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Dr. R. Gomathi

Dr.R. Gomathi

Current Areas of Research

  • As part of ACRIP programme, I have been working on “Screening elite sugarcane genotypes (IVT/AVT) for drought tolerance” under field condition, for the past 14 years. Out of 147 elite clones screened, 40 clones were identified as drought tolerant and five varieties viz., Co 99004- (Damodar), Co 2001-13 (Sulabh), Co 2001-15 (Mangal) & Co 0218 were released for peninsular zone
  • Standardized Temperature Induced Response (TIR) technique for screening thermotolerance in sugarcane under in-vivo and in-vitro condition. Further, suitability of TIR technique was confirmed in commercial varieties viz., Co 99004, Co 2001-13, Co 2001-15, CoM 0265, Co 0218 and Co 0315 through in vivo and in vitro conditions
  • In line with the current emphasis on climate change, recently initiated a project on “Response of sugarcane to high temperature stress”. In the project I will be focusing my research on adaptive physiological, biochemical and molecular response of sugarcane to elevated temperature. The research also aims to estimate the thermal sensitivity of sucrose synthesizing and accumulating enzymes and their influence on juice quality in response to elevated temperature. Further, I will also be assessing the molecular mechanisms of heat stress by way of quantifying and characterizing the heat responsive proteins and transcripts expressed in elevated temperature regimes
  • Associated in the project on “Interactive effects of salinity and drought on nutrient status of sugarcane genotypes" where in growth and physiological response to drought stress was studied in 5 sugarcane varieties under field condition. Estimating changes in nutrient status (N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn and B) in response to drought stress in known tolerant and susceptible sugarcane varieties.
  • Associated in externally funded project on “Evaluation of two seaweed saps on yield and quality of sugarcane” The influence of two sea weed sap on germination, tiller production and growth parameters, yield and quality will be assessed at important growth phases of the crop

Membership (Life) in professional bodies

  1. Life member : Indian Society of Plant Physiology(ISPP) , New Delhi
  2. Life Member: Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata
  3. Life member : Society for Sugarcane Research and Development (ISSRD)
  4. Life member : Society for environmental and Development (SED- INDIA
  5. Life member : Society of All Indian Science Tamil Council, Tanjore
Number of National and International publications;: (click this link)
  1. Publications in referred journals: 33
  2. Books / Book Chapters: 11
  3. Conference Proceedings: 34

Awards and recognitions:

  1. ICAR fellowship holder for MSc. Programme at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  2. Received best paper award for the paper on “Physiology and growth responses of sugarcane clones to waterlogging” from the Indian Society of Plant Physiology ISPP Zonal Conference meet during 2010
  3. Received Certificate of merit and best paper award for presenting paper on “Time Course Change in Metabolites in Response to heat stress of Sugarcane”.3rd International Conference on “BioIndia (ICBI) -2012” at Vivekanandha college of Engineering for women, Trichengode, Namakkal,(Dt) during 2012
  4. Received best Poster award for the paper on “Physiological markers for screening waterlogging resistance in sugarcane” in International Symposium on New Paradigms in Sugarcane Research (ISNPSR 2012) held by SSRD and SBI(ICAR),Coimbatore during 2012

Number of students guided for Ph.D

  • Guiding one Ph.D student
  • MSc :8

To contact Dr.R.Gomathi

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Address for correspondence:

Dr. R.Gomathi,
Senior Scientist(Plant Physiology)
Division of Crop Production
Sugarcane Breeding Institute, (ICAR),
Coimbatore 641007- India.

Phone: Office: 0422-2472621 Extn:247


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