Title: Advanced techniques for Improvement of Plant Growth (IPG)
- NSQF Level: L5
- Sector: Green Jobs
- Fees: Rs 5000/-
- Course duration : 6 months (450 hours)
- Credits: 30
- Soil microorganisms: Their classification, methods of isolation and identification.
- Culture of soil microorganisms
- Role of soil microorganisms in improving nutrient availability to plants
- Role of soil microorganisms in providing plant growth regulators
- Role of soil microorganisms in improving plant immunity against pathogens and pests
- Soil microorganisms as biocontrol agents against weeds, pathogens and pests
- Role of soil microorganisms in improving tolerance of plants to abiotic stress
- Endophytes and their role in improving plant growth and health
- Soil microorganisms in remediation of contaminated soils
- Formulations of soil microorganisms and methods of application.
- Isolation of microorganisms from soil and obtaining axenic cultures or soil based inocula
- Classification of soil microorganisms using DNA sequence information
- Studying the role of symbiotic and non-symbiotic bacteria increasing nitrogen availability of soil /plant – Estimation of total nitrogen in soil and plant organs using Kjeldhal method, expression of plant genes related to nitrate, ammonium uptake and metabolism
- Studying the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal associations in improving phosphate availability to plants – Growth of plants on phosphate rich and phosphate poor soils.
- Effect of mycorrhizal colonisation on plant growth in these two types of soils.
- Expression of phosphate transporters in roots in response to mycorrhizal colonization
- Studying the priming effects of different soil microorganisms in improving immune responses in plants against pathogens – estimating levels of defense related plant hormones and chemicals in plants associated with mycorrhizae, other non-pathogenic fungi like Trichoderma viridae or non-pathogenic strains of bacteria belonging to Pseudomonas spp.
- Studying expression of defense genes in response to pathogen application to the primed and non-primed plants
- Studying the effect of soil microorganisms on inhibition of growth of plant pathogens in vitro by co-culturing the two organisms.
- Effect of soil microorganisms in inhibiting growth of plant nematodes
Studying bioremediation of saline soils or heavy metal contaminated soils by microorganisms – Estimating salt, or heavy metal content of soil to which different soil microorganisms have been added.