Dr. Monika Dalal
Principal Scientist
Phone :
011 25841787 Ext. 281
Education :
Ph. D. (2000): Life science, Devi Ahilya University, Indore
Education :
Post Doc: IISc Bangalore, India and University of Arizona, USA

Research Interest

My research interest is to study root traits under drought stress conditions in wheat (Triticum aestivum) using physiological, molecular and genetic approaches. The aim is to understand the mechanism of inductive root growth under stress and to generate genetic and genomic resources for enhancement of drought adaptation in wheat.

  1. Dalal M, Inupakutika M (2014) Transcriptional regulation of ABA core signaling component genes in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench). Mol Breed 34:1517–1525
  2. Gorthy S, Mayandi K., Faldu D, Dalal M (2013) Molecular characterization of allelic variation in spontaneous brown midrib mutants of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L Moench). Mol Breed 31:795–803
  3. Dalal M, Sandeep Kumar G, Mayandi K (2013) Identification and expression analysis of group 3 LEA family genes in sorghum . Acta Physiol Plant 35:979–984
  4. Dalal M, Chinnusamy V, Bansal KC (2013) Abiotic stress response of transgenic Arabidopsis overexpressing Brassica napus group 1 LEA genes. Proc Indian natn Sci Acad 79: 57-64
  5. Dalal M, Chinnusamy V, Bansal KC (2010) Isolation and functional characterization of Lycopene β-cyclase (CYC-B) promoter from Solanum habrochaites. BMC Plant Biol 10: 61
  6. Dalal M, Tayal D, Chinnusamy V, Bansal KC (2009) Abiotic stress and ABA-inducible Group 4 LEA from Brassica napus plays a key role in salt and drought tolerance. J Biotechnol 139: 137-45
  7. Nain V, Jaiswal R, Dalal M, Ramesh B, Kumar PA (2005) Polymerase chain reaction analysis of transgenic plants contaminated by Agrobacterium. Plant Mol Biol Rep 23: 59-65.
  8. Bhalla R, Dalal M, Panguluri SK, Jagadish B, Mandaokar AD, Singh AK, Kumar PA (2005) Isolation, characterization and expression of a novel vegetative insecticidal protein gene of Bacillus thuringiensis. FEMS Microbiol Lett 243: 467-472
  9. Manjunatha UH*, Dalal M*, Chatterji M, Radha DR, Visweswariah SS, Nagaraja V. (2002). Functional characterization of mycobacterial DNA gyrase: an efficient decatenase. Nuc Acids Res 30: 2144-53 * Joint first authors
  10. Dalal M, Khanna-Chopra R (2001) Differential response of antioxidant enzymes in leaves of necrotic wheat hybrids and their parents. Physiol Plant 111: 297-304
  11. Dalal M, Vijayalakshmi KVS, Khanna-Chopra R, Bharti S (1999) Ear culture as a technique to overcome hybrid necrosis in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Plant Cell, Tiss Org Cult 59: 151-154
  12. Dalal M, Khanna-Chopra R (1999) Lipid peroxidation is an early event in necrosis of wheat hybrid. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 262: 109-112
  13. Khanna-Chopra R, Dalal M, Pradeep Kumar G, Laloraya M (1998) A genetic system involving superoxide causes F1 necrosis in wheat (T. aestivum L.). Biochem Biophys Res Commun 248: 712-715

Book Chapter

  1. Dalal M, Chinnusamy V (2014) Molecular genetic approaches for improvement of drought tolerance in rice. In M Prakash, K Balakrishnan, eds, Abiotic stress tolerance in crop plants. Satish Serial Publishing house, Delhi, pp 1-22
  2. Chinnusamy V, Dalal M, Zhu J-K (2013) Epigenetic regulation of abiotic stress responses in plants. In A Jenks, P M Hasegawa eds, Plant Abiotic Stress, Ed 2. John Wiley & Sons, Inc Hoboken, NJ, pp 203-229
  3. Dalal M, Mayandi K., Chinnusamy V (2012) Sorghum: Improvement of Abiotic Stress Tolerance. In N Tuteja, S S Gill, A F Tiburcio, R Tuteja eds, Improving crop resistance to abiotic stress, Vol 2 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KgaA, Germany, pp 923
  4. Dalal M, Ananda Kumar P (2006) Transgenic vegetables for pharmaceutical and industrial applications. In PC Trivedi eds, Plant Biotechnology: Perspectives and Prospects, Pointer Publishers, Jaipur, India, pp: 110-123
  5. Dalal M, Kumar PA (2005) Biotechnology of vegetable crops: Current Trends. Proceedings of AP Akademi of Sciences 9: 219-228