Y. Rajashekar: Profile

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Y. Rajashekar

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D., Biotechnology, 2004-2010 (CSIR-CFTRI; University of Mysore)

M.Sc., Zoology, 2001-2003 (University of Mysore)

Experience

March 2018- Present: Scientist-D, IBSD

2013- March 2018: Scientist-C, IBSD

2011 - 2013: Postdoctoral Research Associate, ICAR-NBAIR, Bangalore

2004-2011 Research Scholar, CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore

Awards & Fellowships

2017: Eminent  Young Scientist Award of the year 2017 from International Foundation For Environment and Ecology

2016: Prof. T. S. Sadasivan Memorial NABS- Best Research Paper Award from National Academy of Biological Sciences

2015: Young Scientist Award of the year 2015 from International Foundation For Environment and Ecology

2012: SAB Young Investigator from Society of Applied Biotechnology

2007: Best Poster Presentation from 76thAnnual meeting of the Society of Biological Chemists (India)

2005: Dr.Kameshwara Rao Award from Applied Zoological Research Association, Odisha

 

Memberships

  1. Member of International Society of Chemical Ecology
  2. Member of Royal Society of Entomology, London
  3. Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India)
  4. Senior Member Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological& Environmental Engineering Society (APCBEES), Hongkong
  5. Life member for Society for Applied Biotechnology
  6. Life member for The Indian Science Congress Association
  7. Life member of National Academy of Biological Sciences
  8. Life Membership of The Biotech Research Society, India

Specialized Training

Isolation and characterization of bioactive compounds from natural origin.

Analysis of isolated bioactive compound as insecticides against stored grain insect pests or crops pests or insect vectors.

Development of Herbal pesticide compatible with organic, as well as conventional (synthetic), to enhance shelf life of food commodities.

Biosafety evaluation of plant bioactive compounds

The current research programmes focus on pest management from natural origin.Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, has been ranked 6th among the 25 biodiversity hotspots of the world. Biodiversity conservation events focus mostly on plant and animals, but a mind-boggling scale of insect pest control from botanicals is yet to be uncovered and exploited for human welfare. In North Eastern states of India, few studies are initiated for screening of bioactive molecules from plant diversity. However, insect pest control from natural origin is neglected. The ethnic people of North Eastern states of India practiced plants derived products as grain protectants or mosquito repellents or antifeedants etc... These traditional practice for pest management is major tool for explore natural sources for discovering new insecticides in order to address the problem of environmental and human health hazards and, to combat the evolution of insect resistance. In view of the priority for non-synthetic chemicals (Biopesticides) from plant origin, novel bioactive molecule will be isolated, characterized and evaluated, that could lead to the development of a new, eco-friendly, biodegradable safer bio-insecticide for insect pest control(grain protection against storage insect pest infestation or natural repellents against insect vectors or antifeedants against crop pests). In view of the above importance, the present research records on the basis of the traditional indigenous knowledge of the several ethnic people regarding the utilization of bioresources as insecticides.

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