Ongoing Research Projects

A.        Externally funded (Foreign) : Nil

B.        Externally funded (National)

Title

Investigators

Brief Objectives

Duration

Total outlay (Rs. in lakhs)

APEDA National Referral Laboratory for Monitoring Pesticide Residues for Export of Fresh Grapes from India

Director (S.D. Sawant), PI

Kaushik Banerjee

Ahammed Shabeer T.P.

·        Monitoring of the pesticide residues in exportable fresh table grapes to the European Union through control of residues of chemicals

01.04.2012 to 31.03.2017

3586.22

Validation of DUS descriptors for Indian grapes (Vitis spp.) (PPVFRA funded)

Roshni R. Samarth, PI

·        Development of valid DUS Test Guidelines for Grapes under Mild Tropical Conditions

·        To establish Salient features/identifiers of relevant grape cultivars.

·        To create national documentation of the cultivars in use for their registration at national level.

·        To protect the rights of plant breeders and farmers responsible for new variety development.

·        Validation of data of descriptors for Grapes under subtropical and temperate Indian conditions.

·        The protocol will also help in introduction and protection of exotic / patented cultivars under Indian conditions under sui-generis system.

01.04.2012 to 30.06.2016

25.00

An integrated approach of molecular breeding for downy and powdery mildew resistance in grape (DBT funded)

Dr. Anuradha Upadhyay

Dr. Roshni R. Samarth

Dr. Indu S. Sawant
21.05.2015 to 20.05.2018 41.66
Nutritional quality and safety evaluation of common processed products of grape (FSSAI funded)

Ms. Sharmistha Naik

Dr. K. Banerjee
Dr. Ahammed Shabeer T.P.

Dr. A.K. Sharma
  01.12.2016 to 30.11.2018 30.744
Intellectual Property Management and Transfer / Commercialization of Agricultural Technology (NAIP funded) Mrs. Kavita Y. Mundankar   01.04.2012 to 30.11.2017  

C.  Institute / ICAR

Title

PI with associates

Brief Objectives

Duration

Total outlay (Rs. in lakhs)

Management of  Grape Genetic Resources  of  table, wine, raisin, juice and rootstock varieties - Phase II

Dr. R.G. Somkuwar
Dr. Roshni Samarth
Dr A.K. Sharma,
Dr. Anuradha Upadhyay,
Dr. S.D. Ramteke,
Dr. A.K. Upadhyay,
Dr. Indu S. Sawant,
Dr. Amala U. (till 07/06/2016)
  • To evaluate cultivars as active collections

  • To conserve desirable genotypes on long term basis through cryo-preservation in collaboration with NBPGR, New Delhi.

  • To exchange and coordinate the grape improvement programme as a nodal centre in the country.

01.04.2008 to 30.09.2018 (Phase II)

158.80

Characterization, regeneration and documentation of grape germplasm

Dr. Roshni R. Samarth

Ms. Anupa T.

Dr. Indu S. Sawant
  • To characterize the germplasm collected from various sources for quality traits

  • To regenerate these selected accessions for further use and use in the breeding programme.

  • Documentation of these accessions for quality and disease resistance.

01.10.2015 to 30.06.2017

12.77
Functional validation and expression assay of abiotic stress responsive transcription factors genes in grapevine

Dr. Anuradha Upadhyay

Ms. Sharmistha Naik
  • To validate functional role of salt stress responsive grape genes
  • To identify multiple abiotic stress responsive genes
  • To study the transient expression of selected target genes in grape
01.04.2016 to 31.03.2019 39.50
Breeding for development of marker assisted selection (MAS) technique for downy mildew resistance in seedless grape varieties Dr. Roshni R. Samarth
Dr. Anuradha Upadhyay,
Dr. Indu S. Sawant
  • To carry out crossing programme for transferring downy mildew resistant trait in Thompson seedless.
  • To confirm the hybrid nature of the seedlings using microsatellite markers
  • To study the co-segregation of markers and disease resistance trait in F1 population.
20.09.2010 to 31.03.2020 95.81
Breeding for naturally loose bunches and bold berries in grapes Dr. Roshni R. Samarth
Ms. Anupa T.
  • To develop F1 hybrids from crosses of Red Globe x Centennial Seedless
  • To identify hybrids for quality traits viz. loose bunches, bold berries and better shelf life
01.12.2014 to 30.11.2019 20.40
Creating gene and ploidy variations for desired trait in grape using physical and chemical agents

Ms. Sharmistha Naik

Dr. Roshni Samarth
Dr. Anuradha Upadhyay
  • Creating variability in grape using physical and chemical mutagens.
  • To induce tetraploidy in grape.
  • To evaluate the mutated vines/tetraploids for desirable traits
07.04.2016 to 31.03.2021 17.88

Evaluation of rootstocks for growth ,yield, fruit composition and wine quality of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in Pune region of India.

