Name:
Dr. (Mrs) M Amutha
Scientist, Entomology
 eMail:
amuento@yahoo .co.in , amu_ento@rediffmail.com
 Qualification
  Ph.D. in Agricultural Entomology
 Years of experience

 Seven Years

Contact Address

CENTRAL INSTITUTE FOR COTTON RESEARCH,
Regional Station, Maruthamalai Road,
Coimbatore - 641 003, Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: 0422-2430045, Fax: 0422-2454021

Mobile-: 09942792667


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION

  • Ph D in Entomology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore , 2005
  • M.Sc., in Agricultural Entomology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore , 2001
  • B.Sc in Agriculture, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore , 1998

EMPLOYMENT

Scientist (Agrl. Enotmology)

CICR, Nagpur

2007- 2008

ScientistAgrl. Enotmology)

CICR, Coimbatore

2008-Till date

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Primary Research Area :Biological control
Current research areas
Endophytes mediated plant defense,

  • Isolation, characterization and utilization of fungal and bacterial endophytes from cotton plants  and endosymbionts for pest management
  • Use of entomopathogen, B. bassiana as a endophyte mediated plant defense as a novel approach for the management of boll worms in cotton

RESEARCH PROJECTS HANDLED

S.no

Project title

Funding Agency

Period

Role

1

Epizootiology, pathogenicity and pathogenic mechanism of entamopathogenic fungal pathogens against cotton mealybugs

Institute

2008-2011

PI

2

Establishment of Beauveriabassiana as an symbiotic insecticide against major insect pests of cotton

Institute

2010-2012

PI

3

Insecticides, sucking pests and predator interaction on Bt cotton (Co-PI)

Institute

2010-2011

Co-PI

4

Research into Development of Decision Support Systems for major Insect Pests of Rice and Cotton based Cropping Systems

NAIP

2008-2014

CCPI

5

Isolation, characterization and utilization of fungal and bacterial endophytes from cotton plants  and endosymbionts for pest management

Institute

2012-2017

PI

6

Entomopathogenic-endophytes mediated plant defense as a novel approach for the management of boll worms in cotton

DST

2013-2017

PI

7

Production, stabilisation, formulation and validation of microbial agents and their natural products against insects and nematode pests of cotton

Institute

2013-17

Co-PI

SEMINAR/ SYMPOSIA/ CONFERENCE/ WORKSHOP ATTENDED

  • Attended NAIP launch workshop at Central Research Institute for Dry Land Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad on November 28 to 29th of 2008.
  • Attended Second Biopesticide International Conference. 26-28th November, at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai.
  • Attended 98th Indian Science Congress, 3-7th January, SRM University, Chennai.
  • Attended 2nd International congress of Global warming on Biodiversity of Insects: Management and conservation, 24th-26th August, 2011 at Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore.
  • Attended “National meeting on Agricultural Entomology for the 21st century: The way forward, which was held from 25th - 26th August, 2011 at National Bureau of Agriculturally important insects, Bengaluru.
  • Attended 21st National seminar in Tamil which was held during February 9-10, 2013 at ThavathiruSanthalingaadigalar arts and science tamil college, Coimbatore.
  • Attended International conference on insect science (ICIS-2013), 14-17thFebrauary at University of agricultural sciences, GKVK, Bangalore, India. 
  • Attended Fourth Biopesticide International Conference, 28-30th November, 2013 at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai.
  • Attended 3rd International congress of Global warming on Biodiversity of Insects: Management and conservation, 26th- 28th August 2013 at Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore.

TRAINING ATTENDED, TRAINING CONDUCTED, INVITED LECTURES

TRAINING ATTENDED

  • Attended training on “Recent techniques in Entomological Research” which was held during 8th - 28th of December 2008 at Centre for Advance Studies (CAS) in Entomology, at Department of Agricultural Entomology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.
  • Attended training cum workshop on “Statistical tools for Data Analysis” which was held during 2nd-7th of March 2009 at CRIDA, Hyderabad.
  • Attended training on “Insecticide resistance monitoring on Jassids” which was held during 18th August, 2009 at Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, Maharastra.
  • Attended short training on “Molecular Tools and Techniques in Plant and Animal Biotechnology” which was held during 11-25th March, 2011 at Bharadhidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu.

