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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. M. V. RAJAM, FNASc Professor, Department of Genetics University of Delhi - South Campus New Delhi - 110021
Phone: 011-24110866 Fax: 011-24112437 Mobile: 9818108515 Email: rajam.mv@gmail.com

Date of Birth & Age Total Research Experience Total Teaching Experience Fields of Specialization

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02-02-1955 ( 56 years ) 30 25 Years Years

RNAi; Plant Genetic Eng. (Transgenomics) Somatic Cell Genetics, Tissue Culture, Polyamine Res., Cytogenetics & Mutation Breed. RNAi; Plant Genetic Eng. and Tissue Culture, Genome Organization, Cytogenetics, Genetic Variation, Extranuclear Genetics, Plant Breeding 13 2 3 Indian Agencies (6 DBT, 3 DST, DRDO CSIR, ICAR & UGC) International Agencies (European Commission & Indo-French) Industrial Organization (Dabur Research Foundation, Ankur Seeds Ltd. & Monsanto India Ltd.) DBT (3); DST (1); DU-Bejo (1), SriBiotech (1)

Teaching Subjects/Topics

Total No. of Major Research : Projects Handled in the Fields of Plant Transgenomics & Biotechnology

Total No. of Major On-Going : Research Projects in the field of Plant Transgenomics

Evaluation work

Evaluated several Ph.D/M.Phil/M.Sc theses, and also Refereee for several International & National journals Several invited lecturers were given in various Refresher Courses/Workshops/Universities/ Institutions for University/College/School teachers 9 (USA, France, Italy, Spain, China,
The Netherlands, Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore)

Invited Lecturers

No. of Visits Abroad

No. of Symposia Organized Worshops/Refresher courses attended Research Guiding Experience: No. of Ph. Ds No. of M. Phils No. of M. Sc. Dissertations : : :

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6 Attended several training courses attended, including Indo-French training programmes

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Completed Working Completed Completed

No. of PDFs & Visiting Scientists: 22 No. of Trainees


(mainly summer trainees)

~125 : 6 4 2 National Organizations International Organizations Industrial Organizations

Research Collaborations

Scientific Publications (Numbers only):


Research Articles Book Chapters/Review Articles General/Popular articles Communicated papers Papers Prepared/Under-Prep. Text Book Chapters
(one unit and four chapters for 10+2 students of CBSE)

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70 34 3 4 6 5

Books Patents Papers/Invited Lecturers Presented at the Symposia/

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1 (Under-Prep.) 1 (Indian Patent); 3 Under Process 35 International 101 National


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Seminars/Conferences

Education & Professional Experience:


May 2006 Till date May 1998 2006 Feb. 1991 1998 Nov. 1987 1991 1994 (6 months) 1986 1987 1984 1985 Professor, Department of Genetics University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi Reader, Department of Genetics University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi Senior Lecturer, Department of Genetics University of Delhi South Campus Lecturer, Department of Genetics, University of Delhi South Campus DBT National Associate, ICGEB, New Delhi Pool Officer (CSIR), Department of Botany, Kakatiya University, Warangal, AP Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, Kline Biology Tower, Yale University, New Havan, USA. Also, worked at the Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA for couple of months as a Visiting Research Associate on a Collaborative Project Postdoctoral Fellow (CSIR), Department of Botany, Kakatiya University, Warangal Part-Time Lecturer (Honorary), Arts & Sci. College and Univ. College, Kakatiya University, Waranagal Ph. D (Botany Plant Genetics & Cytogenetics; Thesis Title: Mutagenic Studies on Certain Varieties of Chilli (Capsicum annuum L.), Kakatiya University, Warangal M. Sc (Botany Specialization in Genetics & Cytogenetics; 69.75% marks and Univ. 4th Rank among 33 students), Kakatiya University, Warangal B. Sc (Botany, Zoology & Chemistry; 60.88% marks), Arts & Sci. College (Osmania University), Warangal

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Achievements in the Areas of Plant Transgenomics, Tissue Culture, Polyamine and Mutation Breeding Research:
Developed novel strategries based on RNA interference for the control of insect pests and fungal pathogens in transgenic crops Co-Inventor of an entirely new method for the control of fungal plant infections through selective inhibition of fungal polyamine biosynthesis (Rajam MV, Weinstein LH & Galston AW. 1985, PNAS, 82: 6874-6878) Co-Inventor of a new method for effective control of viral infections of tomato by expressing artificial microRNAs (with Dr. Sunil K. Mukherjee, ICGEB) Demonstrated, for the first time, the enhancement of Vir genes induction and T-DNA transfer in Agrobacterium by polyamines 3

Developed different kinds of transgenic rice and eggplants for biotic and abiotic stress tolerance by introducing various genes associated with stress tolerance (seeking permission from DBT for contained open field trials) Developed marker-free transgenic tomato for abiotic stress tolerance using mtlD gene Developed transgenic tomatoes for delayed ripening by over-expression of polyamine biosynthesis genes during fruit development Demonstrated, for the first time, the involvement of polyamine biosynthesis gene (samdc) and mannitol synthesis gene (mtlD) in conferring biotic (fungal pathogens) stress tolerance in transgenic plants Developed a simple and efficient Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation for indica rice, eggplant and tomato with improved plant regeneration from the transformed tissues Developed, for the first time, an efficient genetic transformation for a single cell alga, Chlamydomonas by Agrobacterium tumefaciens Contributed significantly to the advancement of the role of polyamines in plant cellular processes, including stress tolerance in transgenic plants, restoration of plant regeneration in long-term callus cultures of indica rice, improvement of plant regeneration through somatic embryogenesis and organogenesis and disease resistance Developed efficient plant regeneration procedures for indica rice, eggplants, tomato and red pepper Developed several agronomically important mutants in red pepper through mutation breeding

Current Research in the Area of Plant Transgenomics:


RNAi-based strategies for the control of insect pests and diseases in tomato, brinjal, cauliflower, okra and cotton. Gene Pyramiding in Marker-Free Transgenic Crops (Rice, Eggplants & Tomato) for Enhanced Tolerance to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses by Introducing Various Genes Involved in Stress Tolerance Development of Transgenic Tomato for Delayed Fruit Ripening and Longer Shelf Life through Over-Expression of Polyamine Biosynthesis Genes under the Control of FruitSpecific Promoter (2A11) Transgenic Manipulation of Polyamine Metabolism and Its Implications in Various Plant Developmental Processes, including Pollen Development. Development of Transgenic Rice for Resistance against Tungro Virus using Coat-Protein and other Genes of RTBV and RTSV (in collaboration with Dr. Indranil Dasgupta, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, UDSC) Antisense RNA/RNAi-mediated suppression of fungal ornithine decarboxylase gene in transgenic eggplants for prevention of funal plant diseases Cloning of Polyamine Biosynthesis Genes from Chlamydomonas

Awards/Distinctions:
Fellow of The National Academy of Sciences, India (Allahabad) The Rockefeller Foundation Biotech Career Fellowship - 1998

Department of Biotechnology National Associateship - 1994 National Scholarship for Study Abroad (Govt. of India) - 1984 Special Award in Research, Rotary International Club of Hyderabad - 1985 Award of CSIR JRF (1979-81), SRF (1981-83), PDF (1983) & Pool Officership (1986-87) Member of the Special Committee of the School of Life Sciences, JNU Member of Senior Selection Committees for appointments of Scientists as well as Asst. Professors Member of Advisory Board, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore Member, Advisory Board for M. Sc. Biotechnology course, Kakatiya University Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Sri Biotech., Hyderabad Member (DBT nominee), IBSC, ICGEB, New Delhi Editor, Plant Cell Biotech. Mol. Biol. Editorial Board member, Indian J. Biotechnol. Associate Editor, BMC Biotechnol. (UK) Associate Editor, Physiol. Mol. Biol. Plants (Springer) Consultant Editor, Indian J. Plant Physiol. Referee for number of Foreign and Indian scientific journals like Physiol. Plant., Sci. Hort., New Phytol., J. Biosci., Curr. Sci., J. Plant Biol., Indian J. Plant Physiol., Indian J. Exp. Biol., Indian J. Biochem. Biotechnol., Physiol. Mol. Biol. Plants, Plant Cell Biotech. Mol. Biol., & Indian J. Biotech. Chaired/Co-Chaired sessions in several national symposia and seminars, and SOL2009 international conference. International Supervisor for Ph.D student (Ms. Chezlyn) at the Durban University, Durban, Africa Involved in the preparation of biotechnology course syllabus for 10+2 students of CBSE Elected Member, Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology Association (India) since 1995 and life member of many other learned societies like Indian Science Congress and Indian Society for Cell Biology. Delivered three lectures on Gyanadharshan T.V. Channel on Plant Biotechnology Delivered a talk on Plants of Tomorrow in All India Radio (Overseas Programme)

