Dr. G. Sivakumar

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Phone Number
080-2351-1982, Ext.379
Fax
080-2341-1961
Professional Experience
22 years
Qualification
M.Sc., Ph.D (Plant Pathology)
Specilization
Biological Control of Plant pathogens, Insect symbionts and their role, Insect viruses
Training
Attended a training on “Molecular methods for Diagnosis of Plant pathogens” at Indian Institute of Horticultural Research , Bangalore from 16.9.2002 to 25.9.2002.
Attended a training on “Metagenomics- Methods and applications in microbiology” at National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Mau from 11.01.2011 to 20.01.2011.
Awards and Honours
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.
Fellow of Society for Biocontrol Advancement.
Awarded the “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.
Honoured with “Award of Excellence” by ICAR-NBAIR, Bengaluru for the excellent research contributions
Honoured with “SBA- Dr Sithanantham Award & quot; for Outstanding impact of Biological control Research and development” during 2017 by the society of Biocontrol Advancement. Bengaluru
Awarded “Societal Innovation Award -2015” by National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) ,DSIR, Govt. of India, New Delhi on 24 t March 2017 for the innovation entitled “Development and utilization of pesticide and abiotic stress tolerant natural enemies for crop pest management”.
Awarded the “ Outstanding Scientist Award” by the Society for Biotic and Environmental Research in the Biotic Science Congress 2019 held at Salem from 26-07-2019 to 27-07-2019
Awarded “Outstanding Contribution to Science Award-2019” by the Dr.B.Vasantharaj David Foundation in the National Conference on Trends in Higher Education, Taxonomy, Agriculture, Biotechnology and Toxicology on 17 Nov 2019 at Chennai.
Brief Achievements
Developed powder based formulation of Bacillus megaterium strain NBAII 63 for the management of bacterial wilt of tomato and brinjal.
DCo innovator in developing abiotic stress tolerant antagonistic microorganisms such as high DAPG producing Pseudomonas fluorescens, Carbendazim and Salinity tolerant Trichoderma harzianum.
Developed bacterial consortium for the management of capsule rot and rhizome rot diseases of cardamom
Characterized gut microflora associated with cotton leafhopper and established their role for host fitness and insecticide resistance in cotton leafhopper
Characterised the fungal symbiont Fusarium ambrosium associated with tea shot hole borer Euwallacea fornicatus and established the symbionts’s role on host nutrition, growth and survival.
Developed the bioformulation of Bacillus subtilis strain NBAIR BS1 for growth promotion in Tea and for the management of tea shot hole borer
Characterized 12 nucleopolyhedroviruses and two granuloviruses associated with economically important insects pests.
Characterized and evaluated the indigenous nucleopolyhedrovirus infecting fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda ( Spodoptera frugiperda nucleopolyhedrovirus (SpfrNPV NBAIR1).
Recognition
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
Best Poster presentation award for the papers entitled "Endosymbiotic bacteria, Bacillus pumilus and its role on fitness of Amrasca biguttula biguttula (Ishida) of cotton" and "Cloning and Expression of VIP3A gene for broad spectrum insecticidal activity at Bengaluru during the National Meeting on "New/Safer Molecules and Biocontrol Technologies for IPM in crops" on 23 Feb 2015.
Selected for Dr. Abdul Kalam Life Time Achievement National Award by the International Institute for Social and Economic Reforms (R), Dharwad, Karnataka
Research Guide at University of Mysore and Jain University, Bengaluru and P. G. Teacher at UAS, GKVK, Bengaluru
Awarded the “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
Awarded the " Award of Excellence" by National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru, on the foundation day of National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources celebrated on 21.09.2016.
Publications
Total Number of Publication = 40
Selected Publications
Sivakumar, G., Kannan, M., Ramesh Babu, S., Mohan, M., Sampath Kuma,r M., Raveendran, P., Venkatesan, T., Rangeshwaran, R., Chandish R. Ballal. and Ram Kumar, P.2020. Isolation and characterization of indigenous nucleopolyhedrovirus infecting fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in India, current science, 119(5): 860-864.
Sivakumar G, Kannan M, Babu V Ramesh, Mohan M, Kumari Surabhi, Rangeshwaran R, Venkatesan T and Ballal Chandish R. 2020.Characterization and field evaluation of tetrahedral and triangular nucleopolyhedrovirus of Spilosoma obliqua (SpobNPV) strain
NBAIR1 against jute hairy caterpillar, Egyptian Journal of Biological Pest Control, 30(1),1-7
Sanjay M.Bandi, G. Sivakumar and Kiran Gandhi.2019. Baculoviruses: A lethal pathogens of lepidopteran caterpillars, Journal of Biological Control. 33(4), 307-320.
Barkat Hussain, Sivakumar G, Kannan M, Abdul Rasheed War and Chandish R.Ballal. 2019. First record of a nucleopolyhedrovirus infecting brown-tail moth larvae, Euproctis chrysorrhoea(L.) (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) in India, Egyptian Journa of Biological Pest Control, 29:11 ,doi.org/10.1186/s41938-019-0117-9.
