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Srinivasan Ramasamy

Acting Regional Director – South and Central Asia; Lead Entomologist and Flagship Leader -- Safe and Sustainable Value Chains

South Asia/Central Asia

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PhD in Agricultural Entomology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India / Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center, Taiwan

Research interests

Whitefly vector on tomato, pepper and mungbean; thrips on onion; aphids on okra; legume pod borer on food legumes; brassica pests and melon fly on cucurbits


Srinivasan Ramasamy received a PhD in Agricultural Entomology from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India / Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center, Taiwan in 2003. Since 2005 he has served as Head of the Entomology Group at AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center. His professional interests include host-plant resistance, chemical ecology of insect pests, biological control, and molecular entomology.

Dr. Srinivasan received the Hexamer Agricultural Research Foundation Award, Th. P. M. Srinivasan Endowment Award, The Students of Agricultural Entomology (Madurai) Award, Gujarat Agro Industries Medal and Smt. Ganga Bai Venkateswaran Prize (Tamil Nadu Agricultural University) for academic excellence in university. He is also the recipient of the Young Scientists Award (International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and 2nd Annual Congress of Human Proteomics Organization, Canada) and the Funded Delegate Program Award (XXII International Congress of Entomology, Australia). As a member of the AVRDC Plant Protection and Breeding Team, he received the International Plant Protection Award of Distinction from the International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences.

Dr. Srinivasan is an active member in professional societies / networks such as Royal Entomological Society, Society for Invertebrate Pathology, Entomological Society of America, International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences, and International Society of Chemical Ecology. He has more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters, two field guides and a Conference Proceedings to his credit. He is the Technical Team Member of the USAID-funded Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab (formerly IPM Collaborative Research Support Program, IPM CRSP).