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Environment Science      (17 scientists)

Dr K. Usha


Field of Specialisation : Mango and guava breeding, mango malformation, Agroecology, waste management, Agroforestry ecosystem services

Dr K. Usha

Principal Scientist

M.Sc. : UAS,Bangalore

Ph.D : UAS,Bangalore

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PG School, Faculty Disciplines : School of Fruit Science

No. of Students Guided : -    M.Sc :   3

   Ph.D :   9

Top 10 Publications having NAAS rating 6 and above with first or corresponding author only

  1. K Usha, B Singh, D Kamil (2019) Hormonal profiling of the Fusarium mangiferae infected mango buds in relation to mango malformation.Scientia Horticulturae 254, 148-154
  2. K Usha, B Singh(2013) Potential applications of remote sensing in horticulture�A review Scientia Horticulturae 153, 71-83
  3. K Usha, B Singh, P Praseetha, N Deepa, DK Agarwal, R Agarwal (2009)Antifungal activity of Datura stramonium, Calotropis gigantea and Azadirachta indica against Fusarium mangiferae and floral malformation in mango,European journal of plant pathology 124 (4), 637-657
  4. S Nimisha, D Kherwar, KM Ajay, B Singh, K Usha(2013) Molecular breeding to improve guava (Psidium guajava L.): current status and future prospective. Scientia Horticulturae 164, 578-588
  5. K Usha, A Saxena, B Singh (2004)Rhizosphere dynamics influenced by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (Glomus deserticola) and related changes in leaf nutrient status and yield of Kinnow mandarin {King (Citrus nobilis) � Willow Leaf (Citrus deliciosa)}Australian journal of agricultural research55 (5), 571-576
  6. S Ebrahim, K Usha, B Singh (2011)Pathogenesis-related (PR)-proteins-proteins: Chitinase and β-1, 3-glucanase in defense mechanism against malformation in mango (Mangifera indica L.)Scientia horticulturae 130 (4), 847-852
  7. OP Singh, K Usha, E Saboki, M Srivastav, A Dahuja, B Singh (2012) Enzymatic reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging system in mango varieties resistant and susceptible to malformation Scientia horticulturae 138, 81-89
  8. K Usha, AM Goswami, HC Sharma, B Singh, PC Pande (1997) Scanning electron microscopic studies on floral malformation in mango Scientia horticulturae 71 (1-2), 127-130
  9. Ashok Yadav, Pawan K Jayaswal, K Venkat Raman, Bhupinder Singh, Nagendra K Singh, K Usha (2020)Transcriptome analysis of flowering genes in mango (Mangifera indica L.) in relation to floral malformationJOURNAL OF PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (vol 33, pg 789, 2020)
  10. S Ebrahim, K Usha, B Singh (2012) Plant architectural traits and their role in defense mechanism against malformation in mango (Mangifera Indica L.)Scientia horticulturae 139, 25-31

Patent / Technologies / Methodologies / System etc. (Upto Five) :

  1. Succeessfully proved at molecular level, that low endogenous GA levels in buds infected with Fusarium mangiferae lead to development of mango malformation. Developed mango malformation disease prediction models using remote sensing and GIS tools.
  1. Single use plastic to laser induced graphene .Patent submitted. Identified fungi and bacteria that can degrade plastic
  1. Identified Sasri and Sasni as dwarf guava genotypes and selections from Alligarh and Black Guava (red flesh and soft seeded) R7T8, R6T7, R3T8, R5T9 (white flesh, soft seeded) as promising for north Indian conditions. Identified Bhaduaran, Ellaichi, H-8-11 (AxLS), H-2-6 (AxLS) as mango varieties resistant to mango malformation.
  1. Developed several bio formulations using 1) datura, calotropis and neem plant extracts; 2) Bacillus subtilis RP 24 ; and 7 Trichoderma strains for controlling mango malformation.
  1. Developed two organic pesticides that are promising against several sucking pests and fungi from 1) citrus and pomegranate fruit waste peels and 2) datura, calotropis, and neem plant extracts. Developed technology for converting Single-use plastic to Laser-induced graphene. Developed protocols for the degradation of plastic using solvents and fungi

Awards / Recognitions / Fellowship (Upto Five) :

  1. Jawahal Lal Nehru award 1995,INSA DFG Fellow 2003
  1. Distinguished Scientist award for 2020-2021 at International conference on Engineering, Science and Medicine held at Goa from 5.3.2021 to 9.3.2021
  1. Recipient of Vikram Award from System Society of India, 1st October, 2022 for real life systems of National importance having relevance to societal application
  1. Outstanding Scientist Award-2017, Life Time Achievement Award in Dec 2018 by International society of Tropical Agriculture.
  1. 7 Best Paper Awards at International conferences and at Mango Conference held in May, 2018 at Vengurlae