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Dr. Alka Gupta

Principal Scientist

Crop Production

Principal Scientist

alka.gupta@icar.gov.in

04994-232894 ext 221

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Ph.D.(Microbiology)

Soil and Industrial Microbiology

·         Prativa Mukherjee Memorial award (1987, Delhi University)


·         All India Entrance Scholarship (1986-89, Delhi Univ.)


·         Best all round student award (BSc.) (1986-89, Delhi Univ.)


·         5th Rank Holder in DU, B.Sc.(Bot.) (1989, Delhi Univ.)


·         Delhi Univ. South Campus Endowment Fellowship (1989-91, Delhi Univ.)


·         University Gold Medal for academic Excellence during M.Sc. (Microbiol.) (1991 Delhi Univ.)


·         CSIR -JRF/ SRF Fellowship (1991, CSIR)


·         University Grants Commission -Lectureship (1991, UGC)


·         National Eligibility Test (NET) (1992, ICAR)


·         IARI Doctoral Fellowship (1991-95, IARI)


·         ICAR Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Team Research in Agriculture and Allied Sciences for the biennium 2005-06 (2008, ICAR)

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1 Litty Thomas, Alka Gupta, Murali Gopal, Priya George and George V. Thomas. 2011. Efficacy of rhizosphere Bacillus spp. for growth promotion in Theobroma cacao L. seedlings. Journal of Plantation Crops, 39 (1): 19-25
2 Priya George, Alka Gupta, Murali Gopal, R. ChandraMohanan, Litty Thomas and George V. Thomas. 2011. Antagonistic activity of coconut rhizospheric and endophytic Bacillus spp. against Ganoderma applanatum and Thielaviopsis paradoxa. Journal of Plantation Crops 39 (2): 278-284.
3 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka, Palaniswami, C, Dhanapal, R. and Thomas, George V. 2010. Coconut leaf vermiwash: a bio-liquid from coconut leaf vermicompost for improving the crop production capacities of soil. Current Science, 98:1202-1210.
4 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka, E. Sunil and George V. Thomas. 2009. Amplification of plant beneficial microbial communities during conversion of coconut leaf substrate to vermicompost by Eudrilus sp. Current Microbiology. 59: 15-20.
5 Gupta, Alka and Gopal, Murali. 2008. Siderophore production by plant growth promoting rhizobacteria. Indian Journal of Agricultural Research. 42 (2) : 153 – 156.
6 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka, Arunachalam, V & Magu, S.P. 2007. Impact of Azadirachtin an insecticidal allelochemical from neem, on soil microflora, enzyme and respiratory activities. Bioresource Technology(Elsevier). 98: 3154-3158.
7 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka, E. Sunil and George V. Thomas. 2006. Allelopathic effects of root and leaf leachates of coconut on selected beneficial microorganisms isolated from coconut rhizosphere. Allelopathy Journal  18 (2) : 363 – 368.
8 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka and Thomas, G.V. 2006. Prospects of using Metarhizium anisopliae to check the breeding of insect pest, Oryctes rhinoceros L., in coconut leaf vermicomposting sites. Bioresource Technology (Elsevier).97 (15) : 1801 – 1806.
9 Gupta, Alka, Gopal, Murali and George V. Thomas. 2006. Bioaugmentation of Cocos nucifera L. seedlings with the plant growth promoting rhizobacteria, Bacillus coagulans and Brevibacillus brevis for growth promotion. In Proceedings of XXXVI Conference and Annual Meeting of European Society for New Methods in Agricultural Research, Iasi, Romania, Sept. 10-14, 2006.
10 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka and Nair, R.V. 2005. Variations in hosting beneficial plant-associated microorganisms by root (wilt)-diseased and field-tolerant coconut palms of West Coast Tall variety. Current Science 89(11) : 1922-1927.
11 Gopal, Murali and Gupta, Alka. 2005. Microflora of bulk soil from coconut garden and that of rhizosphere of pepper and nutmeg possibly modulate the allelopathic interactions in coconut based cropping system. In Proceedings of 4th World Congress on Allelopathy -- “Establishing the Scientific Base”, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia, Aug. 21-26, 2005.
12 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka and Thomas, G. V. 2004. Optimum weather conditions for efficient vermicomposting of coconut leaves by Eudrilus sp. in coastal tract of Kerala. Journal of Plantation Crops. 32 (Suppl.) 486-490.
13 Gupta, Alka, Gopal, Murali and Tilak, K.V.B.R. 2003. Co-inoculation of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and Bradyrhizobium sp. (Vigna) improves growth and yield of greengram (Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek). Tropical  Agriculture 80(1): 1-8. (University of the West Indies, Trinidad)
14 Gupta, Alka. 2003. Important biocontrol traits of microbial antagonists of leaf rot disease of coconut. Coconut Research and Development (CORD) 19 (1) : 27-35. (Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC), Indonesia)
15 Gupta, Alka and Gopal, Murali. 2002. Aflatoxin production by Aspergillus flavus isolates pathogenic to coconut insect pests. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 18 (4) : 329-335. (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands)
16 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka, Sathiamma, B. and Nair, C.P.R. 2002. Microbial pathogens of the coconut pest Oryctes rhinoceros : influence of weather factors on their infectivity and study of their coincidental ecology in Kerala, India. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 18 (5) : 417-421. (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands)
17 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka and Magu, S.P. 2002. Effect of Fluchloralin on N fixation and growth of rhizobia and fluorescent pseudomonads in soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merill.). Tropical  Agriculture 79 (3) : 173-179. (University of the West Indies, Trinidad)
18 Gopal, Murali and Gupta, Alka. 2002. An opportunistic bacterial pathogen, Pseudomonas alcaligenes, may limit the perpetuation of Oryctes virus, a biocontrol agent of Oryctes rhinoceros L. Biocontrol Science and Technology 12 : 507-512. (Taylor and Francis, U.K.)
19 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka, Sathiamma, B. and Radhakrishnan Nair, C.P. 2001. Control of the coconut pest Oryctes rhinoceros L. using the Oryctes virus.  Insect Science and its Application  21 (2) : 93-101. (ICIPE Science Press, Kenya)
20 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka, Rajan, P. and Radhakrishnan Nair, C.P. 2001. Effect of systemic soil insecticides and a plant product on microbial load of soil in root (wilt) affected coconut monocropping ecosystem. Coconut Research and Development (CORD) 17(1) : 52-71. (Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC), Indonesia)
21 Gupta, Alka, Gunasekaran, M. Srinivasan, N. 2000. Isolation of bacterial antagonists from rhizosphere and their in vitro evaluation against pathogens of coconut leaf rot disease. pp. 132-133. In Plant Diseases and their Control. Eds. Shimai, Z., Guanghe, Z. and Huaifang, L. China Agricultural Scientech Press, Beijing. 171 p., ISBN 7-80167-243-7/S.165
22 Gopal, Murali, Gupta, Alka, Sathiamma, B., Mohan, Chandrika, Chandramohanan Nair, K.R. and Soniya, V.P. 2000. A fungal pathogen of lacebug and leaf eating caterpillar, two insect pests of coconut palm. Coconut Research and Development (CORD) 16(1) : 49-60. (Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC), Indonesia)
23 Gupta, Alka, Saxena, A.K., Gopal, Murali and Tilak, K.V.B.R. 1998. Effect of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on competitive ability of introduced Bradyrhizobium sp. (Vigna) for nodulation.  Microbiological Research 153 (2): 113-117. (Gustav Fischer Verlag, Germany)