Dr. Rasappa Viswanathan
Fellow, Elected 2016

Born in Vellalapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India on 15 April 1963. Educated at Government High School, Paramathy 1973-78; Kandasamy Kandar Higher Secondary School, Paramathy Velur, 1978-80; Madras University, 1980-83; Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, 1983-89; B.Sc. Botany 1983; B.Sc. Agri. 1987; M.Sc. Agri. 1989; Ph.D. 1999.

Principal Scientist & Head, Division of Crop Protection, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, 2010 to date.

Scientist, ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad, ICAR-IIOR, Hyderabad, ICAR-SBI, 1991-2000; Senior Scientist & Principal Scientist, 2000-2010; Head, Division of Crop Protection, ICAR-SBI, 2010 to date; Principal Investigator, AICRP on Sugarcane (Plant Pathology) 2011 to date; Member, Plant Pathology Committee, International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT), Mauritius, 2013-16.

Awards/Honours: Sir T.S. Venkatraman Award for Outstanding Research Contribution in Sugarcane Agriculture for the biennium 2006-2007, 2008; Dr. M. Puttarudriah Memorial Endowment National Award, 2012; Biotechnology Overseas Associateship from DBT, 2009; Sugar Technologists Association of India-Noel Deerr Gold Medals 2000, 2002; Sugar Technologists Association of India-Silver Medal 2001; Late Janab Peer Mohamed Award and Nathaniel Memorial Award, 2000; Robertson Prize, Food and Agricultural Organization Prize, The Glogstoun Prize and Kees Prize, 1987; Srilochani Varadharajulu Endowment Lectureship, 2010. Editor, Indian Phytopathology, 2014-16; Editor, Journal of Mycology and Plant Pathology 2012-15; President, South Zone, Indian Phytopathological Society, 2012; Vice-President, Society for Sugarcane Research and Development, Coimbatore, 2015.

Fellow: Indian Phytopathological Society 2012; Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology 2013; National Academy of Biological Sciences, 2013; Indian Virological Society 2014; Associate Fellow, Sugar Technologists Association of India.

Research Areas: Sugarcane Pathology, Molecular Plant Pathology, host-pathogen interactions, RNAi

Address: Principal Scientist & Head, Division of Crop Protection, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore 641007, Tamil Nadu; 3A, Raja Illam, Srikrishna Layout, Anandanagar Extn, PN Pudur PO, Coimbatore 641041, Tamil Nadu; [Tel: Off. (0422) 2472621; Res. (0422) 2435875, Cell: 9442543875; Fax: (0422) 2472923; Email: rasaviswanathan@yahoo.co.in; r.viswanathan@icar.gov.in]