भाकृअनुप - केंद्रीय रोपण फसल अनुसंधान संस्थान
ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute
An ISO 9001:2015 Certified Institute
ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute Logo

Dr. Vinayaka Hegde

Head, Division of Crop Protection

Crop Protection

Head, Division of Crop Protection


04994-232894 ext 240

M. Sc ( Agriculture), Ph. D ( Plant Pathology) from IARI, New Delhi

Plant Pathology

·         Development of diagnostics for diseases of tropical tuber crops

·         Developed serological (DAC–ELISA, NCM -ELISA) and nucleic acid based (RT-PCR and NASH) diagnostics for detection of Sweet potato feathery mottle virus and   Dasheen mosaic virus

·         First time recorded the mixed occurrence of SPFMV and Sweet potato leaf curl Georgia virus (SPLCGV) in India based on sequencing of CP genes of the respective virus.

·         First time confirmed and identified Dasheen mosaic virus associated with mosaic disease of elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) based on biological,   serological and sequencing of coat protein gene of the virus. Characterized and developed rapid species specific PCR based detection for the fungal pathogens namely       Phytophthora coclocasiae, Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, Phytophthora palmivora and Sclerotium rolfsii. Management of diseases of tropical tuber crops

·         An IDM for cassava mosaic was developed which involved use meristem derived virus free cassava, planting of barrier crops like maize or redgram, spraying of antiviral   plant extract like Boerhavia diffusa or Mirabilis jalapa

·         Isolated and identified cassava rhizosphere and endophytic bacteria capable of plant growth promotion, showing good biocontol potential against cassava tuber rot   pathogen Phytophthora palmivora and inducing systemic resistance against cassava mosaic virus

·         Developed a simple and efficient micropropagation protocol for greater yam and taro. Indexing of potato for viruses

·         Indexed more than 500 tissues cultured and seed potatoes for viruses by electron microscopy and serological (ELISA) based detection of potato viruses. Also tested the   potatoes for viroid infection by Nucleic acid spot hybridization. Improved the ISEM for potato viruses, Developed Perseveration technique for potato viruses

·         Awarded IARI Merit Medal for outstanding research work during Ph.D. 1994.

·         Awarded U.A.S. Gold Medal for highest OGPA during M. Sc.(Agriculture).

·         Awarded GOI National Merit Scholarship based on percentage of marks obtained in SSLC




Hegde Vinayaka and Garg ID, Sarkar D and Naik PS 1999.Amenability of Indian potato cultivars to virus elimination through meristem culture. Journal of Indian Potato Assoc iation 26: 93–98


Garg I.D.,Hegde Vinayaka and S.M.Paul Khurana 2000. Effect of pH, ions, bovine serum albumin and heterologous antisera on the stability of immunosorbed flexuous potato viruses Acta Virologica 44 (2):67-72


M. L. Jeeva, Vinayaka Hegde B. Vimala, T. Makeshkumar, R. R. Nair, S. Edison 2006. First report of Rhizoctonia solani causing blight on yam bean (Pachyrrhizus erosus) in India. Plant Pathology 55( 2): 302


Ganga G. Vinayaka Hegde . 2008. Occurrence of Sweet potato feathery mottle virus and Sweet potato leaf curl Georgia virus on Sweet Potato in India Plant Disease 92(2): 311


Babu B and Hegde Vinayaka, Makeshkumar T. and Jeeva M.L.2011. Characterisation of the coat protein gene of Dasheen mosaic virus infecting elephant foot yam Journal of Plant Pathology 93 (1):199-203


Babu B Hegde V, Makeshkumar T. and Jeeva M. L. 2011. Development of non-radioactive probes for specific detection of Dasheen mosaic virus infecting Amorphophallus paeoniifolius Current Science 100 (8): 1220-1225


Mithun Raj , M. L. Jeeva, V. Hegde,, Pravi Vidyadharan , P. V. Archana, M. Senthil alias Sankar 2012. Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay for Rapid, Sensitive Detection, and Identification ofColletotrichum gloeosporioides causing Greater Yam Anthracnose Molecular Biotechnology 52:277–284


Vishnu Sukumari Nath, Neetha Soma John, Indira Parameswaran Anjanadevi,Vinayaka Mahabaleswar Hegde,, Muthulekshmi Lajapathy Jeeva, Raj Shekhar Misra, Syamala Swayamvaran Veena 2014. Characterization of Trichoderma spp. antagonistic to Phytophthora colocasiae associated with leaf blight of taro. Annals of Microbiology DOI 10.1007/s13213-013-0794-7


Vishnu Sukumari Nath, Muthukrishnan Senthil,Vinayaka Mahabaleswar Hegde,Muthulekshmi Lajapathy Jeeva, Raj Shekhar Misra, Syamala Swayamvaran Veena, Mithun Raj 2013. Molecular evidence supports hypervariability in Phytophthora colocasiae associated with leaf blight of taro.European Journal of Plant Pathology 136:483–494, DOI 10.1007/s10658-013-0181-z


Vishnu S Nath,Vinayaka M Hegde, Muthulekshmi L Jeeva, Raj S Misra, Syamala S Veena, Mithun Raj, Suresh K Unnikrishnan, Sree S Darveekaran 2014. Rapid and sensitive detection of Phytophthora colocasiae responsible for the taro leaf blight using conventional and real-time PCR assay. FEMS Microbiology Letters 352: 174–183

11 Muthulekshmi Lajapathy Jeeva,  Ajay Kumar Mishra,  Pravi Vidyadharan,  Raj Shekhar Misra Vinayaka Hegde , A species-specific polymerase chain reaction assay for rapid and sensitive detection of Sclerotium rolfsii Australasian Plant Pathology 39 (6): pp 517-523

Vishnu Sukumari Nath, Vinayaka Mahabaleswar Hegde,,Muthulekshmi Lajapathy Jeeva, Raj Shekar Misra, Syamala Swayamvaran Veena, Mithun Raj, Darveekaran Sree Sankar 2014. Morphological, pathological and molecular characterization of Phytophthora colocasiae responsible for taro leaf blight disease in India. Phytoparasitica : DOI 10.1007/s12600-014-0422-5