INVITED LECTURES

  • M. Amutha. 2011. Temperature effect on growth parameters of mealybug, Paracoccusmarginatus (Williams and Granara de Willink). In: 2nd International congress of Global warming on Biodiversity of Insects: Management and conservation, 24th- 26th August, Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore.
  • M. Amuthaand B. Dharajothi. 2011. Population dynamics ofmealybugs, Phenacoccussolenopsis (Tinsley) and Paracoccusmarginatus(Williams and Granara de Willink) on cotton. In: 2nd International congress of Global warming on Biodiversity of Insects: Management and conservation, 24th- 26th August, Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore.
  • Amutha M and Dharajothi B. 2013. Effect of temperature on reproduction parameters of Paracoccusmarginatus (Williams and Granara de Willink) and Phenacoccussolenopsis Tinsley (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) on cotton. In: 3rd International congress of Global warming on Biodiversity of Insects: Management and conservation, 26th- 28th August, Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore.

AWARDS/ REWARDS/ RECOGNITION

  • Best poster award for the poster entitledRecord of natural parasitism on cotton mealybugs, Phenacoccussolenopsis (Tinsley) and Paracoccusmarginatus (Williams and Granara de Willink)” presented in Second Biopesticide International Conference. 26-28th November at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai.
  • Junior Scientist of the year - 2010 by International Board of Awards of National Environmental Science Academy, New Delhi, India.

