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Amanpreet Kaur

Research Fellow - Marie Sklodowska-Curie

Research Interests

  • Understanding the adaptation mechanisms that enable potato pathogen (Phytophthora infestans) to overcome host resistances in agriculture
  • Identification and cloning of durable disease resistance genes effective against major potato pathogen.
  • Commercialisation of novel potato varieties with durable resistance to late blight disease to reduce pathogen led yield loss
  • Integration of molecular tools in potato breeding

Current Projects

Employing Pathogen Enrichment Sequencing to inform late blight resistance gene deployment in potato.


Ph.D. Plant Biotechnology


  • Kaur A, Singh V, Pati P, Reddy MS, Kumar A (2020) Over-expression of Osmotin (OsmWS) gene of Withania somnifera in potato cultivar ‘Kufri Chipsona 1’ imparts resistance to Alternaria solani.. Plant Cell Tissue Organ Culture. DOI:10.1007/s11240-020-01847-w
  • Kaur A, Reddy MS, Kumar A (2020) A robust genetic transformation protocol to obtain non-chimeric transgenic shoots of Solanum tuberosum cultivar ‘Kufri Chipsona 1’. Physiol Mol Biol Plants DOI:10.1007/s12298-019-0074-7-4
  • Strachan S, Armstrong M, Kaur A, Wright K, Block V, Jones J, Bryan G, Hein I (2019) Mapping the H2 resistance effective against Globodera pallida Pa1 in tetraploid cultivated potato. Theoretical and Applied Genetics DOI 10.1007/s00122-019-03278-4
  • Kaur A, Reddy MS, Kumar A (2018) Direct somatic embryogenesis of potato [Solanum tuberosum (L.)] cultivar ‘Kufri Chipsona 2’. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture DOI 10.1007/s11240-018-1435-4
  • Kaur A, Reddy MS, Kumar A (2017) Efficient, one step and cultivar independent shoot organogenesis of potato. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 23(2):461-469
  • Khilwani B, Kaur A, Ranjan R, Kumar A (2016) Direct somatic embryogenesis and encapsulation of somatic embryos for in vitro conservation of Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 127(2):433-442
  • Goel A, Kaur A, Kumar A (2018) Biochemical and histological changes during in vitro rooting of microcuttings of Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum DOI:10.1007/s11738-018-2641-8
  • Kaur A, Singh D, Varsha, Gupta N, Kumar A (2018) In vitro propagation of important rootstocks of apple for rapid cloning and improvement. In S.S.Gosal, Wani SH (eds) Biotechnologies of crop improvement. Springer DOI: 10.1007/7978-3-319-78283-6_6
  • Kaur A, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2016) RNA interference (RNAi) and its role in crop improvement: A review. In Anis M, Ahmad N (eds) Plant Tissue Culture: Propagation, Conservation and crop improvement. Springer pp. 379-394 DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-1917-3_
  • Kaur A, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2017) Plant Pathogen interactions – A proteomic approach. In Singh R, Kothari R, Koringa PG and Singh SP (eds) Understanding host-microbiome interactions - An omics Approach. Springer pp. 207-227 DOI: 1007/978-981-10-5050-3
  • Kaur A, Kumar A (2020) Cloning and Characterization of Osmotin (OsmSt) alleles from potato cultivar ‘Kufri Chipsona 1’. BioRxiv Doi:10.1101/2020.01.03.894030
  • Kaur A, Kumar A (2020) The effect of gelling agent, medium pH and silver nitrate on adventitious shoot regeneration in Solanum tuberosum. BioRxiv Doi:10.1101/2020.01.03.894063
  • Kaur A, Armstrong M, Reddy MS, Kumar M, Hein I (2020) Targeted gene sequencing as a tool to identify novel variants of disease resistance genes. National Symposium on trends in Agriculture and Biotechnology, held at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala on 6-8 February 2020
  • Kaur A, Reddy MS, Kumar A (2018) Biochemical changes in susceptible and resistant cultivar of Indian potato following infection of Alternaria solani. International Conference on Microbial, Plant and Animal Genome, held at Mody University, Rajasthan India on 29-31 March 2018, pp-25
  • Kaur A, Armstrong M, Reddy MS, Kumar M, Hein I (2018) Resistance Genes: An evolving weapon against Late Blight. International Conference on Food Security Challenges and Opportunity, held at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala on 7-8 December 2018, ICFS18/0037
  • Guleria S, Kaur A, Kumar A (2018) Shoot organogenesis in Indian potato cultivar ‘Kufri Pukhraj’. International Conference on Food Security Challenges and Opportunity, held at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala on 7-8 December 2018, ICFS18/0038
  • Kumar A, Kohli S, Kaur A, Palni LMS (2017) Hybridization studies between different Cymbidium species and efficient conversion of PLBs into plantlets for rapid propagation and storage of newly developed hybrids in National Conference on Recent trends in Biology, Culture, Conservation, Commercialization, and sustainable utilization of medicinally and floriculturally important Orchids and Orchid show held at Graphic Era University, Dehradun on March 24-26, 2017, Organised by The Orchid Society of India, Chandigarh
  • Kaur A, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2016) In vitro propagation of Solanum tuberosum L, pp-34. In International Conference on Emerging trends in Biological, Chemical and Physical science (ICET-2016) held at Kathmandu, Nepal on December 9-11, 2016. Organised by Biotechnology Society of Nepal.
  • Kaur A, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2015) Development of efficient one step shoot organogenesis protocol for Potato in Abstract book- RACES 2016 (8th National Conference on recent advances in Chemical Biological and Environmental Sciences), pp-76
  • Kaur A, Kumar A, Reddy MS (2015) Developmental studies of Somatic Embryogenesis in Potato and Brahmi using Scanning Electron Microscopy in Abstract book – AMST-2016 (Academy of Microscope Science & Technology) , pp-49