R.G. Somkuwar, PI

A.K. Upadhyay A.K. Sharma

  • To study the influence of rootstocks on growth and development of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

  • To study the influence of rootstocks on fruit composition, must and wine quality of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

  • To study the influence of rootstocks on mineral nutrient uptake / accumulation in Cabernet Sauvignon wine grapes.

  • To study the influence of rootstocks on incidence of diseases in Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

01.01.2012 to 30.06.2017

90.905

Standardization of cultural practices to increase quality yield of wine grapes

R.G. Somkuwar, PI
A.K. Sharma

S.D. Sawant 

  • To standardize the training system.

  • To standardize vine spacing

  • To standardize pruning practices

  • To standardize bud load per vine

01.04.2010 to 30.03.2017

42.60

Standardization of wine varieties for yield and quality wine under Indian condition .

Dr. R.G. Somkuwar
Dr A.K. Sharma,
Dr. S.D. Sawant,
Dr. Amala U.
(till 07/06/2016)
  • To evaluate the varieties under Indian conditions for important traits.

01.04.2011 to 31.03.2016

49.70

Evaluation of rootstocks for growth, yield and fruit composition of table and wine grapes Dr. R.G. Somkuwar
  • To study the influence of rootstocks on growth and development of table and wine grape varieties
  • To study the influence of rootstocks on fruit composition in Fantasy Seedless and Red Globe and must and wine quality in Sauvignon Blanc grapes
  • To study the influence of rootstocks on mineral nutrient uptake / accumulation in table and wine grapes
  • To study the influence of rootstocks on photosynthetic activities in table and wine grapes
01.04.2015 to 31.03.2020 20.00
Standardization of protocol for micro/propagation of grape (Vitis vinifera L.) rootstocks Ms. Anupa T.
Dr. Roshni R. Samarth
Dr. A.K. Sharma
  • To standardize type explant type
  • To standardize suitable medium for establishment, proliferation and rooting
  • To identify congenial conditions for growth of tissue cultured plantlets
30.04.2015 to 30.04.2017 15.99

Decision support system for enhancing productivity of grapes under moisture and temperature stress conditions (NASF funded)

Dr. A.K. Upadhyay
Dr. N.K. Soora,
Dr. Prameela Krishnan,
Mr. Borkar
  • To study the effect of moisture and temperature stress on growth and yield of grapes to generate data library required for crop growth model and decision support system (DSS).

  • To initiate model development for grape.

  • To develop decision support system for improving crop productivity under moisture and temperature stress conditions.

01.06.2012 to 30.06.2016

109.76

Techniques to Improve Nutrient Use Efficiency Including Farm Waste.

A.K. Upadhyay, PI

A.K. Sharma

Indu S. Sawant

  • To standardize nutrient doses for important varieties of grapes.

  • To evaluate different sources of fertilizers for their suitability for grapes.

01.04.2007 to 30.08.2016

49.59

Standardizing irrigation schedule for Fantasy Seedless vines raised on 110R rootstock

A.K. Upadhyay, PI

  • To determine the appropriate sequence of water replenishment through various stages of vine growth and berry development

  • To study the effect of irrigation treatments on yield and quality of Fantasy Seedless grapes

05.04.2013
to
31.07.2017

28.972

To demonstrate techniques to improve water use efficiency in growers’ field Dr. A.K. Upadhyay
Dr. S.D. Ramteke
  • Demonstration of the techniques developed at NRC Grapes to improve water use efficiency in Thompson Seedless vines
  • To study the effect of partial root zone drying technique on yield and quality of grapes
01.04.2015 to 31.07.2018 0.85
Use of remote sensing for precision farming - case study for selected grape vineyards in Nasik (MNCFC funded)

Dr. A.K. Upadhyay
Dr. D.S. Yadav

Dr. S.D. Ramteke

Dr. Sujoy Saha

Mrs. Kavita Y. Mundankar
  • Use of high resolution remote sensing data for developing management zones in vineyards
  • To assess and monitor stress (abiotic and biotic) in grape using remote sensing.
  • Use of ground based hyperspectral data for estimating biophysical and bio-chemical parameters
30.12.2015 to 31.03.2017 14.06
Effect of plastic cover on grapevine growth and productivity

Dr. A.K. Upadhyay
Dr. A.K. Sharma

Dr. D.S. Yadav

Dr. K. Banerjee
Dr. R.G. Somkuwar
Dr. S.D. Ramteke
Dr. S.D. Sawant

Dr. Sujoy Saha
Ms. Anupa T.

