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Key achievements

 

The research work on the development of salinity tolerant crop varieties has been well recognized at national and international fora. The Biotechnology group is co-coordinating and operates in partnership with National and International Institutions. The group is part of National Network programmes on Bioprospecting, Biofortification, Climate Change, Microbial Diversity and Genetic Literacy. The Genome Club model was adopted by the Government of India as a National Programme and renamed to DNA Club. The group have published more than 150 peer-reviewed research papers in National and International Journals and presented papers in International Conferences and Symposia. The group has two international patents. Over 50 research students of the group have received their Ph.D. degrees. The group has achieved significant leads and has generated material, some of which are listed below

Isolated and characterized a number of promising genes, and promoters with implications on abiotic stress tolerance in local rice varieties from genes isolated and characterized from donor species. Transgenic rice varieties showing improved tolerance to salinity and drought has been developed.

To increase the micro-nutrient content in rice, the group isolated the ferritin gene from a mangrove species, and actively screens traditional rice germplasm for high Zinc content.

 Molecular mapping and diversity analysis of mangroves, millets, rice varieties, VignaCajanus and Pandanus species for the assessment of genetic diversity and provides useful information for species identification, genetic relationships, parent selection, germplasm management and conservation.

Bacterial diversity assessment from the mangroves and coastal soils has demonstrated the presence of many novel bacterial species with ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen and phosphate solubilizing bacteria. These bacterial species play an important role in maintaining soil nutrient status and improving nutrient availability

Isolated and characterized a number of potential compounds including novel structures from lichen cultures and mangrove, RET and medicinal plants and identified potential molecules against cancer and tuberculosis in partnership with national Institutes.

Standardized mass propagation protocols for a numb