Department of Biotechnology
Biotechnology has the potential to ensure food security, dramatically reduce hunger and malnutrition, and reduce rural poverty. It is a science that has already established its impact on different fields such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Food Process Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Bioenergetics, Information technology and Genetic engineering. The knowledge of Plant Biotechnology is more important at present condition because it is essential to all agricultural disciplines which provide inputs to Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Physiology, Agricultural Entomology, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Microbiology, Plant Biochemistry, Forestry and Horticulture.
Adhiyamaan College of Agriculture and Research (ACAR) has been one among a few private colleges affiliated to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) having well established Biotechnology Lab. Biotechnology department is offering the course, ABT 301 Plant Biotechnology (2+1) in the third year and 6th semester and Experiential learning in Plant tissue culture (Micropropagation) for the 4th year 8th semester of B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture degree programme. Plant Biotechnology course mainly deals with Plant tissue culture, to produce a greater number of good plant propagation materials, Plant genetic transformation to produce transgenic plants for various pest herbicide and diseases resistance crops and Marker assisted selection for developing superior genotypes.
Biotechnology lab contains all the facilities and equipment’s which needed to do all the practical experiments related tissue culture and Molecular analysis of plants and Microbes. Regarding tissue culture department have separate spacious Tissue culture laboratory, Culture rack, Growth chamber, Laminar air flow chamber, Autoclave, Refrigerator; all the necessary chemicals and Growth regulators for media and reagents preparation. Regarding molecular analysis; chemical and practical kits for Plant DNA isolation, Agarose gel electrophoresis, SDS PAGE, Bacterial genomic DNA isolation and Plasmid DNA isolation, Molecular marker analysis are present in lab. Many modern and costly instruments like Elisa Reader and Washer, Deep freezer (-80), -200C, Microscope, Gel documentation unit, Refrigerated centrifuge, Normal centrifuge, Water bath, Microtome, Incubator shaker, Magnetic stirrer, Spectrophotometer, Nano drop, Icematic, Gel electrophoresis, Incubator and Rotary shaker also available in Biotechnology lab. Because of this well-equipped lab the students would get very good exposure and practical experience and good knowledge in biotechnology subject.