CSIR-CIMAP Research Centre, Bengaluru


CSIR-CIMAP Research Centre, Bengaluru (then CIMPO, South Zonal Centre) is one of the Research Centers of CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, headquartered at Lucknow that is engaged in multidisciplinary research on medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). The centre was established in the year 1959 and is located on a 38-acre land at Allalasandra near Yelahanka. Since inception the centre has been actively working for the benefit of MAPs farmers, entrepreneurs and industries of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and areas of Andhra Pradesh bordering Karnataka. It has contributed significantly to the research and development of several commercially viable medicinal and aromatic crops suitable for semi-arid tropical regions of south India. The areas of work at the centre include:
  • Gene/s identification and pathway elucidation of specialized metabolites in MAPs.
  • Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology for production of high value specialized metabolites.
  • Genetic improvement and sustainable agrotechnology development of MAPs.
  • Maintenance of germplasm of different MAPs.
  • Production of quality planting materials of high yielding MAPs.
  • Phytochemical exploration, and qualitative and quantitative analysis of MAPs.
  • Bioprospection of unexplored MAPs in Western Ghats.
  • Promotion of large-scale cluster cultivation of MAPs for livelihood improvement and employment generation in rural areas.
  • Dissemination and popularization of CSIR-CIMAP technologies through training programme, awareness camp and demonstration node.
  • Establishment of linkages with industry, financial institutions, government departments/institutes, universities etc.
  • Human Resource Development by way of Ph.D. programmes and graduate trainees’ projects of universities and colleges.

CSIR-CIMAP Research Centre Bengaluru has been serving as a One stop centre of excellence for complete value chain of select medicinal and aromatic plants of south India from fundamental research to genotypes-agrotechnologies-quality testing to processing for marketable products. CRC-B has been recognized in the region by farmers and user industries in a big way.

Achievements of CRC-B:

  • Scientists of the Centre have been actively involved in brining competitive grants from various funding agencies such as Department of Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Research Board, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Indian Council of Agriculture Research, National Medicinal Plant Board, and United Nations Development Programme. Work from these grants has led to both fundamental and application oriented research resulting in high-impact publications.
  • Over the last 10 ten years scientists of CRC-B have developed improved varieties of various MAPs as listed below:
    1. Cauvery: High yielding variety of Lemongrass
    2. Nirmal: Die-back resistant variety of Periwinkle
    3. Dhawal: High alkaloid yielding variety of Periwinkle
    4. Krishna: High oil yielding variety of Lemongrass
    5. CIM-Shreshtha: High oil yielding variety of Patchouli high patchoulol
    6. CIM-Shikhar: High oil and high citral yielding variety of Lemongrass
    7. CIM-Atal: Geraniol-rich (~90%) high oil-yielding variety of lemongrass
    8. CIM-Akshay: Thymol-rich (40-45%) variety of Ocimum gratissimum L
    9. CIM-Sukhda: Linalool-rich variety of Ocimum basilicum.
  • The Centre has developed Agrotechnologies of important MAPs such as, Citronella, Lemongrass, Palmarosa, Scented geranium, Eucalyptus citriodora, Davana, Sweet basil, Ocimum sanctum, Bacopa monnieri, Ashwagandha, Centella asiatica and Periwinkle suitable for cultivation in South India.
  • The Centre has conducted several training and awareness programmes to impart technical knowledge on production and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants to farmers and entrepreneurs in different parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Around 2500 participants have been trained in the programmes.
  • As part of Aroma Mission programme, CSIR-CIMAP Research Centre, Bengaluru has been instrumental in expanding the area under cultivation of MAPs (~ 2000 acres since 2016) by supplying quality planting materials to beneficiary farmers in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala thereby increasing their standard of living.
  • CSIR-CIMAP Research Centre, Bengaluru has established collaborations or entered into MOU with many prestigious national and international institutions:
    1. National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)
    2. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)
    3. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU)
    4. University of Horticultural Science-Bagalkot
    5. Karnataka Medicinal Plant Authority (KAMPA)
    6. Karnataka State Horticulture Dept., Biodiversity Boards
    7. Mount Carmel College, Bangalore

    1. University of British Columbia, Canada
    2. University of Tours, France
    3. University of Strasbourg, France
    4. Montfort University, U.K.
  • The Centre also provides guidance to Graduate trainees of different Universities of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu as part of their 6 months dissertation
  • CIMAP Research Centre organized a highly successful and well appreciated international virtual conference on “Plant Specialized Metabolism and Metabolic Engineering – 2020” during 14-16 October 2020. 21 Indian and 14 international speakers from 10 different countries presented and deliberated their research findings on medicinal and aromatic plants. About 450 participants attended the conference.


