Ecology, biodiversity, and behaviour

Rajesh et al. (2021) An insight into the quality of sacred groves – an island habitat – using leaf-litter ants as an indicator in a context of urbanization. Journal of Tropical Ecology (2021)

Sinu et al. (2021) Shade tree diversity may not drive prey-predator interaction in coffee agroforests of the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, India. Biological Control (2021)

Rajesh et al. (2021) Eleocharis dulcis (Burm.f) as a promising trap plant for the biocontrol of rice white stem borer, Scirpophaga innotata (Walker). Biological Control (2021)

Roshnath and Sinu (2021) Co-breeding involving herons and a potential egg predator, the Indian House Crow (Corvus splendens), in Peninsular India. Ecological Complexity (2021)

Sinu et al. (2021) Native and invasive ants affect floral visits of pollinating honey bees in pumpkin flowers (Cucurbita maxima). (2021). Scientific Reports (2021)

Charutha et al. (2021) Urban heronry birds tolerate human presence more than its conspecific rural birds. Journal of Natural History (2021)

Mohan and SInu (2021) Does the solitary parasitoid Microplitis pennatulae use a combinatorial approach to manipulate its host? Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata (2020)

Asha and Sinu (2021) DNA barcode and phylogenetic analysis of dung beetles (Coleoptera:
Scarabaeidae) from the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, India. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science (2020)

Sinu et al. (2021) Biotic Seed Dispersal Mechanisms of Tropical Rain Forests – Bats, Fishes, and Migratory Birds. In Reproductive Ecology of Flowering Plants: Patterns and Processes. Springer Nature (2020)

Landry Yuan et al. (2020) Sacred groves and serpent‐gods moderate human–snake relations. People and Nature (2020)

Varma S, Rajesh TP, Manoj K, Asha G, Jobiraj T, Sinu PA (2020) Nectar robbers deter legitimate pollinators by mutilating flowers. Oikos 129: 868-878
Mohan P, Sinu PA (2020) Doe the solitary parasitoid Microplitis pennatulae use a combinatorial approach to manipulate its hose? Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 168: 295-303

Varma, S., Sinu, P.A. 2019. Nectar robbing in bellflowers (Sesamum radiatum) benefited pollinators but unaffected maternal function of plant reproduction. Scientific Reports 9: 8357.

U. Prashanth Ballullaya, K.S. Reshmi, T.P. Rajesh, K. Manoj, Lowman, M., Sinu, P.A. 2019. Stakeholder motivation for the conservation of sacred groves in south India: An analysis of environmental perceptions of rural and urban neighbourhood
communities. Land Use Policy 89: 104213. (pdf)

Sinu, P.A., Pooja, A.R., Aneha, K. 2019. Overhead sprinkler irrigation affects pollinators and pollination in Pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima). Scientia Horticulturae 258: 108803. (pdf)

Sinu, P.A., Varma, S., Reshmi, K.S., Aswathi, K., Megha, P.P., Jasna, T.V., Nikhila Reshmi, N.V., Sibisha, V.C. (2019) Effect of flower sex ratio on fruit set in pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima). Scientia Horticulturae 246: 1005 – 1008.

Kuriakose, G., Sinu, P.A., K.R. Shivanna (2018) Floral traits predict pollination syndrome in Syzygium spp: a study on four endemic species of the Western Ghats, India. Australian Journal of Botany 66: 575 – 582.

Kuriakos, G., Sinu, P.A., K.R. Shivanna (2018) Ant pollination in Syzygium occidentale, an endemic tree species of tropical rain forests of the Western Ghats, India. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 12: 647 – 655.

Sinu P.A., V.C. Sibisha, M.V. Nikhila Reshmi, K.S. Reshmi, T.V. Jasna, K. Aswathy, P.P. Megha  (2017) Invasive ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) disrupts pollination in pumpkinBiological Invasions 19: 2599-2607

Sinu, P.A., Bronstein, J.L. (2018). Foraging preferences of leafcutter bees in three contrasting geographical zones. Diversity and Distribution 45: 621-628.

Roshnath, R., Kunhiraman, E., Rajan, C.V. 2018. Incidence of snake bite and corresponding compensation payments in the Kannur district of Kerala, India. The Herpetological Bullettin 143: 26-29.

Roshnath, R. (2017) Wintering of the Grey-Headed Lapwing Cenellus cinereus (Aves: Charadriiformes: Charadriidae) in Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 9: 10613 – 10617.

