Name : Akundi Santa Ram

Present Position: Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology Pooja Bhagavat Memorial Mahajana’s Post Graduate Centre KRS Road, Metagalli, Mysore 570016, Karnataka, India

Permanent address : # 51, Block 22, Madhuvana Srirampura 2nd Stage Mysore 570023, Karnataka, India

E- mail:

Phone: 0091-821-2361894 (Res) 0091-94487-53302 (Mobile)

Education:  Ph.D. in Botany (Special training in Cytogenetics, Radiation Genetics and Developmental Morphology of Angiosperms at M.Sc., Phytochemistry and Plant Development at Ph.D.).

Trainings attended: Training in plant regeneration techniques at Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore, India,1986)

Molecular biology and biodiversity conservation techniques at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (Chennai, India,1997).

Underwent training  in the techniques of Plant Molecular Biology at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation as  a SERC Visiting Fellow (1998).

Underwent training on IPRs at ASCI, (Hyderabad, 2006) and participated in several discussions on the subject and involved in the registration of unique coffee germplasm with the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources.

Title of Ph.D. Thesis: Phytochemical and Embryological Studies in some Umbelliferae.

Employment :

Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology, Pooja Bhagavat Memorial Mahajana Post Graduate Centre, Metagally, Mysore(March 2009).

Head, Division of Plant Breeding and GeneticsIn Central Coffee Research Institute (voluntarily retired in  2008)

Research involvement: Involved with coffee plant breeding since 1980. A variety of research subjects were explored to gain a deep insight into the genetic architecture of the coffee plant and plants in general in order to develop models for plant improvement in coffee.

Total research work can be broadly divided into three major areas: reproductive biology, plant breeding and biotechnology.

Participated in the technical execution of national and international collaborative projects on coffee breeding and biotechnology.

Published over 80 research papers in journals and/or proceedings of National and International seminars/symposia.
List of Publications

Fund Raising: The following funds were raised from National and International nodal agencies for coffee breeding projects .

1. Collaborative project “ Studies on Properties of Wood as Indicators of Coffee White Stem Borer Resistance” in collaboration with Institute of Wood Science and Technology (2005-2008).

Total value: Rs.22.85 lakhs.

Source of Funds: Coffee Board, Bangalore.

2. Collaborative project, “Breeding Coffee for Durable Resistance Against Coffee Leaf Rust and Coffee Berry Disease” in collaboration with Centro Investigacao das Ferrugens do Cafeeiros, Oeiras, Portugal (2007-2010). Total value: Rs. 6.60 lakhs.

Source of Funds: Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi.

3. Collaborative Project “Increasing the Resilience of Coffee Production to Coffee Leaf Rust and Other Diseases in India and Four African Countries” in collaboration with CABI (Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International), Coffee Research Foundation, Kenya; Coffee Research Institute, Uganda; Coffee Research Station, Zimbabwe and Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Rwanda, Rwanda.

Total value: US$ 39.88 lakhs. India’s share: US$ 9.11 lakhs.

Source of funds: International Coffee Organization, London and Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Achievements: An important achievement in the course of my work with CCRI is the development and release of a new variety of coffee plant named as Chandragiri in the year 2007.

Developed model breeding systems for various hybrid lines of coffee in the course of past 28 years.

Current Research Interest: Building  a collection of useful microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) of Karnataka to develop bio fertilizers and bio control agents for promoting sustainable agriculture.

Another area of research interest is identification of elite medicinal plants in the wild plant populations of Mysore district.

Research Guidance: I am a recognized guide for the Doctoral students of Kuvempu University and Mysore University in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

Thus far, two students submitted their Doctoral theses to Kuvempu University and one student submitted the thesis to the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Titles of theses :

1. Ramesh G. 2008. Studies on Combined use of Organics and Inorganic Fertilizers on Growth and Yield of Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata L.) – Kuvempu University.

2. Dinesh KP. 2008. Morphological, Biochemical and Molecular Characterization of Ethiopian Arabica Coffee (Coffea arabica L.) Germplasm in India – Kuvempu University.

3. Muthuramalingam S. 2008. Characterization of Arabica Coffee (Coffea arabica L.) Genotypes for Yield and Quality – Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

One student N. Suresh, recently registered for Ph.D. Degree of Kuvempu Unviersity with subject of study, Development of Morphological, Biochemical and Molecular Markers for Disease Resistance in Coffee.

As an accredited research guide I have guided over 30 Master’s students from the various Universities such as University of Mysore, Kuvempu University, Kannur University, Bangalore University, Bharatidasan University and Utkal University in their project work.

Completed Projects

1. International collaborative project “Pathology and Improvement of Coffee for the Main Diseases” funded by European Commission (1990-94) in association with the Centro Investigacao das Ferrugens do Cafeeiros, Oeiras, Portugal.

2. National network project on “Biotechnological Approaches for Coffee Plant Improvement” funded by the Department of Biotechnology (1999-2004).

3. A collaborative project, “Properties of Wood as Indicators of Resistance to Coffee White Stem Borer” in association with the Institute of Wood Science & Technology, Bangalore funded by Coffee Board, Bangalore (2004-2007).

On-going Projects

1. A project on “Increasing the Resilience of Coffee Production to Coffee Leaf Rust and Other Diseases in India and Four African Countries” funded by International Coffee Organization (ICO) and Common Fund for Commodities (CFC).

2. A collaborative research project with the Coffee Rusts Research Centre, Portugal on “Coffee Breeding for Durable Resistance to Coffee Leaf Rust and Coffee Berry Disease” funded by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India.

These projects are now being continued by the Institute since my departure from Central Coffee Research Institute. International Visits In the course of my service, I have had the opportunity to contact and develop rapport with international nodal agencies like the International Coffee Organization, Common Fund for Commodities, European Commission and several others.

My international visits:

1. Kyoto city, Japan to present a paper on Mendelian Genetics of Rust Resistance in Coffee (1995).

2. Kenya and Tanzania for a study of the breeding techniques and genetic resources available in those countries (2003).

3. Centro Investigacao das Ferrugens do Cafeeiros, Oeiras, Portugal as part of a collaborative project on Breeding Coffee Plants with Durable Resistance to Coffee Leaf Rust and Coffee Berry Disease (2007).

Computer knowledge: Trained in the use of word processing, database and numerical and statistical analysis software.


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