School of Basic and Applied Sciences

Centre for Plant Sciences

The Centre for Plant Sciences started to function as a part of the Centre for Biosciences in 2009 and as an independent Centre from 2015. It aims to achieve excellence in research and teaching in the areas at the interface of basic and applied plant sciences. Five independent research groups combine to give a total of ~23 Ph.D., ~36 postgraduate and ~3 technical staff. The CPS provides excellent research and training opportunities for Ph.D. and postgraduate students. Currently, research in the Centre is focused on Plant Cell and Tissue Culture, Plant Microbes Interactions, Molecular Stress Physiology, Plant and Algal Biodiversity, Floristic Diversity of Antarctica, Anticancer compounds from algae and fungi, Genetics and Applied Genomics, and Metabolic Engineering. The CPS is committed to expand its range of activities in coming days. In a short span of its existence, the centre has obtained grants of over 2.4 crores from National funding agencies.
The CPS has well equipped laboratories with plant growth chamber, culture room, growth rooms for designing wide range of experiments. The Centre offers an excellent research environment in both fundamental and applied aspects of plant molecular sciences.

Faculty

  1. Dr. Sanjeev K. Thakur (Associate Professor & COC)
  2. Dr. Felix Bast (Assistant Professor)
  3. Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj (Assistant Professor)
  4. Dr. Vinay Kumar (Assistant Professor)
  5. Dr. Krishna Kumar Choudhary (Assistant Professor)

Visiting Faculty

  1. Dr. Rakesh Minocha, USDA-Forest Servicees
  2. Dr. R.N. Chibbar, University of Saskatchewan Canada 

Academic Programmes Offered

The Centre for Plant Sciences offers the following programmes:

  • M.Sc. Life Sciences with specialization in Plant Sciences
  • Ph.D. Life Sciences with specialization in Plant Sciences

It also participates in the following programmes:

  • Ph.D. program in Biosciences

Syllabi

Research Highlights

  • Assessing the effect climate change in Himalayan tree species Rhododendron
  • Deciphering out the molecular mechanism in wheat to tolerate salt stress
  • Elucidation of mechanism of thermo-tolerance in crops
  • Elucidation of regulatory gene network for chilling requirement for flowering in Himalayan Rhododendron
  • Functional characterization of genes for manipulations of secondary metabolites in plants
  • Extensive molecular phylogenetics-based survey of floral diversity of Larsemann Hills, and Schirmarcher Oasis, East Antarctica
  • dbIndAlgae-an open access online database of the algae from Indian Subcontinent and regions surrounding Indian Antarctic Stations Bharati and Maitri
  • Discovery of two new species of marine endemic bloom-forming algae from the Indian Coast
  • Plant growth promoting metal resistant bacteria and their role in phytoremediation, agriculture and biofuels
  • Plant tissue culture in preserving endangered plant species
  • Rewiring the active gene networks in hyper-accumulator plants
  • Role of plant natural compounds as anti-cancer agents

Laboratory Facilities

Centre for Plant Sciences equipped with state-of-the-art scientific laboratories. The common facilities include Confocal Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope, and Automated DNA Sequencer.

Selected Publications (2014-2015)