  1. Narayanan, A.K., Sudharshan S.J., and Nagegowda, D.A. (2021) Sandalwood fragrance pathway and its engineering for sustainable production of high-value santalols. In: Sandalwood genome. Gowda M., Mahesh, H.B., and Kole, C. (Eds), Springer (in press).
  2. Bomzan, D.P., Shilpashree, H.B., and Nagegowda, D.A. (2021) Agrobacterium-mediated in planta transformation in Periwinkle. In: Catharanthus roseus: Methods and Protocols. Courdavault V., and Besseau, S. (Eds), Humana Press, USA. Methods in Molecular Biology. (in press).
  3. Carqueijeiro, I., Koudounas, K., Bernonville T.D., Sepúlveda, L., Mosquera, A., Bomzan, D.P., Oudin, A., Lanoue, A., Besseau, S., Cruz, P.L., Kulagina, N., Stander, E., Burlaud-Gaillard, J., Blanchard, E., Clastre, M., Atehortua, L., St-Pierre, B., Giglioli-Guivarc'h, N., Papon, N., Nagegowda, D.A., O'Connor, S., and Courdavault, V., (2021) Alternative splicing directs a pseudo-strictosidine β-D-glucosidase modulating Vinca alkaloid synthesis. Plant Physiology 185(3):836-856.
  4. Pandreka A., Patil C., Kumar A., Thiagarayaselvam A., Mulani F., Bhagyashree D., Shilpashree H.B., Jennifer C., Ponnusamy S., Nagegowda D.A., H.V. Thulasiram (2021) Functional Characterization of Crucial Genes Involved in Neem Limonoids Biosynthesis. Phytochemistry, 184:112669.
  5. Rai A., and Nagegowda D.A. (2021). Non-radioactive assay to determine product profile of short-chain prenyl diphosphate synthases. Bio-Protocol. 11 (01), e3874.
  6. Dwivedi V., Kumar S.R., Shilpashree H.B., Rao, S., Olsson S.B. and Nagegowda D.A. (2021). An inducible potato (E,E)-farnesol synthase confers tolerance against bacterial pathogens in potato and tobacco (under revision in The Plant Journal).
  7. Amit Kumar, Vereena Rodrigues, Sanchi Verma, Manju Singh, Channaya Hiremath Karuna Shanker, Ashutosh K. Shukla, Velusamy Sundaresan. Effect of salt stress on seed germination, morphology, biochemical parameters, genomic template stability, and bioactive constituents of Andrographis paniculata Nees. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 43:68 2021.
  8. Channayya Hiremath, Roja Philip, Velusamy Sundaresan. Molecular characterization of India Ginseng Withania somnifera (L) using ISSR markers. Molecular Biology Reports. 2021.
  9. Premalatha K., Navya Botlagunta, Santhosh D., Channayya Hiremath, Rajesh K. Verma, Karuna Shanker, V. Sundaresan & Alok Kalra. Enhancement of soil health, germination and crop productivity in Andrographis paniculata (Burm.f.) Nees, an important medicinal crop by using a composite bio inoculant, Journal of Plant Nutrition, DOI:10.1080/01904167.2021.1899207. 2021.
  10. Paurabi Das, Puja Khare, Raghavendra Pratap Singh, Vineet Yadav, Pratibha Tripathi, Anuj Kumar, Versha Pandey, Pooja Gaur, Asha Singh, Ram Das, Channayya Hiremath, Ashutosh Kumar Verma, Ashutosh K. Shukla, Karuna Shanker. Arsenic-induced differential expression of oxidative stress and secondary metabolite content in two genotypes of Andrographis paniculata. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 406, 2021.
  11. R Senthoorraja, K Subaharan, S Manjunath, VS Pragadheesh, N Bakthavatsalam, MG Mohan, S Senthil-Nathan, S Basavarajappa (2021) Electrophysiological, behavioural and biochemical effect of Ocimum basilicum oil and its constituents methyl chavicol and linalool on Musca domestica L. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-021-14282-x.
  12. V Rodrigues, A Kumar, KN Prabhu, VS Pragadheesh, AK Shukla, V Sundaresan (2021) Adventitious root cultures of Decalepis salicifolia for the production of 2-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzaldehyde, a vanillin isomer flavor metabolite. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 105 (8), 3087-3099.
  13. K Subaharan, R Senthoorraja, S Manjunath, Geetha G T, VS Pragadheesh, N Bakthavatsalam, MG Mohan, S Senthil-Nathan, KJ David, S Basavarajappa, C Ballal (2021). Toxicity, behavioural and biochemical effect of Piper betle L. essential oil and its constituents against housefly, Musca domestica L. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology. DOI: 10.1016/j.pestbp.2021.104804.