Teaching Activity:
Plant Genetic Engineering and Tissue Culture M.Sc. Final Genetics, Taught each year. Earlier, I taught Plant Breeding for about 15 years Concepts of Genetics M.Sc. Previous Genetics, Taught each year (Course is shared by three faculty and I teach Mutagenesis and Extranuclear Genetics) Cytogenetics and Genomics M.Sc. Previous Genetics, Taught each year (Course is shared by four faculty and I teach Genome Organization in Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes as well as Organelles, Sex Determination in Plants) Cell Biology and Genetics M.Sc. previous Environmental Biology, This course was taught for about eight years along with couple of my colleagues I taught mutagenesis, plant tissue culture, genetic engineering and plant breeding)

Invited Lectures Delivered in Refresher Courses/ Workshops/Universities/Institutions/Conferences:


Several lectures were delivered in refresher courses and workshops held at the places like Malacca, Malaysia (in Rice Biotech Conf.) ICGEB, IARI, Osmania University, University of Hydrabad, Kakatiya University and Jai Narain Vyas University, Besides, guest lectures were given for M.Sc. students at several Universities like Universite de Paris Sud XI, Orsay, France, B.H.U. and Kakatia University. Several invited talks were given

in many International and National Seminars/Symposia/Conferences. Several lectures were also given in the orientation programmes for University/College and Senior Secondary School Teachers in Delhi and other places.

Research Support:
On-going:
1. Department of Biotechnology Genetic Engineering of Tomato for Fungal Resistance Through RNAi - mediated Suppression of Fungal Ornithine Decarboxylase Gene, Aug. 2008 Aug. 2011, (PI : Rajam MV) Department of Biotechnology Silencing of Vital Genes (Acetylcholinesterase, ornithine decarboxylase and chitin synthase) of Cotton Bollworm by Plant-mediated RNAi for developing Insect Resistant Transgenic Cotton, Feb. 2009 Feb. 2012, (PI : Rajam MV) Department of Science & Technology RNAi-mediated silencing of a key polyamine biosynthesis gene, ornithine decarboxylase for the control of fungal pathogens and cancer growth in vitro and in vivo. Oct. 2009 Oct. 2012, (PI : Rajam MV) DU/DST PURSE GRANT & Bejo Sheetal Seeds Pvt. Ltd. - Development of insect resistant cauliflower and okra using RNAi strategies Jan. 2010 Jan 2013, (PI : Rajam MV) Sri Biotech Laboratory India Ltd. - Development of transgenic brinjal resistant to fruit borer (Leucinodes orbonalis Guenee) Through RNA interference. Oct. 2009 Oct. 2012, (PI : Rajam MV) Department of Biotechnology (Biotechnology and Industry Partnership Programme with Sri Biotech Laboratory India Ltd, Hyderabad ) Control of shoot and fruit borer insect pest (Leucinodes orbonalis Guenee) in Brinjal through RNA interference. Oct. 2010 Sept. 2013 (PI: Rajam MV)

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Completed Projects:
1. Department of Biotechnology Analysis of Fruit Characteristics, Expression Profile of Ripening Genes and Limited Open Field Trials of Tomato Transgenics OverExpressing Polyamine Biosynthesis Genes (June 2007 May 2010) Department of Biotechnology Development of Efficient Plant Regeneration and Agrobacterium- Mediated Genetic Transformation Protocols for Citrus sp. And Production of Citrus Transgenics for Virus Resistance (Sept. 2006 Aug. 2010) Department of Science and Technology - Gene Pyramiding in Transgenic Tomato for Disease Resistance (May, 2004-May, 2007) Defense Research Development Organization Engineering cold tolerance in vegetable crops in Himalayan region (July, 2003 Jan. 2007) Department of Biotechnology Genetic Engineering for Retardation of Fruit Ripening and Increased Shelf Life in Tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum L.) (Dec. 2002 Dec. 2005) Monsanto India Ltd. DNA Fingerprinting of Cotton Hybrids (Feb. April 2006) Department of Biotechnology Plant Regeneration and Agrobacterium Mediated Transformation of Selected Genotypes of Indica Rice (June 1999 Dec. 2004)

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Ankur Seeds Ltd. Control of Fungal Plant Dieseases by Using Substrate-Based Polyamine Biosynthesis Inhibitors (June 2001 May 2004) European Commission Production of Valuable Breeding Material of Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) Resistant to Fungal and Bacterial Wilts, and Root Knot Nematodes by using Protoplast Fusion. (Nov 1997 - Oct 2001) (Six Contractors Sihachakr D (Co-ordiantor), France ; Rotino GL, Italy ; Christine MD, France; Baiquing L, China; Rajam MV, India and Ika MSS, Indonesia) Indian Council of Agricultural Research Development of Efficient Plant Regeneration Protocols in Different Genotypes of Indica Rice (Oryza sativa L.) ( Sept '1998 - Aug '2001) Dabur Research Foundation - Genetics Transformation of Taxus spp. (Aug 1999 July 2001) IndoFrench Genetic Engineering of Eggplant for Disease Resistance (April 1998 May 2001) (P.Is - Rajam MV, India and Sihachakr D, France) Department of Biotechnology Development of Eggplant Transgenic Plants to Abiotic Stresses by Metabolic Engineering of Polyamine Biosynthesis (Nov 1997 Mar. '2001) Department of Science and Technology Genetic Manipulation of Polyamine and Carbohydrate Metabolism for Osmotic Stress Tolerance in Rice and Eggplant (Nov 1997 - Oct 2000) Department of Science and Technology Polyamine Biosynthesis and Regulation of Development and Differentiation (Somatic Embryogenesis) in In Vitro Cultures of Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) (Sept 1993 Sept 1997) University Grants Commission Role of Polyamines in the Production of Virus-Free Plants of Red Pepper (Capsicum spp.) and Its Regeneration from Callus Cultures via Organogenesis and Somatic Embryogenesis (Apr 1992 Mar 1995) Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - Protection of Crop Plants from Phytopathogenic Fungi through Inhibition of Polyamine Biosynthesis (Dec 1988 Dec 1992)

Graduate Students Trained/ Working: Ph.D


Completed
1. Brijesh Gupta - Development of Tomato Transgenics for Abiotic Stress Tolerance 2. Vikash Kumar - Mechanism of suppression (AC2) of RNAi from the geminivirus MYMIV and its use in molecular farming through transgenic routes 3. Pranjal J. Hazarika - 2009. Development of Transgenic Tomato for Resistance against Fungal Pathogens 4. Ashwin R. Kashikar - 2007. Genetic Manipulation of Lipoxygenase Pathway and Its Implications in Fungal Resistance in Transgenic Tomato Plants 5. Roopali Pandey - 2007. Transgenic Tomato for Improved Fruit Characteristics through Genetic Manipulation of Polyamine Biosynthesis 6. Madhulatha P - 2006. Genetic Modification of Polyamine Metabolism in Tomato for 7

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Delayed Ripening and Increased Shelf Life of Fruits Uma G - 2006. Development of Transgenic Rice Plants Resistant to Rice Tungro Virus (jointly with Dr. Indranil Dasgupta, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi - South Campus) Shivani Singh 2005. Development of Eggplant Transgenic Plants for Abiotic Stress Tolerance by Metabolic Engineering of Polyamines Deepali Singh 2005. Genetic Engineering of Eggplant for Resistance Against Fungal Pathogens Chezlyn 2005. Plant Regeneration and Transformation in Brassica spp. (International Supervisor, Durban University, Durban, Africa) Deepti Pujni - 2004. Genetic Engineering for Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Indica Rice Prabhavathi V - 2003. Pathway Engineering of Mannitol and Polyamines for Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) Vinod Kumar S 2003. Transgenic Manipulation of Polyamine Biosynthesis in Solanum melongena and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Vivek Kashyap 2002. Morphological and Molecular Characterization of Dihaploids Derived from Somatic Hybrids between Wild Species and Cultivated Eggplant (Solanum melogena L.) Bhavna Waie 2001. Genetic Engineering of Polyamine Metabolism for Osmotic Stress Tolerance in Rice and Tobacco Ratna Kumria 2000. Modulation of Polyamine Biosynthesis, Plant Regeneration and Stress Responses in Transgenic Rice and Tobacco by Introduction of Ornithine Decarboxylase Gene. Fouzia Shoeb 1999. Regulation of Plant Regeneration by Modulating Cellular Polyamine Levels in Fresh and Long-Term Callus Cultures of Indica Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Jitender Singh Yadav 1998. Polyamines in the Regulation of Somatic Embryogenesis in Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) Shavindra Bajaj 1996. Role of Polyamines in in vitro Plant Regeneration and Stress Responses in Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Bharti 1995. Inhibition of Fungal Polyamine Biosynthesis and Control of Leaf Rust of Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) : Physiological and Cytogenetical Studies in the Host Plant. Pankaj Sharma 1994. The Role of Polyamines in the Regulation of Growth and Differentiation in In Vitro Cultures of Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.)

