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Vageeshbabu, H.S.

Vageeshbabu, H.S.
Designation: 
Principal Scientist (Agri. Biotechnology)
Division/Section: 
Division of Biotechnology
Specialisation: 
Biotechnology
Qualification: 
Ph. D.
Experience (No. of Years): 
15
Research Accomplishments: 

• Characterization of phylloplane and rhizosphere microflora. • Molecular investigations in Bacillus thuringiensis. • Development of Bt transgenic eggplant and tomato for genetic resistance to the important pests using Bt genes and Gene Pyramiding. • Plant tissue culture, transformation and Agrobacterium-plant interactions. • Gene Trapping and Functional Genomics in Tomato. • Development of mass rearing technology for brinjal shoot and fruit borer, Leucinodes orbonalis Guenee and tomato fruit borer, Helicoverpa armigera. • Application of nanotechnology in Agriculture. • Biosafety, IPR and Cartagena Protocol on GMOs.

Important Publications: 

1. Vageeshbabu H. S., Kirti P. B. and Chopra V. L. (2000). The delta-9-stearoyl ACP desaturase from Brassica juncea: Cloning of the Bjfab2 gene and characterization. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 28(5): A209. 2. Vageeshbabu S. Hanur, Kirti, P. B. and Chopra, V. L. (2004). The seed-specific oleosin promoter of Brassica juncea: cloning, characterization and identification of the novel and divergent antisense open reading frame. J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. 13: 1-4. 3. Vageeshbabu S. Hanur (2004). Genetic transformation of human cells by a soil phytopathogen presents common molecular strategies. Curr. Sci. 87:856-857. 4. Vageeshbabu S. Hanur (2007). Exciting developments in plant stem cell research. Curr. Sci. 92: 1668-1670. 5. Vageeshbabu S. Hanur (2008). Bt resistance and monophagous pests: Handling with prudence. Curr. Sci. 95: 449-451. 6. Vageeshbabu S. Hanur (2011). GM crops and centre of origin- a case study of Bt brinjal in India. Curr. Sci. 100:1285-1286. 7. Vageeshbabu S. Hanur (2011). A plant thermometer gene for measuring climate change. Curr. Sci. 100:1135-1137. 8. Vageeshbabu S. Hanur (2011). Ingenious ways of Bt resistance management. Curr. Sci. 101: 146-148. 9. Vageeshbabu S. Hanur (2011). Bt resistance in Helicoverpa species: Indian policy needs urgent revision. Curr. Sci. 101: 470-471. 10. Vageeshbabu S. Hanur, Reddy, P. V. R., Boopal, K., Srividya, K. N., Poovarasan, S., Bhalewar, S. and Saraswathi, M. S. (2011). Solanum macrocarpon, a wild brinjal, is not a source of resistance against brinjal shoot and fruit borer, Leucinodes orbonalis Guenee. Curr. Sci. 101: 1427-1429. 10

Awards & Recognitions, Patents, Inventions, etc: 

1. Represented the Indian Council of Agricultural Research as the Young Scientist, for the Millennium Youth Parliament, conducted by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, April 23-24, 2000. 2. Indian Science Congress Association (Millennium Session) “Young Scientist” (Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology), 2001. 3. Course Coordinator of Winter School on “Biotechnology in Horticulture”. 4. Rapporteur in Insect Bioinformatics Seminar, Bangalore, Nov. 2008. 5. PG Teacher in the field of Biotechnology at the NRC on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi, May 1999. 6. PG Teacher in the field of Biotechnology in University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, September 2004. 7. Conducted the First National Level Contained Limited Open field trials of Bt transgenic crops at Bangalore as approved by the Department of Biotechnology and Ministry of Environment & Forests, New Delhi, 2005. 8. PG Teacher in the field of Biotechnology in Kuvempu University, Karnataka. 9. PG Teacher in the field of Biotechnology in University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot. 10. PG Teacher in the field of Biotechnology in YSR Horticultural University, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. 11. Invited lead speaker on “Confluence of opportunities” during CONFLUENCE-08 Seminar Series of the Indian Academy College, Bangalore, 28.2.2008. 12. Acted as Course Coordinator of the Summer School on “Non-conventional approaches for crop improvement in horticultural crops”, organized by the Division of Biotechnology, IIHR, Bangalore, June 16-July 06, 2009 and conducted lectures and practical classes. 13. Rapporteur, Theme area II: Institutional and Policy Support: Socio-Economic Domains; Technical Session: 2.4: Food, Nutrition and Health Security, 2nd International Conference on Horticulture, 9-12.11.2009, Bangalore. 14. Lead invited presentation on “Biotechnological interventions in horticulture and sustainable livelihood”, 2nd International Conference on Horticulture, 9-12.11.2009, Bangalore. 15. Acted as Rapporteur in the Technical Session on “Transgenics” and member, Publication Committee, in the National Seminar on Horticultural Biotechnology, held in IIHR, Bangalore, on 28-29, October 2009. 16. Editor, International Journal of Life Sciences, Jaipur. 17. Member, Institute Biosafety Committee under Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi. 18. Subject matter expert of the special training program for officers of Department of Agriculture, Government of Kerala (15.5.2007-22.5.2007). 19. Trainer on GM crops during the Special Training Program for the Officers of Department of Agriculture, Government of Kerala, held in IIHR, Bangalore, on 04-10.01.2008. 20. Trainer on GM crops during the Special Training Program for the Officers of Department of Agriculture, Kerala, held in IIHR, Bangalore, on 02-09.02.2008. 21. Invited guest speaker on “Challenges of novel GM traits in agriculture” during the Winter School on “Research and Development Needs in Transgenic Farming Era”, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, 11-31.12.2008. 22. Rapporteur, Transgenics Session, National Seminar on Horticultural Biotechnology, Bangalore, 28-29.10.2009. 23. Invited speaker of the Technical Session of the State level Conference on Genetic Engineering, Farming and Food, at Bangalore, 07.11.2009. 24. Trainer on GM crops during the Special Training Program and Interactive Meeting for the field executives of United Phosphorous Ltd. Officers, held in IIHR, Bangalore, on 20-21 October, 2009. 25. Presented an Invited talk on Bt Brinjal in the Seminar on GM crops organized by the Institution of Engineers, Mysore Chapter, on November 2009. 26. Invited speaker and convener delivering key note address on “Designer horticultural crops” at the National Seminar on New Biology and Plant Engineering, organized by School of Life Sciences, Jaipur National University, Jaipur, 01-02.12.2009. 27. Represented IIHR for the Bt brinjal Meeting organized by Director-General, ICAR and Secretary, DARE, Ministry of Agriculture, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi, 22.01.2010. 28. Invited speaker of the Consultative Meeting cum Workshop, organized by Karnataka Biodiversity Board on GM crops, 26.5.2010. 29. Represented IIHR in the meeting of Biotechnologists, organized by the Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness and Education, for a representation to the Government of India on rescinding of the moratorium on GM crops, July 2010. 30. Served as Honorary Referee of Karnataka Journal of Agricultural Sciences during 2010-11.

Contact Details
Email Address: 
vageesh@iihr.res.in
Telephone #: 
91-80-28466420 Extn: 401
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