Dr. Anil Kumar

Designation:

Associate Professor

Specialization:

Plant Biotechnology, Plant Genetic Manipulations

Email:

adatta@thapar.edu

Educational Qualifications:

  • M.Sc. (Life Sciences) B.Ed., Ph.D. (Botany)
  • Qualified NET for JRF in Life Sciences (Dec 1990)

Experience:

  • Research: 17 Years (Post Doctoral)
  • Teaching: 08 Years
  1. Department of Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala,Associate Professor,Rs 45500+10000 (AGP) plus allowances(Scale),from July 2014 to Till date
  2. Department of Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala ,Assistant Professor,Rs 40260+9500 (AGP) plus allowances,From June 2011 to June 2014
  3. Department of Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala ,Assistant Professor,Rs 30000+8500 (AGP) plus allowances from April 2011 to April 2011
  4. Department of Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala,Assistant Professor,Rs 19000+6000 plus allowances from June 2007 to April 2011
  5. Centre of relevance & Excellance, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala,Research Scientist,Rs 20,000 Consolidated, From Oct 2006 to June 2007
  6. Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala,Senior Research Associate,8000 Basic Plus Allowances from Dec 2005 to Oct 2006
  7. Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala,Research Scientist,Rs 15000 Consolidated from July 2004 to Dec 2005
  8. G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Kosi-Katarmal, Almora,Senior Research Associate,8000 Basic Plus Allowances ftom June 2004 to --.
  9. G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Kosi-Katarmal, Almora,Research Associate,12000 Consolidated from July 1997 to June 2004
  10. Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur (Earlier known as CSIR Complex, Palampur),JRF & SRF,Rs 2800 Consolidated from Sept 1991 to Sept 1996

Publication:

  • Research Publications: 37
  • Book (Ed.):01
  • General Articles: 03
  • Conference Presentations:33

Trainings

  1. Attended "International Hands on Training Course on DNA Fingerprinting" jointly organised by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad, Nov 6-19, 1997.
  2. Attended training on “DNA Based Marker Technologies and its application” organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, July 21-31, 2003.

Projects involved

  1. Genetic transformation of selected clones of Populus deltoids for cellulose enhancement in wood. (CSIR, New Delhi: PI, 20.0 Lakhs) April 2012.
  2. Selection of elite clones of Bacopa monniera (L.) Wettst. and production of bacosides using biotechnological approches. (UGC, New Delhi: PI 10.0 Lakhs) March 2011- Feb 2014.
  3. Development of in vitro propagation protocol and production of minitubers of potato. PESPICO & McCain Foods. 300 Lakhs (Continues activity).
  4. Development of Biotechnological tools for production of bacosides from Bacopa monniera (L.) Wettst. (Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, PI, Rs 1.0 Lakhs).
  5. Molecular cloning of sucrose synthase and korrigan genes and genetic transformation of Eucalyptus for cellulose enhancement (CSIR- New Delhi: Co-PI, 14 lakhs), Science Feb 2007.
  6. Establishment of callus, suspension and hairy root cultures of Podophyllum hexandrum and P. peltatum under laboratory conditions, and scale-up cultures for podophyllotoxin production (Science June 2004; Funded by CSIR in Scientist Pool Scheme)
  7. Improvement of tea using biotechnological approaches (Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India) June 2001 – 2004 (Co-PI) 68.0 Lakhs.
  8. Commercial propagation of superior root stocks of Apple through micropropagation, Since Oct 2005 and Micropropagation and minituber production in selected clones of potato science April 2006.
  9. Genetic transformation of Eucalyptus for increased cellulose content in wood (TIFAC), July 2004-2007.
  10. Micropropagation (commercial) of elite clones of Eucalyptus and Leucaena (Funded by Ballarpur Industries Ltd.), July 2004-Sept 2005.
  11. Quantification of active ingredients in Himalayan medicinal plants (In house; GBPIHED, KosiKatarmal, Almora) June 1998 – June 2003
  12. Net Work Programme for the Mass Propagation and Improvement of Tree Species of the Himalayan Region (Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India) July 1997 – June 1998

