Dr. RAVULAPALLI DURGA PRASAD
Principal Scientist, Plant Pathology
M.Sc(Ag), Ph.D (Plant Pathology)

Contact Address :
Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research,
Rajendranagar, Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh, India- 500030

Phone : 040-24598134
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  Projects Completed :

Institutional Funded Projects:

  • Biological control of soilborne and other plant pathogens using antagonistic fungi and development of biofungicides”- Principal Investigator.
  • Studies on biological control of soilborne and other plant pathogens using bacterial antagonists and development of bacterial biofungicides – Co-Principal Investigator
  • Biocontrol of insect pests using entamopathogenic fungi and developemnt of mycoinsecticides” – Co-Principal Investigator.
  • Biological suppression of plant parasitic nematodes exploiting antagonistic fungi and bacteria in specific cropping systems” Co-Principal Investigator.
  • Integrated Management of Diseases of Safflower – Principal Investigator.
  • Studies on variability in pathogens of sunflower, safflower and castor- Co-Principal Investigator.
  • Development of improved varieties and hybrids of safflower- Co-Principal Investigator.
  • Collection, characterization, maintenance, evaluation and utilization of safflower germplasm - Co-Principal Investigator.

Externally Funded Projects:
 

  • ICAR sponsored Network Project on Wilts of Crops-with special reference to cultural, morphological, pathogenic and molecular variability – Safflower (2003-2007) - Principal Investigator.
  • Cotton Technol. Mini Mission Project of Govt. of India on “Biological control of diseases of cotton (2002-2003) –Investigator.
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India project on “Mass Production of Quality Bioagents” (2000-2002) – Associate.
  • NATP – TOE Team of Excellence on HRD in Biological Control (1999-2002) - Resource person.
  • DBT sponsored National Repository of Natural Enemies of Crop Pests and Weeds (1997-2001) – Co-Principal Investigator.

On-going Projects :

Institutional Funded Projects:

  • Management of Diseases of Safflower - Principal Investigator
  • Management of diseases of Castor – Co-Principal Investigator
  • Collection, Characterization, Maintenance, Evaluation  and Utilization of Safflower germplasm – Co-Principal Investigator
  • Development of Improved Varieties and Hybrids in Safflower – Co-Principal Investigator
  • Identification of molecular markers for disease resistance in castor – Co-Principal Investigator
  • AICRP on safflower, Co Project investigator
  • AICRP on Castor, Co Project investigator

Externally Funded Projects:

  • NAIP sponsored Project “Effect of abiotic stresses on the natural enemies of crop pests: Trichogramma, Chrysoperla, Trichoderma and Pseudomonas and the mechanism of tolerance to these stresses - Principal Investigator.
  • ICAR Network Project “Phytophthora, Fusarium and Ralstonia Diseases of Horticultural and Field crops” - Principal Investigator.
  • ICAR Outreach Project on AMAAS “Development of formulations of bioagents suitable for management of foliar and soilborne diseases of sunflower, castor and safflower” - Principal Investigator.

 Trainings Undertaken (National & International)

  • General Management Programme for Scientists/Technologists for 10 days at ASCI, Hyderabad during 2011.
  • MDP Training Programme on “Leadership Development for  Innovations in Agriculture” for 5 days at IIM-Lucknow campus at NOIDA during 2010.
  • MDP workshop on “Prioritization, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) support to Consortia based Research in Agriculture” for 6 days at NAARM during 2008.

 Recent Publications

1)  Prasad, R. D. R. Rangeshwaran, S. V. Hegde and C. P. Anuroop. 2002. Effect of soil and seed application of Trichoderma harzianum on pigeonpea wilt caused by Fusarium udum under field conditions. Crop Protection 21: 293-297

2)  Prasad, R. D., Sharma, T. R., Jana, T. K., Prameela Devi, T., Singh, N. K. and Koundal, K. R. 2004. Molecular analysis of genetic variability in Fusarium species using microsatellite markers. Indian Phytopath.57: 272-279.

3)  Prasad, R. D. and K. Anjani. 2008. Exploiting a combination of host plant resistance and Trichoderma species for the management of safflower wilt caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. carthami  klisiewicz and Houston. J. Biol. Control, 22: 449-454.

4) Naik, M. K., Prasad, P. S., Prasad, R. D. and Navi, S. S. 2006. Variability in Rhizoctonia solani the fungus that causes sheath blight in rice. Phytopathology 96:S83

5) Rudresh, D. L., Shivaprakash, M. K.  and Prasad, R. D. 2005.Effect of     combined application of Rhizobium, phosphate solubilizing bacterium and     Trichoderma spp. on growth, nutrient uptake and yield of chickpea (Cicer arientinum L.)". Applied Soil Ecology, 28:139-146.

6) Rudresh, D. L., Shivaprakash, M. K.  and Prasad, R. D. 2005. Tricalcium phosphate solubilizing abilities of Trichoderma spp. in relation to P uptake and growth and yield parameters of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Can. J. Microbiol. 51: 217-222.

7)  Jana T., Sharma T.R.,Prasad R.D. and Arora D.K. 2003. Molecular characterization of Macrophominaphaseolina and Fusarium species by a single primer RAPD technique.Microbiological Research, 158: 249-257.

 Area of expertise : Plant Pathology, Fungal Pathology, Biological control

 Any other relevant information :

  • Accredited to guide Ph.D students in the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad,  University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.
  • Accredited to guide Ph.D students in College of Agriculture, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad.
  • Accredited to guide Ph.D students in Department of Genetics & Department of Microbiology, Osmania University, Hyderabad.
  • Accredited to guide Ph.D students in Department of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTUH), Hyderabad.
  • Accredited as Fellow in the Society of Plant Protection Sciences (2010), New Delhi
  • Reviewer for DBT Projects (2008-10) by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.
  • Awarded as “Meritorious Scientist Award” by Society of Plant Protection Sciences (2009), New Delhi.
  • Reviewer – Best Plant pathology researcher award (2010)  by Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad.
  • PMC member of SBIRI projects related to biological control of DBT by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India
  • Reviewer of research articles - J. Biological Control, J. Oilseeds Research, J. Mycology and Plant Pathology, Indian Phytopathology, Plant Disease Research, Indian J. Agricultural Sciences.
  • Assoc. Editor, Editorial Board Journal of Oilseeds Research (2003 and 2010-11).