Institute Technology Management Unit (ITMU) (Database Search)

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ITMU is short form of Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer Unit, i.e. IPM&TTU. ITMU at NBPGR started functioning from year 2007 as per the ICAR Guidelines for Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer/Commercialization (Revised 2018). ICAR promotes functional decentralization of its IP protection and technology transfer/ commercialization efforts. The ITMU is delegated with the necessary powers. The ITMU is mandated to discharge day to day functions for the management of IPR portfolio and commercialization of IPR enabled ICAR technologies.

ITMU is responsible for IP protection/ management and technology transfer/commercialization with internal capabilities as well as external legal and business experts wherever required. ITMU acts as the Secretariat for the Institute Technology Management Committee (ITMC). This committee is designated at the institute level for IP management, technology transfer, and technology commercialization. ITMC is the final decision making body for IP related matters/progress/concerns.

The constitution of ITMC (w.e.f. 29.08.2019) is as given below:

Dr. Gyanendra Pratap Singh, Director, NBPGR Chairperson
Dr. Kavita Gupta, Head, Division of Germplasm Quarantine Member
Head of Division, Division of Genomic Resources Member
Dr. Sunil Archak, Incharge, AKMU Member
Dr. Kavita Gupta, Incharge, PME Cell Member
Dr. Sudha Mysore, CEO, Agrimnovate (External Member) Member
Dr. Sandeep Kumar, Incharge, ITMU Member Secretary


2010 Patent No. 244028
An improved process enrichment of babchi drug from the seeds of babchi Psoralea corylifolia L

2011 Patent No. 245749
Process enabling simultaneous detection of two transgenes in transgenic maize

2012 Patent No. 254341
Process enabling simultaneous detection of two transgenes namely human serum albumin (HSA) and bar genes in transgenic wheat
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2008 Regd. No. L-30267/2008
Development of Indian Information System as per DUS Guidelines

2009 Regd. No. L-32399/2009
Development of Band-size-Binary Program
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Technologies Commercialized

1. Application of DNA-based markers to differentiate citrus root stocks
Grafting and microbudding in citrus requires excellent quality root stock material. It has been shown that Jambhiri and Rangpur lime provide the quality root stock seedlings. However, Galgal is not advised for various reasons including its susceptibility to diseases. However, it becomes difficult to identify deliberate as well as inadvertant mixture of galgal plants in the nursery. This impediment may lead to great economic loss in the citrus orchards eventually. Commissionarate of Agriculture, Maharashtra State approached the Bureau to help develop a DNA based technology that is simple and can be used on a commercial scale to distinguish among the three common root stock plants viz. Jambhiri, Galgal and Rangpur lime. Thus, a technology package “Distinction among Citrus root stocks namely Galgal, Jambheri and Rangpur using DNA based markers” was developed. The technology was developed by using the reference material of Galgal, Jambhiri and Rangpur lime as supplied and authenticated by the Director of Horticulture, Commissionarate of Agriculture Maharashtra State, Pune. Galgal, Rangpur lime and Jambihri were fingerprinted at 25 STMS loci to develop technology for citrus root stock identification. The protocol was optimized for DNA isolated from leaf tissue and includes results based on PCR and electrophoresis.

2. Technology for differentiation of two major commercially cultivated Bt cotton events, Bollgard I® (MON531) and Bollgard II® (MON15985)
The GM detection laboratory has developed technologies for screening and detection of GM crops for regulatory compliance, to address consumers’ concerns and to solve legal disputes, if arise. The developed PCR based diagnostic assays would benefit a broad range of stakeholders, including consumers, regulatory bodies and the agri-biotech industry as it would help to ensure public confidence in both the technology and the ability to regulate it effectively. PCR-based diagnostic kits developed are reliable, sensitive and efficient, as more than one target sequences can be detected in a single assay, the sensitivity of the kits is up to 0.1%.

Bt cotton is the only commercialized crop in India that is planted on an area of 10.5 million hectares. MON531 and MON15985 are the two major events being widely cultivated. The market price of Bollgard II is comparatively higher as compared to Bollgard-I as Bollgard-II is a better resistance-management tool due to stacked genes. It is difficult to differentiate the seeds of two events, so there are chances of adulteration or mixing of the events by the traders to earn profits. Hence, distinguishing these two events of Bt cotton is very important so that the farmers may get the authentic seed. The decaplex PCR assay has been developed to differentiate these two major events of Bt cotton, i.e., MON531 and MON15985.

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Last Updated : 31/05/2023