Dr.Ms. Y. Lalitha

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Dr.Ms. Y. Lalitha
Phone Number
+91 9449-067-491
Professional Experience
30 years
PhD (Zoology)
1. Survey, Collection, Mass rearing of lepidoteran pests and screening through bioassays
2. Collection, rearing, development of genetically improved strains, field releases, evaluation of natural enemies
3. Extension activities of promoting the biological control methods through training farmers, students, researchers and skilled persons
Attended 3 weeks International training programme on “Theory & Technology of plant protection for sustainable agriculture in 21 st Century” at Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang, China,during 2004.
Attended 2 weeks Training Programme on “Eri silkworm rearing” at Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute, Mysore, Karnataka, during 2006.
Attended 4 weeks training programme “Molecular Biology Techniques” at National Research Centre for Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi, during 2008.
Attended 1 week training programme on “Technical & Administrative support for consortia based research in agriculture” at National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, Telangana during 2010.
Attended 1 week training programme on “Science & Technology for Rural Societies (for Women Scientists and Technologists)” at Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, during 2015.
Attended 1 week NIAS – DST training programme for Women Scientists / Technologists on “Science for Progress in India: Focus on Sustainability” at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru during 2016
Awards and Honours
Best Service Award in 2001 awarded by Director, NBAIR (erstwhile PDBC & NBAII), Bangalore
Best Participant in 2004 awarded by Dean, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang, China
Received Award of Excellence for Technical Category in 2016 from Director, ICAR – NBAIR, Bangalore
Brief Achievements
Promoting Bio Intensive Pest Management modules to farmers through imparting hands on training in rearing, releases and explaining the benefits of BIPM modules among organic growers, farmers, young students, researchers and entrepreneurs during in-house visits and
regular field visits to different adopted villages
Resource person - recognised by Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka & ICAR – NBAIR, Bangalore (2013 -14): Technology for large scale production of biological control agents for the management of pests of horticultural crops(Folder published in Kannada language). Resources persons: Dr. Chandish R. Ballal, Dr. S. K. Jalali, Dr. A. N. Shylesha, Dr. Sunil Joshi, Dr. T. Venkatesan, Mrs. Shashikala S. Kadam, Dr. Y. Lalitha, Mr. K. B. Dhundi, Mr. K. R. Gurumurthy, Mrs. Nirmala, P. K. & Mrs. Smita, N. K. 27 pages.
Membership in Societies:
 Life member in Society for Biocontrol Advancement;
 Life member in Plant Protection Association of India
 Annual member of IOBC
Popular programme
 Doordarshan recording - Krishi Darshan programme on “Production of Trichogramma chilonis using the eggs of Eri silkworm” recorded on 1 st January, 2013 and aired on 15 th January, 2013.
 Doordarshan recording – Programme on "Management of Crop pests and diseases by adopting Biological Control Agents" recorded on 28/1/2017 in village P. Rampura, Kanakapura Taluk and aired on 31/1/2017.
 Doordarshan recording - Programme on “Demonstration – cum - hands on training programme on farm level production of Trichoderma harzianum for farm women” recorded and aired on 19/10/2017.
Assisting in training programmes for Differentially Abled Persons
 Differently Abled farmer’s daughter was trained in rearing the Eri silkworm, production of Trichogramma chilonis and releasing in their sugarcane field
 Trained in making book marks for international conference, Welcome boards etc. - value added bi-products using Eri cocoons
 Training and supporting in designing and making different art pieces
 Training mentally challenged boy, son of colleague in production of biological control agents
 Creating awareness and training the wards of Ashankura – Sheltered workshop for differently-abled persons in production of biological control agents
Awarded International Travel Support to attend the 12 th IOBC – AMRQC workshop held at IAEA, Vienna, Austria from 18 th to 22 nd October, 2010, Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi
Selected for Oral Presentation of Research paper in 12 th IOBC – AMRQC Global Workers Group meeting selected by Convenors of 12th workshop, IOBC – AMRQC in2010
Joint Secretary of the 13 th IOBC – MRQA Global Workers Group meeting in2013 by Co-Convenor, of 13th IOBC – MRQA Workshop in2011.
