Vol. 64 Nos. 1/2/3 (2020) pp.1-248

Developmental Biology in India - First Part

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The Taj Mahal, literally “Crown of the Palace”, located in the Indian city of Agra, represents the apogee of Indo-Islamic architecture. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal and later came to house his own remains. Its construction, beginning in 1632 lasted over 16 years. More than one architect was associated with its design, with Ustad Ahmed Lahauri and Mir Abdul Karim being prominent among them. Much of the fabrication was done on site, with the scaffolding and final structure (apart from a veneer of marble and stone inlay) made of the same basic material, brick and lime. That, the pleasing symmetries broken by the two tombs, and the fact that the Taj, unlike a multicellular organism, was built according to a blueprint, are points of note for developmental biologists.
The orange lettering stands for Embryology in the Kannada language and the green lettering for Developmental Biology in Marathi or Hindi. There are 22 official languages in India which can be classified into six distinct families.

Introductory articles

The past and present of developmental biology in India
Surendra Ghaskadbi and Vidyanand Nanjundiah
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 1-4
A brief history of the Indian Society of Developmental Biologists (InSDB)
Iqbal Ahmad Niazi and Surendra Ghaskadbi
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 5-6

Person-centred accounts

Developmental biology of dispersed pollen grains
Kundaranahalli R. Shivanna and Rajesh Tandon
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 7-19
Caulonema differentiation in Funaria protonema
Man-Mohan Johri
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 21-28
Fungal senescence induced by the Neurospora sen mutation and mitochondrial plasmids - the contributions of Ramesh Maheshwari
Durgadas P. Kasbekar
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 29-34
Fields, patterns and information: R.L. Brahmachary’s contributions during the infancy of molecular embryology
Animesh Ray
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 35-40
Leela Mulherkar and the teaching of developmental biology
Surendra Ghaskadbi
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 41-44
Cell population growth regulates dorsalization and caudalization during chick morphogenesis and programmed cell death in lens fibres
Sohan Prabhakar Modak
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 45-57
Introduction of Developmental Biology at Utkal University, (Odisha, India)
Priyambada Mohanty-Hejmadi
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 59-64
Studies on tail regeneration and homeotic transformation in anuran tadpoles
Priyambada Mohanty-Hejmadi and Pravati Kumari Mahapatra
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 65-70
One of the most significant discoveries in Developmental Biology from an Indian laboratory - Iqbal A. Niazi and the role of retinoids in limb regeneration
Surendra Ghaskadbi and Vidyanand Nanjundiah
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 71-97


Glimpses of Dictyostelid research in India
Rasheedunnisa Begum and Shweta Saran
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 99-107
Research on early mammalian development in India
Polani B. Seshagiri and Venkatappa Vani
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 109-121
Understanding brain development – Indian researchers’ past, present and growing contribution
Bhavana Muralidharan
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 123-132


Molecular signals that govern tuber development in potato
Kirtikumar R. Kondhare, Bhavani Natarajan and Anjan K. Banerjee
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 133-140
Cell signaling molecules in hydra: insights into evolutionarily ancient functions of signaling pathways
Surendra Ghaskadbi
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 141-149
Lessons on gene regulation learnt from the Drosophila melanogaster bithorax complex
Arumugam Srinivasan and Rakesh K. Mishra
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 151-158
Haltere development in D. melanogaster: implications for the evolution of appendage size, shape and function
Soumen Khan, C. Dilsha and LS Shashidhara
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 159-165
Indirect flight muscles in Drosophila melanogaster as a tractable model to study muscle development and disease
Saroj Jawkar and Upendra Nongthomba
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 167-173
Maternal control of gamete choice during fertilization
Sreelaja Nair
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 175-180
Epigenetic regulation and transcriptional memory in development; selection facilitating prudence
Akanksha Verma, Jayant Maini, Shruti Jain, Mohsen Ghasemi, Surbhi Kohli and Vani Brahmachari
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 181-201
Simultaneous differentiation of articular and transient cartilage: WNT-BMP interplay and its therapeutic implication
Tathagata Biswas, Akrit P. Jaswal, Upendra S. Yadav and Amitabha Bandyopadhyay
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 203-211
The OCIAD protein family: comparative developmental biology and stem cell application
Wulligundam Praveen, Saloni Sinha, Rajarshi Batabyal, Kajal Kamat and Maneesha S. Inamdar
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 213-225
Homeobox genes in endometrium: from development to decidualization
Nancy Ashary, Saniya Laheri and Deepak Modi
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 227-237
Surviving nutritional deprivation during development: neuronal intracellular calcium signaling is critical
Megha and Gaiti Hasan
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 239-246
Forebrain roof plate morphogenesis and hippocampus development in the chick embryo
Sandeep Gupta, Niveda Udaykumar and Jonaki Sen
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 247-257

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