My current research interests are in the genetic improvement of important dicot (cotton and tomato) and monocot (rice and sorghum) crops. Protocols for efficient delivery of genes, optimal expression of transgenes, and rapid recovery of transgenic cotton, rice, and sorghum plants have been established in my laboratory. These procedures are being used to conduct both basic and applied research pertaining to crop improvement. Projects include regeneration from cell & tissue cultures, use of new reporter and selectable marker genes to understand and improve the transformation process, promoter analysis, enhancement of disease resistance in plants, conferring draught tolerance to crop plants, conferring insect resistance to crop plants, improving nutritional quality of seeds, and production of recombinant antibodies and vaccines in plants.

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Academic Articles53
  • Toinga-Villafuerte, S., Janga, M. R., Isabel Vales, M., & Rathore, K. S. (2022). Green fluorescent protein gene as a tool to examine the efficacy of Agrobacterium-delivered CRISPR/Cas9 reagents to generate targeted mutations in the potato genome. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC). 1-12.
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  • Toinga-Villafuerte, S., Vales, M. I., Awika, J. M., & Rathore, K. S. (2022). CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Mutagenesis of the Granule-Bound Starch Synthase Gene in the Potato Variety Yukon Gold to Obtain Amylose-Free Starch in Tubers.. Int J Mol Sci. 23(9), 4640-4640.
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  • Rathore, K. S., Pandeya, D., Campbell, L. M., Wedegaertner, T. C., Puckhaber, L., Stipanovic, R. D., ... Hake, K. (2020). Ultra-Low Gossypol Cottonseed: Selective Gene Silencing Opens Up a Vast Resource of Plant-Based Protein to Improve Human Nutrition. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences. 39(1), 1-29.
  • Carrire, Y., Yelich, A. J., Degain, B. A., Harpold, V. S., Unnithan, G. C., Kim, J. H., ... Tabashnik, B. E. (2019). Gossypol in cottonseed increases the fitness cost of resistance to Bt cotton in pink bollworm. Crop Protection. 126, 104914-104914.
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  • Hagenbucher, S., Eisenring, M., Meissle, M., Rathore, K. S., & Romeis, J. (2019). Constitutive and induced insect resistance in RNAi-mediated ultra-low gossypol cottonseed cotton.. BMC Plant Biol. 19(1), 322.
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  • Rathore, K. S., Campbell, L. M., Sherwood, S., & Nunes, E. (2015). Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.).. Methods in Molecular Biology. Methods in Molecular Biology. 11-23. Springer New York.
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  • Rathore, K. S. (2010). Cotton. Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry. Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry. 269-285. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
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  • Rathore, K. S., Sunilkumar, G., Cantrell, R. G., Reding, H. K., & Hague, S. (2008). Cotton. Compendium of Transgenic Crop Plants. 199-238. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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  • Hodges, T. K., Lyznik, L. A., Rao, K. V., Kononowicz, H., Rathore, K. S., & Su, R. (2008). FLP/FRT-mediated manipulation of transgenes in the plant genome. Rice Genetics Collection. 207-221. World Scientific Publishing Company.
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  • Rathore, K. S. (2007). Cotton. Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry. Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry. 107-127. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
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Conference Papers2
  • Rathore, K. S., Sunilkumar, G., Puckhaber, L., Stipanovic, R. D., Monjur, H. M., Hernandez, E., & Smith, C. W. (2003). Improvements in the Nutritional Quality of the Cottonseed. PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY 2002 AND BEYOND. 417-420.
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  • Rathore, K. S., & Stipanovic, R. D. (1999). Analysis of gossypol and related terpenoids in antisense transgenic cotton plants. Proceedings of the 1999 Beltwide Cotton Conference, January, 1999, Orlando, Florida, USA. 445.
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Texas A&M Agrilife Research; Institute For Plant Genomics & Biotechnology-Ipgb; 2123 TAMUS
College Station, TX 77843-2123