Dr. M. Sujatha, Principal Scientist
M.Phil.- Life Sciences, PhD in GENETICS

Head - Crop Improvement Section

Contact Address :
Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research
Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500 030
Tel no: 040-24598110
mobile: 09440880335
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Projects completed :
Collection, Evaluation of Germplasm, Standardization of Agro techniques and Pilot demonstrations for Jatropha curcas L in Rain Shadow Districts of Andhra Pradesh
On-going Projects :
i) Introgression of resistance to Alternaria helianthi, sunflower necrosis disease and
powdery mildew from wild sunflowers to cultivated sunflower
ii) Development of transgenic castor for resistance to lepidopteran insect pests
iii) Development of transgenics resistant to sunflower necrosis disease

Trainings undertaken (National & International)
· Project training on development and use of molecular markers in marker assisted selection at the lab of Prof. C.C. Jan, USDA-ARS, Northern Crop Science Laboratory, Fargo, North Dakota, USA from 22nd February to 21st August 2008.
· Attended the training programme on Data analysis using SAS at NAARM from 24-30 November, 2010.
· Attended the training programme on Crop Gene Expression Data Analysis and Structural Bioinformatics at NBPGR, New Delhi from 1-11th March 2011.

Recent Publications (best papers in past 5 years )
1. M. Sujatha, S. Vijay, S. Vasavi, P. Veera Reddy and S. Chander Rao. 2012. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of cotyledons of mature seeds of multiple genotypes of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 110: 275-287.
2. Zhao Liu, M. Sujatha, J. Feng, B.A. Vick, C.C. Jan. 2011. Molecular mapping of the Rf3 fertility restoration gene to facilitate its utilization in breeding confection sunflower. Molecular Breeding. 29: 275-284
3. K. Sri Shilpa, V. Dinesh Kumar, M. Sujatha 2010 Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 103:387–401
4. M. Sujatha, Z. Liu, J. Feng, T.J. Gulya, and C.C. Jan 2009 Inheritance and molecular mapping of a downy mildew resistance gene, Pl13 in cultivated sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 119: 795-803
5. Basha SD, Francis G, Makkar HPS, Becker K, Sujatha M 2009. A comparative study of biochemical traits and molecular markers for assessment of genetic relationships between Jatropha curcas L. germplasm from different countries. Plant Science 176: 812–823.
6. Sujatha M, Lakshminarayana M, Tarakeswari M, Singh PK, Tuli R 2009 Expression of the cry1EC gene in castor (Ricinus communis L.) confers field resistance to tobacco caterpillar (Spodoptera litura Fabr) and castor semilooper (Achoea janata L.). Plant Cell Reports 28: 935-946
7. S.D. Basha and M. Sujatha 2009 Genetic analysis of Jatropha species and interspecific hybrids of Jatropha curcas using nuclear and organelle specific markers. Euphytica 168: 197-214
8. N. Narasimha Rao, D. Harinath, KN. Yamini, M. Sujatha and V. Dinesh Kumar 2009 Expression of sunflower cytoplasmic male sterility-associated open reading frame, orfH522 induces male sterility in transgenic tobacco plants Planta 229: 987–1001
9. M. Sujatha, A.J. Prabakaran, S.L. Dwivedi and S. Chandra. 2008. Cytomorphological and molecular diversity in backcross derived inbred lines of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Genome 51: 282-293.
10. M. Sailaja, M. Tarakeswari and M. Sujatha. 2008. Stable genetic transformation of castor (Ricinus communis L.) via particle gun mediated gene transfer using embryo axes from mature seeds. Plant Cell Reports 27: 1509-1519.
11. S.D. Basha and M. Sujatha. 2007. Inter and intra-population variability of Jatropha curcas (L.) characterized by RAPD and ISSR markers and development of population-specific SCAR markers. Euphytica 156: 375-386.


Area of expertise 

Genetics and Cytogenetics, Plant tissue culture, Genetic transformation and Molecular markers

Any other relevant information
· Panjabrao Deshmukh Woman Agricultural Scientist Award of ICAR for the year 2004.
· UNESCO-BAC Fellowship for undergoing specialized training in Biotechnology (1997).
· Awarded fellowship under the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (2002)
· Awarded fellowship under the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (2004- 2 times – May for training at Netherlands and October for a refresher course in Thailand)
· DBT Overseas Associateship (short-term) for a period of six months for the year 2006-2007