Dr. B.B. Fand (till 31/05/2017)
  • To study the effect of plastic cover and irrigation levels on grapevine growth, disease & pest incidence and yield
  • To study the performance of grapevines under plastic cover at two locations in farmer’s field with different climatic regimes
01.09.2016 to 30.09.2019 79.675

Standardization of growth regulator schedule for new grape varieties

S.D. Ramteke, PI

Kaushik Banerjee 

  • To standardized the dose of plant growth regulator for new promising varieties (Red Globe, Crimson Seedless, Fantasy Seedless, Manjri Naveen, Autumn Royal and Autumn Seedless)
  • To determine the residue levels of PGR’s at different stages in selected new varieties

01.10.2012 to 30.06.2016

63.00

Physiological disorders and their management practices in grapes

S.D. Ramteke, PI

A.K. Upadhyay

S.D. Sawant

R.G. Somkuwar

Kaushik Banerjee 

  • To find out the cause of physiological disorders.

  • To give the solution to particular physiological disorder.

01.10.2011 to 30.09.2017

44.50

Climate based spatial delimitation of suitable grape growing regions in India using GIS Mrs. Kavita Y. Mundankar
Dr. Indu S. Sawant
Dr. S.D. Ramteke
Dr. D.S. Yadav
Dr. Amala U.
  • To identify spatial distribution of climatic suitability for grape growing using GIS tools
01.04.2015 to 31.03.2018 42.20

Development of microbial formulations for biological control of grape diseases (AMAAS funded)

Indu S. Sawant, PI
S.D. Sawant

  • To test the efficacy of promising microorganisms in large scale field trials for control of downy mildew, powdery mildew and anthracnose diseases of grapes

  • To activate the plant defense mechanism through induction of systemic resistance by promising microorganisms

  • To enhance the bio-control efficacy of microorganisms using compatible fungicides

  • To control fungicide resistant pathogen population using highly antagonistic isolates

  • To develop liquid culture methods for production of most efficient bacterial and fungal biocontrol agents

  • To develop liquid / solid formulations with optimum efficacy and shelf-life

01.04.2014 to 31.03.2017

50.00
Monitoring of fungicide resistance in natural field populations of Plasmaopara viticola and Erysiphe necator in commercial grape vineyards and developing mitigating strategies (Extramural)

Dr. Indu S. Sawant

Dr. Sujoy Saha

Dr. S.D. Sawant
  • To establish cultures of natural field isolates of P. viticola and E. necator obtained from vineyards with failure and success of control of downy mildew and powdery mildew
  • To determine the sensitivity of natural field isolates of P. viticola to QoI, CAA, and other groups of fungicides
  • To determine sensitivity of natural field isolates of E. necator collected from both categories of vineyards to DMI and QoI groups of fungicides
  • To confirm development of resistance in insensitive strains of P. viticola and E. necator by molecular probes and gene analysis
  • Prepare disease management guidelines, incorporating other safer methods of disease control, for mitigation of resistance in areas where it is present
01.04.2016 to 31.03.2019 60.00
Studies on bacterial leaf spot and its management in grapes

Dr. Sujoy Saha
Dr. Indu S. Sawant

Dr. S.D. Sawant
  • Survey of bacterial leaf spot disease in major grape growing areas of Maharashtra
  • Isolation, purification and characterization of bacterial leaf spot pathogen
  • Screening of germplasm against the bacterial pathogen for resistance source
  • Bio-efficacy of different antibiotics, other chemicals and biological agents against pathogen in vitro and in vivo conditions
01.07.2015 to 30.06.2018 38.35
Consortium Research Platform on Borers in Network Mode (ICAR CRP funded) Dr. D.S. Yadav
Dr K. Banerjee,
Dr. Amala U. (till 07/06/2016),
Dr. Anuradha Upadhyay,
Dr. Indu S. Sawant
  • To identify, DNA barcode and geo-map stem borer species in grapes
  • To decipher and shortlist chemical cues for stem borer infesting grapes
  • To evaluate coleopteran specific Bt against stem borer infesting grapes
  • To identify gut-flora and anti-nutritive factors for stem borer infesting grapes
  • To identify genes / proteins involved in cellulose degradation in stem borer infesting grapes
01.04.2014 to 31.03.2017 28.20

Multi-pronged strategy for the management of mealybugs in grapes.

D.S. Yadav, PI
Amala U.

Kaushik Banerjee

  • To study the chemical composition of the waxy covering of Maconellicoccus hirsutus.

