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Selvakumar G.

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Principal Scientist (Agrl.Microbiology)
Division of Natural Resources
Natural Resources
Ph.D. (Agrl. Microbiology)
Research Accomplishments: 

(During the Period of 2019-2023)

Developed the protocol for the production of biofilmed seeds of bhendi, chilli and onion for the effective delivery of plant growth promoting bacterial strains through seeds instaed of conventional biofertilizer application methods.

Varieties / Technologies Developed: 

(Best 10/High Impact) 

  1. Arka Sahishnu – A bacterial formulation for the alleviation of deficit irrigation stress effects in plants (as PI)
  2. Arka Growing System of Vertical Gardens for Foliage Plants – A low cost system for the vertical gardening of foliage plants (as Co-PI)
  3. Technology for the mass production of a soil-less AM fungal inoculum has been developed and an Indian  patent (No.342299) has been granted for the same  (As Co-PI)
  4. Arka Sasya Poshaka Rasa (nutrient solution) for use in soilless cultivation of vegetables on fermented cocopeat ( As Co-PI). This has been released at the institute level by the Varietal and Technology Identification Committee of ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru (As Co-PI) during 2020
  5. Arka Fermented Cocopeat technology for the production of fermented coco-peat for horticulture. This has been released at the institute level by the Varietal and Technology Identification Committee of ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru as during 2011 (As PI)
  6. Arka Microbial Consortium – A NPK biofertilizer consortium. This has been released at the institute level by the Varietal and Technology Identification Committee of ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru as Arka Microbial Consortium during 2011 (As Co-PI)
  7. Arka  Actino-Plus an exclusive Actinobacterial formulation for plant growth promotion and health management (As Co-PI) This has been released at the institute level by the Varietal and Technology Identification Committee of ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru during 2015
  8. Talc based bio-pesticidal formulation of the bacterium Bacillus cereus strain WGPSB–2 (MTCC 7182) for white grub control. The same has been cleared in the biosafety trials by the Indian Institute of Toxicological Research, Lucknow (previously ITRC. A MoU was signed with the National Research and Development Corporation (NRDC), New Delhi for the commercialization of the same (As lead nnovator )



(Best 10/High Impact) 

  1. Panneerselvam, P., Selvakumar, G., Ganeshamurthy, A. N., Mitra, D., and  Senapati, A. 2020. Enhancing pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) plant health through the intervention of a Streptomyces consortium. Biocontrol Science and Technology.
  2. Gujjar, N.R., G. Selvakumar, A.Verghese, S.Sudhagar and R. More. 2017.Diversity of the cultivable gut bacterial communities associated with the fruit flies Bactrocera dorsalis and Bactrocera cucurbitae (Diptera: Tephritidae). Phytoparasitica. DOI 10.1007/s12600-017-0604-z.
  3. Chandandeep Kaur, G. Selvakumar, A. N. Ganeshamurthy.2016.Draft genome sequence of phosphate solubilizing bacterium Paraburkholderia tropica strain P-31 isolated from pomegranate (Punica granatum) rhizosphere. Genome Announcements. 4(4): e00844-16.
  4. Chauhan, H, Bagyaraj D.J., Selvakumar, G and Sundaram, S.P. 2015. Novel plant growth promoting rhizobacteria – prospects and potential. Applied Soil Ecology. 95: 38-53.
  5. Govindan Selvakumar,  Ravindra M. Bhatt,  Kaushal K. Upreti ,  Gurupadam Hema Bindu, Kademani Shweta.2015. Citricoccus zhacaiensis B-4 (MTCC 12119) a novel osmotolerant plant growth promoting actinobacterium enhances onion (Allium cepa L.) seed germination under osmotic stress conditions. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology.  31:833-839.
  6. Kamala Jayanthi, P.D., Arthikirubha A, Vivek K, Ravindra M.A, Selvakumar G and Vergehese, A.2014. Aspergillus flavus impairs antioxidative enzymes of Sternochetus mangiferae during mycosis. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology.
  7. Selvakumar, G., P. Pannerselvam and A.N. Ganeshamurthy. 2014. Biosafety of Novel Bioinoculants. Journal of Biofertilizers and Biopesticides.
  8. Thangam, D., Selvakumar, G., Vergehese, A. and Kamala Jayanthi, P.D. 2014. Natural mycosis of mango leafhoppers (Cicadellidae: Hemiptera) by Fusarium sp. Biocontrol Science and Technology. 24, 229–232.
  9. Selvakumar, G., Joshi, P., Suyal P., Mishra, P.K., Joshi, G.K., Venugopalan, P., Bisht, J.K., Bhatt, J.C. and H.S.Gupta. 2013. Rock phosphate solubilization by psychrotolerant Pseudomonads and their effect on lentil growth and nutrient uptake under polyhouse conditions. Annals of Microbiology. 63:1353–1362.
  10. Mishra, P.K., S.Mishra, S.C.Bisht, G.Selvakumar, J.K.Bisht and H.S.Gupta.2012.Co-inoculation of Rhizobium leguminosarum PR-1 with a cold tolerant Pseudomonas sp improves iron acquisition, nutrient uptake and growth of field pea. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 35:243-256.

