Dr. Parameswaran C

Dr. Parameswaran C has been working on cloning and characterization of genes in rice and Chickpea. The major basal thermotolerance gene of chickpea CarMBF1C (Multiprotein bridging factor 1) was characterized through heterologous expression in Arabidopsis. Additionally, he has been associated in characterization of a notch-like receptor gene in root knot nematode and MIPS1 gene for phytate levels in soybean through RNAi approach. Currently, he is working on CRISPR-Cas9 approach for editing IPA1 gene of rice for increasing the number of spikelets per panicle in the HKR-127 and Swarna cultivar. The developed genome edited plants showed 25-30% increase in number of spikelets per panicle. Additionally, heterologous characterization of Urochondra genes in rice is being carried out to enhance the reproductive stage salinity tolerance in rice. Overall, 37 research publications related to gene characterization, genome-wide phylogenetic analysis, utilization of molecular markers for trait association in rice have been published in reputed journals from his work.