School of Basic and Applied Sciences

Department of Plant Sciences

The Department of Plant Sciences started to function as a part of the Centre for Biosciences in 2009 and became independent Centre in 2015. In 2017 the nomenclature was changed and centre was replaced with Department. Our department 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 postgraduates and ~3 technical staffs. This department provides excellent research and training opportunities for Ph.D. and postgraduate students. A total of five students have completed their Ph.D. degree requirements. Currently, research in the department is focused on Plant Cell and Tissue Culture, Genome editing, Molecular Stress Physiology, Plant and Algal Biodiversity, Floristic Diversity of Antarctica, Anticancer compounds from algae and fungi,   Genetics and Applied Genomics, and Plant Metabolic Engineering. This department is committed to expand its range of activities in coming days with new projects and manpowers. In a short span of its existence, the department has obtained grants of over 2.4 crores from external funding agencies.

The department has well equipped laboratories with plant growth chamber, culture room, growth rooms for designing wide range of experiments and 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
  • Extensive molecular phylogenetics-based survey of floral diversity of Larsemann Hills, and Schirmarcher Oasis, East Antarctica
  • DNA Taxonomy and molecular systematics of plant species (algae, mosses, ferns, mangroves, medicinal plants and trees) from Indian Subcontinent and molecular systematics of photobionts of lichens from Indian Himalayas
  • Plant growth promoting metal resistant bacteria and their role in phytoremediation, agriculture and biofuels
  • dbIndAlgae-an open access online database of the algae from Indian Subcontinent and regions surrounding Indian Antarctic Stations Bharati and Maitri
  • Role of miRNA in Circadian rhythms.

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. Gill, B.S., Navgeet, Mehra, R., Kumar, V. and  Kumar, S.  (2018). Ganoderic acid, lanostanoid triterpene: a key player in apoptosis.Investigational New Drugs . 36, (1) 136–143
  2. Anand, S.S., Thakur, S., Gargi, M., Choudhary, S., Bhardwaj, P. (2017). Development and characterization of genomic microsatellite markers in Prosopis cinerariaCurrent Plant Biology 9-10, 37-42.
  3. Bast, F., Kundu, P, and Rani, P (2017) Taxonomical Synonymy of Red Seaweed Gracilaria foliifera (Forsskal) Borgesen, 1932 with Gracilaria corticata J. Agardh, 1852 based on Multi- Local Phylogeny. International Journal of Plant and Environment 3 (2) 35-45
  4. Bast, F. and Kaur, N (2017) Nuclear and Plastid DNA Sequence-based Molecular Phylogeography of Salvadora oleoides (Salvadoraceae) in Punjab, India Reveals Allopatric Speciation in Anthropogenic Islands Due to Agricultural Expansion. J Phylogenetics Evol Biol 5:S1 DOI: 10.4172/2329-9002.1000180
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Singh, S., Singh, B., Sharma,P., Mittal,A., Kumar, S.,  Saini,  G.S.S., Tripathi, S.K., Singh, G & Kaura, A. (2017). Amino acid functionalized zinc oxide nanostructures for cytotoxicity effect and hemolytic behavior: Theoretical and experimental studies. Materials and Design. 134, 10-22. doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2017.08.020
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Bhushan, S., Mehra, R., Rani, P. and Bast, F. (2016) "DbIndAlgae: Online resource of Seaweeds of Indian coasts". Current Science. 111 (4):717-723
  14. Bast, F. (2016) Primary succession recapitulates phylogeny. Journal of Phylogenetics and Evolutionary Biology, 4 (1).
  15. Bast, F. (2016). Left-Right Political Spectrum and the Human Gene Pool. Journal of Phylogenetics and Evolutionary Biology, 4(2).
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  6. Singh, P., Bast, F., Kumar, S. and Kundu, P. (2017). Health Promoting Activity of Myricetin: A Natural Flavonoid. In book: Horizons in Cancer Research., Chapter: Health Promoting Activity of Myricetin: A Natural Flavonoid, Editors: Hiroto S. Watanabe. Nova Science Publishers
  7. Singh, P., Bast, F., Kumar, S., and Saini, K.C. (2017) Influence of Insulin and Metformin on Prostate Cancer. In book: Horizons in Cancer Research., Editors: Hiroto S. Watanabe Vol. 64 pp 1-10 Nova Science Publishers.
  8. Singh P., Rani, A. and Bast, F. (2017) Impact of Personalized Medicine in Cancer. In book: Horizons in Cancer Research., Editors: Hiroto S. Watanabe Vol. 64 pp 183-193. Nova Science Publishers
  9. Singh, P., Kumar, S. and Bast, F. (2017). Natural Compounds Are Smart Players in Context to Anticancer Potential of Receptor Tyrosine Kinases: An In Silico and In Vitro Advancement. In book: Translational Bioinformatics and Its Application, Publisher: Springer Netherlands, Editors: Wei, D.-Q, Ma, Y, Cho, W.C., Xu, Q, Zhou, F, pp.177-202. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-024-1045-7_8

Papers Presented in Seminars/Conferences/Symposia/Workshops

  1. Bast, F. “Lichen Photobiont Diversity: Current State of the Art and Challenges”. Invited Talk at  National Conference on Current developments and Next Generation Lichenology, CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow 27-28 January 2018.
  2. Bast, F. “Tracking Trails by cracking codes”. Invited lecture through National Knowledge Network to AMET University, Chennai. 27th September, 2017
  3. 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
  4. Bast, F. "Floristic diversity of Larsemann Hills, East Antarctica", National Conference on Polar Sciences (NCPS-2017)) NCAOR, Goa (May 16-17, 2017)
  5. Bast, F. Science Outreach presentation 10th March 2017 at Maitri station, Antarctica
  6. Bast, F. Science Outreach Presentation 9th February 2017 at Bharati Station, Antarctica
  7. 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.
  8. 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  
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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. 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).
  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. 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).
  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. Felix Bast, Tracing evolutionary heritage of Indian Languages using Computational Phylogenetics. Funding agency: ICSSR, 07 Lacs (INR).
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. Dr. Felix Bast, Genotoxicity detection in drinking water from Malwa region, Punjab. Funding agency: University of Grant Commission, Sanctioned amount: 06 Lacs (INR).
  7. 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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Laboratory Facilities

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