• R. Sreeja, L. Arul, J. R., Kannan Bapu, A., Nirmala Kumari, and A. Subramanian. Culm anatomy revealed association of vascular bundle number and silicon content with lodging behavior in Kodo millet (Paspalum scrobiculatum L.). Indian Journal of Experimental Biology (Manuscript accepted for publication in 2018)



  • R. Sreeja, S. Balaji, L. Arul, A. Nirmala Kumari, J.R. Kannan Bapu and A. Subramanian. 2016. Association of lignin and FLEXIBLE CULM 1 (FC1) ortholog in imparting culm strength and lodging resistance in kodo millet (Paspalum scrobiculatum L.). Molecular Breeding, DOI 10.1007/s11032-016-0577-5

  • J. Beslin Joshi, G. Nallathambi, K.K. Kumar, E. Kokiladevi, L. Arul, P. Balasubramanian and D. Sudhakar. 2016. An efficient recovery of transgenic plants from a tropical Indian maize inbred line. The Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences, DOI 10.15414/jmbfs.2016.5.4.335-340


  • Beslin Joshi J, S Geetha, Birla Singh, KK Kumar, E Kokiladevi, L Arul, P Balasubramanian, D Sudhakar. 2015. A maize α-zein promoter drives an endosperm-specific expression of transgene in rice. Physiol Mol Biol Plants, 21(1):35-42.

  • AR Sakthi, A Naveenkumar, PS Deepikha, N Balakrishnan, KK Kumar, E Kokila Devi, V Balasubramani, L Arul, PK Singh, D Sudhakar, V Udayasuriyan, P Balasubramanian. 2015. Expression and inheritance of chimeric cry2AX1 gene in transgenic cotton plants generated through somatic embryogenesis. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Plant, 1-11.              DOI 10.1007/s11627-015-9695-8


  • Paul J, Gnanam R, Jayadeepa RM and Arul L. 2014. Anti cancer activity on Graviola, an exciting medicinal plant extract vs various cancer cell lines and a detailed computational study on its potent anti-cancerous leads. Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry, 13: 1666-1673

  • J.Beslin Joshi, K. R Yathish, A. John Joel, K. K. Kumar, E. Kokiladevi, L. Arul, R. Gnanam, P. Balasubramanian, D. Sudhakar. 2014. A high-throughput regeneration protocol for recalcitrant tropical Indian maize (Zea mays L) inbreds. Maydica, 59, 211-16


  • Seo YS, Chern M S, Bartley L, Richter T, Han M, Jung K, Lee I, Walia H, Xu X, Cao, PJ, Bai W, Ramanan R, Amonpant F, Arul L, Canlas P, Ruan R, Hwang S, Song JS and P. C. Ronald. 2011. Towards a rice stress response interactome. PloS Genetics, (7), e1002020


  • Kumar S, Arul L and Talwar D. 2010. Generation of marker-free Bt transgenic indica rice and evaluation of its yellow stem borer resistance. J Appl Genet 51(3), 243–257

  • Perumalsamy S., Bharani M, Sudha P, Nagarajan P, Arul L, Saraswathi R, Balasubramanian P and Ramalingam J. 2010. Functional marker- assisted selection for bacterial leaf blight resistance genes in rice (Oryza sativa L.), Plant Breeding. 129, 400-406


  • Jayakanthan M, Wadhwa G, Madhan Mohan T, Arul L, Balasubramanian P and Sundar D. 2009. Docking and virtual screening studies for new leads of H-Ras P21 mutant protein. Letters in Drug Design and Discovery, 6 (1), 14-20


  • Arul L, Benita G and Balasubramanian P. 2008. Functional insight for β-glucuronidase in Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus sp. RLH1. Bioinformation, 2 (8): 339-343

  • Arul L, Benita G, Sudhakar D, Thayumanavan B, Balasubramanian P. 2008. β-glucuronidase of family-2 glycosyl hydrolase: A missing member in plants. Bioinformation, 3 (5): 194-197


  • Kumar S, Arul L, Talwar D, and Raina S K. 2006. PCR amplification of minimal gene expression cassette: an alternative, low cost and easy approach to 'clean DNA' transformation. Current science, 930-934

Completed Projects Details:

 S. No Project Name  Funding Agency  Year of Completion Budget
(Rs. in lakhs)

Development of micronutrient rich maize cultivars meant for poultry feed through transgenic means – Phase I (as Co-PI)
   DBT -PSR & 
 New Delhi

 2006 - 2011

(For nine sub-projects in total)  

Engineering Brassinosteroid biosynthesis for erect leaves in rice (as PI) TNAU - ICAR
(50 crore)
2008 - 2011 8.63  

Optimization of Agrobacterium tumefaciens transformation protocol for local elite cultivars of Jatropha curca (as Co-PI)

2008 - 2011


Rice Heparanase: cloning, characterization and overexpression for oxidative stress tolerance in rice (as PI)    

2008 - 2012


Engineering rice for enhanced resistant to bacterial and fungal diseases by silencing the negative regulators of defense (as PI)   DBT - RNAi, New Delhi

2012 - 2015


Molecular and functional characterization of Casparian strip membrane domain proteins (CASPs) in rice for salinity stress tolerance (as PI)   UGC - MRP,
Tamil Nadu

2014 - 2018