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Department of Biotechnology
Presidency University, India
Professor Bhaskar Gupta has received his Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology in 2009. Currently he is working as Professor in Department of Biotechnology at Presidency University India.
Abiotic stresses caused by drought, salinity, toxic metals, temperature extremes, and nutrient poor soils are among the major constraints to plant growth and crop production worldwide. While crop breeding strategies to improve yields have progressed, a better understanding of the genetic and biological mechanisms underpinning stress adaptation is needed. Recent research is uncovering a combination of key genes, quantitative trait loci and molecular networks that mediate plant responses to drought, salinity, heat and other abiotic stresses. Despite these advances there are still gaps in our knowledge particularly in the molecular mechanisms underpinning abiotic stress tolerance in important crop species such as rice. Understanding these processes is essential for breeding or engineering stress-tolerant crop plants. The focus of my research is on the physiological and molecular responses that operate during environmental stresses in plants.