Harnessing the plant and soil microbiome for sustainable agriculture
Microbiome is referred to as a “second genome” of the host, particularly with regard to plant associated microbes that are significantly involved in the alleviation of abiotic stress and enhancing yield. Currently the research group is exploring the microbiome profiling of naturally saline-tolerant Kagga and Pokkali rice varieties and traditional and improved finger millet varieties for constructing smart bioinoculants to enhance crop productivity in coastal regions.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.