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Saraswathi Scientific
Dr.M.S.Saraswathi [Principal Scientist]
Qualification Ph.D.
Specialization / Discipline Tissue culture and Molecular Biology
Department Improvement
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Salient Research Achievements
(in bullets)
  • Developed DNA fingerprinting, IRAP and RAPD marker systems to study diversity in banana.
  • Variety specific tissue culture protocol has been developed.
  • Low cost tissue culture protocol has been developed for commercial varieties.
  • Identified genomic markers linked to Sigatoka and nematode resistance as SCAR markers.
  • LD50 for physical (Gamma irradiation) and chemical (EMS, Sodium azide and Diethyl sulphate) mutagens has been determined.
  • Mother cultures of Udhayam and Ney Poovan have been supplied to State Depts. and private tissue culture companies.
  • Genetic fidelity Testing for tissue culture plants
Current Research
  • Improvement of cv. Grande Naine (Cavendish - AAA) for Fusarium wilt resistance through non-conventional breeding (PI)
  • Development of trait specific markers for fusarium wilt resistance through association mapping studies in banana (Musa spp.) (PI)
  • Improvement and management of banana genetic resources in Indian Subcontinent (Co-PI)
  • Identification and evaluation of superior clones of cv.Ney Poovan (AB) and Grand Naine (AAA) (Co-PI)
Current Research
  • National Certification system for tissue culture raised plants - Genetic fidelity testing component (PI)
  • Development of non-chemiral mutants with durable resistance to fusarium wilt in Rasthali through induced mutagenesis (PI)
  • Network project on Transgenic in crops – Banana functional genomics (Sigatoka & Drought component) (Co-PI)
  • Framing crop specific DUS guidelines for Banana (Musa spp.) (Co-PI)
  • Development and Transfer of Technology from Queensland University of Technology to India for Bio fortification and Disease Resistance in Banana ( Phase II)
    Component-3:   Development of efficient ECS for Rasthali and providing to Indian Partners (Co-PI)
Area of Interest Tissue culture and application of molecular markers in crop improvement
Total Research Publications 95
Best five Publications
  • Saraswathi. M.S., S. Uma, K. Prasanya Selvam, S. Ramaraj, P. Durai and M.M.Mustaffa. (2011) Assessing the robustness of IRAP and RAPD marker systems to study intra group diversity among Cavendish (AAA) clones of banana.Journal of Horticulture Science and Biotechnology 86: 7-12.
  • S. Uma, S. Lakshmi, M. S. Saraswathi, A. Akbar and M. M. Mustaffa (2010). Embryo rescue and plant regeneration in banana (Musa spp.). Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture. 105: 105-111
  • S.Uma, M.S.Saraswathi, S.A.Siva, M.S.Dhivya Vadhana, M.Manickavasagam, P.Durai and A. Lourdusamy. 2008. Diversity and phylogenetic relationships among wild and cultivated bananas (Silk-AAB) revealed by SSR markers. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology. 83: 239-245
  • S. Uma, S. Lakshmi, M. S. Saraswathi, A. Akbar and M. M. Mustaffa. 2012. Plant regeneration through somatic embryogenesis from immature and mature zygotic embryos of Musa acuminata ssp. burmannica. In Vitro Cell and Developmental Biology - Plant DOI 10.1007/s11627-012-9462-z.
  • 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.
  • Thiru. T. Gopalan Nair memorial medal
  • Indo-American hybrid seeds medal
  • Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award

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