  1. Dwivedi V., Rao, S., Bpmzan, D.P., Kumar S.R., Shanmugam P.V., Olsson S.B. and Nagegowda D.A. (2020). Functional 35characterization of a defense-responsive bulnesol/elemol synthase from potato. Physiologia Plantarum. 171 (1), 7-21.
  2. Dhwani, N.V., Raju, G., Mathew, S.E., Baranwal, G., Shivaram, S.B., Katiyar, N., Pramanik, N., Jhunjhunwala, S., Shilpashree, H.B., Nagegowda, D.A., Kumar, R., Shasany, A.K., Biswas, R., Shankarappa, S.A. (2020) Antibacterial efficacy of Jackfruit rag extract against clinically important pathogens and validation of its antimicrobial activity in Shigella dysenteriae infected Drosophila melanogaster infection model. bioRxiv doi: .
  3. Nagegowda D.A., and Gupta, P. (2020). Advances in the biosynthesis, regulation, and metabolic engineering of plant specialized terpenoids. Plant Science.
  4. Kumar S.R., Rai A., Bomzan D.P., Kumar K., Hemmerlin A., Dwivedi, V., Godbole, R.C., Barvkar, V., Shanker, K., Shilpashree H.B., Bhattacharya A., Smitha A.R., Hegde N. and Nagegowda D.A. (2020). A plastid localized bona fide geranylgeranyl diphosphate synthase plays a necessary role in monoterpene indole alkaloid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus. The Plant Journal. doi: 10.1111/tpj.14725.
  5. Bomzan DP, H.B. Shilpashree, Anjali P, Kumar SR, Nagegowda, DA. (2020). Virus-induced gene silencing for gene function studies in Withania somnifera, an important Indian medicinal plant. In: Virus Induced Gene Silencing in Plants: Methods and Protocols. Courdavault V., and Besseau, S. (Eds). Humana Press, USA. Methods in Molecular Biology. 2172:139-154.
  6. Bomzan, D.P., Kumar, K., Kumar, S.R., Meena, S., and Nagegowda, D.A. (2020) Virus-Induced gene silencing for functional genomics of specialized metabolism in medicinal plants. In: Plant Gene Silencing. Mysore K., and Senthil-Kumar M. (Eds), Humana Press, USA. Methods in Molecular Biology. (in press)
  7. Anil K Gupta, Ashutosh K Shukla, Pooja Singh, Maneesha Mall, Seema Yadav, Ajit K Shasany, Karuna Shanker, K Baskaran, Velusamy Sundaresan, Mohammed Talha, Abhilasha Srivastava, Soni Gupta, Puja Khare, Daya N Mani, Abdul Samad. 2020. CIM-Sushil: A high vindoline yielding variety of Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences. 42(1-2), 2020; 51-63.
  8. Amit Kumar, Vereena Rodrigues, Kuppusamy Baskaran, Ashutosh K. Shukla, Velusamy Sundaresan. 2020. DNA barcode based species-specific marker for Ocimum tenuiflorum and its applicability in quantification of adulteration in herbal formulations using Qpcr. Journal of Herbal Medicine.
  9. Sivaraman Gokul, Vereena Rodrigues, Amit Kumar, Ram S. Verma, Ashutosh K. Shukla and Velusamy Sundaresan. 2020. Population Genetics Coupled Chemical Profiling for Conservation Implications of Decalepis salicifolia (Bedd. ex Hook.f.) Venter, an Endemic and Critically Endangered Species of Western Ghats, India. Biochemical Genetics.
  10. Vereena Rodrigues, Amit Kumar, Sivaraman Gokul, Ram S. Verma, Laiq ur Rahman and Velusamy Sundaresan. 2020. Micropropagation, encapsulation, and conservation of Decalepis salicifolia, a vanillin isomer containing medicinal and aromatic plant. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Plant.
  11. Chandrashekar Sandeep, Amit Kumar, Vereena Rodrigues, Syam Viswanath, Ashutosh K. Shukla and Velusamy Sundaresan. 2020. Morpho‑genetic divergence and population structure in Indian Santalum album L. Trees.
  12. Ranganathan PR, Nawada N, Narayanan AK, Rao DKV. 2020. Triglyceride deficiency and diacylglycerol kinase1 activity lead to the upregulation of mevalonate pathway in yeast: A study for the development of potential yeast platform for improved production of triterpenoid. Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Biol Lipids
  13. Sinha P, Srivastava GN, Tripathi R, Mukti N. Mishra, Anupurba S. 2020. Detection of mutations in the rpoB gene of rifampicin-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains inhibiting wild type probe hybridization in the MTBDR plus assay by DNA sequencing directly from clinical specimens. BMC Microbiol. 20:284. doi: 10.1186/s12866-020-01967-5.
  14. Mishra S, Pandey P, Dubey AP, Zehra A, Chanotiya CS, Tripathi AK, Mukti N. Mishra. 2020. Engineering a carotenoid-overproducing strain of Azospirillum brasilense for heterologous production of geraniol and amorphadiene. App. Environ. Microbiol. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00414-20.
  15. Dubey AP, Pandey P, Singh VS, Mukti N. Mishra, Singh S, Mishra R, Tripathi AK. 2020. An ECF41 family σ factor controls motility and biogenesis of lateral flagella in Azospirillum brasilense Sp245. J. Bacteriol. 202:e00231-20.
  16. Pandey P, Dubey AP, Mishra S, Mukti N. Mishra, Singh VS, Tripathi AK. 2020. Regulation of Expression of β‐lactamase (ampC) and Lytic Transglycosylase by a Cascade of RpoE7‐> RpoH3 Sigma Factors Regulates Ampicillin Resistance in Azospirillum brasilense. The FASEB Journal 34:1-1.
  17. Yogendra N D, M. Nazeer, Channayya Hiremath, A. Niranjana Kumar, K.V. N. Satya Srinivas and J. Kotesh Kumar. Effect of different drying methods and storage on the volatile oil content of patchouli. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences, 64(3) 19-24, 2020.
  18. Channayya Hiremath, Greeshma M, Namita Gupta, Baskaran Kuppusamy. Morphometric, chemotypic, and molecular diversity studies in Andrographis paniculata. Journal of Herbs, Spices & Medicinal Plants. 2020.
  19. Channayya Hiremath, Manoj Kumar Yadav, M.R. Swamy Gowda, A. Niranjana Kumar and K.V.N. Satya Srinivas. Influence of growth stage on essential oil content and major chemical constituents of Artemisia pallens Bess. Trends Phytochem. Res. 4(2) 85-92. 2020.
  20. Channayya Hiremath, Yogendra ND, Ramesh Vadatti, K Baskaran, Manoj K Yadav, Ram S Verma, Velusamy Sundaresan. Evaluation of Mentha arvensis L. cultivars for essential oil yield in Southern tropical regions of India. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences. 42(1-2), 127-131. 2020.
  21. Channayya Hiremath, Velusamy Sundaresan, K Baskaran Amit Kumar, Yogendra ND, Manoj K Yadav, Ram S Verma, KVN Satya Srinivas J Kotesh Kumar, Niranjan Kumar, Alok Kalra, Anil K Tripath. A linalool rich variety - CIM-Sukhda of Ocimum basilicum. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences. 42(1-2), 68-72, 2020.
  22. Raghavendra N Kulkarni, K Baskaran, Velusamy Sundaresan, Channayya Hiremath, Yogendra ND, Manoj K Yadav, KVN Satya Srinivas, J Kotesh Kumar, Niranjan Kumar, Rajendra C Padalia, Amit Kumar, Alok Kalra and Anil K Tripathi A geraniol rich variety of lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus (Steud.)) Wats.): CIM-Atal. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences. 42(1-2), 64-67: 2020.
  23. CS Chanotiya, VS Pragadheesh, A Yadav, P Gupta, RK Lal (2020) Cyclodextrin-based gas chromatography and GC/MS methods for determination of chiral pair constituents in mint essential oils Journal of Essential Oil Research. 33 (1), 23-31.
  24. VS Pragadheesh, D Bisht, CS Chanotiya (2020).Terpenoids from Essential Oils. Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. DOI: 10.1002/0471238961.koe00056


