Dr. T. Venkatesan

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Dr. T. Venkatesan
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Professional Experience
22 years
M. Sc (Ag. Entomology)., Ph.D (Ag. Entomology)
Presently working on Molecular characterization and DNA barcoding of insects; Insecticide resistance
In vitro rearing of Natural Enemies at United States Department of Agriculture, Gainesville, Florida, USA during December 2004
Allele Mining in insects at West Virginia State University, USA March 21 to June 20, 2011
Participated at 6th International Barcode of Life Conference, at University of Guelph, Canada during 17th to 22nd August 2015
Awards and Honours
National Societal Innovation Award (NRDC)" (3.0 lakhs) (2017) by National Research Development Council (NRDC), Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology.
Prof. T.N. Ananthakrishnan Award (2017) (Cash Award : Rs.5000) for the outstanding contribution to Biological Control of pests: Prof. T.N. Ananthakrishnan Foundation, Chennai, India
DR. S. Sithanantham Biennial Award for Excellence in Biological Control Research with special emphasis on Horticulture (2019): Association for Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems (AAPMHE), Bangalore
Outstanding contribution to Science Award—2019: Dr. B. Vasantharaj David Foundation, Chennai
SBA- Dr. T.M. Manjunath Award (2017): For the Outsatnding contribution to Biological Control of Crop Pests. By Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bangalore, India.
Research Excellence Award (2019): Society for Biotic and Environmental Research (SBER), Tripura
SBA-Dr. B.S. Bhumannavar Team Research Award (2014) (cash Award: Rs. 6000) by Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bangalore (SBA), India.
Award of Excellence (2015) (Rs. 2000/- Cash Award): ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bangalore, India
Certificate of Merit, appreciation & Gold Medal (2018): State Award from District Collector, Krishnagiri Dist., Tamilnadu State Government, India
Fellow of Royal Entomological Society (FRES) (2018): Royal Entomological Society, London
Team Award (2014): Society for Biocontrol Advancement (SBA), Bangalore, India
Fellow of Society for Biocontrol Advancement (2006) by Society for Biocontrol Advancement (SBA), Bangalore
Fellow of Association for Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems (2012) by Association for Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bangalore, India.
Secretary (2010-15): Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bangalore, India
Vice President (2015-16): Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bangalore, India
Vice President (2019 August onwards): Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bangalore, India
Brief Achievements
Molecular characterization and generated DNA barcode for several insects done and deposited in NCBI, USA and Barcode of Life Database (BOLD), Canada
Developed functional Microsatelite markers for studying allelic variations among different populations of Helicoverpa armigera
Studied the insecticide resistance in Diamondback moth and role of endosymbionts in pesticide degradation
Confirmed the occurrence of Chrysoperla zastrowi Sillemi Henry et al., in India
Genetic stocks of various populations of C. z. sillemi present in India were collected and occurrence of insecticide resistance in field populations were reported for the first time
Developed pesticide tolerant Chrysoperla zastrowi silliemi
Developed artificial diets for chrysopid predators and filed a patent for the same.
Standardized largescale production, field release of Goniozus nephantidis against coconut blackheaded caterpillar
Received Prof. T.N. Ananthakrishnan Award for the outstanding contribution to Biological Control
Travel Grant Award DST-2015, Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. Of India
Travel Grant Award DBT-2015, Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. Of India
Recipient of SBA-Dr. B.S. Bhumannavar Team Research Award For the Best Innovative Biocontrol Research SBA on 29th October 2014. (Dr. S.K. Jalali., Dr. T.Venkatesan., Dr. R. Rangeshwaran., Dr. K. Srinivasamurthy, Dr. J. Poorani., Dr. Sivakumar., Dr. S. Sriram and Dr. Abraham Verghese).
