Research Groups

Research Group 1

Area: Sugarcane Improvement Through Transgenic Approach

Area: Sugarcane Improvement Through Transgenic Approach
Project-1: Development of early shoot borer and internode borer resistance in sugarcane using Cry gene
Project-2: Development of water-deficit stress tolerant sugarcane using MYB gene
Project-3: Ectopic expression of Glycinebetaine accumulating genes for enhanced water deficit stress tolerance in sugarcane
Project-4: Chitosan nanoparticles as delivery carrier- systematic study of its effects on sugarcane
Group Leader: Dr. K. Harinath Babu, Senior Scientist

Research Group 2

Area: DNA Marker Technology and Molecular Breeding

Project-1: Germplasm Characterization and diversity Studies using DNA Markers
Project-2: Induced mutagenesis: Selection for salinity tolerance and characterization of tolerant lines in sugarcane
Project-3: 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

Outside Funded Projects


Name of the Project : National Certification system for Tissue Culture Plants (NCS-TCP) Accredited Test Laboratory (ATL)
Funding Source : NIPGR -DBT, New Delhi (Ongoing project)
Duration : 5 years (Oct 2021 to Sept. 2026)
Total Cost : INR 167.50 Lakh


Name of the Project : Accredited Test Laboratory (ATL) under National Certification system for Tissue Culture Plants (NCS-TCP)
Funding Source : BCIL-DBT, New Delhi
Duration : 6 years (March 2015 to Sept. 2021)
Total Cost : INR 72.00 Lakh

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 Lakh

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 Lakh
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 Lakh

Scientists and Research Fellows Visits to Abroad for Research

Scientists and Research Fellows Visits to Abroad for Research

Dr. R. M. Devarumath visited University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka during Nov 19-26, 2017 for examiner Viva-Voce for Ph.D. Thesis.

Dr. K. Harinath Babu attended meeting with M/s Ajinomoto Co., Inc. in Japan to explore the possibility of getting betA gene that was isolated and developed by them which confers drought tolerance in plants and collaborative research project with them for developing drought tolerant sugarcane lines using Indian varieties in India during January 10-15, 2016.

Dr. K. Harinath Babu visited Center for Development of Advanced Science and Technology (CDAST), Jember University and drought tolerant GM sugarcane developed by PTPN-XI, Indonesia during September 15-17, 2015.

Dr. R. M. Devarumath visited at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany, from July 25 to August 12, 2011 on the DAAD Sandwich model fellowship. Project entitled “Development of chloroplast transformation system in sugarcane” in collaboration with Dr. Ralph Bock

Dr. R. M. Devarumath awarded with Overseas Associateship for the specialized training of Young Scientist in niche areas of Biotechnology from Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for period of Oct. 2009 to June 2010. He worked on Application of Molecular markers in sugarcane at Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia

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.

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 June 23-27, 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 November 13-24, 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 November 12 to December 2, 2001.