Professor K. Veluthambi has contributed enormously for plant research and teaching in India and after 25 years of his scientific and teaching career he is retiring from Madurai Kamaraj University on 30th June 2013.  This Symposium on Emerging Trends in Plant Biotechnology is organized as a platform to thank and honor him on behalf of all his lab members, students, colleagues and friends.

Professor K. Veluthambi started his illustrious scientific career as a gold medalist in Madras University for his Master’s degree in Botany (1973-75) and joined Dr. Ramesh Maheshwari’s laboratory in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for his Ph.D. in Biochemistry.  His Ph.D. research work (1975-81) on the effect of trehalose in plant development was reflected in the form of four prominent papers in Plant Physiology.  He gained experience in biochemistry and molecular biology of plants through three stints as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in USA.  He started as a Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow (1981-82) in Dr. John Giovanelli’s laboratory, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA and studied enzymatic regulation of amino acid biosynthesis in plants.  He then moved over to Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA as a Postdoctoral Research Associate (1982-85) in Dr. B.W. Poovaiah’s laboratory and studied the role of calcium and calmodulin as a second messenger to regulate protein phosphorylation in plants.  He made prominent contributions in this field of science through several publications including one in the journal Science.  Later he joined Dr. Stanton B. Gelvin’s laboratory in Purdue University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate (1985-1988) and set out to investigate the mechanism of T-DNA transfer from Agrobacterium to plant cells.  His studies contributed significantly to the field of Agrobacterium biology and he established himself as one of the pioneers in the field of Agrobacterium through several pathbreaking findings.

With his vast research experience he joined Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) as a Reader in 1988 and was subsequently promoted as a Professor in 1995.  He started his research in MKU in the field of Agrobacterium biology and studied induction of vir genes and their role in T-DNA transfer.  He was the first to report that T-DNA transfer can happen beyond the left T-DNA border and result in 'long transfer' events.  He subsequently diversified his research into Plant Virology and studied the diversity and biology of Mungbean yellow mosaic virus, a geminivirus which causes the yellow mosaic disease in legumes.  He ventured into emerging areas of RNA silencing and deduced several strategies for resistance against yellow mosaic disease of legumes.  He extended his expertise in the field of Agrobacterium biology to transform rice and developed several transgenic rice lines with resistance against Rhizoctonia solani which causes sheath blight disease in rice.  Generation of marker-free transgenic rice, which addresses an important biosafety concern of horizontal spread of antibiotic resistance genes to soil bacteria, is one of the highlights of his contribution to rice genetic engineering.

Through his research work in MKU, he has published more than 50 high quality research publications and six book articles to establish MKU as one of the most prominent centres for plant science research in India.  In this process he has trained 18 Ph.D. students to carry out independent research and eight more students are in the final stages of completing their Ph.D.  Even though he is known for his research activities, he is even more popular as a teacher and has taught Plant Molecular Biology to several hundreds of students at MKU.  Hundreds of students, researchers and teachers throughout India have gained from the workshops and long term training programs organized by him. Many young skilled trainees have emerged from the Diploma Course in Methods in Biotechnology, Certificate Course in Plant Genetic Engineering and Advanced Diploma Course in Plant Genetic Engineering which were conducted by him.  A majority of them have found jobs in Biotech Industries.  Through his effective administrative skills he has served at several positions in MKU as Planning and development officer, Dean, Convener, Course Coordinator, Scientist-in-charge and Head and Chairperson.  He has served at different National level scientific bodies as a Member and Subgroup Convener of different DBT Task Forces, DBT review Committees, DBT expert committees and DST PACs.  He is an elected Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Sciences-India.  He is also an elected Member of Guha Research Conference.



Detailed CV of Professor K. Veluthambi

K. Veluthambi

Senior Professor and Head

Department of Plant Biotechnology

School of Biotechnology

Madurai Kamaraj University

Madurai-625 021, India

 

Office Phone                   +91-452-2458683

Home Phone                   +91-452-2458458

Fax                                 +91-452-2459105

E-mail                            kveluthambi@rediffmail.com

Date of Birth                   March 7, 1953

Nationality                     Indian

 

EDUCATION

M.Sc. in Botany, University of Madras (1973-75); First Rank and Gold medalist in the University

Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Indian Institute of Science (1975-81)

Research work was done in Dr. Ramesh Maheshwari’s laboratory


POSTDOCTORAL EXPERIENCE

1.      Postdoctoral visiting fellow at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA from November, 1981 to September, 1982.  Worked in Dr. John Giovanelli’s laboratory on enzymatic regulation of amino acid biosynthesis in plants.

