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Sheetal Sharma

Country of origin: India Currently in: India, New Delhi General field of specialization: Agricultural Sciences
Academic Background


2008 Doctorate Agricultural Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Agricultural Sciences

Soil Management systems for sustainable rice-based agri-food systems • Lead strategic research to develop better predictability for decision tools on soil and nutrient management in irrigated and stress-prone environments. • Lead research for developing optimization of diverse rice-based systems for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. • Translating Precision nutrient management on scale for existing scaling pathways:.

Publications resulting from Research: 

2020 Pauline Chivenge, Michelle Anne Bunquin, Kazuki Saito, and Sheetal Sharma. Managing Fertilizers in Soils of Paddy Rice in Advances in Soil Science -Soil and Fertilizers edited by Rattan Lal. 2020
2020 Gyeltshen, K. and Sharma, S. 2019. Eds.. Integrated Plant Nutrition System Modules for Major Crops and Cropping Systems in South Asia. SAARC Agriculture Centre, SAARC, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 176 p
2020 Sharma S, Rana DS, Jat ML, Biswal S, Kharti-Chhetri A, Pathak H . 2019. A compendium of technologies, practices, services and policies for scaling climate smart agriculture.
2019 Sharma, Sheetal, K.K. Rout, C.M. Khanda, Rahul Tripathi, Mohammad Shahid, Amarash Nayak, Swetapadma Satpathy, Narayan Chandra Banik, Wasim Iftikar, Nabakishore Parida, Vivek Kumar, Amit Mishra, Rowena L. Castillo, Theresa Velasco, and Roland J. Buresh Field-specific nutrient management using Rice Crop Manager decision support tool in Odisha, India Field Crops Research 241 (2019): p. 107578 doi:10.1016/j.fcr.2019.107578
2019 Kohli, Anshuman, Sudhanshu Singh, Sheetal Sharma, S. K. Gupta, Mainak Ghosh, Y. K. Singh, B. K. Vimal, Vinay Kumar, Sanjay Kumar Mandal Decreasing the vulnerability to climate change in less favoured areas of Bihar: Smart options in agriculture In: Climate Change and Agriculture in India: Impact and Adaptation, p. 163-173. Springer, Cham doi:10.1007/978-3-319-90086-5_13
2018 Sharma, S., Panneerselvam, P., Castillo, R. Web-based tool for calculating field-specific nutrient management for rice in India. Nutr Cycl Agroecosyst (2018).
2018 Sheetal Sharma & Rajeev Padbhushan. Nutrient management decision tool for rainfed Rice: On-farm testing in the South Eastern Fringes of India.
Proceedings of International Workshop on smart use of fertilizers for environmentally friendly agriculture organized by Food and Fertilizer Technology Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Oct 2018
2018 Kazuki Saito, Sheetal Sharma. FAO for e-Agriculture Promising Practice Rice Crop Manager and RiceAdvice: decision tools for rice crop management (
2017 Suresh Prasad Singh, Abhinav Jain, M. S. Anantha , Santosh Tripathi , Subarna Sharma , Santosh Kumar , Archana Prasad , Bhawana Sharma , Biswajit Karmakar , Rudra Bhattarai , Sankar Prasad Das , Shravan K. Singh , Vinay Shenoy , R. Chandra Babu , S. Robin , Padmini Swain , J. L. Dwivedi , Ram Baran Yadaw , Nimai P. Mandal, T. Ram, Krishna Kumar Mishra, S. B. Verulkar , Tamal Aditya , Krishna Prasad , Puvvada Perraju , Ram Krishna Mahato , Sheetal Sharma , K. Anitha Raman , Arvind Kumar and Amelia Henry. 2017. Depth of soil compaction predominantly affects rice yield reduction by reproductive-stage drought at varietal screening sites in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Plant Soil. - DOI 10.1007/s11104-017-3265- 2.2017
2017 Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, Mainak Ghosh, Anshuman Kohli, Sheetal Sharma, Y.
K. Singh, Sunil Kumar, Uday Kumar and Koneru Lakshman. Site-Specific Nutrient Management with Rice-Wheat Crop Manager in South Bihar Alluvial Plain Zone of India. International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience, 5 (5), 1070-1074. 2017
2017 Sudhir-Yadav, V. Kumar, S. Singh, R. M. Kumar, S. Sharma, R. Tripathi, A. Nayak, and J.K.Ladha (2017) Growing Rice in Eastern India: New Paradigms of risk reduction and improving productivity. In: The Future Rice Strategy for India. Doi 10.1016/B978-0-12-805374-4.00008-7
2016 Sharma S, Rajendran R, Ravi V, Panneerselvan P, Janarthanan P, Saharawat Y and Ladha JK. 2016 Assessing the performance conservation agriculture and best management practices for Rice based systems of Tamil Nadu.
Journal of Ecosystem and Ecography: Volume 6; Issue 4, 2016
2016 Agnes Tirol-Padre, Munmun Rai, Virender Kumar, Mahesh Gathala, Parbodh
C. Sharma, Sheetal Sharma, Rakesh Kumar Nagar, Sandeep Deshwal, Love
K. Singh, Hanuman S. Jat, Dinesh K. Sharma, Reiner Wassmann and Jagdish Ladha. 2016. Quantifying changes to the global warming potential of rice wheat systems with the adoption of conservation agriculture in northwestern India. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment. 219:125-137
2016 Ladha, J. K., A. N. Rao, A. Tirol Padre, A. Dobermann, M. Gathala, V. Kumar,
Y. S. Sharawat, S. Sharma, H. P. Piepho, M. M. Alam, R. Liak, R. Rajendran,
C. K. Reddy, R. Prasad, P. C. Sharma, S. S. Singh, A. Saha, and S. Noor. 2016. Agronomic improvements can make future cereal systems in South Asia far more productive and result in a lower environmental footprint Global Change Biology 22: 1054-1074. 2016
