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Dr. N. Sarla, P.hd ..,

Principal Scientist(Genetics)


                          Year of Birth:1955        

Address for contact  

Directorate of Rice Research,
Phone -09949077262
Hyderabad-500030,Andhra Pradesh ,

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Area of Research

Increasing rice yield using introgressions from wild species, Mapping QTLs for enhanced yield, Whole plant physiology under overlapping Abiotic stresses, Increasing iron and zinc in rice grains, Functional genomics for gene discovery, Use of molecular markers to add precision to rice breeding.

Research Projects

DBT Network Project on Functional Genomics of rice - Identification and functional analysis of genes related to yield in rice.

ICAR Network Project on Transgenics and Functional Genomics in crops: Functional genomics of iron and zinc in rice. grains.

DBT Network Project on Nagina 22 mutants- Characterization and use of EMS induced mutants of rice variety Nagina 22 for yield, drought tolerance and phosphorus use efficiency.

Recent publications

Panigrahy M, Rao DN, Sarla. N. 2009. Molecular mechanisms in response to phosphate starvation in rice. Biotechnology Advances 27, (4 ), 389-397

Reddy, C S, Babu AP, Swamy BPM, Kaladhar K, Sarla.N, 2009. ISSR markers based on GA and AG repeats reveal genetic relationship among rice varieties tolerant to drought, flood or salinity. Zhejiang University Journal of Science B Springer 10, 133-141

BP Mallikarjuna Swamy and  Sarla.N, 2008. Yield enhancing quantitative trait loci (QTLs) from wild species. Biotechnology Advances 26, 106-120.

Kaladhar, K. Swamy BPM, A. Prasad Babu, C. Surendhar Reddy and  Sarla.N, 2008. Mapping quantitative trait loci for yield traits in BC2F2 population derived from Swarna x O. nivara cross. Rice Genetics Newsletter 24, 34-6.

Iyer-Pascuzzi AS, Sweeney MT, Sarla.N, McCouch SR (2007). Use of Naturally Occurring Alleles for Crop Improvement. In: Upadhyaya NM (ed), Rice Functional Genomics- Challenges, Progress and Prospects. Springer , New York, pp 113-143.

Kameswara Rao Kottapalli, Sarla.N, Shoshi Kikuchi 2006. In silico insight into two rice chromosomal regions associated with submergence tolerance and resistance to bacterial leaf blight and gall midge. Biotechnology Advances 24 (6), 561-589.

Reddy C S, BabuA P, Swamy BP M, Sarla N.2006. Cytochrome P450 is a positional candidate gene for yield enhancing QTLs in rice. Rice Genetics Newsletter 23, 53-55.

Marri, Pradeep Reddy, Sarla.N, Laxminarayana V Reddy, E A Siddiq 2005. Identification and mapping of yield related QTLs from an Indian accession of Oryza rufipogon BMC Genetics, UK, 2005, 6:33.

Sarla.N and B. P. Mallikarjuna Swamy, 2005. Oryza glaberrima: a source for the improvement of O. sativa. Current Science, 89:955-963.

Sarla.N, CN Neeraja and EASiddiq. 2005. Use of anchored (AG)n and (GA)n primers to assess genetic diversity in rice landraces and varieties. Current Science 89, 1371-1381.