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Research Group 1
Area: Sugarcane Improvement Through Transgenic Approach
Development of early shoot borer and internode borer resistance in sugarcane using Cry 1Aa3 gene.
Development of chloroplast transformation system in sugarcane.
Group Leader Dr. K. Harinath Babu, Senior Scientist
Research Group 2
Area: Genes and Promoter Discovery
Isolation of genes expressed differentially in sugarcane during water stress condition.
Isolation of genes expressed differentially in sugarcane during salinity stress.
Research Group 3
Area: DNA Marker Technology and Molecular Breeding
Molecular analysis of cytoplasmic genome diversity.
Induced mutagenesis: Selection for salinity tolerance and characterization of tolerant lines in sugarcane.
Developing molecular markers for sugar related traits and utilization of MAS for identification of high sucrose genetic stalk.
Group Leader Dr. R.M. Devarumath, Scientist

Completed Funding Projects
Name of the Project: Project proposal entitled ‘Development of chloroplast transformation system in sugarcane’
Funding Source: DBT, GOI, New Delhi
Duration: 3 years
Total Cost: INR 37.30 Lacs.
Name of the Project: Induced mutagenesis: Selection for Salinity tolerance and characterization tolerant lines in sugarcane
Funding Source: DAE-BRNS, BARC, Mumbai
Duration: 4 years
Total Cost: INR 17.21 Lacs.
Name of the Project: Development of plastid transformation system in sugarcane
Funding Source: DAAD Germany sandwich Model for Ph.D. student
Duration: 2 years
Total Cost: Student Fellowship.
Name of the Project: Development of diagnostic tool for Sugarcane grassy shoot disease and sequence associated with Phytoplasma genome
Funding Source: DBT, New Delhi
Duration: 4 years
Total Cost: INR 42.00 Lacs.

Project proposals submitted for funding/ sanction
Project proposal entitled ‘Nano-biolistic approach for combating chloroplast transformation in sugarcane: a nanoparticles based gene transfection strategy’ submitted to DBT, GOI, New Delhi for funding in collaboration with Agharkar Research Institute, Pune with an estimated cost of Rs.7.32 million for three years.
Project proposal entitled ‘Nanoparticles based gene transfection strategy: Nano-biolistic approach for combating abiotic stress in sugarcane’ submitted to DST, GOI, New Delhi for funding in collaboration with Agharkar Research Institute, Pune with an estimated cost of Rs. 7.18 million for three years.

Scientists and Research Fellows Visits to Abroad for Research
Dr Prashant G. Kawar, Scientist, has been awarded DBT-CREST fellowship by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), GOI for the year 2011-12. He has worked at Department of Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre (JIC), Norwich, UK to work on the project entitled 'Development of health-promoting flavonoids enriched tomato' for one year from October, 2012. In this project he got trained on cutting edge technologies such as ChIP-seq, Silencing VIGs and MS-Spec.
Ms. Madhuri C. Pagaria attended the Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) XVIII Conference held at San Diego, California, USA, and presented the paper entitled ‘Transcriptomic identification of candidate genes involved in sugarcane responses to salt stress based on cDNA - SSH analysis’ during 09-13 January 2010 (P04).
Ms. Gauri Nerkar, who was working as Senior Research Fellow in MB & GE has been awarded DAAD fellowship (under Indo-German joint collaborations sandwich program for a period of one and half year starting from July 2010. She is working on the topic, Development of Chloroplast transformation system in sugarcane in Dr. Ralph Bock, Director, Molecular Plant Physiology, Max Planck Institute (MPI), Germany laboratory.
Dr. Prashant G. Kawar attended the IX Plant Pathology and VI Molecular biology, Cali, Colombia, South America, and presented paper entitled ‘Isolation of expressed DNA fragments from the uncultured sugarcane grassy shoot phytoplasma associated with sugarcane grassy shoot (SCGS) disease by arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction (AP-PCR)’ during 23-27 June 2008.
Dr. K. Harinath Babu along with Mr.Shivajirao Deshmukh, Director General, VSI attended International Consortium for Sugarcane Biotechnology (ICSB) annual meeting and International conference on ‘Tropical Crop Biotechnology’ at Cairns, Australia during August 13-20, 2006
Dr. K. Harinath Babu visited Key Laboratory of Eco-Physiology & Genetic improvement for sugarcane, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou  R.P. China   And  State Key Laboratory of Tropical Crop Biotechnology, Institute of Tropical Biotechnology, Haikou. R. P. China for learning the techniques involved in genetic transformation in sugarcane doing in their laboratory during 13 to 24th 2005
Dr. K. Harinath Babu visited CIRAD, Montpellier, France to interact with Dr. Angelica D’Hont about the ICSB project during July 15-16, 2003.
Dr. K. Harinath Babu and Dr. Prakash Nijsure trained at Syngenta Biotechnology Inc., RTP, Raleigh,  North  Carolina State, US during 12th November to 02nd December 2001.

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