Infra Structure Projects

Advanced Diploma in Transgenic Plant technologies. UGC Sponsored Rs 44.0 Lakhs

Research

  1. JRF: Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (earlier known as CSIR Complex), Pala mpur, H.P. (Sept. 4, 1991 to Sept. 3, 1993; Rs. 1800 Fixed).
  2. SRF: Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, H.P. (Sept. 4, 1993 to Sept. 3, 1996; Rs. 2800 Fixed). Completed remaining project activities and writing of Ph.D. thesis (Sept. 4, 1996 to July 6, 1997).
  3. Research Associate (DBT project): G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, KosiKatarmal, Almora 263 643 (U.A.) in a D.B.T. sponsored project entitled "Net Work Programme for the Mass Propagation and Improvement of Tree Species of the Himalayan Region" (July 8, 1997 to June 24, 1998; Rs. 3200 Fixed).
  4. Research Associate (Institute): Environmental Physiology and Biotechnology Division, G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Kosi-Katarmal, Almora 263 643 (U.A.) (June 25, 1998 to June 24 2003; Rs. 10,500 plus allowances as per rules).
  5. Research Associate (DBT project): G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, KosiKatarmal, Almora 263 643 (U.A.) in a D.B.T. sponsored project entitled "Improvement of tea using biotechnological approches" (June 24, 2003 to June 2004; Rs. 12000 + HRA Fixed).
  6. Research Scientist (TIFAC – CORE Pprogramme, DST): Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, P atiala, Punjab (July 2004 to Sept 2005; Rs. 15000 + Accomodation).
  7. In addition, I have also been involved in the day-to-day supervision of junior research staff (laboratory) and field workers.
  8. Pool Officer (CSIR, New Delhi): G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, KosiKatarmal, Almora 263 643 (U.A.) (June 2004 – Oct 2006: Rs 8000 plus usual allowances as admissible to CSIR employees).
  9. Research Scientist (TIFAC – CORE Pprogramme, DST): Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, P atiala, Punjab (From Oct 2006 to June 2007; Rs. 20,000 + Accomod ation).
  10. Assistant Professor: Department of Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala Science June 2007

Supervisory Experience (Research): M.Sc. thesis completed.

  • i. Jagrity Sharma: Development of biotechnological tools for the genetic improvement of selected elite clones of Eucalyptus tereticornis Sm. M.Sc. 2006 Thesis, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • ii. Preeti Gupta: In vitro propagation of Chlorophytum borivilianum. M.Sc. 2006, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • iii. Sunil Chaudhary: Studies on in vitro propagation of selected superior tree of Eucalyptus tereticornisi Sm. M.Sc. 2007 Thesis, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala
  • iv. Vishal Sandhu: In vitro propagation of Podophyllum hexandrum Royle: medicinally important, an endangered species of alpine Himalayan region. M.Sc. 2007, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • v. Versha: Studies on in vitro propagation of apple rootstock MM111. M.Sc. 2008, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • vi. Neha Jaiswal: Genetic transformation of Bacopa monnieri. M.Sc. 2009, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • vii. Uma Kumari: Studies on in vitro morphogenesis of Bacopa monnieri. M.Sc. 2009, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • viii. Barkha Khelwani: Studies on molecular characterization and in vitro regeneration of various ecotypes of Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst. M,Sc, 2010, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • ix. Nishant Sharma: Studies on in vitro propagation of apple rootstock M7 and MM106. M.Sc. 2010, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • x. Alpi Bansal: Influence of endophytic bacteria on growth and tuber production in potato. M.Sc. 2011, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • xi. Nidhi Gupta: Development of in vitro regeneration protocol for apple rootstock M7 and M9. M.Sc. 2011, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • xii. Kirti Sharma: Studies on in vitro propagation and genetic transformation of apple rootstock M7. M.Sc. 2012, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • xiii. Deepwinder: Studies on in vitropropagation and genetic transformation of Rosa hybrid acv. „First Red?. M.Sc. 2012, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala
  • xiv. Amanpreet Kaur: In vitro propagation and biochemistry of Rosa hybrida L. cv. „First Red? and clonal fidelity of microplants. M.Sc. 2013
  • xv. Nisha: Studies on in vitro propagation of Ocimum tenuiflorum and testing of clonal fidelity of micro plantlets. M.Sc. 2013
  • xvi. Navpreet Kaur: Optimization of fermentation parameters for bioconversion of corn to ethanol using response surface methodology. M.Sc. 2013
  • xvii.Divya Sharma: Isolation and characterization of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria. M.Sc. Thesis 2013

