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Last name : BANGA
First name : SURINDER S.
Entrance year : 2013
Occupation : DAE Raja Ramanna Fellow and Honorary Adjunct Professor
Birthdate : 1955/08/06
Address : Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics 141004 LUDHIANA, / India
Main fields of interest :
  • Seeds, genetics
Professional experience : Bred fourteen OP cultivars and five hybrids in rapeseed-mustard crops. The development of canola quality cultivars of B. juncea (1 OP and 1 hybrid) and B. napus (3 OP and 2 hybrids) helped popularise the cultivation of canola napus and canola juncea in Punjab and adjoining states of India. Prebreeding research aimed at the architectural restructuring of brassica crops and mobilising alien genetic variation into crop brassicas Outputs included incorporation of determinate plant growth habits in B. juncea, B. napus, and B. carinata; development and molecular characterization of C-genome chromosome substitution lines; and several sets of alien introgression lines in Brassica juncea carrying alien segment substitutions from wild species for resistance to Sclerotinia stem rot, mustard aphid, heat, and salinity tolerance. Physically mapped alien substitutions using GISH/FISH probes and molecular markers. Synthesized alloplasmic male sterile lines of B. juncea/B. napus/B. rapa with cytoplasm from Enarthrocarpous lyratus and B. fruticulosa, and introgressed and tagged Rf genes from cytoplasm donor species. synthesised the first stable Brassica allohexaploid. Resynthesized B. juncea, B. napus, and B. carinata from related allotetraploids. Extracted B. rapa (AA) from B. juncea (AABB), which formed a diversity group, separate from natural rapa.Established germplasm diversity, heterotic gene pools, SNP-based linkage maps, and predicted candidate genes underlying key economic traits.
Education : Ph.D. (Plant Breeding), 1982, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India M.Sc. (Plant Breeding), 1978, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India B.Sc. (Biology), 1975, Kurukshetra University, India
Selected publications : Kirti PB, Banga SS, Parkash S, Chopra VL (1995) Transfer of cytoplasmic male sterility to Brassica juncea and improvement of the male sterile through somatic cell fusion. Theor Appl Genet 91:517-521 Garg H, Atri C, Sandhu PS, Kaur B, Renton M, Banga SK, Singh H, Singh C, Barbetti MJ, Banga SS (2010) High level of resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in introgression lines derived from hybridization between wild crucifers and the crop Brassica species B. napus and B. juncea. Field Crops Res 117:51-58. Bansal P, Banga SK, Banga SS (2012) Heterosis as investigated in terms of polyploidy and genetic diversity using designed Brassica juncea and its progenitor diploid species. PLoS ONE 7(2):e29607. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029607. Kaur P, Banga SK, Kumar N, Gupta S, Akhatar J, Banga SS (2014) Polyphyletic origin of Brassica juncea with B. rapa and B. nigra participating as cytoplasm donor parents in independent hybridization events. Am J Bot 101:1157-1166. Gupta M, Atri C, Agarwal N, Banga SS (2016) Development and molecular genetic characterization of a stable Brassica allohexaploid. Theor Appl Genet 129:2085-2100. Rana K, Atri C, Akhatar J, Kaur R, Goyal A, Singh MP, Kumar N, Sharma A, Sandhu PS, Kaur G, Barbetti MJ, Banga SS (2019) Detection of First Marker Trait Associations for Resistance Against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in Brassica juncea–Erucastrum cardaminoides introgression Lines. Front Pl Sci 10:1015. Gudi S, Atri C, Goyal A, Kaur N, Akhtar J, Mittal M, Kaur,K, Kaur G. Banga SS (2020) Physical mapping of introgressed chromosome fragment carrying the fertility restoring (Rfo) gene for Ogura CMS in Brassica juncea L. Theor Appl Genet. 133:2949–2959. Agrawal N, Gupta M, Banga SS, Heslop-Harrison Pat (JS) (2020) Identification of chromosomes and chromosome rearrangements in crop brassicas and Raphanus sativus: a cytogenetic toolkit using massive oligonucleotide libraries. Front Pl Sci. Kaur S, Atri C, Akhatar J , Mittal M, Kaur R, Banga SS (2021) Genetics of days to flowering, maturity and plant height in natural and derived forms of Brassica rapa L.Theor Appl Genet. 134 :473-487. He Z, Ruiqin J, Havlickova L, Wang L, Li Y, Lee HT, Song J, Koh C, Yang J, Zhang M, Parkin I, Wang X, Edwards D, King GJ, Zou J, Liu K, Snowdon RJ, Banga SS, Machackova, I and Bancroft I (2021) Genome structural evolution in Brassica crops. Nat Plants 7, 757–765.