Researcher: Prof. Duraisamy Saravanakumar

Project Description: Development of Biopesticides and Innovative Biomolecules for an Environment-friendly Plant Health Management

Project Status

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Project Publications:

Publications in Books/Journals:

Saravanakumar, D. and N. Badrie. 2016. Use of biotechnology in promoting novel food and agriculture important microorganisms. In: The Handbook of Microbial Bioresources, Editors, V.K. Gupta, G.D. Sharma, M G Tuohy & R. Gaur, CABI Publications, UK. P: 159-178.

Saravanakumar, D*., Thomas, A., Banwarie, N. 2018. Antagonistic potential of lipopeptide producing Bacillus amyloliquefaciens against major vegetable pathogens. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 154 (2), 319-335.

Saravanakumar, D*. 2018. Gene based approach for selection of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria for plant disease control. Tropical Agriculture, 95 (4). 375-385.

Thomas, A., Saravanakumar, D*. 2023. First report of Sclerotium rolfsii (Athelia rolfsii) causing basal rot in lettuce in Trinidad. Journal of Plant Pathology 105:611.

Thomas, A. and Saravanakumar, D*. 2019. Effect of host extract on growth and sporulation of Cercospora lactucae-sativae. Australasian Plant Disease Notes 14 (1), 19.

Conference presentations:

Saravanakumar, D. 2023. Microbes: A cause and cure for plant disease. Lead Paper Presented at the international seminar on “Revolutionizing health and harvest: Biotechnology advances in medicine and agriculture”, organized by the Department of Biotechnology, Periyar University, India held on 7th September 2023.

Saravanakumar, D., Thomas, A and Smith, J. 2021. Case based strategies for Sustainable Crop disease management in small island developing states. Lead paper presented at the International Conference on Global Perspectives in Crop Protection for Food Security (GPCP 2021) organized by Centre for Plant Protection Studies, TNAU, held on 8-10, December 2021.

Okoye, P. and Saravanakumar, D. 2021. ‘Differential Expression of proteins in Bacillus amyloliquefaciens primed hot pepper plants against Phytophthora capsici’ at the International conference on Industrial perspectives, challenges and strategies in the development of novel Bio-pesticides: Its implication in sustainable pest and disease management’ Jointly organized by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University India and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) from 11-12 March, 2021.

Thomas, A. Banwarie, N and D. Saravanakumar. 2018. Antagonistic potential of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens against major tropical vegetable pathogens. In: 9th International IPM Symposium held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland, USA during March 19-22, 2018.


Best Poster Award (2nd place) for presentation of the paper “ “Differential expression of proteins in Bacillus amyloliquefaciens primed hot pepper plants against Phytophthora capsici” at international Conference “Industrial perspective, challenges and strategies in the development of novel bio-pesticides: Its implication in 3 sustainable pest and disease management” held on March 11 & 12, 2021


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