M. Tech Thesis

  • i. Omika Sharma; Diversity amongst wild populations of Arides multiflorrum as revealed by RAPD and ISSR markers
  • ii. Preeti Kalara: Development of Agrobacterium mediated genetic transformation protocol for Populus deltoids clone L34

Ph.D. thesis Completed

Sanjog Garyali: Diversity of taxol producing endophytic fungi from Taxus baccata and process optimization for taxol production. July 2014 Diwakar Aggarwal: Molecular cloning of two important genes involved in cellulose biosynthesis and genetic transformation of Eucalyptus for enhancement of cellulose content in wood. October 2013.

Ph.D. thesis Ongoing

  1. M. Vasundra Enroled: Fungal endophytes: a potential source of bioactive molecules.
  2. Mahema Bansal Enroled: Evaluation and production of bacosides from the selected elite clones of Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst.
  3. Amanpreet Kaur Enroled: Biotechnological approaches for the development of blight resistance in selected Indian potato cultivar(s)
  4. Saloni Sharma

Responsibilities

  1. Involved in the management of the commercial Plant Tissue Culture Unit with the capacity of producing about 2 million plants per year. In this facility we undertake the commercial production of Apple Root stock plantlets (from known varieties imported from USA; supplied to Apple grower groups in HP), micro and mini tubers of potato for the supply to Pepsico Holding India Pvt. Ltd. and superior clones of Eucalyptus for pulp and paper industry (Revenue generated in last three years (200 Lakhs).
  2. Served as Faculty in following training programmes
    1. Basic and Applied Techniques in Micropropagation Industry – A Practical Course Sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India, held at IHBT, Palampur from March 17 -April 4, 1997.
    2. Short- term course on Plant Tissue Culture : Technology and Applications, held at Thapar Institute of Engineering and technology, Patiala, Oct 12 -18, 2004,
  3. As Course Co-ordinator
    1. Short- term course on Plant Tissue Culture: Biotechnology and Applications, held at Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, Oct 24 -29, 2005.
    2. A training programmes on Commercial Plant Tissue Culture for Entrepreneurs held during Nov. 28-30 2005 and Feb. 8-10 2006.
    3. Course Co-ordinator, Summer Training, Plant Tissue Culture Module, held at Science and Technology Entewprenures Park (STEP), Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala from 5 June to 15 June 2006.
    4. Short- term course on Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology, held at Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, Jan 15 - 21, 2007 (Funded by Satae Biotechnology Programme, Govt of Uttaranchal, India).
    5. Short- term course on Plant Tissue Culture, held at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala , April 9 – 14, 2007,
    6. Short- term course on Plant Tissue Culture, held at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala , April 16 – 21, 2007,
    7. Short term training course on Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, June 2007.
    8. Training Course for Faculty and Researchers on Plant Tissue Culture Techniques: Isolation & Characterization of Bio-molecules. September 17 – 23, 2007. (Funded by Sate Biotechnology Programme, Govt of Uttaranchal, India).
    9. Referesher cum Training course on Plant Tissue Culture Techniques: Molecular Characterisation. October 29 – Nov. 04, 2007. (Funded by Sate Biotechnology Programme, Govt of Uttaranchal, India).
    10. Short term training programme on Plant Biotechnology. July 2009
    11. Short term training programme on “Recent Trends in Plant Biotechnology & Transgenics” sponsored by State Biotechnology Department, Government of Uttarakhand, 16 -21 Aug. 2011
    12. Short term training programme on “Recent Trends in Plant Biotechnology & Transgenics” sponsored by State Biotechnology Department, Government of Uttarakhand, 23-29 Jan., 2012
    13. Short term training programme on “Plant Tissue Culture and Plant Transgenic Technologies” sponsored by State Biotechnology Department, Government of Uttarakhand, 11 -16 Feb. 2013

