Chakradhar Akula

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A large-scale functional genomics project was initiated to study the function of chromatin-related genes in maize (Zea mays). Transgenic lines containing short gene segments in inverted repeat orientation designed to reduce expression of target genes by RNA interference (RNAi) were isolated, propagated, and analyzed in a variety of assays. Analysis of the(More)
Addition of betaine to the inductionmedium significantly enhanced the rapid formation ofsomatic embryos directly without callusing from maturefresh seeds of tea within two weeks of cultureinitiation. The induction response was furtherenhanced when ABA (7.5 mgl−1) was co-supplementedwith betaine in the induction medium. The rate ofinduction of somatic(More)
A reliable protocol for plant regeneration from mature embryo derived calli of nine barley (Hordeum vulgare) cultivars has been developed. The auxins 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, picloram and dicamba proved effective in inducing callus from mature embryos of most of the barley cultivars. The induced primary callus was loose, friable and translucent. It(More)
Efficient and highly reproducible induction of somatic embryogenesis was obtained in four out of seven selected clones of neem, Azadirachta indica A. Juss. This was achieved either directly from root and nodal explants or indirectly from callus cultures initiated from leaf explants excised from 1-yr-old axenic plants. Direct induction of somatic(More)
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