Current Research Area:

  • Developing sustainable strategies and alternatives for safe management of wastewater and phyto-remediation of metal contaminated soil and water.

  • Diagnosis and definition of salt affected soils in Indo-Gangetic plains and development of agro-interventions for their sustainable management in farmers’ participatory appraisal.

  • Rehabilitation of salt affected dry lands through biosaline agro-forestry and un-explored industrial plants.


M.Sc (Ag.) Agonomy

Ph.D Agronomy

Major Research Accomplishments:

  • Establishment of the salinity limits of the drainage effluents for their in-situ recycling in cyclic mode irrigations to optimize yield and quality of less water requiring salt tolerant food, fodder and oil seed crops of semi-arid regions hyperthermic Ustipsamments and calcareous sandy loam Ustic Haplocambids

  • Evaluated the dual purpose (green fodder and grain) potential of barley in saline conditions and worked out its nitrogen and saline water irrigation requirements for successful cultivation.

  • Temporal and spatial quantification and characterization of wastewater generated in Haryana

  • Documented the temporal scale transpiration rate and carrying capacity of HRTS Eucalyptus plantations planted at different densities and irrigated with sewage for planning the safe disposal of sewage and optimizing growth, wood volume and biomass production of trees and understory companion crops

  • Overall and stage dependant tolerance limits of organic load in water used for irrigation of rice and wheat has been assessed for management of distillery effluents in the cropping system

  • Irrigation and nutrient supplementing potential of sewage to vegetable, fodder, cereal and agro-forestry production systems and impacts of its use on soil properties have been assessed.

  • Benefits and hazards of wastewater irrigation and its effects on composition of soils, crops and ground water have been also established through case studies

  • Remunerative alternative crops have been identified and evaluated for avoiding food chain contamination and phyto-remediation of metal contaminated soils.

  • Prevalence of pathogenic contamination in sewage irrigated vegetable, forage and grain crops has been assessed, and technologies as sub-surface drip irrigation and some other low cost cultivation methods and other practices for the control have been standardized

  • Agronomic practices for perspective land use planning based on soil characteristics and suitability have been identified to optimize the use of soil resources of 500 ha Behdala (Una, HP) watershed


  • National groundwater Augmentation Award of MoWR, GOI, New Delhi for the year 2009
  • Ganesh Sankar Vidyarthi Puruskar for the years 2009 and 2010 for Best Hindi Magazine

Trainings conducted:

  • Resource person for 3-4 months CV Raman International Fellowship sponsored by FICCI for African researchers on “Agro-practices for sustaining agricultural production in saline environments”

  • Resource person for short term (2-3 weeks) International training programme on “Use of poor quality water in agriculture” for delegates from AARDO member countries. Course Director – for one training on the subject for delegates from seven countries which included Yemen, Oman, Syria, Malysia, Bangladesh, Mauritius and Iraq.

  • Member advisory committee for problem identification, planning and execution of research project on wastewater management for the degree of MS and graduate students form Illinois and Iowa State, Universities USA under Indo-US AKI project undertaken at CSSRI, Karnal

  • Course Coordinator for ICAR sponsored 3 weeks winter school on “Chemical changes and nutrient transformations in poor quality water irrigated soils”.

  • Course Coordinator for MoWR, GOI sponsored 2 weeks training programme on “Conjunctive use of canal and groundwater.”

  • Core faculty for CSSRI organized training programmes on “Diagnosis, reclamation and management of salt affected soils and use of poor quality water in agriculture”.

Patents, Technology, Methodology, Genetic Stock, Variety, etc.:

  • Supervision and maintenance of germplasm of 115 medicinal & aromatic species and salt tolerant varieties of wheat, mustard and paddy.

  • Supervision, maintenance and upkeep of the stocks of inputs, machinery and farm agricultural produce (cereals, fodder, forestry, horticulture, animals and fish) records.


  • K. Yadav, P.S. Minhas, Khajanchi Lal, R. K. Chaturvedi and T. P. Verma (2010). Heavy metals distribution in semi-arid Ustochrepts, crops and ground water with long-term wastewater irrigation. Soil Use and Management;DOI: 10. 1111/j. 1475-2743-2010.00267.x.

  • K. Dubey, R. K. Yadav, Rashmi Yadav, V. K. Sharma & P. S. Minhas. 2010. Contamination of Ground Water as a Consequence of Land Disposal of Dye Waste Mixed Sewage Effluents: A Case Study of Panipat District of Haryana, India. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol. 85: 295–300

  • Meena, R. L., Yadav, R. K. and Lal, K. 2009. Growth, yield attributes and seed cotton yield as influenced by intercrops and nutrient management under saline black soils of Gujarat. Indian J. Agric. Sci. 79: 273-276

  • Khajanchi Lal, P.S. Minhas, R.K. Chaturvedi and R.K. Yadav. 2008. Cadmium uptake and tolerance of three aromatic grasses on Cd contaminated soils. J. Indian Soc. Soil Science 56 (3): 290-95

  • K.Yadav, S.P.Singh, D.Lal, Ashok Kumar. 2007. Fodder production and soil health with conjunctive use of saline and good quality water on ustipsamments of semi-arid regions. Land Degad. Develop. 18:153-162

  • Khajanchi Lal, P.S. Minhas, Shipra, R.K. Yadav and R.K. Chaturvedi. 2007. Extraction of Cadmium and Tolerance of Three Annual Cut Flowers on Cdcontaminated Soils. Bioresource Technology 99:1006-12

  • K. Yadav, R. K. Chaturvedi and P.S. Minhas. 2006. Stage dependant tolerance of paddy and wheat to organic load in distillery effluent and associated changes in soil properties. Indian J. Agric. Sci. 76: 661-66 · P.S. Minhas, R.K. Yadav, N. Sharma and P.K. Joshi. 2006. Prevalence and control of pathogenic contamination in some sewage irrigated vegetable, forage and grain crops. Bioresource Technology 97: 1174-79

  • C.Dagar, O.S. Tomar, R.K.Yadav and N.K.Tyagi. 2005. Performance of some under explored crops with saline irrigation in semi-arid regions of NW India. Land Degad. Develop. 17:285-99

  • K.Yadav, A. Kumar, D. Lal and L. Batra. 2004. Yield response of winter forage crops to irrigation with saline environment. Exptl. Agric. 40: 65-76