The Project Fellow, Iswar Kumar Chettri won the first prize in the poster presentation competition held during the National Seminar on “Status and Diversity of Pollinators in India” organized by the ENVIS centre on Fauna Biodiversity and Zoological Survey of India, New Alipore, Kolkata -53 on 8 March 2019! He gave a presentation on “Pollination status of large cardamom after a decade”. He compared the pollination efficiency of the crop in Darjeeling for 2006 and 2018.
Iswar is receiving memento from the Director of ZSI and other dignitaries
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!
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