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Dr.S.Backiyarani [Principal Scientist]
Qualification Ph.D.
Specialization / Discipline Plant Breeding and Genetics
Department Improvement
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Salient Research Achievements
(in bullets)
  • Developed Protocols for RNA isolation from banana root and Pulp.
  • Developed genome specific markers to differentiate the AA, BB genome and inter specific hybrids.
  • Identified R genes as Molecular mechanism on Musa-P.coffeae interaction.
  • Identified EST-SSR markers for P.coffeae resistant and susceptible cultivars.
  • Full length genes of nematode resistant/ defense genes like NBS –LRR R gene and chitinase were isolated.
  • Developed Musa EST-SSR database.
Current Research
  • Improvement of banana through conventional breeding (PI)
  • Production of doubled haploids for improvement of bananas (Musa spp.) (Co-PI)
Current Research
  • Development and Transfer of Technology from Queensland University of Technology to India for Bio fortification and Disease Resistance in Banana ( Phase II)
    Component-1:   Biofortification and evaluation of Indian banana with pro Vitamin A (PVA) constructs(PI)
  • Functional genomics for Sigatoka resistance in banana- (Network project on transgenic crops). (Co-PI)
  • Framing DUS guidelines for banana funded by PPV&FR. (Co-PI)
Area of Interest Functional Genomics, Breeding, Plant Genetic transformation
Total Research Publications 56
Best five Publications
  • S. Backiyarani, S. Uma, P. Varatharaj and M. S. Saraswathi (2012). Mining of EST-SSR Markers of Musa and Their Transferability Studies Among the Members of Order the Zingiberales. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. DOI 10.1007/s12010-012- 9975-2.
  • S. Backiyarani, S. Uma, G. Arunkumar, M. S. Saraswathi and P. Sundararaju (2013). Cloning and characterization of NBS-LRR resistance gene analogues of Musa spp. and their expression profiling studies against Pratylenchus coffeae African Journal of Biotechnology. 12 (2): accepted.
  • S.Backiyarani, P. Sundararaju, M. Mayilvaganan, S Uma, MS Saraswathi, and G Arunkumar (2013). Time Course expression studies during Musa – Pratylenchus coffeae interaction” Indian Journal of Horticulture 70 (2): accepted
  • Jebasingh, T., Kasin Yadunandam, Backiyarani, S., Srividhya, S., Krishnaswamy, S. and Usha, R. (2011). Molecular modeling and conformational analysis of native and refolded/viral genome-linked protein of cardamom mosaic virus. Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics 48 (5): 336-340
  • Kole, C. Bode, A. O., Kole, P.,. Rao, V.K., Bajpai,A., Backiyarani, S., Singh,J., Elanchezhian, R. and Abbott, A.G. (2012). The First Genetic Map and Positions of Major Fruit Trait Loci of Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) Journal of Plant Science and Molecular Breeding 1: 1-6.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • Research Associate ship.
  • CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship.
  • Dr.K.Ramiah Medal.
  • Dr.M.S.Swaminathan Award.
  • TNAU Ph.D. Merit Fellowship.
  • TNAU M.Sc .(Ag) Merit Fellowship.
  • TNAU B.Sc. (Ag) Merit Fellowship.

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