Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

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Department of Biochemistry


Biochemistry was introduced as a unit of the Department of Biology in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in 1973. The staff position in the unit was one Assistant Professor and one Instructor and was accommodated in a single room in the PG Block. The main objectives were teaching and research in agriculture. Since September 1, 1975 the unit was made into a full-fledged department with Dr.D.Raj as Professor and Head of the department of Biochemistry.

Courses Offered :

=> B.Sc (Agriculture)
=> B.Sc (Sericulture)
=> B.Sc (Forestry)
=> B.Tech (Biotechnology)
=> B.Tech (Bioinformatics)
=> B.Tech (Food Process Engineering)
=> M.Tech (Food Process Engineering)
=> M.Tech (FPE and Marketing)

Research :

The ongoing research is in the field of medicinal biochemistry – Bioprospecting for anticancer, antidiabetic, antimicrobials and other pharmacologically active compounds from biological sources.

Achievements :

=> An antiviral protein from Bougainvillea spectabilis was characterized and sequenced.
=> Two cDNAs encoding antiviral proteins from B.spectabilis have been cloned and characterized.
=> Identified molecular markers linked to leaffolder resistance trait in rice.
=> Developed method for patulin (Mycotoxin) identification in food stuff.
=> A technology to preserve the sugarcane juice in bottles up to six months was developed.
=> Biochemical parameters to identify rice varieties suitable for cooking, flattened and puffed rice were identified.
=> An α-amylase inhibitor from samai (Panicum sumatrens) and a cysteine proteinase inhibitor from jackfruit seed (Artocarpusheterophyllus) were characterized and sequenced.
=> Protein, carbohydrate, soluble and insoluble dietary fibre in important small millets were characterized.
=> Purified and characterized a low molecular weight water-soluble protein from mungbean (Vigna radiata) seeds.

Facilities :

A separate biochemistry laboratory is available for conducting classes to undergraduates and postgraduates with all facilities.

Department of Biochemistry
Centre for Plant Molecular Biology
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Tamil Nadu

Phone : +91 - 422 - 6611263

Fax : +91 - 422 - 6611672

Email: [email protected]


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