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Basic research has been a major thrust area under Plant Biotechnology with special emphasis on signal transduction, root and floral differentiation, host pathogen interaction etc. Application of genomic tools to study both structural and functional genomics under the Solanaceae Genome Initiative. Thrust has also been on forestry, horticulture and plantation crops, fruits & vegetables including application of tissue culture for regeneration of high quality economically important plant species, their field demonstration, and validation of proven technology; germplasm characterization and their improvement of crops through molecular biology tools. Focus is also on major horticulture crops including apple with focus on, 1) Creating A genomics platform for Apple research in India and 2) Improvement of Apple through biotechnological interventions.
Studies are also supported on Forestry network focussing on Genetic improvement of Eucalyptus through mapping and tagging of QTL genes for two industrially important traits like adventious rooting capacity and wood property.
Under saffron network focus is on developing a tissue culture protocol for corm production of desired size, develop in vitro microplants for cormlet production and develop complete agro technology for use of cormlets of small size; characterization of microflora of rhizosphere associated with Saffron crop to develop consortia of beneficial microbes; for genetic improvement of Saffron and functional genomics approaches in understanding the regulation of synthesis and accumulation of appocarotenoids.
The proposals are accepted round the year through epromise online portal of the department and are considered by the task force usually held twice a year around June July and Dec-Jan
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Scientist `G’/ Adviser
Dr. Onkar N. Tiwari,
Scientist ‘E’ / Principal Scientific Officer (PSO)