Saumik Basu
  • Post-Doc, Washington State University
Research focus
  • Plant science
  • Molecular and biochemical aspects of Plant-insect-virus interactions




1. Basu S, Kumar Kushwaha N, Kumar Singh A, Pankaj Sahu P, Vinoth Kumar R,
Chakraborty S. (2018). Dynamics of a geminivirus encoded pre-coat protein and host
RNA- dependent RNA polymerase 1 in regulating symptom recovery in tobacco. J Exp
Bot. PMID: 29432546 DOI: 10.1093/jxb/ery043.
2. Basu S, Varsani S, Louis J. (2018). Altering Plant Defenses: Herbivore-Associated
Molecular Patterns and Effector Arsenal of Chewing Herbivores. Mol Plant Microbe
Interact. PMID: 28840787. DOI: 10.1094/MPMI-07-17-0183-FI. Epub 2017 Oct 12.
3. Ray S, Basu S, Rivera-Vega LJ, Acevedo FE, Louis J, Felton GW, Luthe DS. (2016).
Lessons from the Far End: Caterpillar FRASS-Induced Defenses in Maize, Rice,
Cabbage, and Tomato. J Chem Ecol. PMID: 27704315 DOI: 10.1007/s10886-016-0776-
4. Varsani S, Basu S, Williams WP, Felton GW, Luthe DS, Louis J. (2016). Intraplant
communication in maize contributes to defense against insects. Plant Signal Behav.
PMID: 27467304 DOI: 10.1080/15592324.2016.1212800.
5. Louis J, Basu S, Varsani S, Castano-Duque L, Jiang V, Wiiliams WP, Felton GW, Luthe
DS. (2015) Ethylene contributes to mir1-mediated maize defense against the phloem-sap
sucking corn leaf aphid. Plant Physiol. PMID: 26253737 DOI: 10.1104/pp.15.00958.
6. Kumar RV, Singh AK, Singh AK, Yadav T, Basu S, Kushwaha N, Chattopadhyay B,
Chakraborty S. (2015). Complexity of begomovirus and betasatellite populations
associated with chilli leaf curl disease in India. J Gen Virol. PMID: 26251220 DOI:
7. Sharma VK, Basu S, Chakraborty S. (2015). RNAi mediated broad-spectrum transgenic
resistance in Nicotiana benthamiana to chilli-infecting begomoviruses. Plant Cell Rep.
PMID: 25916177 DOI: 10.1007/s00299-015-1795-8.
8. Kushwaha N, Singh AK, Basu S, Chakraborty S. (2015). Differential response of diverse
solanaceous hosts to tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus infection indicates coordinated
action of NBS-LRR and RNAi-mediated host defense. Arch Virol. PMID: 25894479
DOI: 10.1007/s00705-015-2399-x.
9. Sharma VK, Kushwaha N, Basu S, Singh AK, Chakraborty S. (2015). Identification of
siRNA generating hot spots in multiple viral suppressors to generate broad-spectrum
antiviral resistance in plants. Physiol Mol Biol Plants. PMID: 25648440 DOI:
10. Ranjan P, Singh AK, Kumar RV, Basu S, Chakraborty S. (2014). Host-specific
adaptation of diverse betasatellites associated with distinct Indian tomato-infecting
begomoviruses. Virus Genes. PMID: 24384936 DOI: 10.1007/s11262-013-1031-y.
11. Basu S, Pereira AE, Pinheiro DH, Wang H, Siegfried BD, Louis J, Vélez AM.
Evaluation of reference genes for expression analysis using quantitative real-time PCR in
southern corn rootworm, Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi (Barber) (Ready for
communication in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).
 Basu S, Jiménez AV, Neetha V, Velez AM, Louis J. Detection of β-glucosidase activity
in Diabrotica virgifera virgifera and effect of Glycoside hydrolase I mediated RNAi on β-
glucosidase activity. (In preparation for Scientific Reports)
 Basu S*, Chapman K *, Heng-Moss T, Louis J. Comparison of PAD4 responses in rice
and soybean upon feeding by aphids. (In preparation for AoB PLANTS). *Co-first
 Basu S, Varsani S, Louis J. Jasmonic acid contributes to PAD4 mediated defense in
Arabidopsis against the chewing herbivore Cabbage loppers (In preparation).
 Basu S, Singh D, Sahu S, Chakraborty S. AC2 and AV2 ORFs of Tomato leaf curl
Gujarat virus promote asymmetric synergism with Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (In
revision for Virus research)
 Basu S, Sharma VK, Bhattacharyya D, Chakraborty S. (2014) An overview of antiviral
RNA silencing in plant: biogenesis, host-virus interaction and potential applications.
"Approaches to Plant Stress and their Management". Springer Verlag publishers. DOI