Daljit Singh

Research overview

My research work is mainly focused on development of genomic and phenomic resources and their broader applications in wheat breeding. As part of a multi-institutionDaljit UAV collaborative USAID project, I have conducted field-based high-throughput phenotyping experiments in South Asia and Kansas. I have developed R based image processing workflows to extract key phenotypic traits in wheat breeding experiments.  Using the image-derived traits, I have validated whole-genome prediction models for lodging and spectral traits on multi-environment trials. Together with colleagues at Poland Lab and outside, I have actively contributed in the testing and implementation of HTP data acquisition protocols and standard operating procedures on ground in CIMMYT’s International wheat breeding nurseries.


Ph.D. (Genetics)                                                                                                      Jan 2014- current

  • Kansas State University, Interdepartmental Genetics, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
  • Specialization: Wheat Breeding, Genomic Predictions, High-Throughput Phenotyping, GIS, and Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Major Advisor: Dr. Jesse Poland

M.S. (Crop Physiology)                                                                                       Aug 2010- May 2013

  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
  • Specialization: Crop Drought and Heat Stress Physiology, Metabolomics
  • Major Advisor: Dr. Maria Balota

B.Sc. (Agriculture Honors)                                                                                Aug 2006- June 2010

  • Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India
  • Specialization: Crop Breeding and Genetics

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Singh, D., X. Wang, U. Kumar, L. Gao, M. Imtiaz, R. Singh, and J. Poland. Genetic dissection of high-throughput phenotyping-enabled crop lodging in Triticum aestivum. (Under Review).
  • Haghighattalab, A., L. González Pérez, S. Mondal, D. Singh, D. Schinstock, J. Rutkoski, I. Ortiz-Monasterio, R.P. Singh, D. Goodin, J. Poland. (2016) Application of unmanned aerial systems for high throughput phenotyping of large wheat breeding nurseries.  Plant Methods 12(1): 1-15.
  • Singh, D., M. Balota, E. Collakova, T.G Isleib, G.E. Welbaum, S.P. Tallury (2016) Heat Stress Related Physiological and Metabolic Traits in Peanut Seedlings. Peanut Science 43(1): 24-35.
  • Singh, D., E. Collakova, T.G. Isleib, G.E. Welbaum, S.P. Tallury and M. Balota (2014) Differential physiological and metabolic responses to drought stress of peanut cultivars and breeding lines. Crop Science. 54:2262-2274
  • Singh, D., T.G. Isleib, E. Collakova, G.E. Welbaum, and M. Balota (2014) Suitability of Canopy temperature depression, specific leaf area, and SPAD chlorophyll content for genotypic comparison of peanut grown in a sub-humid environment. Peanut Science. 41:1-11.
  • Tallury, S. P., T. G. Isleib, S. C. Copeland, P. R. Anderson, M. Balota, D. Singh and H. T. Stalker (2013) Registration of two multiple disease-resistant peanut germplasm lines derived from Arachis cardenasii Krapov. & W.C. Gregory, GKP 10017. Journal of Plant Registrations. 8:86-89.

Invited Presentations

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems for Accelerated Genetic Gains in Breeding. Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Co. (Mahyco) Research Center, Jalna, India; December 15, 2017.
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems for Rapid Quantification of Lodging in Wheat Breeding. Excellence in Breeding (EiB) module IV, IRD, Montpellier, France; November 7, 2017.


  • 2nd prize, Photo Competition Crop Science, Crop Science Soc America, Tampa, FL             Oct 2017
  • 1st place, Poster Competition C01/C07 Division, Crop Science Soc America, Tampa, FL     Oct 2017
  • 2nd place, Poster Competition, National Association of Plant Breeders, Davis, CA              Aug 2017
  • Recipient, Robert E. Nunemacher Graduate Scholarship ($1500), College of Agriculture, Kansas State University                                                                                                       Aug 2017
  • Recipient, Tillman Family Agriculture Graduate Student Award ($6000), Plant Pathology Department, Kansas State University                                                                         Jul 2017
  • 3rd place, Graduate and Post-Doc Elevator Speech Contest, CSSA, Phoenix                       Nov 2016
  • Recipient, K-State Graduate Student Council Travel Award ($500)                                   Nov 2016
  • Recipient, Board of International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) Award for Scientific Excellence, World Food Prize Meetings, Des Moines                                                   Oct 2016