Department Botany
Name Prof. G.C. Nikalje
Qualification M.Sc. SET, NET, GATE, Ph. D.(DAE- JRF &SRF)
Designation Assistant Professor
Email address
Mobile 9969462817
Area of Interest Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
A. Awards 1. Board of Studies (BOS) member in Botany subject at Tuljaram Chaturchand College, Baramati (Autonomous) from 28th January, 2019.
2. Resource person at State Level Conference on “Innovative Prospects in Basic and Applied Plant Science” organized by Hutatma Rajguru Mahavidyalaya, Rajgurunagar, Pune- 410505 on 27th & 28th December 2019.
3. Invited guest lecturer at Botanical Survey of India, Pune for a talk on “Threats and Stress to Mangroves and their conservation strategies” under Green Skill Development Programme of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, on 14th August 2018.
4. DST-SERB Travel grant to attend “14th International Phytotechnologies Conference” organized by International Phytotechnology Society held at Hotel Omni montroyal, Montreal, Canada, on 25th to 29th Sept. 2017.
5. Research fellowship under Bhabha Atomic Research Center- Savitribai Phule Pune University collaborative Ph.D. programme, October 2012, funded by Department of Atomic Energy, India (JRF from October 2012 and SRF from October 2014- October 2017)
6. Best Poster Award in International Conference entitled, “Frontiers in Life and Earth Science.” Organized by Prof. R. M. College, Akurdi, Pune- 411035, On 18-19th January 2018.
7. Project mentor for M.Sc. II by Papers in Botany
8. Life Member of Mangrove Society of India, Goa.
B. Projects 1. Minor Research Project (PI)- University of Mumbai (March 2019- August 2019) Project No: 477 Title: “LC-MS based metabolic profiling of Avicennia officinalis L. and Sonneratia apetala L. for identification of bioactive compounds” for year 2018-19. 2. Minor Research Project (Co-PI)- University of Mumbai (March 2020-December 2020) Project No: 721 Title: “Identification of Allelochemicals from Ocimum sp and their impact on plants” for year 2019-20.
C. Others 1. NCBI sequence submissions
Nikalje GC, Srivastava AK, Sablok G, Nikam TD, Suprasanna P.
137 mRNA sequences of Sesuvium portulacastrum were submitted to NCBI (Accession numbers)
Reference genes: KY056733- KY056770,
Ion Transporters: KY315606- KY315642,
Orthologous genes in Arabidopsis: KY426838- KY426890,
miRNA Targets: KY434024-KY434042.

2. Reviewer for:

1. Physiologia Plantarum (Wiley Online Library IF: 3.0)
2. International Journal of Phytoremediation (Taylor and Francis Online IF: 2.237)
3. Science of Total Environment (Elsevier IF: 5.589)
4. Acta Physiologie Plantarum (Springer IF: 1.608)
5. Gene (Elsevier IF: 2.638)
6. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (Elsevier IF: 4.527)
7. BioMed Research International (Hindawi IF: 2.197)
8. Journal of Radiation Research and Applied Sciences (Taylor & Francis IF: 2.963)
9. Book chapters in Edited books published by Springer, Taylor & Francis

