Plant Biotechnology

According to the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, biotechnology is a set of techniques used to adapt plants, microbes, and animals for specific situations. Cellular biotechnologies include tissue culture and fermentation. Genetic biotechnologies include genomics, molecular-assisted selection, and transgenic crops (genetic engineering). Plants, as the base for the ecological food chain, serve as the structural and functional foundation of natural and managed systems. Fresh and processed products derived from specialty crops make vital contributions to human health and well-being and contribute to economic sustainability of many rural communities around the world. Domestic market value of specialty crops surpasses $45 billion annually or approximately half of the total national crop production value. Exports of specialty crop products are increasing, with global per capita production and consumption rapidly expanding. The tremendous contribution of specialty crops to human health and wellbeing is evident in the recent revision of the food pyramid – three of the five recommended food groups are built around specialty crops.


FVSU is a national leader in development of specialty crop research and academic programs. Current research in specialty plant biotechnology at FVSU includes:



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George Mbata, PhD

Entomology Research Professor


Ramana M. Gosukonda, PhD

Professor of plant science and biotechnology


Bipul Biswas, PhD

Assistant Professor of Graduate Biotechnology, Specialty Plants Biotechnology Research


Nirmal Joshee, PhD

Professor of Plant Science


Poonam Khatri, PhD

Post-doctoral Scientist


Somashekhar Punnuri, PhD

Research Assistant Professor


Samantha H. Sherman

Research Assistant


Hari P. Singh, PhD

Associate Professor, Biotechnology Graduate Program Coordinator


Brajesh N. Vaidya

Research Assistant