The research team of SIBB-R&D participated in the 97th Indian Science Congress held at Thiruvananthapuram from January 3 to 7, and presented three papers in three different sections of the congress.
- A paper titled ‘Identification of a novel lactoferrin variant in milk of Bos indicus Vechoor breed’ was presented by Smt. Anisha S., Dr. Anu Yamuna Joseph and Dr.C.Mohankumar in the section, Animal, Veterinary and Fisheries, as an invited lecture.
- Another paper titled ‘Molecular charaterisation and phylogenetic analysis of two UDP-glucosyl transferases (UGTs) in Stevia rebaudiana’ was presented in the section Agriculture and Forestry Science by Shri. Harish M., Dr.Suma Arun Dev and Dr.C.Mohankumar.
- Yet another paper titled ‘Sequence analysis and expression profiling of omega 3 fatty acid desaturase gene (GmFAD3C) from Indian cultivar soybean JS385’ was presented by Shri. M.D.Rajesh, Dr..Sona Dev and Dr.C.Mohankumar in the section New Biology.
Anna University recognition for SCMS Institute of Biotechnology
SCMS Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and Development (SIBB-R&D) has been accorded recognition from Anna University Coimbatore as an approved research centre for conducting collaborative research programmes in areas of Biosciences leading to M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees.
Eligible qualified candidates can now register their names with SIBB-R&D for undertaking research programmes to acquire M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees from the University.
Anna University Coimbatore is focused on industry related research programmes.
SCMS Institute of Biotechnology develops process for producing White Steviol – ‘Sweetener of the future’
A team of scientists headed by Dr.C.Mohankumar, Director, SCMS Institute for Bioscience and Biotech Research and Development (SIBB-R&D) has developed a process for producing white steviol powder, a potential natural sweetener, from mature Stevia leaves. The process is economical and reliable. The processing protocol has been filed for Indian patent as no. 1436/CHE/2007.
Stevia rebaudiana, popularly known as honey leaf plant, is a sweet herb belonging to Asteracea family, indigenous to Paraguay. This plant has been used for centuries in the treatment of diabetes as a traditional medicine. The leaves of this plant contain several diterpene glycosides commercially known as steviol. The major glycoside is called stevioside which is one of the major sweeteners in use in Japan, China and Korea. This natural product tastes intensely sweet, up to 300 times sweeter than sucrose, but does not provide calories. Therefore, diabetic patients can use it effectively.
The therapeutic properties of steviosides as insulinotropic (activation of insulin production) and antihyperglycemic (reducing the level of glucose in blood) have been proven with sufficient experimental evidence. Considering the impact of Type-2 diabetes in human population at global level, the steviol as a dietary supplement will definitely safeguard the future generations.
Studies so far conducted in India on Stevia have been confined to the propagation of Stevia plants as well as the production of crude green Stevia powder. It is for the first time a process for producing white Steviol powder has been developed in India.
Production of white Steviol powder from Stevia leaves has enormous scope in food industry at international level.
Dr.Zora Singh, Professor of Horticulture, Division of Science and Engineering, Curtin University of Technology, the largest University of West Australia, had visited SCMS Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and Development (SIBB-R&D) on November 26 and had detailed discussions with Prof.Pradeep P.Thevannoor, Director, SCMS Group, Prof.Pramod P. Thevannoor, Director, SCMS Group and Dr. C.Mohankumar, Director, SIBB-R&D. Dr.Singh is a renowned molecular biologist who has been focusing on the production of transgenic fruits for decades.
He was so impressed by the molecular tools and facilities of SIBB-R&D. During the discussions he expressed his willingness to collaborate with SIBB-R&D in molecular research for the production of transgenic crops using Indian and Australian varieties. At the end, it was mutually agreed upon to undertake joint research projects at international level.