Dr. Raman Thangavelu

Born in Peria Alangulam village of Madurai district Tamil Nadu, India on 1st June 1997. Studied B.Sc (Agri) at TNAU 1994-88, M.Sc (Agri) in Plant Pathology at Annamali university, Chidambaram, 1989-90, Ph. D at TNAU, Coimbatore 1998-2001, Post-Doctoral Fellow, QDPI&F, Brsbane, Australia 2007-08 and MBA (HRM) at MKU, Madurai, TN, 2009-11.

Principal Scientist (Plant pathology), ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu.

Scientist 1993-99, ICAR-IIHR & ICAR-NRCB, Tiruchirapalli, Scientist Sr. Scale, 1999-2002, Sr. Scientist 2002-2008, and Pr. Scientist since 2009 at ICAR-NRC for Banana, Tiruchirapalli.

Awards/Honours: ICAR-National Junior Fellowship, 1999; ICAR - Jawaharlal Nehru award” for the best Ph. D research in crop protection, 2003; DBT - Biotechnology overseas associateship, 2006; Chief Minister best writer award in Agriculture and Veterinary category by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu, 2009; Outstanding Scientist Award by SBER, 2019; Outstanding contribution to Science Award by Dr. B. Vasanthraj David foundation, Chennai, 2019; CHAI-APPRECIATION Award, 2019; Eminent Scientist Award by AETDS, 2020; Eminent Scientist Award by the AETDS, 2020; Eminent Scientist Award by DRASS, 2020; Certificate of Appreciation by VFPCK, Kerala 2021; IPS- Dr. A.K. Sarbhoy Memorial Award, 2022; Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)- Cold Chain Award, 2022;

Expert in the field of Fusarium wilt of banana by United Nations Organization FAO/IAEA -Vienna, Austria, 2022; Steering committee member- HORTSAP, Govt. of Maharashtra; 2013-16; Steering committee member BAPNET (Banana and plantain network) in Asia Pacific region; PROMUSA working group member for Fusarium wilt and Sigatoka leaf spot diseases of Banana; Recognized as an expert in the Field of Fusarium wilt in Banana by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MASA) of Mozambique, 2019. Zonal councilor of Indian Phytopathological society; 2018-2019.

Fellow: Association for the Improvement in Production and Utilization of Banana; Confederation of Horticultural Association of India; National Academy of Biological Sciences

Research Areas: Diagnosis and detection of plant pathogens, Molecular characterization and diversity analysis, Host pathogen interactions, Host resistance, Biological management of plant pathogens, Mass production, storage and delivery of biological control agents, IDM practices for managing plant pathogens and Shelf life enhancement of fruits for distant markets

Address: Principal Scientist, ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana, Thogamalai Main Road, Tiruchirappalli 620102, Tamil Nadu; 4/115, Sri Vignesh Illam, 16th cross, Shanmuganagar south extn. UKT (Post), Tiruchirapalli 620102, Tamil Nadu; [Tel: Off. (0431) 2618125; Cell: 9080862453; Email: rtbanana@gmail.com, thangavelu.r@icar.gov.in]