Best Poster Award for poster presentation in National Symposium “Harnessing the Biodiversity for Biological control of crop pests”in 2011 by President, Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bangalore
Received certificate of merit for the Best oral presentation award for oral presentation in International 13th Workshop of the IOBC Global Working Group on Mass Rearing and Quality Assurance (IOBC – MRQA) held at Movenpick Hotel, Bangalore, Karnataka India, from 6th to 8th November, 2013 on Emerging Opportunities for the Mass Production & Quality Assurance of Invertebrates
Received Certificate of Fellowship recognizing as the Fellow of the Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bengaluru, India on 29th October, 2014
Selected for oral presentation in International Conference on Innovative Insect Management Approaches for Sustainable Agro Eco-System (IIMASAE) held at Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India during 27th to 30th January, 2015
Received Best Poster Award in the “National Conference on National Priorities in Plant Health Management” organized by Plant Protection Association of India in association with Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University at S V Agricultural College, Tirupati, during 4th to 5th February, 2016
Received International Travel Stipend with waiving of Registration Fee by Entomological Society of America, Maryland to attend XXV International Congress of Entomology held at Orlando, Florida, USA from 25th to 30th September, 2016
Received Best Poster Award in the 5 th NCBC on “Biological Control: Integrating Recent Advances in Pest & Disease Management” organized by Society for Biocontrol Advancement, organized by ICAR - NBAIR at KVC, Bengaluru from 9th to 11th February, 2017.
Selected for poster presentation of Research paper in 14th IOBC – MRQA Workshop held at Merida, Yucatan, Mexico organized by Mexicana Biologicol Control De Societed from 13th to 17th November, 2017.
Presented an Invited Lecture in the National Symposium on Biodiversity and Natural Resources for Sustainable Development held at Department of Zoology, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut from 24th to 26th November, 2017.
Presented poster presentation of Research Paper in 1st International Conference on Biological Control Approaches & Applications organized by SBA, ICAR – NBAIR & CABI held at Le Meridian Hotel, Bangalore from 27th to 29th September,
Received Biodiversity Conservation Award – 2019 from Dr. B. Vasanthraj David Foundation, 76/2A, Sree Ramulu Street, Madanandapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Pin – 600125 during the National Conference on “Trends in Higher Education, Taxonomy, Agriculture, Biotechnology and Toxicology” held at Chennai on 17thNovember, 2019
Selected Publications
Lal, S. S. & Lalitha, Y. (1988). Biochemical changes of non-specific phosphomonoesterases activity induced by Glyzophrol in black rat (Rattus rattus). Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology 5 (1&2): 39-41.
Khan, E., Ganguly, S. & Lalitha, Y. (1989). New records on the occurrence of cyst nematodes in India. International Nematological Network Newsletter 6 (2): 19-20.
Khan, E., Gaur, H. S. & Lalitha, Y. (1990). Occurrence of cereal cyst nematode, Heterodera avenae at hgh altitude in Leh, India. International Nematological Network Newsletter 7 (1): 3.
Khan, E., Ganguly, S. & Lalitha, Y. (1990) Qunisulcius capitatus – A potential pest of potato in Himachal Pradesh, India. International Nematological Network Newsletter 7 (4): 22-24.
Jalali, S. K., Mohan, K. S., Singh, S. P., Manjunath, T. M. & Lalitha, Y. (2004). Baseline- susceptibility of the old-world bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) populations from India to Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac insecticidal protein. Crop Protection, 23: 53-59.
Baitha, A., Jalali, S. K., Rabindra, R. J., Venkatesan, T., Rao, N. S. and Lalitha, Y. (2004). Effect of parasitoid-host ratio on some biological attributes of Tetrastichus howardi (Olliff) (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Entomon, 29: 125-128.
