About the Department

The University of Mysore established Department of Studies in Applied Botany and Seed Pathology (DAB) by integrating the ICAR supported Downy Mildew Research Laboratory (DMRL), UGC-SAP-DRS programme on Seed Pathology and M.Phil. in Seed Pathology programme which were formerly housed in the Department of Studies in Botany.  DAB introduced M.Sc. in Biotechnology in 1992, which was recognized under DBT-HRD programme of Government of India in 1998.  The Department proved its potential as a premier training and research center by attracting grants from various national funding agencies like UGC, ICAR, ICMR, DAE, DBT, and DST, and international agencies like DANIDA, EEC, EU etc.  In the last 20 years, the department has generated INR 25 Crores. 

M.Phil. programme in Seed Pathology (later Seed Technology) was initiated by the efforts of Dr. Paul Neergaard and Dr. S. B. Mathur, Director of DGISP in the year 1980.  Dr. Paul Neergaard was a Visiting Professor under Sir M. Visweswaraiah Chair.  With the support of DANIDA and Danish Seed Health Center (DSHC) the department was recognized as Asian Seed Health Center to coordinate the training and research activities in seed health for the Asian region.

The DOS in Applied Botany & Seed Pathology was renamed as DOS in Biotechnology in 2009 by integrating all the courses and research activities and the faculty resources. The M.Sc. Biotechnology Programme at the department is funded by DBT under the HRD scheme.  Under this scheme 15 students are admitted to the M.Sc. programme through National level Graduate Aptitude Test in Biotechnology (GAT-B) conducted by National Testing Agency. The department is currently carrying out research in various branches of Biotechnology such as Plant molecular biology and biotechnology, Molecular plant microbe interactions, microbial biotechnology, cancer biology, peptidoglycomics, environmental biotechnology, nanotechnology, etc. 

Outstanding Achievements/ Milestones of the department

Sl.NoName of ProgrammeFunding AgencyDurationTotal approved cost (Rs in lakhs)
 Phase I 1982-8718
 Phase II 1988-9323
 Phase III 1994-9935
 Phase III Cont 2000-0547
 Phase I 2007-1271.5
 Phase II 2014-19100
2Seed Virology, Bacteriology Research & trainingDANIDA-ENRECA, Denmark1992-98200
3UGC- COSISTUGC1999-200435
4FIST- Phase IDST2002-0755
 Phase II 2010-1572.5
5Seed Pathology Training ProgrammeDANIDA, Denmark2003-10300
6DBT-HRD for M.Sc BiotechnologyDBT1999- till date>200


Infrastructure Facilities

  • High Speed Refrigerated Centrifuges
  • Thermal cyclers
  • Microscopes
    • Epifluorescence, phase contrast, stereo binocular with digital imaging
    • Inverted Trinocular and fluorescence with CCD Camera
  • Deep freezers (-200C and -800C)
  • UV-Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Gel documentation unit/Chemidoc-it
  • Biofermentor
  • CO2 incubator
  • Nano drop Spectrophotometer
  • Multimode Plate Reader
  • Liquid Scintillation Counter
  • Lyophilizer
  • Computational and networking facilities
  • Departmental Library
  • Generator facilities 
  • Green House, Screen House and Polyhouse facilities
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Eukaryotic cell culture facility
  • Well equipped Molecular Biology Laboratories
  • National facility to screen for downy mildew resistance in pearl millet
  • Two Lecture Halls, One Seminar Hall
  • Four practical Labs for M.Sc. Students


Seminar Hall

Computational Facility

M.Sc Biotechnology Lab

Departmental Library

Multilable Plate Reader

Refrigerated Centrifuge

Chemidocit (Image analysis)


Inverted Microscope with Image Acquisition

Biosafety Cabinet (Class II)