Dr. K. Srinivasa Murthy
Principal Scientist
Division of Genomic Resources
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax:080-2341 1961
Phone:080-2351 1982 Extn. 339/Res. 080-22726945
Qualification M. Sc., Ph. D (Agricultural Entomology)
Specialization Integrated Pest Management of cotton insect pests. Formulation and Synthesis of semi-synthetic diets for lepidopterous insect pests. Selection of superior strains of parasitioids and their molecular characterization. Insect cell lines
Professional Experience 16 years
Publications 69
Training (International)
Training programme on "Biological control of Crop pests in Different Cropping systems from 11.11.2002 to 09-01-2003. Team of Excellence for Human resource development in Biological Control (NATP), Project Directorate of Biological Control, Bangalor
Summer School on "Capacity Building in identification and management of mite pests of crops, 21st September to 11th October 2005. Organized by the Department of Entomology, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore-560 065
Hands on Training on Insect cell lines, 25th January - 1st February 2007 with the Insect Resistance Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi.
Life member, Society of Biocontrol Advancement in India, Bangalore, India.
Life member, Society for Plant Protection Sciences, New Delhi
Treasurer, Society of Biocontrol Advancement in India, Bangalore, India.
Assistant Public Information Officer- Right to Information Act.
Brief Achievements
Developed semi-synthetic diets for important lepidopterous insects (Opisina arenosella, Plutella xylostella, Spodoptera exigua, Crocidolmia binotalis) and the parthemium beetle Zygogramma bicolorata. Artificial diets would substitute the necessity to rear the insects on natural host plants and provide continuous availability of the host for mass multiplication of their natural enemies
Temperature tolerant strain of Goniozus nephantidis(>38oC) and pesticide tolerant strain of Cotesia flavipes were developed. Genetic variability among the populations was detected and the role of endosymbionts in the fitness attributes of the parasitoids was established.
Embryonic cell lines of H. armigera and S. litura were established for in-vitro cloning of NPV for genetic improvement
Detection of Genetic variations in the parasitoid Cotesia vestalis Established the role of endosymbionts (Wolbachia) in the fitness attributes of the parasitoid (progeny production, parasitisam and altered sex ratio)
Horizontal transfer of Wolbachia in Trichogramma chilonis. Mechanism of tolerance to high temperatures and inheritance of the trait.
Temperature tolerant strain of Goniozus nephantidis Muesebeck
Cost Effective semi-synthetic diet for the following insect pests was developed (Opisina arenosella ,Plutella xylostella, Spodoptera exiguam Crococidolomia binotalis and Zygogramma bicolorata ) (As PI)
Selected Publications
Srinivasa Murthy, K., Jalali, S.K., Venkatesan, T. and Rajeshwari, R. 2009. Rearing the Mexican beetle Zygogramma bicolrata (Chrysomelidae: Coleoptera) on a semi-synthetci diet. Biocontrol Science & Technology, 33 (1): 1-5.
Srinivasa Murthy, K., Rajeshwari, R., Jalali, S.K and Venkatesan, T. 2009. Assessment of genetic variation in Cotesia flavipes (Cameron) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)nas revealed by by mitochondrial oxidase gene sequences. Journal of Biological Control , 23 (3): 249 – 254
Srinivasa Murthy, K., Rajeshwari, R., Jalali, S.K., Venkatesan, T. and Ashok kumar, G. 2011. Intraspecific variation among populations of Goniozus nephantidis Muesbeck (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae) based on RAPD and ITS-2 rDNA sequences. Entomon, 35 (3): 1-10
Srinivasa Murthy, K., Rajeshwari, R., Venkatesan, T. and Nesil Liz Baby. 2011. Detection and characterization of Wolbachia in Cotesia plutellae Kurdjumov (Braconidae: Hymenoptera), a parasitoid of the Diamond back moth Plutella xylostella (Linn.). Journal of Biological Control, 25 (3): 213-216
Srinivasa Murthy, K., Rajeshwari, R., Jalali, S.K and Venkatesan, T. 2011 Host searching efficiency of Cotesia flavipes Cameron (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) an important parasitoid of the maize stem borer Chilo partellus Swinhoe. Indian Journal of Fundamental and Applied Life Sciences, 1(3):71-74.