Authors : Dr. P. Ponmurugan , Dr. Deepa M.A

Role of Biocontrol Agent

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Dr. P. Ponmurugan  is currently working as Professor and Head inthe Department of Biotechnology at K.S.R. College of Technology, Tiruchengode,Tamil nadu, India. He has obtained his Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology fromBharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Earlier, he worked as Scientistat UPASI Tea Research Institute, Valparai, Tamil Nadu for a period of sixyears. He has published more than 75 research papers in both National andInternational journals and field two patents on biocontrol.

He is acting as 'Reviewer' and 'Associate Editor' for theJournal of Genes, Genomes and Genomics, Genomics and Proteomics coming out fromGlobal Science Publications, London, UK and Academic Journals from New York,USA respectively besides number of journals coming from India. He is alsoacting as Academic council member for various autonomous colleges andUniversities in India. Recognized supervisor leading to Ph.D., degree inBiotechnology/Microbiology by Anna University, Chennai & Coimbatore,Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Vinayaka Mission University, Salem andSASTRA University Thanjavur are his credits.

Dr. P. Ponmurugan has received 'Indian Academy SummerResearch Fellowship' from Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, 'Young ScientistAward Fellowship' from Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology(TNSCST), Chennai and 'SERC FAST-TRACK Young Scientist Fellowship' from Departmentof Science and Technology, New Delhi. A total of four funded projects werecompleted by him so far for which financial assistance was obtained fromTNSCST, Chennai.

Dr. Deepa M.A is currently working as AssistantProfessor in the Department of Life sciences at Kristu Jayanti College,Bangalore, India. She has obtained her Ph.D. in Botany from BharathiarUniversity, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. She is specialized in the field of plantand Agricultural Biotechnology. Earlier, she has worked as Scientist at R &D Centre, Cholayil Private Limited, Chennai, Tamil Nadu for a period of twoyears. She has published more than twenty research papers in both National andInternational journals.

She has great interest in teaching Plant biotechnology,Agricultural Biotechnology and Microbiology, Molecular Biology, GeneticEngineering and Microbiology for students at both UG and PG levels. She hasalso guided number of research projects for B.Tech and M.Phil students ofvarious colleges and Universities. She is also a consultant for various BiotechIndustries and training centers. She is an editorial board member of sixinternational journals. She is also a recognized research guide for BharathiarUniversity and Anna University, Coimbatore.