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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

·         Quality standards of virgin coconut oils [J. Food Process Eng. 43 (6):p.e13395] and trait discovery with reference to coconut testa oil biochemical features [J. Sci. Food Agric. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.12150]


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

·         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].

·        Editorial Boards of PLoS One, Measurement-Food, Journal of Crop & Applied Sciences

·         Guest Editor of Special Issues (Journal of Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology, Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods etc.)

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

·         Best Research Group Award- AICRP on PHET team of ICAR-CPCRI- 2021-22

·         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)



1Ramesh S.V.*Rose Mary,Shameena Beegum P.P., Pandiselvam R.,Sugatha P., ………Hebbar K.B (2022). Physicochemical characterization,fatty acid profiles of testa oils of diverse coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) genotypes. Journal of the Science  of Food and Agriculture. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.12150
2Ramesh S.V.*, Krishnan V., Praveen S., Hebbar K.B. (2021). Dietary prospects of coconut oil for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD): a review of recent  evidences. Trends in Food Science and Technology 112:201-211.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tifs.2021.03.046 
Hebbar, K.B., Kannan, S., Neenu, S., Abhin Sukumar P., Ramesh S.V (2022). Season and  genotype effect on whole plant water use efficiency of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.)   seedlings grown in a hydroponic system. Scientia Horticulturae 303, p.111198.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2022.111198
4Singh A., Goswami, S., Vinutha, T., Jain, R.K., Ramesh S.V*, Praveen, S.* (2022)Retrotransposons-based genetic regulation underlies the cellular response to two  genetically diverse viral infections in tomato. Physiological and Molecular Plant  Pathology, 120, p.101839. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmpp.2022.101839
5Shameena Beegum P.P., Pandiselvam, R., Ramesh S.V., et al., (2022) Sensorial, textural and  nutritional attributes of coconut sugar and cocoa solids based ‘bean to  bar’ dark  chocolate. Journal of Texture Studies https://doi.org/10.1111/jtxs.12698
6Ramesh S.V.*, Pandiselvam R., Shameena Beegum P.P. et al., (2021). Review of Cocos nucifera L. testa-derived phytonutrients with special reference to phenolics and its potential for encapsulation. Journal of Food Science and Technology.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s13197-021-05310-2
7Ramesh S.V., Yogindran S., Gnanasekaran P., Chakraborty S., Winter S., Pappu H.R. (2020).  Virus and viroid-derived small RNAs as modulators of host gene expression: molecular  insights into pathogenesis. Frontiers in Microbiology 11: 614231. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2020.614231    
8Ramesh 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. Biol. Life Sci. Forum 4: 73 DOI: 10.3390/IECPS2020-08853
9Vinutha T., Kumar D., Bansal N.,............ Ramesh S.V*, Praveen S* (2022). Thermal treatments reduce rancidity and modulate structural and digestive properties of starch in pearl  millet flour. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 195: 207-216

Shilpa S. Shetty, Roopashree P.G., Ramesh S.V., et al. (2021). Virgin coconut oil (VCO) ameliorates high fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity, dyslipidemia and bestows   cardiovascular protection in rats. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40011-021-01318-y