Krishnappa Chandrashekar

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Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) is a major fiber crop that is grown worldwide; it faces extensive damage from sap-sucking insects, including aphids and whiteflies. Genome-wide transcriptome analysis was performed to understand the molecular details of interaction between Gossypium hirsutum L. and sap-sucking pests, namely Aphis gossypii (Aphid) and Bemisia(More)
BACKGROUND Expression of double strand RNA (dsRNA) designed against important insect genes in transgenic plants have been shown to give protection against pests through RNA interference (RNAi), thus opening the way for a new generation of insect-resistant crops. We have earlier compared the efficacy of dsRNAs/siRNAs, against a number of target genes, for(More)
Flavonoids synthesized by the phenylpropanoid pathway participate in a number of physiological and biochemical processes in plants. Flavonols, among flavonoids, are considered as health-protective components in functional foods and they protect plants against certain insect pests. There have been efforts to develop strategies for the enhanced production of(More)
BACKGROUND RNA interference has been emerged as an utmost tool for the control of sap sucking insect pests. Systemic response is necessary to control them in field condition. Whitefly is observed to be more prone to siRNA in recent studies, however the siRNA machinery and mechanism is not well established. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS To identify the(More)
BACKGROUND Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) complex is a serious insect pest of several crop plants worldwide. It comprises several morphologically indistinguishable species, however very little is known about their genetic divergence and biosynthetic pathways. In the present study, we performed transcriptome sequencing of Asia 1 species of B. tabaci complex and(More)
Pot experiments were conducted to assess the efficacy of three arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi viz. Glomus fasciculatum, Funneliformis mosseae and Acaulospora laevis on the growth of Vatica chinensis. Plants grown in the presence of AM fungi generally showed an increase in growth and biomass over those grown in the absence of AM fungal inoculation. It was(More)
A protocol for the regeneration of a large number of plantlets via indirect shoot organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis has been developed from the stem and leaf explants of Justicia gendarussa Burm. f. The callus was efficiently induced from the explants using Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium supplemented with α-Naphthalene acetic acid (NAA) + Benzyl(More)
An investigation was carried out to study the AM fungal association in Sida cardifolia from different parts of Karnataka. AM colonization in the roots, spore load and Phosphatase activity in the root zone soil collected from different parts of Karnataka were determined. AM root colonization was more in the roots of Sida cardifolia collected from Kolar and(More)
Pectin methylesterases (PME; EC 3.1.1.11) involved in de-esterification of pectin and have applicability in food, textiles, wines, pulp, and paper industries. In the present study, we compared PME activity of different parts of 3 Datura species and found that fruit coat showed maximum PME activity followed by leaf and seed. PME from leaves of D. stramonium(More)
We studied effect of desiccation on Knema attenuata seeds in the laboratory conditions (28 ± 2°C) for 8 days. We also monitored biochemical changes during germination by following standard procedures. Seeds lost their viability in 8 days by decreasing to 18% of moisture content from its original value of 31%. The total sugar, protein and lipid contents(More)