`Plant Metabolomics': Centre sanctions Rs 6.18 Cr tomato research project for UoH

Titled “Research and Service facilities for Plant Metabolomics and Proteomics”, the four-year project will be conducted under the aegis of RTGR (Repository of Tomato Genomics Resources) at UoH

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  23 Nov 2021 4:19 AM GMT
`Plant Metabolomics: Centre sanctions Rs 6.18 Cr tomato research project for UoH

Hyderabad: Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, has sanctioned Rs 6.18 crore for a prestigious research project on Plant Metabolomics.

Titled "Research and Service facilities for Plant Metabolomics and Proteomics", the four-year project will be conducted under the aegis of RTGR (Repository of Tomato Genomics Resources) at the University of Hyderabad (UoH).

This will be the first of its kind project to provide a dedicated service on plant metabolomics and proteomics in the country, the University said in a release here on Monday.

RTGR at the UoH was established in 2010 with funding from the DBT to conduct advanced scientific research in the frontier areas of genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics of tomatoes.

Prof RP Sharma and Dr. Y Sreelakshmi associated with the Department of Plant Sciences in the School of Life Sciences at UoH are instrumental in leading multi-crore research projects funded by DBT to improve nutrition and shelf-life of tomatoes.

Given their scientific contributions, DBT recognized the RTGR as the Center of Excellence for 'Genome Engineering in Tomato'.

The Center has advanced instrumentations for conducting state-of-the-art research in proteomics and metabolomics. It has successfully established methods for high-throughput plant metabolomics and proteomics. The research infrastructure established at the RTGR is now accessible to the universities and research institutes across the country through major funding from the DBT-SAHAJ Infrastructure scheme.

The 'Research and Service facilities for Plant Metabolomics and Proteomics' at RTGR will be providing service to UoH and other academic institutions, industry, seed companies, on a charge basis. RTGR will also train the users to comprehend and execute metabolomic and proteomic data analysis by conducting annual hands-on training workshops.

Dr. Y Sreelakshmi, Associate Professor at RTGR, will be coordinating the project to provide high throughput plant metabolome and proteome analyses to the users. The DBT-SAHAJ service facility will further research at the national level on the regulation of metabolic pathways and proteins underlying complex traits such as disease resistance and nutrition in crop plants.

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