• Manipal School of Life Sciences,
    Near Planetarium Complex,
    Manipal University, Manipal - PIN 576104,
    Karnataka State


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Research Interests

In vitro, laser & nanoparticle-assisted breeding, plant-microbe interactions, cellular agriculture and plant disease diagnosis

Intellectual Property

1. In vitro production of bioactive compounds                        

2. Unravelling plant-microbe interactions for better resistance/tolerance   

3. Identificaion of unique species specific metabolites for Chemotaxonomy or Metabolomics


1. 21 years of teaching for UG and PG programs    

2. 27 years of research on Plant Science and Biotechnology

Research interests

Have 27 years of experience in vitro breeding for improved agronomic traits. Current research focused on laser & nanoparticle-assisted breeding, plant-microbe interactions, cellular agriculture, plant disease diagnosis, characterization of brown algal compounds for growth hormone-like activity and metabolomics and molecular aspects fruit development    

      Awards and recognition                                                                             

  1. Kundapur Mohan and Lata Bhandarkars’ merit-cum-means Scholarship for PhD candidates in 2018 and 2017 for publication.
  2. First prize for our project model entitled “Lasers in Agriculture" in 2017 by Anveshan Student Research Convention, Association of Indian Universities. 
  3.  First prize for the Best Paper presentation in 2015 at YouthReady for "Climate Change Transformation” program organized by Indian Institute of Forest Management   
  4. Best Paper presentation award by Society for Applied Biotechnology during 22-23rd July 2011.     
  5. 2nd Prize at ISPP Zonal Conference at SBST, VIT University, Vellore, TN on 22nd October 2010.   
  6. Overseas Travel and Perdiem Award by CSIR and INSA for at 3rd International Cotton Genome Initiative [ICGI] Workshop held at Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China during 3-6th June 2002.
  7. CSIR -Research Associate (PDF) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – 110 067 (2003-2006)   
  8. CSIR-Senior Research Fellow (PDF): Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli – 620024. Tamil Nadu (2002-2003) 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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