Dr. Ankita Gupta
Scientist
Division of Insect Systematics
E-mail: ankitagupta.nbaii@gmail.com
Fax:080-2341 1961
Phone:080-2351 1982 Extn. 336
Qualification M.Sc., Ph.D (Agricultural Entomology)
Specialization Parasitic Hymenoptera (Chalcidoidea & Ichneumonoidea)- Biodiversity, systematics, host-parasitic wasps association/interactions & molecular characterization
Professional Experience 11 years
Publications 50
Training (International)
Selected for and attended EDIT Modern Taxonomy Course Programme (2010-2011) “Basics of Taxonomy: Describing, Illustrating and Writing Biodiversity” held at The Sven Lovén Centre For Marine Sciences, Kristineberg, Sweden. The course is part of the training curriculum of the ‘Distributed European School of Taxonomy’ (DEST).
Training (National)
Nominated by ICAR to attend DST sponsored Workshop on “Biodiversity Conservation” (18th – 22nd February, 2013 at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.
Underwent Subject Training on Insect Bioinformatics (Under NAIP-NABG project) February 7th-17th, 2011 at NBAII, Bangalore. This training program focused on some major application of Genomics, Proteomics, Gene Expression in Insect Domain
Underwent Advanced Faculty training on “Biorational Insect pest management” at TNAU, Coimbatore from Feb-March, 2011.
Recognition
"Best Poster Presentation" Award in Conference on National Priorities in Plant Health Management, 4-5th February 2016, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh organised by Plant Protection Association of India, Hyderabad in association with Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad
"Best Poster Presentation" Award in III World Biodiversity Congress held at Mecavnik - Mokra Gora, Serbia, October 26-29, 2015
Received “Award of Excellence” in 2015 for the Scientific Category at ICAR- National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bangalore
Received Certificate of Fellowship by the Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bengaluru, India in 2014
Secured All India 4th Rank in Agricultural Research Services (ARS) Exam conducted by ASRB, New Delhi in 2009
Recipient of International EDIT Grant and International Travel grant (ITS) from DST
Awarded merit scholarships during four years of B.Sc (Ag) degree
Recipient of merit scholarship of GBPUA&T, Pantnagar during M.Sc (Ag) and ICAR Senior Research Fellowship during Ph.D degree
Attained "Prof. S. Ramanujam Memorial First Prize Award" in the All India Debate Contest in IARI, New Delhi in the year 1998.
Qualified All India Combined Examination (ICAR-JRF) for Post Graduate Programme and JRF in Agriculture and Allied subjects for the academic session 2000-2001.
Topped GBPUA&T University Ph.D Entrance Examination in the year 2002
Recognized by National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad for aiding in Institution building activity during “89th Foundation Course for Agricultural Research Service” training in the year 2010
Brief Achievements
Published Monograph
Ankita Gupta & José L. Fernández-Triana 2014. Diversity, host association, and cocoon variability of reared Indian Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Zootaxa 3800 (1): 001–101.
Developed Web portal- "Indian fauna of Pteromalidae" for identification of Indian species of Pteromalidae with details on diagnosis, associated hosts and distribution.
Nearly 600 species of parasitic hymenoptera collected, identified and added to the reference collections of NBAII, Bangalore. All the identified species databased in IARIDB- Database under Network Project on Insect Biosystematics
More than 200 new distribution and host records of various parasitic wasps along with 36 new species described and documented from different regions of India.
Selected Publications
Ankita Gupta, Venkatesan T., More R. P. (2016) Morphological and molecular characterization of reared parasitoid wasps of the genus Glyptapanteles Ashmead 1904 (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae) associated with Lepidoptera in India. PLoS ONE 11 (3): e0150765. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150765
Ankita Gupta, Mark Shaw, Sophie Cardinal and Jose Fernandez-Triana (2016) A review of unusual species of Cotesia (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) with the first tergite narrowing at midlength. ZooKeys 580: 29–44. doi:10.3897/zookeys.580.8090
Ankita Gupta, P. M. Sureshan, A. Rameshkumar, V. Naveen and Sanjeev, U. (2015): On a collection of Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) from North- East India with description of a new Halticoptera Spinola species, Oriental Insects, 1-14. DOI: 10.1080/00305316.2015.1101722.
