Dr. Subhojit Datta

Principal Scientist

Agril. Biotechnology


Towards stress tolerance in jute and allied fibre crops, novel alleles for suitable candidate genes are being searched in the genomes using genomics and bioinformatics approaches. Current research focus is a group of major intrinsic protein (MIP) and heat shock factor (HSF) genes which are being studied for gene expression in different tissues in different stress levels. Comparative genomics of pectin degrading Bacillus species and functional diversity of pectin degrading genes being studied towards development of environment friendly low cost retting technology for jute. Molecular genetics of self-Incompatibility Sunnhemp is being studied for identification of suitable restorer genes for hybrid development.


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  1. Mining Novel Alleles for Genome Engineering Applications for herbicide and stress tolerance in jute and allied fibre crops, (In House Project, Budget: 14.50 lakhs)
  2. Genetics of self-Incompatibility and development of improved fibre yielding populations in Sunnhemp (Crotalaria juncea L.), (In House Project, Budget: 27.52 lakhs)
  3. Environment friendly low cost retting technology for jute and metagenomics of retting microbiome, (In House Project, Budget: 92.80 lakhs)


  1. ICAR National Fellow Award in Agricultural Biotechnology (2014; not availed)
  2. DBT CREST Fellow, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (2011)
  3. Fellow, Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development (Since 2009)
  4. BOYSCAST Fellow, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (2008)
  5. Young Scientist Award, Indian Science Congress Association (2002)

  1. Datta, S., Kansal, R. and Koundal, K.R. (2000) Construction of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.) cDNA library and characterization of an isolated lectin gene. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 9: 67-71
  2. Datta, S., Chaudhury, R.G., Rai, R., Singh, R.K. and Dhar, V. (2009) Molecular diversity and pathotype analyses of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lentis population from north-eastern Gangetic plain region of India. SABRAO Journal of Breeding and Genetics, 41(1): 1-11
  3. Datta, S., Kaashyap, M. and Kumar, S. (2010) Amplification of chickpea SSR primers in Cajanus species and their validity in diversity analysis. Plant Breeding, 129 (3): 334-340
  4. Datta, S., Mahfooz, S., Singh, P., Choudhary, A.K., Singh, F. and Kumar, S. (2010) Cross-genera amplification of informative microsatellite markers from common bean and lentil for the assessment of genetic diversity in pigeonpea. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants, 16 (2): 123-134
  5. Datta, S., Tiwari, S., Kaashyap, M., Gupta, P.P., Choudhary, P.R., Kumari, J. and Kumar, S. (2011) Genetic similarity analysis in lentil using cross- genera legume sequence tagged microsatellite site markers. Crop Science, 51:2412–2422
  6. Datta, S., Choudhary, R.G., Shamim, Md. and Dhar, V. (2011) Polymorphism in the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region of the ribosomal DNA among different Fusarium species. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection, 44( 6): 558–566
  7. Datta, S., Kaashyap, M., Singh, P., Gupta, P.P., Anjum, K.T., Mahfooz, S. and Gupta, S. (2012) Conservation of microsatellite regions across legume genera enhances marker repertoire and genetic diversity study in phaseolus genotypes. Plant Breeding, 131: 307-311
  8. Datta, S., Singh, P., Mahfooz, S., Choudhary, A.K., Chaturvedi, S.K. and Nadarajan, N. (2013) Conservation of Genic and Genomic Microsatellite Regions across Legume Genera Allows Marker Transferability for Polymorphism Studies in Pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millspaugh]. Australian Journal of Crop Sciences, 7: 1990-1997
  9. Datta, S., Singh, P., Mahfooz, S., Patil, P., Chaudhary, A.K., Agbagwa, I.O. and Nadarajan, N. (2013) Novel genic microsatellite markers from Cajanus scarabaeoides and their comparative efficiency in revealing genetic diversity in pigeonpea. Journal of Genetics, 92, e24–e30
  10. Datta, S., Kaashyap, M. and Gupta, P.P. (2015) Development of EST derived microsatellite markers in chickpea and their validation in diversity analysis. Indian Journal of Biotechnology, 14: 55-58