Dr. B. Radhakrishnan
, started his career in the Entomology Division of UPASI Tea Research Institute in 1983. He served as Advisory Officer and Senior Advisory Officer in the Regional Centres in Wayanad and Munnar. He also served as Assistant Director (Advisory Services) in the Regional Centre, Coonoor. Currently he has been shifted to Tea Research Institute, Valparai as Director. He has Masters Degree in Entomology from University of Madras. He is the first Ph.D from UPASI Tea Research Foundation affiliated to the Bharathiar University. He has over 28 years of research and advisory experience in UPASI Tea Research Institute. He has published more than 100 research papers in National and International journals. He is a member of the editorial board of Indian Society for Plantation Crops. Specialised in Entomology, his areas of research are organic farming, sustainable agriculture and IPM. He has been instrumental in getting GI certification for Nilgiri Orthodox tea.
Mr. N. Palani
, M.Sc. joined the institute during 1983. Initially he worked in the area of soil and plant nutrition. He specialized in the area of laboratory management by undergoing several trainings in the field of quality system. At present he is holding the position of Asst. Director –QA. He is responsible for implementation of laboratory management system at Tea Research Institute as per the requirements of ISO 17025. He is also holding the position of Head, Quality Assurance Unit for ensuring the conduct of studies as per OECD Principles of GLP.
Dr. R. Raj Kumar
joined as a Technical Assistant in 1984. At present he is working as Senior Plant Physiologist. He is working on photosynthesis, partitioning of assimilates, plant growth regulators, stress physiology and plant tissue culture. He is also recipient of D.Sc. Degree from the Bharathiar University. He is recognized Ph.D. Guide of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore since 1997 and has produced seven doctoral candidates. He has published about 250 research papers of national and international repute. He is accredited with awards of international acceptance like First O-Cha (Tea) Pioneer Academic Research Grant Award. He was elected as Executive Councillor for ISPC for the year 2003-06. His current focusing research include on crop productivity, carbon sequestration in tea ecosystem and organic carbon enrichment with special reference to clean development mechanism. He was conferred with the Tamil Nadu Scientist Award (TANSA) for the year 2009 for his contributions in agricultural science.
Dr. R. Victor J Ilango
, Senior Botanist and Head of Botany division joined the Institute in 1989. His research area includes clonal selection, grafting, development of biclonal seed stocks, mechanization of cultivation practices, pruning and harvesting techniques and weed control. Currently he is involved in establishing a distinctiveness, uniformity and stability (DUS) test centre for tea at the TRI. He is a recognized guide for the M Phil and Ph.D., programmes in the field of Plant Genetics by Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.
Dr. V. A. Shanmugaselvan
, Sr. Residue Chemist joined the Institute in 2009. He has completed his Ph.D., during 2007 on “Studies on chemical parameters of tea in relation to quality”. His research area includes pesticide residues and heavy metal in tea. Presently, he is conducting residue studies on new generation molecules as per OECD principles of GLP to fix its safe harvest intervals and MRLs in tea. He is a recognized guide for the M Phil and Ph.D., programmes in the field of Plant Chemistry by Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.
Dr. K. N. Chandrashekara
joined UPASI TRF-TRI in 2012 as Senior Biotechnologist in the Division of Plant Physiology & Biotechnology. He obtained his Doctoral Degree in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Horticultural Research / Kuvempu University in the year 2008. His research specialization includes: Generation of transgenic crops resistance to diseases through direct DNA uptake and Agrobacterium mediated transformation, Species Specific markers and Bar-coding for insect pests, Development of diagnostic kits for plant pathogens detection through Single chain antibody fragments (scFv) and Nucleic acid probe/primers. He is a recognized guide for the Ph.D., programmes in the field of Plant Biotechnology by Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.
Mr. N. Manigandan joined the institute in the year 2006 as SRF. He worked in different projects like “Optimisation of processing parameters to maximize the quality of south Indian black teas” and “Studies on different irrigation systems and critical evaluation of secondary and micronutrient status in tea soils of south India.” He served as assistant advisory officer and analytical chemist in regional centre Coonoor. Currently he has been shifted to Tea Research Institute, Valparai as tea technologist from June 2013. His area of research includes process optimisation of black tea manufacture, quality evaluation of tea, studies on flavour profile of black teas, FSSAI requirements and tea byproducts.
