Dr. Jithu U. Krishnan
Completing college education from the University of Kerala, He secures his PhD in Zoology from ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Trivandrum. In his PhD work, he inquires about the potentials of extracting cyanide radicals from Cassava (Manihot exculenta Crantz) and its possibilities in pest management. His collaboration with the technical team of ISRO results in the implementation of two mass-scale production pilot plants. He worked as the senior research fellow in Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana project worth Rs. 50 lakh/- that scrutinises the viability of pesticides that he generated in different agro-climatic zones of Kerala. His study covers trials among 230* farmer's fields (in 1,80,000* banana plants). The field level success of his biopesticides in the management of banana pseudostem weevil (Odoiporous longicollis Oliver) aids him to earn a few national and international recognitions. He studied the endosymbiotic associations in this monophagous pest and was also able to isolate three kairomone species from the host plant that was possibly attracting the pest.
He is currently looking at the social structure of Ropalidia Marginata under Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar as a UGC-Dr. D.S.Kothari Post Doctoral Fellow. His research question includes the role of nutrition in the social structure of this primitively eusocial wasp and the significance of the dominance scale for direct fitness.
Best Paper Award- DST SERB Insect School held at St. Josephs college, Devagiri, Calicut.
GCP 21- Travel Grant Award to attend the World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops.
Best Paper Award- ADVENTOR-2015, National seminar on Advances in entomological research, Organised by University of Calicut
Best Poster Award- KSC-2015, in the discipline of Agricultural and Food science- 27th Kerala Science Congress