Department of Biochemistry

The College of Agriculture in Dharwad established the Department of Biochemistry, initially under the Division of Basic Sciences within the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry. Recognizing the significant role of biochemical studies and research in Agricultural Sciences, the Department of Biochemistry was independently established in 1999. The primary focus of the department is on Plant Biochemistry, Enzymology, Analytical Biochemistry, Food and Nutritional Biochemistry and Biochemical responses to stress in plants.

Since its establishment, the Department has consistently invested in top-notch research, teaching, and training facilities. At present the department is actively engaged in researching practically applicable aspects within the domains of Agricultural Biochemistry.

The research efforts within the department have shifted towards enhancing both biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in plants. A notable focus has emerged in the field of green synthesis of nanoparticles and nanoformulations, specifically with the intention of improving crop quality. This innovative approach holds promise for addressing agricultural challenges by leveraging nanotechnology to create novel solutions. It’s encouraging to witness the faculty’s engagement in this cutting-edge area of research.

The department has well equipped laboratories UG and PG for teaching and research. The instruments available are colorimeter, UV-Vis spectrophotometer and refrigerated microcentrifuge. Rotary vacuum evaporator, soxhlet extraction unit, precision balance and pH meter.

PG Programmes in the Department

1M.Sc. in Biochemistry2009

PG Students admitted in last five years

Sl. No.Course No.2018-192019-202020-212021-222022-23
1M.Sc. (Agri.)44421


Sl NoNameDesignationSpecialization
1Dr. Kiran K. Mirajkar  Professor and HeadSynthesis & characterisation of nanoparticles, Biotic & Abiotic stress related antioxidative enzyme analysis
2Smt. Nagaratna S. OlekarAssociate ProfessorGeneral Biochemistry

Supporting Staff:

Sl NoNameDesignation
1Smt. Renuka B NartiSr. Lab Assistant
2Smt. Nirmala M PatilFarm Labour
3Smt. Sunanda NiralkereKshemabhivruddhi Noukar

B.Sc. Agriculture (Hons.) courses

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1BCH 101Fundamentals of Plant  Biochemistry1+1 (2)

B.Sc. Community Science (Hons.) courses

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1BCH 102Principles of Plant Biochemistry2+1 (3)

B.Tech. Food Technology (Hons.) courses

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1BCH 103Elementary  Biochemistry1+1 (2)

M.Sc. Agriculture in Biochemistry courses

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1BIOCHEM 501Basic Biochemistry3+1(4)
2BIOCHEM 502Intermediary Metabolism3+0(3)
3BIOCHEM 503Enzymology2+1(3)
4BIOCHEM 505Techniques in Biochemistry2+2(4)
5BIOCHEM 507Plant Biochemistry2+1(3)
6BIOCHEM 509Nutritional Biochemistry2+1(3)
7BIOCHEM 510Nitrogen & Sulphur Metabolism2+1(3)
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