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Dr. Ramesh S.V

Senior Scientist

Division of Physiology | Biochemistry and Post Harvest Technology

Senior Scientist


04994-232894 (ext.) 305


Ph.D (Biochemistry), ICAR-IARI, Post-doctoral research at Washington State University (WSU), USA

Plant Biotechnology & Molecular Biology

·         RNA silencing-based strategies and gene constructs to confer resistance against viral diseases of tomato and soybean. First in the country to develop and demonstrate the utility of RNAi constructs in conferring virus resistance in plants [Oligonucleotides 17:251–257; Transgenic Res. 19:45–55; J. Plant Interact. 2(4):213–218; 3 Biotech 9 (9):334].

·         A screening technique to evaluate the soybean genotypes for yellow mosaic disease resistance using a viral titre quantification protocol [J. Virol. Methods 268:24-31]. A PCR-based assay to detect begomoviruses infecting soybean [Biotech J. Int. 12(3): 1-10].

·         Soybean-derived small RNA biomarkers (miRNAs) conferring virus resistance [Phytopath. 104 (11): 107, Current Sci. 110 (3): 424-428; Physiol. Mol. Plant Path. 100: 13-22].

·         Genomic resources of phytopathogenic viruses infecting crops of economic importance [Arch. Virol. 159:3427–3433; BMC Res. Notes 9:200; Gene 547:111- 118; Plant Omics 10(2): 88-96; Biotech. J. Intl. 12(3): 1-10; Soybean Res. 14(1): 01-12; J. crop weed 13(2): 64-67; Virus Disease 30 (2), 252-260].

·         Host-virus interactions and molecular insights thereof with special reference to small RNAs [Frontiers in Microbiology 11: 614231; Viruses 9(9) 256; Gene 678:184-195; Virus Res. 238:13–23; Virol. J. 14:129; Physiol. Mol. Plant Path. 100: 13-22; Planta 252(4): 51].

·         Soybean genetic resources [Current Science 114 (4): 906-908; Ind J. of Genet. & Pl. Breeding 75(3):382-385].

·         Quality standards of virgin coconut oils derived from various methodologies [J. Food Process Eng. 43 (6):p.e13395].

·         Co-developed a technology to prevent the browning of minimally processed tender coconuts.

·         Other scholarly works [Ramesh et al. (10.1016/B978-0-12-817892-8.00015-5); Ramesh et al. (10.1007/978-3-319-97946-5_6); Ramesh & Praveen, (10.1016/B978-0-12-802259-7.00006-3); Ramesh & Praveen, (10.21775/9781910190814.11); Ramesh et al. (ISBN: 9781486310906-CSIRO Publishing. Pp261-278); Ratnaparkhe, Ramesh et al. (10.1007/978-1-4614-8370-0_3); Trends Food Sci.Technol. 97: 1-13; Trends Food Sci. Technol. 97: 38-54; Appl. Spectrosc. Rev.55: 593-611; Food Chem. 348: 129088].

·         Best Paper Award-International Webinar on Phytochemistry-Kerala Academy of Sciences-2020

·         Best Scientific Team Research Award-ICAR-CPCRI (2019-20)- 2021

·         Member- World Society of Virology-2019

·         DBT- Cutting-edge Research Enhancement and Scientific Training Award (CREST Award)- 2013-14

·         JCVI-sponsored -Legume (Medicago) Bioinformatics Workshop conducted at The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), Maryland, USA-2014

·         DBT-sponsored Travel Award-American Phytopathological Society-Canadian Phytopathological Society (APS-CPS)- Joint meeting- Minneapolis- MN, USA-2014

·         Young Plant Biotechnologist Award-AABSc -2015

·         Member, International Working Group on Legume and Vegetable Viruses-2015

·         Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Biodiversity Science-2015

·         DBT-CTEP Travel Award-World Soybean Research conference-IX (WSRC-IX), Durban, South Africa-2013

·         Peer recognition: Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBAB), (Non-coding RNAs and antiviral resistance) Symposium on “Advances in non coding genomics” -2013

·         Best Paper Award -10th ADNAT International Convention on RNAi and micro RNA in Development and Health -2006

·         CSIR-sponsored SRF & JRF: 2004-2007 (Ph.D Biochemistry)

·         ICAR-IARI-sponsored JRF:2003 (Ph.D Biochemistry)

·         ICAR-sponsored JRF :2001 (M.Sc. Biochemistry)




Ramesh S.V., Yogindran S., Gnanasekaran P., Chakraborty S., Winter S., Pappu H.R. (2021). Virus and viroid-derived small RNAs as modulators of host gene expression: molecular insights into pathogenesis. Frontiers in Microbiology 11: 614231   DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2020.614231

2Tabassum A., Ramesh S.V., Zhai Y., Iftikhar R., Pappu H.R. (2021). Viruses without borders: Global analysis of the population structure, haplotype distribution, and evolutionary pattern of Iris yellow spot virus (Family Tospoviridae, Genus Orthotospovirus). Frontiers in Microbiology 
Ramesh S.V.*, Hebbar K.B.*, Rajesh M.K., Abhin S.P., Gangaraj K.P., Athul Bobby (2021). Transcriptome analysis of Cocos nucifera L., seedlings having contrasting water use efficiency (WUE) under water-deficit stress: molecular insights and genetic markers for drought tolerance. Proceedings. DOI:10.3390/IECPS2020-08853
4Ramesh S.V.*, Pandiselvam R, Hebbar K. B., Manikantan M.R., Shameena Beegum P.P., Shelly Praveen, Sruthi N. U. (2021). Antiviral potential of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) oil and COVID-19. Coronaviruses. DOI:https://doi.org/10.2174/2666796701999201
5Hebbar K. B., Arya Santhosh, Abhin Sukumar P., Neethu P, Ramesh S.V., Selvamani V. (2021). Effect of sea water substitution on growth, physiological and biochemical processes of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) seedlings - A hydroponic study. Scientia Horticulturae 280: 109935. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2021.109935
6Ramesh S.V.*, Pandiselvam R., Thushara R., Manikantan M.R., Hebbar K.B., Shameena  Beegum  P.P., Mathew A.C., Neenu S. and Shil S. (2020). Engineering intervention for production of virgin coconut oil by hot process and multivariate analysis of quality attributes of virgin coconut oil extracted by various methods.  Journal of Food Process Engineering 43(6):p.e13395. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfpe.13395
7Ramesh S.V., Arunachalam, V. and Rajesh, M.K. (2020). Genomic designing of climate-smart coconut. In: Kole C. (ed.,) Genomic designing of climate-smart fruit crops (pp. 135-156). Springer, Cham. DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-97946-5_6
8Hebbar K.B., Neethu P., Abhin Sukumar P., Sujithra M., Santhosh A., Ramesh S.V., Niral V., Hareesh G.S, Nameer P.O., Prasad P.V.V. (2020). Understanding physiology and impacts of high temperature stress on the progamic phase of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.). Plants 9 (12): 1651. DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9121651
9Vinutha T., Vanchinathan S., Bansal N., Kumar G., Permar V., Watts A., Ramesh S.V.*, Praveen S.* (2020).Tomato auxin biosynthesis/signaling is reprogrammed by the geminivirus to enhance its pathogenicity. Planta 252 (4): 51 DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00425-020-03452-9
10Ramesh S.V.*, Krishnan V., Praveen S., Hebbar K.B. (2019). Coconut oil – scientific facts. Current Science 117(4):564–565