Hyderabad: Prof Appa Rao Podile, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, was selected for JC Bose Fellowship of Department of Science and Technology.
Rao was selected in recognition of his outstanding performance in the area of plant-microbe interactions in general and induced resistance in plants in particular.
According to a press release, he made significant contributions in three closely related areas of research that revolve around the recognition of pathogen-derived molecules by plants that activate defence response and contribute to improved health/yield.
The early contributions are on the use of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) for improving plant growth and yield besides controlling diseases, while the others are on non-host resistance (NHR) and pathogen-associated molecular pattern (PAMP) triggered immunity (PTI) in plants, the release said.
The JC Bose Fellow will receive a fellowship amount of Rs 25,000 per month and a research grant of Rs 15 lakh per annum and is provided initially for a period of 5 years. The fellowship can be extended beyond five years based on performance during the first five-year tenure, the release added.