ABOUT ME

I am a professor of Entomology in the Dept. of Entomology, College of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka, INDIA. My research interests are insect ecology with special reference to migration and reproductive biology. I am looking at the factors which influence the long distance migration in noctuid moths, especially pests of agriculture.My other area of research is development of ICT tools to enhance the extension services in crop health management. Me and my team has been involved in developing a novel ICT application called e-SAP (Electronic Solutions against Agricultural Pests) which empowers the extension personnel to diagnose and quantify the problems related to insects, diseases, weeds and nutritional disorders in crops and provide solutions on real time.In the past, I have also been associated with the filed of biological control especially with entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs), climate change studies and integrated pest management.

Academic Recognitions

  • Recipient of ICAR Jawaharlal Nehru National award for Ph. D for the year 2000
  • District young scientist award for outstanding contribution in the field of Agricultural entomology
  • Recipient of University of Agricultural Sciences Gold medal for having completing the M.Sc.(Agri.) in Agril. Entomology ‘with Distinction’
  • Recipient of team award of eINDIA2010 for the best project on “Re-designing agriculture education-research-extension continuum” in e-agriculture category. The award was received from Miss. Agatha Sangama, Hon’ble MOS for Rural Development, Govt. of India at National eINDIA2010 conference at Hyderabad.
  • Recipient of “e-Agriculture ICT initiative of the year 2014” award at national level instituted by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industries of India (ASSOCHAM) during March 2014 at New Delhi.
  • Recipient of “BEST TEACHER” award for the year 2014 instituted by ICAR during 4th Convocation of University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur.

Research Achievements:

  • Designed and developed e-SAP which enables identification of pest/diseases and nutritional disorders of major agricultural and horticultural crops right in the farmers’ field and provide advisory.
  • Access to survey the identified problem and send the information through GPRS/3G technology
  • Developed web based GIS application which pool and analyses the survey reports sent through the hand-held device and provide decision support system on real time.
  • Developed an effective, eco-friendly and economical IPM strategy for H. armigera in chickpea by integrating H. indica with other biopesticides.
  • Successful field control is achieved in Brinjal root weevil, Myllocerus discolor, Grape flea beetle, Sceledonta strigicollis and chickpea pod borer, Helicoverpa armigera.
  • Morphological, bio-chemical and bio-efficacy studies of Photrhabdus luminescens, a symbiotic bacterium of H. indica (RCR) were carried out both under laboratory and shade house condition.
  • Evaluated different liquid formulations of P. luminescens against sap feeders of cotton, brinjal and bhendi under field condition.
  • Efforts are underway to develop P.luminescens as commercial product against spa feeders like mites, mealy bug and aphids.