RAMAN, Harsh

Harsh Raman

Research interests

  • Applying molecular-biology tools to the development of improved crop varieties
  • Investigating genetics and tag loci underlying complex traits of agronomic importance
  • Determining genetic diversity in cultivated and landrace germplasm


Dr Harsh Raman conducts and oversees plant molecular biology research at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute.

Dr Raman joined NSW DPI in 1996 and has undertaken and managed research projects in wheat, barley and canola.

Genome mapping and the development of molecular markers for crop improvement are among Dr Raman’s professional skills. Dr Raman has written chapters for plant molecular-biology books and published more than 80 peer reviewed scientific papers.

During the last five years his team has mapped loci associated with flowering time, and resistance to blackleg disease and pod shattering in diverse germplasm of canola.


  • BSc (Agriculture), Khalsa College, Amritsar, Punjab, India, 1984
  • Masters (Agriculture), Guru  Nanak Dev University, Amritsar India, 1986
  • PhD (Pomology), Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, 1990

Current projects

  • Development of molecular markers for application in Australia canola breeding
  • National Brassica germplasm improvement program (Drought tolerance)
  • Establishing novel breeding methods for crop improvement (Australian Research Council Linkage grant with University of Queensland)
  • Discovery of novel alleles for wheat improvement (Collaboration with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre)

Recent publications

Zou J, Raman H, Guo S, Hu D, Wei Z, Luo Z, Long Y, Shi W, Fu Z, Du D & Meng J 2014, ‘Constructing a dense genetic linkage map and mapping QTL for the traits of flower development in Brassica carinata’, Theoretical and Applied Genetics, doi: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00122-014-2321-z

Raman H, Dalton-Morgan J, Diffey S, Raman R, Alamery S, Edwards D & Batley J 2014a,‘SNP markers-based map construction and genome-wide linkage analysis in Brassica napus’, Plant Biotechnology Journal, doi: 10.1111/pbi.12186.

Raman H, Raman R, Kilian A, Detering F, Carling J, Coombes N, Diffey S, Kadkol G, Edwards D, McCully M, Ruperao P, Parkin IAP,  Batley J, Luckett DJ & Wratten N 2014b, ‘Genome-Wide Delineation of Natural Variation for Pod Shatter Resistance in Brassica napus’, PLoS ONE 9(7): e101673. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101673.

Raman H, Raman R, Eckermann P, Coombes N, Manoli S, Zou X, Edwards D, Meng J, Prangnell R, Stiller J, Batley J, Luckett D, Wratten N & Dennis E 2013a, ‘Genetic and physical mapping of flowering time loci in canola (Brassica napus L.)’, Theoretical and Applied Genetics, vol, 126,
pp. 119–132; doi:10.1007/s00122-012-1966-8.

Raman H, Raman R, Kilian A, Detering F, Long Y, Edwards D, Parkin I, Sharpe A, Nelson M, Larkan N, Zou J, Meng J, Aslam MN, Batley J, Cowling W & Lydiate D 2013b, ‘A consensus map of rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) based on diversity array technology markers: Applications in genetic dissection of qualitative and quantitative traits’, BMC Genomics, vol. 14, p. 277; doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-277.

Professional associations and activities

Adjunct Professor, Graham Centre, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Contact details

Email: harsh.raman@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Location: Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute