Dr. Chandish R. Ballal - Director

  • Received "Panjabrao Deshmukh Outstanding Women Scientist Award" for the year 2015
  • Received partial travel grants from CSIR, ICAR and the organizers - Beijing Academy of Sciences for attending and presenting a research paper at the International Symposium on mass production and commercialization of arthropod biological control agents, October, 21-24, 2011, Beijing, China.
  • Received the Dr S. Sithanantham Bio-control Award for 2010-11 on the 25th April, 2012 during the “National Symposium on Plant Protection in Horticultural Crops: Emerging Challenges and Sustainable Pest Management” held at IIHR, Bangalore (25th to 28th April, 2012).
  • Conferred with the Fellowship of Association for Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems (AAPMHE) on the 25th April, 2012 during the “National Symposium on Plant Protection in Horticultural Crops: Emerging Challenges and Sustainable Pest Management” held at IIHR, Bangalore (25th to 28th April, 2012).
  • First rank holder for M Phil (Zoology) under Calicut University.
  • Won the best paper award for a paper based on Ph D work. Ballal, C. R. and Singh, S. P. (2001). Comparative studies on pheromone trap catches of Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) in sunflower and pigeonpea ecosystems. pp. 177-179. In Biological Control - Contributed papers - Proceedings of Symposium on Biocontrol Based Pest Management for Quality Crop Protection in the Current Millennium (July 18-19, 2001) at PAU, Ludhiana (Eds. Darshan Singh, M. S. Mahal, A. S. Sohi, V. K. Dilawari, K. S. Brar and S. P. Singh), 224 pp.
  • Admitted as the Fellow of Society for Biocontrol Advancement (FSBA) on 26th May, 2006.
  • Won the best paper award for a paper based on Ph D student's work. Gupta, T. and Ballal, C. R.(2006). Feeding preference of anthocorid predators for parasitised and un-parasitised eggs.Presented at The National Symposium on sucking pests Held at Institute of Agricultural Technologists, Bangalore on June 26th and 27th, 2006.
  • Recipient of the Professor T. N. Ananthakrishnan Award 2006 for the contributions made in the field of biological control.

Dr. Prashanth Mohanraj - Principal Scientist (Entomology)

  • Dr. Rajendra Prasad Puruskar for the book “Andaman Nicobar Dweep Samuh Ke Thithiliyan”.

Dr. N. Bakthavatsalam - Principal Scientist (Entomology)

  • Recognized as consultant in semiochemical research for insects.
  • Chief Editor - Society for Biocontrol Advancement.

Dr. S. K. Jalali - Principal Scientist (Entomology)

  • Awarded certificate of appreciation by M/s Excel Industries, Mumbai for transfer of endogram technology.
  • Member, Research Advisory Committee of Sun Agro, Chennai; Recognised M.Sc. and Ph.D. guide of University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore and University of Mysore, Mysore; Guided 4 Ph.D. and 3 M.Sc. students.
  • Chief Editor, Journal of Biological Control since 2008.

Dr. K. Veenakumari - Principal Scientist (Entomology)

  • Awarded merit scholarships for M.Sc. (Agri.) and Ph.D. (Agri. Entomology).
  • Awarded Gold Medal for Merit for Ph.D. (Agricultural Entomology).
  • Dr. Rajendra Prasad Puruskar for the book “Andaman Nicobar Dweep Samuha Ke Thithiliyan".

Dr. B. Ramanujam - Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology)

  • Ph. D guide in Microbiology and Zoology Departments in Mysore University.
  • PG Teacher in Plant Pathology Department at UAS, Bangalore.
  • Life member, Society of Biocontrol Advancement in India, Bangalore, India.
  • Life Member, Indian Society of Plantation Crops.

Dr. T. Venkatesan - Principal Scientist (Entomology)

  • Secretary - Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bangalore.
  • Fellow of AAPMHE, (Association for Advancement in Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems), 2012.
  • Recognized as Guide for Ph.D at Department of Biotechnplogy and Department of Zoology, University of Mysore, Mysore.
  • Recognized as Advisory committee member at Department of entomology UAS Bangalore.
  • Recognized as Advisory Committee member of Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Science, University, Hebbal, Bangalore. During 2012.
  • Life member, Society for Biocontrol Advancement in India, Bangalore, India.
  • Member, Asian & Pacific Coconut Community, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Life member, Association for the Advancement of Pest Management of in Horticultural Ecosystems, Bangalore, India.
  • Foundation member, The Asian Agri-History Foundation Secunderabad, India.
  • Fellow of Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bangalore.