  1. Nair P, Mall M, Sharma P, Khan F, Nagegowda DA, Rout PK, Gupta MM, Pandey A, Shasany AK, Gupta AK, Shukla AK. (2019) Characterization of a class III peroxidase from Artemisia annua: relevance to artemisinin metabolism and beyond. Plant Mol Biol. 100: 527-541.
  2. Kushwaha, R.K., Singh, S., Pandey, S.S., Rao, D.K.V., Nagegowda, D.A., Kalra, A., Vivekbabu, C.S. (2019). Compatibility of inherent fungal endophytes of Withania somnifera with Trichoderma viride and its impact on plant growth and withanolide content. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 38: 1228–1242.
  3. Pal, S., Rastogi, S., Nagegowda, D.A., Gupta, M., Shasany, A.K. (2019). RNAi of sterol methyl transferase 1 reveals its direct role in diverting intermediates towards withanolide/ phytosterol biosynthesis in Withania somnifera. Plant and Cell Physiology. 60(3):672-686.
  4. Arun Prasanth R., Karun Wilson & Velusamy Sundaresan. 2019. Typification of three names in Garcinia (Clusiaceae). Rheedea. Vol. 29(4): 01-115.
  5. Amit Kumar, Priyanka Mishra, Vereena Rodrigues, Kuppusamy Baskaran, Ram S. Verma, Rajendra C. Padalia, Velusamy Sundaresan. 2019. Delineation of Ocimum gratissimum L. complex combining morphological, molecular and essential oils analysis. Industrial Crops & Products.
  6. Arun Prasanth R., Karun Wilson and Velusamy Sundaresan. 2019. Typification of three names in Garcinia (Clusiaceae). Rheedea. DOI :
  7. Trishna Chaturvedi, Ajay Kumar, Amit Kumar, Ram S. Verma, Rajendra C. Padalia, Velusamy Sundaresan, Amit Chauhan, Dharmendra Saikia, Ved R. Singh, Venkatesha KT. 2019. Chemical composition, genetic diversity, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant activities of camphor-basil (Ocimum kilimandscharicum Guerke). Industrial Crops & Products.
  8. Sisubalan Natarajan, Priyanka Mishra, Malayaman Vadivel, M. Ghouse Basha, Amit Kumar and Sundaresan Velusamy. 2019. ISSR Characterization and Quantification of Purpurin and Alizarin in Rubia cordifolia L. Populations from India. Biochemical Genetics.
  9. Ramesh Kumar Kushwaha, Sucheta Singh, Shiv Shanker Pandey, DK Venkata Rao, Dinesh A Nagegowda, Alok Kalra, Chikkarasanahalli Shivegowda Vivek Babu. 2019. Compatibility of Inherent Fungal Endophytes of Withania somnifera with Trichoderma viride and its Impact on Plant Growth and Withanolide Content. Journal Of Plant Growth Regulation.
  10. Anthati Mastan, Chikkarasanahalli Shivegowda Vivek Babu, Channayya Hiremath, Kalavagunta Venkata Naga Satya Srinivas, Arigari Niranjan Kumar & Jonnala Kotesh Kumar. Treatments with native Coleus forskohlii endophytes improve fitness and secondary metabolite production of some medicinal and aromatic plants. International Microbiology. 2019.