Dr. K. K. Srikumar joined UPASI TRF-TRI Valparai in 2014 as Entomologist in the division of Entomology. He obtained his Doctoral Degree in Applied Zoology from Mangalore University, Mangalore in the year 2014. He has done research on biosystematics (molecular techniques), host range, biological aspects and natural enemies of Helopeltis spp. (Tea Mosquito Bug) infecting cashew plants. He has more than five years of research experience in entomology, through which he gained extensive exposure to field work, lab culture of insects and in studies of their biological and behavioural parameters. He has to his credit more than 25 research papers, both in international and national journals and published a book on spider diversity. His ongoing research is on chemical ecology pertaining to sex pheromones of Helopeltis theivora and kariomones of shot hole borer.
Mr. K.G. Udaya Bhanu
, M.Sc., Assistant Director, Advisory Services joined the Institute in 1982 in an ICAR sponsored project entitiled “Bio-ecology of shot hole borer”. He is in the advisory wing of the TRF for the past 28 years in different capacities. Currently, he heads Advisory Centre, Coonoor.
Mr. J. Durairaj
has joined the services of UPASI-KVK during January 1985 after his post graduation in Botany. He was involved in UPASI-Tea Board Small Tea Growers Developmental Programme and Quality Upgradation Programme for small tea sector during his tenure at UPASI-KVK. Currently, he is serving as Senior Advisory Officer, UPASI TRF Regional Centre, Munnar since August 2008 and coordinating the CFC-Tea Board project on “Organic Tea Cultivation”. He is a co-author of two books and a booklet on “Guidelines on Tea Culture in south India, Hand book on Tea Cultivation and Ready Reckoner on Tea”. His main area of interest is Economics of tea cultivation.
Mr. G. Venkateswaran
joined the Institute in the year 1986. At present he is serving as Senior Advisory Officer and Quality Manager at Regional Centre, Coonoor.
Mr. P. Sankaranarayan
joined in the institute in 1987 in an ICAR sponsored project on the “Bio-ecology of flushworm infesting tea”. He is in the extension service for the last 14 years. Currently he is working in the Regional Centre, Gudalur as an Advisory Officer.
Mr. M.A. Subair
, joined the institute during 1988 as Technical Assistant and he also served as a Advisory Officer in the Regional Centre, Meppadi, Wayanad. He had served ten years as Assistant Advisory Officer in the Regional Centre, Gudalur before he was promoted and transferred to Meppadi. He is currently working as Advisory Officer at Regional Centre, Koppa, Karnataka.
Mr. R. Kumaraguru
joined in UPASI TRF during 1988 and served as Chemist till 2011. Presently he is working as advisory officer, UPASI, Regional Centre Meppadi. He was involved in both research and analytical work. He was well versed in NABL accreditation programme of the chemical lab and standardized the procedures of BIS methods for quantification of agro chemicals. His area of interest is conducting experiment to evaluate various agricultural products, and to evaluate the productivity in tea besides its suitability for their application / adaptation.
Dr. S. Muthu Kumar
joined UPASI TRF-TRI Valparai in 2012 as Entomologist in the division of Entomology and he is transferred to UPASI Regional Centre, Vandiperiyar as a Entomologist . He obtained his Doctoral Degree in Zoology from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous
) Palayamkottai/Manonmaniam Sundaranar University Tirunelveli in the year 2011. His research specialization includes: Diversity studies of insect pests and predators, Development of mass rearing techniques for Lepidopteran, Hemipteran and Reduviid predators, Plant-prey-predator interaction, Isolation and evaluation of bioactive principles for insect pest management from botanicals, Characterization of insect venom and Cost benefit ratio analysis on basis of IPM, Non IPM components. He is a recognized guide for the Ph.D., programmes in the field of Entomology by Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.
UPASI – KVK
Mr. G. Ramamoorthy
currently working as Subject Matter Specialist in CTC manufacture / Tea Machineries. He joined as a Training Associate in Agricultural Engineering division at UPASI -KVK since 1983. He has specialized in soil and water conservation, tea manufacture, irrigation and plant protection equipments.
