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Manjunatha L

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M.Sc. (Agri.), Ph.D

Molecular diagnosis of plant pathogens, Fungal Pathology, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction and pulse crop diseases, crop disease management


  • ICAR Sponsored short course training on Recent Advances in Nano-Biotechnology and Biological Management approaches in emerging Diseases of Field and Horticultural Crops for export promotion" Organized by Department of Plant Pathology, University of Agricultural Sciences- Dharwad (03 -12th March 2022). 
  • ICAR sponsored short course training on “Novel technique for mass culturing of smart microbial bio control agents for the development of bio pesticides” organized by ICAR-NBAIR, Bangalore (3- 23rd December 2019).

Other important contribution for scientific community 

  • Reviewer for Indian Phytopathology
  • Reviewer for Journal of Environmental Biology
  • Reviewer for Journal of Food Legumes

Membership of Professional Societies/Bodies

  1. Annual member of American Phytopathological Society, USA (2018-21)
  2. Life member of Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi, India
  3. Life member of Society for Bio control Advancement, ICAR-NBAIR, Bangalore, India
  4. Life member of ‘National Academy of Biological Sciences’, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  5. Life member of Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development, IIPR, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
  6. Honorary Life member of Asian PGPR Society, Alabama, USA

Technology developed:

  1. Identified and registered the chickpea advanced breeding line IPC 2010-121 resistant to Race-2 of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. ciceris and deposited in NBPGR, New Delhi
  2. As a co-developer of chickpea cultivars IPC 2007-28 (Atal), IPC 2010-134(Shiva) and IPCK 2013-163 (Madhav)
  3. Two Common Bean génotypes viz., IC360831, IC340947 résistant to Bean common mosaic virus has been registered withICAR- NBPGR, New Delhi
  4. Developed the Controlled Environmental Facility (CEF) for screening of chickpea germplasms against Ascochyta rabiei and Botrytis gray mold diseases
  5. Identified the 12 resistant genotypes against Ascochyta rabiei, Fusarium oxysporum f.sp.ciceris and Botrytis cinerea

Publications (Last 5 years):

Research Papers:

  1. Manjunatha, L., Srinivasa, N., Basavaraja, T., Keerthi, M.C., 2021. Characterization of Chickpea Chlorotic Dwarf Virus (CpCDV) Associated with Chickpea Stunt Disease. Legume Research. An International Journal. DOI:410.18805/LR-4512. (NAAS: 6.59)
  2. Manoj Kumar; Pooja Yadav; Manjunatha L; Manoj Kumar, 2022. LCM-based xylem-specific RNA extraction from Fusarium oxysporum infected Cicer arietinum roots. Journal of Plant Pathology. 104:749–760. 7.73)
  3. Manjunatha, L., Rani, U., Basavaraja, T., Jagadeeswaran, R. and Kumar, Y. (2021). Morphological and Molecular Diversity of Botrytis cinerea Infecting Chickpea in India. Legume Research. DOI: 10.18805/LR-4547. (NAAS: 6.59)
  4. Manjunatha, L., Ramappa, H.K and Rangaswamy, K.T., 2018. Role of leaf morphology in defense against Sterility Mosaic Disease (SMD) of pigeonpea, Journal of Environmental Biology 39(3):298-305. (NAAS: 6.54)
  5. Jha, U.C., Saabale, P.R., Manjunatha, L. and Singh, N.P., 2021. Advanced chickpea lines resistant against Fusarium wilt (Fusarium oxysporum). Indian Journal of Agricultural Science, 91(1):176-178. (NAAS:6.37)
  6. Dinesh, H.B., Lohithaswa, H.C., Vishwanatha, K.P., Poonam Singh, Manjunatha, L., Ambika, D.S and Prasanna Kumar, M.K., 2018. Genetic analysis and marker assisted back crossing for transfer of mosaic virus resistance in cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.]. Legume Research. 41 (5):663-668. DOI: 10.18805/LR-3750. (NAAS: 6.59)
  7. Basavaraja, T., Manjunatha, L., Chandora, R., Singh, M., Rathod, S., Dubey, V., Kanishka R. C., Farindra Singh and Narendra Pratap Singh (2022). Assessment of phenotypic diversity and multi-locational screening against bean common mosaic virus (BCMV) disease resistance in dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) germplasm. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization, 1-8. doi:10.1017/S1479262122000144 (NAAS: 7.08)
  8. Uday Chand Jha, Rintu Jha, Abhishek Bohra, Lakshmaiah Manjunatha, Parasappa Rajappa Saabale, Swarup K. Parida, Sushil Kumar Chaturvedi, Virevol Thakro and Narendra Pratap Singh (2021) Association mapping of genomic loci linked with Fusarium wilt resistance (Foc2) in chickpea. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization. 19 (3):195 – 202. doi:10.1017/S1479262121000228(NAAS: 7.08)
  9. Basavaraja, T., Manjunatha, L., Rahul Chandora, S, Gurumurthy, and N.P. Singh, 2021. Assessment of genetic variability, diversity and trait correlation analysis in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) genotypes. Legume Research. An International Journal, 44 (3): 252-260. DOI:10.18805/LR-4208. (NAAS: 6.59)
  10. Manjunatha, L., Saabale, P.R., Srinivasa, N., Sanjay Bandi, Shailendra Singh & Krishna Kumar, 2021. Molecular characterization and development of sequence characterized amplified region (SCAR) marker for detection of Ascochyta rabiei (Pass.) Labr., infecting chickpea. Indian Phytopathology (2021). (NAAS:5.95)
  11. Manjunatha , L.  Basavaraja, T. Manjunatha, N. Srinivasa, N. Vijay Kumar, Rahul Chandora, Mohar Singh & N. P. Singh, 2021. Identification of stable resistant donors against necrosis inducing strain of bean common mosaic virus in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection. 54 (15-16):1033-1046. (NAAS 6.74).
  12. Manjunatha Lakshmaiah, Leela Saisree Uppala, Mahesha, Hunsur, Aravinda Kumar Konda, Upasana Rani, Shailendra Singh, Narendra Pratap Singh, Yogesh Kumar, 2021. Diversity profiling, distribution of pathotypes and mating types in Indian isolates of Ascochyta rabiei (Pass.) Labr. causing Ascochyta blight of chickpea”. PhytoFrontiers (Accepted).
  13. Manjunatha, L., Rani, U., Singh, S., Mahesha H. S.Srinivasa N.Kumar Yogesh 2022. Morphological and molecular diversity of Ascochyta rabiei (Pass.) Labr. pathogenic to Cicer arietinum L.. Vegetos 35, 415–426. (NAAS: 5.27)
  14. Saabale, P.R., Manjunatha, L., Mishra, R.K., Naimuddin and Gawande, D.N., 2020. Diversity of chickpea germplasm against wilt disease caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. ciceris, Race 2. Journal of Food Legumes 33(4): 218-222. (NAAS: 4.82)

