Dr. M.R. Manikantan

Born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India on 15 June, 1969. Educated at Sourashtra Higher Secondary School, Madurai, 1974-86; Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, 1986-91,1992-94, 2006-09. B.E.(Ag) 1991; M.E.(Ag) 1994; Ph.D. 2009; PG Diploma in Operations Management, IGNOU, New Delhi, 2004; PG Diploma in Human Resource Management, IGNOU, New Delhi, 2009.

Principal Scientist (AS&PE) & Research Engineer, AICRP on PHET, Physiology, Biochemistry and Postharvest Technology Division, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod, Kerala.

Scientist (AS&PE) 2000-11, Senior Scientist (AS&PE) 2011-13, Food Grains and Oilseeds Processing Division, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana; Senior Scientist (AS&PE) & Research Engineer, AICRP on PHET, 2013-16.

Awards/Honours: ICAR Jawaharlal Nehru Award, 2010; Coconut Development Board The Best Coconut Research Worker (Findings on Coconut Products) National Award 2016-18; Indian Academy of Horticultural Sciences Dr J C Anand Award in Post-Harvest Management of Horticultural Crops, 2022; AICRP on PHET Best Centre of the year Award, 2019, 2020 and 2021-22; ICAR-CPCRI Best Scientific Team Research Award, 2019-20; Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers Distinguished Service Certificate Award, 2012-13; Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers Commendation Medal Award, 2019; The Society of Tropical Agriculture Outstanding Scientist Award, 2019; CSIR Senior Research Fellowship, 1999; Alternate Member, Fruits, Vegetables and Allied Products Sectional Committee, FAD 10 of BIS since September 2019; Expert Member, Coconut Processing, PMFME Scheme, Ministry of Food Processsing Industries, Government of India; Secretary, QRT of AICRP on APA (2007-12); Member of the Expert Sub Group No.8 – “A plan for value addition and Industrial Investment In Kerala's Post Harvest Agriculture” for 14th Five Year Plan of Kerala State Planning Board; Treasurer, Indian Society of Plantation Crops, 2014-16; Executive Committee Member, Indian Society of Plantation Crops, 2022-23; Guest Editor, Journal of Texture Studies, 2022; Associate Editor, Processing, Dairy and Food Engineering Division of Journal of Agricultural Engineering, Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, New Delhi since April 2022.

Research Areas: Processing, Value Addition and Product Diversification of Coconut, Arecanut and Cocoa; Drying Kinetics; Engineering Properties; Extrusion Processing; Nanocomposite Technology; Microencapsulation

Address: Principal Scientist (AS&PE), PB&PHT Division, ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kudlu P.O., Kasaragod 671124, Kerala; Type V/5, CPCRI Residential Complex, Chowki, Kudlu (Post), Kasaragod 671124, Kerala; [Tel: Off. (04994) 232894; Cell:8078761449, 7010306718; Email: manicpcri@gmail.com; maniciphet@gmail.com; manikantan.mr@icar.gov.in]