Dr. Kanti Rekha

Biodiversity and Applied Botany Division
CSIR - Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine,Canal Road, Jammu – 180001
Email: krekha[at]iiim[dot]ac[dot]in ; krekha[at]iiim[dot]res[dot]in

Positions Held  
Position Held Date Organization
Pr. Technical Officer (3) 2012 - Present CSIR-IIIM
Sr. Technical Officer (3) 2007-2012 CSIR-IIIM
Technical Officer ‘C’ 2004 - 2007 CSIR-IIIM
Technical Officer 'B' 1998 - 2004 CSIR-IIIM
Technical Officer 'A' 1993 - 1998 CSIR-IIIM
Sr. Technical Assistant 1988 - 1993 CSIR-IIIM
Jr. Technical Assistant 1983 - 1988 CSIR-IIIM
  • Member, The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, New Delhi  

  • Life member, Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi. 

  • Life member, Society of Cytologists and Geneticists, Bangalore.

  • Life member, Society for Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, New Delhi.

Research Area

More than thirty-two years of experience in the  following areas of research:

  • Genetic amelioration of some prioritized medicinal and aromatic plants employing Cytogenetic, Plant breeding and Conservation biology techniques

  • Collection, Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources

  • Germplasm characterization for the identification of elite strains utilizing morphometric, cytological and chemical markers

  • Mutation Breeding for Crop Improvement

  • Breeding for Wider Adaptability

  • Induced Mutations and Selection Techniques for Quantitative  and Qualitative traits

  • Genetic Improvement for Abiotic Stress Responses

  • Selection for Simple and Complex Traits and Heterosis in Crop Improvement

  • Seed Technology in relation to Seed Biology, Seed Germination, Seed Dormancy, Embryo Dormancy and study of germination process.