Jalali, S. K., Venkatesan, T., Murthy, K. S. and Lalitha, Y. (2004). Influence of temperature and dosages on parasitising ability of Trichogrammatoidea bactrae on Plutella xylostella eggs. Annals of Plant Protection Sciences, 12: 425-426.
Singh, I. Kh., Jalali, S. K., Rabindra, R. J., Rao, N. S. and Lalitha, Y. (2004). Comparative life table studies of diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus) on cabbage. Pest management in Horticultural Ecosystems 10: 77-81.
Jalali, S. K., Murthy, K. S., Venkatesan, T., Lalitha, Y. & Devi, P. S. (2005). Preliminary testing of some new release methods for egg parasitoid Trichogramma spp. Journal of Biological Control, 19: 99-103.
Singh, I. Kh., Jalali, S. K., Rabindra, R. J., Rao, N. S. and Lalitha, Y. (2005). Role of egg parasitoid Trichogrammatoidea bactrae Nagaraja alone in combination with dichlorvos in the management of Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus) on cabbage. Journal of Biological Control, 18: 135-139.
Jalali, S. K., Venkatesan, T., Murthy, K. S., Biswas, S. R. & Lalitha, Y. (2005). Influence of temperature and host density on functional response of Telenomus remus Nixon, an egg parasitoid of Spodoptera litura Fabricius. Entomon 30: 193-199.
Jalali, S. K., Venkatesan, T., Murthy, K. S. and Lalitha, Y. (2005). Preliminary attempt at biological control of coconut leaf eating caterpillar, Opisina arenosella Walker using two Trichogramma species. CORD, International Journal on Coconut R & D, 21: 1- 6.
Jalali, S. K., Murthy, K. S., Venkatesan, T., Lalitha, Y. & Devi, P. S. (2006). Adaptive performance of Trichogramma chilonis Ishii at low temperature. Annals of Plant Protection Sciences, 14: 5-7.
Jalali, S. K., Venkatesan, T., Murthy, K. S., Rabindra, R. J., Lalitha, Y., Udikeri, S. S., Bheemanna, M., Sreenivas, A. G., Balagurunathan, R. & Yadav, D. N. (2006). Field efficacy of multiple insecticide tolerant strain of Trichogramma chilonis Ishii against American bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) on cotton. Indian Journal of Plant Protection, 34: 173-180.
Jalali, S. K., Singh, S. P., Venkatesan, T., Murthy, K. S. & Lalitha, Y. (2006). Development of endosulfan tolerant strain of an egg parasitoid Trichogramma chilonis Ishii (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae). Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, 44: 584-590.
Jalali, S. K., Venkatesan, T., Murthy, K. S. Rabindra, R. J. & Lalitha, Y. (2007). Vaccum packing of Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton) eggs to enhance shelf life for parasitization by the egg parasitoid Trichogramma chilonis. Biological Control 41: 64-67.
Ashok Kumar, G., Jalali, S. K., Venkatesan, T., Nagesh, M. & Lalitha, Y. (2008). Genetic improvement of egg parasitoid Trichogramma chilonis Ishii for combined tolerance to multiple insecticides and high temperature. Journal of Biological Control 22: 347- 356.
Nagaraja, H., Ankita Gupta, Lalitha, Y., Mohanraj, P. & Jalali, S. K. (2008). On the true identity of Trichogramma brasiliense (Ashmead) (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) being used in India. Journal of Biological Control 22: 255-260.
Venkatesan, T., Poorani, J., Murthy, K. S., Ashok Kumar, G., Lalitha, Y. & Rajeshwari, R. (2008). Occurrence of Chrysoperla zastrowi arabica Henry et al. (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae), a cryptic song species of Chrysoperla (carnea – group), in India. Journal of Biological Control 22: 143-148.
