ICFRE - Arid Forest Research Institute

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
(An Autonomous Body of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India)

Dr. Tarun Kant

M.Sc. Ph.D.


Group Coordinator (Research), Head GTI Div. & OIC IT cell

Area Of Specialization:

My area of specialization is Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. My current research involves tissue culture of forestry species, particularly the ones that belong to the arid and semi-arid regions. I am quite intrigued by the medicinal plants. Some of the important medicinal plants of arid environments that I have been working on are: Commiphora wightii ('Guggal'), Balanites aegyptiaca('Hingota'), Caligonum polygonoides. Besides these I have been working on developing tissue culture propagation protocols for biodiesel plants – Jatropha curcas and Pongamia pinnata. Prior to AFRI, I worked on genetic engineering of rice using Agrobacterium at Purdue University USA. I have also carried out research towards understanding salt tolerance in plants through functional genomics and bioinformatics approach using cutting edge technologies like DNA microarrays at Cambridge University. Two of my Ph.D. scholars at AFRI have been awarded their doctoral degrees and currently 4 are carrying out their doctoral research.


Refreed Journals

  1. Alok Varshney, Tarun Kant, Vijendra K.Sharma, Anju Rao and S.L.Kothari. High Frequency Plant Regeneration from Immature Embryo Culture of Triticum aestivum and T. durum. Cereal Research Communication 24: 409-416 (1996)
  2. Alok Varshney, Tarun Kant, Vijendra K.Sharma, Anju Rao and S.L.Kothari.  High frequency of plant regeneration from mature and immature wheat embryos. Bull. Rech. Agron. Gembloux 22: 187–189 (1996)
  3. Alok Varshney, Tarun Kant, S.L.Kothar. Plant Regeneration from Coleoptile Tissue of Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Biologia Plantarum 40(1): 137-141 (1997)
  4. Kulneet Kaur, Tarun Kant and H.C.Arya. Organogenetic Differentiation in Callus Tissue of Acacia senegal(L.) Willd. J. Indian Bot. Soc. 75: 55-57 (1997)
  5. Tarun Kant, S.L. Kothari, Halina-Kononowicz Hodges, Thomas K. Hodges. Agrobacterium tumefaciens- mediated transformation of rice using coleoptile and mature seed-derived callus. J. Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology 10, 121-126 (2001). [GET IT FROM HERE]
  6. Tarun Kant, C.J.S.K. Emmanuel. Tree Biotechnology and Environmental Concerns. J. Plant Biotechnology 6(1): 1-7 (2004). 
  7. V.S. Gour and Tarun Kant. Optimized callus production in Balanites  aegyptiaca (L) Del. - A potential source of Diosgenin. J. Phytological Res. 19(1):  53-57 (2006).
  8. Tarun Kant and S.L. Kothari. Manifestation of  Somaclonal variations in regenerated Oryza sativa cv 'Basmati 370' through pretreatment of mature seeds with 2,4 -Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. J. Phytological Res.19(2): 271-273 (2006)
  9. Vinod Singh Gour, S.K. Sharma, C.J.S.K. Emmanuel and Tarun Kant. Stomatal frequency and chlorophyll content as markers for predicting the correct hardening stage for field transfer of in vitro raised Balanites aegyptiaca (L.) Del. plantlets. Natl. Acad. Sci. Lett. 30 (1 & 2): 45-47 (2007) 
  10. Vinod Singh Gour, S.K. Sharma, C.J.S.K. Emmanuel and Tarun Kant. A rapid in vitro morphogenesis and acclimatization protocol for Balanites aegyptiaca (L.) Del. - a medicinally important xerophytic tree. J. Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology. 16(2), 151-153 (2007).
  11. Shivesh Kumar, S.K. Sharma, Tarun Kant and C.J.S.K. Emmanuel. Emergence of gall inducing insect Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera:Eulophidae) in Eucalyptus plantations in Gujarat, India. The Indian Forester 113(11) : 1566-1568 (2007)
  12. V.S. Gour and Tarun Kant. In vitro regeneration in Emblica officinalis from juvenile root-derived callus. J. Indian Bot. Soc. 89 (1 & 2): 34-36 (2010)
  13. Vineeta Shrivastava and Tarun Kant. Micropropagation of Pongamia pinnata (L.). Pierre - A Native Indian Biodiesel Tree from Cotyledonary Node. Int. J. Biotech. Biochem. 6(4): 555-560: (2010) 
  14. S. Prajapati, AK Parmar and Tarun Kant. Growth optimization of Commiphora wightii callus- A potential source of in vitro guggalsterone  production. J. Phytological Res. 23(1) : 35-40 
  15. Tarun Kant, VS Gour, AK Parmar. Economizing tissue culture technology through use of low cost alternatives: a review. J. Phytological Res. 23(1): 65-70 (2010)
  16. Tarun Kant, VS Gour, Vineeta Shrivastava. Tissue culture studies on some important biodiesel plants: a review J. Phytological Res. 23(1) : 17-22 (2010)
  17. Tarun Kant. Open Source Bioinformatics Workbench Options for Life Science Researchers. New York Sci. J. 3(10): 82 - 87 (2010) 
  18. Tarun Kant, Uttar K. Tomar, Sushma Prajapati and Ashok K. Parmar. In vitro propagation as a viable conservation strategy for Cimmophora wightii, an endangered medicinally important desert tree, India. Conservation Evidence, 7, 94-99 (2010) [CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & DOWNLOADING]
  19. Tarun Kant, Sushma Prajapati, Ashok Kumar Parmar. Efficient micropropagation from cotyledonary node cultures of Commiphora wightii (Arn.) Bhandari, an endangered medicinally important desert plant. J. Plant Develop. 17: 37-48 (2010) [DOWNLOAD FROM HERE]
  20. Vinod S. Gour, Tarun Kant. Efficacy of Low Cost Gelling Agents and Carbon Source Alternatives during In Vitro Rooting of Balanites aegyptiaca and Phyllanthus emblica Microshoots. Tree and Forestry Science and Biotechnology, 5 (Special Issue 1): 58-60 (2011)
  21. Vinod S. Gour, Tarun Kant. Balanites aegyptiaca (L.) Del.: A multipurpose and potential biodiesel tree species of the arid regionsInternational Journal of Sci. & Nature, 3(2): 472 - 475 (2012)  [DOWNLOAD FROM HERE].
  22. Ashok Kumar Parmar, Tarun Kant. Effecient micropropagation and evaluation of genetic fidelity of in vitro raised plants of Commiphora wightii Arn. (Bhandari) - a medicinally important red-listed species of arid regions. J Plant Develop. 19: 29-40 (2012) [DOWNLOAD FROM HERE]
  23. Babita Rani, T.S. Rathore and Tarun Kant (2013). Amplification of an ortholog of a vacuolar anion transporter gene (AtCLC-c) from Lepidium sativum L. J. Phytol. Res. 26(1&2): 59-66.
  24. Jaiswal, S., Arya, S., and Kant, T. (2013). Role of various additives in controlling shoot tip necrosis of Pterocarpus marsupium Roxb.- A multipurpose leguminous tree. J. Phytol. Res. 26 (1&2):43-46.
  25. Ashok Kumar Parmar, Tarun Kant (2014). Efficient somatic embryogenesis and molecular marker based analysis as effective tools for conservation of the red-listed plant Commiphora wightii. J. Biosci. Bioteh. 3(2): 169-182.
  26. Garima Mandora, S.K. Sharma and Tarun Kant (2014). In vitro propagation and field establishment of Hardwickia binata Roxb. and assessment of polymorphism through molecular markers. J Plant Develop. 21: 23-31.


