Winning millions of herts through simple science.

Established in 2012, Tierra Seed Science Private Limited is a next generation agriculture technology company focused on developing innovative seeds stacked with proprietary traits (Non Genetically Modified) that apart from providing significant yield and cost advantage to farmers, has very high impact on environment.

Founded by professionals with more than seven decades of combined seed and agribusiness industry experience. Tierra is headquartered in Hyderabad, the seed capital of India, with additional research and breeding facilities in Pune and Vijayawada.

Tierra is guided by its vision to address important challenges faced by farmers, food/agri processors and consumers ensuring a "Million Smiles"

Tierra is focussed on development of traits and superior products in four focus crops - Cotton, Rice, Tomato and Corn. Tierra uses several advanced technology tools to develop its products. We use marker assisted selection, mutation breeding, TILLING, among other advanced genomics tools to develop new traits and better products. Tierra R&D unit has been recognized by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) under Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

We are a B2B license based company. We develop traits, stack them into seeds, license seeds and traits to independent seed companies who in turn market them to the farmers. We empower small seed companies in Asia and Africa to provide new products and compete in the market.

Our focus is on creating Intellectual Property (IP) and Plant Variety Protected (PVP) products. Our business model follows strict compliance with all regulatory guidelines including Freedom To Operate (FTO) guidelines.

We collaborate with research institutes and seed companies for technology development partnerships. We have active collaboration on research and technology partnerships with over 15 national and international institutes.

Tierra has adequate infrastructure that includes 40 acres of research farms in Hyderabad and Pune, a well-equipped biotech laboratory in Hyderabad and 100 acres product evaluation facility across key agro climatic locations. Tierra has developed several disruptive traits and products that are ready for commercial launch in 2016.

Tierra draws on the profound industrial knowledge and expertise of its founders which is further underpinned by a best-in-class professional team of experienced plant breeders, biotechnologists, IP protection team and entomologists. Tierra is founded by a 3 member team who have global seed industry experience including leadership positions at leading MNCs. Core team is supported by a strong 30+ member team.

The Management Team

Suresh Atluri

Founder & Managing Director

Suresh has over two and half decades of proven experience in the agribusiness space.He held several leadership positions across functions in MNC majors like Syngenta, Emergent Genetics, Monsanto and Advanta.His core strengths are in Marketing, Sales, Corporate Strategy and International Business.He has a rich experience in managing Global Business and was a member of Global Management Committee in Advanta.He holds a Masters in Agriculture Science from Allahabad University and has undergone several management training programmes.

Parthasarathi B.

Founder & Director - Research - Biotechnology

Partha has over two decades of research experience in Biotechnology. He has led the first indigenous Bt Cotton Technology commercialization (Event 1, 2006) in India while he was working at JK Agri Genetics. Partha did his Masters in Genetics and Plant Breeding and subsequently M.Tech and Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in the area of Biotechnology & Engineering. He has been conferred with many awards which include UNESCO Young Scientist Fellowship (1992), National Award for Meritorious Invention given by NRDC (2002). Besides holding multiple patents and copyrights, Partha has authored over 40 research papers in various national and international journals.

Surinder K. Tikoo

Co - Founder & Director - Research - Breeding & Development

Suren is a very successful breeder, research & development manager in public & private sector. He has a vast experience of over 4 decades in Breeding & Research Management at Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR), Pioneer, Syngenta and Advanta. He has several nationally & internationally released hybrids to his credit as a breeder of Tomato & Okra that have been market leaders. He has been a research administrator since 1998 in top multinational companies at India, Asia & Global levels. He has won several awards for innovative research & leadership in his professional life. He has a Ph.D. in Botany from Bangalore University. Currently, he is also in the Supervisory Board of Access To Seeds Foundation, based in Haarlem, the Netherlands and member of Research Advisory Council for Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, Srinagar.

Team Tierra!

The Advisory Team

Prof. P.K. Gupta
Advisor for molecular breeding
  • FNA, Emeritus Scientist, CCSAUT, Meerut
  • Renowned Molecular Breeder and a global expert on plant cytogenetics, induced mutations, and quantitative genetics utilizing both classical and molecular approaches
Dr. Pawan Vaidya
Advisor for Corn breeding
  • Former Technology Development Lead & Research Co-ordinator for Corn at Pioneer Seeds
  • Over 35 years of corn breeding and research management experience
  • Ph.D. in Plant Breeding (Punjab Agricultural University)
Gurbinder Singh Gill
Advisor for International Business
  • Former Country Head of Deltapine India, Director of Industry Affairs - Monsanto India
  • Over 20 years of experience in Agri Value Chain Development
  • Currently Founder Director of Agri Business Associate Inc. Davis, California
  • B.Sc (Agriculture), MBA (PAU)

Tierra Incorporated

January 2012

We became a team of 10!

April 2013

Angel Investment by Malaxmi Agri

April 2013

Tierra Biotech Lab Inaugurated

August 2013

We became a team of 30!

November 2014

Joint Patent with NBRI for Cotton Boll Development

January 2015

2 TOSPO Virus Tolerant Hybrids of Tomato will be Launched


Hybrids of Cotton suitable for High Density Planting and Machine Picking will be Launched


Yellow Stem Borer Tolerant Hybrid of Rice will be Launched