The Department has the basic requirement for plant tissue culture and biotechnological research. Facilities available include well-equipped plant tissue culture laboratory and greenhouse, along with Laminar fume hood, Balance, pH meters, steam less Autoclaves, Orbital shakers, Centrifuges, Ultra Flow Liquid Chromatography, Cryostats, Deep freezers (-20°C), etc.
The department has successfully completed several projects funded by ICMR, Department of Science and Technology, Karnataka State Forest Department, and others. In vitro multiplication protocols have been developed for prioritised medicinal plants like on different species including Achyranthes coynei, A. aspera, Saraca asoca, Nothapodytes nimmoniana, Jasminum malabaricum, Ancistrocladus heyneanus, Curcuma pseudomontana,Iphigenia stellata and Sps. of Clerodendrum. The enhanced production of Betulinic Acid, Oleanolic acid, Ursolic acid, apigenin and shikimic acid has been achieved through biotechnological application, when compared to their natural sources. In addition, different extraction techniques for bioactive compounds and their effect on biological activities have been optimised for various sps. of Sida, Ocimum, Piper, Curcuma, and many others. Efforts were also made to identify the alternative sources for the medicinally important bioactive compounds like Shikimic acid and Glaucarubinone.
The Department is recognized for Ph.D. programs by KAHER (KLE Deemed University), Belagavi and Shivaji University, Kolhapur. The department is hosting various Post-Doctoral fellows from ICMR, DHR, DST etc. Regular and customised workshops and hands-on trainings on plant tissue culture and phytochemical techniques are being organized.
The Department look forward to host Post-Doctoral fellows, PhD students and a limited number of trainees/ Master’s dissertation students in the areas of plant biotechnology.