  1. I.D. Arya, T.S. Rathore, Sarita Arya and Tarun Kant (Eds). Advances in Bamboo Plantation, Management and Utilization. Published by AFRI, Jodhpur. P456 (2011) 

Scholarly Book Contributions (Chapters)

  1. Varshney A, Sharma VK, Kant T, Kothari SL. Immature Inflorescence Culture in Wheat for High Frequency Plant Regeneration" -In: Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnoloogy -Emerging Trends (Ed. P.B. Kavi Kishor),, University Press/Orient Logman Limited, Hyderabad, India. Pp 86-89 (1999).
  2. Tarun Kant, S.L. Kothari, Halina-Kononowicz Hodges, Thomas K. Hodges. Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated genetic transformation of Oryza sativa" In: Role of plant tissue culture in biodiversity conservation and economic development (Ed S.K. Nandi, L.M.S. Palni, and A. Kumar). Gyanodaya Prakashan, Nanital, India. Pp. 457-478 (2002).
  3. Tarun Kant. An insight into Bioinformatics –Its evolution, present status and future prospects. In: Glimpses in Plant Sciences and Biotechnology (Ed. P.C Trivedi), Pointer Publishers, Jaipur, India. Pp. 225-236 (2003).
  4. Tarun Kant, U.K. Tomar and C.J.S.K. Emmanuel. Recent Advances in Tree Biotechnology and the Associated Environmental Concerns.  – Advances in Biotechnology (Ed. P.C. Trivedi). Agrobios, India. Pp 305-314 (2005).
  5. Tarun Kant. DNA Microarrays -Monitoring the entire genome on one chip. Biotechnology and Food Security (Ed. P.C. Trivedi), Pointer Publishers, Jaipur, India. Pp. 225-236 (2007). [ISBN: 978-81-7132-526-9]
  6. Tarun Kant. Genetic Engineering: An Overview. In: Biotechnological Techniques and its application (Ed. P.C. Trivedi) Pointer Publishers, India. Pp. 14-33 (2010) [ISBN: 978-81-7132-614-3]
  7. Tarun Kant (2010). Biofuel Species - Past, Present & Biotechnological Interventions. In: Agricultural Biotechnology (Ed. P.C. Trivedi).Aavishkar Publishers, Jaipur. [ISBN: 978-81-7910-309-8]
  8. VS Gour, AK Parmar, Garima Mandora, Tarun Kant. In vitro rooting of micro-shoots and acclimatization of plantlets. In: Advancement of Biotechnology (Ed: P.K. Gaur, Mangal Singh and Richa Raizada). (Publisher: Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, ISBN: 3843371458, 9783843371452 I) Pp. 126-141 (2010).