2.     
Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA from October 1982 to April 1985.  Worked in Dr. B.W. Poovaiah’s laboratory in the areas of auxin (hormone)-regulated protein synthesis in strawberry fruit development, role of calcium as a second messenger in plants and protein phosphorylation in plants.


3.     
Postdoctoral Research Associate at Purdue University from May 1985 to April 1988. Worked in Dr. Stanton B. Gelvin’s laboratory on the mechanism of T-DNA transfer from Agrobacterium to plant cells.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE UNIVERSITY

Planning and Development Officer          Madurai Kamaraj University (August 2009 to September 2010)

Dean                                 Research and Development
– Madurai Kamaraj University (March 2005 to March 2008)


Convener                          Board of Research Studies
– Madurai Kamaraj University (February 7, 2007 to till date)


Coordinator                      UGC- Centre of Potential in the Subject of Genomic Sciences
, School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University (April 2004 to March 2007)


Coordinator                      Centre for Plant Molecular Biology
(a DBT-funded Programme) School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University (April 2002 to till date)


Course Coordinator          1. Post M.Sc. Certificate Course in Plant Genetic
Engineering, School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University (From 2001 to 2007)

       2. Post M.Sc Advanced Diploma Course in Plant Genetic Engineering, School of Biotechnology, Sponsored by DBT Govt. of India (2008-till date)

Scientist-in-Charge          Technician Training Programme in Biotechnology

       Post B.Sc. Diploma Course in Methods in Biotechnology, School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University (1989-1998)

Head & Coordinator          School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University (June 1999 to May 2001 and June 2003 to May 2005)

Head                                 Dept. of Plant Biotechnology
, School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University (November 1994 to till date)


Course Director                Rockefeller Foundation Training Programme
on Rice Transformation (1998-2000)

 

POSITION IN NATIONAL LEVEL SCIENTIFIC BODIES

Subgroup Convener        Department of Science and Technology – Govt. of India Task Force 2020-AD.  Prepared a Report on “Agriculture – 2020 A.D.” for Govt. of India, Department of Science and Technology, March 1995

Member                          DBT Task Force in Agricultural Biotechnology (1997-1999)

Panel Member                  Preparation of a report on “Recommendation on the Establishment of Research and Development Facilities for Evaluation of Indian and Imported Transgenic Plant Material in India” - August 1999 (Funded by Rockefeller Foundation, USA)

Member
                          DBT’s Review Committee of Genetic Manipulations – Govt. of India (1998-2005)


Member
                          DBT Task Force on Bioprospecting and Molecular Taxonomy (1999-2003)


Member                          DBT Task Force on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
(2003-2005)


Committee Member
        Nominated for the Kerala State Council of Science, Technology and Environment – 2004.


Member                          DBT Expert Committee on RNAi Platform
(From 16.08.2007)


Member                          DBT-BCIL
– Member of the Area Review Panel in Agriculture for Biotechnology Industrial Partnership Programme (From January 2009)

 

PROJECTS

Sl.No.

 Title of the Project

Funding Agency

Duration

Amount

1

Agrobacterium tumefaciens Ti plasmid- based vectors for introducing useful foreign genes into crop plants

DBT,

New Delhi

1989-1992

Rs. 16,50,000/-

2

Technician Training Programme

DBT,

New Delhi

1989-1999

Rs.64,26,269/-

3

Mechanism of T-DNA transfer from Agrobacterium to plants

DST,

New Delhi

1990-1993

Rs. 4,80,000/-

4

Establishment of Plant Tissue Culture Facility for MKU Biologicals

DBT-MKU

Biological Shop

1989-1992

Rs.3,28,000/-

5

Development of Agrobacterium-based transformation system for indica rice

Rockefeller Foundation, USA

1996-1998

US $ 30,000/-

6

Genetic engineering of chillies for resistance to Chilli leaf curl virus

(Co PI: Dr. R. Usha)