Membership of Professional Societies: (present and past)

  • 1. Society for Biological Chemists, India
  • 2. International Association of Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology, USA (Member).
  • 3. Society for the Promotion of DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, India (Life Me mber).
  • 4. Mycological Society of India, Chennai (Life Member)

List of Publications:

Research Papers Published in full

  • 1. Sharma OP, Sood A, Datta AK*, Thakur KN, Sharma M, Palni LMS (1996) Maggar (Dendrocalamus hamiltonii): The Himalayan Miracle Bamboo. In: Proceedings of an interactive seminar on Sustainable and Replicable Eco-development in Uttaranchal (Shah, S.L., ed), Shree Almora Book Depot, Almora, pp. 227-238. (Invited paper)
  • 2. Sharma OP, Dawara RK, Datta AK*, Kanwar SS (1997) Biodegradation of lantadene A, the pentacyclic triterpenoid hepatotoxin by Pseudomonos picketii. Letters in Applied Microbiology 24:229-232. * Some of the initial publications are with the name A. K. Datta
  • 3. Kumar A, Nagar PK, Gupta AK, Palni LMS (1997) Studies of dormancy in in vitro produced cormlets and in vivo produced cormels and in changes in the levels of IAA and carbohydrates during storage of cormels in Gladiolus. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 3: 117-122.
  • 4. Palni LMS, Bag N, Nadeem M, Tamta S, Vyas P, Bisht MS, Purohit VK, Kumar A, Nandi SK, Pandey A, Purohit AN (1998) Micropropagation- conservation through tissue culture of selected Himalayan plants. In: Research for mountain develoment: some initiatives and accomplishments. Gyanodaya Prakashan, Nainital, pp. 431-452.
  • 5. Nandi SK, Kumar A, Palni LMS (1999) Role of plant tissue culture in biodiversity conservation and economic development. Current Science 77: 1229-1231.
  • 6. Kumar A, Sood A, Palni LMS, Gupta AK (1999) In vitro propagation of Gladiolus hybridus Hort. Synergistic effect of heat shock and sucrose on morphogenesis. Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture 57:105-112.
  • 7. Nagar PK, Kumar A (2000) Changes in endogenous gibberellins during winter dormancy in tea. Acta Physiologiae Plantrum 22: 439 - 443.
  • 8. Kumar A, Sood A, Palni LMS, Palni UT, Gupta AK (200 0) In vitro propagation of Bulgarian rose from selected mature bushes. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences 22(1B): 593-603.
  • 9. Kumar A, Palni LMS, Nagar PK, Gupta AK (2001) Changes in endogenous abscisic acid and phenols in gladiolus cormels in relation to storage and dormancy. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 7: 67 -74.
  • 10. Kumar A, Sood A, Palni LMS, Palni UT, Gupta AK (2001) Micropropagation of Rosa damascena from selected bushes. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology 76(1) 30-34.
  • 11. Nadeem M, Kumar A, Nandi, SK, Palni LMS (2001) Tissue culture of medicinal plants with particular reference to Kumaun Himalaya. In: Himalayan medicinal plants: potential and prospects (Samant SS, Dhar U & Palni LMS, eds.) Gyanodaya Prakashan, Nainital, pp. 231-268.
  • 12. Bag N, Kumar A, Nandi SK, Pandey A, Palni LMS (2001) Efficient rooting and biological hardening of tissue culture raised tea [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] plants. In: Proceedings of 2001 International Conference on O-CHA (Tea) Culture and Science, held at Shizuoka, Japan, Oct. 5-8, 2001 132-135.
  • 13. Kumar A, Nandi SK, Bag N, Palni LMS (2002) Tissue culture studies in two important orchid taxa: Rhynchostylis retusa (L.) Bl. and Cymbidium elegans Lindl. In: Role of plant tissue culture in biodiversity conservation and economic development (Nandi SK, Palni LMS & Kumar A, eds.), Gyanodaya Prakashan, Nainital, pp. 113-124
  • 14. Kumar A, Palni UT, Sood A, Palni LMS, Gupta AK (2002) The effect of heat shock and sucrose on morphogenesis in cultures of Gladiolus hybridus Hort. Ibid, pp. 245-259.
  • 15. Pandey H, Chandra B, Nadeem M, Kumar A, Nandi SK, Palni LMS (2002) In vitro propagation of some alpine medicinal herbs of Himalaya. Ibid, pp. 279-323.
  • 16. Kumar A, Palni LMS, Sood A, Sharma M, Palni UT, Gupta AK (2002) Heat shock induced somatic embryogenesis in callus cultures of gladiolus in the presence of high sucrose. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology 77: 3-78 (Paper was highlighted in Agri Cell Reports).
  • 17. Nadeem M, Rikhari HC, Kumar A, Palni LMS, Nandi SK (2002) Taxol content in the bark of Himal ayan Yew [Taxus baccata L. subsp. wallichiana (Zucc.) Pilger] in relation to tree age and sex. Phytochemistry 60: 627-631.