  • To explore the surfactants effective in removing mealy covering to enhance effectiveness of the insecticides.

  • To explore potential of hydro-dynamics for the management of mealybugs.

  • To study mealybug population trends and seasonal development of different mealybug species.

  • To develop mealybug population risk assessment model.

  • To identify alternate host plants in the vineyards.

  • To evaluate new generation chemicals for bio-efficacy against mealybugs, phytotoxicity and compatibility with other chemicals.

  • To evaluate various potential biological control agents for mealybugs and their compatibility with pesticides.

01.04.2012 to 31.03.2017

 36.00

Management of stem borer in grapes

Dr. D.S. Yadav
Dr. Amala U. (till 07/06/2016)

Dr. B.B. Fand (08/06/2016 to 31/05/2017)
  • To identify and document various species of stem borer infesting grapes and to study their biology
  • To explore non-destructive method of stem borer detection and potential of mechanical methods of stem borer management
  • To evaluate microbial pathogens, IIHR technology ‘Healer cum Sealer’ and light traps for the management of stem borer in grapes
  • To identify alternate host sources in and around the vineyards
  • Evaluation of potential chemicals and delivery methods for the management of stem borer
01.04.2013 to 31.03.2017 36.70
Out reach programme on management of sucking pests (ICAR ORP funded)

Dr. Amala U. (till 07/06/2016)

Dr. B.B. Fand (08/06/2016 to 31/05/2017)

Dr. D.S. Yadav
Dr. S.D. Sawant
Dr. Anuradha Upadhyay
Dr. D.G. Naik
Dr. Ahammed Shaberr T.P.
  • To study the transmission of Grapevine Leaf Roll Virus (GLRaV) through mealy bug as a vector in grapevine
  • To isolate, identify the culturable microbes from the honeydew of mealy bugs and study their potential to produce volatiles
  • To isolate, identify the volatile components present in honeydew of mealy bugs and evaluation of its attractant property towards natural enemies
  • To isolate, identify, characterize and evaluate the attractant compounds of mealy bugs
08.04.2015 to 31.12.2017 15.00

Analysis and safety evaluation of agrochemical residues and contaminants in agricultural commodities and processed products

K. Banerjee, PI
Ahammed Shabeer T.P.
A.K. Upadhyay
A.K. Sharma

  • To optimize sampling protocol for agrochemical residue analysis in agricultural commodities and processed products.

  • To develop and validate analytical method for agrochemical residue analysis in agricultural commodities and processed products.

  • To optimize sampling protocol, develop and validate analysis method for heavy metal analysis in grape and grape produce.

  • To conduct supervised field trials for residue dissipation kinetics studies for estimation of half-life and pre-harvest intervals for agrochemicals and their safety evaluation.

  • To evaluate the effect of processing on agrochemical residue dissipation / decontamination and generate processing factor.

01.01.2014 to 31.12.2018

 2933.21

Winery By-products Utilization for Value Addition in Food Products

A.K. Sharma, PI
K. Banerjee

  • To identify potential by-products for enriching food products.
  • To evaluate enriched food products based on biochemical and sensory parameters.

01.04.2014 to 31.12.2018

38.70

Identification and evaluation of β glucosidase producing yeast strains and its impact on wine quality

A.K. Sharma, PI
Ahammed Shabeer T.P.

Indu S. Sawant

  • Identify and evaluate yeast strains for β  glucosidase activity
  • To evaluate impact of promising types in wine making.

01.07.2013 to 30.06.2016

43.80

Phytochemical profiling and development of nutraceuticals and value added products from grapes

Dr.  Ahammed Shabeer T.P.
Dr. K. Banerjee,
Dr A.K. Sharma

Ms. Sharmistha Naik
Dr. R.G. Somkuwar
  • Screening of different varieties from grape germ plasm for important phytochemicals
  • Extraction and isolation of important phytochemicals (anthocyanins and phenolic) from promising grape varieties
  • Extraction and characterization of grape seed oil from different grape varities and their characterization through lipids and fatty acid profiling
  • To formulate bio-active extracts to different nutraceuticals and functional foods
01.04.2016 to 31.03.2021 52.00
Studies of pre-harvest and drying conditions to improve quality of raisins

Ms. Sharmistha Naik
Dr. A.K. Sharma

Dr. Ahammed Shabeer T.P.

Dr. S.D. Sawant
  • To study effect of GA3 application at different stages on yield, berry and raisin attributes.
  • To study the effect of different drying conditions on quality of raisins
  • Quality evaluation of raisins produced from grapes obtained from different GA3 treatments and dried under different drying conditions.
01.10.2015 to 30.09.2018 52.20