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Dr. N. Ramani        

 

Professor, Department of Zoology


Office: Division of Acarology, Dept. of Zoology,
          University of Calicut, Kerala, 673 635
                             Mob : 9495174338.
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Academic
 

Sl. No

Degree

University

Year 

 Specialization

1

Ph.D

University of Calicut

1988

 Zoology- Acarology

2

M. Phil

                 --

--

 --

3

M.Sc.

University of Calicut

1981

Zoology-Entomology

4

B.Sc.

               "

1979

 Zoology
 
Current Research Interest:
Biosystematic studies on oribatid mites, plant mites, predatory mites,studies on role of oribatid mites in biodegradation, elucidation of biocontrol efficacy of predatory mites.
Experience:
27 years of teaching & 31 years of research experience
Honours / Awards received:
  1. 'Special Recognition Award‟ instituted by the Organizing Committee International  Symposium cum Workshop in Acarology, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya, West Bengal in April, 2010 for the endeavour and contributions made towards the progress in Acarology in India.
  2. Rashtriya Gaurav Award presented by the India-International Friendship Society, New Delhi or outstanding contributions.
  3. JRF & SRF of the CSIR, New Delhi.
  4. III Rank for M.Sc. programme.
Positions held:
  1. Lecturer , Senior Lecturer, Reader in the Dept of Zoology, University of Calicut since 1986 & Professor of Zoology : since 2006.
  2. Head of the Department from 2010-2012.
  3. Dean of the Faculty of Science : September, 2012- June, 2013
  4. Chairperson of the Board of Studies in Zoology (PG) : Since May, 2013
  5. Chairperson of the Board of Studies in Biophysics : 2007-2013
  6. Chairperson of the Board of Studies in Aquaculture : 2003-2006
  7. Member of the Senate, University of Calicut : 2010-2012
  8. Member of the Academic Council, University of Calicut : 2010-2012
  9. Member in the Editorial committee of 4 national & 4 international journals.
  10. Member of various scientific organizations like the Acarology Foundation, USA, Acarological Society of India, Entomology Academy of India, Insect Conservation Network, Society of Soil Biology and Ecology etc.
  11. Member of the Placement cell, Institutional Animal Ethics Committee, Library Purchase committee, Complaints committee , Editorial Committee of Annual Report , Research  Advisory Committee etc. of the University of Calicut.
  12. Deputy Co-ordinator of the UGC SAP project on the integrative and interactive digitalization and molecular bar coding of the insects and mites of Western Ghats (ongoing).
     
Professional contributions:
  1. Guided 7 Ph.D. students ( 8 ongoing Ph.D. programmes), 11 M.Phil. & > 20 M.Sc. students to work on various plant mites/soil mites/predatory mites/ticks.
  2. Author/editor of 2 books & about 100 research publications in Intedrnational/National journals/proceedings.
Selected Publications:
  1. Ramani, N.2007. Developmental studies of mite, Acalitus adoratus infesting the weed Chromolaena odorata. Journal of Ecobiology, 21(2) : 171-175
  2. Prakasan, K. and N. Ramani, 2007. Tick parasites of domestic animals of Kerala,South India. Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances. 1-7.
  3. Shiji, M.T., Haq, M.A. and N. Ramani, 2007. Two new species of Lohmanniid mites (Acari: Oribatei) from Kerala, India. Systematic & Applied Acarology , 12(4): 229-236.
  4. Julie, E. and N. Ramani, 2008. Inventory of Oribatid mites of Muthanga forest reserve, Western Ghats, India. Biosystematica , 1(2) : 53-57.
  5. Mary Anithalatha Sadanandan and N. Ramani, 2009. Acarine predators of North Kerala, India”, published by VDM Verlag Dr.Muller ktiengesellschaft Co.KG, Germany, 257 pp.
  6. Sheeja, U.M. and N. Ramani, 2010. Evaluation of feeding potential of Amblyseius (Paraphytoseius) multidentatus Swirski & Schechter (Acari:Mesistigmata), a potential predator of Dendrothrips minutes Annon. Karnataka Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 23(1): 191-192.
  7. Sangeetha G. Kaimal, Sheeja, U.M. and N. Ramani, 2011. Ultrastructural alterations of Manihot esculenta L. leaves by feeding injury of Oligonychus biharensis (Hirst) (Acari: Tetranychidae). International Journal of Acarology , 37(1): 108-113.
  8. Sangeetha G.Kaimal and N. Ramani, 2011. Biology of Tetranychus ludeni Zacher (Acari:Tetranychidae) – A pest of velvet bean. Indian journal of Fundamental and Applied Life Sciences ISSN:2231-6345(0nline) An online International Journal Available at http://www.cibtech.org/jls.htm, .vol 1(3) : 1-6.
  9. Nasareen, P.N.M. , Y. Shibu Vardhanan and N. Ramani, 2012. Damage assessment of the gall mite, Aceria pongamiae Keifer, 1966(Acari:Eriophyidae) on Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre. In: A. Sabu & A. Augustine (Ed.) Prospects in Bioscience, Addressing the issues. Chapter 38, pp. 978- 981, Springer India.
  10. Prabheena, P. and N. Ramani, 2013. Assessment of chlorophyll loss induced by Brevipalpus phoenicis Geijskes (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) infesting the medicinal shrub, Ocimum gratissimum Linn. International Journal of Acarology 38(8):67-71.

Seminars/Conferences/Workshops:
Attended : 36, Organized : 3
Projects Undertaken/ Ongoing:      
One major DST project completed , UGC SAP project ongoing (as Deputy Co-ordinator).
Other information:
        Actively engaged in identification of mite specimens received from various research institutes/Universities