Books Chapter

  1. Chandandeep Kaur, G. Selvakumar and A.N. Ganeshamurthy.2019.Microbial Inoculants for Crop Production in Acid Soils. In: Phyto and Rhizoremediation, (eds.) N.K.Arora and N. Kumar, Springer Nature, Singapore pp. 235-247. (ISBN: 978-981-32-9664-0)
  2. Kaur C., Selvakumar G., Ganeshamurthy A.N. 2019. Exploring the Utility of Aneurinibacillus as a Bioinoculant for Sustainable Crop Production and Environmental Applications. In: Bacilli and Agrobiotechnology: Phytostimulation and Biocontrol. Bacilli in Climate Resilient Agriculture and Bioprospecting. (eds)  Islam M., Rahman M., Pandey P., Boehme M., Haesaert G. Springer, Cham. (ISBN: 978-3-030-15175-1)
  3. Kaur Chandandeep, G. Selvakumar, and A. N. Ganeshamurthy. 2017.Burkholderia to Paraburkholeria: The Journey of a Plant Beneficial Environmental Bacterium. In: Recent Advances in Applied Microbiology, (eds.) P.Shukla, et al. Springer Nature, Singapore pp. 213-228.(ISSN: 2524-5120)
  4. Kaur Chandandeep, G. Selvakumar, and A. N. Ganeshamurthy. 2017.Rhizocompetence of applied bioinoculants. In: Plant Microbe Interactions in Agro-Ecological Perespectives, (eds.) D.P.Singh et al. Springer Nature,Singapore, pp. 501-511 . (ISBN: 978-981-10-6593-4)
  5. Selvakumar, G., G. Hema Bindu, P. Pannerselvam, P., and Ganeshamurthy, A.N. 2017. Potential and prospects of Aerobic Endospore Forming Bacteria (AEFB) in crop production. In: Bacilli and Agrobiotechnology (eds.) Islam, M.T., Rahman, M.M., Pandey, P., Jha, C.K., Aeron, A. Springer International Publishing, pp.213-236. . (ISBN: 978-3-319-44409-3)
  6. Kaur Chandandeep, G. Selvakumar, and A. N. Ganeshamurthy. 2016.Organic acids in the rhizosphere: Their role in phosphate dissolution. In Microbial Inoculants in Sustainable Agricultural Productivity, (eds.) D.P.Singh et al. Springer India, pp. 165-177. . (ISBN: 978-81-322-2647-5)
  7. Selvakumar, G., P. Panneerselvam, G. Hema Bindu and A.N. Ganeshamurthy.2015. Pseudomonas: Plant growth promotion and beyond. In: Plant Microbes Symbiosis (ed.) N.K.Arora, Springer, India, pp. 193-208. (ISBN: 978-81-322-1287-4)
  8. Selvakumar, G., P.Panneerselvam and A.N.Ganeshamurthy.2014. Diversity utility and potential of actinobacteria in the agroecosystem. In: Bacterial Diversity in Sustainable Agriculture (ed.) D.K. Maheshwari, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 23-40. (ISBN: 978-3-319-05936-5
  9. Selvakumar, G., P. Panneerselvam and A.N. Ganeshamurthy.2013. Legume root nodule associated bacteria. In: Plant Microbe Symbiosis: Fundamentals and Advances (ed.) N.K.Arora, Springer, India, pp: 216-228. (ISBN: 978-81-322-1287-4)
  10. Selvakumar, G., P. Panneerselvam and A.N. Ganeshamurthy.2012. Microbial mediated alleviation of abiotic stress in crops. In: Bacteria in Agrobiology, Stress Management (ed.) D.K. Maheshwari, Springer, Germany, pp: 205-224. (ISBN: 978-3-642-23465-1)
  11. Mishra, P.K., P.Joshi, S.C. Bisht, J.K.Bisht and G.Selvakumar. 2010. Cold tolerant agriculturally important microorganisms. In: Plant Growth and Health Promoting Bacteria, Microbiology Monographs Vol.18 (Ed.) D.K. Maheshwari, Springer, Germany  (ISBN: 978-3-642-13612-2)
  12. Panneerselvam,P., G.Selvakumar, Boya Saritha, and A.N. Ganeshamurthy. 2015. Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria as a tool to combat plant pathogenic bacteria. In: Sustainable Approaches to Controlling Plant Pathogenic Bacteria (eds.) V. Rajesh Kannan and Bastas, K.K. CRC Press, USA, pp.274-286. (ISBN: 9780429158896)
Indian Patent No.342299- Method of Mass Production of Soiless Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Inoculum (As Co-PI)
Awards & Recognitions: 


  1. Admitted as a Fellow of Confederation of Horticultural Associations of India (CHAI) -2015
  2. Selected as an Associate of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) -2014
  3. “National Research and Development Corporation Societal Innovation Award”-2008
  4. “World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Gold Medal” for Best Invention of the year- 2008
  5. “Association of Microbiologists of India Young Scientist Award” in Agricultural Microbiology – 2008
  6. “Young Scientist Award” from the Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (Govt. of Uttarakhand) in the category of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences - 2007
Address for Communication: 

No.311, mahaveer Desire Apartments, Chikkabanavara post, Bangalore-560090

Email Address:
Telephone #: 
080-23086100 Extn 328