Proceedings Papers

  1. C.J.S.K. Emmanuel, U.K. Tomar and Tarun Kant. Tree improvement for enhancing the productivity of Orans and Gauchars. Planting of quality stock In: Proceedings of the workshop on Development os Suitable Strategy for Rehabilitation of Orans and Gouchars in Rajasthan Sponsored by UNICEF at AFRI on 17-18 February 2002, Jodhpur Pp. 71-76 (2003).
  2. U.K. Tomar, Tarun Kant and C.J.S.K. Emmanuel. Planting of quality stock for fuel and fodder in community lands using clonal techniques. In: Proceedings of the workshop on Development os Suitable Strategy for Rehabilitation of Orans and Gouchars in Rajasthan Sponsored by UNICEF at AFRI on 17-18 February 2002, Jodhpur Pp. 78-80 (2003).
  3. Vinod S Gour, C.J.S.K Emmanuel, Tarun Kant. Direct in vitro shoot morphogenesis in desert date -Balanites aegyptiaca (L.) Del. from root segments. In: Proceedings of the IUFRO International Conference on "Multipurpose Trees in the tropics: Assessment, Growth and Management" (organized at AFRI, Jodhpur from 22-25 November 2004). Pp. 701-704 (2005). Download PDF from here.

News Letters & Popular Scientific Communications

  1. Vinod Singh Gour & Tarun Kant. Desert Date : A Multi-purpose Tree for Desert Ecosystem. MFP News 16(4) : p 20 (2006).
  2. Vinod Singh Gour & Tarun Kant. Mass propagation of Balanites aegyptiaca through tissue culture. AFRI Darpan (2006).
  3. Tarun Kant & A.K. Sinha. eFriends: A concept taking shape at AFRI. eParivartan. July 2008 Pp: 2

Papers Presented in Conferences

  1. Tarun Kant, S.L. Kothari, Halina Kononowicz-Hodges, Thomas K. Hodges. Agrobacterium tumefaciens -mediated Transformation of Rice using Coleoptile and Mature Seed-derived Callus -In: Abstracts vol. General Meeting of The International Program on Rice Biotechnology, Sep 20-24, 1999, Phuket, Thailand, p. 99.
  2. Priyanku Teotia, Tarun Kant, C.J.S.K. Emmanuel and U.K. Tomar. Studies on callus induction and maintenance from various seedling explants of Azadirachta indica (Neem).In: Abstract Volume, National Symposium on Prospects and potentials of Plant Biotechnology in India in the 21st Century and 23rd Annual Meeting of PTCA(I), 18-21 October 2000, p-67
  3. Tarun Kant, S.L. Kothari, Halina-Kononowicz Hodges, Thomas K. Hodges. Development of coleoptile based Agrobacterium tumefaciens- mediated transformation system of Oryza sativa L. In: Abstract volume of Biotechnology 2003 & 25th PTCA(I) Meeting, Jaipur 17-19 February, 2003. p-45
  4. Tarun Kant, Alok Varshney and S.L. Kothari. Pretreatment of mature seeds of basmati rice and manifestation of somaclonal variation in the form of albino plants. In: Abstract volume of Biotechnology 2003 & 25th PTCA(I) Meeting, Jaipur 17-19 February, 2003. p-90
  5. Sushma Prajapati, V S. Gour, Tarun Kant. In vitro morphogenetic studies in medicinal plants of arid and semi arid regions of the country. Communicated for Abstract volume of the Section of Plant Sciences of ISCA Annual Meet to be held from 3-7 January 2004.

Ph.D. Supervised

  • Dr. Vinod Singh Gour : "Studies on in vitro multiplication, differentiation and evaluation of some medicinally important plants of Rajasthan" 2008 from FRI University, Dehradun
  • Dr. Sushma Prajapati: "Tissue culture studies in an important medicinal plant of the arids and semi-arids Commiphora wightii (Arn.) Bhandari" 2009 from FRI University, Dehradun.


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