Research Group :  BIOTECHNOLOGY

  OBJECTIVES CURRENT RESEARCH PROGRAMME
  GROUP COMPOSITION WORK DONE SO FAR
  RESEARCH GRANTS  
     
  OBJECTIVES  
 
  • SUGARCANE

       Development of sugarcane genotypes/cultivars with traits like;

  • Frost tolerance
  • High cane yield
  • High sugar recovery
  • Early maturity
  • STEVIA
  • Media optimisation/standardization for callus, shoot and root induction
  • Propagation via in vitro and in vivo methods
  • Creation of genetic variability through in vitro mutagenesis in Stevia for the development of desirable genotypes with higher yield and steviosides content.
  GROUP COMPOSITION  
 
  1. Mr. Roshan Zamir, PS (Group Leader)
  2. Mr. Shahid Akbar Khalil, PS
  3. Dr. Syed Tariq Shah, SS
     
  CURRENT RESEARCH PROGRAMME  
 
  • Molecular characterization of sugarcane for genetic diversity
  • Guava improvement and molecular characterization for genetic diversity
  • Use of somaclonal variations and induced mutations for sugarcane improvement
  • Improvement of Stevia through induced mutations and in vitro culture techniques 
     
  WORK DONE SO FAR  
 
  • Developed an efficient micro-propagation protocol for elite sugarcane germplasm
  • Screened elite sugarcane germplasm for frost tolerance, higher yield and sugar contents
  • The high yielding and high brix content sugarcane line NIFA-1 was sent to NUYT for testing

in the National trials for varietal development

  • Developed an efficient and cost effective guava micro propagation protocol for guava
  • Produced hundreds of true to type guava plantlets
  • High frequency indirect plants regeneration protocol from leaf explants of Stevia was developed.
  • Seven mutant plants were selected on the basis of high Steviosides content, vigorous growth, higher number of leaves and branches
     
  RESEARCH GRANTS  
 
  1. Improvement of guava through induced mutation and in vitro culture techniques. Sponsored by IAEA.
  1. Screening of sugarcane (Saccharum Officinarum L.) germplasm and use of induced mutation for frost tolerance, high cane and sugar yield. Sponsored by ALP.
  2. Improvement of Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni) through induced mutations and in vitro somaclonal variations

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