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Name : Dr. (Mrs.) Meenal Rathore
Designation : Principal Scientist
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Telephone (Office) : +91-512-2580991
Mobile No. : +91-89897 55865
Date of joining ICAR : 01st April 2011
Discipline and specialization : Plant Biotechnology, Genetic transformation of plants.
Training/advance exposure in the area of work :

Coordination for conducting CFTs of transgenic plants, genetic transformation in pulses.

Professional Information

Contribution to the scientific advancement

  • Team member in conduct of CFTs for transgenic chickpea and pigeonpea for IR.
  • Development of marker free transgenic vegetables: using the two vector system (Co transformation) to develop marker free transgenic in cucumber and tomato having the At cbf1 gene for cold tolerance.
  • Transformation of cucurbits using whole seed was developed (Patent filed).
  • Documented Indian weedy rice to be an admixture.
  • Validated three possible origins of weedy rice in India.
  • Studied impact of climate change on weedy and wild rice and other weeds.
  • Developed 42 Near isogenic lines (NILs) in wheat for different seed storage proteins(SSPs) using marker assisted backcrossing. These were analyzed for rheological properties and independent roles of alleles of SSPs on wheat processing quality.

Current area of research

  • Genetic transformation of Vignafor improved tolerance to stress(es); Genotyping of minor pulses for varietal identification.


  • A. Das, A. Shukla, S. Thakur, M. Rathore and N.P. Singh (2020) Estimation of Neomycin Phosphotransferase-II (NPT-II) protein in vegetative and reproductive tissues of transgenic chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) and biosafety perspectives. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, DOI 10.1007/s13562-020-00562-z.
  • Poornima K. Narayana, Neetu S. Kushwah, Meenal Rathore, Alok Das and N.P. Singh(2020). Histological study of resistant and susceptible chickpea. Indian Phytopathology DOI: 10.1007/s42360-020-00250-x.
  • Prakash G. Patil, Abhishek Bohra, Jyotirmay Dubey, Parasappa R. Saabale, Raj K. Mishra, Gaurav Pandey, Alok Das, Meenal Rathore, Farindra Singh and Narendra Pratap Singh(2017). Genetic analysis and molecular resistance to race 2 of Fusarium wilt in pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.]. Crop Protection 100:(2017):117e123.
  • Prakash G. patil, J. Dubey, Abhishek Bohra, R.K. Mishra, P.R. Saable, Alok Das, Meenal Rathoreand N.P. Singh (2017) Association mapping to discover significant marker trait associations for resistance against fusarium wilt variant 2 in pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millspaugh] using SSR markers. Journal of Applied Genetics doi:10.10 07/s1335 3-0170400-y.
  • Dibakar Ghosh, Meenal Rathore, K. Brahmachari, R. Singh and B. Kumar(2017). Impact of burial and flooding depths on Indian weedy rice. Crop Protection 100:106-110.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Travel grant from UWA for 25th APWSS, (2015).
  • DRDO Technology Day Award, (2007).
  • DRDO Technology Group Award. (2005).
  • CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship, (2001-02).
  • DBT-JRF in National Wheat Network Project, (1998-2001).
  • GATE Qualified, (1997).
  • DBT,Government Of India Merit Fellowship, (1995-1997).
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