Rallis India,

Bangalore

1996-2000

Rs. 12,00,000/-

7

Genetic engineering of indica rice for sheath blight resistance and Training Programme on Rice Transformation using Agrobacterium

Rockefeller Foundation, USA

1998-2000

US $ 76,000/-

8

Production of tropane alkaloid hyoscine (scopolamine) in genetically engineered Hyoscyamus and/or Datura species

DBT,

New Delhi

2001-2003

Rs. 2,53,000/-

9

Transformation of coffee for leaf rust resistance

DBT,

New Delhi

1999-Dec. 2004

Rs.29,81,000/-

10

Genetic engineering of Vigna mungo for resistance against yellow mosaic virus (Collaboration with MD University)

DBT,

New Delhi

1999-Dec. 2004

Rs.50,27,000/-

11

Engineering of yellow mosaic virus resistance in blackgram (Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology)

ISCB, Switzerland.

DBT, New Delhi

2002 – August, 2004

Rs.55,09,500/-

12

Engineering of yellow mosaic virus resistance in blackgram (Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology)

ISCB, Switzerland

1.9.2004 to 31.08.2007

Rs.46,44,000/-

13

Functional Genomics on Rice – Gene expression profiling during flower and seed development and functional validation of identified genes

DBT,

New Delhi

2004-2009

Rs.53,13,000/-

14

Development of transgenic blackgram and cardamom for virus resistance

(Co-PI: Dr. R. Usha)

 DBT,

 New Delhi

2002-2007

Rs.57,27,000/-

15

Genetic development of yellow mosaic virus resistance in blackgram (Vigna mungo L. Hepper): Molecular analysis of transgenic plants and evaluation of MYMV-Vig resistance

DBT,

New Delhi

2006-2009

Rs.21,36,000/-

16

Indian Coffee Genome Research Programme

DBT,

New Delhi

2006-2009

Rs.24,44,000/-

17

Transformation of onion cv Arka Niketan with chitinase gene for resistance to purple blotch

DBT,

New Delhi

2007-2010

Rs.10,69,000/-

18

Mechanisms underlying the trigger and spread of ‘trans-silencing’ in transgenic plants; Suppression of transgene silencing by Mungbean yellow mosaic virus AC2

DBT,

New Delhi

2007-2010

Rs.40,24,000/-

19

Post M.Sc. Advanced Diploma Course in Plant Genetic Engineering

DBT,

New Delhi

2008-2013

Rs.86,12,500/-

 

20

Cassava resistance to Indian and Sri Lankan cassava mosaic virus: The RNAi approach (DBT-Component)

DBT,

New Delhi

2009-2012

Rs.26,38,800/-

 

21

Cassava resistance to Indian and Sri Lankan cassava mosaic virus: The RNAi approach

SDC, Switzerland

2009-2012

Rs.23,10,000/-

22

Genetic engineering of cassava for resistance to cassava mosaic virus

Rasi Seeds Pvt. Ltd., India

2009-2011

Rs.10,00,000/-

23

Functional analysis of gene regulatory networks during flower and seed development in rice. 

DBT,

New Delhi

2009-2014

Rs.79,78,000/-

 

TRAINING WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED

1.    DBT – Technician Training Programme (Post B.Sc. Diploma in Methods in Biotechnology)

Period: 1989-1999, Duration of each course – 1 year

No. of students trained in 10 years: 85

2.    DBT - Short term training course: Structure Function and Molecular Biology of chloroplast

Duration: May 1st to 18th, 1991

No. of Trainees: 15

3.    Rockefeller Foundation, USA - A Training Programme on Rice Transformation using Agrobacterium

Period: June 1998 – December 2000, Duration of each session – 6 months

No. of Scientists trained: 11 (in four batches)

4.    Training Course in Recombinant DNA Techniques for Postgraduate students and Faculty of Medical Biochemistry – Medical colleges in Tamil Nadu

Duration: June 17th to June 26th 2002

No. of trainees: 12

5.    DBT - Refresher Course in Biotechnology for Teachers of DBT-supported Post graduate Courses

Duration: June 15th to July 12th, 2004

6.    Refresher Course in Plant Genetic Engineering - sponsored by the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore

Duration: December 7-21, 2004

No. of teacher trainees: 23

7.    Workshop on Molecular Analysis of Transgenic Plants - sponsored by Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology

Duration: 28th January to 6th February 2005

No. of trainees: 15

8.    Post M.Sc. Certificate Course in Plant Genetic Engineering.  Self supported – Fees collected from the students used for conducting lab courses.