Scientific contribution

  • Pachytene analysis of Cymbopogon distans and Cymbopogon jwarancusa;establishment of ideogram and identification of all the bivalents.
  • Development of protocol to overcome intermittent, erratic and sporadic germination in Rauvolfia serpentina  Benth ex Kurz (from 18% to 87%).
  •  Celastrus paniculatus Willd., a wild plant brought under cultivation in this region for the first time; enhancing its seed geminability from 12 to 82%.
  • Two new high value essential oil bearing plants – Patchouli and Geranium successfully introduced and domesticated under agro-climatic conditions of Jammu.
  • Development of geraniol rich strain ‘RL-931” and geranyl acetate rich strain ‘RL-921’ from hybrid Cymbopogon sp. ‘Jamrosa’
  • Genetic amelioration of Artemisia pallens Wall. resulted in isolation of 5 elite mutants with improved biomass, oil % and davanone content.
  • High tech low cost techniques established for mass production of quality plant saplings in Pelargonium ‘Hybrid’ and Pogostemon cablin with success rate of 88-92%.
  • Dhar, A. K; Rekha,K. Leaf rust of Cymbopogon jwarancusa (Jones) Schultz. Sci. & Cult. (1984). 50; 175.
  • Dhar, A. K.; K,Rekha ; Sapru, R.; Lattoo, S. Natural variation and association in yield components  of  Cymbopogon  jwarancusa (Jones) Schultz. Indian Perfumer (1986), 30 (1): 228-233.
  • Dhar, A. K., Rekha,K. & Koul, S. Comparison of vegetative and seed propagation in Cymbopogon jwarancusa (Jones) Schultz. Indian Perfumer, 30(2), 247-250.
  • Dhar, A. K.; Sapru, R.;K,Rekha.Studies on Saffron in Kashmir-I. Variation in natural population and its cytological behavior. Crop Improv. (1988), 15(1), 48-52.
  • K,Rekha Kak, S. N. Cytological studies in Artemisia pallens Wall. Ex Dc. Indian J. Forest., (1993), 16(4): 382-382.
  • Kak, S. N.; K,Rekha.; Koul, B. L. Cuphea – A potential industrial source of medium chain fatty acids. Res. & Ind., (1995), 40(1): 51-53.
  • Dhar, A. K. ;K,Rekha. New Smut disease of Cymbopogon jwarancusa  (Jones) Schultz. Ind. J. Forst., (1996), 19(1): 92-93.
  • Dhar, A. K.; Sapru, R.; K,Rekha.;Kaul, S. Effect of spacing & nitrogen levels on herb and oil yield, oil concentration and composition in three selections of Cymbopogon jwarancusa (Jones) Schultz. J. Spices and Aromatic. Crops. . (1996), 5 (2): 120-126.
  • Kak, S.N.; Bhan, M. K. ; K,Rekha. Metroglyph analysis in Cuphea. Indian J. Pl. Genet. Resources, (1996),  9(2): 227-281.
  • Dhar, A. K. and K,Rekha.; Pachytene analysis in Cymbopogon jwarancusa (Jones) Schultz. Crop Improv., (1997),  24(1): 29-34.
  • K,Rekha.; Kak., S.N. Radiation induced variability in Artemisia pallens Wall. In M1 generation. J. Econ. Tax. Bot., (1997), 21(2): 463-466.
  • Dhar, A.K.; Sapru, R.; K,Rekha.;Kaul, S. Studies on saffron (Crocus sativus L.) in Kashmir – VII. Effect of gamma radiations. Ind. Perfum. (1997), 41(1): 9-13.
  • Kak, S.N.; K,Rekha.; Koul, B.L. Evaluation, Cultivation and improvement of essential oil bearing plants – Problems and Prospects. Jour. Non-timber Forst. Products, (1998), 5(1/2): 67-69.
  • K,Rekha.; Bhan, M.K.; Kak, S.N; Pal, S.  Efficacy of chemical treatments in enhancing germination in Celastrus paniculatus Willd. Indian J. Plant Physiol., (1998), 3 (1): 73-75.
  • Dhar, A. K. and .K,Rekha.; Chromosome morphology in Cymbopogon distans (Nees) Watson. Indian J. Genet., (1998), 58(4): 445-448.
  • K,Rekha.;. Mutation studies in Artemisia pallens Wall. Ph.D. thesis, Jammu University, Jammu. (1999), pp 1-183.
  • Bhan, M. K.; K,Rekha.; Kak, S.N. ; Pal, S. Response of new improved strain RL-931 of Cymbopogon to nitrogen fertilization. JMAPS (1999), 21: 1027-1029.
  • Kak, S.N.; Bhan, M.K; K,Rekha. Development of improved clones of Jammu [Cymbopogon nardus (L.). Rendle var. Confertifllorus (Steud.) Bor. X C. jwarancusa (Jones) Schultz.]  through induced mutations. J. Essen. Oil Res., (2000), 12: 108-110.
  • K,Rekha.; Kak, S.N.; Langer, A. EMS induced variability in Artemisia pallens Wall. Indian  J. Pl. Genet. Resour., (2000), 13(1): 37-41.
  • Bhan, M.K.; K,Rekha.;Kak, S.N.; Balyan, S. Response of improved clone of Jamrosa RL-931 (C. nardus (L.) Rendle var. Confertiflorus (Steud.) Bor. X C. jwarancusa (Jones) Schultz. to various nitrogen levels and harvest frequencies. J. Essent. Oil bearing plants (2001),4(1):27-31.
  • Kak, S.N. and K,Rekha. Non-conventional techniques of genetic manipulation of aromatic plants.  JMAPS (2001), 23(2): 85-90.
  • Bhan, M.K.; K,Rekha.; Kak, S.N.; Agarwal, S.S.; Dhar, P.L; Thappa, R. K. Variation of oil content in new clone of Jamrosa RL-931 during one year of crop growth.  New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticulture (2003), 31(2): 187-191.
  • K,Rekha.; Kak, S. N.; Langer A. Cytological abnormalities in Artemisia pallens Wall. induced by gamma rays. Ind. J. Forestry (2004), 27(4): 355-359.
  • K,Rekha.; Bhan,M. K.; Dhar,A. K. ; Balyan,S. S.. Introduction, evaluation and economical potential of Pogostemon cablin Benth. in J&K (India). Indian J. Plant Genetic Resources (2005), 18(1): 127-128.
  • K,Rekha.; Bhan,M.K.; Balyan,S.S; Dhar,A. K. Cultivation prospects of endangered species Celastrus paniculatus Willd. Nat. Prod. Rad. (2005), 4(6): 482-487.
  • Bhan,M. K.; Dhar;A. K.; Choudhary,D. K. ; K,Rekha.; Balyan,S. S.Khan,; S. ; Agarwal , S. G.; Shawl,A. S. . Geranium (Pelargonium sp. ‘hybrid’) essential oil in subtropical and temperate regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Flavour Fragr. (2006), J. 21: 527-530.
  • Kanti Rekha and Anima Langer. Induction and Assessment of morpho-biochemical mutant in Artemisia pallens Bess. Genet. Resour. Crop Evol. (2007), 54: 437-443.
  • K,Rekha.;M. K. Bhan and A. K. Dhar. Development of erect plant mutant with improved patchouli alcohol in patchouli [ Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth.]. Journal of Essential Oil Research, (2009), 21: 135-137.
  • K,Rekha.Conservation strategies for cultivation of Rauvolfia serpentina. J. Trop. Med. Plants (2011), 12(1): 115-125.

  • K.,Rekha; Koul, Sushma ; Gandhi, R. Adulteration and marketing of saffron (Crocus sativus L.). J. Trop. Med. Plants (2011), 12(1): 135-140.



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