Dr. Debasis Pattanayak
Principal Scientist
Phone :
91-11-25841787 ext. 240
Education :
Ph D: Biochemistry Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
Education :
Post Doc: National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi

Research Interest

  • Exploitation of RNAi in crop improvement, especially gram pod-borer resistance in pigeonpea and other biotic stresses (sheath blight, brown plant hopper and yellow stem borer) resistance in rice.
  • Characterization of microRNA, long non-coding and circular RNA during plant-microbe interaction and plant development.

Awards & Honors

  1. National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) Associateship in 2006 by NAAS, India.
  2. National Merit Scholarship in 1983 for the duration of six years (1983-1989) by Ministry of Education and Culture, Government of India.
  3. Biotechnology National Associate-ship Award. 1998. Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
  4. Lal Bahadur Shastri Award in Horticulture for the biennium 1999-2000 by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India
  1. Ahmad I, Solanke AU, Deshmukh DP, Kanakachari M, Sreevathsa, Pattanayak D, Sharma TR &; Kumar PA. 2014. Isolation and characterization of ethylene responsive factor (ERF) genes from brinjal. Indian Journal of Horticulture 71: in press.
  2. Pattanayak D, Solanke AKU, Kumar PA. 2013. Plant RNA interference pathways: diversity in function, similarity in action. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 31: 493-506.
  3. Tiwari JK, Poonam, Chakrabarti SK, Kumar V, Gopal J, Singh BP, Pandey SK &; Pattanayak D. 2013. Identification of host gene conferring resistance to Potato virus Y using Ry gene-based molecular markers. Indian Journal of Horticulture 70: 373-377.
  4. Singh A, Chand D &; Pattanayak D. 2012. Purification and characterization of potato Ribonuclease P. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 22: 425-433.
  5. Malhotra B, Huddone S, Verma A, Chamail A, Sanju S, Thakur A, Sindhu R, Singh Y, Patil VU, Siddappa S, Gupta R &; Pattanayak D. 2012. Indian entrepreneurship in biotechnology comes of age. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 21(S1): S90-S99.
  6. Sarkar D, Tiwari J, Sharma S, Poonam, Sharma S, Gopal J, Singh BP, Luthra SK, Pandey SK &; Pattanayak D. 2012. P-7 (IC0590090; INGR11051), a potato (Solanum tuberosum (+) S. pinnatisectum tetraploid, somatic male fertile hybrid carrying resistance to potato late blight introgressed from S. pinnatisectum. Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources 26: 93-94.
  7. Sarkar D, Tiwari JK, Sharma S, Poonam, Sharma S, Gopal J, Singh BP, Luthra SK, Pandey SK &; Pattanayak D. 2011. Somatic hybrids between Solanum tuberosum L. and S. pinnatisectum Dun.: Molecular, phenotypic and late blight resistance characterization. Plant Cell and Tissue Organ Culture 107: 427-440.
  8. Singh A, Chamail A, Chand D, Chakrabarti SK &; Pattanayak D. 2011. pUC-IVT, a modified pUC19 based in vitro transcription vector. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 21: 60-65.
  9. Pandey SK, Singh SV, Marwaha RS &; Pattanayak D. 2009. Indian potato processing varieties: Their impact and future priorities. Potato Journal 36: 95-114.
  10. Pattanayak D &; Chatterjee SR. Inactivation of sunflower NADH: nitrate reductase by white light-activated rose Bengal. Molecular Cell Biology Research Communications (Presently, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communication) 1: 237-240.
  11. Chimote VP, Chakrabarti SK, Pattanayak D, Pandey SK &; Naik PS. 2008. Molecular analysis of cytoplasm type in Indian potato varieties. Euphytica 162: 69-80.
  12. Kashyap S, Chakrabarti SK, Pattanayak D, Chandran KP, Gautam DC, Chandla VK &; Naik PS. 2008. A modified artificial diet for rearing potato tuber moth, Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller). Potato Journal 35: 141-146.
  13. Chimote VP, Pattanayak D &; Naik PS. 2007. Molecular and morphological divergence studies in Indian potato varieties. Indian Journal of Biotechnology 6: 224-229.
  14. Chakrabarti SK, Pattanayak D, Sarkar D, Chimote VP &; Naik PS. 2006. Stability of RAPD fingerprint in potato: effect of source tissue and primers. Biologia Plantarum 50: 531-536.
  15. Kant A, Pattanayak D, Chakrabarti SK, Sharma R, Thakur M &; Sharma DR. 2006. RAPD analysis of genetic variability in Pinus gerardiana Wall. in Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh). Indian Journal of Biotechnology 5: 62-67.
  16. Grover A, Azmi W, Gadewar AV, Pattanayak D, Naik PS, Shekhawat GS &; Chakrabarti SK.2006. Genotypic diversity in a localized population of Ralstonia solanacerum as revealed by random amplified polymorphic DNA markers. Journal of Applied Microbiology 101: 798-806.