August 2001-December 2007, Duration: 6 months

No. of trainees: 54 (In 7 years).

9.    Post M.Sc. Advanced Diploma Course in Plant Genetic Engineering. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi

Period: July 2008 to till date, Duration: One year

 

PUBLICATIONS

1.    Shah, J.M., R. Singh and K. Veluthambi.  Transgenic rice lines constitutively co-expressing rice thaumatin-like protein (tlp-D34) and chitinase (chi11) transgenes in one T-DNA display synergistic enhancement of sheath blight resistance.  Biologia Plantarum.  Online (2012).

2.   
Sunitha, S., N. Mahajan and K. Veluthambi. 2012. The TrAP/REn monodirectional promoter of mungbean yellow mosaic geminivirus (MYMV) displays root-specific expression in transgenic tobacco.  Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 109:535-545 DOI: 10.1007/s11240-012-0120-2.


3.   
Sunitha, S., P.V. Shivaprasad, K. Sujatha and K. Veluthambi. 2012.  High frequency of T-DNA deletions in transgenic plants transformed with intron-containing hairpin RNA genes. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 30:158-167 DOI 10.1007s11105-011.0327/0.


4.   
Yadav, S.R., I. Khanday, B.B. Majhi, K. Veluthambi and V. Usha. 2011. Auxin-responsive OsMGH3, a common downstream target of OsMADS1and OsMADS6, controls rice floret fertility.  Plant Cell Physiol. 52:2123-2135 DOI:10.1093/PCP/pcr142.


5.   
Sunitha, S., D. Marian, B. Hohn and K.Veluthambi. 2011.  Antibegomoviral activity of the agrobacterial virulence protein VirE2.  Virus Genes 43:445-453 DOI 10.1007/s11262-011-0654-0.


6.   
Maheshwari, R. and K. Veluthambi.  2011.  The selection of a sugar for transport and storage of carbon in plants.  Current Science 101:1-5.


7.   
Sripriya, R., M. Sangeetha, C. Parameswari and K. Veluthambi. 2011.  Improved Agrobacterium-mediated co-transformation and selectable marker elimination in transgenic rice by using a high copy number pBin19-derived binary vector.  Plant Science 180:766-774. doi.10.1016/j.plantsci.2011.02.010.


8.   
Mahajan, N., C. Parameswari and K. Veluthambi. 2011.  Severe stunting in blackgram caused by the Mungbean yellow mosaic virus (MYMV) KA27 DNA B component is ameliorated by co-infection or post-infection with the KA22 DNA B: MYMV nuclear shuttle protein is a symptom determinant.  Virus Research 157:25-34.  doi:10.1016/j.virusres.2011.01.013.


9.   
RamanaRao, M.V., C. Parameswari, R. Sripriya and K. Veluthambi. 2011.  Transgene stacking and marker elimination in transgenic rice by sequential Agrobacterium-mediated co-transformation with the same selectable marker gene.  Plant Cell Reports 30:1241-1252. DOI 10.1007/s00299-011-1033-y.


10.
Parameswari, C., R. Sripriya and K. Veluthambi. 2010.  Establishment of homozygous transgenic rice lines after elimination of unlinked albino traits from transgenic events through segregation.  In Vitro Cell Dev. Biol.-Plant 46:395-402.  DOI 10.1007/s11627-010-9313-8.


11.
Ramana Rao, M.V. and K. Veluthambi. 2010.  Selectable marker elimination in the T0 generation by Agrobacterium-mediated co-transformation involving Mungbean yellow mosaic virus (MYMV) TrAP as a non-conditional negative selectable marker and bar  for transient positive selection. Plant Cell Rep. 29:473-483.  DOI 10.1007/s00299-010-0836-6.


12.
Shah, J.M. and K. Veluthambi. 2010.  DIANTHIN, a negative selection marker in tobacco is non-toxic in transgenic rice and confers sheath blight resistance.  Biologia Plantarum 54: 443-450.


