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Thangavelu Scientific
Dr.R.Thangavelu [Principal Scientist]
Qualification Ph.D, PDF (Aus), MBA
Specialization / Discipline Plant Pathology- Biological control, Diagnostics and Mode of action
Department Plant Pathology
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Salient Research Achievements
(in bullets)
  • Developed management practices for Fusarium wilt disease.
  • Identified effective endophytic and rhizospheric fungal and bacterial bioagents and botanicals for the eco-friendly management of Fusarium wilt disease.
  • Developed molecular markers for the diagnosis and detection of Fusarium wilt and eumusae leaf spot pathogen/diseases.
  • Developed management of eumusae leaf spot disease of banana.
  • Identified and characterized Foc pathogen infecting Cavendish banana in India as race-1 (VCG 0124).
  • Identified Corm rot disease (caused by Sclerotium rolfsii) as a new disease in banana.
  • Identified the presence of 9 strains of Foc and 11 strains of Mycosphaerella eumusae in India by molecular characterization and VCG analysis.
  • Identified effective botanicals and bioagents for the management of anthracnose and crown rot diseases of banana.
Current Research
  • Investigation on Fungal and bacterial diseases of banana and their management (PI)
  • Improvement of cv. Grande Naine (Cavendish - AAA) for Fusarium wilt resistance through non-conventional breeding (Co-PI)
  • Development of trait specific markers for fusarium wilt resistance through association mapping studies in banana (Musa spp.) (Co-PI)
  • Investigations on Musa nematode’s biology, behaviour, diversity and their interactions (Co-PI)
Current Research
  • Twinning programme on Molecular characterization of fusarium oxysporum cubense causing fusairum wilt on banana and its sustainable management(PI)
Area of Interest Marker identification, molecular characterization, biological control, identification of defense genes for Fusarium wilt and eumusae leaf spot disease of banana, identification of principle compound from the botanicals and bioagents etc.
Total Research Publications 35
Best five Publications
  • Thangavelu, R., G. Sangeetha and Mustaffa. M. M. 2007. Cross-infection potential of crown rot pathogen (Lasiodiplodia theobromae) isolates and their management using potential native bioagents in banana. Australasian Plant Pathology, 36, 595–605.
  • Thangavelu, R and Jayanthi, A. 2009. RFLP analysis of rDNA-ITS of native non–pathogenic Fusarium oxysporum isolates and their field evaluation for the suppression of Fusarium wilt disease of banana. Australasian Plant Pathology, 38, 13-21
  • Thangavelu, R. and Mustaffa, M.M. 2010. First Report on the Occurrence of a Virulent Strain of Fusarium Wilt Pathogen (Race-1) Infecting Cavendish (AAA) Group of Bananas in India. Plant Disease. 94, 1379.
  • Thangavelu R., Muthukumar, K., Ganga Devi, P. Mustaffa, M.M. 2011. Genetic Diversity of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense isolates (Foc) of India by inter simple sequence repeats (ISSR)analysis. Molecular Biotechnology DOI 101007/s12033-011-9457-8.
  • Thangavelu, R. Ganga Devi, P. Gopi, M. Mustaffa, M.M. (2013). Management of Eumusae leaf spot disease of banana caused by Mycosphaerella eumusae with Zimmu (Allium sativum _ Allium cepa) leaf extract. Crop Protection 46: 100-105.
  • Member Fusarium wilt and Sigatoka leaf spot diseases of Banana
  • National Junior fellowship
  • Jawaharlal Nehru award
  • Chief Minister Best book writer award
  • Biotechnology Overseas Associateship
  • AIPUB fellow award

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