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Srinivas Murthy, B.N.

Srinivas Murthy, B.N.
Designation: 
Principal Scientist (Hort) & I/c. Head
Division/Section: 
Division of Fruit Crops
Specialisation: 
Horticulture- Fruit Crops improvement; Propagation including tissue culture
Qualification: 
PhD (Hort)
Research Accomplishments: 

Incorporated the downy mildew resistance in grapes (white seedless), developed the single chain antibodies to downy mildew in grapes and isolation, cloning and characterization of R-gene in grapes. Developed a self-thinning, bold berried grape variety with good keeping quality comparable with Thompson seed less for reducing the manual labor involved in thinning of bunches. Bread 7 hybrids and several advanced lines of Grapes. Elucidated the physiological basis of somatic embryogenesis in plants; the role of Thidiazuron in plants. Currently working on incorporation of bacterial nodal blight resistance in Pomegranate including marker assisted selection, mutation and Target Induced Local Lesion In Genome (TILLING) a non-transgenic reverse genetics approach is envisaged to develop resistance against bacterial blight of pomegranate. In strawberry, the introgression of fruit rot resistance in day neutral strawberry has been carried out and identified superior progenies. In Passion fruit, a low acid sweet type hybrid identified for direct consumption- TSS as high as -22° B and acidity 0.8 per cent with a fruit weight of 124-140 g from the cross of Passion fruit hybrids-(Kaveri X Yellow Collection I).

Important Publications: 
  1. Research papers:

 

  1. Murthy, B.N.S and Reddy, Y.N. (1989). Temperature dependence of Seed germination and seedling growth in ber (Zizyphus mauritianaLamk.) and their modification by pre sowing treatments Seed Sci. and Technol., 18: 621‑627.
  1. Murthy, B.N.S., G.S.R. Murti, and Y.N. Reddy (1989). Effect of Abscisic acid on seed germination and its endogenous levels in ber (Zizyphyusmauritiana Lam.) seeds.  Indian J. Plant Physiol. 32: 275-277.
  2. Murthy, B.N.S. and Y.N. Reddy (1989). Improvement of seed germination in Jujube (Zizyphyusmauritiana Lam.) with growth regulators and nitrogenous compounds.  Indian J. Agril. Sciences. 59: 269-270.
  3. Murthy B.N.S. and R. Singh (1993).  Association of reproductive phenological phases in grapes. Scientific Horticulture. 3: 47-52.
  1. Murthy, B.N.S. and Saxena, P.K.  (1994). Forchlorfenuron (CPPU) stimulated direct differentiation of Somatic Embryogenesis from intact seedlings of peanut (Arachishypogaea L.). Plant Cell Rep. 14: 145-150
  2. Murthy, B.N.S.,Murch, S. and Saxena, P.K. (1994). Thidiazuron-Induced Somatic Embryogenesis in Intact Seedlings of Peanut (Arachishypogaea L.) : Endogenous Growth Regulator Levels and Significance of Cotyledons.- Physiol. Plant. 94: 268 - 276.
  3. Murthy, B. N. S., S. J. Murch and Praveen K. Saxena. Thidiazuron: A potent regulator of in vitro plant morphogenesis. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant , 34, (4), 267-275
  4. Murthy, B.N.S., R.P.Singh and Saxena, P.K.  (1996).  Induction of high frequency Somatic Embryogenesis in geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum Bailey CvRingo Rose) cotyledonary tissues induced with pehnylurea compounds. Physiol. Mol.. Biol. Plants. 2: 53 – 58.
  5. Murthy, B.N.S., Victor, J., Singh, R.P., Fletcher, R.A., and Saxena, P.K.  (1996).  In vitro regeneration of chickpea (CicerarietinumL): stimulation of  direct organogenesis and  somatic embryogenesis by thidiazuron. Plant Growth Reg.19: 233 – 240.
  6. Murthy, B.N.S. &Saxena, P.K. (1998) Somatic embryogenesis and plant regeneration of neem (Azadirchta indica A. Juss). Plant Cell Rep. 17: 469–475
  7. Murthy, B.N.S, Murch, S.J, Saxena, P.K (1998) Thidiazuron: A potent regulator of in vitro plant morphogenesis. In Vitro Cell Dev. Biol. plant, 34: 267-275
  1. Book Chapters:
  • Singh, R and Murthy, B.N.S. (1993). Improvement of grape. In Advances in horticulture: fruit crops- Volume 1 (Chadha, K.L. &Pareek, O.P. eds.) pp 349‑381. Malhotra Publishing House. New Delhi.
  • B.N.S. Murthy and R. Singh (2006) Association of reproductive phenological phases in grapes - Edited by S.P. Singh  Scientific Horticulture (VOLUME 3) ISBN 13 :9788172333683
Awards & Recognitions, Patents, Inventions, etc: 
  • University of  Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore Gold medal for securing first rank in  B.Sc. (Hort)
  • State award for securing first rank in B. Sc. (Hort) from the Department of Youth and Sports, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore.
  • Gold medal for securing first rank in B. Sc. (Hort) from the Vasavi Union,  Bangalore
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial fund Award for securing first rank in B. Sc. (Hort)
  • University of  Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore Gold medal for securing first rank in M.Sc. (Hort)
  • State award for securing first rank in M. Sc. (Hort) from the Department of Youth and Sports, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore.
  • Gold medal for securing first rank in M. Sc. (Hort) from the Vasavi Union, Bangalore
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial fund Award for securing first rank in M. Sc. (Hort)
  • Canadian Common-wealth Award for higher studies in Canada. (1992-97)
  • University of Guelph Graduate Scholarship 1993
  • Arthur Richmond Memorial Scholarship1993
  •  Hoskins Scholarship1994
  • Arthur Richmond Memorial Scholarship 1994-95
  • University of Guelph Graduate Scholarship 1995
  • Hoskins Scholarship1995
  • The Mary Edmunds Williams Scholarship 1995
  • Mrs. Fred Ball Scholarship 1997
  • N.N. Mohan Memorial Award or the research article entitled "Evaluation of New Grape Hybrids or Juice Making"
  • HSI-Medal for best research paper in the Indian J. Hort. from Horticulture Society of India for the research paper entitled “Introgression of downy mildew resistance into grape Cv Thompson Seedless through hybrid embryo rescue in vitro Indian J. Hort. 62: 107-111.-2005
Contact Details
Address for Communication: 
Principal Scientist, Division of Fruit Crops, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessaraghatta, Bangalore-560089
Email Address: 
bnsmurthy@iihr.res.in
Telephone #: 
28466420
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