Plant Biotechnology Department

Last Updated: Friday, 24 July 2015
Recent Research  & Achievements

Micro-propagation, transgenics and secondary metabolites in culture

Direct regeneration system in Ocimum gratissimum and Pelargonium graveolens.

Transgenic Tagetes erecta plants with CPPase gene from pyrethrum

Micro-cloning protocol for O. basilicum (cv. CIM-Saumya), O. sanctum (cv. CIM- Angana), O. gratisissimum & O. kilimandscharicum using axillary/apical bud.

Pollen germination in Ocimum species.

In vitro Conservation of endangered economically important plants

Molecular Biology of Ocimum species

4-Coumarate: CoA Ligase partitioning metabolites for Eugenol biosynthesis instead of Lignin in Ocimum sanctum.

Transcriptome sequencing of Ocimum sanctum and Ocimum basilicum.

Novel oxidosqualene cyclases, ObAS1 (KF636411) and ObAS2 (JQ809437) from Ocimum basilicum and functional analysis.

Secondary metabolite acyltransferases, regulators and transcription factors from O. basilicum.

Molecular Biology of Papaver somniferum

 Microarray analysis and involvement of laccase in stem and peduncle strength .

 Wound Induced tanscription factor from Papaver somniferum – PsWRKY .

 Molecular Biology of Artemisia annuua

Differentially expressed genes were identified during contrasting growth stages for artemisinin content through microarray analysis.

A WRKY transcription factor regulating artemisinin biosynthesis genes, and, a SMO gene involved in sterol biosynthesis were characterized.

Homologs of trichome-development-related genes such as AaGL2, AaTTG1 and AaMIXTA from Artemisia annua were identified, cloned.

Molecular Biology of Catharanthus roseus

Molecular and morphological characterization of vindoline-rich genotype.

A LIM transcription factor involved in regulating phenylpropanoids and TIA pathway genes was characterized.


Molecular interaction and dynamics studies to identify antimicrobial, anticancer and anti Alzheimer phytomolecules and their targets

Terpene synthases from Pelargonium graveolens.

Azadirachta indica (Neem) transcriptome.

Commonality in plants balancing the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha).

DNA marker analysis and diversity assessment for Gymnema sylvestre, Mucuna pruriens , Vetiver, Geranium, Mentha arvensis, Ocimum basilicum, Ocimum kilimandscharicum, Silybum marianum, Acorus calamus.


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