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What we do

Molecular Biology

  • Transformation of PcHKT 1,5 into indica rice and evaluation of same for salinity tolerance
  • Study of salt tolerance mechanisms in halophytes like P. coarctata, Sesuvium portulacastrum, Suaeda nudiflora etc. and the effect of elevated CO2 levels on these species to understand plant responses to climate change
  • Transcriptome approach to identify genes involved in salinity and drought tolerance
  • Screening of traditional landraces in paddy from Odisha and Kerala for higher zinc and iron content

Bioprospecting

  • Secondary compounds for improving crop productivity through biosynthesis and purification of phytochemicals from lichen and plants
  • Isolation and characterization of genes involved in polyketide pathway of secondary compound rich lichen species for its expression in fungi
  • Establishing a Resource center for lichens

Microbiology

  • Bio monitoring and Enhancing soil fertility using bioinoculants and organic inputs for sustainable agriculture, especially in pulses and millets cultivated in different agro-climatic regions
  • Identifying niche specific microbial consortia for sustainable and eco-friendly agriculture and assessment for use by the communities
  • Mangrove microbial diversity assessment focusing on genes involved in nitrogen cycle
  • Bioremediation of grey water through constructed wetlands using integrated systems namely microbes, algae