Working
1. 2. 3. Ranjita Sinha - Engineering male sterility in tomato by RNAi- mediated silencing of Sadenosylmethionine decarboxylase genes in tapetal tissue (25.10.07) Ena Dogra - RNAi-mediated knockdown of polyamine biosynthesis genes for control of growth of breast and oral cancer cell lines (25.10.07) Arti Gupta - Genetic manipulation of fruit characteristics in tomato by over-expression of polyamine biosynthesis genes and RNAi- mediated suppression of ethylene synthesis genes (6.11.08) Neeru Singh Genetic engineering of tomato for Fusarium wilt resistance by in plant RNAi- mediated silencing of fungal ornithine decarboxylase gene (16.8.07) Sandeepa Singh - Plant regeneration, Agrobacterium-mediated transformation and development of transgenic plants with CTV coat protein genes in Citrus sinensis (16.8.07)

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Maneesh Kumar - RNAi- mediated Targeting of Acetylcholinesterase Gene of Helicoverpa armigera for Insect Resistance in Transgenic Tobacco and Tomato (10.11.06) 7. Tamilarasan - Engineering nematode resistance in tomato through RNA interference (26.07.2010) 8. Anjali Jaiswal - Insect resistance in transgenic cotton by plant-mediated RNAi silencing of vital genes of the target insect pest (Helicoverpa armigera) (09.09.2010). 9. Ami Chaubey - Functional Analysis of Polyamine Metabolic Genes in Tobacco by Their Over-expression and RNAi-mediated Silencing in Chloroplasts and Nucleus 10. Bhawna Israni - Development of Insect Resistant Cauliflower by RNAi-mediated Knock-down of Important Genes of Plutella xylostella 11. Mamta Koushik - Silencing of Chitinase and Cathepsin L Genes in Helicoverpa armigera by Host-induced RNAi for Insect Resistance inTobacco and Tomato

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M. Phil - Completed
1. Rajender Vadlakonda - 2007. Molecular characterization of transgenic tomato plants expressing human S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase gene under the control of tapetal-specific promoter (TA29) Prerna Choudhary - 2004. Transgenic Manipulation of Pollen Development in Tobacco through Over-Expression of Datura Spermidine Synthase Gene (working) Parul Mittal 2003. Genetic Transformation of Tobacco with Sense and Anti-Sense Diamine Oxidase Genes Namita Kumari 1994. Plant Regeneration and Genetic Transformation in Tomato and Tobacco: Thaumatin, A Pathogenesis-Related Sweet Protein Gene Confers Resistnace to Fungal Pathogens and Osmotic Stresses in Putative Transgenic Tobacco Plants Madhuri Vajha 1992. Apical Shoot Meristem Culture in Red Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) Seema Hashim 1991. Isolation and Characterization of Groundnut Callus Lines Tolerant to High Levels of the Diamine Putrescine and an Inhibitor of Polyamine Biosynthesis Difluoromethylarginine. Vijaya Lakshmi 1990. The Effects of Polyamines and Their Biosynthetic Inhibitions on Growth of Callus Cultures in Red Pepper (Capsicum annum L.)

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M.Sc Dissertation (Completed)


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Rinky Ratna Priya - 2002. Development of Binary Vectors with Polyamine Biosynthesis Genes under the Control of Tapetal-Specific Promoter (TA-29) Deepankar Roy 2001. Contruction of Binary Vectors with Diamine Oxidase Gene in Sense and Antisense Orientation Arun Tiwari 2000. Characterization of Somatic Hybrid of Solanum melongena L. and Solanum ethiopicum L. acculeatum Group and their Dihaploids by RAPD Analysis Basuda Basu 1999. Genetic Manipulation of Polyamine Biosynthesis in Chlamydomonas reindartii Shrikant 1998. Modulation of Expression of Phenylalanine Ammonia-lyase-Glucuronidase Gene Fusion by Polyamines in Transgenic Tobacco Plants Sonal 1997. Eggplant Transformation for Fungal Resistance 9

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Rashmi Verma 1996. Transformation of Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) using Genes Involved in Osmotic Stress Tolerance Shilpa Chopra 1995. Polyamines and Birds Nest Fungus (Cyathus bulleri) : Influence of Polyamines and Their Biosynthesis Inhibitors on Growth, Intracellular Polyamine levels and Ligninolytic Enzymes Swati Singhania 1989. Polyamines of Thermophilic Moulds

Postdoctoral and Visiting Fellows - Trained


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Dr. Manoj Goel Dr. Riffat John Dr. Esha Bhattacharya (DST-Young Scientist) Dr. V. Prabhavathi (DST-Young Scientist) Dr. Soumen Nandy (DST-Young Scientist) Dr. S. Vinod Kumar (V. N. Bakshi PDF) Dr. Deepika Saraswat (DBT PDF) Mr. Joseph Job (Teacher trainee) Dr. Ratna Kumria (Res. Assoc. in Research project) Ms. Sandra Morel, France (Internship) Dr. Sumita Pal (Res. Assoc. in a Research Project) Dr. Saiprasad Goud (Res. Assoc. in a Research Project) Dr. Sarabjeet Singh Suri (Res. Assoc. in a Research Project) Dr. Pradeep K. Chand (DST Visiting Fellow) Dr. Pradeep Chand (INSA Visiting Fellow) Dr. Anil Choudhary (Res. Assoc. in a Research Project) Dr. Kalyani Krishna (DBT National Associate) Dr. Asif Dr. G. U. Rao (Res. Assoc. in a Research Project) Dr. D. Rajyalakshmi Rao (UGC Res. Assoc.) Dr. Malaya Das (CSIR Pool Officer) Dr. T. Christopher (CSIR Res. Assoc.) 2009- 2010 2005 - 2007 2005 - 2007 2004 - 2007 2004 - 2007 2004 - 2006 2004 2003 2000 - 2001 2000 - 2001 2000 - 2001 1999 - 2001 1998 - 2000 1999 - 2000 1998 - 1999 1997 - 2000 1997 1998 1998-2000 1997 - 1999 1993 - 1995 1993 1994 1990 1995

Other Trainees: ~ 125 Trainees (mainly Summer Trainees) - 1988 - 2011

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS: (i) Research Articles:


1. Hazarika P & Rajam MV. 2011. Expression of S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase gene under stress inducible promoter in transgenic tomato confers enhanced resistance to multiple abiotic stresses and fungal pathogens. OMICS: J. Integrative Biol. (under revision). 10

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Hazarika P & Rajam MV. 2011. Biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in transgenic tomatoes by constitutive expression of S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase gene. Physiol. Mol. Biol. Plants. DOI 10.1007/s12298-011-0053-y. Sandeepa Singh & Rajam MV, 2010. Highly efficient and rapid plant regeneration in Citrus sinensis. J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. 19: 195-202. Uma Ganesan, Suri SS, Rajasubramaniam S, Rajam MV & Dasgupta I. 2009. Transgenic expression of coat protein gene of Rice tungro bacilliform virus in rice reduces the accumulation of viral DNA in inoculated plants. Virus Genes, 39: 113-119. Kumar M, Gupta GP & Rajam MV. 2009. Silencing of acetylcholinesterase gene of Helicoverpa armigera by siRNA affects larval growth and its life cycle. J. Insect Physiol. 55: 273-278 Tyagi H, Rajasubramaniam, Rajam MV & Dasgupta I. 2008. RNA-interference in rice against Rice tungro bacilliform virus results in its decreased accumulation in inoculated rice plants. Transgenic Res. 17: 897-904. Khatri M & Rajam MV. 2007. Targeting polyamines of Aspergillus nidulans by siRNA specific to fungal ornithine decarboxylase gene Med. Mycol. 45: 211-220 Prabhavathi V & Rajam MV. 2007. Mannitol accumulating transgenic eggplants exhibit enhanced resistance to fungal wilts. Plant Sci. 173: 50-54 Prabhavathi V & Rajam MV. 2007. Polyamine accumulation in transgenic eggplant enhances tolerance to multiple abiotic stresses and fungal resistance. Plant Biotechnol. 24: 273-282

