The pests and diseases of horticultural crops not only reduce the productive capability but also adversely affect the quality. With the changing climate, horticultural crops not only reduce the productive capability but also adversely affect the quality. With the changing climate, horticultural crops have become vulnerable to hazards of pests and diseases, playing a major role in causing threat to food security.
In order to reduce the yield loss of horticultural crops, due to pests and diseases, agricultural professionals should be well-informed about their management.
By the end of this course, the students will be able to know the distribution of plant diseases and their economic importance, identify the diseases based on the symptomatology and the factors influencing the disease development, and acquaint themselves with integrated disease management practices.
Dr. Pratibha Sharma, Professor
Dr. Pratibha Sharma, Professor, Division of Plant Pathology, IARI, joined Agricultural Research Services in 1976 after completion of M Sc in Botany (Plant Pathology) from Rajasthan University. She completed her Ph D from Kanpur University as an in-service candidate while serving as a scientist in the Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur (1990). Trained in host–pathogen interaction from Gottingen University and Pflanzenschutz in Ackerbau Grunland (BBA), Germany in 1993-94 through UNDP-FAO Fellowship, she also has expertise in variability in plant pathogens, characterization of pathogenic variables, biological control, microbial and green pesticides, resistance, IPM, and IDM in different cropping systems.
Dr. T Samuel S K Patro, Senior Scientist
Dr. T Samuel SK Patro, did his Master's and Ph D in Plant Pathology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, with three institution gold medals for his outstanding academic performance. He has also won more than 12 young scientist and distinguished scientist awards from various scientific societies. He presented several lead papers in various national and international conferences including China and USA. He has published more than 50 research papers, 75 popular articles and several book chapters in his field of specialization. Presently he is working as an Officer in Charge of All Indian Coordinated Small millets improvement projects at Agricultural Research Station, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Dr. P Kishore Varma, Assistant Professor
Dr. P Kishore Varma is Assistant Professor at Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad. He did his M Sc from UAS, Dharwad, Karnataka and Ph D from CCSHAU, Hisar, Haryana. He was awarded gold medals in M Sc (Ag) and B Sc (Ag) for securing highest OGPA during his course of study. He has seven years of experience in teaching all under-graduate courses in Plant Pathology and two years of experience in research. He has prepared course material for all Plant Pathology courses offered in B Sc (Ag). He has published 15 research papers in national journals, 6 book chapters, 6 extension bulletins, 2 experimental manuals and 27 popular articles.
Dr. K Gopal, Associate Dean
Dr. K Gopal completed his Master’s in Agriculture, specializing in Plant Pathology in 1987, from APAU, Hyderabad. After this he enrolled for his Ph D in Plant Pathology from UAS, Bangalore, and completed it in 1999. During his Ph D he was awarded with the “Senior Research Fellowship” by CSIR, New Delhi during 1992-95. His contribution to science has been considerably remarkable, fetching him great honour and recognition both nationally and internationally. So far in his academic oriented career he has published 2 books, submitted 97 research papers, 11 research articles have been published and has presented 84 research conference seminar papers all together. Currently, he is serving as the Associate Dean in Dr. Y.S.R. Horticultural University, Venkataramannagudem.