PAST DIRECTORS / CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICERS
Dr. P. Mohan Kumar
joined the TRF in May 2006 and before assuming the office of Director he served as Director (since June 2008), Joint Director and Additional Director of the institute. After his Post Graduate Degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding from Kerala University, he obtained Ph.D (Ag.) from Bose Institute, Kolkata University and specialized in Plant Biotechnology. He worked as a Scientist in Tropical Botanic Garden, Trivandrum for two years and then joined the R&D unit of M/s TATA Tea Limited in Munnar, Kerala where he worked for over 20 years both in their south and North Indian units. He served as a member of Board of studies for the Biotechnology Department in the Kerala University (1995-98) and in the Research Advisory Council of Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat, Assam (2004-06). Currently he is a member of board of studies in the Botany division of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and Biotechnology Division of KSR College, Thiruchencode. He is also a member of different committees of Tea Board. He has been conferred the fellow of the Indian Society of Plantation Crops for his outstanding research work in plantation crop. His field of interest is Agronomy, breeding and biotechnology of plantation crops. He has over 35 publications to his credit and co-guided two Ph.D students. He has been recognized by Bharathiar University, Coimbatore as a Research Guide leading to Doctoral Degree.
Dr. N. Muraleedharan
, served as Director of the institute from 1997-2008. He joined the institute in 1980 after six years of service as Scientist in the Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata. He obtained his Ph.D from the Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, affiliated to Madras University in 1976 under the able guidance of the world renowned Entomologist Prof. T. N. Ananthakrishnan. Before becoming the Adviser (2008 – 2011) of the institute, he has served the TRI in different capacities such as Director, Joint Director, Assistant Director, and Head of the Division of Entomology. His pioneering work on shot hole borer management is a landmark in plant protection in tea. His studies on IPM further contributed to the reduction of pesticide load in tea in south India. Many of his findings and recommendations are widely adopted by the tea industry. He has successfully guided eight students for Ph. D. He has more than 200 publications and a couple of books to his credit. His monograph on “Pest management in tea” is an important source of reference on pests of tea in South India. He is member of different committees of Tea Board, Coffee Research Advisory Council and Bureau of Indian Standards. He is a Fellow of the Indian society for Plantation crops.
Dr. A. Abdul Kareem
joined the Institute as Director in 1995 and worked for a brief period of one year. He left the services to take over the prestigious post of Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore in 1996.
Dr. V. S. Sharma
served as Director of the institute during 1991-1995. He joined the institute in 1972 as Head of Botany Division and was later promoted to Deputy Director and Joint Director. He had done extensive work on clonal selection, harvesting, bringing up of young tea, nursery grafting and weed control. He retired from the services of UPASI in 1995.
Dr. V. Agnihothurudu
served as Director of the institute from 1988 to 1991. His contributions to the understanding of tea diseases are well known. He had also worked as Mycologist at the Tocklai Experimental Station, Jorhat and as Technical Advisor to Rallis Agrochemicals Research Station, Bangalore. In 1991 he retired from the services of UPASI.
Dr. K. K. Krishnamoorthy
joined as Director of the institute in 1984, after serving as Agronomist, Soil Scientist and Dean of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. He left the services of the Institute in 1988.
Dr. C. S. Venkata Ram
a well renowned scientist and Director of UPASI Scientific Department joined the organization in 1958 as Plant Pathologist. He served in various capacities in the Department and he was Director of the Institute from 1974 to 1982. His most significant contribution is the development of control measures against blister blight, which was threatening the very existence of the tea industry in south India.
Dr. K. S. Venkataramani
joined the UPASI as a Botanist in 1948. He pioneered the work on tea clonal selection and vegetative propagation. His significant contribution to the tea industry is a set of outstanding tea clones combining high yields with quality, and resistant to drought and diseases. Many of these clones are extensively planted in south India. He was appointed as Chief Scientific Officer, later re-designated as Director of Research in 1965 and was principally responsible for the organization and development of the Research Station at Cinchona during its years of infancy.
Mr. S. Ananda Rau took over from Mr. Peter de Jong as the first Indian Chief Scientific Officer in 1957, to implement the expansion programme. As the first Entomologist in the Department from 1931, he saved the tea industry in south India from being completely swept out by the tea mosquito bug by introducing effective field control measures against this pest in the mid forties.
Mr. Peter J. de Jong joined as Chief Scientific Officer when the blister blight epidemic posed a serious threat to the tea industry. With great dynamism and farsightedness Mr. de Jong directed field trials for the economic control of the disease, also fostered laboratory investigation on copper fungicide formulations for comparative efficiency against the blister blight pathogen. His significant contribution was the publication on “Manuring of Tea in India compiling the essence of the departmental findings on potassium and other major elements in tea nutrition. Mr. de Jong did much ground work for the expansion of the Scientific Department.
Mr. W. W. Mayne served as Chief Scientific Officer of the Department during the Second World War. As a scientist of unusual percipience, with thoughts as clear as a mountain brook, his monumental work on coffee leaf rust races is a household word among plant pathologists.