Ankita Gupta, S. M. Gawas & R. Bhambure 2015. On the parasitoid complex of butterflies with descriptions of two new species of parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) from Goa, India Systematic Parasitology 92: 223–240.
Ankita Gupta & Jose´ L. Ferna´ndez-Triana 2015. Four new species of the genus Diolcogaster Ashmead, 1900 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae) from South East Asia with a key to the Indian species. Systematic Parasitology 90, 3 285-300. 10.1007/s11230-014-9546-8
Ankita Gupta, P. M. Sureshan, A. Rameshkumar, V. Naveen & U. Sanjeev 2015. On a collection of Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) from North- East India with description of a new Halticoptera Spinola species, Oriental Insects, 1-14. DOI: 10.1080/00305316.2015.1101722.
Ankita Gupta & C. V. Achterberg 2014. A new species of Phanerotoma Wesmael (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Cheloninae) from the Andaman Islands, India. Zootaxa 3856 (4): 595–600. Link
Ankita Gupta, P. V. Churi, A. Sengupta & S. Mhatre 2014. Lycaenidae parasitoids from peninsular India with description of four new species of microgastrine wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) along with new insights on host relationships. Zootaxa 3827 (4): 439–470. Link
Ankita Gupta, R. Khot & S. Chorge 2014. A new species of Parapanteles Ashmead, 1900 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae) parasitic on Charaxes athamas (Drury) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in India. Systematic Parasitology 88:273–279.Link
List of published papers on Indian parasitic wasps (Chalcidoidea) available here
Ankita Gupta. 2013. Revision of the Indian Microplitis Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae), with description of one new species. Zootaxa 3620 (3): 429–452. Link
Pascal Rousse & Ankita Gupta 2013. Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of Reunion Island: a catalogue of the local species, including 18 new taxa and a key to species. Zootaxa 3616 (6): 501–547. Link | Images
Ankita Gupta. 2013. Three new species of reared parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae) from India. Zootaxa 3701 (3): 365–380. Link
Ankita Gupta, Swapnil A. Lokhande & Abhay Soman.2013. Parasitoids of Hesperiidae from peninsular India with description of a new species of Dolichogenidea (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) parasitic on caterpillar of Borbo cinnara (Wallace) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) Zootaxa 3701 (2): 277–290. Link
Ankita Gupta, Blaise Pereira and Paresh V. Churi. 2013. A new species of Parapanteles Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from India reared from Abisara echeria Stoll (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae) with key to the Indian Parapanteles species. Zootaxa 3709 (4): 363–370. Link
Ankita Gupta & Swapnil A. Lokhande 2013. A new host record and a new combination in Cotesia Cameron (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from India. Journal of threatened taxa. 5(2) 3678-3681. Link
Ankita Gupta & Kalesh, S. 2012. Reared parasitic wasps attacking hesperiids from Western Ghats (Kerala, India) with description of a new species of Dolichogenidea (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) as a larval parasitoid of Thoressa evershedi (Evans) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae). Zootaxa  3413: 29-43.Link
Ankita Gupta & Blaise Pereira. 2012. A new species of Glyptapanteles (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae), a larval parasitoid of Elymnias hypermnestra (Linnaeus) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), along with some new host records of parasitoids from Peninsular India. Zootaxa 3227: 54–63. Link
Ankita Gupta, Amalendu Ghosh, Nesil Liz Baby and S. K. Jalali. 2011. Morphological and Molecular Characterization of Apanteles mohandasiSumodan & Narendran (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), A Solitary Endoparasitoid of Pammene critica Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), with notes on biology from India. Entomological news 122(4):354-365.
Ankita Gupta and J. Poorani. 2008. Description of a new species of the genus Caenohomalopoda Tachikawa (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Encyrtidae) with a revised key to the world species. Zootaxa 1933: 59-62 (14 Nov. 2008). Link
Ankita Gupta and J. Poorani. 2008. New distribution and host records of Chalcidoidea (Insecta: Hymenoptera) from various parts of India. Checklist 4(4): 410–414. Link
Ankita Gupta and J. Poorani. 2008. A new species of Gonatocerus Nees from India. Biosystematica  2 (1) 59-62. Link