  • 18. Kumar A, Palni LMS, Nandi SK (2003) The effect of light source and gelling agent on micro propagation of Rosa damascena Mill. and Rhynchostylis retusa (L.) Bl. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology 78: 786-792.
  • 19. Pandey H, Nandi SK, Kumar A, Palni UT, Chandra B, Palni LMS (2004) In vitro propagation of Aconitum balfourii Stapf: an important aconite of the Himalayan alpines. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology 79: 34-41.
  • 20. Kumar A, Nandi SK, Chandra B, Pal M (2004). Conservation of some Himalayan medicinal plants using biotechnological approaches. Indian Forester 130:187-199.
  • 21. Pandey H, Nandi SK, KumarA, Palni UT, Palni LMS (2007). Podophyllotoxin content in Podophyllum hexandrum Royle plants of known age of seed origin and grown at a lower altitude. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 29: 121-126.
  • 22. Nadeem M, Palni LMS, Kumar A, Nandi SK (2007). Podophyllotoxin content, above and below ground biomass in relation to altitude in Podophyllum hexandrum Royle population from Kumaun region of Indian Central Himalaya. Planta Medica 73: 388-391.
  • 23. Pandey H, Nandi SK, Kumar A, Agnihotri RK, Palni LMS (2008). Aconitine alkaloids from tubers of Aconitum heterophyllum and A. balfourii: critically endangered medicinal herbs of Indian central Himalaya. National Academy of Science Letters 31: 89-93.
  • 24. Aggarwal D, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2010) Shoot organogenesis in elite clones of Eucalyptus tereticornis. Plant Cell Tissue & Organ Culture 102: 45-52.
  • 25. Kumar A, Aggarwal D, Gupta P, Reddy MS (2010). Factors affecting in vitro propagation and field establishment of Chlorophytum borivilianum . Biologia Plantarum 54: 601-606, 2010
  • 26. Kumar A, Palni LMS, Sood A (2010). Factors affecting in vitro cormlet formation in Gldiolus hybridus Hort. and evaluation of field performance of cormlets. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 33:509-515.
  • 27. Aggarwal D, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2011). Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated genetic transformation of selected elite clone(s) of Eucalyptus tereticornis. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 33: 1603-1611.
  • 28. Aggarwal D, Kumar A, Sharma J, Reddy MS (2012). Factors affecting micropropagation and acclimatization of an elite clone of Eucalyptus tereticornis Sm. In Vitro CellularDevelopmental Biology-Plants 48:521-529
  • 29. Aggarwal D, Jaiswal N, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2012). Factors affecting genetic transformation and shoot organogenesis of Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst. Journal of Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology 22:382-391
  • 30. Garyali S, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2013). Taxol production by an endophytic fungus Fusarium redolens isolated from Himalayan Yew. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 23(10), 1372–1380
  • 31. Kumar A, Palni LMS (2013). Changes in endogenous polyamines during in vitro cormlet formation in Gladiolus hybridus Hort. Scientia Horticulturae 162: 260-264
  • 32. Bansal M, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2014) Diversity amongst wild accessions of Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst. and their morphogenetic potential. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 36:1177-1186
  • 33. Garyali S, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2014). Diversity of taxol producing endophytic fungi from Himalayan yew. Annals of Microbiology DOI 10.1007/s13213-013-0786-7
  • 34. Garyali S, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2014). Enhancement of taxol production from endophytic fungus Fusarium redolens. Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering (Accepted)
  • 35. Bansal M, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2014). Influence of Agrobacterium rhizogenes strains on hairy root induction and 'bacoside A' production from Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum (Accepted)
  • 36. Walia NK, Sekhon KK, Cameotra SS, Chaudhary DP, Srivastava P, Kumar A (2014). Optimization of fermentation parameters for bioconversion of corn to ethanol using response surfa ce methodology. Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology (Accepted)
  • 37. Bansal M, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2014). Seasonal variation in biomass and bacoside A content in Bacopa monnieri. (Communicated)