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10. Rajam MV , Chandola N, Saiprasad Goud P, Singh D, Kashyap V, Choudhary ML & Sihachakr D. 2007. Thaumatin gene confers resistance to fungal pathogens as well as tolerance to abiotic stresses in transgenic tobacco plants. Biol. Plant. 51: 135-141 11. Kumar SV & Rajam MV. 2007. Induction of Agrobacterium tumefaciens vir genes by the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Curr. Sci. 92: 1727-1729 12. Pujni D, Chaudhary A & Rajam MV. 2007. Increased tolerance to salinity and drought in transgenic indica rice by mannitol accumulation. J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. 16: 1-7 13. Madhulatha P, Pandey R, Hazarika P & Rajam MV. 2007. High transformation frequency in Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of tomato by using polyamines and maltose in shoot regeneration medium. Physiol. Mol. Biol. Plants 13: 191-198 14. Madhulatha P, Pandey R, Hazarika P & Rajam MV. 2006. Polyamines and maltose significantly enhace shoot regeneration in tomato. Physiol. Mol. Biol. Plants 12: 295-301 15. Kumar SV & Rajam MV. 2006. Modulation of polyamine levels influence growth and cell division in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Physiol. Mol. Biol. Plants 12: 53-58 11

16. Kumar SV & Rajam MV. 2005. Polyamines enhance Agrobacterium tumefaciens vir-gene induction and T-DNA transfer. Plant Sci. 168: 475-480 17. Kumar SV & Rajam MV. 2005. Enhanced induction of Vir-genes results in the improvement of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of eggplant. J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. 14: 59-64 18. Narula A, Kumar SV, Pande D, Srivastava PS & Rajam MV. 2004. Improved hyoscyamine content and shoot regeneration by enhanced putrescine biosynthesis in Datura innoxia through transfer of arginine decarboxylase and ornithine decarboxylase gene. J. Plant Biochem. Biotech. 13: 127-130. 19. Kumar, S.V, Mosquitta, R, Reddy, V.S, Rao, B.J. & Rajam, M.V. 2004. Genetic transformation of the green alga - Chlamydomonas reinhardtii by Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Plant Sci., 166: 731-738 20. Waie, B. & Rajam, M.V. 2003. Effect of increased polyamine biosynthesis on stress responses in transgenic tobacco by introduction of human S-adenosylmethionine gene. Plant Sci., 164: 727-734 21. Prabhavathi S, Yadav JS, Kumar PA & Rajam MV. 2002. Abiotic stress tolerance in transgenic eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) by introduction of bacterial mannitol phospho dehydrogenase gene. Molecular Breed., 9: 137-147 22. Kumria R & Rajam MV. 2002. Alteration in polyamine titers during Agrobacteriummediated transformation of indica rice with ornithine decarboxylase gene affects plant regeneration potential. Plant Sci., 162: 769-777 23. Kumria R & Rajam MV. 2002. Ornithine decarboxylase transgene in tobacco affects polyamines, in vitro morphogenesis and response to salt stress. J. Plant Physiol., 159: 983-990 24. Rizza F, Mennella G, Collonnier C, Sihachakr D, Kashyap V, Rajam MV, Prestera M & Rotino GL. 2002. Androgenic dihaploids from somatic hybrids between Solanum melongena and Solanum aethiopicum group as source of resistance to Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. melongenae. Plant Cell Rep., 20: 1022-1032 25. Kumria R, Waie B & Rajam MV. 2001. Plant regeneration from transformed embryogenic callus of an elite indica rice via Agrobacterium. Plant Cell Tiss. Org. Cul., 67:63-71 26. Kashyap V, Collonnier C, Fusari F, Rotino GL, Sihachakr D & Rajam MV. 2001. RAPD analysis of wild species and cultivated varieties of eggplant and their somatic hybrids. In: Solanaceae V: Advances in Taxonomy and Utilization (Eds. Van den Berg RG, Barendse GWM, van der Weerden GM & Mariani C), pp. 275-277, Nijmegen University Press, Nijmegen

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27. Shoeb F, Yadav JS, Bajaj S & Rajam MV. 2001. Polyamines as biomarkers for plant regeneration capacity: Improvement of regeneration by modulation of polyamine metabolism in different genotypes of indica rice. Plant Sci., 160: 1229-1235 28. Kumria R, Virdi JS & Rajam MV. 2000. Increasing the efficacy of difluoromethylornithine to inhibit the growth of three phytopathogenic fungi by membrane modifying agents. Curr Sci., 79: 1373-1376 29. Minhas D, Rajam MV & Grover A. 1999. Maintenance of callus growth during subculturing is a genotype-dependent response in rice: Mature seed-derived callus from IR 54 rice cultivar lacks culturability. Curr Sci., 77: 1410-413 30. Yadav JS & Rajam MV. 1998. Temporal regulation of somatic adjusting cellular polyamine pools. Plant Physiol., 116 : 617-625 embryogenesis by

31. Yadav JS & Rajam MV. 1997. Spatial distribution in free and conjugated polyamines in leaves of Solanum melongena L. associated with differential morphogenic capacity : Efficient somatic embryogenesis by putrescine. J. Exp. Bot., 48 : 1537-1545 32. Sharma P, Yadav JS & Rajam MV. 1997. Induction of laterals in root cultures of eggplant in hormone-free liquid medium : A novel system to study the role of polyamines. Plant Sci., 125 : 103-111 33. Jain V, Rajam MV, Kumar PA & Abrol YP. 1997. Modulation of nitrate reductase activity by polyamines in leaves of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings. Indian J. Exp. Biol., 35: 1121-1124 34. Minhas D, Bajaj S, Grover A & Rajam MV. 1996. Transient expression of glucuronidase reporter gene in embryogenic callus cultures of an elite basmati indica rice (Oryza sativa L.). Curr Sci., 71 : 1005-1007 35. Bajaj S & Rajam MV. 1996. Polyamine accumulation and near-loss of morphogenesis in long-term callus cultures of rice : restoration of plant regeneration by manipulation of cellular polyamine levels. Plant Physiol., 112 : 1343-1348 36. Christopher T & Rajam MV. 1996. Effect of genotype, explant and medium on in vitro plant regeneration of red pepper (Capsicum annuum L.). Plant Cell Tiss. Org. Cul., 46 : 245-250 37. Bharti, Rajam MV & Sawhney RN. 1996. Involvement of polyamines in resistance of wheat to Puccinia recondite. Phytochemistry, 71 : 1009-1013 38. Bharti & Rajam MV. 1996. Inhibition of polyamine biosynthesis and growth in plant pathogenic fungi in vitro. Mycopathologia 133 : 95-103 39. Khurana N, Saxena RK, Gupta R & Rajam MV. 1996. Polyamines as modulators of microcycle conidiation in Aspergillus flavus . Microbiology, 133 : 95-103 13

