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Dr. Elain Apshara S

Acting Head, Regional Station

Crop Improvement Division

Acting Head, Regional Station


08255 239566

Ph.D. Horticulture | PGDCA | PGDCBI | PGDTMA

Fruits and Plantation Crops

·         Cocoa germplasm holding enhanced to 515.

·         Released three cocoa varieties VTLCS-1, VTLCS-2 and VTLCH-5.

·         Developed DUS guidelines for cocoa.

·         Established Cocoa Model Nursery.

·         Co-ordinating cocoa promotion activities in collaboration with Directorate of Cashewnut and Cocoa Development (DCCD).

·         Represented India in various cocoa forums at Brazil, USA, UK, Malaysia and Philippines.

·         Dr. K. G. Shanmugavelu award and Gold Medal for best Horticulture thesis 2000 by TNAU.

·         Jawaharlal Nehru Award for the best PG Agricultural Research 2001-2002 by ICAR.

·         Dr. C. S. Venkataram Memorial Award for the best original research paper entitled ‘Comparative studies on elite cocoa progenies in the initial years of growth’ published in   2008 in the Journal of Plantation Crops by ISPC.

·         Best oral presentation in technical session IV: Bioinformatics tools and databases, in the National Seminar on New Horizons and Challenges in Biotechnology and   Bioinformatics, 09-10 Oct 2014 for the paper on CocoaSTRESSdb.

·         Research guide- Biosciences, Mangalore University.

·         Research guide- Dept. of Plantation Crops, University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences (UAHS), Shivamogga.




Elain Apshara, S., Vivek R.Bhat and Nair, R.V. 2008. Comparative studies on elite cocoa progenies in their initial years of growth. Journal of Plantation Crops 36 (1): 38- 44.


Elain Apshara, S. and Nair, R.V. 2011. Genetic analysis in cocoa collections obtained from Nigeria. Journal of Plantation Crops 39 (1): 153-156.


Elain Apshara, S. 2013. Performance of selected cocoa clones under arecanut and coconut. Journal of Plantation Crops 41 (2): 242- 246.


         Elain Apshara, S., Rajesh, M.K. and Balasimha, D. 2013. Assessment of morphological, physiological and molecular characteristics of cocoa accessions from Central and South America in relation to drought tolerance. Journal of Plantation Crops 41 (3): 389- 397.


          Elain Apshara, S. 2015. Growth and yield performance of Trinidad cocoa collections in Karnataka. Journal of Plantation Crops 43(3): 237-240.


Elain Apshara, S. 2016. Selection of potential clones from Wayanad cocoa collections. Journal of Plantation Crops 44(2): 124-128.


Elain Apshara, S. 2017. Comparative study on clonal and seedling progenies of selected cocoa genotypes. Indian Journal of Horticulture 74(2):168-172.


Elain Apshara, S. and Krithika, K.J. 2018. Evaluation of selective cocoa clones from Central and South America in their initial years of growth. Journal of Plantation Crops 46(3): 218-220.