To fill the vacancies of a JRF and a Field Assistant a walk-in interview will be conducted on 7 January 2019 at 10 AM. Please see the notification here.
The lab wishes you a cheerful X’mas season and a happy New Year! Let the year be a prosperous year for all mutualists!!
Sushama Nair, an M.Sc. student of Kannur University, and and external M.Sc. dissertation student of Sinu has recently defended her M.Sc. thesis on insect functional guilds of coffee agroforests of Kerala and bagged first rank in M.Sc. Congratulations Sushama!
The lab congratulates Sudeep R. – a JRF – for getting Ph.D. position in IISER- Thiruvananthapuram! All the best Sudeep, and we will miss you!
It is generally believed that pollinator deficiency is a cause for reduced fruitset in pumpkin and squash. Sinu and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. dissertation students in Central University of Kerala showed that flower sex ratio of field is a major predictor than pollinator visits for pollination in pumpkin in South India. The findings have been published in Scientia Horticulturae.
Sinu and his colleagues from ATREE (Dr. Shivanna) and Sacred Heart College (Dr. GIby Kuriakose) studied floral and reproductive traits of four species of Syzygium endemic to the Western Ghats and suggest these traits predict entomophily, anemophily, ambophily, and ornithophily in those species. The research findings has been published in the current issue of Australian Journal of Botany.
Recently Sinu and his colleagues from ATREE-Bangalore and Sacred Heart College Thevara published their research findings that ants do pollinate flowers of an endemic Syzygium species in the Western Ghats of Kerala. The paper has been published in Arthropod-Plant Interaction
See here for a popular article on the research published by The Hindu