Review Papers:

  1. Manjunatha, L., Ramappa, H.K., Anita Puyam and Srinivasa, N., 2021. Pigeonpea Sterility Mosaic Virus: a threatening virus of pigeonpea, current scenario and its control. Indian Phytopathology 74: 885–891.
  2. Manjunatha, L., Saabale, P.R., Srivastava, A.K., Dixit, G.P., Yadav, L.B and Krishna Kumar, 2018. Present status on variability and management of Ascochyta rabiei infecting chickpea. Indian Phytopathol 71:9–24.

Abstracts published in national and international seminar/symposia:

Manjunatha, L., Upasana Rani, Shailendra Singh, Mamta Sharma, Krishna Kumar and N.P.Singh., 2019. Pathotypes and Racial diversity of Ascochyta rabiei isolates in India, “XIX International Plant Protection Congress IPPC 2019” on ‘Crop protection to outsmart climate change for food security and environmental conservation’ held from 10-14th November 2019 at Hyderabad, Telangana, India. pp 275.

Saabale, P.R., Jyotirrmayi Dubey, Manjunatha, L., Mishra, R.K., Naimuddin, K., Revanappa Biradar and N.P.Singh, 2019.Chlorate phenotypes and molecular characterization of Rhizoctonia bataticola, the dry root rot pathogen of chickpea,“XIX International Plant Protection Congress IPPC 2019” on ‘Crop protection to outsmart climate change for food security and environmental conservation’ held from 10-14th November 2019 at Hyderabad, Telangana, India pp333.

Professional Recognition/ Award/ Prize/ Certificate, Fellowship received:


Name of Award

Awarding Agency



All India ICAR-Junior Research Fellowship –for M.Sc. Agri.

ICAR, New Delhi



All India ICAR-Senior Research Fellowship for Ph.D.

ICAR, New Delhi



UAS General Merit Gold Medal for Ph.D.

UAS, Bangalore



Dr. K. Ramakrishnan (Ex Dean) Memorial Gold Medal for Ph.D

UAS, Bangalore



ASRB- National Eligibility Test (NET)

ICAR, New Delhi



ARS Scientist (Plant Pathology) in ICAR


New Delhi



Early Carrier Research (ECR) Award under Young Scientist Scheme


New Delhi



“Best Research Team award”




Certificate of Reviewing’ award

Indian Phytopathology 



Young Scientist Award

Samagra Vikas Welfare Society (SVWS), Lucknow .


Division of Crop Protection
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Dr. Manjunatha, L., M.Sc. (Agri.), Ph.D

Scientist (Plant Pathology)

Division of Crop Protection,

Indian Institute of Horticultural Research(ICAR-IIHR), 

Hesaraghatta Lake Post-560 089, Bengaluru, Karnataka

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