40. Bharti & Rajam MV. 1995. Effects of the polyamine biosynthesis inhibitor difluromethylornithine on growth, polyamine levels, chromosome behavior and polygenic traits of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Ann Bot., 76 : 297-301 41. Bajaj S & Rajam MV. 1995. Efficient plant regeneration from long-term callus cultures of rice by spermidine. Plant Cell Rep., 14 : 717-720 42. Sharma P & Rajam MV. 1995. Spatial and temporal changes in endogenous polyamine levels associated with somatic embryogenesis from different hypocotyl segments of eggplant (Solanum melongena L.). J. Plant Physiol., 146 : 658-664 43. Sharma P & Rajam MV. 1995. Genotype explant and position effects on organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis in eggplant. J. Exp. Bot., 46 : 135-141 44. Rajam MV and Subhash K. 1995. Mutagenic studies in Capsicum annuum and genetics of some unusual mutants. In : Genetic Research and Education : Current Trends and the Next Fifty Years, (Eds. Sharma B, et al.), pp. 1370-1377, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, New Delhi 45. Christopher T & Rajam MV. 1994. In vitro clonal propagation of Capsicum spp. Plant Cell Tiss. Org. Cul., 38 : 22-25 46. Madhuri V & Rajam MV. 1993. Apical shoot meristem culture in red pepper (Capsicum annuum L.). J. Plant. Biochem. Biotech., 30 : 538-540 47. Sinha M & Rajam MV. 1992. Control of zoopathogenic fungi in vitro by polyamine biosynthesis inhibitors. Indian J. Exp. Biol., 29 : 881-882 48. Rajam MV. 1991. Insecticides activity of inhibitors of polyamine biosynthesis on Spodoptera litura F. larvae. Indian J. Exp. Biol., 29 : 881-882 49. Singhania S, Satyanarayna T & Rajam MV. 1991. Polyamines of thermophilic moulds : Distribution and effect of polyamine biosynthesis inhibitors on growth. Mycol. Res., 95 : 915-917 50. Rajam MV, Weinstein LH & Galston AW. 1991. Effect of polyamine biosynthesis inhibitors on polyamine titers in bean seedlings. Curr Sci., 60 : 178-180 51. Rajam MV, Weinstein LH & Galston AW. 1989. Inhibition of uredospore germination and germ tube growth by inhibitors of polyamine metabolism in Uromyces phaseoli L. Plant Cell Physiol., 30 : 349-350 52. Rajam MV. 1989. Restriction of pollen germination and germ tube growth by inhibitors of polyamine metabolism. Plant Sci., 59 : 53-56 53. Venkateswarlu M, Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1988. Chromosomes behavior in meiotic system of Catharanthus following gamma rays, EMS Ha, alone and in combination. Cytologia, 53 : 139-145 14

54. Rajam MV. 1988. Plastid mutations induced in red pepper by nitrosomethyl urea. Curr Sci., 57 : 436-438 55. Christopher T, Prolaram B, Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1987. In vitro response of excised embryos from red pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) on hydroxylamine treatment. Indian J. Exp. Biol., 25 : 349-350 56. Christopher T, Prolaram B, Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1987. Plantlet formation in embryo cultures of Capsicum annuum L. Var. G4. Indian J. Exp. Biol., 25 : 1036-1037 57. Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1987. Role of polyamines in tissue culture. In: Proc. Nat. Symp. on Recent Advances in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture of Economically Important Crop Plants (Ed. Reddy GM), pp. 223-227, Osmania University, Hyderabad 58. Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1986. A cytogenetic study of narrow leaf induced in Capsicum by X-rays and EMS. J. Cytol. Genet., 21 : 1-5 59. Devadas N, Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1986. Comparative mutagenicity of four organophosphorous insecticides in meiotic system of red pepper. Cytologia, 51 : 645-654 60. Weinstein LH, Kaur-Sawhney R, Rajam MV, Wettlaufer SH & Galston AW. 1986. Cadmium induced accumulation of putrescine in oat and bean leaves. Plant Physiol., 82: 641-645 61. Rajam MV, Weinstein LH & Galston AW. 1986. Kinetic studies of the control of the bean rust fungus (Uromyces phaseoli L.) by an inhibitor of polyamine biosynthesis. Plant Physiol., 82 : 485-487 62. Rajam MV & Galston AW. 1985. The effects of some polyamine biosynthetic inhibitors on growth and morphology of pathogenic fungi. Plant Cell Physiol., 26 : 683-692 63. Rajam MV, Weinstein LH & Galston AW. 1985. Prevention of a plant disease by specific inhibition of fungal polyamine biosynthesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 82: 6874-6878 64. Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1984. Studies on induced mutations in Capsicum by mitomycin C. Mutation Res., 138 : 47-54 65. Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1984. Radiation induced mutations in chilli (Capsicum annuum L.). In: Proc. Nat. Seminar on Recent Trends in Botanical Research (Ed. Gohil RN), pp. 323-331, Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur 66. Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1984. Comparative mutagenicity of individual and combined treatments of X-irradiation and HA in Capsicum annuum L. In: Perspectives in Cytology and Genetics (Eds. Manna GK & Sinha U), 4: 257-263

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67. Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1983. Meiotic and breeding behavior of EMS-induced multilocular mutants in Capsicum annuum L. J. Indian Bot. Soc., 62 : 133-137 68. Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1983. Studies on induced desynapsis in Capsicum annuum L. Curr Sci., 52 : 1151-1152 69. Rajam MV & Subhash K. 1982. Effect of X-irradiation on two cultivars of chilli (Capsicum annuum L.). J. Indian Bot. Soc., 59 : 122-124 70. Subhash K, Rajam MV, Satyanarayana B & Meerabai A. 1981. Induction of multilocular ovary in Capsicum annuum L. by mitomycin C. Indian J. Exp. Biol., 19 : 301-302

(ii) Book Chapters/Review Articles:

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Terenius O, Papanicolaou A, Garbutt JS, Eleftherianos I,..Rajam MV, et al. 2011. RNA interference in Lepdoptera: An overview of successful and unsuccessful studies and implications for experimental design. J. Insect Physiol. 57: 231-245. Neeru Singh and Rajam MV. 2011. RNA interference and Functional Genomics in Fungi. In: Microorganisms in Sustainable Agriculture and Biotechnology (Eds. Satyanarayana T, Johri BN & Anil Prakash), Springer (in press) Rajam MV. 2011. RNA interference: A new approach for the control of fungal pathogens and insects. In: Proceedings of the National Symposium on Genomics and Crop Improvement: Relevance and Researvations, Held at the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agric. Univ., during February 25-27, 2010 (in press) Rajam MV. 2011. Engineering fungal resistance: Promises of RNAi. Proceedings of the National Symposium on Molecular Approaches for Management of Fungal Diseases of Crop Plants, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore, December 27-30, 2010 (in press) Singh S & Rajam MV. 2009. Citrus biotechnology: Achievements, limitations and future directions. Physiol. Mol. Biol. Plants 15: 3-22 Rajam MV, Rotino GL, Sihachakr D, Mansur EE & Kumar PA. 2008. Eggplant. In: Compendium of Transgenic Crop Plants: Transgenic Vegetable Crops, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 47-72 Rajam MV, Madhulatha P, Pandey R, Hazarika PJ & Razdan MK. 2007. Applications of genetic engineering in tomato. In: Genetic Improvement of Solanaceae Crops, Vol. 2: Tomato (Eds. Razdan MK & Mattoo AK), Science Publishers, Inc., Enfield, pp. 285-311 Rajam MV & Kumar SV. 2007. Eggplant Biotechnology. In: Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry (Series Eds. Nagata T, Lorz H & Widholm JM), Tropical Crops 16

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II (Eds. Pua EC & Davey MR), Springer, Heidelberg, pp. 201-219 9. Bhattacharya E & Rajam MV. 2007. Polyamine biosynthetic pathway: a potential target for enhancing alkaloid production. In: Applications of Plant Metabolic Engineering (Eds. Verpoorte R, Alfermann AW & Johnson TS), Springer, AA Dordrecht, pp. 129-143

10. Rajam MV & Kumar SV. 2006. Green alga. In: Agrobacterium Protocols (2nd Edition Ed. Kan Wang), Humana Press, New York, pp. 421-433 11. Bhattacharya E & Rajam MV. 2006. Polyamine Biosynthesis as a novel target for engineering crop plants for abiotic stress tolerance. J. Plant Biol. 33: 99-105 10. Assani A, Gupta B & Rajam MV. 2006. Haploid production in trees, ornamental and floricultural plants. In: Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology, Volume II, Global Science Book, UK, pp. 360-375

11. Kumar SV, Sharma ML & Rajam MV. 2006. Polyamine biosynthetic pathway as a novel target for potential applications in agriculture and biotechnology. Physiol. Mol. Biol. Plants 12: 13-28

12. Rajam MV. 2005. Polyamines and long-term plant regeneration. In: Plant Biotechnology & Its Applications in Tissue Culture (Eds. Kumar A, Roy S & Sopory SK), I.K. International Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, pp. 69-76 13. Rajam MV. 2005. Prevention of plant diseases by targeting fungal polyamine biosynthesis. In: Microbial Diversity: Current Perspectives and Potential Applications (Eds. Satyanarayana T & Johri BN), I.K. International Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, pp. 457-470

14. Rajam MV. 2005. Genetic Engineering of Polyamine Metabolism for Crop Improvement. Proc. of AP Akademi of Sciences 9: 209-218 15. Rajam MV, Kumria R & Singh S. 2004. Molecular biology and genetic engineering of polyamines in plants. In: Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Markers (Eds. Srivastava PS et al.), Anamaya Publishers, New Delhi, pp. 60-77 Kumar, S.V. & Rajam, M.V. 2004. Polyamine-ethylene nexus: A potential targert for post-harvest biotechnology. Indian J. Biotech. 3: 299-304