  1. Anand, S.S., Thakur, S., Gargi, M., Choudhary, S., Bhardwaj, P. (2017). Development and characterization of genomic microsatellite markers in Prosopis cinerariaCurrent Plant Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.cpb.2017.03.001.
  2. Garg, R., Singh, V., Mohan, R., Kumar, V., Jain, M. (2017). Global transcriptome and co-expression network analyses reveal cultivar-specific molecular signatures associated with seed development and seed size/weight determination in chickpea. The Plant Journaldoi: 10.1111/tpj.13621.
  3. Gill, B.S. and Kumar, S. (2017) Ganoderic acid Modulating TNF and its Receptors: in silico and in vitro study. Medicinal Chemistry Research.  DOI: 10.1007/s00044-017-1856-3
  4. Joshi, R., Rana, A., Kumar, V., Kumar, D., Padwad, Y.S., Yadav, S.K., Gulati, A. (2017). Anthocyanin enriched purple tea exhibits antioxidants, immuno-stimulatory and anticancer activities. Journal of Food Science & Technologydoi: 10.1007/s13197-017-2631-7.
  5. Kumar V, Yadav S. K. (2017). Transgenic tobacco overexpressing dihydroflavonol reductase and anthocyanidin reductaseshowed improved flavan-3-ols contents and tolerance against biotic and abiotic stress conditions. 3Biotech 7, 1-14.
  6. Bast, F., John, A.A. and Bhushan, S. (2016). Molecular assessment of invasive Carrageenophyte Kappaphycus alvarezii from India based on ITS-1. Webbia- Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography. 71 (2) 287-292
  7. Bast, F., John, A.A. and Bhushan, S. (2016). New record of Sargassum zhangii (Sargassaceae, Fucales) in India based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA barcodes. Webbia- Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00837792.2016.1221188
  8. Bhushan, S., Mehra, R., Rani, P. and Bast, F. (2016) "DbIndAlgae: Online resource of Seaweeds of Indian coasts". Current Science. 111 (4):717-723
  9. Bast, F. (2016) Primary succession recapitulates phylogeny. Journal of Phylogenetics and Evolutionary Biology, 4 (1).
  10. Bast, F. (2016). Left-Right Political Spectrum and the Human Gene Pool. Journal of Phylogenetics and Evolutionary Biology, 4(2).
  11. Gargi, M., Thakur, S., Anand, S.S., Choudhary, S., Bhardwaj, P.  (2016). Development and characterization of genomic microsatellite markers in Tinospora cordifoliaJournal of Genetics . DOI 10.1007/s12041-017-0777-8
  12. Gill, B.S. and Kumar, S.  (2016). Ganoderic acid targeting multiple receptors in cancer: In silico and in vitro study. Tumour Biology.DOI: 10.1007/s13277-016-5291-8
  13. Gill, B.S., Kumar, S.  and Navgeet (2016) Ganoderic Acid A Targeting β-Catenin in Wnt Signaling Pathway: In Silico and In Vitro Study. Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s12539-016-0182-7
  14. Gill, B.S., Sharma, P., Navgeet, and Kumar, S. (2016). Chemical composition, antiproliferative, antioxidant and proapoptotic effects of fruiting bodies extracts of Ganoderma lucidum. International Journal of Medicinal Mashrooms. 8 (7) 599-607
  15. Kuara, A., Vehniwal, B., Rani, M., Sidhu, J., Moudgil, L., Sharma, P., Kumar, S., Saini, G.S.S, Tripathi, S., Gogia, G. (2016). Identifying the Preferred Interaction Mode of Naringin with Gold Nanoparticles through Experimental, DFT and TDDFT Techniques: Insights into their Sensing and Biological Applications. RSC Advances. 6, 79470–79484
  16. Singh, P., Singh,S.R., Rani, A and Bast, F. (2016). Homology modeling of chemokine CCR7, molecular docking, and in vitro studies evidenced plausible immunotherapeutic anticancer natural compounds. Medicinal Chemistry Research (2016) 25: 2410. doi:10.1007/s00044-016-1647-2
  17. Thakur, S., Choudhary, S., Singh, A., Ahmad, K., Sharma, G., Majeed, A., Bhardwaj, P. (2016). Genetic diversity and population structure of Melia azedarach in North-Western Plains of India. Trees- Structure and Function, 30:1483–1494.
  18. Gill, B.S., and Kumar, S. (2015). Differential Algorithms assisted Molecular Modelling based Identification of Mechanistic Binding of Ganoderic Acids. Medicinal Chemistry Research doi: 10.1007/s00044-015-1405-x.