Received "Award of Excellence" for Scientific category, on 24th September 2015 during Foundation Day, ICAR-NBAIR
Recipient of Professor T.N. Ananthakrishnan Foundation Award for the Outstanding contribution towards Molecular studies of insects and Biological Control of Crop pests for the Biennium 2014-15
Best Oral Presentation Awarded in 13th Workshop of the IOBC Global Working Group on Mass Rearing and Quality Assurance, Mövenpick Hotel & Spa, Bangalore, India November 6-8, 2013
Best Oral Presentation Awarded in IVth National Symposium in Plant Protection in Horticultural Crops; Emerging Challenges and Sustainable Pest Management IIHR, Bangalore during 25th to 28th April 2012
Best Poster Awarded In 2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Hyderabad during 03-05 November 2014
Vice President, Society for Biocontrol Advancement (Journal of Biological Control), Bangalore
Fellow of Society for Biocontrol Advancement (SBA), Bangalore (2008)
Fellow of AAPMHE, (Association for Advancement in Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems), 2012
Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Environmental Biology, Lucknow
Recognized as Member of PG board of studies at Agril. Entomology at PAJANCOA, Puducherry 2015
Recognized as Guide for Ph.D at Department of Biotechnology, Jain University, Bangalore
Recognized as Guide for Ph.D at Department of Biotechnology and Department of Zoology, University of Mysore, Mysore
Recognized as Guide for Ph.D at Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Bengaluru registered with Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun
Recognized as External Examiner for Ph.D at Delhi University, Delhi; TamilNadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore; Manipal University, Karnataka
Recognized as External Examiner for Ph.D at Kuvempu University, Karnataka
Recognized as External Expert for Institute Research Committee, ICAR-Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research, Anand, Gujarat
Recognized as External Examiner at Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Recognized as Expert for screening projects of Dept. of Science & Technology, New Delhi
Recognized as Advisory committee member at Department of entomology UAS Bangalore
Recognized as Advisory Committee member of Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Science, University, Hebbal, Bangalore. During 2012
Life member, Society for Biocontrol Advancement in India, Bangalore, India
Member, Asian & Pacific Coconut Community, Jakarta, Indonesia
Life member, Association for the Advancement of Pest Management of in Horticultural Ecosystems, Bangalore, India
Foundation member, The Asian Agri-History Foundation Secunderabad, India
Total Number of Publication = 132
Selected Publications
Venkatesan, T., Ravi P. More., Reeta, B., Jalali, S.K., Lalitha, Y. and Chandish, R.B. 2016. Differentiation of some indigenous and exotic trichogramatids (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) from India based on internal transcribed spacer-2 and cytochrome oxidase-I markers and their phylogenetic relationship. Biological Control, 101: 130-137.
Venkatesan, T., Sridhar, V., Yan Tomason., Jalali, S.K., Behera, G., Shanthi, R.M., Ravinder Kumar, Padma., N., Gopinath, V. and Umesh Reddy. 2015. Use of expressed sequence tag microsatellite markers for population genetic research of Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) from India. Canadian Entomologist, 1–13. doi:10.4039/tce.2015.47.
Venkatesan, T., Reetha, B., Jalali, S.k., Lalitha, Y., Ballal, C.R., Ravi P. More and Abraham Verghese. 2015. Molecular identification of egg parasitoid Trichogramma species of India using COI and ITS-II regions and their phylogenetic relationships. Genome, 58 (5)-291-292. 10.1139gen-2015-0087.
Ankita Gupta, Venkatesan, T and Ravi P. More,. 2016. Morphological and molecular characterization of reared parasitoid wasps of the genus Glyptapanteles associated with Lepidoptera in India. Plos one, DOI: 10.1371/ journal. Plos One.0150765
Prathibha, M., Venkatesan, T. and Jalali, S.K. 2016. Resistance in Meconellicoccus hirsutus (Green) in India to selected insecticides and quantification of enzymes imparting resistance. Crop Protection, 89: 116-122.
Sridhar, V., Venkatesan, T., Sunil J., Jalali, S.K., Lakshmana Reddy, D.C., Padma, N., Yan T., Gopinath and Umesh, K.R. 2016. In silico mining of microsatellites and analysis of genetic diversity among inter and intra-generic aphids of sub-family, Aphidinae". Entomologia Experimentalis at Applicata. DOI. 10.1111/eea.12460.
Ramya,S.L.,Venkatesan, T., Srinivasamurthy, K., Jalali, S.K. and Abraham Verghese. 2016. Degradation of acephate by Enterobacter asburiae, Bacillus cereus and Pantoea agglomerans isolated from diamondback moth Plutella xylostella. Journal of Environmental Biology, 37: 611-618.
