Research

Survey, documentation, identification of plus trees and introduction of new species in Karnataka for Bio-fuel program

  • Survey and documentation of Pongamia pinnata, Azadirachta indica, Madhuca indica, Calophyllum inophyllum, Mesua ferrea and Jatopha curcas candidate plus trees in Karnataka.
  • Determination of harvesting period of pongamia pods.
  • Release of top accessions of Pongamia pinnata for field trials.
  • Introduction of new species- Aphanamixis polystachya (Amoora) – A potential bio-fuel tree.
  • Exploratory studies on the components of variability for economic traits in Jatropha.
  • Studies on seed technological aspects of Jatropha.
  1. Improvement in growth and establishment of bio-fuel plants with Vesicular Arbuscular (VA) Mycorrizal inoculation.
  2. Studies on Developmental stages of Pongamia pinnata
  3. Storage studies on biodiesel under different physical conditions.
  4. Biodiesel production from different feed stocks.
  • Production and characterization of biodiesel from different tree borne oils, diary wastes (Scum), used vegetable oils etc.
  • Development of Technology for Biodiesel Production, Enzymatic and Degumming Processes.

Utilization of by-products and value addition

  • Manurial value of pongamia, mahua and neem seed oil cakes on productivity of finger millet, tomato etc.
  • Characterization and amelioration of bio-diesel spent-wash.
  • Quantification of phorbol esters in jatropha seeds, oil cakes, bio-diesel and methods to ameliorate toxicity levels.
  • Studies on chemical analysis of Simarouba glauca deoiled cake.
  • Extraction of azadirachtin and karanjin from the seeds of Azadirachta indica and Pongamia pinnata.

Bio-fuel species and carbon sequestration

  • Evaluating the efficiency of carbon sequestration in Simarouba (Simarouba glauca DC).
  • Evaluation of carbon sequestration ability of neem (Azadirachta indica Juss) and Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre.

Identification of suitable molecular markers for genetic diversity studies in bio-fuel species

  • Seed protein profiling of Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre for investigating inter and intra-specific population genetic diversity.
  • Marker assisted selection of bio-fuel species using molecular markers like RAPD, AFLP.