Biotechnological Interventions for conservation and utilization of forest resources. Funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) New Delhi.

Biotechnological Interventions for conservation and utilization of forest resources. Funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) New Delhi.

Project Status: 
Completed

Among India’s rich bioresources, forestry resources constitute a predominant component. Directly and indirectly, the resources contribute not only to industries ranging from timber to pharmaceuticals, but also to the livelihoods of over 50 million forest based communities. Yet, our understanding and management of the resources, both for its conservation and utilization seems to be held in a time warp. From the point of view of unprecedented loss of biological diversity and consequent need to conserve them, there has been a frantic effort world over in applying molecular tools to characterize, evaluate and conserve biological resources. Ingenious application of these tools in India, can predictably lead to strong programs leading up to the conservation and utilization of the forest resources. In this project, attempts were made to develop molecular markers (eg: microsatellite markers) for the Dysoxylum binectariferum and Saraca asoca, both of which are economically important species, map the genetic diversity of populations of the selected species and arrive at population genetic parameters and identify hot-spots of genetic variability. Based on these, attempts were made to develop strategies for the sustained utilization and conservation of these species.

Programme: 
Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation Planning
PI: 
Dr. G Ravikanth

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Journal Articles

Sumangala R. C, Rosario S, Charles, B., Ganesh D and Ravikanth G. 2017 Identifying Conservation priority sites for Saraca asoca: An important medicinal plant using ecological Niche models. Volume 143, Issue 6, June 2017
Mohana Kumara P; Srimany A; Arunan S, Ravikanth G; Uma Shaanker R and Pradeep T 2016 Desorption Electrospray Ionization (DESI) mass spectrometry imaging of the distribution of rohitukine, in the seedling of Dysoxylum binectariferum Hook.F 11(6): June 30, 2016
Mohana Kumara P; Amitava Srimany; Ravikanth G; Uma Shaanker R and Pradeep T 2015 Ambient ionization mass spectrometry imaging of rohitukine, a chromone anti-cancer alkaloid, during seed development in Dysoxylum binectariferum Hook.f (Meliaceae). Volume 116, August 2015, Pages 104-110
R.A. Vishwakarma, S.K. Jain, S.B. Bharate, A.H. Dar, A. Khajuria, M. Samdarshi, S.K. Bhola, Qazi AK, A. Hussain, T. Sidiq, R. Uma Shaanker, G. Ravikanth, R. Vasudeva, M.K. Patel, K.N. Ganeshaiah. 2014 New chromone alkaloid dysoline for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory disorders. October 16, 2014
Sumangala R. C., Uma Shaanker R, Dayanandhan S, Vasudeva R, and Ravikanth G. 2013 Identification of novel microsatellite markers for Saraca asoca, a medicinally important tree species in India. Vol. 92, Online Resources
Sumangala R. C., P. Mohana Kumara, R. Uma Shaanker, R. Vasudeva and G. Ravikanth 2013 Development and characterization of microsatellite markers for Dysoxylum binectariferum, a medicinally important tree species in Western Ghats, India. Journal of Genetics doi: 10.1007/s12041-013-0274-7
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Barkha Subba

  • Research Associate, ATREE
  • Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation Planning
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Senthil Kumar U

  • Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation Planning

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