  17. Atheya I, Singh BP, Chakrabarti SK &; Pattanayak D. 2005. Genetic diversity and differentiation of Indian isolates of Phytophthora infestans as revealed by RAPD analysis. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 43: 817-823.
  18. Pattanayak D, Agarwal S, Sumathi T, Chakrabarti SK, Naik PS &; Khurana SM Paul. 2005. The Small but mighty RNA-mediated interference in plants. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 43: 7-24.
  19. Malhotra K, Agarwal S, Pattanayak D &; Minhas JS. 2005. Post-transcriptional silencing of GA20OX1 in potato. Potato Journal 32: 147-148.
  20. Chimote VP, Chakrabarti SK, Pattanayak D &; Naik PS. 2004. Semi-automated simple sequence repeat analysis reveals narrow genetic base in Indian potato cultivars. Biologia Plantarum 48: 517-522.
  21. Pattanayak D, Chimote VP, Chakrabarti SK, Khurana SM Paul &; Pandey SK. 2004. RAPD fingerprinting of advanced generation potato hybrids for diversity analysis and protection. Potato Journal 31: 17-22.
  22. Agarwal S, Chakrabarti SK, Misra S, Chimote VP, Pattanayak D &; Naik PS. 2003. A biotechnological approach for reduction of cold-induced sweetening in potato tubers. Journal of Indian Potato Association (Potato Journal) 30: 39-40.
  23. Banyal J, Kumar M, Chakrabarti SK, Pattanayak D, Chimote VP, Singh L &; Naik PS. 2003. Cloning and sequencing of an osmotin-like gene fragment from the late blight resistant wild potato species Solanum chacoense. Journal of Indian Potato Association (Potato Journal) 30: 37-38.
  24. Pulukkunat D, Stephen Raj ML, Pattanayak D, Lai LB &; Gopalan V. 2003. Exploring the potential of plant RNase P as a functional genomics tool. Methods in Molecular Biology 236: 295-310.
  25. Pattanayak D, Chakrabarti SK &; Naik PS. 2001. Genetic diversity of late blight resistant and susceptible Indian potato cultivars revealed by RAPD markers. Euphytica 128: 183-189.
  26. Pattanayak D, Chakrabarti SK, Kumar PA &; Naik PS. 2001. Characterization of genetic diversity of some serovars of Bacillus thuringiensis by RAPD. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 39: 897-901.
  27. Chakraborti SK, Pattanayak D &; Naik PS. 2001. Fingerprinting Indian potato cultivars by random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers. Potato Research 44: 375-387.
  28. Pattanayak D, Srinivasan K, Mandaokar AJ, Shukla A, Bhalla R &; Kumar PA. 2000. AFLP fingerprinting and genotypic characterization of some serovars of Bacillus thuringiensis. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 16: 667-672.
  29. Pattanayak D &; Kumar PA. 2000. Plant Biotechnology: Current advances and future perspectives. Proceedings of Indian National Science Academy 66B: 265-310.
  30. Chakraborti SK, Mandaokar AJ, Pattanayak D, Kumar PA, Naik PS &; Sharma RP. 2000. Transgenic potato lines expressing a synthetic Cry1Ab gene acquired tolerance to a polyphagous noctuid, Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner). Potato Research 43: 143-152.
  31. Pattanayak D. 1999. Higher plant sucrose-phosphate synthase: structure, function and regulation. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 37: 523-529.
  32. Pattanayak D &; Chatterjee SR. 1999. Sunflower nitrate reductase: purification and characterization. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 8: 41-45.
  33. Pattanayak D. 1998. Light regulation of diurnal variation of sucrose-phosphate synthase in potato. Biologia Plantarum 41: 369-376.
  34. Pattanayak D &; Chatterjee SR. 1998. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate phosphatase facilitates dark reduction of nitrate: regulation by nitrate and ammonia. Biologia Plantarum 41: 75-84.
  35. Pattanayak D &; Chatterjee SR. 1998. Recent advances in structure and function of higher plant nitrate reductase. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 36: 644-650.
  36. Chakraborti SK, Birhman RK &; Pattanayak D. 1998. Genetic similarity analysis and identification of Indian potato cultivars by random amplified polymorphic DNAs. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 37: 1123-1128.
  37. Pattanayak D &; Chatterjee SR. 1998. Light-mediated regulation of nitrate reductase in higher plants. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 7: 73-85.
  38. Pattanayak D. 1998. Temperature dependent change of sucrose-phosphate synthase activity in stored potato tubers. Journal of Indian Potato Association (Potato Journal) 25: 143-145.
  39. Pattanayak D &; Chatterjee SR. 1997 Molecular biology of assimilatory nitrate reductase gene: a review. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (Journal of Plant Biology, India) 24: 1-9.
  40. Pattanayak D &; Chatterjee SR. 1993. Activity of nitrate reductase, nitrite reductase, glutamine synthetase and mitochondrial glutamate dehydrogenase in wheat and maize under light-dark conditions. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (Journal of Plant Biology, India) 20: 114-119.