Books edited

  • 1. Nandi SK, Palni LMS, Kumar A (2001) Role of plant tissue culture in biodiversity conservation and economic development. Gyanodaya Prakashan, Nainital; 646 p.

Popular articles

  • 1. Nagar PK, Kumar A (1997) Role of plant growth regulators in tissue culture. In: Laboratory manual "Basic and Applied techniques in micropropagation industry - a practical course" held at the Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur. Sponsored by DBT, New Delhi, pp A12-A23.
  • 2. Kumar A, Ahuja PS (1997) Induction of microtubers (potato) and cormlets (gladiolus). Ibid, pp A44-A50.
  • 3. Purohit VK, Nandi SK, Palni LMS, Rikhari HC, Kumar A (2000) Successful air layering in Quercus glauca Thunb. Hima-Paryavaran 12 (2): 9-10

Conference Presentations

  • 1. Sood A, Kumar A, Sharma M, Palni LMS, Gupta AK (1994) Induction of somatic embryogenesis and corm formation in callus cultures of Gladiolus var. Her Majesty following heat shock, XXIV International Horticulture Congress, Kyoto, Japan, 21-27 August (Poster).
  • 2. Kumar A, Nagar PK, Palni LMS, Gupta AK (1998) Changes in abscisic acid and phenols during dormancy and its release in gladiolus cormels. National Symposium on Current Trends in Plant Physiology and Plant Biochemistry, Dept. of Plant Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 29-31 January (Poster).
  • 3. Nadeem M, Kumar A, Nandi SK, Rikhari HC, Palni, LMS (1998) Clonal and altitudinal variation in taxol and baccatin III content in Himalayan Yew. Tree Science Conference - 98, WWF Auditorium, New Delhi, 10-13 April (Poster).
  • 4. Kumar A, Sood A, Palni LMS, Palni UT, Gupta AK (1999) In vitro propagation of Bulgarian rose from selected mature bushes. National Seminar on the Research and Development in Aromatic Plants: Current Trends in Biology, Uses, Production and Marketing of essential oils, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow. 30-31 July (Poster) (Received 1 st Prize).
  • 5. Kumar A, Palni UT, Sood A, Palni LMS, Gupta AK (1999) The effect of heat shock and sucrose on morphogenesis in cultures of Gladiolus hybridus Hort. National Symposium of Role of Plant Tissue Culture in Biodiversity Conservation and Economic Development, G.B.P.I.H.E.D., Kosi-Katarmal, 7-9 June (Poster).
  • 6. Bag N, Kumar A, Nandi SK, Pandey A, Palni LMS (2001) Efficient rooting and biological hardening of tissue culture raised tea [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] plants. 2001 International Conference on O-CHA (Tea) Culture and Science, Shizuoka, Japan, 5-8 October (Poster).
  • 7. Kumar A, Nandi SK, Palni LMS (2001) Hybridization studies amongst different species of Cymbidium. 6 thNational seminar on orchid diversity in India, science & commerce and orchid show, held at I.H.B.T. Palampur, H.P., 11-13 November (Poster) (Received 3rdPrize).
  • 8. Bag N, Chandra S, Kumar A, Nandi SK, Palni LMS (2001) Plant regeneration using explants taken from physiologically young and mature plants of „Maggar? bamboo (Dendrocalamus hamiltonii Nees Et. Arn. Ex. Munro) and their comparison with mother plants. National Seminar on Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, Department of Genetics, University of Delhi-South Campus, New Delhi, 12-14 October (Poster).
  • 9. Kumar A, Palni, LMS, Nandi SK, Nagar PK (2003) Role of polyamines in auxin induced root formation in microshoots National Symposium on Improving Crop Productivity in an Ecofriendly Environment: Physiological and Molecular Approches, Department of Plant Physiology, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 15-17 October (Poster).
  • 10. Palni LMS, Kumar A, Pandey A, Nandi SK. (2004). The effect of some lesser known factors on in vitro propagation and hardening of tissue culture raised high value plants.
