Dr. V.Dinesh Kumar, Principal Scientist (Biotechnology)
M.Sc. & Ph.D (Plant Breeding and Genetics)


Contact Address :
Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research
Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500 030

Phone : 040-24598113
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Projects completed :
· 102-3 Genetic Enhancement Through Biotechnological Approaches in safflower
· Genetic Engineering of male sterility and fertility restorer lines in safflower (as PI) – ICAR AP Cess Fund – completed in 2006
· Development of improved biocontrol agent for castor wilt management- Registration of potential biocontrol agent T. viride for commercialization (as Co-PI) - APNL project - completed in 2006
· Identification of serotypes of local isolates of Bt potent against castor semilooper, toxicity tests fro registration and production technology transfer through micro-enterprise (as Co-PI) – APNL project - completed in 2006
· Reduction of Toxic Endosperm proteins, Ricin and RCA, in Castor (Ricinus communis L.) through Post Transcriptional Gene Silencing Technologies
- DST Project completed in June 2010
· Molecular Genetic Analysis of Transgenic Male Sterile and Restorer Lines in Safflower (Carthamus tinctorious L.) – DBT project – completed in December 2010
· Validation of RNAi Constructs for Restoration of Fertility in Male Sterile Transgenic Tobacco plants as a prelude to their utilization in Safflower (Carthamus tinctorious L.) – DBT Project completed in December 2010
· Development of high oil safflower by multi-gene engineering – DBT project completed in May 2012

On-going Projects :

Genetic Enhancement Through Biotechnological Approaches in Castor
• Deciphering the molecular mechanism of induction of biotic stress tolerance induced by Trichoderma spp. in castor (Ricinus communis L.)"

Trainings undertaken (National & International)

• Completed Post-Doctoral training in Crop Biotechnology under BOYSCAST Fellowship sponsored by DST, GOI at Washington State University, Pullman, USA during 1998-99
• A short term Hands-on training programme on Environmental Bio-safety during “Confined Field Trials of Genetically Engineered Crops” during August 3-12, 2008 at MSU, USA and USTDA, USA.
• A DST sponsored training on “Perspectives and Current Trends in Bioinformatics” during February 9-15, 2009 DST organised at CCMB, Hyderabad.

Recent Publications

· Sujatha M and Dinesh Kumar V 2007. In vitro bud regeneration of Carthamus tinctorius and wild Carthamus species from leaf explants and axillary buds. Biologia Plantarum 51 (4): 782-786
· Pathania A, Kumar R, Dinesh Kumar V, Ashutosh, Dwivedi KK, Kirti PB, Prakash S Chopra VL and Bhat SR (2007). A duplicated coxI gene is associated with cytoplasmic male sterility in alloplasmic Brassica juncea line derived from somatic hybridization with Diplotaxis catholica. Journal of Genetics, 86: 93-101.
· Ashutosh, Pankaj Kumar, Dinesh Kumar, V, Prakash C. Sharma, Prakash S and. Bhat SR (2008). A Novel orf108 Co-Transcribed with the atpA gene is Associated with Cytoplasmic Male Sterility in Brassica juncea carrying Moricandia arvensis Cytoplasm. Plant and Cell Physiology 49 (2): 284-289
· Yamini KN, Dinesh Kumar V., Reddy SS (2008). RNA editing of the nad3 and atp9 trasncripts in safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L). International Journal of Integrative Biology 3(2): 143-149
· Nizampatnam, NR, Harinath D, Yamini KN, Sujatha M and Dinesh Kumar V (2009). Expression of sunflower cytoplasmic male sterility-associated open reading frame, orfH522 induces male sterility in transgenic tobacco plants. Planta 229(4): 987-1001
· Naresh V, Yamini KN, Rajendrakumar P and Dinesh Kumar V (2009) EST-SSR marker based assay for the genetic purity assessment of safflower hybrids. Euphytica 170: 347-353
· Shilpa KS, Dinesh Kumar V and Sujatha M. 2010. Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) Plant Cell Tiss Organ Cult 103:387-401(DOI 10.1007/s11240-010-9792-7)
· Swarnalatha Devi I , Dinesh Kumar.V , Ansari N.A and Sivasankar A (2010). Studies on the expression pattern of seed-specific napin promoter (BcNAI) in transgenic (Nicotiana tabacum L.) tobacco seeds. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, Vol. 1: 20-23
· Nizampatnam NR and Dinesh Kumar V. 2011. Intron hairpin and transitive RNAi mediated silencing of orfH522 transcripts restores male fertility in transgenic male sterile tobacco plants expressing orfH522. Plant Molecular Biology 76:557–573 (DOI 10.1007/s11103-011-9789-6 Published on line May 17, 2011)
· Pranavi B, Sitaram G, Yamini KN and Dinesh Kumar V. 2011. Development of EST-SSR markers in castor bean (Ricinus communis L.) and their utilization for genetic purity testing of hybrids. Genome 54: 684–691 ( doi:10.1139/G11-033).

Area of expertise
· Gene construct development, transgenic research, functional genomics through RNAi technology
Any other relevant information
DBT nominee on IBSC committees of ICRISAT and ANGRAU