PUBLICATIONS

PAPER PRESENTED IN SEMINARS/CONFERENCE

  • M. Amutha,J. GulsarBanu, T. Surulivelu and N. Gopalakrishnan. 2009. Pathogenicity of Metarhiziumanisopliae against cotton mealybugs, (Phenacoccussolenopsis (Tinsley) and Paracoccusmarginatus (Williams and Granara de Willink). In: Second Biopesticide International Conference. 26-28th November at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai. p. 60
  • M. Amutha,J. GulsarBanu, T. Surulivelu and N. Gopalakrishnan. 2009. Compatability of white muscardine fungus, Beauveriabassiana with commonly used insectides for cotton pest management. In: Second Biopesticide International Conference. 26-28th November, at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai. p. 60
  • M. Amutha,B. Dharajothi, T. Surulivelu and N. Gopalakrishnan. 2009. Record of natural parasitism on cotton mealybugs, Phenacoccussolenopsis (Tinsley) and Paracoccusmarginatus (Williams and Granara de Willink). In: Second Biopesticide International Conference. 26-28th November, at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai. Pp. 114
  • J. GulsarBanu, T. Surulivelu, M. Amutha,and N. Gopalakrishnan. 2009. Evaluation of insecticides and biopesticides against Phenacoccussolenopsis and Paracoccusmarginatus infesting cotton. In: Second Biopesticide International Conference. 26-28th November, at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai. Pp. 213
  • M. Amutha and J. GulsarBanu. 2010. Pathogenicity of entamopathogenic fungus Beauveriabassiana against cotton mealybugs, Phenacoccussolenopsis (Tinsley) and Paracoccusmarginatus (Williams and Granara De Willink). P.271. In: 97th Indian Science Congress, 3-7th January, Trivandrum, Kerala.
  • J. GulsarBanu, T. Surulivelu, M. Amutha,and N. Gopalakrishnan. 2009. Evaluation of insecticides and biopesticides against Phenacoccussolenopsis and Paracoccusmarginatus infesting cotton. In: Second Biopesticide International Conference. 26-28th November, at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai. Pp. 213
  • J. GulsarBanu and M. Amutha. 2010. Susceptibility of different developmental stages of the cotton mealybug, Paracoccusmarginatus to entomopathogenic fungi. P.275. In: 97th Indian Science Congress, 3-7th January, Trivandrum, Kerala.
  • M. Amutha and J. GulsarBanu. 2011. Biochemical changes during pathogenesis of cotton mealybug with Metarhiziumanisopliae. P.83. In: 98th Indian Science Congress, 3-7th January, SRM University, Chennai.
  • M. Amutha and J. GulsarBanu. 2011. Compataibility between green muscardine fungus, Metarhiziumanisopliae and insecticides used in cotton ecosystem. P.84. In: 98th Indian Science Congress, 3-7th January, SRM University, Chennai.
  • J. GulsarBanu and M. Amutha. 2011. Histopathological changes of cotton mealybugParacoccusmarginatus infected by native entomopathogenic fungi. P.85 In: 98th Indian Science Congress, 3-7th January, SRM University, Chennai.
  • J. GulsarBanuandM. Amutha. 2011. Evaluation of Lecanicilliumlecanii in lab and pot culture conditions, as a potential candidate for biocontrol of mealybug, Phenacoccussolenopsis. P.85. In: 98th Indian Science Congress, 3-7th January, SRM University, Chennai.
  • T. Surulivelu, J. GulsarBanu, T. Sonairajan, B. Dharajothi and M. Amutha. 2011. Evaluation of fungal pathogens for the management of mealybugs in Bt cotton. In: National symposium on harnessing biodiversity for biological control of crop pests, May 25-26,at National Bureau of Agriculturally important insects, Bengaluru.
  • B. Dharajothi, T. SonaiRajan, V.S. Nagrare, M. Amutha, Rishi Kumar and T. Surulivelu. 2011. Influence of spatial cropping patterns of cotton cultivation on population dynamics of mirid bug, Crontiadesbiseratense (Distant). In: World Cotton conference-5, November 7-11, Mumbai, India. P.85.
  • M. Amutha. 2011. Artificial inoculation of Beauveriabassiana as an endophyte in cotton. In: World Cotton conference-5, November 7-11, Mumbai, India. P. 142.
  • V.S. Nagrare, A.J. Deshmukh, B. Dharajothi, M. Amutha, Rishi Kumar, S. Kranthi and K.R. Kranthi. 2011. Sampling methodology for assessing field population of cotton infesting mired Campylommalivida Reuter (Hemiptera:Miridae). In: World Cotton conference-5, November 7-11, Mumbai, India. P. 150.
  • M. Amutha and B. Dharajothi. 2013. Population dynamics of mealybug, Paracoccusmarginatus (Williams and Granara de Willink) on Bt cotton in different cropping pattern. In: New horizons in Insect Science (Ed: A.K. Chakravarthyet al.,), Proceedings of International Conference on Insect science, February, 14-17, 2013 at Bangalore, India.
  • B. Dharajothi, Y.G. Prasad, M. Amutha and K. Govindan. 2013. Miridbug (Creontiadesbiseratense Distant) - An emerging pest on Bt cotton.  In: New horizons in Insect Science (Ed: A.K. Chakravarthyet al.,), Proceedings of International Conference on Insect science, February, 14-17, 2013 at Bangalore, India.
  • J. GulsarBanu and M. Amutha. 2013. Influence of insecticides on Metarhiziumanisopliae (ARSEF-9613), a native entomopathogenic fungus from mealybug. In: New horizons in Insect Science (Ed: A.K. Chakravarthyet al.,), Proceedings of International Conference on Insect science, February, 14-17, 2013 at Bangalore, India.
  • Amutha M and GulsarBanu J. 2013. Pathogenesis related enzyme activity during pathogenesis of entomopathogens. In: Fourth Biopesticide International Conference. 28-30th November, at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai. P.97.
  • Amutha M and GullsarBanu J. 2013. Variation in sequential developmental symptoms of pathogenesis by entomopathogenic fungus on Paracoccusmarginatus. In: Fourth Biopesticide International Conference. 28-30th November, at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai. P.67
  • GulsarBanu and Amutha M.2013. Natural occurrence of Cladosporiumcladosporioides (Fresen.) de Vries from cotton aphid, Aphis gossypii Glover. In: Fourth Biopesticide International Conference. 28-30th November, at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai. P.65