  • 11. Aggarwal, D, Kumar, A, Khanna S. (2004). Optimazation of micropropagation protocol of Eucalyptus tereticornis. International Conference “Bioconvergence 2004, Department of Biotechnology & Environemntal Sciences, Thapar Institute of Engineering Technology, Patiala, 18 – 20 November (Poster).
  • 12. Chandra, B, Kumar, A, Pandey, H, Nandi, SK, Palni, LMS. (2004). Effect of ferti lizers (NPK and FYM) on biomass and the yield of active ingredients in two alpine medicinal herbs, Aconitium balfourii Stapf. and Podophyllum hexandrum Royle. 73rdAnnual meeting and seminar on “ Challenges & Opportunity to harness the modern biology for Socio-economical development in Genomic Era, Department of Biochemistry , Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 21 – 24 November (Poster).
  • 13. Nadeem, M, Pandey, H, Kumar A, Nandi SK, Palni LMS. (2004). Variation in podophyllotoxin levels in Podophyllum hexandrum Royle populations from Kumaun and Garhwal regions of Indian central Himalaya. 73rd Annual meeting and seminar on “ Challenges & Opportunity to harness the modern biology for Socio-economical development in Genomic Era, Department of Biochemistry , Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 21 – 24 November (Poster).
  • 14. Pandey, H, Kumar, A, Sotta, B, Nandi, SK, Palni, LMS. (2004). Role of plant growth substances in cotyl edonary senescence and correlative inhibtion in alpine rosettes. 73 rd Annual meeting and seminar on “ Chal-8lenges & Opportunity to harness the modern biology for Socio -economical development in Genomic Era, Department of Biochemistry , Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 21 – 24 November (Poster).
  • 15. Kumar, A, Aggarwal, D, Gupta, P. (2006). Factors affecting in vitro propagation of Chlorophytum borivilianum. National Symposium on Plant Biotechnology on In Vitro Regeneration and Cloning Techniques, held at Forest Research Institute (FRI) Dehradun, 12 – 14 October 2006 (Poster).
  • 16. Aggarwal, D and Kumar, A. (2008). Regeneration of shoot buds and somatic embryogenesis in Bacopa monneira (L.) Wettst. – an important medicinal plant. National Symposium on Plant Biotechnology for conservation, Chaterisation and crop improvement, held at Department of Biotechnology, Mohan Lal Sukhadia University Udaipur, Feb. 8-10, 2008.
  • 17. Aggarwal, D, Kumar A., and Reddy MS. (2009) Development of regeneration and genetic transformation protocol for selected elite clone of Eucalyptus tereticornis Sm. National Symposium on plant propagation, conservation, modification and characterisation, to be held at Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, 3-4 April 2009.
  • 18. Aggarwal, D, Kumar A., and Reddy MS. (2010) Studies on shoot regeneration and genetic transformation in elite clones of Eucalyptus. National Symposium on Plant cell tissue and organ culture: The present scenario & XXXI Annual meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India), held at Centre of Advanced Study, Department of Botany, University of Kolkota, 3-5 March 2010.
  • 19. Aggarwal, D, Kumar A., and Reddy MS (2010). Studies on in vitro propagation of Ocimum sanctum. National Conference on emerging trends in biopharmaceuticals: relevance to human health, held at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, 11-13 November 2010.
  • 20. Bansal M, Khilwani B, Kumar A, Readdy MS (2010). Biotechnological approaches for the production of bacosides from Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst., National Conference on emerging trends in biopharmaceuticals: relevance to human health, held at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, 11-13 November 2010.
  • 21. Garyali S, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2010). Diversity of taxol producing endophytic fungi from Taxus baccata and process optimization for taxol production. National Conference on emerging trends in biopharmaceut icals: relevance to human health, held at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, 11-13 November 2010.
