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Dr. S. Sithanantham, Ph.D.
Director, Entomology, Sun Agro Biotech Research Centre, Chennai
Advisor, World Noni Research Foundation, Chennai
Member, Research Advisory Board, WNRF, Chennai

 

Date and Place of Birth
Born on 6 July, 1944 in Kalligudi, Virudhunagar district, Tamil Nadu.

Education
Graduated in Agriculture from the Madras Agricultural College, Coimbatore (1965);  M.Sc (Ag) in Agricultural Entomology in the same campus(1968);  PhD in Agricultural Entomology at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (1975).

Present Position
Director- Entomology, Sun Agro Biosystem, Porur, Chennai;  Advisor, WNRF and Member, Research Advisory Board of WNRF; Adjunct Professor,  Department of Zoology, University of Madras, Chennai, India.

Positions held

Research Assistant in Entomology at the Agricultural College and Research Institute, Coimbatore (1965);  Assistant Lecturer in Entomology (1968-69);
Sugarcane entomologist, Sirugamani, Tamil Nadu (1970-71); Junior entomologist, Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore; Research entomologist, ICRISAT, Hyderabad (1977-1987); Consultant Entomologist/Expert (Pest Management), Meeker Research Station, Chipata, Zambia (1987); FAO Expert and Consultant Entomologist & IPM Specialist, National grain legumes improvement project, Zambia (1988-91); lead the South Africa Network on Bean Aphid Management under the CIAT regional program (1989-1991); Senior entomologist/regional coordinator,  International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya (1992-2005);

Academic excellence
Long research experience in tropical pest management and organic crop protection; guided several young scientists in entomology/pest management at post doctoral level (4), for PhD (10) and for Masc./M.Phil (12) degrees.

Chairman /Member in Academic / Scientific bodies
Member, Board of Studies in Entomology, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu; served as resource person in several international research training programs;
member of CGIAR Task Team for Global system wide IPM Program (1995- 1997); invited Member, Global System wide Whitefly IPM Task Force of CGIAR (1996-98); Global System wide Legumes IPM Task Force (1994-99); invited Member, IOBC Global Working Group on Biological Control of Heliothis (1983  87); Panel Advisor, ICRISAT- IFAD Legumes IPM project for Asia (1998-2001); nominated to the oversight team for the African Highlands Initiative implemented by International Centre for Agro forestry (ICRAF) (2000-02); President, South Asia Society for Advancement of Pheromone Technology (SASAPT), Vice president in Indian Academy of Entomology (IAE); Vice President, Association for Pest management in Horticultural Ecosystems (APMHE).

Awards and Recognition
PSG Ganga Naidu medal; Deccan Sugar Technologists Association (DSTA) award; South Indian Sugar and Sugarcane Technologists Association (SSSTA) award

Address for communication:
Director- Entomology
Sun Agro Biosystem
3/1978, Main Road, Madanandapuram,
Mugalivakkam, Chennai – 600 125, Tamil Nadu
Mobile: 098841 04036
E-mail: sithanantham@gmail.com/  sithanantham@yahoo.com
Residence:
House No.3 (Old No.6)
First Floor, 4th Cross Street
Besant Nagar

Chennai- 600 090

 

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