Mr. J. D. Manning was appointed Chief Scientific Officer in 1938 and served the Association with distinction during his tenure, with a break of five years when he was on active service. With his prime interest in agronomy he roused consciousness among the planters on the need to conserve and rehabilitate soils. As an agriculturist, he was the first to initiate a number of long term field experiments on pruning, manuring and plant protection. He also published a number of helpful advisory circulars on various aspects of tea culture, clarified ambiguities and incorporated new working procedures.
Dr. W. S. Shaw was the first Tea Scientific Officer of UPASI. He did pioneering work on tea chemistry with particular stress on tea tannins and adulteration of tea; on the latter subject, he published two excellent papers. Much ahead of his time and with very modest resources, he produced instant tea on bench scale. His work on tea waste as a manure was also an important contribution falling in line with the overwhelmingly manifest preference for organic manures.
Past Senior Scientists
Dr. K.B.W. Jones joined as Asst. Chief Scientific Officer in 1927. He did pioneering work on withering, fermentation and other aspects of tea manufacture also involved in the studies on tea chemistry. He published a book “Tea Manufacture in South India.
Mr. M. K. Subba Rao joining as Mycologist in 1931, he carried out fundamental research on various disease causing fungi of tea and shade trees, based on which control measures were formulated. His investigations on the physiology of pruning and recovery form the basis for recommendations on pruning. He also initiated the studies on blister blight control and his publication on this subject, as well as on pink disease of tea, are important contributions.
Mr. V. Jayaraman joined as the first Soil Chemist of the Department, and made outstanding contributions to a better understanding of manuring and introduced balanced manuring in tea fields. He adduced conclusive proof that defoliation and decline of tea in South India are caused by potash starvation and this represents a classical work in tea research, quoted extensively in text books and literature throughout the world.
Dr. N. R. Ananthakrishnan was the Entomologist of the Department from 1959-1964. His work on red spider mite control is worth mentioning. He resigned from the services in 1964.
Mr. R. Padmanaban joined the UPASI Scientific Department as Research Assistant in the Botany Division in 1965. He was associated with Dr. K. S. Venkataramani in the clonal selection work. He was promoted as Advisory Officer in the year 1970 and was in charge of the Nilgiri Advisory Centre till August 1975. Subsequently he resigned and joined the services of Tea Research Association.
Dr. G. N. Rao
joined the Institute as Entomologist in 1964 and became Deputy Director in 1975. He had done extensive work in the field of plant parasitic nematodes and mite control in tea. He retired from the services of the Association in 1979.
Mr. P. Haridas
joined the Institute in 1969 as Assistant Botanist. His work on weed flora of tea is noteworthy. He was Advisory Officer, High Range when he resigned in 1984.
Dr. K. Raman
joined the Institute in 1980, as its first Plant Physiologist. He set up the Division of Plant Physiology and initiated work on tea tissue culture and other aspects of tea plant physiology. He left the services of UPASI in 1986.
Mr. G. Boriah
joined the Institute in 1975. He was Advisory Officer in Meppadi when he resigned in 1987. Currently, he is Director of Tea Development, Tea Board, Kolkata.
Dr. S. Natesan
was appointed as Research Assistant in Chemistry Division in 1977. He did pioneering work in plant nutrition along with Mr. Ranganathan and was responsible for bringing out manuring recommendations on tea. He left the Department in 1988 when he was Chemist.
Mr. V. Ranganathan
joined as Chemist during the year 1968 and served as in various capacities as Deputy Director and Joint Director in the institute. He had done extensive work in the field of soil and plant nutrition and published over 100 scientific papers in national and international journals. He was responsible for introducing the concept of “Expansion ratio manuring in south Indian tea. In 1989 he retired from services of the UPASI.
Dr. S. Ramasamy
the Tea Technologist joined the Institute in 1975. During his tenure a mini manufacturing unit was constructed and all the manufacturing aspects were studied. Split CTC process for quality improvement, UV-fermentation for microbial load free final product, optimization of withering and fermenting conditions, carbonated bottled tea beverage, solar energy for tea processing, and regulation of reconditioning process during tea manufacture were achieved. He was heading the Tea Technology Division when he resigned in 1989.
Mr. V. Govindarajulu joined the Department in 1970. He worked in various in almost all the Regional Centres. When he resigned in 1992 he was Senior Advisory Officer at Vandiperiyar.
Mr. S. Udayakumar joined in the advisory service in 1983. He played an important role in the initial establishment of UAPSI-KVK. He was Advisory Officer, Karnataka when he resigned in 1994.
