Techniques on micro propagation was standardised. A few experimental plots containing tissue culture plants where opened.
Plant re-generation achieved from the apical buds and nodal explants. Further refinement of this techniques is required.
Plantlets regenerated from the anther culture of C x R. This is the first achievement in a deploid species of coffee.
In vitro preservation of zygotic embryos achieved under slow growth conditions up to 2 years in C.Arabica.
Work on the standardization of protoplast culture, and somatic hybridisation and cryo-preservation in progress.
Bio-technological tools to develop transgenic plants against major pests and diseases.
Molecular characterization of germ-plasm.
Development of molecular linkage map.
Characterization of caffeine degrading genes from microbial organisms.
Developing molecular markers linked to leaf rust resistance.
Characterization of coffee germplasm with NA markers.
Engineering leaf rust resistance in coffee with anti fungal genes from heterogenous sources.
Isolation of genes of leaf rust resistance from resistant cultivars.
Isolating of caffeine degradation genes for manipulation of caffeine content in the genes.
Engineering insect resistance using Bt and proteinase inhibitor genes.