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Dr. Suma Arun Dev

Principal Scientist
Department of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding
Forest Genetics and Biotechnology Division
Phone: 91 - 487 - 2690191
[Research Gate] 

Focused areas:

  • Conservation of forest genetic resources for adaptive traits using transcriptomics approaches
  • Productivity improvement of teak/ sandal/cane, etc. using genome wide (NGS) markers
  • Conservation genetics of rare, endangered and threatened (RET) species.
  • Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution
  • DNA barcoding for biosystematics and authentication of wood/non-wood forest produce
  • Timber forensics

Total number of publications: 62

Academics and profession:

Seventeen years of postdoctoral research experience in the field of Forest conservation Genetics, DNA barcoding, molecular biology, genomics/metagenomics and Transcriptomics. Current research areas include:

  • Documentation of Population demography and genetic structure using genome wide SSRs (NGS approach) (DBT, Government of India).
  • DNA barcoding for timber forensics (KFDF, Govt. of Kerala) & Authentication of Ayurvedic raw drugs (NMPB, Govt. of India).
  • Adaptive genetics of forest trees.
  • Conservation genetics of rare, endangered and threatened (RET) species.