Velavan V, Sivakumar G, Rangeshwaran R, Sundararaj Rand R and Sasidharan T.O. 2017. Metarhizium majus and Metarhizium robertsiish ow enhanced activity against the coleopteran pests Holotrichia serrata andOryctes rhinoceros, Journal of Biological Control,
31(3): 135-145, 2017, DOI: 10.18311/jbc/2017/18078
Sivakumar G, RangeshwaranR, Yandigere M S, Rajkumar, Surabhi Kumari.2017.Root priming with Bacillus spp. against bacterial wilt disease of tomato caused by Ralstoniasolanacearum, Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 87(11):1453-9.
Sivakumar  G,  Rangeshwaran R, Yandigere M S,  Mohan M, Venkatesan T, Chandish R. Ballal,  Ramanujam B, Sanjay  Yalashetti, SurabhiKumari,  Abraham Verghese.2017. Characterization and role of gut bacterium Bacillus pumilus on nutrition and
defense of leafhopper Amrasca biguttulabiguttula(Ishida) of cotton in India,  Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences  87(4):534-539
Sivakumar G, Rangeswaran R and Sriram S.2011. Screening and identification of potential Bacillus spp. for the management of bacterial wilt of brinjal (egg plant). Journal of Biological Control, 25 (3) : 229-235
Rangeswaran R, Veenakumari K, Pritam Karmakar, Aswitha K, Sivakumar G, and Satendar Kumar. 2011.Characterization and evaluation of two indigenous Bacillus thuringiensis isolates aainst Helicoverpa armigera., Journal of Biological Control, 25 (4): 286-293
Sivakumar G, Josephrajkumar A and Dhanya M K.2012 Evaluation of Bacterial antagonists for the management of rhizome rot of cardamom ( Elettaria cardamomum Maton ) . Journal Spices and Aromatic Crops, 21(1) : 09–15
Sivakumar G, Josephrajkumar A and Rangeshwaran R. 2012. Bioefficacy of peat formulation of bacterial antagonists on growth promotion and disease suppression in cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum Maton)”, Journal of Biological Control, 26 (3): 255-259.
Sivakumar G and Rangeshwaran R. 2013. Evaluation of strain NBAII 63 against Bacterial Wilt of Brinjal Bacillus megaterium (Solanum melongena). J Mycol Plant Pathol, 43(1): 95-98.
Rangeshwaran R, Ashwitha K, Sivakumar G, Jalali, S.K. 2013. Analysis of Proteins Expressed by an Abiotic Stress Tolerant Pseudomonas putida (NBAII-RPF9) Isolate Under Saline and High Temperature Conditions, Curr Microbiol, DOI 10.1007/s00284-013-0416-4
Sivakumar G, Rangeshwaran R, and Makesh S. Yandigeri.2013. Induced defense response in brinjal plants by Bacillus megaterium NBAII 63 against bacterial wilt pathogen, Ralstonia solanacearum. Journal of Biological Control, 27 (3):217-220.
Arvind Kumar Yadav , Mahesh S. Yandigeri , Shachi Vardhan, Sivakumar G, Rangeshwaran R , C. P. M. Tripath.2013. Streptomyces sp. S160: a potential antagonist against chickpea charcoal root rot caused by Macrophomina phaseolina (Tassi) Goid Ann Microbiol, 64:1113–1122
Aswitha K, Rangeshwaran R, Vajid V.V, Sivakumar G, Jalali, S.K..2013. Characterization of abiotic stress tolerant Pseudomonas spp. occurring in Indian soils. Journal of Biological Control, 27 (4):319-328.
Sivakumar G, Rangeshwaran R and Yandiger .2013. Survival and Shelf life of Bacillus megaterium in Various Formulations. J Mycol Plant Pathol, Vol. 43, No.4, 2013
Ramanujam B, Rangeshwaran R, Sivakumar G,Mohan M, Mahesh S. Yandigeri. 2014. Management of Insect Pests by Microorganisms. >i>Proc Indian Nat Sci Acad . 80 ( 2). 455-471.
Sivakumar G, Rangeshwaran R, Sriram S and Raveendran P. 2014. Bacillus megaterium strain NBAII 63 a potential biocontrol agent for the management of bacterial wilt of tomato caused by Ralstonia solanacearum, Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences.84(10):1288-92.
Sivakumar G , Dhanya MK and Murugan M.2015. Induced defense response in small cardamom plants by Bacillus subtilis strain Bs against capsule rot pathogen, Phytophthora meadii. Journal of Spices and Aromatic Crops, 24 (1) : 12–17
Mahesh S.Yandigeri, Nityanand Malviya,Manoj Kumar Solanki, Pooja Shrivastava, G.Sivakumar.2015. Chitinolytic Streptomyces vinaceusdrappus S5MW2 isolated from Chilika lake, India enhances plant growth and biocontrol efficacy through chitin supplementation against Rhizoctonia solani. World Journal Microbiol Biotechnology, 31:1217–1225
G. Sivakumar, R. Rangeshwaran, M. S. Yandigeri, M Mohan, T. Venkatesan and Abraham Vergheses. 2016. Diversity of culturable Gut bacteria associated with the field populations of cotton leafhopper Amrasca biguttula biguttula (Ishida) in India, Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 86(2):208-215