Book Chapter:

  1. Chakrabarti SK &; Pattanayak D. 2006. Transgene-mediated resistance for plant disease management. In: Plant Protection in New Millennium, vol. 1, (Eds. Gadewar AV &; Singh BP), pp. 435-461, Satish Serial Publishing House, Delhi.
  2. Chakrabarti SK, Kaushik SK, Chimote VP, Pattanayak D &; Naik PS. 2003. Molecular markers. In: The Potato. (Eds. Khurana SM Paul, Minhas JS &; Pandey SK), pp. 395-404, Mehta Publishers, New Delhi.
  3. Khurana SM Paul, Chakrabarti SK &; Pattanayak D. 2004. Molecular basis of plant disease resistance. In: Biotechnological Approaches for the Integrated Management of Crop Diseases (Ed. Mayee CD), pp.115-130.
  4. Khurana SM Paul, Chakrabarti SK &; Pattanayak D. 2007. Engineering disease resistance: a paradigm shift in plant disease management. In: Seed Borne Diseases Eco-friendly Management (Arya A &; Monaco IC, eds.), pp. 37-56. Scientific Publishers (India), Jodhpur.
  5. Yadav RC, Solanke AU, Kumar P, Pattanayak D, Yadav NR &; Kumar PA. 2013. Genetic engineering for tolerance to climate change-related traits. In: Genomics and Breeding for Climate-Resilient Crops, Vol. I (Kole C, ed.), Spinger-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg 2013, pp. 285-330.
  6. Rohini Sreevathsa A, Pattanayak D &; Kumar PA. 2013. Impact of genetically engineered insect resistant crops in developing countries,. In: Genetically Engineered Crops in Developing Countries, (DV Reddy, P Ananda Kumar, G Loebenstein &; P Lava Kumar, eds.), Studium Press, Texas (USA), New Delhi (India).
  7. Solanke AU, Raghavendrarao S, Kanika &; Pattanayak D. 2013. Heat stress responses in plants: insight into physiological and molecular mechanisms. In: Abiotic stress: Challenges and prospects (in press).
On Going Projects
Name of the Project Funding Agency
Development of transgenic rice tolerant to drought and resistant to yellow stem borer