13.
Veluthambi, K. 2009.  Book Review: Annual Review of Phytopathology-2008.  Current Science 97: 1491-1492.


14.
Shah, J.M., V. Raghupathy and K. Veluthambi. 2009.  Enhanced sheath blight resistance in transgenic rice expressing an endochitinase gene from Trichoderma virens.  Biotechnology Letters 31:239-244.


15.
Sripriya, R., V. Raghupathy and K. Veluthambi. 2008.  Generation of selectable marker-free sheath blight resistant transgenic rice plants by efficient co-transformation of a cointegrate vector T-DNA and a binary vector T-DNA in one Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain.  Plant Cell Reports.  27: 1635-1644.


16.
Sridevi, G., C. Parameswari, N. Sabapathi, V. Raghupathy and K. Veluthambi. 2008.  Combined expression of chitinase and β-1,3-glucanase genes in indica rice (Oryza sativa L.) enhances resistance against Rhizoctonia solani.  Plant Science. 175: 283-290.


17.
Rajeswaran, R., P.V. Shivaprasad and K. Veluthambi.  2007.  RNA silencing in plants: Scope for applications in legumes.  Proceedings of the Fourth International Food Legumes Research Conference, ISGPB, New Delhi, India.


18.
Rajeswaran, R., S. Sunitha, P.V. Shivaprasad, M. Pooggin, T. Hohn and K. Veluthambi.  2007.  The mungbean yellow mosaic begomovirus transcriptional activator protein transactivates the viral promoter-driven transgene and causes toxicity in transgenic tobacco plants.  Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 20:1545-1554.


19.
Shah, J.M., N. Dhurigai and K. Veluthambi. 2006. Gene targeting:  An emerging technology for functional genomics in plants.  Journal of Swamy Botanical Club. 23: 39-42.


20.
Yadav, B.C., K. Veluthambi and K. Subramaniam.  2006. Host-generated double stranded RNA induces RNAi in plant-parasitic nematode and protects the host from infection.  Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology 148: 219-222.


21.
Sridevi, G., C. Parameswari, P. Rajamuni and K. Veluthambi.  2006.  Identification of hemizygous and homozygous transgenic rice plants in T1 generation by DNA blot analysis. Plant Biotechnology 23:531-534.


22.
Shivaprasad, P.V., P. Thillaichidambaram, V. Balaji and K. Veluthambi.  2006.  Expression of full-length and truncated Rep genes from Mungbean yellow mosaic virus-Vigna inhibits viral replication in transgenic tobacco.  Virus Genes 33: 365-374.


23.
Shivaprasad, P.V., M. Thomas, V. Balamani, D. Biswas, R. Vanitharani, A.S. Karthikeyan and K. Veluthambi. 2006.  Factors contributing to deletion within Mungbean yellow mosaic virus partial dimers in binary vectors used for agroinoculation.  Journal of Virological Methods 137: 72-81.


24.
Shivaprasad, P.V., R. Akbergenov, D. Trinks, R. Rajeswaran, K. Veluthambi, T. Hohn and M. M. Pooggin. 2005. Promoters, transcripts and regulatory proteins of mungbean yellow mosaic geminivirus. Journal of Virology 79: 8149-8163.


25.
Guerra-Peraza, O., D. Kirk, V. Seltzer, K. Veluthambi, A.C. Schmidt, T. Hohn and E. Herzog.  2005.  Coat proteins of Rice tungro bacilliform virus and Mungbean yellow mosaic virus contain multiple nuclear-lacalization signals and interact with importin a.  Journal General Virology 86: 1815-1826.


26.
Trinks, D., R. Rajeswaran, P. V. Shivaprasad, R. Akbergenov, E.J. Oakeley, K. Veluthambi, T. Hohn and M.M. Pooggin. 2005.  Suppression of RNA silencing by a geminivirus nuclear protein, AC2, correlates with transactivation of host genes.  Journal of Virology 79: 2517-2527.


27.
Sridevi G., M.Dhandapani and K.Veluthambi.  2005.  Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of White Ponni, a non-basmati variety of indica rice (Oryza sativa L.).  Current Science 88: 128-132.


28.
Karthikeyan, A.S., R. Vanitharani, V. Balaji, S. Anuradha, P. Thillaichidambaram, P.V. Shivaprasad, C. Parameswari, V. Balamani, M. Saminathan and K. Veluthambi.  2004.  Analysis of an isolate of Mungbean yellow mosaic virus (MYMV) with a highly variable DNA B component.  Archives of Virology 149: 1643-1652.