Ramya, S.L.,Venkatesan, T., Srinivasamurthy, K., Jalali, S.K. 2016. Detection of carboxylesterase and esterase activity in culturable gut bacterial flora isolated from diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella from India and its possible role in indoxacarb degradation. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology. doi:10.1016/j.bjm.2016.01.012
Ramya, S.L., Venkatesan, T., Srinivasamurthy, K., Jalali, S.K. and Abraham Verghese. 2015. Field-evolved insecticide resistance and biochemical validation of enzyme activities in diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella. Indian Journal of Plant Protection. 44: 9-15.
Shashank, P.R., Ojha, R., Venkatesan, T., Jalali, S.K. and Bhanu, K.R. M. 2015. Molecular characterization of brinjal shoot and fruit borer, Leucinodes orbonalis (Guenée) based on mitochondrial marker cytochrome oxidase I and their phylogenetic relationship. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, 52: pp. 51-55
Hemalatha B. N., Venkatesan T., Jalali S.K and Reetha B. 2014. Distribution and characterization of microbial communities in Chrysoperla zastrowi sillemi, an important predator of Sap sucking pests. African journal of Microbiology Research, 8(14):1492-1500.
Venkatesan, T., Sridhar, V. Yan, T., Padma, N., Gopinath, V., Rishi, R., Jalali, S.K., Krishnakumar, N.K. and Umesh, K. R. 2011. Genetic differentiation and gene flow among the Helicoverpa armigera collections from chilli pepper, pigeon pea, tomato and cotton. Plant and Animal Genome XX conference to be held at San Diego, California, USA from January 14-18, 2012.
Sridhar, V., Venkatesan, T., Yan, T., Padma, N., Gopinath, V., Rishi, R.,Jalali, S.K., Joshi, S., Krishnakumar, N.K. And Umesh, K. R. 2011. Allele mining from gene specific microsatellites among diverse aphid species collections. Plant and Animal Genome XX conference to be held at San Diego, California, USA from January 14-18, 2012.
Venkatesan, T., Nesil L. Jalali, S.K., Shylesha A.N. Poorani, J. and Rabindra R.J. 2011. Characterization and identification of Acerophagus papayae Noyes and Schauff, an important parasitoids of invasive papaya mealybug , Paracoccus marginiatus Williams and Granara de Willink through DNA barcode, Journal of Biological Control, 25:11-13
Henry, C. S. Brooks, S.J. Johnson J. B. Venkatesan, T. and Duelli, P. 2010. the most important lacewing species in Indian agricultural crops, Chrysoperla sillemi (Esben-Petersen), is a subspecies of Chrysoperla zastrowi (Esben Petersen) (Neuroptera:Chrysopidae). Journal of Natural History., 44:2543-2555.
Venkatesan, T., Jalali, S.K., Murthy, K.S. and Rabindra, R.J. and Lalitha, Y. 2009. Occurrence of insecticide resistance in field populations of Chrysoperla zastrowi arabica Henry et al. (Neuroptera:Chrysopidae) in India. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 79(11):910-912.
Ashok Kumar, G., Jalali, S.K., Venkatesan, T.Stouthamer, R., Nitranjana, P. and Lalitha, y. 2009. Internal Transcribed spacer-2 Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (ITS-2-RFLP) tools to differentiate some exotic and Indigenous trichogrammatid egg parasitoids in India. Biological Control, 49:207-213.
Venkatesan, T*., Prashanth Mohanraj., Jalali, S.K., Murthy, K.S., Rabindra, R.J. and Lakshmi, B.L. 2008. A semi-synthetic diet for the rearing of Dipha aphidivora, an important predator of sugarcane woolly aphid. Biocontrol Science and Technology, 18 (3)- 319-323.
Ferkovich, S.M., Venkatesan, T., Shapiro, J.P. and Carpenter, J.E. 2007. Presentation of artificial diet: effect of size of diet capsules on egg production of Orius incidiosus(Say) (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae). Florida Entomologist, 90(3):502-508
Selvapandiyan, A., Arora, N., Rajagopal., Jalali, S.K., Venkatesan, T., Singh, S.P., and Raj K. Bhatnagar. 2001. Toxicity analysis of N-and C-terminal deleted vegetative insecticide protein from Bacillus thuringiensis. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 67 (12): 5855-5858.
Technology Developed and Commercialized

Developed Pesticide Tolerant strain of Chrysoperla zastrowi sillemi (PTS-8), an important predator of sucking pests and was transferred private industries (on non-exclusive basis) during October 2010; November 2013.