Mr Sachin Chavan joined HIE as a postgraduate student in August 2014 and has started his new role as a research fellow since January 2018. His research focuses on plant physiology and biochemistry mainly in crop plants. He is currently working on the project entitled ‘Research and operations to trial innovation glass and photovoltaic technologies in protected cropping’ with Prof David Tissue. The project aims to assess the impact of innovative glass technologies including smart glass (SG) and semi-transparent photovoltaic glass (STPVG) on plant growth, physiology, yield and metabolic quality in a controlled CO2, temperature, nutrient and irrigation environment.
Before starting this position he submitted his PhD thesis entitled “Responses of wheat photosynthesis and yield to elevated CO2 under heat and water stress” under the supervision of Assoc Prof Oula Ghannoum and Ass Prof Remko Duursma here in HIE. The PhD project aimed at combining FACE and glasshouse studies in order to develop mechanistic models that can incorporate crop leaf-to-canopy responses to stresses and their interactions with elevated CO2. The main focus was to analyse the effects of elevated CO2 in combination with heat or water stresses on the photosynthesis and growth of field-grown (AGFACE, Horsham) and glasshouse-grown wheat cultivars.
His previous research projects included investigation of plant pathogen interactions using genetics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics tools and molecular characterisation of cotton using molecular markers.
Areas of Research
Plant physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics
- Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Western Sydney (2014) for PhD project.
- INSPIRE Fellowship awarded by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India
Chavan SG, Duursma RA, Tausz M, Ghannoum O, (2019) 'Elevated CO2 alleviates the negative impact of heat stress on wheat physiology but not on grain yield', Journal of experimental botany, vol.70, no.21, pp 6447-6459
Kumar Y, Zhang L, Panigrahi P, Dholakia BB, Dewangan V, Chavan SG, Kunjir SM, Wu X, Li N, Rajmohanan PR, Kadoo NY, Giri AP, Tang H, Gupta VS, (2016) 'Fusarium oxysporum mediates systems metabolic reprogramming of chickpea roots as revealed by a combination of proteomics and metabolomics', Plant Biotechnology Journal, vol.14, no.7, pp 1589-1603
Ghodke AB, Chavan SG, Sonwane BV, Bharose AA, (2012) 'Isolation and in vitro identification of proteinase inhibitors from soybean seeds inhibiting helicoverpa gut proteases', Journal of Plant Interaction, vol.8, no.2, pp 170-178
Patil DP, Dhotre DP, Chavan SG, Sultan A, Jain DS, Lanjekar VB, Gangawani J, Shah PS, Todkar JS, Shah S, Ranade DR, Patole MS, Shouche YS, (2012) 'Molecular analysis of gut microbiota in obesity among Indian individuals', Journal of Biosciences, vol.37, no.4, pp 647 – 657