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Mahesha B.

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Scientist (Pl. Pathology)
Division of Crop Protection
Plant Virology
MSc. (Agri.)., Ph.D.,
Research Accomplishments: 

(During the Period of 2019-2023) 

  1. Developed the diagnostics for detection of viral diseases in cucurbitaceous host plants
  2. Developed the IDM strategies for viral disease management in cucurbitaceous crops
  3. Developed the method for  analysis of nutrients/ minerals in virus affected ridgegourd leaves
  4. Developed the protocol for analysis of pesticide residue in cucumber harvested from IDM plots
Varieties / Technologies Developed: 


  1. Associated in developing disease resistant hybrids in Bottlegourd (Arka Ganga)
  2. Associated in developing disease resistant lines in ridge gourd (IIHR-135)




  1. Manpreet Kaur, Varalakshmi. B, Manish Kumar, Sreenivasa Rao, E., Pitchaimuthu, M., Mahesha, B., Venugopalan, R. and Lakshmana Reddy, D.C., 2021. Genetic analysis of yellow mosaic disease resistance in loofah. Australasian Pl.Pathol.  
  2. Manpreet Kaur, Varalakshmi, B., Pitchaimuthu, M. and Mahesha, B. 2021. Screening Luffa germplasm and advance breeding lines for resistance to Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus. J. of Gen.Pl.Pathol.
  3. Kaur, M.,Varalakshmi, B., Kumar, M., Lakshmana Reddy, D.C., Mahesha, B. and Pitchaimuthu, M. RGAP molecular marker for resistance against yellow mosaic disease in ridge gourd [Luffa acutangula (L.) Roxb.] J. Horti. Scie., 16 :(2)-2021
  4. Manpreet Kaur, Varalakshmi, B. and Mahesha, B. 2020. Mechanical sap transmission of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus infecting ridge gourd [Luffa acutangula (L.) Roxb.] In south India. Int. J. of Chemi. studies 8(3): 1867-1870


Awards & Recognitions: 


  1. Awarded with DBT project on Chilli leaf curl virus (2019-22)
  1. Received Annie Shikhamany Best Paper award for the year 2021 conferred by Society for promotion of Horticulture
  1. Awarded with DST funded workshop from 11.07.2022 to 13.07.2022 on current trends in rapid diagnosis of major diseases and insect pests in horticultural crops.
  1. Awarded with DST funded internship (5 Numbers) titled as Diagnosis and characterization of cucurbit viruses from 01.07.2022 to 30.07.2022
  1. Awarded with RKVY funded project on Development of Seed Health Testing Laboratory for supply of disease free seeds and planting materials for horticulture farmers of Karnataka (2022-24)
  2. Awarded with DST funded project on Diagnosis, characterization and discovery of seed transmitted mechanism of yellow mosaic disease in ridge gourd (2023-26)


Email Address:
Telephone #: 
080-23086100 Extn 341