  1. Kumar S.R., Shilpashree H.B., Nagegowda, D.A. (2018) Terpene Moiety Enhancement by Overexpression of Geranyl(geranyl) Diphosphate Synthase and Geraniol Synthase Elevates Monomeric and Dimeric Monoterpene Indole Alkaloids in Transgenic Catharanthus roseus. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, 942.
  2. Mishra P, Shukla AK and Sundaresan V. 2018 Candidate DNA barcode tags combined with high resolution melting (BAR-HRM) curve analysis for authentication of Senna alexandrina mill. with validation in crude drugs. Frontiers in Plant Science 9:283. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00283.
  3. Harsh Singh, Alka Srivastava, Amit Kumar, Velusamy Sundaresan and Tariq Husain. 2018. Thalictrum nainitalense (Ranunculaceae), a new species from the Uttarakhand Himalaya, India. Folia Geobot.
  4. Renjitha Jalaja, Shyni G. Leela, Praveen K. Valmiki, Chettiyan Thodi F. Salfeena, Kizhakkan T. Ashitha, Venkata Rao D. Krishna Rao, Mangalam S. Nair, Raghu K. Gopalan, and Sasidhar B. Somappa. 2018. Discovery of Natural Product Derived Labdane Appended Triazoles as Potent Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitors. Acs Medicinal Chemistry Letters.


