Sikander Pal

Sikander Pal

session, year:
2012 2nd

Former fellow

Receiving laboratory:
B&PMP Biochemistry and Plant Molecular Physiology, Montpellier

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Mobility project

Coordination of Phosphate-Zinc Homeostasis in Arabidopsis

To meet the global food demand agriculture expansion by 2050 will be accompanied by an approximate 2.5-fold increase in the nutrient input. In many developing tropical countries, subsistence farmers cannot buy enough fertilizer due to limited financial capacities or poor infrastructure. To solve this problem, in the selected mobility project a comprehensive investigation of the molecular, physiological and genetic bases of the phosphate and zinc homeostasis crosstalk in Arabidopsis will be carried out. A knowledge database generated from the successful completion of this project will help to generate crop plants able to cope with ions deficiency and use available nutrients efficiently, reducing farmer dependence on fertilizer.  

Biography & research interests

I hold a Masters in Botany in plant physiology and biochemistry and acquired expertise during my PhD training in the area of molecular and physiological aspects of the crosstalk between plant hormones (brassinosteroids, auxins, abscisic acid) and polyamines under heavy metal stress tolerance. It provided me with external insights into the complexity of the crosstalks, which could be involved in the coordination of development according to plant hormones/nutrient (essential/ non essential) cues. During my post-doctoral stint, I continued studying the physiological and molecular crosstalk of brassinosteroids with polyamines under heavy metal stress, and also studied the role of paclobutrazol in drought stress management in tomato using a combination of genomics, systems and bioinformatics approaches.

My research plans include elucidation of the crosstalk between an essential macro- and micronutrient (essential heavy metal), namely phosphate and zinc, crosstalk in plants. This is not only of great scientific interest, but also crucial for sustainable agriculture worldwide. I aim to facilitate the transfer of this knowledge to an agronomic or biotechnological application, such as producing crop plants that are able to grow on soil with low micronutrient concentration

Selected publications

Kisko M., Bouain N., Rouached A., Choudhary SP., Rouached H., 2015. Molecular mechanisms of phosphate and zinc signalling crosstalk in plants: Phosphate and zinc loading into root xylem in Arabidopsis. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 114 (57-64).

Friedjung AY., Choudhary SP., Dudai N., Rachmilevitch S., 2013. Physiological Conjunction of Allelochemicals and Desert Plants. Plos ONE, 8 (12) e81580. Doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0081580.

Ahammed GJ., Choudhary SP., Chen SC., Xia XJ., Shi K., Zhou YH., Yu JQ., 2013. Role of brassinosteroids in alleviation of phenanthrenecadmium co-contaminationinduced photosynthetic inhibition and oxidative stress in tomato. Journal of experimental Botany, 64 (1): 199-213.

Choudhary SP., Yu JQ., Yamaguchi-Shinozaki K., Shinozaki K., Tran LSP., 2012. Benefits of brassinosteroid crosstalk. Trends in Plant Science 17 (10): 594-605.

Choudhary SP., Oral HV., Bhardwaj R., Yu JQ., Tran LSP., 2012. Interaction of Brassinosteroids and Polyamines Enhances Copper Stress Tolerance in Raphanus Sativus. Journal of experimental Botany, 63 (15): 5659-5675.

Awards & patents

Awarded PBC Indo-China Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue research at Jacob Blaustein Institutes of Desert Research, Ben Gurion University, Israel (Oct 2012 to Oct 2015).

Awarded Blaustein Postdoctoral fellowship at Ben Gurion University, Israel (July 2012 to July 2013).

Awarded postdoctoral fellowship (August, 2010 to June, 2012) under Talent recruitment program at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou China.

Awarded University Grants Commission–National Eligibility Test, Junior Research Fellowship from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India to pursue Ph.D. research in Botany [May 2004-April 2006] at Guru Nanak Dev University under the supervision of Prof. Renu Bhardwaj.

Talks in annual meetings

Coordination of Phosphate-Zinc Homeostasis in Arabidopsis
2015 / P2 Tissue and Individual / by Sikander Pal / Fellows Speed Presentation


Phosphate deficiency, zinc, phosphate-zinc crosstalk, molecular crosstalk, nutrition, global food security, human diseases, phosphate fertilizers