  • 22. Aggarwal D, Kumar A and Reddy MS (2012): Micropropagation of commercially important elite clone of E. tereticornis Sm. National symposium on “Emerging Trends in Biotechnology” Department of Biotechnology, MM Modi College, Patiala.24th Feb., 2012
  • 23. Aggarwal D, Kumar A and Reddy MS (2012): Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated genetic transformation of E tereticornis Sm. National seminar on “Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture: Emerging Trends.” Depar tment of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. 10-11 March, 2012
  • 24. Garyali S, Kumar A and Reddy MS (2013). Efficient procedure for the screening of taxol producing end ophytic fungi. National seminar on current perspectives of fungi in health care and environment, Department of Biotechnology, Bangalore University, Bangalore, 13thand 14thMarch 2013
  • 25. Garyali S, Kumar A and Reddy MS (2013). Diversity of taxol producing endophytic fungi from Taxus baccata growing in Northern Himalaya. National seminar on current perspectives of fungi in health care and e nvironment, Department of Biotechnology, Bangalore University, Bangalore, 13th and 14thMarch 2013
  • 26. Aggarwal D, Kumar A and Reddy MS (2013) Biotechnological approached for the improvement of Eucalyptus. National seminar on Plant biotechnology Plant Sciences: New Technologies, Conservation and Environment. Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. 23-24 February, 2013
  • 27. Garyali S, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2013) Screening of taxol producing endophytic fungi using molecular mar kers. International conference on Plant Biotechnology, Molecular medicine and Human Health, Department of Genetics, University of Delhi, South Campus New Delhi, 18-20 Oct. 2013.
  • 28. Bansal M, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2013) Influence of different Agrobacterium rhizogenes strains on induction of hairy roots and bacoside A production in Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst. International conference on Plant Biotechnology, Molecular medicine and Human Health, Department of Genetics, University of Delhi, South Campus New Delhi, 18-20 Oct. 2013.
  • 29. Aggarwal D, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2013) Molecular cloning and characterization of korrigan and sucrose synthase genes from Populus deltodies involved in cellulose biosynthesis. International conference on Plant Biotechnology, Molecular medicine and Human Health, Department of Genetics, University of Delhi, South Campus New Delhi, 18-20 Oct. 2013. 930. Kumar A. (2013) On the role of some lesser known factors in plant tissue culture. 6 thNational Conference on Recent Advances in Chemical & Environmental Sciences, held at Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala, 13-14 November, 2013.
  • 31. Garyali S, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2014) Optimization of taxol production from endophytic fungus Fusarium redolens. National conference on: Fungal Diversity and biotechnology for food and chemicals. Centre of advanced study in marine biology, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, 27-28 Feb. 2014
  • 32. Garyali S, Bansal M, Dhami N, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2014) Response surface methodology as a tool for enhanced production of secondary metabolites and extracellular enzymes National symposium on Emerging trends in botanical sciences. Department of botany, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, 17-18 Feb.2014
  • 33. Aggarwal D, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2014) Molecular cloning of KORRIGAN Gene encoding Endo-1, 4-ß-D Glucanase and ITS expression in Eucalyptus tereticornis National symposium on Emerging trends in botanical sciences. Department of botany, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, 17-18 Feb.2014
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