  1. Singh A.K., Kumar S.R., Dwivedi, V., Rai, A., Pal S., Shasany A.K., Nagegowda D.A. (2017). A WRKY transcription factor from Withania somnifera regulates triterpenoid withanolides accumulation and biotic stress tolerance through modulation of phytosterol and defense pathways. New Phytologist, 215: 1115-1131.
  2. Meena S, Rajeev Kumar S, Dwivedi V, Kumar Singh A, Chanotiya CS, Akhtar MQ, Kumar K, Kumar Shasany A, Nagegowda D.A. (2017). Transcriptomic insight into terpenoid and carbazole alkaloid biosynthesis, and functional characterization of two terpene synthases in curry tree (Murraya koenigii). Scientific Reports. 7:44126.
  3. Pal A., Yadav A., Singh AK., Rastogi S., Gupta MM., Verma R., Nagegowda D.A., Pal A., Shasany AK (2017) Nitrogen treatment enhances sterols and withaferin A through transcriptional activation of jasmonate pathway, WRKY transcription factors and biosynthesis genes in Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal. Protoplasma 254, 389-399.
  4. Mishra P, Kumar A, Nagireddy A, Shukla AK, Sundaresan V. 2017 Evaluation of single and multilocus DNA barcodes towards species delineation in complex tree genus Terminalia. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0182836. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182836.
  5. Kumar A, Rodrigues V, Mishra P, Baskaran K, Shukla AK, Shasany AK, Sundaresan V. 2017 ISSR-derived species-specific SCAR marker for rapid and accurate authentication of Ocimum tenuiflorum L. Planta Medica 84(2):117-22.
  6. Mishra P, Kumar A, Gokul S, Shukla AK, Ravikumar K, Slater A, Sundaresan V. 2017 Character-based DNA barcoding for authentication and conservation of IUCN Red listed threatened species of genus Decalepis (Apocynaceae). Scientific Reports 7:14910 DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-14887-8.
  7. R. S. Verma, N. Joshi, R. C. Padalia, P. Goswami, V. R. Singh, A.Chauhan, S. K. Verma, H. Iqbal, R. K. Verma, D. Chanda, V. Sundaresan, M. P. Darokar. 2017. Chemical composition and allelopathic, antibacterial, antifungal and in vitro acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activities of yarrow (Achillea millefolium L.) native to India. Industrial Crops & Products. DOI:
  8. S. Srivastava, A. Misra, P. Mishra, P. Shukla, M. Kumar, V. Sundaresan, K. S. Negi, P. K. Agrawal and A. K. S. Rawat. 2017. Molecular and chemotypic variability of forskolin in Coleus forskohlii Briq., a high value industrial crop collected from Western Himalayas (India). RSC


  1. Meena S., Kumar S.R., Venkata Rao D.K., Dwivedi V., Shilpashree H.B., Rastogi S., Shasany A.K., Nagegowda D.A. (2016) De novo sequencing and analysis of lemongrass transcriptome provide first insights into the essential oil biosynthesis of aromatic grasses. Frontiers in Plant Science 7:1129.
  2. Kumar A, Mishra P, Baskaran K, Shukla AK, Shasany AK, Sundaresan V. 2016 Higher efficiency of ISSR markers over plastid psbA-trnH region in resolving taxonomical status of genus Ocimum L. Ecology and Evolution 6:7671-82.
  3. Verma RS, Kumar A, Mishra P, Baskaran K, Padalia RC, Sundaresan V. 2016 Essential oil constituents of Alseodaphne semecarpifolia from Central Western Ghats, India. Chemistry of Natural Compounds 52:516-7.
  4. Mishra P, Kumar A, Rodrigues V, Shukla AK, Sundaresan V. 2016 Feasibility of nuclear ribosomal region ITS1 over ITS2 in barcoding taxonomically challenging genera of subtribe Cassiinae (Fabaceae) Peer J 4:e2638; DOI 10.7717/peerj.2638.
  5. Verma RS, Kumar A, Mishra P, Baskaran K, Padalia RC, Sundaresan V. 2016 Essential oil composition of four Ocimum spp. from the Peninsular India. Journal of Essential Oil Research 28:35-41.
  6. R. S. Verma, R. C. Padalia, D. Saikia, A. Chauhan, V. Krishna and V. Sundaresan. 2016. Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of the Essential Oils Isolated from the Herbage and Aqueous Distillates of two Thymus Species. Journal of Essential Oil Bearing Plants. 19 (4): 936 – 943.
  7. Seema Meena, Sarma R. Kumar, D. K. Venkata Rao, Varun Dwivedi, H. B. Shilpashree, Shubhra Rastogi, Ajit K. Shasany and Dinesh A. Nagegowda. 2016. De Novo Sequencing and Analysis of Lemongrass Transcriptome Provide First Insights into the Essential Oil Biosynthesis of Aromatic Grasses. Front. Plant Sci.


