Plant Biotechnology Division

Major areas
  • Genetic transformation and Functional Genetics

Achievements
  • In vitro process for generation of transgenic composite plants in Eucalyptus for rapid functional analysis of genes and promoters was developed.

  • Standardisation of regeneration and transformation methods for Eucalyptus.

  • Identification of genes involved in sodium transport from salt tolerant tree species.

  • Identification of genes vital to the growth and development of Leptocybe invasa and Hyblea purea

Projects

Intramural Projects
  • Development of methods for functional analysis of genes involved in salt tolerance in Eucalyptus tereticornis. ICFRE: 30.93 lakhs 2009-14

  • Determination of target genes in Leptocybe invasa for engineering resistance in Eucalyptus through gene- silencing approaches. ICFRE: 23.50 lakhs 2010-2014

Extramural Projects
  • Web enabled database and analysis of gene sequences implicated in abiotic stress tolerance for screening gene homologues in salt tolerant tree species . DBT: 20.096 lakhs 2009-2012

  • Identification and functional analysis of genes of the teak insect pest Hyblaea puera Cramer (Hyblaedae: Lepidoptera) for the development of gene silencing based pest control. CSIR student project ( 2010-2014)

  • Genetic transformation of Casuarina for functional analysis of genes conferring salt tolerance. CSIR student project 2010-2014

International projects
  • One of the four international partners for "Transcriptome analysis of salt tolerance in Casuarina trees" by the Joint Genome Institute, US along with the principal collaborator from Research Institute for Development, France, and other partners including Université Chiekh Anta Diop, Dakar (UCAD), Senegal and University of New Hampshire, US.

Scientific staff
  • Dr. Mathish Nambiar-Veetil, Scientist E and Functional Genetics