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17. Kashyap V, Kumar SV, Collonnier C, Fusari F, Haicour R, Rotino GL, Sihachakr D. & Rajam MV. 2003. Biotechnology of eggplant. Sci. Horti., 97: 1-25 18. Rajam, M.V, Kumria, R, Waie, B. & Sharma, R. 2003. Genetic manipulation of polyamine metabolism. In: Plant Genetic Engineering, Vol. 1: Applications and Limitations (Eds. R. P. Singh. & P.K. Jaiwal) 1: 179-198. Sci Tech Publishing LLC, USA 19. Kumar SV & Rajam MV. 2002. Metabolic engineering of carbohydrates for abiotic stress tolerance. In: Role of Plant Tissue Culture in Biodiversity Conservation and Economic 17

Development (Eds. Nandi SK et al.), Gyanodaya Prakashan, Nainital, pp. 479-489 20. Collonnier C, Fock I, Kashyap V, Rotino GL, Daunay MC, Lian Y, Mariska IK, Rajam MV, Servaes A & Ducreux G. 2001. Applications of biotechnology in eggplant. Plant Cell Tiss. Org. Cul., 65: 91-107 21. Kumria R, Waie B, Punji D & Rajam MV. 2001. Biotechnology of rice. Present limitations and future prospects. Plant Cell Biotech. Mol. Biol., 1 : 1-12 22. Rao GU, Kaur M, Verma A, Sihachakr D and Rajam MV. 1999. Genetic engineering of crop plants for resistance to fungal pathogens. J. Plant Biol., 26: 31-42 23. Rajam MV, Bajaj S & Yadav JS. 1999. Polyamines in in vitro plant development. In: Recent Trends in Developmental Biology (Eds. Gakhar SK & Mishra SN), Himalaya Publishing House, Mumbai, pp. 176-192 24. Kalyani K, Choudhary A & Rajam MV. 1999. Metabolic engineering: A novel approach for producing stress tolerant transgenic plants. In: Perspectives in Biotechnology (Eds. Reddy SM, Rao D & Vidyavati), Scientific Publishers (India), Jodhpur, pp. 139-147 25. Rajam MV, Dagar S, Waie B, Yadav JS, Kumar PA, Shoeb F and Kumria R. 1998. Genetic engineering of polyamine and carbohydrate metabolism for osmotic stress tolerance in higher plants. J. Biosci., 23: 473-482 26. Kumria R, Verma R and Rajam MV. 1998. Potential applications of antisense RNA technology in plants. Curr. Sci., 1998, 74: 35-41 27. Rajam MV, Shoeb F & Yadav JS. 1998. Polyamines as modulators for plant regeneration in tissue cultures. In: Plant Tissue Culture and Molecular Biology: Applications and Prospects (Ed. P.S. Srivastava), Narosa, New Delhi, pp. 620-641 28. Rajam MV. 1997. Polyamines. In : Plant Ecophysiology (ed. Prasad MNV), John Wiley and Sons, New York, pp. 343-374 29. Rajam MV. 1998. Polyamine biosynthetic pathway: A potential target for plant chemotherapy. Curr. Sci. 74: 729-731 30. Rajam MV and Bharti. 1996. Polyamine biosynthetic enzymes as targets for plant chemotherapy. In : Microbes: For Health, Wealth & Sustainable Environment (ed. Varma A), Malhotra Publishing House, New Delhi, pp. 137-158 31. Rajam MV. 1995. Polyamines and plant infections. In : Proc. Nat. Symp. On Frontiers in Microbial Biotechnology (Eds. Reddy SM et al.), Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur, pp. 111122 32. Rajam MV and Bir Bahadur. 1995. Polyamine and pollen development. In : Vistas in Palynology : Perspectives and Prospects. Dr. P. K. K. Nair Commemoration, Volume. J. Palynology, 31: 341-355. 18

33. Rajam MV. 1993. Polyamine biosynthesis inhibitors : New protectants against fungal plant diseases. Curr. Sci., 65 : 461-469. 34. Satyanarayana T, Virdi JS and Rajam MV. 1990. Microbial polyamines. In: Microbiology Today, Vol. 1., The Society of Microbiologists of Delhi, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi, pp. 55-65

(iii) General/Popular articles:


1. Maneesh Kumar & Rajam MV. 2006. Spider SilK: The Magic Fibre of the Future. Proc. A.P. Akademi of Sci., 10: 37-45 Rajam MV. 1998. Polyamine biosynthetic pathway: a potential target for plant chemotherapy. Curr. Sci., 74: 729-731 Rajam MV. 1993. Artificial seeds and the future. Everymans Sci., XXVIII : 151-155. Rajam MV. 1987. Inhibition of polyamine biosynthesis : A new approach for disease prevention. Sci. Reptr., 24 : 652-655.

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1. Rajam MV. 2002-03. Genetics and Molecular Biology Unit 5, Chapters 1, 2 & 3, and Plant Cell Technology Unit 3, Chapter 2 for CBSE Book for 10+2 students 2. Rajam MV. Genetic engineering. Unit 2- Biology Suplement Text Book for 10+2 Students of CBSE pattern

National and International Research Collaborations:


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Universite de Paris Sud XI, Orsay-Paris, France Instituto Spermantale per L Orticulatura, Montanaso, Italy University of New Hampshire, USA Durban University, Durban, Africa International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, New Delhi Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad National Centre for Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi Centre for Biotechnology, Hamdard University, New Delhi Deptt. of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi - South Campus, New Delhi Dabur Research Foundation, New Delhi Ankur Seeds Ltd., Nagpur

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Member of Professional Organizations:


Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology Association, India (Elected Member Since 1995) Indian Society of Cell Biology Indian Science Congress Association Indian Botanical Society Indian Society of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology Association for Micrbiologists of India

Visits Abroad:
198485 1997 1998 1999 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2001 2001 One Year PDF (Yale Univ., New Haven & Cornell Univ., Ithaca, USA) 7 Days Malacca, Malaysia (Intern. Rice Biotech. Meeting) 10 Days Beijing, China (EC project meeting at the Insti. of Vegetables & Flowers) 1 Month Orsay-Paris, France (Visit to Univ. of Paris under Indo-French project) 10 Days Bogor, Indonesia (EC proj. meeting at Res. Inst. For Food Crop Biotech) 15 Days Milan, Italy (Visit to Insti. Spermimentale per LOrticoltura, Montanaso, and Univ. of Verona and Univ. of Milano) 7 Days Nijhmegen, The Netherlands (Attended Solanaceae conf. under EC proj.) 7 Days Monpellier, France; Barcelona, Spain (Visit to Insti. Nat. De La Recherde Agronomique, Montfavet under EC proj & Univ. of Barcelona) 15 Days Orsay-Paris, France (Visit to Univ. of Paris under EC project) 15 Days Orsay-Paris, France (Visit to Univ. of Paris under Indo-French project) 10 Days Orsay-Paris, France (Visit to Univ. of Paris under EC project)

Meetings Organized:
1. 2. 3. 4. Workshop on Plant Genetic Engineering, October 22-23, 1998. EC Research Partners 2nd Annual Meeting, May 1999. Symposium on "Biotechnology Approaches for Plant Protection", February 10, 2000. 24th Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) and National Symposium on Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, October 12-14, 2001. 5. One day workshop on Patenting Awareness (sponsored by the DST) October 15, 2001 6. One day seminar on GM Crops for Sustainable Agriculture (sponsored by the UGC under Special Assistance Programme), April 8, 2006 7. One day seminar on RNA Rules , 25th October 2008 at UDSC 8. One day seminar on Biology and Applications of RNA interference at UDSC, 26th October 2010 20

Papers Presented/Invited Lectures Delivered at the International and National Conferences/Symposia/Seminars/Workshops