Book Chapters

  1. Choudhary, K.K, and Agrawal,  S.B. (2017). Effect of UV-B radiation on leguminous plants. In: E. Lichtfouse (Ed.) Sustainable Agricultural Reviews (pp. 115-162). Springer, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
  2. Choudhary, K.K., Chaudhary, N., Agrawal, S.B.,  Agrawal, M. (2017). Reactive oxygen species: generation, damage and quenching in plants during stress. In V. P. Singh, S. Singh, D. K. Tripathi, S. M. Prasad, D. K. Chauhan (Eds.) Revisiting the Role of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in Plants: ROS Boon or Bane for Plants? (pp. 85-115). John Wiley & Sons Limited, Chichester, West Sussex, UK.
  3. Rehman, W.U., Majeed, A., Mehra, R., Bhushan, S., Rani, P., Saini, K.C., Bast, F. (2016). Gelatin: A comprehensive report covering its indispensable aspects. In: Natural Polymers: Derivatives, Blends and Composites, Edition: Volume I, Chapter: 10, Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Editors: Saiqa Ikram and Shakeel Ahmed, pp.209-222
  4. Rehman, W.U., Majeed, A., Rani, P., Saini, K.C., Najar, R., Mehra, R., Singh, A., Bast, F. (2016). Carrageenan based hydrogels and composites: A systematic investigation reporting their multidimentional essence. In: Natural Polymers: Derivatives, Blends and Composites, Edition: Volume I, Chapter: 3, Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Editors: Saiqa Ikram and Shakeel Ahmed, pp.65-80.
  5. Yadav, R., Juneja, S., Singh, P. and Kumar, S. (2017). Drought and Heat Tolerance in Chickpea: Transcriptome and Morpho-Physiological Changes Under Individual and Combined Stress. In: Plant Tolerance To Individual And Concurrent Stresses' Ed. Senthil-Kumar Muthappa. 91-109 Springer, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

Papers Presented in Seminars/Conferences/Symposia/Workshops

  1. Bhardwaj, P., Chuadhary, S. Thakur, S. (2017). Transcriptome Characterization of Himalayan Rhododendron arboreum. Young Investigators Meet, India Biosciences, Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt of India, 6th- 9th March Goa.
  2. Bast, F. "SRFP, DST-INSPIRE IFA, MEXT, ISEA and RTF-DCS". DST-CII sponsored workshop on Outreach Workshop on Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research, 3rd May 2017. "SRFP, DST-INSPIRE IFA, MEXT, ISEA and RTF-DCS," CUPB, Bathinda  
  3. Bast, F. Delivered an oral presentationon “Phylogenetic systematics and diversity of Seaweeds from Indian Coast” in International Seaweed Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark on 19-24 July, 2016
  4. Bast, F. Delivered invited talk on “Taxonomic synonymy of Grateloupia corticata and Gracilaria folifera based on DNA phylogeny” at ICAAB-2016, VIT university, Vellore, Tamil Nadu on 10/8/2016
  5. Bast, F. Delivered an oral presentationon “DNA barcoding of mangrove plants in Sundarban Delta, West Bengal and Payyanur, Kerala reveals hidden biodiversity” in “New Vistas in Plant and Microbial Sciences”, Jammu University on 12thMarch, 2016
  6. Bast, F. Delivered an oral presentationon “DNA barcoding of mangrove plants in Sundarban Delta, West Bengal and Payyanur, Kerala reveals hidden biodiversity” in “New Vistas in Plant and Microbial Sciences”, Jammu University on 12thMarch, 2016
  7. Bast, F. (2016). Subgroup structure of Indian Languages revealed using computational linguistics” In: International Conference of Linguistic Society of India, IIT-Guwahati from 10-12 Nov, 2016
  8. Bast, F. (2016). Phylogenetic systematics and diversity of Seaweeds from Indian Coast” in International Seaweed Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark on 19-24 July, 2016

