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Dr. Anitha Karun

Acting Director

Crop Improvement

Acting Director




Ph. D Horticulture (Pomology)

Tissue culture, embryo culture, cryopreservation in palms

·         The CPCRI protocol of coconut embryo culture

·         Coconut plumule culture

·         Cryo preservation of coconut zygotic embryos

·         Cryopreservation of coconut pollen

·         Arecanut tissue culture

·         Oil palm tissue culture

·         Oil palm?Pisifera embryo rescue

·         Male - specific RAPD marker in palmyrah

·         ICAR AWARD FOR TEAM RESEARCH FOR THE BIENNIUM 1999-2000:Dr. V.A. Parthasarathy, Dr. P.M. Kumaran, Dr.(Mrs) M.J. Ratnambal, Dr. (Mrs) Anitha Karun, Dr (Mrs) V. Niral, Dr. V. Arunachalam, Dr.(Mrs) Anuradha Upadhyay for the outstanding research contribution to the field of improvement of coconut germplasm.

·         R.L. Narasimha Swamy Memorial Award for the best original Research PAPER displayed at poster session in first International Symposiumon on Plantation Crops (PLACROSYM-XI) at Calicut (November 30 to December 3, 1994) for the paper In vitro active conservation of coconut zygotic embryos by Anitha Karun, Sajini K.K and R.D.Iyer.

·         Special PLACROSYM award for the best original Research Paper displayed at poster session in the second International Symposium on Plantation Crops (PLACROSYM-XIV) at Hyderabad during December 12-15, 2000 for the paper Comparative Evaluation of coconut embryo culture protocols by Anitha Karun, Sajini K.K , A. Upadhayay and V.A. Parthasarathy.

·         R.L. Narasimha Swamy Memorial Award for the best original Research paper displayed at poster session of PLACROSYM XVIII entitled Effect of cytokinins on growth and maturation of direct somatic embryos in arecanut (Areca catechu L.). by Radha E., Anitha Karun, Rajesh, M. K., Nancy J. Mariya. Held at NRCC Puttur 10-13, December , 2008.




Anitha Karun and Sajini K.K. 1994. Short-term storage of coconut embryos in sterile water. Curr. Sci.  67(2) 118-120


Anitha Karun and Sajini K.K. 1996. Plantlet regeneration from leaf explants of oil palm. Curr. Sci.  71(11) 922-926


Sajini K.K. and Anitha Karun. 2011. Cryopreservation of coconut (Cocos nucifera. L) zygotic embryos by vitrification. Cryoletters:32(4):317-328


Jiji George and Anitha Karun. 2011. Marker assisted detection of seed sex ratio. in Palmyrah palm (Borassus flabellife r. L.). Curr. Sci. ( 100(6):922-925.


Jiji George, Anitha Karun, Manimekalai R., M.K. Rajesh and Remya P. 2007. Identification of RAPD markers linked to sex determination in Palmyrah palm (Borassus flabellifer L. ) Curr. Sci. 93(8):


Anitha Karun, Siril E. A., Radha. E., and V..A. Parthasarathy. 2004. Somatic embryogenesis and plantlet regeneration from leaf and inflorescence explants of arecanuts (Areca catechu L.). 1075-1077 Curr. Sci. 86(12): 1623-162


Moumita Chakraborty, Anitha Karun, and Adinpunya Mitra. 2009. Accumulation of phenylpropanoid­derivatives in chitosan induced cell suspension culture of Cocos nucifera. Journal of Plant Physiology 166: 63-71


Rajesh M.K, Radha E., Anitha Karun, and Parthasarathy V.A.. 2003. Plant regeneration from embryo derived callus of oil palm - the effect of exogenous polyamines. Plant Cell Tissue organ culture 75: 41-47.


Sajini,k.k and Anitha Karun,2011 Cryopreservation of coconut zygotic embryos using a two step preculture-desiccation technique.(In press)


Anitha Karun, R.S.N. Pillai, Sajini K.K. and V.A.Parthasarathy. 2001. Embryo rescue in oil palm (Elaeis guinnensis Jacq.) Variety. Pisifera. International Journal of Oil Palm 2(2): 17-18.


Anitha Karun, E. Radha, P. Sangeetha Vijayan, Jiji George , M. K Rajesh, and K.S. Ananda. 2008. Assessment of genetic fidelity of arecanut plantlets derived through direct somatic embryogenesis by RAPD markers.Journal of Plantation Crops, 36 (3): 228-231


Anitha Karun, Sajini K.K., and V. A. Parthasarathy. 2004. Cryopreservation of maturezygotic embryos of coconut by desiccation methods. CORD 21(1) : 13-19


Anitha Karun , Sajini, K. K., Meera Nair, P.M. Kumaran, and Sumsudheen. K. 2006. Cryopreservation of coconut pollen. Journal Planta­tion crops. 34 (3): 568-571


Anitha Karun, Shivasankar.S, Sajini K.K. 1993. Field collection and in vitro germination of coconut embryos. J. Plantn. Crops, 21 (Suppl.) 291-294


Anitha Karun,and Saji K.V Sajini K.K. and Shivasankar.S. 1999. Embryo culture of coconut : The CPCRI protocol. Ind. J. Hort. 56(4) : 348-353.


Naresh Kumar S., Anitha Karun, T.Siju Thomas,K. Muralidharan and Parthasarathy V.A. 2006. Influence of media composition on gas exchange parameters, biochemical composition and growth of zygotic embryo –cultured coconut (Cocos nufera L) Plantlets.  Indian J. Hort 63(2) :113-121.


Romila  .P.P. Anitha Karun, Sajini K.k. and Jayadev. 2004. In vitro active conservation of immature zygotic embryos of coconut (Cocos nucifere .L.)  for germplasm collection. J. Plantn Crops: 32 (suppln): 134-138.


Naresh Kumar S., V, Rajagopal and Anitha Karun. 2001. Photosyntheti  acclimatization in zygotic embryo cultured plantlets of coconut. (Cocos nucifera   L.). CORD :XVII (2): 1-12


Anitha Karun,, Sajini K.K., Radha E and V. A. Parthasarathy V.A. 2004. Efficacy  of  CPCRI embryo culture protocol in germplasm expedition. Journal Plantation crops . 32 (Suppln): 139-143.


Anitha Karun, Sajini K.K. Upadhyay A. And V.A.Parthasarathy. 2001. GA3 and ABA mediated effect on maturation and germination of coconut zygotic embryos.. Indian Journal of  Horticulture 58(3):276-281..


Anitha Karun, Muralidharan . K, Sajini, KK and. Parthasarathy  V. A. 2003.  Design and analysis of coconut embryo culture experiments. CORD XIX (1) : 51-58.