Mr. P. Swaminathan
joined the UPASI in 1967. He worked in almost all the planting districts of south India. He played an important role in establishing Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in UPASI for the benefit of small tea growers and was the first Training Organizer of KVK. He has been primarily responsible for improving the yield of the small growers in the Nilgiris. In 1994, he retired from services as Deputy Director.
Mr. M. Surendra Mohan
joined the Institute in 1974. He worked in various capacities in almost all the planting districts. When he left from the services in 1995 he was the Senior Advisory Officer at the Regional centre Vandiperiyar.
Mr. V. Ramasamy joined the Institute in 1990 as Technologist after his M. Tech. in Anna University. His booklet on CTC manufacture was widely appreciated by Planters. He resigned from the Services in 1995.
Dr. L. Manival
joined the Institute in the year 1989 as HOD of Plant Physiology Division. Earlier, he served as Physiologist in the Tocklai Experimental Station, Jorhat, Assam. He did extensive work on the use of plant growth regulators in tea and photosynthesis. He retired from the services of TRI in 1996.
Dr. N. Satyanarana
joined the Institute in 1976 and served the TRI nearly 20 years. His research efforts there mainly focused on clonal seed stocks. He was heading the Botany division when he resigned in 1996.
Dr. B. Chandra Mouli
joined the Institute in 1974. He has contributed to the understanding and management of tea diseases especially in the introduction of triazole fungicides against blister blight. He was heading the Plant Pathology division when he resigned in 1996.
Mr. C. P. Devasahayam Joseph
joined the Department in 1968. He had served in almost all the Regional Centres. When he retired from services in 1997 he was Senior Advisory Officer in Coonoor.
Dr. S. Marimuthu
joined the Institute in 1990 as Research Associate. He was heading Plant Physiology Division when he resigned in 2000. He did extensive work on the role of enzymes in tea processing.
Dr. D. P. Verma
joined the Institute as Head of soil chemistry in 1990. Earlier, he served in the research projects of ICRISAT, Hyderabad, World Bank and UNDP-FAO in Yemen and Sudan. Along with Mr. Palani, he revised recommendations on “Manuring of tea in south India”. He resigned from services in 2001 when he was Deputy Director of the Institute.
Mr. J. B. Hudson
was the Assistant Director (Extension) at the Regional Centre, Coonoor, The Nilgiris. He joined the Department in 1976 and served in various capacities in the Regional Centres at Munnar and Coonoor. He has done extensive work on tea cultivation and published several articles. He left the TRF in 2005.
Dr. S. Ramu
had worked as a Senior Scientist, Head of Krishi Vigyan Kendra joined in 1984. He was involved in the transfer of technology to the small tea growers in the Nilgiris. The tea quality up gradation programme was the major contributuion of Dr. Ramu at the time of his resignation. He left from the services in 2005.
Dr. R. Selvasundaram
joined the Entomology department in 1984. He was involved in basic and applied aspects of tea pest management. He was heading Entomology division and worked on semiochemicals. He obtained his doctorate in 1990 under the guidance of Dr. N. Muraleedharan. He resigned from the services in 2006.
Dr. K. N. Manikandan
Residue Chemist joined the Institute in 1996. He has completed his Ph.D on pesticide residues in tea under the guidance of Dr. N. Muraleedharan. His research area includes pesticide residues and heavy metal in tea. He could able to fix safe harvest intervals and MRL’s for pesticides in tea. He was Dy. Quality Manager of the Institute and he resigned from the services in 2007.
Dr. Spurgeon Cox
joined the Institute in 1984 and worked as Advisory Officer of Nilgiri- Wayanad. His main interest is agronomy of tea. Earlier he worked in the Botany division of the TRI. He resigned from the services in 2007.
Dr. U. I. Baby
, Plant Pathologist, joined the Institute in 1992. His area of specialization is microbial plant pathology and worked on chemical and biological control of tea diseases, host-pathogen interaction, soil microbiology, microbiology of tea, aerobiology and biofertilizers. He resigned from the services in 2007.
Dr. S. Venkatesan
joined the Institute in 1996. He has completed his Ph.D on soil test –crop response studies. His work on nitrogen use efficiency by tea plants and usage of citric acid for P fertilization are noteworthy. His research area includes soil and plant enzymes, plant nutrition and geographic information system. He was heading the division as a Senior Soil Chemist when he resigned from the services 2007.