  1. Kumar K., Kumar S.R., Dwivedi V., Rai A., Shukla A.K., Shanker K., and Nagegowda D.A. (2015). Precursor feeding studies and molecular characterization of geraniol synthase establish the limiting role of geraniol in monoterpene indole alkaloid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus leaves. Plant Science, 239: 56–66.
  2. Singh A.K., Dwivedi V., Rai A., Pal S., Reddy S.G.E., Rao D.K.V., Shasany A.K., and Nagegowda D.A. (2015). Virus-induced gene silencing of Withania somnifera squalene synthase negatively regulates sterol and defence-related genes resulting in reduced withanolides and biotic stress tolerance. Plant Biotech. J. 13: 1287-1299.
  3. Mishra P, Kumar LD, Kumar A, Gokul S, Ravikumar K, Shukla AK, Sundaresan V. 2015 Population Dynamics and Conservation Implications of Decalepis arayalpathra (J. Joseph and V. Chandras.) Venter., a Steno Endemic Species of Western Ghats, India. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 176:1413–1430.
  4. Mishra P, Kumar A, Nagireddy A, Mani DN, Shukla AK, Tiwari R, Sundaresan V. 2015 DNA barcoding: an efficient tool to overcome authentication challenges in the herbal market. Plant Biotechnology Journal 14:8-21. DOI: 10.1111/pbi.12419.
  5. Anup Kumar Singh, Varun Dwivedi, Avanish Rai, Shaifali Pal, Sajjalavarahalli Gangireddy Eswara Reddy, Dodaghatta Krishnarao Venkata Rao, Ajit Kumar Shasany, Dinesh A Nagegowda. 2015. Virus-induced gene silencing of Withania somnifera squalene synthase negatively regulates sterol and defence-related genes resulting in reduced withanolides and biotic stress tolerance. Plant Biotechnology Journal.


  1. Liao P, Wang H, Hemmerlin A, Nagegowda DA, Bach TJ, Wang M, and Chye ML (2014). Past achievements, current status and future perspectives of studies on 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA synthase (HMGS) in the mevalonate (MVA) pathway. Plant Cell Rep 33:1005-22.
  2. Rastogi S., Meena S., Bhattacharya A., Ghosh S., Shukla R.K., Sangwan N.S., Lal R.K., Gupta M.M., Lavania U.C., Gupta V., Nagegowda D.A., and Shasany A.K.* (2014) De novo sequencing and comparative analysis of holy and sweet basil transcriptomes. BMC Genomics 15:588.
  3. Kumar A, Mishra P, Singh SC, Sundaresan V. (2014) Efficiency of ISSR and RAPD markers in genetic divergence analysis and conservation management of Justicia adhatoda L., a medicinal plant. Plant Systematics and Evolution 300:1409–20.
  4. Verma RS, Mishra P, Kumar A, Chauhan A, Padalia RC, Sundaresan V. (2014) Chemical composition of root aroma of Decalepis arayalpathra (J. Joseph and V. Chandras.) Venter, an endemic and endangered ethnomedicinal plant from Western Ghats, India. Natural Product Research 28:1202-05. DOI:10.1080/14786419.2014.918127.
  5. R.C. Padalia, A. Chauhan, R.S. Verma, M. Bisht, S. Thul and V. Sundaresan. 2014. Variability in Rhizome Volatile Constituents of Acorus calamus L. from Western Himalaya. TEOP. 17(1): 32 – 41.


