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Kamala Jayanthi P. D.

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Principal Scientist & National Fellow
Division of Crop Protection
Insect-Plant interactions;Semiochemicals; IPM of fruit crops
M. Sc. (Ag.); Ph. D.
Research Accomplishments: 


(During the Period of 2019-2023) 

  • Standardized Arka mealymelt, a wax dissolving formulation for mealybug management 
  • Standardized Arka cucurlure, a plant volatile synergized parapheromone for melonfly management
Varieties / Technologies Developed: 


    1. Mango hybrid Arka Udaya (Amrapali x Arka Anmol)
    2. Found polyembryonic mango genotypes/ species EC95862 and Mangifera camptosperma as sources of fruit fly resistance for further breeding
    3. Melon fly tolerant musk melon Selection 3.
    4. Ridge gourd varieties viz., Arka Prasanna, Arka Vikram
    5. Guava Hybrid Arka Poorna (H13-14)
    6. Mango hybrid Arka Suprabath (H14, Amrapali x Arka Anmol)
    7. Watermelon variety, Arka Shyama


(Best 10/High Impact) 

  1. Kamala Jayanthi PD, Hanamant Shivalingappa Gadad, Saravan Kumar P, Sridhar V, Laxman RH and Bhat RM. 2021. Low moisture stress influences plant volatile emissions affecting herbivore interactions in tomato, Solanum lycopersicum. Ecological Entomology 46: 637-650. DOI: 10.1111/een.13012.
  2. Kamala Jayanthi PD. Saravan Kumar P and Meenal Vyas. 2021. Odour cues from Artocarpus heterophyllus fruit arils attract both sexes of Oriental fruit flies. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 47:552-573.
  3. Meenal Vyas, Saravan Kumar P and Kamala Jayanthi, P. D. 2022. Is the natural instinct to oviposit in mated female Oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis more of a brain-independent act? Frontiers in Physiology. 13.
  4. Rajeev Kumar Yadav. Madhavi Reddy. K. Saravan Kumar. P. Meenal Vyas. Krishna Reddy.M and Kamala Jayanthi P. D. 2022. Encounter with a selfish virus sabotages its vector to orient towards requisite host plant: A case study with chilli leaf curl virus-whitefly. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10. DOI=10.3389/fevo.2022.819023.
  5. Subhash S., Saravan Kumar P, A K Chakravarthy, Kamala Jayanthi PD and Vivek K. 2022. Ridge gourd volatiles are attractive to gravid female melon fly, Zeugodacus cucurbitae (Coquillett) (Diptera: Tephritidae). Journal of Applied Entomology. DOI: 10.1111/jen.12975
  6. Meenal Vyas, Kamala Jayanthi PD, Krishnarao Gandham. 2022. Antennal Transcriptome of the Fruit-suckingmoth Eudocima materna: identification of olfactory genes and preliminary evidence for RNA-editing events in Odorant receptors.  Genes 13(7):1207.
  7. Kamala Jayanthi PD and Meenal Vyas. 2022. Exploring the Transient microbe population on citrus butterfly wings.  Microbiology Spectrum. DOI:
  8. Kamala Jayanthi PD, Saravan Kumar P. Raghava T. Meenal Vyas. 2023. Herbivore induced fruit volatiles signal the solitary tephritid endoparasitoid, Diachasmimorpha longicaudata about suitability of an oviposition substrate. Environmental Entomology nvad019,
  9. Saravan Kumar, P., Vivek Kempraj, Divij S. D., Krishnarao G and Kamala Jayanthi P. D. 2023.  The greater wax moth, Galleria mellonella (L.) uses two different sensory modalities to evaluate the suitability of potential oviposition sites. Scientific Reports 13:21,
  10. Subhash, S., Saravan Kumar P., Varun YB., Kamala Jayanthi PD., Anuj Bhatnagar, Kailash Chandra Naga, Sanjeev Sharma, Manoj Kumar and Vivek Kempraj. 2023. Estragole, a potential attractant of the winged melon aphid, Aphis gossypii. Pest Management Science. DOI 10.1002/ps.7413