29.
Balaji, V., R. Vanitharani, A.S. Karthikeyan, S. Anbalagan and K.Veluthambi.  2004.  Infectivity analysis of two variable DNA B components of Mungbean yellow mosaic virus –Vigna in Vigna mungo and Vigna radiata. Journal of Biosciences 29: 297-308.


30.
Sridevi, G., N. Sabapathi, P. Meena, R. Nandakumar, R. Samiyappan, S. Muthukrishnan and K. Veluthambi.  2003.  Transgenic indica rice variety Pusa Basmati 1 constitutively expressing a rice chitinase gene exhibits enhanced resistance to Rhizoctonia solani.  J. Plant Biochem & Biotechnol. 12: 93-101.


31.
Jacob, S.S., R. Vanitharani, A.S. Karthikeyan, Y. Chinchore, P. Thillaichidambaram and K. Veluthambi.  2003.  Mungbean yellow mosaic virus-Vi agroinfection by codelivery of DNA A and DNA B from one Agrobacterium strain.  Plant Disease 87: 247-251.


32.
Pooggin, M., P.V. Shivaprasad, K. Veluthambi and Thomas Hohn.  2003.  RNAi targeting of DNA virus in plants.  Nature Biotechnology 21: 131-132.


33.
Veluthambi, K., Aditya K. Gupta and Arun Sharma.  2003.  The Current status of plant transformation technologies.  Current Science 84: 368-380.


34.
Balaji,V., P. Rajamuni, G. Sridevi and K. Veluthambi.  2003.  Agrobacterium-mediated transformation efficiency in blackgram and rice enhanced by multiple copies of pTiBo542 virB and virG.  Indian Journal of Biotechnology 2:  138-146.


35.
Jacob,S.S. and K. Veluthambi.  2003.  A cointegrate Ti plasmid vector for Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation of indica rice cv Pusa Basmati 1.  J. Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology 12: 01-09.


36.
Jacob, S.S. and K. Veluthambi.  2002. Generation of selection marker-free transgenic plants by cotransformation of a cointegrate vector T-DNA and a binary vector T-DNA in one Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain.  Plant Science 163: 801-806.


37.
Krishnamohan, A., V. Balaji and K. Veluthambi.  2001.  Efficient vir gene induction in Agrobacterium tumefaciens requires virA, virG and vir box from the same Ti plasmid.  Journal of Bacteriology 183:  4079-4089.


38.
Saunders, K., C. Wege, K. Veluthambi, H. Jeske and J. Stanley (2001).  The distinct disease phenotypes of the common and yellow vein strains of Tomato golden mosaic virus are determined by nucleotide differences in the 3’-terminal region of the gene encoding the movement protein.  Journal of General Virology 82: 45-51.


39.
Phogat, S. K., A.S. Karthikeyan and K. Veluthambi (1999).  Generation of transformed calli of Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek by Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation. Journal of Plant Biology 26: 77-82.


40.
Sunilkumar, G., K. Vijayachandra and K. Veluthambi. 1999.  Preincubation of cut tobacco leaf explants promotes Agrobacterium-mediated transformation by increasing vir gene induction.  Plant Science 141:  51-58.


41.
Madhava Naidu, M., K. Veluthambi, C.S. Srinivasan and R. Naidu.  1998.  Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in Coffea canephora.  Developments in Plantation Crops Research pp. 46-50.


42.
Mariamma, M., B. Muthukumar, K. Veluthambi and A. Gnanam. 1997.  Effects of high temperature stress on the expression of low molecular weight heat shock proteins in rice leaves.  Journal of Plant Physiology 151: 763-765.


43.
Muthukumar, B., M. Mariamma, K. Veluthambi and A. Gnanam. 1996.  Genetic transformation of cotyledon explants of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp) using Agrobacterium tumefaciens.  Plant Cell Reports 15: 980-985.


44.
Palanichelvam, K., and K. Veluthambi.  1996.  Octopine- and nopaline-inducible proteins in Agrobacterium tumefaciens are also induced by arginine.  Current Microbiology 33:  156-162.