3. Working as mentor at Next Gen Scientists Foundation

4. BENTHAM AMBASSADOR (2019-20) at Bentham and Science Publisher
6. Publications
A. Papers 1. Nikalje GC, Kumar J, Nikam TD, Suprasanna P (2019) FT-IR profiling reveals differential response of roots and leaves to salt stress in a halophyte Sesuvium portulacastrum (L.) L. Biotech. Rep. 23:e00352. (Elsevier).
2. Shelke DB, Nikalje GC, Chambhar MR, Zaware BN, Suprasanna P, Nikam TD. Na+ and Cl− induce differential physiological, biochemical responses and metabolite modulations in vitro in contrasting salt-tolerant soybean genotypes. 3Biotech 9:91, 2019. (IF: 1.497, Citations: 01, Springer).
3. Nikalje GC and Suprasanna P (2018) Coping With Metal Toxicity – Cues From Halophytes. Front. Plant Sci. 9:777. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00777. (IF: 4.495, Citations: 08)
4. Nikalje GC, Srivastava AK, Sablok G, Pandey GK, Nikam TD, Suprasanna P (2018) Identification and validation of Sesuvium portulacastrum reference genes for quantitative real time PCR normalization under salt treatment. Plant Gene. 13:18-24. (Citations: 04, Elsevier).
5. Nikalje GC, Variyar PS, Joshi MV, Nikam TD, Suprasanna P (2018) Temporal and Spatial Changes in Ion homeostasis and accumulation of flavanoids and glycolipid in a halophyte Sesuvium portulacastrum (L.) L. Plos One 13(4): e0193394. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193394. (IF: 2.8, Citations: 07).
6. Nikalje GC, Srivastava AK, Pandey GK, Suprasanna P (2017) Halophytes in Biosaline Agriculture: mechanism, utilization and value added products. Land Degradation and Development 29 (4): 1081-1095. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2819 (IF: 9.8, Citations: 23, Wiley).
7. Nikalje GC, Nikam TD, Suprasanna P (2017) Looking at Halophytic Adaptation to High Salinity Through Genomics Landscape, Current Genomics, 18(6): 542 - 552 (IF: 2.45, Citations: 12, Bentham and Science).
8. Shelke DB, Padey M, Nikalje GC, Suprasanna P, Zaware BN, Nikam TD (2017) Salt responsive physiological, photosynthetic and biochemical attributes at early seedling stage for screening soybean genotypes. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 118:519-528. (IF: 3.4, Citations:09, Elsevier).
9. Muchate N, Nikalje GC, Rajurkar N, Suprasanna P, Nikam TD (2016) Physiological responses of the halophyte Sesuvium portulacastrum to salt stress and their relevance for saline soil bio-reclamation, Flora - Morphology Distribution Functional Ecology of Plants. 96-105. (IF: 1.3, Citations: 30, Elsevier).
10. Muchate N, Nikalje GC, Rajurkar N, Suprasanna P, Nikam TD (2016) Plant Salt Stress: Adaptive Responses, Tolerance Mechanism and Bioengineering for Salt Tolerance, The Botanical Review 82 (4): 371-406. (IF: 2.7, Citations: 44, Springer).
11. Lokhande VH, Kudale S, Nikalje GC, Desai NS, Suprasanna P (2015) Hairy root induction and phytoremediation of textile dye, Reactive green 19A-HE4BD, in a halophyte, Sesuvium portulacastrum (L.) L. Biotechnology Reports 8: 56–63. (Citations: 20, Elsevier).
12. Nikalje GC, Zimare SB, Malpathak NP (2013) A comparative pharmacognostic study on the leaf, stem and root components of Gymnema sylvestre (Retz) R. Br. Ex. Sm. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India - Section B: Biological Sciences 83 (1): 125-134, 2013. (IF: 0.4, Citations: 04, Springer)
B. Articles
C. Books/Book chapters 1. Patade VY, Nikalje GC, Srivastava S. Role of Thiourea in Mitigating Different Environmental Stresses in Plants. In Protective chemical agents in the amelioration of plant abiotic stress: biochemical and molecular perspectives, Roychoudhury and Tripathi (EDs): Wiley. 2020.
2. Nikalje GC, Saini N, Suprasanna P. Halophytes and Heavy Metals: Interesting Partnerships. In Plant-Metal Interactions, Srivastava et al. (Eds): Springer, Cham pp-99-118, 2019.
3. Nikalje GC, Shelke DB, Yadav Kushi, Suprasanna P. Halophytes: Prospective Plants for Future. In Ecophysiology, Abiotic Stress Responses and Utilization of Halophytes, Mirza Hasanuzzaman et al. (Eds): Springer Singapore pp-221-234, 2019.
4. Nikalje GC, Yadav Kushi, Suprasanna P. Halophyte Responses and Tolerance to Abiotic Stresses. In Ecophysiology, Abiotic Stress Responses and Utilization of Halophytes, Mirza Hasanuzzaman et al. (Eds) Springer Singapore pp-1-23, 2019.
5. Shelke DB, Nikalje GC, Nikam TD, Maheshwari P, Punita DL, Rao KRSS, Kavi Kishor PB, Suprasanna P. Chloride (Cl−) Uptake, Transport, and Regulation in Plant Salt Tolerance. In: Molecular Plant Abiotic Stress: Biology and Biotechnology, First Edition. Eds. Roychoudhury and Tripathi, John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Pp 241-267, 2019.
6. Suprasanna P, Ghuge S, Patade VY, Mirajkar SJ, Nikalje GC. Genomic Roadmaps for Augmenting Salinity Stress Tolerance in Crop Plants. Eds: Kumar et al. In Salinity Responses and Tolerance in Plants, Volume 2 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-90318-7_8. Springer pp-189-216, 2018.
7. Nikalje GC, Mirajkar SJ, Nikam TD, Suprasanna P. Multifarious Role of ROS in Halophytes: Signaling and Defense. In: Zargar S. et al. (eds.) Abiotic Stress-mediated Sensing and Signaling in Plants: An Omics Perspective, Springer pp 207-223, 2017.
8. Shelke DB, Nikalje GC, Sahoo PK. Salt Stress Responses of Glycophytic Rice and Halophytic Rice: Physiological, Biochemical, and Molecular Aspects. In: Verma et al. (eds.) Rice Science Biotechnological and Molecular Advancements. Eds. Apple Publication pp. 53-68, 2017.
9. Suprasanna P, Nikalje GC, Rai AN. Osmolyte accumulation and implications in plant abiotic stress tolerance. In: Iqbal al. (eds.) Osmolytes and plants acclimation to changing environment: emerging omics technologies, Springer 1-12, 2015.
Conference/Symposia Presented: 09
Publication statistics & Links to Google Scholar Citations and Research Gate Total citations: 220, h-index: 9, i10-index: 8 (*as per Google scholar)