Dr. K. Selvaraj

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Dr. K. Selvaraj
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Professional Experience
9 years
M.Sc., Ph.D (Agricultural Entomology)
Insect Ecology, Biological control, integrated pest management and assessment of impact of climate change on crop-pest interactions
Niche Area of Excellence on “Capacity Building in Taxonomy of Insects and Mites” at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.
Training on “Agro-ecosystem Analysis and Ecological Engineering for Pest Management” at National Institute of Plant Health Management, Hyderabad.
Training Course on “Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials and their Application in Agriculture” at ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai.
Regional training programme on “Integrated pest management for SAARC member states” at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute,Dhaka,Bangladesh.
International exposure on “Biological Control and invasive species management” at The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Brisbane, Australia
Brief Achievements
Identified and reported three invasive whiteflies i.e. rugose spiralling whitefly, Aleurodicus rugioperculatus Martin (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), palm infesting whitefly Aleurotrachelus atratus Hempel and woolly whitefly Aleurothrixus floccosus (Maskell) for the first time from India as well as Oriental region.
Developed the augmentation and conservation strategies for the potential parasitoid Encarsia guadeloupae for management of rugose spiralling whitefly.
Novel mass production technology for parasitoid, Encarsia guadeloupae for the suppression of rugose spiralling whitefly A. rugioperculatus for the first time in India.
Identified and field validated a potential entomopathogenic fungus Isaria fumosorosea (strain ICAR-NBAIR pfu-5) for the management of A. rugioperculatus in coconut and oil palm.
Identified and registered a unique jute germplasm (WCIN 179; KC/AK/DS-54) of wild jute (INGR18023) showing complete resistance to Spilosoma obliqua.
Developed and validated a simulation model for assessment of impacts of climate change on pink stem borer, Sesamia inferensin rice.
Awarded with “Best Young Scientist Award” for the year 2019 by Dr. B.V. David Foundation on 17th November at Chennai.
Awarded with “Best Young Disseminator Award (Eco-friendly pest management award)” in the 6th International conference on Bio-pesticides (BIOCICON 2019) held on 8th March, 2019 at Amity University, Raipur.
Awarded with “Best Young scientist award with certificate and cash prize” in the national conference on Entomology 2018 organized by Entomological society of India, Plant protection society of India held at PJTSAU, Hyderabad on12th December, 2018.
Awarded with “Certificate of Merit and Gold Medal” from District collector, Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu on 26th January, 2018 (69 Republic day function) for outstanding contribution in eco-friendly management of insect pests and diseases.
Associate Editor of “Indian Journal of Ecology” published by Indian Ecological Society, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004 since 2015
Total Number of Publication = 50
Selected Publications
Sundararaj, R, Selvaraj, K., Kalleshwaraswamy, C.M, Ranjith, M and Sumalatha, B V. (2020). First record of the invasive woolly whitefly Aleurothrixus floccosus (Maskell) from India. Indian Journal of Entomology, 82(1): 88-91, DOI No.: 10.5958/0974-8172.2020.00022.X.
Pradhan, S.K., Shylesha, A.N., Selvaraj, K* and Sumalatha, B V (2020). Efficacy of insecticides against invasive rugose spiralling whitefly Aleurodicus rugioperculatus Martin on banana. Indian Journal of Entomology, 82(2): 246-251.
Selvaraj, K., Sundararaj, R and Sumalatha, B. V (2019). Invasion of the palm infesting whitefly, Aleurotrachelus atratus Hempel (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in the Oriental region. Phytoparasitica, 47 (3): 327-332, DOI.org /10.1007/s12600-019-00742-1
Selvaraj, K., T. Venkatesan., Sumalatha, B. V and Kiran, C. M (2019). Invasive rugose spiraling whitefly Aleurodicus rugioperculatus Martin, a serious pest of oil palm Elaeis guineensis in India. Journal of Oil Palm Research, 31(4), 651-656, DOI:org/10.21894/ jopr.2019.0052.
