Dr. U. Amala

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Dr. U. Amla
Phone Number
080-2351-1982
Fax
080-2341-1961
Professional Experience
9 years
Qualification
Ph. D (Agri. Entomology), M.Sc. (Agri. Entomology)
Specilization
Ecology and Conservation of Bee pollinators; Insects as feed
Training
Attended ten days ICAR sponsored short course on “Nanotechnological approaches for pest and disease management” at ICAR-NBAIR, Bengaluru from 15-24 November 2017.
Undergone hands on training on programme on “Taxonomic identification of bees and other pollinators” at Department of Entomology, UAS Bengaluru from 21-25 November 2016.
Attended 10 days ICAR sponsored short course on, “Detection and measurement of insecticide resistance including molecular aspects in Insects” at ICAR-NBAIR, Bengaluru from 2-11 September 2013.
Awards and Honours
Received Best Oral presentation award for the paper entitled “Influence of native bee, Amegilla violacea (Anthophorini: Apidae) on pollination and fruit set of brinjal, Solanum melongena” during International Conference on Plant Protection in Horticulture (ICPPH 2019) at ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru during 24-27 July 2019
Fellow of Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bengaluru, India.
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.
Recipient of Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) for Doctoral Degree from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) during 2011.
Recipient of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Masters’ Degree from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) during 2008-2010.
Brief Achievements
Established the concept of intra row cropping of niger during early fruit pruning period (Sep-Oct) in the vineyards to conserve native parasitoid, Anagyrus dactylopii for biological control of grapevine mealybug Maconellicoccus hirsutus.
Identified, characterized and studied the kairomonal property of mealybug honeydew volatiles to attract native parasitoid, Anagyrus dactylopii for biological control of grapevine mealybug
Undertaken bio-efficacy trials of newer molecules of insecticides against insects infesting grapevine to support Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) data for label claim of insecticides in the exportable grapes from Maharashtra.
Worked on in-situ conservation of native pollinators using trap nests, pollinator gardens to preserve the native biodiversity of pollinators in urban habitats
Studied the role of native bees in the pollination and fruit set of agricultural crops.
Studied the nesting ecology and behavior of native solitary ground nesting bees to utilize them for crop pollination.
Formulated and evaluated the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens as a protein supplement for use as freshwater aquaculture and poultry feed.
Recognition
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.
Publications
Total Number of Publication = 13
Selected Publications
Shivalingaswamy, T.M., Amala,U., Gupta, A. & Raghavendra, A. 2020. Non-Apis bee diversity in an experimental pollinator garden in Bengaluru – a Silicon Valley of India. Sociobiology 67(4): 593-598
Amala, U., Chaubey, B.K. & Shivalingaswamy, T.M. 2020. Amegilla violacea (Lepeletier, 1841) (Anthophorini: Apidae) – a native bee, an effective pollinator of eggplant (Solanum melongena). Journal of Apicultural Research https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2020.1862393
Amala, U., Shivalingaswamy, T.M. and Bakthavatsalam, N. 2020. Legume-based intercropping for the management of fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda L. in maize. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection.https://doi.org/10.1007/s41348-020-00401-2
Fand, B.B., Amala, U., Yadav, D.S., Shabeer, T.P. & Upadhyay, A. 2020. Bacterial volatiles form mealybug honeydew exhibit kairomonal activity towards solitary endoparasitoid, Anagyrus dactylopii. Journal of Pest Science 93: 195–206.
Amala, U., Shivalingaswamy, T.M., Veeresh Kumar & 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 58(5): 660-664.
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. & 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. & Shivalingaswamy. T. M. 2018. Trap-nest diameter preference of Megachile lanata (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). Journal of Entomological Science 53(1): 96-98
Amala, U. & 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. & Kumar, V. 2017. An unusual nesting site by leaf cutter bee Megachile (Aethomegachile) laticeps Smith. Journal of Kansas Entomological Society 90(1): 77-81
Amala, U., Chinniah, C., Sawant, I.S., Yadav, D.S. & Phad, D.M. 2016. Comparative biology and fertility parameters of two spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch. on different grapevine varieties. Vitis 55: 31-36.*
Amala, U. & Yadav, D.S. 2014. Life table studies of pink mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus under laboratory conditions. Indian Journal of Plant Protection 42(3): 280-282.
Amala, U. Chinniah, C. Sawant, I.S., Muthukrishnan, N. & Muthiah, C. 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.
Amala, U. Chinniah, C. Sawant, I.S., Muthukrishnan, N. & Muthiah, C. 2014. Survey for grapevine mealybug incidence and their natural enemies in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Biopesticides International 10(2): 169-175.
Amala, U., Yadav, D.S. & Bhosale, A.M. 2013. Studies on parasitoid complex of mealybug infesting grapes in Maharashtra, Journal of Applied Horticulture, 15(2): 117-119.*
Amala, U. & Yadav, D.S. 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*