Dr. A.N. Shylesha - Principal Scientist (Entomology)

  • Expert member of loss assessment team in orange orchards of tripura due to insect pests.
  • Expert member of loss assessment team to investigate rodent damage in Jowai dist. of Meghalaya.
  • Expert member of loss assessment team to investigate damage to ginger by insect pests and diseases in Meghalaya.
  • Expert member to Asses losses to Arecanut and betel vine in Meghalaya due to insect pests.
  • Expert to evaluate the beneficiaries in bee keeping project under Donbosco social service project.

Dr. K. Srinivasa Murthy - Principal Scientist (Entomology)

  • Life member, Society of Biocontrol Advancement in India, Bangalore, India.
  • Life member, Society for Plant Protection Sciences, New Delhi.
  • Assistant Public Information Officer- Right to Information Act.

Dr. Sunil Joshi - Principal Scientist (Entomology)

  • Life member, Society of Biocontrol Advancement in India, Bangalore, India.
  • Life member, The Aphidological Society, India.
  • Life member, Association for the Advancement of Pest Management of in Horticultural Ecosystems, Bangalore, India.

Dr. T. M. Shivalingaswamy - Principal Scientist (Entomology)

  • Junior Research Fellowship of ICFRE , Dehradun "International IPM Recognition Award for Adoption of Eggplant IPM in South Asia” by the Awards programme of the 6th International IPM Symposium, held at Portland, Oregon, USA, on 24-26 March 2009.

Dr. R Rangeshwaran - Principal Scientist (Microbiology)

  • ICAR junior fellowship
  • Best poster award in National Symposium on ‘Ecofriendly approaches in the management of plant disease’ for research work titled “A modified liquid medium for mass production of Trichoderma by fermentation process” by R.D. Prasad and R. Rangeshwaran, held at Shimoga, 1998.
  • P. R. Verma award for best research paper at 3rd Global Conference on plant pathology and food security held at MPUAT, Udaipur in Jan 10-13, 2012. Rajalakshmi, S. Keshgod, M. K. Naik, R. Rangeshwaran and Ashwitha, K. Isolation and molecular characterization of indigenous fluorescent pseudomonads for a broad spectrum antibiotic 2, 4-Diacetyl phloroglucinol (DAPG) gene for biocontrol.

Dr. P. Sreerama Kumar - Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology)

  • Ambassador, The Association of Applied Biologists, Warwick, UK (2008).
  • Invited Author, Special Issue of Experimental and Applied Acarology on Diseases of Mites and Ticks, Springer Science+Business Media B.V., The Netherlands (2008).
  • Endowment Award, Society for Invertebrate Pathology, Knoxville, USA (2007 to present).
  • Invited Expert, Workshop on the Coconut Mite, Salalah Agricultural Research Station, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sultanate of Oman (2007).
  • Invited Speaker, Twelfth International Congress of Acarology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2006).

Dr. M. Mohan - Senior Scientist (Entomology)

  • WIPO Gold Medal and Award, World Intellectual Property Organization, UN, Geneva, 2009.
  • Best Innovation Award and Gold Medal, DST – Lockhed Martin India Innovation Growth Program, Govt. of India, 2009.
  • Societal Innovation Award, National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Govt. of India, 2008.
  • DBT – Post Doctoral Research Grant, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, 2001.
  • DST-SERC – Fast Track Scheme for Young Scientists, Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, 2001-2002.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award and Gold Medal for outstanding Ph.D. thesis research, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), 2002.

Dr. G. Sivakumar - Principal Scientist (Microbiology)