Hayat, M., Gupta, A and Selvaraj, K. (2018). A new species of Ooencyrtus Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), parasitoid on pupae of Xenasteia sp. (Diptera: Xenasteiidae) from Karnataka, India. Zootaxa, 4521(2) 258-264.
Sundararaj, R. and Selvaraj, K*.(2017). Invasion of rugose spiraling whitefly, Aleurodicus rugioperculatus Martin (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae): a potential threat to coconut in India. Phytoparasitica, 45, 71–74, DOI: 10.1007/s12600-017-0567-0.
Selvaraj, K*., Ankita Gupta, Venkatesan, T., Jalali, S.K., Chandish R. Ballal & Sundararaj, R. (2017). First record of invasive rugose spiraling whitefly Aleurodicus rugioperculatus Martin (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) along with parasitoids in Karnataka. Journal of Biological Control, 31(2) 74-78.
Selvaraj, K*., Sundararaj, R.,Venkatesan, T., Ballal, C.R., Jalali, S.K., Ankita Gupta and Mrudula, H.K. (2016). Potential natural enemies of the invasive rugose spiraling whitefly, Aleurodicus rugioperculatus Martin in India. Journal of Biological Control, 31(2) 74-78.
Satpathy, S., Gotyal, B.S. and Selvaraj, K. (2016). First report of cotton mealybug, Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley on cultivated jute (Corchorus olitoris L.) in India. Entomologica Generalis, 36(1): 56-61. DOI: 10.1127/entomologia /2016/0297
Selvaraj, K., Gotyal, B.S., Satpathy, S. and Meena, P.N. (2015). Life table and population parameters of Bihar hairy caterpillar, Spilarctia obliqua Walker on jute. Indian Journal of Ecology, 42(1):31-34
Gotyal, B.S., Selvaraj, K., Meena, P.N. and Satpathy, S. (2015). Host plant resistance in cultivated jute and its wild relatives towards jute hairy caterpillar Spilosoma obliqua (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Florida Entomologist, 98(2): 721-727. DOI.org/10.1653/024.098.0248
Selvaraj, K., Ramesh Babu., V., Gotyal, B.S. and Satpathy, S. (2015). Toxicity and bio-efficacy of individual and combination of diversified insecticides against jute hairy caterpillar, Spilarctia obliqua Walker. Journal of Environmental Biology, 36 (6): 1409-1414
Selvaraj, K and Chander, S. (2014). Simulation of climate change impact on pink borer, Sesamia inferens population and crop-pest interactions in rice. Climate change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-015-1385-3.
Selvaraj, K., Chander, S and Prasanna Kumar, N.R. (2014). Determination of thermal constant and development threshold of pink borer, Sesamia inferens Walker. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences. DOI 10.1007/s40011-014-0348-1
Selvaraj, K and Chander, S. (2014). Simulation of climate change impact on pink borer, Sesamiainferens population and crop-pest interactions in rice. Climate change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-015-1385-3.
Gotyal, B.S., Satpathy, S., Selvaraj, K. and Ramesh Babu, V. (2013). Comparative biology of Bihar hairy caterpillar, Spilosoma obliqua on cultivated and wild jute species. Indian Journal of Plant Protection, 41 (3):219-221.
Selvaraj, K., Chander, S and Sujithra, M. (2012). Determination of multiple-species economic injury levels for rice insect pests. Crop Protection, 32: 150-160.
Selvaraj, K., Kaushik, H.D., Gulati, R and Sharma, S.S. (2012). Evaluation of Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vuillemin against Aphis craccivora (Koch) (Aphididae: Homoptera). Biopesticides International, 8 (2): 125-130.
Selvaraj, K., Kaushik, H.D., Gulati, R and Sharma, S.S. (2010). Bioefficacy of Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vuillemin against Hyadaphis coriandri (Das) on coriander and Aphis craccivora Koch on fenugreek. Journal of Biological Control, 24(2): 142-146
Sujithra, M., Chander, S. and Selvaraj, K. (2011). Simulation of rice brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens (Stal) damage for determining economic injury levels. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, 70: 338-345