Dr. V.PRAKASAM

                           
                                             

 
 
SPECIALIZATIONS
 
 
 
MUSHROOM      
 
 
 
  BIOLOGICAL CONTROL       
 
 
 
  HORTICULTURAL PLANT PATHOLOGY
 

 Born in the city of Coimbatore during the year 1953 and being a son of a farmer  developed

interest  in Farming and undergone B.Sc.(Agriculture)  from 1972- 76 as a Ist Batch of Trimester system 
 
 of Education and passed with a Distinction of OGPA of 3.96/ 4.00. Awarded with ASPEE GOLD MEDAL  for proficiency in Plant Protection


      Completed Master degree in Plant Pathology during 1976-78 using ICAR Junior Research Fellowship under Trimester

system of Education. Passed out with a
  OGPA of      4.00/ 4.00 with 5    awards /prizes/medals for securing     University FIRST rank and First rank in the Discipline of Plant  Pathology
 
Thesis: Collar rot -wilt complex of Garden bean(Lablab niger var. typicus) (1978)
 
 
Chairman: Dr.T.K. Kandaswamy

     Worked for one year as Research Associate in the Mushroom Scheme ofthe Department of
 
Plant Pathology, developing cultivation techniques for the first commercialized Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus sajor-caju) in India. 

            Received ICAR Senior Research Fellowship during 1979 with a distinction of National First Rank and  completed Ph.D. as a FULL TIME scholar during 1983 under

Trimester system
of
Education. Passed out with OGPA of 4.00/4.00. Awarded with Dr. Puri Medal for obtaining first rank in Plant  Pathology
 
Thesis : Studies on fruit rot diseases of Chilli (Capsicum annuum) in relation to disease resistance (1983)
 
Chairman: Dr. R. Jeyarajan

      Worked in the field of Horicultural crops for more than 12 years and specialized in managing

disease 
 problems in Horticultural crops at Horticultural Research  

     Station, Thadiyankudisai, Faculty of Horitculture at Coimbatore, Horticultural Research Station, Yercaud 


     Developed cultivation techniques for Pleurotus sajor-caju during 1978 , as Research Associate in Mushroom scheme. Simultaneously specialized in mushroom for

identifying new edible
mushrooms. Developed   cultivation techniques (Circular compact bed) for Paddy straw   mushroom ( Volvariella volvacea).

Developed cultivation techniques for two new mushroom species viz., Tricholoma lobayense and T. gigantium.

Developed cultivation techniques for Black Poplar Mushroom (Agrocybe aegerita)Wood ear mushroom (Auricularia polytricha).

Worked in the Biocontrol Laboratory of the Department as a in charge of     Mass Production of Trichoderma viride and condcuted several training  

    programmes  


    Actively involved in Under garduate teaching and offered 51 courses. Awarded with THREE Best  Teacher Awards for the contributions in Education at University level, State level and National  level 

    Served the students as a Warden for about 3 years and developed a lot of new ammenities in the Hostel and instrumental in the construction of separate 2 hostels    especially for boys and girls of Dayscholar batch.


    Served a Coordinator for the 1992-1996 batch of B.Sc.(Agri) and UG coordinator of Department of  Plant Pathology for nearly 6 years.

     Servced as a Cordinator of Rotract Club of TNAU, Coimbatore for nearly 10 years and conducted several Awareness programmes

    Worked for 2 years at Forest College and Research Institute, Mettupalayam as a teacher and Placement officer.


 As a Head of the Department of Plant Pathology for 2 years, all  the laboartories in the

department were modernized and new Plant Pathology building was occupied

    with all modern facilities and a New Building for Mushroom Research and Training was established

with seminar hall facilities.


    Worked as Scheme officer- All India Coordinated Research Project on Mushroom  and Principal Investigator for Venture Capital scheme on Mushroom training and Spawn production and retired from service on 31-10-2013.


Currently acting as FOUNDER- PRESIDENT of MUSHROOM FOUNDATION OF INDIA with a Head quarters at Coimbatore.

 Actively engaged as a Consultant, an Adviser and Expert in the field of Mushroom Cultivation and value addition at National level. 

Acting as a Quality Manager in Indian Society for Certification of Organic Products (ISCOP), Coimbatore  in the process of certification of Organic farms, Organic inputs as well as Organic products. 

Acting as Board Member of Krishnamurthi International Agricultural Development Foundation (KIADEF), Coimbatore 

 
    
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