45.
Ramanathan, Vai. and K. Veluthambi.  1996.  Analysis of octopine left border-directed transfer from Agrobacterium to plants.  Journal of Biosciences 21:  45-56.


46.
Karthikeyan, A.S., K. S. Sarma and K. Veluthambi.  1996.  Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation of Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper.  Plant Cell Reports 15:  328-331.


47.
Vanitha Rani, R., A.S. Karthikeyan, S. Anuradha and K. Veluthambi.  1996.  Genome homologies among geminiviruses infecting Vigna, cassava, Acalypha, Croton and Vernonia.  Current Science 70: 63-69.


48.
Vijayachandra, K., K. Palanichelvam and K. Veluthambi. 1996.  Induction of Agrobacterium tumefaciens vir genes by rice. International Rice Research Notes 21: 36-37.


49.
Sarma, K.S., G. Sunil Kumar, V. Balamani and K. Veluthambi.  1995.  GUS Activity and generation of transformed shoot buds are highly correlated in Agrobacterium-transformed tobacco.  Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 13: 377-382.


50.
Vijayachandra, K., K. Palanichelvam, and K. Veluthambi.  1995.  Rice scutellum induces Agrobacterium tumefaciens vir genes and T-strand generation.  Plant Molecular Biology 29:  125-133.


51.
Ramanathan, Vai. and K. Veluthambi.  1995.  Transfer of non T-DNA portions of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens Ti plasmid pTiA6 from the left terminus of TL-DNA.  Plant Molecular Biology 28:  1149-1154.


52.
Veluthambi, K., M. Krishnan, J.H. Gould, R.H. Smith and S.B. Gelvin.  1989.  Opines stimulate induction of the vir genes of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens Ti plasmid.  Journal of Bacteriology 171:  3696-3703.


53.
Veluthambi, K., W. Ream and S.B. Gelvin.  1988.  Virulence genes, borders and overdrive generate single-stranded T-DNA molecules from the A6 Ti plasmid of Agrobacterium tumefaciens.  Journal of Bacteriology 170:  1523-1532.


54.
Jayaswal, R.K., K. Veluthambi, S.B. Gelvin and J.L. Slightom.  1987.  Double-stranded cleavage of T-DNA and generation of single-stranded T-DNA molecules in  Escherichia  coli  by a  virD-encoded  border-specific  endonuclease from Agrobacterium tumefaciens.  Journal of Bacteriology 169: 5035-5045.


55.
Veluthambi, K., R.K. Jayaswal and S.B. Gelvin.  1987.  Virulence genes A, G and D mediate the double-stranded border cleavage of T-DNA from the Agrobacterium Ti plasmid.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 84:  1881-1885.


56.
Veluthambi, K. and B.W.  Poovaiah.  1986.  In vitro and in vivo protein phosphorylation in Avena sativa L. coleoptiles:  Effects of Ca2+, calmodulin antogonists and auxin.  Plant Physiology 81:  836-841.


57.
Balamani, V., K. Veluthambi and B.W. Poovaiah.  1986.  Role of calcium in the control of tuberization in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.).  Plant Physiology 80: 856-858.


58.
Raghothama, K.G., K. Veluthambi and B.W. Poovaiah.  1985.  Stage-specific changes in calcim-regulated protein phosphorylation in developing tomato fruits.  Plant Cell Physiology 26:  1565-1572.


59.
Poovaiah, B.W. and K. Veluthambi.  1985.   Auxin-regulated invertase activity in strawberry fruits: Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 110: 258-261.


60.
Veluthambi, K., J.K. Rhee, Y. Mizrahi and B.W. Poovaiah.  1985.  Correlation between lack of receptacle growth in response to auxin and accumulation of a specific polypeptide in a strawberry variant.  Plant Cell Physiology 26:  317-324.


61.
Veluthambi, K. and B.W.  Poovaiah.  1984.  Calcium- and calmodulin-regulated phosphorylation of soluble and membrane proteins from corn coleoptiles.  Plant Physiology 76:  359-365.


62.
Veluthambi, K. and B.W. Poovaiah.  1984.  Polyamine-stimulated phosphorylation of proteins from corn (Zea mays L.) coleoptiles.  Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 122:  1374-1380.


63.
Giovanelli, J., K. Veluthambi, G.A. Thompson, S.H. Mudd and A.H. Datko.  1984.  Threonine synthase of Lemna pauciscostata Hegelm.  6746.  Plant Physiolsogy 76:  285-292.