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Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology South Zone Conference on Fungal Diversity and Emerging Crop Diseases, University of Mysore, May 12-13, 2011. National Seminar on Recent Trends in Microbial Technology, Kakatiya University, Warangal, March 26-27, 2011. XXXII Annual Meeting of the Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) and National Symposium on Recent Advances in Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnological Rsearchers in India. M. N. Institute of Applied Sciences, Bikaner, February 4-6, 2011. National Symposium on Frontiers and Avenues in Plant Sciences, Shivaji College (University of Delhi), New Delhi, January 20-21, 2011. National Symposium on Molecular Approaches for Management of Fungal Diseases of Crop Plants, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore, December 27-30, 2010. 4th Annual Convention of Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy and National Conference on Emerging Trends in Biopharmace3uticals: Relevance to Human Health, Thapar University, Patiala, November 11-13, 2010. International Conference on Biotechnology: A Global Scenario, Kakatiya University, Warangal, November 2-4, 2010. Training Programme on Viral Genomics and Transgenic Development, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, September 22, 2010. First SBIRI Science Meeting on RNAi Products in Agriculture, ICGEB, New Delhi, July 12, 2010. XIX National Conference, Indian Virological Scoiety (IVS) Silver Jubilee Year - VIROCON 2010,Recent Trends in Viral Disease Problems and Management, S. V. University, Tirupati, March 18-20, 2010. XXXI Annual Meeting o the Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) and National Symposium on Plant Cell Tissue & Organ Culture: The Present Scenario, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, March 3-5, 2010. National Symposium on Genomics and Crop Improvement: Relevance and Researvations, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, February 2527, 2010. Indo-French Brain Storming cum Seminar on Genomics and Biotechnology of Fruit: Recent Advances, NBRI, Lucknow, January 18-20, 2010. Conference on Biotechnology: Fusion of Advanced Research & Teaching, Madurai Kamaraj University, January 2-4, 2010. International Conference on Biotechnology Based Sustainable Agriculture, Hotel Le Medridien, New Delhi, December 19, 2009. Indo-US Workshop on Epigenetic Regulation and Genome Control, CCMB, Hyderabad, December 16-18, 2009.

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17. International Conference on Emerging Trends in Biotechnology (ETBT-2009) & 6th Annual Convention of The Biotech Research Society, India (BRSI), Banarus Hindu University, Varanasi, December 4-6, 2009. 18. EU-India S&T Copperation Days, Food, Agriculture, Fisheries, Biotechnologies & Health Research, JNU, November 4-6, 2009. 19. The 6th Solanaceae Genome Workshop, Le Meridien, New Delhi, November 8-13, 2009. 20. Indo-US Sponsored International Congress-cum Workshop on IPR, Noida, Delhi, October 5-7, 2009. 21. 30th Annual Meeting of the Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) and Natl. Symp. On Plant Propagation, Conservation, Modification and Characterization, Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, April 3-4, 2009. 22. 13th ADNAT Convention and International Symp. On Epigenetic Modifications of the Genome: Mechanisms and Implications, CCMB, Hyderabad, February 23-24, 2009. 23. 49th Annual Conference of the Association of Microbiologists of India and International Symposium on Microbial Biotechnology: Diversity, Genomics and Metagenomics, University of Delhi, November 18-20, 2008, 24. Indo-Australian Workshop on Transgenic Crops, National Institute of Plant Genome Research (Venue: The Claridges Hotel), New Delhi. April 21-22, 2008 25. 29th Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) and National Symposium on Plant Biotechnology for Conservation, Characterization and Crop Improvement, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, February 8-10, 2008. 26. International Conference on Trends in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, January 5-7, 2008. 27. National Seminar on Food Biotechnology: Present Scenario. MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, January 9-10, 2008. 28. Indo-French Conference on RNAi in Genome Control, CCMB, Hyderabad, December 1214, 2007. 29. 77th Annual Session of The National Academy of Sciences, India, and National Symposium on Food Technology, CFTRI, Mysore, December 7-9, 2007. 30. National Seminar on Current Trends in Biotechnology, Lal Bahadur College, Warangal, November 30 & December 1, 2007. 31. International Symposium on Applied Phycology and Environmental Biotechnology, BITS, Pilani, October 29-31, 2007. 32. Seminar on Development of GM Rice in India & China. Organized by the Barwale Foundation, IARI, New Delhi, October 26, 2007. 33. All India Cell Biology Conference & Symposium on Molecules to Compartments: CrossTalks and Networks, University of Delhi, Delhi, February 2-4, 2007. 34. 94th Indian Science Congress, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, January 3-7, 2007 - Delivered an Invited Lecture on Fruit-specific over-expression of polyamine biosynthesis genes result in polyamine accumulation and affects diverse aspects of fruit development and quality in tomato. 35. International Symposium on Biotic and Abiotic Stress Responses in Plants, ICGEB, New Delhi, December 11-13, 2006. 36. International Conference on Post-Harvest Technology and Value Addition in Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds & Tenth Convention of the Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemistrs, C. S. Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur, November 27-30, 2006. 22

37. International Conference on Capacity Building in Biosafety Issues of GMOs/LMOs in the Context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, New Delhi, November 20-22, 2006. 38. International Workshop on Tomato Genomics University of Hyderabad, November 1214, 2006. 39. National Symposium on Biodiversity and Biotechnology: Research and Development Needs in Edible Mushorooms and Crop Disease Management, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, November 9-11, 2006 - Delivered a Lead Lecture on Tungro disease of rice: progress and future prospects of development and commercial growing of transgenics in India. 40. International Meeting on RNAi, ICGEB, New Delhi, October 26-27, 2006. 41. 28th Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology Association (India), Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, October 12-14, 2006 Delivered a talk on Transgenic tomatoes for improved stress tolerance and fruit quality through genetic engineering of polyamine metabolism. 42. International Conference on Recent Scientific Developments in Agricultural Biotechnology: Sharing Experiences and Knowledge, New Delhi, September 29-30, 2006. 43. Brainstorming meeting on Novel approaches for production of hybrid varieties with characteristics of improved insect resistance and higher yield, CSIR Vigyan Kendra, New Delhi, August 10, 2006. 44. National Workshop on Yeasts, Department of Microbiology, University of Delhi South Campus, August 5, 2006 Delivered an Invited Lecture on Polyamines in yeasts and other fungi: Novel target for disease control. 45. AgriBiotech 2006 - International Conference on Biotechnology for Sustainable Agriculture and Agro-Industry, Hyderabad, March 9-11, 2006. Delivered an Invited Talk on Genetic engineering of tomato for fruit quality improvement. 46. International Conference on Applied Phycology, University of Delhi, Delhi, February 1415, 2006. Delivered an Invited Talk on Transgenic approaches to the cellular functions of polyamines in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardii 47. Workshop on Role of Plant Biotechnology in Genetic Improvement and Biodiversity Conservation, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Delhi, Delhi, January 30, 2006 - Delivered an Inivited Lecture on The role of plant biotechnology in genetic emprovement and biodiversity conservation. 48. 93rd Indian Science Congress, Hyderabad, January 3-7, 2006. Delivered an Invited Talk on The enhanced tolerance to abiotic stresses and fungal pathogens in co-transformants of eggplant expressing polyamine biosynthesis genes. 49. 27th Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) and Natl. Symp. On Plant Biotechnology: New Frontiers. Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow, November 18-20, 2005. Delivered an Invited Talk on Genetic modification of fruit ripening and quality in transgenic tomato. 50. XXVIII All India Botanical Conference and Natl. Symp, on Plant Science Research in India: Challenges & Prospects, Botanical Survey of India, Dehradun, October 24-26, 2005. 51. International Conference on Microbial Diversity: Current Perspectives and Potential Applications. University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi, April 16-18, 2005. Delivered an Invited Talk on Prevention of plant diseases by targeting fungal polyamine biosynthesis. 52. Workshop on Biosafety of Transgenic Crops: Single Gene Products and Beyond. CII, New Delhi, April 14, 2005. 53. National Seminar on Plant Physiology, University of Pune, Pune, December 27-29, 2004. 23