  1. Rastogi S., Kumar R., Chanotiya C.C., Shanker K., Gupta M.M., Nagegowda D.A., and Shasany A.K. (2013) 4-Coumarate: CoA ligase partitions metabolites for eugenol biosynthesis. Plant and Cell Physiology 54:1238-52.
  2. Rai A, Smitha SS, Singh AK, Shanker K, Nagegowda DA (2013) Heteromeric and homomeric geranyl diphosphate synthases from Catharanthus roseus and their involvement in monoterpene indole alkaloid biosynthesis. Molecular Plant, 6:1531-49.
  3. Gutensohn M., Nagegowda D.A., and Dudareva N. (2013) Involvement of compartmentalization in monoterpene and sesquiterpene biosynthesis in plants. In: Isoprenoid synthesis in plants and microorganisms; New concepts and experimental approaches. TJ Bach and M. Rohmer (Eds.). Springer - Plant Sciences. Chapter 11, pp. 155-169.
  4. R. C. Padalia, R. S. Verma, V. Sundaresan, A. Chauhan, C. S. Chanotiya and A. Yadav. 2013. Volatile terpenoid compositions of leaf and rhizome of Curcuma amada Roxb. from Northern India. Journal of Essential Oil Research. 25(1):17-22.
  5. R. S. Verma, R. C. Padalia, A. Chauhan and V. Sundaresan. 2013. Essential oil composition of Sphagneticola trilobata (L.) Pruski from India. Journal of Essential Oil Research. 26(1):29-33.
  6. R. C. Padalia, R. S. Verma, A. Chauhan, V. Sundaresan and C. S. Chanotiya. 2013. Essential oil composition of sixteen elite cultivars of Mentha from western Himalayan region, India. Maejo Int. J. Sci. Technol. 7(1): 83-93.
  7. R. S. Verma, A. Chauhan, R. C. Padalia, S. K. Jat, S. Thul, and V. Sundaresan. 2013. Phytochemical Diversity of Murraya koenigii (L.) Spreng. from Western Himalaya. Chemistry & Biodiversity. 10: 628-641.
  8. R. Rajasekharan, Vivek Babu, and Venkata Rao 2013. Process for production of meroterpenoid insecticide thereof Us Patent - No. 8,383,128 (granted)


  1. Klempien A, Kaminaga Y, Qualley A, Nagegowda DA, Widhalm JR, Orlova I, Shasany AK, Taguchi G, Kish CM, Cooper BR, D'Auria JC, Rhodes D, Pichersky E, Dudareva N (2012) Contribution of CoA Ligases to Benzenoid Biosynthesis in Petunia Flowers. Plant Cell, 24: 2015-30.
  2. Wang H, Nagegowda D.A., Rawat R., Bouvier-Navé P., Guo D., Bach T.J., and Chye M.L. (2012). Overexpression of Brassica juncea wild-type and mutant HMG-CoA synthase 1 in Arabidopsis up-regulates genes in sterol biosynthesis and enhances sterol production and stress tolerance. Plant Biotech J. 10: 31-42.
  3. P. Vijayraj, C. B. Jashal, A. Vijayakumar, Sapa hima rani, D.K. Venkata Rao and R. Rajasekharan 2012. A Bifunctional Enzyme That Has Both Monoacylglycerol Acyltransferase and Acyl Hydrolase Activities. Plant Physiology 160, 667-683.

Awards for CRC-B Scientists :

  • DBT Ramalingaswami Fellowship 2008-2013 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • CSIR-CIMAP Annual Day Award for Outstanding Publication, 2014 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • NASI-SCOPUS Young Scientist Award 2014 (Finalist) (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • CSIR-CIMAP Annual Day Award for Outstanding Publication, 2015 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • CSIR-CIMAP Annual Day Award for Outstanding Publication, 2016 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • CSIR Raman Research Fellowship, 2016-2017 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • JNCASR Visiting Fellowship (Dr. D.K. Venkata Rao)
  • CSIR-CIMAP Annual Day Award for Outstanding Publication among Centres, 2017 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • CSIR-CIMAP Annual Day Award for Outstanding Publication, 2018 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • IUSSTF Indo-US GETin Overseas Fellowship, 2018-2019 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • CSIR Raman Research Fellowship, 2019-2020 (Dr. V. Sundaresan)

Recognitions for CRC-B Scientists:

  • Associate Editor: J. Hort. Sci. & Biotech. (UK) 2008-2013 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • Invited speaker: 4th Asian Symposium on Plant Lipids, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2011.
  • Task Force member: CSIR-TKDL since 2015 (Dr. V. Sundaresan)
  • Invited speaker: 4th International Plant Physiology Congress”, Lucknow, 2018 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • Reviewer of scientific grants for US-Israel Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD), Israel
  • Editorial Board Member: Scientific Reports (Nature) since 2019 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • Editorial Board Member: PLOS One since 2019 (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • DST-Advisory Committee Member: Orchid Research & Development Centre (ORDC) and Ethno Medicinal Research Centre (EMRC) at FEEDS, Hengbung, Manipur since 2020 (Dr. V. Sundaresan)
  • Outside Expert: IBSC of ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru (2020-2023). (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)
  • DBT nominee: IBSC of Monsanto Holdings Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru (2020-2023). (Dr. Dinesh Nagegowda)

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