64.
Veluthambi, K. and B.W. Poovaiah.  1984.  Calcium-promoted protein phosphorylation in plants.  Science 223:  167-169.


65.
Veluthambi, K., and B.W. Poovaiah.  1984.  Auxin-regulated polypeptide changes at different stages of strawberry fruit development.  Plant Physiology 75:  349-353.


66.
Veluthambi, K., S. Mahadevan and R. Maheshwari.  1982.  Trehalose toxicity in Cuscuta reflexa:  Cell wall synthesis inhibited upon trehalose feeding.  Plant Physiology 70:  686-688.


67.
Veluthambi, K., S. Mahadevan and R. Maheshwari.  1982.  Trehalose toxicity in Cuscuta reflexa:  Sucrose content decreases in shoot tips upon trehalose feeding.  Plant Physiology 69: 1247-1251.


68.
Veluthambi, K., S. Mahadevan and R. Maheshwari.  1981.  Trehalose toxicity in Cuscuta reflexa:  Correlation with low trehalase activity.  Plant Physiology 68: 1369-1374.


69.
Maheshwari, R., C. Shailini, K. Veluthambi and S. Mahadevan.  1980.  The interaction of gibberellic acid and indole-acetic acid on the growth of excised Cuscuta shoot tips in vitro.  Plant Physiology 65:  186-192.

 

BOOK ARTICLES

1.    Poovaiah, B.W. and K. Veluthambi.  1986.  The role of calcium and calmodulin in hormone action in plants:  Importance of protein phosphorylation.  In,   Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Calcium in Plant Development, Ed, A.J.  Trewavas.  Plenum Publishers, Newyork.  pp 83-90.

2.   
Veluthambi, K., R.K. Jayaswal and S.B. Gelvin.  1987.  Role of vir genes in the excision of T-DNA from the Ti plasmid.  In, Molecular Genetics of Plant-Microbe Interactions, Eds, D.P.S. Verma and B.  Brisson.  Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.  Boston.  pp 319-324.


3.   
Joon, M.J., K. Veluthambi, S.B. Gelvin and W. Ream.  1988.  The A. tumefaciens T-DNA transmission enhancer, overdrive, stimulates T-strand accumulation.  In, Physiology and Biochemistry of Plant Microbe Interactions, Eds.  N.T.  Keen, T.  Kusuge, L.L.  Waling.  The American Society of Plant Physiologists.  pp. 11-18.


4.   
Dharmalingam, K. and K. Veluthambi.  1996.  Plant Biotechnology.  In, Concepts in Biotechnology,   Eds, D. Balasubramnian  et al. COSTED publishers, Madras. pp. 252-304.


5.   
Ramanathan, Vai. and K. Veluthambi.  1997.  Transfer of Agrobacterium T-DNA from left border repeats. In Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, K. K. Tewari and G .S. Singhal (Eds), pp.  185-195.  Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi.


6.   
Usha, R. and K. Veluthambi.  2003.  Genetic engineering for virus resistance.  In Improvement Strategies for Leguminosae Biotechnology, Eds, P.K. Jaiwal and R.P. Singh.  Kluwer Academic Publishers, Great Britain.  pp. 255-268.

 

AWARDS

1.   
Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi from January 1, 2008


2.   
Editor in the editorial board of Virus Genes, a springer journal for 2007-2011


3.   
Member of Guha Research Conference in the year 2001


4.   
Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore in the year 2002


5.   
Fellow of the Tamil Nadu Academy of Sciences in the year 2010


6.   
Recipient of Nuggehalli Narayana Memorial Lecture (2010) from Biochemical Society, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


7.   
Dr. Todla Ekambaram Award of Madras University for the year 1993-1994


8.   
Best student of Pachaiyappa’s college, University of Madras for distinguished performance during postgraduate studies (1975)

PATENT APPLIED

Filed a Patent along with the Rallis India Limited on “Complete sequence of genome ‘A’ of Chilli leaf curl virus and plants transformed therewith replicase gene for conferring resistance against geminivirus and other virus diseases” – 2003.

 

Guiding of Ph.D. scholars

Ph.D. Awarded                  18


Ph.D. (ongoing)                 8
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