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Faculty Member

Rup Kumar Kar




Date of Birth            29.09.1956
Date of Joining       27.07.2006

M.Sc., Ph.D.

Contact Address:
Professor, Department of Botany, Siksha Bhavana, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan - 731235

Email: ;


Phone numbers (mobile and/or landline):
+91-3463-262751-6 (6 lines) Ext. 382 (O),
+91-9474612896 (M); +91- 3463264061 (R)

Research areas:
Physiology of seed germination: free radical metabolism & hormonal regulation
Physiology of water stress and senescence

Awards and Honours:
• University Gold Medal (for ranking first with first class in M. Sc. final exam)
• Visiting Scientist at University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA (2004)
• Fellow of Indian Society for Plant Physiology in the year 2007

Ten Significant publications :
• Kar, R.K. 2011. Plant responses to water stress: Role of reactive oxygen species. Plant Signaling & Behavior 6 (11): 1741-1745 (Review article).
• Chakraborty, R. and R.K. Kar. 2008. Differential water uptake kinetics in axes and cotyledons during seed germination of Vigna radiata under chilling temperature and cycloheximide treatment. Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology 20 (4): 277-284.
• Chaudhuri, A. and R.K. Kar. 2008. Inhibition of seed germination by propyl gallate, a free radical scavenger and recovery of germination by hydrogen peroxide and ethylene in Vigna radiata. World Journal of Agricultural Sciences 4 (S): 914-921.
• Sinhababu, A., Banerjee, A. and R.K. Kar. 2007. Seed germination and seedling growth in some selected fast growing fuel wood plants. The Indian Forester 133: 534-546.
• Salaita, L., R.K. Kar, M. Majee and A.B. Downie. 2005. Identification and characterization of mutants capable of rapid seed germination at 10?C from activation tagged lines of Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Experimental Botany 56: 2059-2069(impact factor = 4.271)
• Biswas, R., A. Sinhababu, A. Banerjee and R.K. Kar. 2005. Qualitative and quantitative effect of light on leaf senescence of a submerged aquatic weed, Hydrilla verticillata. Indian J. Plant Physiol. 10: 66-69.
• Banerjee, A., A. Sinhababu, R. K. Kar and S. Mandal. 2004. Micromorphological studies of four fuel wood yielding tropical leguminous plants. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences 7: 100-104.
• Sinhababu, A. and R.K. Kar. 2003. Comparative responses of three fuel wood yielding plants to PEG-induced water stress at seedling stage. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 25: 403-409. (impact factor = 1.232)
• De, R. and R. K. Kar. 1995. Seed germination and seedling growth of mung bean (Vigna radiata) under water stress induced by PEG-6000. Seed Science & Technology. 23: 301-308. (impact factor = 0.503)

Number of Ph.D students produced :