871)
  16. Sharma, R.R. and Vijay Rakesh Reddy, S. 2019. Loquat, In Handbook of Horticulture. Volume-I (Eds.) Chada, K.L., Verma, S.A., Dutt, S., and Pradhan, S. DKMA, ICAR, KAB, Pusa New Delhi-110012, pp 348-350. (ISBN: 9788171641871)
  17. Meena, R.K., Sarolia, D.K., Reddy, S.V.R., Kumar, R., Chet Ram and Anita Meena. 2019. Diagnosis and Management of Physiological Disorders in Arid Fruit Crops. In Dryland Horticulture (Ed.) Jatav, M.K., Saroj, P.L. and Sharma, B.D. New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi, pp 327-338. (ISBN: 9789387973558)
  18. Sharma and Reddy, S.V.R. 2018. Biological control of Postharvest Diseases. In Emerging Postharvest treatment of fruits and vegetables. (Ed.) Barman, K., Sharma, S. and Siddiqui, M.W. Academic Press, Elsevier, pp 141-184. (ISBN: 9781771887007)
  19. Sharma, K. M. and Reddy, S.V.R. 2018. Postharvest management, value addition and processing of arid fruits. In Advances in Postharvest Management, value addition and processing of horticultural crops, Part-I: Fruits and Flower Crops. Ed(s) Bhowmick, N., Bauri, F.K., Mani, A., Thakur, P.K. and Sharma, S. TTP Publishers, New Delhi, p 383-406. (ISBN: 8170196186)
  20. Janakiram, T., Reddy, S.V.R. and Durga, M.L. 2018. Prospects of floriculture in arid and semi-arid regions of India. In Souvenier- National Conference on Arid Horticulture for Enhancing productivity and Economic Empowerment. Oct. 2018 p. 22-29. (ISBN: 978-93-5124-998-6)
  21. Reddy, S.V.R., Sharma, R.R. and Gajanan, G. 2018. Use of Irradiation for Postharvest disinfection of Fruits and Vegetables. In Postharvest Disinfection of Fruits and Vegetables. (Ed.) Siddiqui, M.W. Academic Press, Elsevier, pp 121-136. (ISBN: 9780128126981)
  22. Sharma, R.R., Reddy, S.V.R. and Sethi, S. 2018. Cold Plasma Technology for surface disinfection of fruits and vegetables. In Postharvest Disinfection of Fruits and Vegetables. (Ed.) Siddiqui, M.W. Academic Press, Elsevier, pp 197-210. (ISBN: 9780128126981)
  23. Reddy, S.V.R., Rao, D.V.S. and Sharma, R.R. 2018. Ozone treatments. In Novel Postharvest treatments of fresh produce. (Ed.) Pareek, S. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis group, pp. 217- 239. (ISBN: 9781498729918)
  24. Sharma, R.R. and Reddy, S.V.R. 2018. Preharvest fruit bagging for better protection and postharvest quality of horticultural produce. In Preharvest modulation of postharvest fruit and vegetable quality. (Ed.) Siddiqui, M.W. Academic Press, Elsevier, pp 455-489. (ISBN: 978-0-12-809807-3)
  25. Janakiram, T. and Reddy, S.V.R. 2016. Role of urban and peri-urban horticulture (UPH) for meeting aesthetics, nutritional and livelihood security. In Doubling farmers income through horticulture. (Eds.) Chada, K.L., Singh, S.K., Kalia, P., Dhillon, W.S., Behera, T.K. and Jai Prakash. Horticultural Society of India, New Delhi, pp 557-567. (ISBN: 9789351248286)


Awards & Recognitions: 


  1. Young Horticultural Scientist Award (Fruit Science-PHT) by Society for Horticultural Research and Development (SHRD) during 2nd Indian Horticulture Summit-2022 organized at Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, Gujarat from 27-29 April 2022.
  2. Young Scientist in Horticulture by Venus International Foundation during their 4th Annual Research Meet-2018 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu during August 2018.
  3. Young Scientist Award by Research Wing for Excellence in Professional Education & Industry (EET CRS) TOP-25 during 18 March 2018 at Hyderabad, India
  4. Kanwar Virender Singh Memorial All India Best Publication Awards in Fruit Science by Society for Advancement of Human and Nature (SADHNA) at Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, HP on 28th February 2018.
  5. Jawaharlal Nehru Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Agricultural and Allied Sciences-2015 during 89th foundation day (16 July 2017) of ICAR.
  6. IARI Merit Medal during 54th Convocation of ICAR-IARI, New Delhi for outstanding academic performance in doctoral degree during February 2016.
  7. Awarded University Gold Medal for standing first in order of merit in M.Sc. (Horticulture) from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka during 2012.
  8. Awarded Dr. JC Anand Prize for outstanding academic performance in M.Sc. degree from UAS (B) during 2012.
  9. Awarded Dr. K. Shama Bhat Memorial Gold Medal for academic excellence in Masters degree from UAS (B) during 2012.
  10. Awarded University Gold Medal for standing first in order of merit in B.Sc.(Horticulture) from Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad during 2010.
  11. Awarded the prestigious Pratibha Award and Fellowship from the state government of A.P for the year 2005.

    Peer Recognition


  1. Selected for Summer Research Fellowship Programme by  JNCASR and worked under the supervision of Dr. Raghavendra Gadagkar, Professor and JC Bose National Fellow at Center for Ecological Sciences, IISc, Bangalore during the year 2008.
  2. Qualified ICAR-SRF with Fellowship during the year 2012.
  3. INSPIRE Fellowship from DST, GOI during perusal of Ph.D. degree (2012-15)
  4. Section editor (Post Harvest Engineering & Technology) for the Journal of Agriculture and Ecology since 2016 till date.
  5. Reviewer for the journals Journal of Horticultural Science, Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Journal of Science of Food & Agriculture, Physiology Reports, Horticulturae, Sugar Technology, Agriculture, Sustainability, Genes, Applied Sciences, Agronomy, Life, Nutrients, International Journal of Molecular Sciences etc.
  6. Recognized as PG faculty for University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot, Karnataka
  7. Accredited as PG faculty for Dr. YSR Horticultural University, Tadepalligudem, AP
  8. Recognized as PG Faculty for the graduate School of ICAR-IARI, New Delhi
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