M.Sc., Ph.D (Agricultural Entomology)
Insect Ecology and Biological Control
Attended 10 days ICAR sponsored short course on, “Detection and measurement of insecticide resistance including molecular aspects in Insects” at ICAR - National Bureau of Agriculturally Insect Resources (NBAIR), Bangalore from September 02-11, 2013.
Developed conservation strategies by planting flowering crops in the vineyards to conserve and augment the population of native parasitoids for biological control of grapevine mealybug
Studied the kairomonal role of mealybug honeydew in the attraction of native parasitoid, Anagyrus dactylopii
Studied the biocontrol potential and recovery of Chrysoperla zastrowi zillemi for the management of grapevine mealybug and mites under field conditions
Empowered grape farmers regarding the insect pest management in grapes by various means like transfer of technology through regional ‘Charchasatras’ and web advisory for weather forecast for grape insect pests management
Recipient of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Masters Degree from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) during 2008-2010.
Recipient of Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) for Doctoral Degree from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) during 2011.
Best Oral Presentation awarded in International Conference on ‘Changing scenario of pest problems in agri - horti ecosystem and their management’ at Rajasthan College of Agriculture, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology (MPUAT), Udaipur, Rajasthan during 27-29th November 2014.
Amala,U., Shivalingaswamy, T.M., Veeresh Kumar and Pratheepa, M. 2019. Pruned petioles of papaya as nesting sites of the leaf cutting bee, Megachile laticeps Smith and its pollen fidelity. Journal of Apicultural Research
Amala,U., Shivalingaswamy, T.M. 2019. Nest architecture and life cycle of Small Carpenter bee, Ceratina binghami Cockerell (Xylocopinae: Apidae: Hymenoptera). Sociobiology 66(1): 29-33
Amala,U. and Shivalingaswamy, T.M. 2018. Nesting biology, seasonality and host range of sweat bee, Hoplonomia westwoodi (Gribodo) (Hymenoptera:Halictidae:Nomiinae). Sociobiology 65(3): 491-496
Amala, U. and Shivalingaswamy. T. M. 2018. Trap-Nest Diameter Preference of Megachile lanata (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). Journal of Entomological Science 53(1): 96–98
Amala, U. and Shivalingaswamy. T. M. 2018. Effect of intercrops and border crops on the diversity of parasitoids and predators in agroecosystem. Egyptian Journal of Biological Pest Control DOI 10.1186/s41938-017-0015-y
Amala, U.,Shivalingaswamy, T.M. and Kumar, V. 2017. An unusual nesting site by leaf cutter bee Megachile (Aethomegachile) laticeps Smith. Journal of Kansas Entomological Society 90(1): 77-81
U. Amala, D. S. Yadav and A. M. Bhosale. 2013. Studies on parasitoid complex of mealybug infesting grapes in Maharashtra, Journal of Applied Horticuture, 15(2): 117-119.
U. Amala and D. S. Yadav. 2013. Studies on life table parameters and predatory potential of Stethorus rani Kapur on red spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch, Biopesticides International, 9(2): 113-119
U. Amala and D.S. Yadav. 2014. Life table studies of pink mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus under laboratory conditions. Indian Journal of Plant Protection 42(3) : 280-282.
U. Amala, C. Chinniah, Indu S. Sawant, N. Muthukrishnan and C. Muthiah. 2014. Bio-efficacy and lethal reproductive effects of three entomopathogenic fungi against pink mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus Green infesting grapes, Green Farming 5(4) : 199-202.
U. Amala, C. Chinniah, Indu S. Sawant, N. Muthukrishnan and C. Muthiah. 2014. Survey for grapevine mealybug incidence and their natural enemies in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Biopesticides International 10(2): 169-175.
U. Amala, C. Chinniah, Indu S. Sawant, N. Muthukrishnan and C. Muthiah. 2015. Safety evaluation of Spirotetramat 150 OD against predator Chrysoperla zastrowi sillemi (Esben Peterson) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) under laboratory conditions. Journal of Biopesticides 8(1):52-55.
U. Amala, C. Chinniah, Indu S. Sawant, D. S. Yadav and Dinkar M. Phad. 2016. Comparative biology and fertility parameters of two spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch. on different grapevine varieties. Vitis 55 : 31-36.