Dr. Hrideek .T.K
Dr. Hrideek .T.K,
‘Karthika’- Thoduvayil, Maniyur (P.O), Kozhikode(Dt),
Kerala. 673 523 has joined KFRI as Scientist.
Ph 2690 255,
Mobile 94475 16781.
He has PhD in Botany on Genetics and Plant breeding from University of Calicut on “A study of variablility, performance and adaptability of some elite landraces and hybrids of small cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)”.
Served various research institutes such as Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute, Indian Cardamom Research Institute, M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation, etc. as a Research Associate and Scientist and engaged in the research of various crops like Pepper, Cardamom, Vanilla, Chilli, Turmeric, Ginger, Rice and Millets. Fields interest: Conventional Plant breeding, Tissue culture and plant biotechnology. Former member of editorial board in Sastrakeralam science magazine. Published several research publications in national and international peered journals. Edited books and published several popular articles. Represented various sports and games items at state level. Obtained award for best photography.
Induced drought tolerance by seedling grafting in S.274 and Cx R coffee by using drought tolerant root stock of tree coffee species and studied the compatibility and performance of S.274 and Cx R scions on tree coffee root stock
Studied the variability of landraces of small cardamom and capsicum chinense and screened so as to select the most promising ones for further breeding and field adoption. Developed hybrid populations including double cross hybrids of cardamom to identify the superior hybrids among them and studied the hybrid vigor (heterosis and heterobeltiosis). Involved in the germplasm collection, conservation and characterization of Cardamom, Chilli, Vanilla and Turmeric and quality and biochemical analysis of cardamom, vanilla and turmeric. Studied the phenology of vanilla bean. Made Interspecific hybrids of vanilla (V. planifolia and V. aphylla) and standardized the ideal time for pollination to get maximum fruit set, optimum number of fruits per bunch and vine for optimum yield.
Popularization of high yielding black pepper varieties in traditional and non traditional pepper growing areas in the country (Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andaman Islands and North eastern States). Utilization of biotechnology tools for initial bulking up of planting materials pepper varieties and conducted on farm evaluation of these black pepper plants vs rooted cuttings. Performance evaluation including adaptability and location specificity of tissue culture and rooted plants. Location specific variety selection of Pepper in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andaman and North Eastern states, capsicum chinense in Idukki and Wayanad district of Kerala, Vanilla in Idukki, Kozhikode and Wayanad district of Kerala and cardamom in Wayanad and Idukki region of KeralaInvolved in the participatory Plant Breeding including varietal selection of underutilized crops and empoweed the community by strengthening their identity, income opportunities and nutritional security. Also involved in the collection conservation, characterization and quality seed production of millets, rice and pulses in KBK districts of Orissa. Involved in the value addition of millets and spices for income generation. Formation of Self help groups and farmers clubs and imparted training for GAP. Involved in the quality seed/ planting material production by participatory approach. Initiated village gene seed bank concept in 6 villages in Koraput district of orissa
Dr P. Sujanapal
Dr P. Sujanapal has joined as Scientist in KFRI. He has his Ph D in Vascular flora of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. University of Calicut, Kerala, INDIA. The work was carried out in KFRI. He is from Kannur, Kerala,
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Worked as Fellow in Taxonomy at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai on rare and threatened species of Western Ghats for two and half years (collaborative program) and as DST-Young Scientist at M S Swaminathan Research Foundation for one and half years.
Dr Sujanapal started his research career as a Research Fellow in Kerala Forest Research Institute. He was awarded Doctoral Degree by the University of Calicut in 2006 for his doctoral work “ Vascular flora of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary” under the guidance of Dr N Sasidharan, KFRI. The study resulted in documenting 1,438 taxa of flowering plants including three new species viz: Medinilla anamalayaiana, Pteroceras monsooniae and Zingiber anamalayanum. He had also re-discovered Haplothismia exanulata, a monotypic saprophyte which was proclaimed as extinct. Another note worthy rediscovery was Syzygium palghatense, after a period of eighty years. About 110 red listed category species could also be recorded from Parambikulam. The study on the tree flora of Kerala has resulted in describing two new tree taxa viz: Humboldtia sanjappae and Stereospermum colais var. shenduruni. His participation in training programmes as a resource person and extramural activities in KFRI were commendable. Dr Sujanapal is now working as an young Scientist with a fellowship from MoEF, Govt. of India at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Kalpetta on taxonomy on the Syzigium and Eugenia of Western Ghats. He has published more than 20 research papers in reputed journals. He has successfully completed five research projects, majority of them involving biodiversty aspects. Has published two books, on ‘Plant Diversity of Karimbam Biodiversity Centre’ and Susthira Oushadha Sasyakrishi (Malayalam).
Dr. T.B. Suma
Dr. T.B. Suma, Trichur, Kerala has joined KFRI as Scientist.
Ph 2690 191,
Ph D in Biotechnology. Studies on genetic polymorphism in Santalum album from Cochin University of Science and Technology. This work was carried out in KFRI.
Field of Interests: Functional genomics, Molecular Population Genetics. Research Experiences: Molecular Biology/Genetic Engineering (molecular cloning, prokaryotic and eukaryotic transformation including Agrobacterium mediated plant transformation and recombinant protein expression) and Molecular Population Genetics. Did post doctoral associate ship in KFRI for one year after Ph D on genetic diversity of teak using AFLP markers . Received Post doctoral Fellow award, Depart ment of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and consequently joined Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and conducted work in Nuclear DNA microsatellite development, characterisation and sequence analysis in genetically isolated Ficus populations of India for three years. Worked as Senior Scientist at SCMS Institute for Bio Science and BioTechnology, Cochin for two years. Several publications at national and international levels. Contributed chapters in books.
Dr. G. E. MALLIKARJUNA SWAMY
Dr. Mallikarjuna Swamy joined as Scientist in KFRI in the Dept. of Forest Pathology. He belongs to Chitradurd\ga District of Karnataka State. He can be contacted on 0487 2690 315, 08191 287626, Mob. 09448727803, 09446063593. email: email@example.com He has done his Ph D in Applied botany on “Studies on fungal diseases of medicinally important tree species in Bhadra Wild Life Sanctuary, Karnataka (India)” from Kuvempu University in 2008.
He has successfully completed project work entitled “Studies on effect of sugar industrial effluent on germination, growth and biochemical changes in Oryza sativa” during final year M.Sc. He has guided a project ‘Studies on foliar diseases of some important forest trees in Kuvempu University campus’.
Dr. A. V. Raghu
Ph D in Botany, Genetics and Plant Breeding on Variability, conservation, and propagation of dashamoola group of medicinal plants from Calicut University. He belongs to Palakkad District of Kerala. Contact: mob: 9847903430, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience of work: Seven years of Experience as Scientist at Centre for Medicinal Plants Research (CMPR), Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS), Kottakkal, Kerala.
Field of Interest: Extension and Training, Medicinal Plants, Crop Improvement, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Tissue Culture, Plant Metabolomics. Award for the best paper presentation of young scientists at the International symposium ôRecent Advances in Plant Biotechnology" which was held onJune 10-16, 2007 in Stara Lesna, Slovak Republic. Editorial Board Member and Reviewer of the journals ptublished by Academic Journals Inc., USA and ANSI Journals, Pakistan. Recognized Research Guide of Kannur University in Botany. Published several research publications in reputed National and International Journals. Extra-curricular activities: State and University level winner in chess. Published several popular science articles in reputed Malayalam Periodicals aimed at popularizing the science and its social needs Talks were given in different aspects of science at All India Radio Thrissur and Kozhikode stations.