Roopa, G. R., Jalali, S. K., Nagaraja, H. & Lalitha, Y. (2009). Life table studies on thelytokous and antibiotically cured trichogrammatids. Annals of Plant Protection Sciences 17: 362-365.
Roopa, G. R., Jalali, S. K., Nagaraja, H. & Lalitha, Y. (2009). Comparison of biological parameters among arrhenotokous and thelytokous forms of Trichogramma (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae). Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems 15: 28-32.
Venkatesan, T., Jalali, S. K., Murthy, K. S., Rabindra, R. J. & Lalitha, Y. (2009). Occurrence of insecticide resistance in field populations of Chrysoperla zastrowi arabica (Neuroptera : Chrysopidae), in India. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 79: 910- 912.
Ashok Kumar, G., Jalali, S. K., Venkatesan, T., Stouthamer, R., Niranjana, P. & Lalitha, Y. (2009). Internal transcribed spacer-2 restriction fragment length polymorphism (ITS- 2-RFLP) tool to differentiate some exotic and indigenous trichogrammatid egg
parasitoids in India. Biological Control 49: 207-213.
Jalali, S. K., Lalitha, Y., Kamath, S. P., Mohan, K. S. & Head, G. P. (2010) . Baseline susceptibility of lepidopteran corn pest in India to Cry1Ab insecticidal protein of Bacillus thuringiensis. Pest Management Science 66: 809-815.
Madhusudan, S., Jalali, S. K., Venkatesan, T. & Lalitha, Y. (2011). Insecticide resistance variation in Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) in cotton and tomato crops. Journal of Insect Science 24 (2): 135-141.
Madhusudan, S., Jalali, S. K., Venkatesan, T., Lalitha, Y. & Prasanna Srinivas, R. (2011). 16S rRNA gene based identification of gut bacteria from laboratory and wild larvae of Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) from tomato farm. The Bioscan 6: 175-183.
Lalitha, Y., Nagesh, M. & Jalai, S. K. (2012). Intraguild predation and biosafety of entomopathogenic nematode, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora Poinar et al. and its bacterial symbiont, Photorhabditis luminiscens, to parasitoid, Trichogramma chilonis Ishii and predator, Chrysoperla zastrowi sillemi (Esben-Petersen). Journal of Biological Control 26 (4): 334 – 340.
Pratheepa, M., Chandish, R. Ballal, Abraham Verghese, A. Robinson Silvester & Lalitha, Y. (2014). Arthropod Germplasm information system in India. International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology 3 (9): 276 – 282.
Jalali, S. K., Lalitha Y., Rakshit Ojha, Pradyumn Kumar, Suby S. B., Reema Sharma, Rupa Nair, Ravi K. C., Kamath, S. P. and Mohan K.S. (2014) . Baseline-sensitivity of maize borers in India to the Bacillus thuringiensisinsecticidal proteins Cry1A.105 and Cry2Ab2. Pest Management Science 71(8): 1082 – 1090.
Lalitha, Y. and Chandish, R. Ballal (2015). Influence of seasons and inoculums dosages on the production efficiency of Corcyra cephalonica Stainton. Journal of Biological Control 29 (1): 25 – 30.
Lalitha, Y. and Chandish R. Ballal (2015). A rearing protocol for Spodoptera exigua. Indian Journal of Plant Protection 43 (4): 521 - 523.
Ballal, C. R., Gupta, A., Mohan, M., Lalitha, Y. and Verghese, A. (2016).The new invasive pest Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in India and its natural enemies along with evaluation of Trichogrammatids for its biological control. Current Science 110(11): 2155-2159.
Venkatesan T., More, P. R., Reeta, B., Jalali, S. K., Lalitha, Y. and Ballal, C. R. (2016). Differentiation of some indigenous and exotic trichogrammatids (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) from India based on internal transcribed spacer – 2 and cytochrome oxidase – 1 markers and their phylogenetic relationship. Biological Control 101: 130-137.
