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| Last Updated:: 26/07/2016

Research

 

 

Environmental scientists at NBRI have been involved in undertaking multidisciplinary R&D for understanding the mechanism of toxicity caused by different pollutants in air, water and soil and finding sustainable solutions by identifying plants for combating and monitoring environmental pollution. Extensive field assessments and laboratory verifications of plants response to different air and water pollutants helped identify tolerant plants which can be grown in polluted areas and sensitive plants which can be used as bioindicators, and accumulators for biomonitoring and bioaccumulation of various pollutants.The scientists have developed plants and microbe- based remedies for bioremediation of metals and biodegradation of petroleum sludge and pesticides. The Institute is engaged in translational research to understand the mechanism of Arsenic transport, metabolism and accumulation in rice, especially in the paddy growing areas of West Bengal, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh.  The Arsenic problem is addressed through two approaches: (i) identifying rice varieties with efficient partitioning of arsenic accumulation in grain through conventional screening of genotypes and genetic engineering, (ii) employing phytoremediation techniques using hyperaccumulating ferns and other plants to remove the contaminant from soil. Four cultivars having low grain arsenic levels safe for human consumption have been identified and final field trials on them are currently underway. With the threat of global warming and climate change looming large, the R&D has been geared to study the impact of emission of methane, nitrous oxides, ozone and carbon dioxide, and their effect in crops and forest species. The main goals of such studies are C-budgeting and GHG mitigation.

 

 

Running Projects

 

Title:

Exploring suitable biomarkers in some Indian lichens to serve as an early-warning bio-indicator system for changing environment

Principal Investigator:

Dr. D.K. Upreti, Scientist

Funding agency:

DST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

Alpine ecosystem dynamics and impact of climate change in Indian Himalaya

Principal Investigator:

Dr. D.K. Upreti

Funding agency:

ISRO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Title:

Lichens response to rising temperature and high ultraviolet radiance due to on-going climate change

Principal Investigator:

Dr. D.K. Upreti/Dr. Vertika Shukla

Funding agency:

DST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

Identification and characterization of arsenite oxidase genes in fungi isolated from arsenic contaminated soils

 

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Pankaj Kumar Srivastava/Virendra Kumar Jaiswal

Funding agency:

SERB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

Development of bioaugmentation based safe cultivation practice for remediating arsenic contamination to paddy crop

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Pankaj Kumar Srivastava

Funding agency:

DBT

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Title:

Plant Diversity: Studying adaptation biology and understanding/exploiting medicinally important plants for useful bioactives

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Vivek Pandey

Funding agency:

CSIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

Probing the changing atmosphere and its impacts in Indo-Gangetic Plains and Himalayan Region

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Vivek Pandey

Funding agency:

CSIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

Integrated NextGen Approaches in Health Disease and Environmental Toxicity

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Shekhar Malik

Funding agency:

CSIR