Plant Virology and Plant Genetic Engineering


Principle Investigator:
Dr. K. Palanichelvam (Ph.D. Madurai Kamaraj University, 1995)

Post-doctoral Training: The Volcani Center, Israel; University of Illinois; Univ. of Missouri and Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, USA

Major Research Areas:

Characterization of plant viruses

Construction of virus-resistant transgenic plants using RNAi technology

Team Members

Part-time Doctoral Student:

Ms. V. Anbini

Selected Publications of the PI (H-index=6):

Srivastava AC, Palanichelvam K, Ma J, Steele J, Blancaflor EB, Tang Y (2010). Collection and analysis of expressed sequence tags derived from laser capture microdissected switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L. Alamo) vascular tissues. Bioenergy Research, 3 (3) 278-294.

Harries P., Palanichelvam, K., Yu, W., Schoelz. J., and Nelson, R. 2009. The Cauliflower mosaic virus protein P6 forms motile inclusions that traffic along actin microfilaments and stabilize microtubules. Plant Physiology, 149 (2) 1005-16.

Balaji B, Cawly J, Angel C, Zhang Z, Palanichelvam K, Cole A, Schoelz J. 2007. Silencing of the N family of resistance genes in Nicotiana edwardsonii compromises the hypersensitive response to tombusviruses. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, 20(10) 1262-70.

Palanichelvam K and Schoelz, J. 2002. A Comparative Analysis of the Avirulence and Translational Transactivator Functions of Gene VI of Cauliflower mosaic virus. Virology, 293, (2) 225-233.

Kunik T, Palanichelvam K, Czosnek H, Citovsky V and Gafni Y. 1998. Nuclear Import of the Capsid Protein of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV) in Plant and Insect cells. The Plant Journal, 13 (3), 393-399.