Dr. K. J. David
Division of Germplasm collection and Characterisation
E-mail: [email protected]/[email protected]
Fax:080-2341 1961
Phone: 080-29720564 Extn. 22
Qualification PhD (Agrl. Entomology)
Specialization Taxonomy of Tephritidae
Professional Experience 8 years
Publications 13
Training (International)
Attended 3 days training program on Competency Enhancement programme for effective implementation of training functions by HRD Nodal Officer of ICAR held at ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad during 13-15th February, 2017
Attended summer school on Advances in Agricultural Acarology sponsored by ICAR at UAS (Bangalore) from 8th to 28th October 2010
Attended 10 days training program on Geospatial Knowledge management for sustainable livelihoods security at ICAR-NAARM during 17th to 27th August 2010
Received Bir Singh Aasi Memorial Best Publication Award 2015
Received Best Oral Presentation Award in Plant Protection group during PG Science week 2016, UAS, Bengaluru
Recognised as the fellow of the Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bengaluru
Secured Kerala Agricultural University Merit Scholarship for the year 2000-2001 for outstanding performance in academics
Recipient of Junior Research Fellowship from Indian Council of Agricultural Research during 2003- 2005
Brief Achievements
Studied fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) fauna of peninsular India and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, prepared an illustrated key and checklist for 126 species of fruit flies in 46 genera and four subfamilies which serve as an efficient identification guide for research scholars, scientists and plant protection officers in Quarantine department.
Prepared the digital distribution maps of 14 species of Bactrocera Macquart (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Kerala with special reference to Western Ghats, one of the unexplored biodiversity hotspots of India.
Barcodes were generated for 28 species of fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) of economic importance from India, which facilitate rapid screening of invasive and native fruit flies when intercepted at ports of entry.
Described 17 species of Tephritidae infesting various crops, medicinal plants, forest trees and bamboo new to science.
Thirteen species and four genera of fruit flies were recorded for the first time from India.
Subfamily Tachiniscinae, Ortalotrypeta isshikii (Matsumura) of Tephritidae was recorded for the first time from India.
Selected Publications
David, K. J., Kumar A. R. V. and Ramani, S. 2008. Distribution of Bactrocera Macquart (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Kerala with special reference to Western Ghats. Journal of Entomological Research Society. 10(2): 55-69.
Ramani, S., David, K. J., Viraktamath C. A. and Kumar, A. R.V. 2008. Identity and distribution of Bactrocera caryeae (Kapoor) (Insecta: Diptera: Tephritidae)- A species under the Bactrocera dorsalis complex in India. Biosystematica, 2(1): 49-57.
David, K. J. and Ramani, S. 2011. An illustrated key to fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) from peninsular India and Andaman and Nicobar islands. Zootaxa, 3021: 1-31.
David K. J., Hancock, D. L. Freidberg, A. and Goodger, K. 2013. New species and records of Euphranta Loew and other Adramini (Diptera: Tephritidae: Trypetinae) from south and southeast Asia. Zootaxa, 3635 (4): 439-458.
David K. J. and Hancock, D. L. 2013. The first record of Ortalotrypeta isshikii (Matsumura) and subfamily Tachiniscinae (Diptera: Tephritidae) from India, with redescription of the species. Australian Entomologist, 40 (3): 131-135.
David, K. J., Singh, S. K. and Ramani, S. 2014. New species and records of Trypetinae (Diptera: Tephritidae) from India. Zootaxa, 3795(2): 126-134.
David, K. J., Hancock, D. L. and Ramani, S. 2014. Two new species of Acroceratitis Hendel (Diptera: Tephritidae) and an updated key for the species from India. Zootaxa, 3895 (3): 411-418.
David, K. J. and Singh, S. K. 2015. Two new species of Euphranta Loew (Diptera: Tephritidae: Trypetinae) and an updated key for the species from India. Zootaxa, 3914 (1): 064-070.
Singh, S. K. and David, K. J. 2015. A new species of Magnimyiolia Shiraki (Diptera: Tephritidae: Trypetinae) and new records of Acanthonevrini from India. Zootaxa, 3949 (1): 129-134.
David, K. J., Ramani, S., Whitmore, D. and Ranganath, H. R. 2016. Two new species and a new record of Bactrocera Macquart from India. Zootaxa, 4103 (1): 25-34.
David, K. J., Ramani, S. and Prashanth, M. 2016. Post abdominal structures, A new facet in tephritid taxonomic research: A case study of the genus Dacus Fabricius (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae: Dacini). Mysore Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 50 (2): 218-222.
David, K. J. and Hancock, D. L. 2017. A new species of Gastrozona Bezzi (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae: Gastrozonini) with an updated key to species from India. Zootaxa, 4216 (1): 55-64.
David, K. J., Hancock, D. L., Singh, S. K., Ramani, S., Behere, G. T. and Salini, S. 2017. New species, new records and updated subgeneric key of Bactrocera Macquart (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae: Dacini) from India. Zootaxa, 4272 (3): 386-400.