List of the Research Projects Operational in the Centre

  1. Dr. Felix Bast, Chemical and phylogenetic diversity of seaweeds in Indian sub-continent. Funding agency: Department of Science Technology; Sanctioned amount: 35 Lacs (INR).
  2. Dr. Felix Bast, Phylogenetic selection of target taxa for anti- proliferative and anti-metastatic marine natural products from seaweeds of Indian coast. Funding agency: Ministry of Earth Sciences, Sanctioned amount: 40 Lacs (INR)
  3. Dr. Felix Bast, Tracing evolutionary heritage of Indian languages using computational phylogenetics. Funding agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research, Sanctioned amount: 07 Lacs (INR).
  4. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Identification and characterization of stress proteins and related Heat Shock Factors; assessment of up/down-regulated stress genes in preconditioned chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Funding agency: Central University of Punjab, Sanctioned amount: 03 Lacs (INR).
  5. Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj, Transcriptomic investigations of active gene networks in hyper-accumulator plant species in response to heavy metal toxicity. Funding agency: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Sanctioned amount: 20 Lacs.
  6. Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj, Genetic diversity assessment of highly endangered species Taxus wallichiana and Ulmus wallichiana by DNA markers and geospatial technologies for effective conservation strategies. Funding Agency: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Sanctioned Amount: 35 Lacs.
  7. Dr. Krishna Kumar Choudhary, Response of Tropical mung bean (Vigna radiata L.) cultivars to foliar spray of ascorbic acid against salinity stress. Funding agency: Central University of Punjab, Sanctioned amount: 03 Lacs (INR).
  8. Dr. Vinay Kumar, “Deep Sequencing for Identification and Differential Expression Analysis of Reproductive Organ(s) Enriched transcripts after Fertilization in Chickpea” Funding agency: UGC-Start Up Research Grant, Amount 10 lakhs (INR)

List of the Projects Completed

  1. Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj, Analyses of genetic variations and structure of Rhododendron, a rare and endangered tree species in Western Himalayas. Funding agency: University of Grant Commission, Sanctioned amount: 06 Lacs (INR).
  2. Dr. Felix Bast, Sequence-based DNA barcoding, Phylogeography and Conservation Genetics of selected Medicinal Plants from Indian Subcontinent. Funding agency: Central University of Punjab, 03 Lacs (INR).
  3. Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj, Analyses of genetic variations and structure of Rhododendron, a rare and endangered tree species in Western Himalayas. Funding agency: Department of Science Technology, Sanctioned amount: 17 Lacs (INR).
  4. Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj, Differential gene expression in response to ultra-low temperature in Rhododendron arboreum by whole genome transcriptome. Funding agency: Central University of Punjab, Sanctioned amount: 03 Lacs.
  5. Dr. Felix Bast, Genotoxicity detection in drinking water from Malwa region, Punjab. Funding agency: University of Grant Commission, Sanctioned amount: 06 Lacs (INR).
  6. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Investigating the mechanism associated with temperature stress tolerance imposed by non-lethal stress conditions; Understanding metabolic relationship between cold and draught x heat stress in chickpea (Cicer arietinumL.) Funding agency: University of Grant Commission, Sanctioned amount: 06 Lacs (INR).

Visits of the students of various institutes to CUPB and vice-versa

  1.  Bhushan, S. (2016). Phylogeny of Marine brown alga Sargassum  C. Agardh  with special stress on  Indian species  based on mitochondrial cox3 sequences"  in  9th  Asia Pacific Conference on Algal Biotechnology (APCAB)-  2016 held at Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Bhushan, S. (2016). Awarded DST-SERB and CICS foreign travel grant to attend academic conference  (APCAB-2016) at Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Mehra, R. 2016. Barcoding and Molecular Phylogeny of the Genus Caulerpa (J V Lamouroux) inferred from ITS rDNA, tufA, rbcL and rps markers" at Asia Pacific Conference on Algal Biotechnology held at Bangkok Thailand.
  4. Mehra, R. (2016). Received DBT-CTEP travel grant to attend the conference at Bangkok Thailand.
  5. Komal Mansotra and Anish Gupta, M.Sc. Students, participated in National Level Debate competition (Jammu University).

Foreign Students:

  1. Mrs. Odgerel Bumandalai, Researcher, Microbial Synthesis Laboratory,
    Institute of General and Experimental Biology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Mongolia is visiting the Centre in NAM S&T Centre Research Training Fellowship for Developing Country Scientists (RTF-DCS) (2016-17).

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