Hyderabad: Dr Rahul Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been selected for the coveted commemorative YS Murty Medal 2021 of the Indian Botanical Society (IBS).
He will receive the medal at a felicitation function to be organised during the forthcoming 44th All India Botanical Conference of the IBS, planned from October 18 to 20 at the UGC Centre of Advanced Studies in Botany, JN Vyas University, Jodhpur (Rajasthan), the UoH said on Friday.
The primary research in Dr Rahul Kumar’s laboratory is focused on understanding the genetic mechanisms underlying phosphorus use efficiency (PUE) in plants, for which his group have already identified and characterised several candidate genes. Additionally, they have identified tomato cultivars which perform better under limited Pi availability, it said.
His group is also focused on understanding the role of plant hormones in the regulation of developmental processes such as reprogramming of root system architecture under Pi starvation or fruit ripening in tomatoes.