54. 28th All India Cell Biology Conference and Symposium on Genome Biology, National Center for Human Genome Energy and Research, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India, Dec 1-3, 2004. 55. 45th Annual Conferdnce of Association of Microbiologists of India, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, November 23-25, 2004. 56. International meeting on Bio-convergence, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, November 18-20,2004. 57. National Consultation on Biosafety Aspects Related to Gentically Modified Organisms for Members and Nominees of DBT on Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBSC), National Institute of Immmunology, New Delhi, October 27, 2004. 58. International Symposium on Rice: From Green Revolution to Gene Revolution, Directorate of Rice Research, RajendraNagar, Hyderabad, October 04-06, 2004. 59. 9th National Rice Biotechnology Network (NRBN) Meeting, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, April 15-17, 2004. 60. INSA-DFG (Indo-Germany) Symposium on Better Harvest through Biotechnology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, April 4-7, 2004. 61. International Conference on Trends in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, March 6-8, 2003. 62. 25th Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) and National Symposium on Plant Biotechnology: Role in Sustainable Development, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, February 17-19, 2003. 63. National Symp. on Cyanobacteria and Plants under Environmental Stress: Responses, Defence Strategies and Biotechnological Prospects, B. H. U., Varanasi, February 25-27, 2003. 64. 2nd International Congress of Plant Physiology, I.A.R.I., New Delhi, January 8-12, 2003. 65. National Workshop on Mountain Development, G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Kosi-Katarmal, Almora, December 9-10, 2002. 66. International conference on Healthcare and Food: The Challenges of Intellectural Property, Biosafety & Bioethics, National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi, December 1-5, 2002. 67. National Seminar on Biotechnology as a Tool for Breeding and Biosafety for the Benefit of Mankind, Ankur Seeds Ltd., Nagpur, November 23, 2002. 68. Seminar on French Water Day, Indo-French Technical Association, New Delhi, June 25, 2002. 69. Workshop on 'Rice Functional Genomics', Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, May 20-21, 2002. 70. Symp. on 'Recent Trends in Plant Genomics', Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, April 11-12, 2002. 71. National Conf. on Perspectives in Plant Science, Kakatiya University, Warangal, Jan. 3031, 2002. 72. International Conf. On 'Thermophiles 2001 - Biology and Biotechnology of Thermophilic Microbes', University of Delhi - South Campus, New Delhi, December 3-7, 2001. 73. 8th National Rice Biotechnology Network Meeting, Aurangabad, October 21-25, 2001. 74. Workshop on Patenting Awareness (sponsored by the DST), University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi, Oct. 15, 2001. 75. 24th Annual Meeting of the Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) and National Symp. on 'Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology', University of Delhi - South Campus, New Delhi, October 12-14, 2001. 24

76. International Satellite Conf. on Chloroplasts: Development and Function, New Delhi, Aug. 13-15, 2001. 77. National Seminar on Seed Science and Technology in the New Millennium: Vistas and Vision, University of Mysore, Mysore, August 6-8, 2001. 78. AIBA Meeting - Colloquium on 'Good Laboratory Practices - Path towards Globalisation, Hyderabad, August 3-4, 2001. 79. Workshop on 'Biotechnological Interventions for the Improvement of Vegetable Crops', Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad, July 11-12, 2001. 80. Symp on 'Land Use Pattern and Biodiversity in Urban Esosystem of Delhi', New Delhi, April 22, 2001. 81. National Symp. on Relevance of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology Modern Trends, The American College, Madurai, March 1-3, 2001. 82. National Conf. On 'Emerging Trends in Biopharmaceutical Proteins and the Role of Preparative/Process Chromatography', New Delhi, December 18-20, 2000. 83. International Conf. on Global Sustainable Biotechnology Congress 2000 AD, University of Nagpur, Nagpur, Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2000. 84. XXIV All India Cell Biology Conf., J.N.U., New Delhi, Nov. 24-26, 2000. 85. 23rd Annual Meeting of the PTCA (India) and National Symp. on Prospects and Potentials of Plant Biotechnology in India in the 21st Century, University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur, Oct. 18-21, 2000. 86. Workshop on Stakeholders Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology: Biosafety and Economic Implications', Tata Energy Research Institute, New Delhi, Aug. 14, , 2000. 87. 5th International Solanaceae Conf., University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Nijmegen, July 23-29. 2000. 88. National Symp on 'Biotechnology for Sustainability in Agriculture', G. P. Pant University of Agriculure and Technology, Pantnagar, April 27-29, 2000. 89. Symp. on "Biotechnology Approaches for Plant Protection", University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi, Feb. 10, 2000. 90. Indo-French Workshop on Biotechnology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Dec. 15-17, 1999. 91. International Conf. on Life Sciences in the Next Millennium, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Dec. 11-14, 1999. 92. Workshop on Stakeholders Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology: Biosafety and Economic Implications', Tata Energy Research Institute, New Delhi, November 25, 1999. 93. International Conf. On 'Biotechnology for Sustained Productivity in Agriculture', International Life Sciences Institute, Hyderabad, November 1-2, 1999. 94. National Seminar on Emerging Frontiers in Plant Biotechnology, NCL, Pune, Oct. 27-29, 1999. 95. National Seminar on Plant Biotechnology, Kakatiya University, Warangal, June 29-30, 1999. 96. 22nd Annual Meeting of the PTCA (India) and National Symp. on Role of Plant Tissue Culture in Biodiversity Conservation and Economic Development, G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Kosi-Katarmal, Almora, June 7-9, 1999. 97. National Seminar on Plant Stress Biology, Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Nov. 1998. 98. Workshop on Plant Genetic Engineering, University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi, Oct. 22-23, 1998. 25

99. 21st Annual Meeting of the Plant Tissue Culture Associatioin (India) and National Symp. on 'Commercial Aspects of Plant Tissue Culture, Molecular Biology and Medicinal Plant Biotechnology', Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, February 25-27, 1998. 100. Indo-Japan Joint Seminar on Stress in Plants, INSA, New Delhi, February 12-14, 1998. 101. Plant Tissue Culture Conference, North Eastern Hill Univ., Shillong. 1998 102. International Conference on Research in Plants Science and Its Relevance of Future, University of Delhi, Delhi, 1998 103. National Symp. on Plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Hill Agricultre, DARL, Pithoragarh, May 6-8, 1998. 104. 1st National Symposium and Workshop on Liposome Research, Univ. of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi, 1998 105. Annual Meeting of the Association of Microbiologists of India, New Delhi, Dec. 12-14, 1997. 106. 2nd International Crop Science Congress, New Delhi, Nov. 17-24, 1997 107. International workshop on Mol. Biol. of Stress Responses, B.H.U Varanasi. Oct. 1417.1997 108. Meeting of the International Programme in Rice Biotech. Malacca, Malaysia. Sept. 1519,1997. 109. Group Meeting of the Principal Investigators of NRBR, DRR, Hyderabad, July 30-31, 1997. 110. All India Symposium on Recent Advances in Biotechnological applications of plant tissue and cell culture & XVIII meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association of India. Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, 1995. 111. XVII All India Cell Biology Conference and Symposia, Lucknow, Feb 13-15. 1995 112. National Symposium on Developmental Biology, Indian Society of Developmental Biologists, Rohtak, 1995. 113. XVII Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association of India, Mysore, 1995. 114. Zonal Meeting of Phytopathology, Warangal, 1994. 115. International Symp. on Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, ICGEB, New Delhi Dec 14-17, 1994 116. XVI International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Delhi, Sept. 1922.1994. 117. XVII Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture in Biotechnology in India: Assessment and Perspective, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. 118. DAE Symposium on Photosynthesis and Plant Molecular Biology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1993 119. XVI Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) and Symposium on Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnological Applications. Univ. of Rajasthan, Jaipur. 1993 120. XV All India Biology Conference, Univ. of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi, 1992. 121. XV Annual Meeting of the Plant Tissue Culture Association of India, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. 1992 122. Golden Jubilee Symp. on Genetic Research and Education: Current Trends and the Next Fifty Years, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, IARI, New Delhi, February 1215, 1991. 123. Seminar on Microbes in the service of Human Society, Univ. of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi.1989. 124. 2nd All India Conference on Cytology and Genetics, Kakatiya Univ., Warangal.1988. 26

125. IV National Seminar on Progress in Botanical Research, Nawab Shah Alam Research center, A.U.College, Hyderabad, 1987. 126. 74th Indian Science Congress, Bangalore Univ., Bangalore. 1987. 127. 1st All India Conference on Cytology and Genetics. 1986-87. 128. National Symposium Recent Advances in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture of Economically Important Crop Plants, Osmania Univ., Hyderabad. 1986. 129. 9th Indian Botanical Conference, Madras Univ., Madras. 1986. 130. 8th Botanical Conference, Osmania Univ., Hyderabad 1985. 131. 6th Indian Botanical conference, Utkal Univ., Bhubneshwar. 1983. 132. XV International congress of Genetics: Satellite Symposium on Mutagenesis: Basic and Applied, L.N.Mithila University, Darbhanga 1983. 133. New Approaches to Plant Science and Researches, Kashmir Univ., Srinagar 1982. 134. IV All India Congress of Cytology and Genetics, Bhagalpur Univ., Bhagalpur.1981. 135. 4th Indian Botanical Conference, Calicut University, Calicut 1981. 136. National Seminar on Recent Advances in Plant science, Nawab Shah Alam Khan Research Center, A.U. College. Hyderabad. 1981. 137. 3rd Indian Botanical Conference, Lucknow Univ., Lucknow, 1980. 138. National Symposium on the Role of Induced Mutations in Crop Improvements, Osmania Univ., Hyderabad, 1979.

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