  • ICAR- Junior Fellowship.
  • ICAR- Senior Fellowship.
  • Scientist Panel Member in the World Spice Organization, Cochin.
  • Team Award for Innovative Biocontrol Research by the society of Biocontrol Advancement, Bengaluru.
  • SBA-Dr. B. S. Bhumannavar Team Research Award for the Best Innovative Biocontrol Research by the Society of Biocontrol Advancement, Bengaluru.
  • Fellow of Society of Applied Biotechnology.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Biological Control.
  • Fellow of Society for Biocontrol Advancement.
  • The Best Poster presentation award for the paper entitled “Endosymbiotic bacteria, Bacillus pumilus and its role on fitness of Amrasca biguttula biguttula (Ishida) of cotton” by Surabhi Kumari, G. Sivakumar, R.Rangeshwaran, Chandish R. Ballal, Mahesh S.Yandigeri, M Mohan, A. Raghavendra and Abraham Verghese presented in the National Meeting on “New/Safer Molecules and Biocontrol Technologies for IPM in crops” on 23 Feb 2015 at Bengaluru.
  • The Best Poster presentation award for the paper entitled “Cloning and Expression of VIP3A gene for broad spectrum insecticidal activity ” by R.Rangeshwaran, Frenita M.Lewis, G.Sivakumar, M.Mohan and Satendra Kumar presented in the National Meeting on “New/Safer Molecules and Biocontrol Technologies for IPM in crops” on 23 Feb 2015 at Bengaluru.
  • The Best Poster award for the paper entitled “Diversity of bacterial communities in the midgut of silkworm Bombyx mori “ by Nikhita Pai, Sanjay Yalashetti, Mahesh S.Yandigeri, M Mohan, G. Sivakumar presented in the International Symposium on New Perspectives in Modern Biotechnology, organized by Society for Applied Biotechnology, Tamil Nadu from 23-25 March, 2015 held at Puducherry, India.
  • Selected for Dr. Abdul Kalam Life Time Achievement National Award by the International Institute for Social and Economic Reforms (R), Dharwad, Karnataka.
  • “Young Scientist Award” by Global Scientific Research Foundation, India and Nature Conservation Institute of Serbia during the III World Biodiversity Congress held at Serbia from 26th to 30th October 2015.
  • The Best paper award for the paper entitled “Bacterial symbionts mediated functions in cotton leafhopper “ by G Sivakumar, R Rangeshwaran, Chandish R. Ballal and Abraham Verghese presented in the National Seminar on Mitigation of chemical residues in farm products-strategies,opportunities and challenges held at Faculty of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Gandhigram Rural Institute- Deemed University Gandhigram from 18 to 19 February 2016.
  • Recognized guide for Ph.D scholars of UAS, Bengaluru, University of Mysore, Jain University.

Dr. Mahesh Yandigeri - Senior Scientist (Microbiology)

  • Awarded with Post Graduate Diploma in Nano-Biotechnology (PGDBNT) from Life Science Foundation India, Bellary, Karnataka, India during 2008-09.
  • Awarded Diploma in Computer Applications (DCA) awarded by Center for Advanced Training in Software Engineering (CATSE), Dharwad, Karnataka, India.
  • Awarded with ‘IARI Merit Medal’ for Outstanding Academic Performance during Ph.D. in 45th Convocation of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa Campus, New Delhi.
  • University Merit Scholarship from University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka, India during B.Sc. (Agriculture) studies from 1997-2001 and ICAR-Junior Research Fellowship for M.Sc. during 2001-2003.
  • Life member, Association for Microbiologists of India.
  • Life member, Society of Agriculturally Important Microbial Genetic Resources (SAIMGR).

Dr. Deepa Bhagat - Scientist (SS) (Organic Chemistry)

  • Recipient of Best paper presentation at the International conference on water quality and management for climate resilient agriculture 28th - 31st May, 2013 at Jain Irrigation, Jalgaon, Maharastra for the paper entitled "Release pattern of an infochemical, linalool under simulated climate change scenario" Deepa Bhagat., N, Bakthavatsalam., R. Srinivasa.
  • Recipient of 'Fellow of CHAI 28.05.2013' awarded by Confederation of Horticulture Associations of India, New Delhi - 110078, India.
  • Recipient of third prize at the International conference - 5th Bangalore Nano was held 6-7, December, 2012 at The Lalit Ashok, Bangalore for the poster entitled "Non target effect of Chitosan alginate nanoparticles on the biology of Aphid Lion, Chrysoperla zastrowi sillemi (Esben-Peterson) (Neuroptera:Chrysopsidae)" Deepa Bhagat, N. Bakthavatsalam, Chandish R Ballal, Srinivasa, R & Ramu, G.
  • An Expert reviewed as DST- India-Brazil- South Africa (IBSA) nanotechnology initiatives, a collaborative flagship program basically focusing on development of sensors and nano-devices, nano-structured organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells, Nano-drug delivery system for antiretroviral and mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) drugs and water purification on October 3, 2012.
  • "Bioved Fellowship Award 2007" Awarded by Bioved Research & Communication Centre, Research Wing of Bioved Research Society, Allahabad - 211002, U.P. India.
  • Editorial board of STM Journal of Nanotechnology, New Delhi, India.

Dr. Ankita Gupta - Scientist (Entomology)

  • "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 “Best Debater Ramanujan Award” in IARI, New Delhi in year 1998.
  • 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.

Dr. Gandhi Gracy - Scientist (Entomology)

  • Life Member , Society of Biocontrol Advancement in India , Bangalore.
  • Life Member, Vegetable Science , Varanasi.

Dr. S. Salini - Scientist (Entomology)

  • Secured 10th rank in All India combined examination for Junior Research Fellow and Masters’ degree award examination conducted by ICAR in 2004.

Mr. K. J. David - Scientist (Entomology)

  • Secured Kerala Agricultural University Merit Scholarship for the year 2000-2001 for outstanding performance in academics.
  • Recipient of Junior Research Fellowship from Indian Council of Agricultural Research during 2003- 2005.