Manoj, K., Rajesh, T. P., Prashanth Ballullaya, U.,  Meharabi, K. M., Shibil, V. K., Rajmohana, K., and Palatty Allesh Sinu., (2017), Diversity of Platygastridae in Leaf Litter and Understory Layers of Tropical Rainforests of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot, India, Environmental Entomology 46: 685 – 692.

Roshnath, R., Sinu, P.A. (2017) Nesting tree characteristics of heronry birds of urban ecosystems in peninsular India: implications for habitat management. Current Zoology (Online early: DOI: 10.1093/cz.zox006). See some reports on this research here

Kambli S., Aiswarya, M. S., Manoj, K., Sangeetha Varma, Asha, G., Rajesh, T. P., and Palatty Allesh Sinu., (2017), Leaf foraging sources of leafcutter bees in a tropical environment: implications for conservation, Apidologie 48: 473-482.

Mohan P, Sinu PA (2017) Parasitoid wasp usurps its host to guard its pupa against hyperparasitoids and induces rapid behavioral changes in the parasitized host. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0178108.

Rajesh T.P., Ballullaya U.P., Surendran P and Sinu P.A.2017. Ants indicate urbanization pressure in sacred groves of southwest India: a pilot study. Current Science 113: 317 – 322.

Garibaldi, L. A., …Sinu, P.A. et al. (2015) Trait matching of flower visitors and crops predicts fruit set better than trait diversityJournal of Applied Ecology 52: 1436-1444. (Editor’s choice)

Anusree, T., Abhina, C., Lishiba, P. P., Rasna, T. V., Varma, S., & Sinu, P. A. (2015). Flower sex expression in cucurbit crops of Kerala: implications for pollination and fruitsetCurrent Science 109: 2299-2302.

Nasreem, A., Sinu, P. A., & Nasser, M. (2014). The medicinal annual legume Senna (= Cassia) tora (L.) Roxb. and its insect associations in Kerala, India. Entomon 39: 183-190.

Sinu, P.A., Sharma, M.V. (2013) Insect functional guilds in the flowering canopy of Myristica fatua in a lowland swamp, central Western Ghats, India. Tropical Conservation Science 6: 653 – 662.

Sinu, P. A. (2012). Seed predators of an old-world tropical deciduous tree (Terminalia bellirica: Combretaceae) in wet habitats of the Western Ghats, IndiaCurrent Science 103:  309-314.

Cover photo of Malabar giant squirrel by Sinu

Sinu, P. A., Shivanna, K. R., & Kuriakose, G. (2012). Frugivorous bird diversity and their post-feeding behaviour in fruiting Syzygium cumini(Myrtaceae) in fragmented forests of central Western Ghats, India. Current Science 103: 1146-1148.

Sinu, P. A., Sinu, N., & Chandrashekara, K. (2012). Ecology and population structure of a terrestrial mycoheterotrophic orchid, Aphyllorchis montana Rchb. f.(Orchidaceae) in Soppinabetta forests of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 4: 2915-2919.

Sinu, P.A. (2012). Bumblebee pollination in large cardamom. Current Science 101: 828 – 829.

Sinu, P. A., Kuriakose, G., & Chandrashekara, K. (2011). Epiphytic orchid diversity in farmer-managed Soppinabetta forests of Western Ghats: implications for conservationCurrent Science 101: 1337-1346.

Cover photo of Cottona peduncularis by Sinu

Sinu, P. A., Kuriakose, G., & Shivanna, K. R. (2011). Is the bumblebee (Bombus haemorrhoidalis) the only pollinator of large cardamom in central Himalayas, India?Apidologie 42: 690-695.

Sinu, P. A. (2010). Nectar robbery in mangrovesCurrent Science 99: 558.

Sinu, P. A., & Shivanna, K. R. (2007). Pollination biology of large cardamom (Amomum subulatum)Current Science93(4), 548-552.

Kuriakose, G., Sinu, P. A., & Shivanna, K. R. (2009). Domestication of cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) in Western Ghats, India: divergence in productive traits and a shift in major pollinatorsAnnals of botany103(5), 727-733.

Sinu, P. A., & Shivanna, K. R. (2007). Pollination ecology of cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) in the Western Ghats, IndiaJournal of Tropical Ecology23(04), 493-496.

Sinu, P.A., Nasser, M. and Priyadarsanan, D.R. 2006. Feeding ecology of two economically important tiger beetles from Paddy agro – ecosystems in central Western Ghats, India, Biotropica 38 (4): 500 – 507.

Cover photo of a tiger beetle by Sinu