Dr. Bedabrata Saha
Department of Life Science and Bioinformatics, Assam University, Silchar, India
Title of Presentation: Title: Genetic Engineering for climate intelligent crops
Plants being sessile needs to face the wrath of changing environment and hence a serious threat to crop productivity worldwide. In turn plants also elicits responses to tolerate/ avoid these changing environment. These stress responses vary, depending on stress, duration and intensity; and many a times plants succumbs. Genetic engineering of crop plants for re-programming of stress responses is of utmost necessity for agricultural sustainability. Here I shall present two stories: development of transgenic Brassica juncea (Indian mustard) for drought and salinity
tolerance; AtALMT1 overexpression in blackgram enhances its tolerance for aluminum toxicity in acid soil. In the first story overexpression of an Arabidopsis Late Embryogenesis Abundant protein (AtLEA4-1) rendered Indian mustard tolerant to drought and salinity in controlled environmental conditions. Whereas, in the second malate transporter (AtALMT1) overexpression led to exudation of malate in a citrate exuding plant species blackgram leading to enhanced aluminum tolerance in acid soil.
Dr. Bedabrata Saha pursued his M.Sc Biochemistry from School of Biochemistry, Devi AhilyaVishwavidyalaya followed by Ph.D from Department of Life Science and Bioinformatics, Assam University, Silchar. During his Ph.D he carried out his work on ‘Genetic engineering of Brassica juncea for drought tolerance’. In the meantime, he served as JRF/SRF in a CSIR, India funded project. He has qualified CSIR NET, GATE, NE SLET. After completion of his PhD, he is currently serving as a Research Associate under the mentorship of Prof. Sanjib Kumar Panda at Department of Life Science and Bioinformatics, Assam University, Silchar.