Ms. Gauri Anil Achari

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellow
Field of Specialization: Microbiology
Name: Ms. Gauri Anil Achari
Official Address and Designation:   Senior Research Fellow
Plant Pathology Laboratory
ICAR Research Complex for Goa
Old Goa, Goa 403402
Telephone (O): 91-832-2284678
Duration of Grant: Nine Months
Project Title: Mutagenesis of Genes involved in the Quorum Sensing Pathway of R. solanacearum
Abstract of Project :
Bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacearum is a major threat to the cultivation of commercially important solanaceous vegetables and ornamental plants throughout the world. Quorum sensing is the main factor governing the expression of virulence factors by this bacterium. The proposed research involves the mutagenesis of phcB and phcQ genes involved in the signaling cascade of R. solanacearum to gain a better understanding of their role in virulence and xylem colonization. Tagging the mutants with Green Fluorescent Protein will help study their localization and pattern of colonization in the plant tissues. My Fulbright-Nehru project aims to reveal the genes or the gene products which could be targeted for disrupting the signaling pathway and thus aid in designing quorum quenching strategies for management of Bacterial wilt.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. Microbiology ICAR Research Complex for Goa, Goa 2009 - till date
M.Sc. Microbiology Goa University, Goa 2008
B.Sc. Microbiology University of Mumbai, Mumbai 2006
Professional Background:
Senior Research Fellow ICAR Research Complex for Goa 2009- till date
Ms. Gauri Anil Achari