RESEARCH ARTICLES

  • Amutha, M., N.R. Mahadevan, K. Chozhan, S. Manisegaran, S. Raguraman and R. Rajendran.2005. Synergistic effect of Azospirillummbrasilense (T.) and Vesicular ArbuscularMycorrhiza (VAM) on leaf folder feeding activity in rainfed upland rice. In: Biotechnological approaches for sustainable development (Eds.) Sudhakara Reddy, M. and Sunil Khanna. P.7-12.
  • M. Amutha and S. Manisegaran.2006. Evaluation of IPM modules against Helicoverpaarmigera (Hubner). Ann. Pl. Protec. Sci. 14 (1):22-26.
  • Amutha, M., K. Chozhan and M. Alagar. 2007. Synergistic effect of Azospirillummbrasilense and Vesicular ArbuscularMycorrhiza (VAM Glomusspp.) on leaf folder in rainfed rice. Journal of Plant Protection and Environment. 4(2):15-20.
  • M. Amutha, S. Manisegaran and M. Alagar. 2009. Ovipositional and orientationalbehaviour of Helicoverpaarmigera (Hub.) on selected tomato accessions (Lycopersiconesculentum Miller).Annals of Plant Protection Sciences Vol. 17(1), 59-64.
  • M. Amutha, M. Alagar and K. Chozhan. 2009. Synergistic effects of Azospirillumbrasilense (T.), Vesicular ArbuscularMycorrhiza (VAM- Glomus spp.), organic fertilizers on ScirpophagaincertulusWlk. on Oryza sativaL.. Annals of Plant Protection Sciences. Vol. 17, 2, 375-379.
  • M. Amutha, M. Alagar and K. Chozhan. 2009. Synergistic effects of Azospirillumbrasilense (T.) and Vesicular ArbuscularMycorrhiza (VAM- Glomus spp.) combined with organic and inorganic fertilizers on the infestation of rice yellow stem borer ScirpophagaincertulusWlk. under rainfed condition. Journal of Plant Protection and Environment. 6(2):50-58.
  • Alagar, M., P. Sivasubramanian, P.A. Saravanan and M. Amutha.2007. Safety of botanicals and insecticides to Chrysoperlacarnea Stephens and Trichogrammachilonis Ishii. Journal Plant Protection and Environment. 4(2): 7-14.
  • M. Amutha,J. GulsarBanu, T. Surulivelu and N. Gopalakrishnan. 2010. Effect of commonly used insecticides on the growth of white muscardine fungus, Beauveriabassiana under laboratory conditions. Journal of Biopesticides, Vol.3. No.1. 143-146.
  • M. AmuthaandJ. GulsarBanu, 2011. Susceptibility of cotton mealy bugs, Phenacoccussolenopsis and Paracoccusmarginatus at different developmental stages to entomopathogenic fungi. Indian Journal of Plant Protection Vol. 39. No. 3, 242-246.
  • Amutha, M. and J. GulsarBanu. 2012. Compatibility of Metarhiziumanisoplea and Verticilliumlecanii with insecticides. Annals of Plant Protection sciences, 20(2), 354-357.
  • V.S. Nagrare Rishi Kumar, M. Amutha, B. Dharajothi, S. Kranthi, S. Vennila, A.J. Deshmukh, K.D. Bisaneh, Manjula, K.R. Kranthi. A record of host plants of mealybug,PhenacoccussolenopsisTinsley for devising ecofriendly management strategiesJ. ent. Res., 36 (4): 327-344 (2012).
  • Surulivelu, T, J. GulsarBanu, T. Sonairajan, B. Dharajothi and M. Amutha. Evaluation of fungal pathogens for the management of mealybugs in Bt cotton. Journal of biological control, 26(1): 92-96, 2012.