Book Chapter

  1. Kamala Jayanthi, P. D. and Raghava T. 2019. Recent Advances in Management of Major pests of Horticulture crops. Chapter 54. In Shaping the Future of Horticutlure (Ed. K L Chadha, S K Singh, Jai Prakash, V B Patel). Kruger Brentt Publishers, UK. [ISBN:978-1-78715-033-1 (HB)]. Pp. 763-775.
  2. Kamala Jayanthi, P. D., Raghava T. and Vivek Kempraj. 2020.  Functional diversity of infochemicals in Agri-ecological networks. In: Innovative Pest Management Approaches for the 21st Century. Harnessing Automated Unmanned Technologies (ed. A. K. Chakravarty). Springer Nature, Singapore. Pp. 187-208.
  3. Mani M and Kamala Jayanthi P.D. 2022. Pests and their management on sapota/sapodilla. In Trends in Horticultural Entomology (ed. Mani M). Springer pp. 655-670. ISBN 978-981-19-0342-7 ISBN 978-981-19-0343-4 (eBook); (pp. 1553).



Granted: • A Device for male annihilation of Bactrocera sp. using parapheromone impregnation. Patent No. 304936 (Application No. 1068 CHE 2010) Date of Filing: 16.04.2010 Date of granting: 26.12.2018). • A Novel kairomone blend “Arka Eggstra” and applic
Awards & Recognitions: 



•“ICAR National Fellow” for the project “Studies on phyto-semiochemicals involved in insect-plant interactions of major horticultural pests: Deciphering chemical cues” from November, 2011 onwards.

•“Rothamsted International Fellowship Award” from Rothamsted Research to carry out work on “Isolation and identification of host cues for gravid female fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis” at Chemical Ecology Department, Rothamsted Research, UK during 11th May, 2011 – 29th October, 2011.

•“Lal Bahadur Shastri Young Scientist Award” for the Biennium 2003 – 04, from Indian Council of Agricultural Research and awarded AP cess fund scheme entitled “Genetics of foraging behaviour of predatory coccinellid Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Mulsant: A molecular approach” during July, 2005.

•“BOYSCAST Fellowship” from Department of Science and Technology to visit Insect Genetics Laboratory, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA for the period of one year to work on molecular characterization of fruit fly, Bactrocera species during 22nd March, 2004 - 22nd March, 2005

•“Young Scientist Award” from Indian Science Congress during the year 2000 for identification of season specific trait expression of trichomes, a shoot fly resistance parameter in sorghum hybrids of cytoplasmic male sterile lines.

•“Best Thesis Presentation Award” for the Ph.D thesis entitled “Genetics of shoot fly resistance in sorghum hybrids of cytoplasmic male sterile lines” submitted to Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad during the year 1999.

•Dr. V. G. Prasad Best Paper award from the Association of Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems for the paper “Population estimation models fro the spiraling whitefly, Aleurodicus disperses Russell (Aleyrodidae: Homoptera) in guava; Verghese, A., Sudha Devi, K., Kamala Jayanthi, P. D. and Sreedevi, K during March, 2007.

•Best Paper Award from the Journal of Maharashtra Agricultural Universities for the paper “Genetics of glossy and trichome characters in sorghum hybrids of cytoplasmic male sterile lines. 24 (3): 251-256; Kamala Jayanthi, P.D., Reddy, B.V.S., Gour, T.B. and Reddy, D.D.R. during 2006.

•“Council of Scientific & Industrial Research Fellowship” for carrying out PhD at International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) during 1995-1997. •“Gold Medal” for highest OGPA during MSc (Ag)

•“National Merit Scholarship” Holder from X std. to BSc (Ag) for having distinction

•“Acharya Vinobabhave Merit Award” for securing highest marks in X std. Patents: Impregnation technology for “A cost effective, eco-friendly para pheromone trap for effective monitoring of fruit flies belonging to Bactrocera spp for use in horticulture” by Dr Abraham Verghese, Dr P.D. Kamala Jayanthi and Dr T.N. Shivananda, from Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Bangalore has been filed with National Research Development Corporation (NRDC).

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