Dr. Mahendrakar Sreenivasa Rao

Born in Banganapally, District Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, on 2nd October, 1960. Educated at Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, B. Sc (Ag) 1982, M. Sc. 1984 and Ph.D. 1988 from IARI, New Delhi; PDF, 1995 from University of Reading, UK.

Former Principal Scientist and Head of Entomology & Nematology Division, ICAR - IIHR, Bangalore and Campaigner for Sustainable Agriculture.

Scientist (S1), ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore, 1987-92; Scientist (Senior scale), ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore, 1992-96; Associate Professor (Entomology), ARS, Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Kadiri, 1996-99, Senior Scientist, ICAR - IIHR, Bangalore, 1999-2004; Principal Scientist, ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore, 2004-17 and Head, Divison of Entomology and Nematology, ICAR - IIHR, Bangalore, 1997-98.

Awards/Honours: Award of Excellence, IIIHR, 2015; FICCI- DST- Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Award, 2013; Dr.Vijyalakshmi Mojunder Memorial (IARI) Award, 2012; Professor H. M. Shah Memorial Award, 2002; Professor D. J. Raski Award, 1993; Represented ICAR in Indo French Delegation sponsored by Indo French Centre For The Promotion Of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), New Delhi And IISC, Bangalore; Represented ICAR at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, Abu Dhabi, 2014; FAO consultant for promoting the use of bio-pesticides in organic farming in Karnataka, 2010; Task Force Committee Member of DBT, New Delhi, for bio-pesticides, 2011 to 2013, PAC member of DST, New Delhi under State Science and Technology Program, 2011-13; Task Force Committee Member of DBT - SIBRI, New Delhi, 2014-16; Awarded 5 DBT projects and 3 DST projects and one ICAR project and one World bank project. Transferred Bio-pesticides technologies to more than 500 industires in India and an atuthority in the area of bio-pesticides in India with 7 International patents and One National Patent granted.

Research Areas: Nematology, Pathology and Biotechnology

Address: #623, A Block, 19th Main, 20th Cross, A Block, Sahakaranagar, Bengaluru 560092, Karnataka; [Tel: Cell: 9482603614, 9482603614; Email: msraobio45@gmail.com; msraobiopesticides@gmail.com]