Department of Plant physiology

Faculty :


  1. Dr. G. R. Rout : I/C Head
  2. Dr. Rajani Kumar Patnaik : Asst. Professor(SG)
  3. Dr.(Mrs.) Raj Kumari Bhol: Asst. Professor
  4. Dr. Balukeswar Hota : Guest Faculty

Teaching in Plant Physiology started under the Department of Agriculture Botany as an undergraduate subject when the College of Agriculture was established in 1954 at Bhubaneswar. In 1960 Post-graduate department in Agricultural Botany was opened in which Plant Physiology was taught. A separate post graduate department of Plant Physiology was created in the year 1972. Research and teaching at Post graduate level were carried out in various branches of Plant Physiology. i.e. photosynthesis and respiration, mineral nutrition, water relation of crop plants. Stress physiology, plant growth regulators, reproductive and developmental physiology, seed physiology, storage and post harvest physiology, plant metabolism and physiology of growth and yield. Since its commencements, 158 students have awarded with Masters’ degree in Plant Physiology, Ph.D. programme in Plant Physiology was opened in 1999 and so far 08 students have been awarded with Ph.D. degree.

Achievements of the Department:

Teaching: The main objectives of the department are

  • To improve teaching in Plant Physiology both at under graduate and post graduate level leading to B.Sc.(Ag), M.Sc.(Ag) and Ph.D. degree in Plant Physiology and other discipline of Agriculture.

  • To guide students for the research works of their thesis leading to M.Sc.(Ag)and Ph.D. degree on various problems of Agriculture relating to Plant Physiology,

  • Counselling farmers of the State confronted with various field problems like nutritional deficiencies and toxicities in crops, drought, salinity and flooding problems: problems relating to flower and fruit drops; ripening of fruits; irregular flowering behaviors inducing and breaking of dormancy in crops seeds due to hormonal imbalances and storage and viability problems of crop seeds.

  • Imparting training to the Officers and extension workers of Agriculture department, Govt. of Odisha and OUAT, Engineers of WALMI and also IAS & ARS, Probationary Officers as and when needed.

Presently the department offers two major courses at B.Sc.(Ag) and two major courses at B.Sc.(Fo) level. At Master’s level 14 courses are offered, students belonging to M.Sc.(Ag) and Ph.D. course programme of most of the department of College of Agriculture after Plant Physiology as minor and supporting courses.

Research : The main area of research of the department covered problems relating

  • Physiology of growth and yield in cereals and millets, pulses, oil seeds,

  • Physiology of plant nutrients including major and micronutrients

  • Stress Physiology of water, temperature and salt.

  • Growth regulators vis-a-vis and crop productivity in cereals, pulses, oil seeds, vegetables and fruits and fiber crops.

  • Seed Physiology encompassing germination, viability, dormancy and storage and post harvest physiology of different crops.

Besides above research project entitled “Screening of rice genotypes for higher photosynthesis and light utilization efficiencies under moisture stress condition” was operating in the department from 2008 to 2011 under the guidance of Dr. M.Kar, D.P.M.E. and Ex-Professor & Head of the Department of Plant Physiology, College of Agriculture, Bhubaneswar.

Extension Activities
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Transfer of technology from the laboratory to the farmers field has been made through farmers fair, field demonstrations, on farmers trails, distant education, exhibition and training and visit systems. The results generated from Plant Physiological research are transmitted through the above systems by active participation of teachers and Scientists of the Department. Teachers of the department participate as expert to give training to State ,Government official attending Refreshers course organized by extension wing of OUAT, Plant protection training institute. The teachers of the department have visited field as and when required to address their problems relating to mineral nutrient deficiency and toxicity, irregular flowering behaviors pulses and oil seeds, flower and fruits of vegetables and fruits, germination and dormancy of crop seeds and environmental factors affecting crop growth and yield which are attended by the Scientists of the department by suggesting suitable remedial majors. One teacher of the department has been specially assigned duties to look after the extension activities.

Courses offered in UG :

B.Sc.(Ag.)
SEMESTER COURSE NO. C O U R S E T I T L E CREDIT HOURS
I PP-121 Crop Physiology-I 1+1
III PP-212 Crop Physiology-II 2+1
B.Sc.(Forestry)
I FBT-111 Principles of Plant Physiology 1+1
II FBT-123 Tree Physiology 1+1


Intake capacity in PG Programme:

PROGRAMME GENERAL SC/ST ICAR TOTAL SEATS
M.Sc.(Ag.) 05 02 03 10
Ph.D. 02 - 02 04


POST GRADUATE COURSE PROGRAMME:

A). M.Sc.(Ag.):

SEMESTER COURSE NO. C O U R S E T I T L E CREDIT HOURS
I PP-501* Principles of Plant Physiology 3+1
PP-502* Plant Developmental Biology, Physiological & Molecular basis 2+0
PP-503* Physiological and Molecular responses of Plants to Abiotic Stresses 2+1
PGS-501 Library and information services 0+1
PGS-502 Technical writing and communication skills 0+1
II PP-504* Hormonal regulation of Plant growth and Development 2+1
PP-505* Physiology of growth, yield and modelling 1+1
PP-506 Genome organization in higher plants 2+1
PP-507* Morphogenesis, Tissue culture and Transformation 2+1
PGS-503 Intellectual Property and its management in Agriculture 1+0
PGS-504 Basic concepts in Laboratory Techniques 0+1
III PP-508 Molecular aspects of Biological Nitrogen Fixation 2+0
PP-509 Physiological and Molecular aspects of Photosynthesis, Carbon and Nitrogen assimilation. 2+1
PP-510 Mineral Nutrition 2+1
PP-599 Master’s Research 0+8
PGS-505 Agricultural Research, Research Ethics and Rural Development Programme 1+0
PGS-506 Disaster Management 1+0
IV PP-511 Physiology of Crop Plants specific case studies 2+0
PP-599 Master’s Research 0+12
* Compulsory Major Courses, PGS Courses are Non- Credit Compulsory

B). Ph.D. :

SEMESTER COURSE NO C O U R S E T I T L E CREDIT HOURS
I PP-601* Functional Genomics and genes associated with a few Physiological Processes 2+0
PP-602 Techniques in Plant Physiology 1+2
II PP-603* Signal Perceptions and Transductions and Regulation of Physiological Processes 2+0
PP-604 Climate change and crop growth 2+0
PP-605 Post Harvest Physiology 2+0
III PP-606 Molecular approaches for improving Physiological Traits 2+1
PP-607 Weed Physiology and Herbicide action 1+1
PP-608 Seed Physiology 2+1
PP-699 Doctoral Research 0+9
IV PP-609 Nutrio Physiology 2+1
PP-610 Physiological and Biochemical basis of Submergence, Drought and Salt Tolerance 2+1
PP-699 Doctoral Research 0+12
V PP-691 Doctoral Seminar-I 1+0
PP-699 Doctoral Research 0+12
VI PP-692 Doctoral Seminar-II 1+0
PP-699 Doctoral Research 0+12

* Compulsory Major Courses, PGS Courses are Non- Credit Compulsory