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IPPC-2015

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Abiotic stresses claim a major share of crop productivity. Our laboratory is actively engaged in understanding and improving stress response of plants (especially, high temperature, salinity and drought). We have identified several novel stress associated proteins (HSPs, SAPs) from rice cultivars using proteomics approach (Plant Molecular Biology 1995, 1998). We have performed analysis of several stress-related gene families in Arabidopsis and rice using bioinformatics tools (Plant Physiology 2006, 2007, BMC Genomics 2009). Our laboratory has contributed towards building national gene pools by depositing >1500 stress regulated ESTs from elite rice and Brassica species (Functional Integrative Genomics 2009). Some of these genes (cyclophilin and metallothionein) have proved to be useful "candidate genes" for raising transgenic crop plants for dry and saline lands (Molecular Biotechnology 2009, BMC Plant Biology 2012). Further, we have identified functional orthologs of salt overly sensitive (SOS) pathway members in rice and Brassica (Journal Plant Physiology 2009). For the first time, putative osmosensors from crop plants such as rice and Brassica have been identified and the osmosensing cascade has been dissected out (Patent 1896/DEL/2008). We have also generated an extremely valuable germplasm of rice mutants (cv IR64) by ?-irradiation and two salt tolerant 'gain-of-function' mutants (M7 generation) are being explored via systems biology approach for identification of key pathways governing their improved tolerance.

Further, we have identified functional orthologs of salt overly sensitive (SOS) pathway members in rice and Brassica (Journal Plant Physiology 2009). For the first time, putative osmosensors from crop plants such as rice and Brassica have been identified and the osmosensing cascade has been dissected out (Patent 1896/DEL/2008). We have also generated an extremely valuable germplasm of rice mutants (cv IR64) by ?-irradiation and two salt tolerant 'gain-of-function' mutants (M7 generation) are being explored via systems biology approach for identification of key pathways governing their improved tolerance.

Books edited by Prof. Ashwani Pareek:

Abiotic Stress Adaptation in Plants
Physiological, Molecular and Genomic Foundation (2010)
ISBN: 978-90-481-3111-2 (Print) 
978-90-481-3112-9 (Online)

http://link.springer.com/book/
Biotechnology in Medicine and Agriculture Principles and Practices (2012)
ISBN 10: 9381141401  ISBN 13: 9789381141403

http://www.amazon.in/Biotechnology-Medicine-Agriculture-Principles-Practice/

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