BOOK CHAPTER

  • M. Amutha,S. Manisegaran, R. Rajendran, P. Vivekanandan and P. Govindaraju. 2007. Detection of biochemical constituents and isozymes in certain promising tomato accessions resistant to tomato fruit borer Helicoverpaarmigera (Hub.) In. Biotechnology and Insect pest Management. Ed. Fr. D. S. Ignacimuthu and Dr. S. Jayaraj. Elite publishing house pvt.ltd, New Delhi. ISBN no. 81-88901-26-1 pp.46-51.

RESEARCH NOTE

  • M. Amutha and S. Manisegaran. 2006. Screening of tomato accessions/varieties against Helicoverpaarmigera. 14 (1): 218-273. 
  • M. Amutha,B. DharaJothi, T. Surulivelu and N.Gopalakrishnan. 2009.Natural parasitism on Phenacoccussolenopsismealybug (Tinsley) and Paracoccusmarginatus(Williams and Granara de Willink). CICR Newsletter, Vol. 25, No.1 (Jan-March). P.5.
  • B. DharaJothi, T. Surulivelu, N. Gopalakrishnan, M. Amutha, T.R. Manjula and N. Kumaran. 2009. Natural occurrence of Spalgissp (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) as predator on mealybugParacoccusmarginatus Williams and Granara de Willink on Cotton. CICR Newsletter, Vol. 25,2, (Apr- June): p.4
  • M. Amutha and N. Gopalakrishnan. 2009. Histopathological changes due to Metarhiziumanisoplea infection on Paracoccusmarginatus. CICR Newsletter, Vol. 25, 3, (July- Sep): p.5.
  • S. Vennila, P. Jeyakumar, V. V. Ramamurthy, M. Amutha and DharaJothi, 2009.Report on Expanding list of Host Plants of Papaya MealybugParacoccusmarginatus. NCIPM Newsletter, Vol. 15 (1), Jan-June.
  • J.GulsarBanu, T. Surulivelu, M. Amuthaand N. Gopalakrishnan. 2010. Susceptibility of cotton mealybug, Paracoccusmarginatus to Entomopathogenic fungi. Annals of plant protection Sciences, Vol. 18(1), 247-248.

TECHNICAL BULLETINS

  • Nagrare V. S., Kranthi S., Rishi Kumar, Dharajothi B., Amutha M.,Deshmukh A.J., Bisane K. D., Kranthi K. R. (2010). Compendium of Cotton Mealybugs. Technical Bulletin, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur.
  • S. Vennila, Y.G. Prasad, M. Prabhakar, Rishi Kumar, V. Nagrare, M. Amutha, Dharajyothi, MeenuAgarwal, G. Sreedevi, B. Venkateswarlu, K.R. Kranthi and O.M. Bambawale 2011, Spatio-temporal Distribution of Host Plants of Cotton Mealybug, PhenacoccussolenopsisTinsley in India, Technical Bulletin No. 26, National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi P 50.

POPULAR ARTICLES (ENGLISH)

  • M. Alagar, P.A. Saravanan, M. Amutha and M. Jegadeesan. 2007. Bio-pesticides - Need of the hour for ecofriendly pest management. Agro-Bios. 33-34.
  • Alagar, M.,M. Amutha and P.A. Saravanana. 2007. Green leafy vegetables- Ecofriendly pest management. SwarnaSedyam. July53-54.

POPULAR ARTICLES (TAMIL)

  • M. Alagar, P. Sivasubramanian, M. Amutha, K. Balaji and M. Jegadeesan. 2008. Suitable season to control field rat- Summer. Nilavalam, August, 41, 5: p.24-25.
  • M. Alagar, M. Amutha and P. Sivasubramanian. 2008.How to prevent bollworms in cotton? Nilavalam, October, 41, 7: p. 4-6.
  • M. Alagar, M. Amutha and P. Sivasubramanian. 2008. How to prevent hoppers in rice? Nilavalam, December, 41, 9: p. 21.