Jalali, S. K., Sriram, S., Venkatesan, T., More, R. P., Omprakash Navik, Lalitha, Y. & Rakshit Ojha (2017). Host – insect and host – plant associated diversity in microbiota isolated from most important Oriental – Australian region egg parasitoid. Journal of Biological Control 31(4): 229 – 239.
Jalali, S. K., Ompraksh Navik, Srinivasa Murthy, K., Venkatesan T. & Lalitha, Y. (2018). Predilection for host egg and host plant by Trichogrammatid species collected from different crops. Annals of Plant Protection Sciences 26 (1): 1 – 5.
Zablon Kerima, O., Niranjana, P., Lalitha, Y. , Vinay Kumar B.S , Jalali, S. K. and Ballal, C. R. 2018. Inheritance of monocrotophos resistance in egg parasitoid Trichogramma chilonis (Ishii) (Hymenoptera:Trichogrammatidae). Current Agriculture Research Journal 5(3).
Kerima, O. Z., Niranajana, P., Vinay Kumar B.S., Rajeshwari, R., Sharanappa, P., Lalitha, Y., Jalali, S. K., Chandish R. Ballal and Thulasiram, H. (2018). “De novo based transcriptome analysis of the egg parasitoid Trichogramma chilonis Ishii (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae): A biological control agent". Gene reports 13:115 – 129.
Omprakash Navik, Ramya, R. S., Richa Varshney, Jalali, S. K.,Shivalingaswamy, T. M., Rangeswaran, R., Lalitha, Y., Jagadeesh Patil, Chandish R. Ballal (2019). Integrating biocontrol agents with farmers practice: Impact on diamond back moth (Plutella xylostella) Linnaeus (Lepidoptera Plutellidae) and cabbage yield. Egyptian Journal of Biological Pest Control: 29 – 35.
Lalitha, Y. (2019). Mass rearing of Chelonus spp., parasitoids of Fall Army Worm. IOBC
MRQA Newsletter December, 2019.
Ankita Gupta, Lalitha, Y., Richa Varshney, Shylesha, A. N. and Cornelis Van Achterberg. (2020). Chelonus formosanus Sonan (Hymenoptera:Braconidae) an egg-larval parasitoid of the invasive pest Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) amenable to laboratory mass production in India. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies: 8(1): 1521 -1524.
Richa Varshney, Poornesha, B., Raghavendra, A., Lalitha, Y., Apoorva, V., Ramanujam, B., Rangeshwaran, R., Subaharan, K. , Shylesha, A. N., Bakthavatsalam, N., Malvika Chaudhary, and Vinod Pandit. (2020). Biocontrol‑based management of fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J E Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) on Indian Maize. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection: Published online.
Book chapter
Lalitha, Y., Venkatesan, T. and Jalai, S. K. (2013). Safety testing of Pesticides for Integration with Trichogrammatids. Page no. 127 – 173. In “Biological Control of Insect Pests Using Egg Parasitoids” Eds. S. Sithanantham, Chandish R. Ballal, S. K. Jalali and N. Bhathavatsalam published by Springer, Netherlands. Pp. 424.
Lalitha, Y., Jalali, S. K., Ballal, C. R. and Mohanraj, P. (2016). Current status of Trichogramma research in India. Page no. 186 – 250. In “Biological Control on Pests Using Trichogramma: Current Status and Prospectives” Eds.S. B. Vinson, S. M. Greenberg, T. –X. Liu, A. Rao and L. F. Voloscluk published by Northwest A & F University Press, China Pp. 496.
Lalitha, Y., Chandish R. Ballal, Sunil Joshi, Shylesha, A. N. and Bhumannavar, B. S. 2013. Farm level Production of Trichogramma chilonis on Eri silkworm eggs and its utility in Tribal Areas. Published (in two languages - English & Kannada) by - The Director, NBAIR (Erstwhile NBAII), Post Box No. 2491, H. A. Farm post, Bellary Road, Bangalore – 560024, Karnataka, India