Dr Rukmini Mishra, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, School of Applied Sciences, Centurion University, received a grant titled âEngineering Anthracnose Resistance in Chili Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) using a Single Transcript CRISPR / Cas9 Genome Editing Systemâ under the SERB POWER grant program funded by Science and Engineering
Research Board (SERB), Department Science & Technology (DST) Government of India.
The study will aim to develop a single transcript CRISPR / Cas9 gene editing platform to introduce sequence-specific mutations at the targeted genetic loci of Capsicum annuum L. It could be used as a reference tool for the genome engineering in other important Solanaceous crops such as tomato, potato and brinjal where fungal pathogenicity is still a big issue. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Supriya Pattanayak, Centurion University Registrar, Dr Anita Patra, as well as the university faculty members congratulated Dr Mishra on his achievement.
Dr Mishra currently heads the Botany Department at the School of Applied Sciences and is also the Team Leader of the Center for Genetics and Genomics at Centurion University.