2016 Alok K Sikka, Ashok Dalwai, Ashok Kumar Patra, Bhabani S Das, Datta SC, Diwarkar PG, Datta M, Jagadish Ladha, Jagdish Prasad, Joshi PK, Katyal JC, Kiran P. Raverkar, Madhu Nair K, Mandal B, Mandal C, Naik DC, Padmaraju A, Raj Paroda, Ramana KV, Rani Kumudini, Sheetal Sharma, Singh SK Sreedevi TK, Srinivasa Rao Ch, Srivastava R, Subrata Das, Sudhanshu Singh and Vilas Kharche. 2016 Strategy Paper on Soil Health Mapping and Direct Benefit Transfer of Fertilizer Subsidy in Research Report IDC-4 ICRISAT Development Center by Suhas P Wani, Girish Chander, Tapas Bhattacharya and Mukund Patil
2015 Md. M Alam, J K Ladha, M W Faisal, Sheetal Sharma, Abhijit Saha, S Noor and M A Rahman. 2015. Improvement of cereal based cropping systems with best management practices following the principles of conservation agriculture under changing agricultural scenarios in Bangladesh. Field Crops Research 175: 1-15
2014 Tirol-Padre, A., Munmun Rai, M. Gathala, S. Sharma, V. Kumar, P.C. Sharma,
C K. Sharma, R. Wassmann, J.K. Ladha. 2014 Assessing the performance of the photo- acoustic infrared gas monitor for measuring CO2, N2 O and CH4 fluxes in two major cereal rotations. Global Change Biology 20:287-299.
2014 Ranjan Laik, Sheetal Sharma, M. Idris, A.K. Singh, S.S. Singh, B.P. Bhatt, Yashpal Saharawat, E. Humphreys and J.K. Ladha. 2014. Integration of conservation agriculture with best management practices for improving system performance of the rice–wheat rotation in the Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains of India. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 195:68–82.
2013 Gathala, M.K., V. Kumar, P.C. Sharma, Y.S. Saharawat, H.S. Jat, Mainpal Singh, Amit Kumar, M.L. Jat, E. Humphreys, D.K. Sharma, Sheetal Sharma,
J.K. Ladha. 2013. Optimizing intensive cereal-based cropping systems addressing current and future drivers of agricultural change in the northwestern Indo-Gangetic Plains of India. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 177:85-97.
2012 P. Punam, Rameshwar Kumar, Sheetal Sharma & D. Atul. 2012. The effect of organic management treatments on the productivity and quality of lemon grass (cymbopogon citratus). Journal of Organic Systems, 7(2).
2011 Raman, A., J. K. Ladha, V. Kumar, S. Sharma, and H.P. Piepho. 2011.
Stability analysis of farmer participatory trials for conservation agriculture using mixed models. Field Crop Research 121: 450-459
2011 Gathala, M., J.K., Ladha, Vivek Kumar, Y.S. Saharawat, V. Kumar, and P.K. Sharma, S. Sharma, and H. Pathak. 2011. Tillage and Crop Establishment Affects Sustainability of South Asian Rice-Wheat System. Agronomy Journal 103: 961-971.
2010 Chander G., Verma, T.S., Sharma, Sheetal. 2010. Nutrient content in Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis) as Influenced by Boron and Farmyard Manure in North Western Himalayan Alfisols. Journal of Indian Society of Soil Science 58(2).
2010 Y Saharawat, R Laik, Sheetal Sharma and JK Ladha. 2010. Soil Health Issues under conservation Agriculture in Resource Conservation Technologies for Food Security and rural livelihood edited by AR Khan, SS Singh, RC Bharati, TK Srivatava and MA Khan. Published by Rice-Wheat Consortium.
2009 Ladha, J. K., V. Kumar, M. Alam, S. Sharma, M. Gathala, P. Chandna, and V. Balasubramanian. 2009. Integrating crop and resource management technologies for enhanced productivity, profitability, and sustainability of the rice-wheat system in South Asia. In: Ladha J. K., Singh Yadvinder, Erenstein O, editors. Integrated Crop and Resource Management in the Rice-Wheat
System of South Asia. Manila (Philippines): International Rice Research Institute. 69-108 pp.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Research for development Work in multidiscipline teams to understand the reasons for non-adoption of better nutrient management practices and refine options to increase adoption. • Develop funding proposals • Identify effective dissemination models for ICT- based nutrient management tools and develop partnerships to out scale CM recommendations. • Work with multiple stakeholders to coordinate research. • Guide post- graduate students in field of nutrient management. • Capacity building of partners, developing network of service providers, strengthening dealers and distributors, and partnership building with public, public and civil society organizations to upscale and out scale better nutrient management practices


International Rice Research Institute

Presentation given

Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Nov 2017
Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers
IRRI scientist Dr. Sheetal Sharma was chosen as one of the three winners of the 2017 Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers. Every year, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council (AFFRC) selects three young researchers who show outstanding research achievements that will lead to future technological innovation as awardees.The award aims to increase motivation among young researchers contributing to research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and related industries in developing countries. The commendation ceremony was held on November 2, 2017 at the U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
Mar 2010
State-level PhD Gold Medal (Him Uttkarsh Acadamy
The Gold Medal is given to the topper for the year in the PhD program of all streams across the state.
OWSD 6th General Assembly certificate: download

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