Mr. S. N. Prasad
joined the Institute in the year 1975. He was working as Advisory officer in the Regional Centre, Coonoor. Earlier he had worked at the TRI and the Regional Centre, Gudalur and superannuated in 2007.
Mr. R. Sashidar
joined the Institute in 1978. He has worked at Coonoor, Meppadi, Karnataka and Vandiperiyar. He was serving as Senior Advisory Officer at the Regional Centre, Munnar when he resigned from the Services in 2008.
Dr. R. S. Senthilkumar
joined the Institute in 1997. His area of research includes, process optimisation of black tea manufacture, quality evaluation of tea, exogenous addition of enzymes for quality improvement and studies on flavour profile of black teas. He obtained his Ph.D on “Impact of microbial enzymes on the quality of CTC black tea” from the Bharathiar University during 2007. He was heading the division as a Senior Tea Technologist when he resigned from the services in 2008.
Dr. S. Babu
joined the TRF in 2003 as Senior Plant Breeder. He obtained his Ph.D in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) Coimbatore. He was involved in experiments relating to tea breeding for varietal development. He resigned from the services in 2009.
Dr. V.K. Senthurpandian
joined the TRF in 2002. After obtaining his Ph.D. (Plant Chemistry) from UPASI Tea Research Foundation, Valparai (Affiliated to Bharathiar University), he joined the Institute in September 2007 as Senior Chemist and Head of Plant Chemistry Division. His main area of research is soil and plant nutrition. He resigned from the services in 2009.
Dr. A. K. Azad Mandal
joined the TRF in the year 2004 as Sr. Scientist in Plant Physiology Division. He is involved in improvement of tea through biotechnology. He left TRF in 2010.
Mr. S. Murugesan
, joined the Institute in 2001. His area of research includes, process optimisation of black tea manufacture, quality evaluation of tea, exogenous addition of enzymes for quality improvement and studies on flavour profile of black teas. He was heading the Tea Technology Division when he resigned in 2010.
Dr. A. Babu
worked as Senior Entomologist in TRF Valparai. He did his Ph.D under the guidance of Prof. Dr. T. N. Ananthakrishnan and a post doctoral research in the Institute of Plant Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland. He had conducted research on the bio- ecology and biological control of important tea pests at Vandiperiyar during 2002-2006. He was heading the Entomology Division when he left TRI in 2011.
Dr. A. Nishadh
joined the institute in 2008 as an Assisant Specialist in the Tea Technology Division. He was the Tea Technologist and officer incharge of the division. He also hold the position of Deputy to Quality Assurance Unit for ensuring the conduct of pesticide residue studies as per OECD Principles of GLP. He left TRI in 2012.
Dr. R. Premkumar
has got 32 years service in Tea research with particular reference to tea diseases and microbiology, screening of fungicides for their bio-efficacy and residues for commercial exploitation. He holded the position of Deputy Director and head of plant pathology division. He has evolved seven different fungicide schedules and one biological control schedule for the tea diseases control. And he has produced two computerized software; one on disease management and another one on blister blight disease forecasting. His team identified potential strains of Azospirillum
and phosphobacteria among the number of strains isolated from different tea districts of Southern India. His team developed a user friendly kit to quantify the microbial load in the tea machineries besides PGPRs (Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria) which can improve the soil health and promote growth of the tea plants. As a Principal Investigator, he has handled six major funded projects (funded by ministry of Commerce, Department of Biotechnology and NTRF). Recognized research guide (Bharathiar University and Calicut University) for students who pursue Ph.D degree. At present, he is guiding three students in Plant Pathology & Microbiology. Two of his students were already awarded Ph.D. degree. Attended a number of scientific conferences and seminars both National and International and presented papers. He has visited England, Scotland, United Arab Emirates and Switzerland. He is a life member and Fellow of Indian Phytopathological Society and life member and Fellow of Indian Society for Plantation Crops. He has got 24 international and 66 national publications in his credit. He has edited one book.
Dr. Siby Mathew
joined the institute in 1992. He served as a Senior Advisory officer at the Regional Centre, Vandiperiyar. Earlier he served in the Regional Centre, Meppadi. His area of research work deals with carbohydrate dynamics and organic carbon cycling with special reference to pruning and other agronomic practices in tea. He has been conferred with Ph. D. Award by the Bharathiyar University for his research on “Organic Carbon Cycling”.
joined the institute as Entomologist in 2007. He obtained his Ph.D from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. His area of specialization was insect pest control and insecticide toxicology. he involved in experiments and extension service relating to pest management in the regional centre, Vandiperiyar.