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Dr. K. V. Peter, Ph.D., , FNAAS., FNASc., FNABS
World Noni Research Foundation, 12,Rajiv Gandhi Road, Perungudi, Chennai – 600 096
Cell: 09446513017/09381748878
Fax: 044 24545406/044 24544935

Kuruppacharil House
P O Mannuthy

Ph.0487 2373017


Place and date of birth

Kumbalanghy, Cochin, Ernakulam, Kerala borne on 17 May, 1948

Academic qualifications

Maharajas College, Kerala University-Pre Degree-1964-66; College of Agriculture and Research Institute, Vellayani, Trivandrum, Kerala University-B.Sc(Ag)-1966-69; G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar-M.Sc(Ag)-1969-71; G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology,Pantnagar-Ph.D.-1971-75.

Present Position

Director, World Noni Research Foundation, Chennai.
Secretary, International Society for Noni Science

Positions held

Professor of Horticulture KAU; Vice-Chancellor KAU; Director of Research KAU; Director Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut
Professor of Horticulture, KAU; Assistant Professor, G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar.

Awards and recognition


Dr Harbhajan Singh Award,1993; Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award by ICAR New Delhi in 1998; Recognition award by NAAS in 2000; M H Marigowda Award for The Best Horticultural Scientist conferred by UAS Bangalore;
Silver Jubilee Medal ,1998for out standing contribution to vegetable research instituted by the Indian Society of Vegetable Science,Varanasi;
Silver Jubilee Memento,1998 for outstanding contribution to Indian Society of Vegetable Science; HIS-Shiva Sakthi Award,2008 for outstanding contribution to Vegetable Research  offered by Horticultural Society of India; Dr K Ramiah Memorial Award,2007-08 instituted by NAAS New Delhi; National Award for processing and product development,2003; Plaque of Honour by the Scientists of IIHR, Bangalore for outstanding contribution to vegetable research; PNASF Gold medal Award,2009.

Academic excellence

  • Prof. Peter was involved in the development of bacterial wilt resistant varieties in tomato, eggplant and chillies.
  • He developed along with late Dr P J Mathai the chilli varieties Pant C-1 and Pant C-2 resistant to leaf curl virus and thrips.
  • The high production technologies developed by the team of scientists led by Prof. Peter pushed up cardamom productivity from 70kg/ha in 1992-1993 to 149kg/ha in 1997-98.
  • Black pepper productivity also shot up from 268kg/ha  in 1992-93 to 311 kg/ha in 1995-96.
  • He edited the 3 volume Handbook of Herbs and Spices published by Wood Head Publishing  Company, UK and CRC USA
  • 12 Volume Series onHorticultural Sciences’4 volume series on Underutilized and Underexploited Horticultural Crops published by NIPA New Delhi
  • Three volume series on Biodiversity of Horticultural Crops.
  • National Book Trust published his authored book Plantation Crops in 3 languages.

Research Accomplishments

  • He established the first vegetable seed production complex at KAU in 1980-81 and made extensive effort to establish kitchen gardens in Kerala.
  • He facilitated establishment of a Biotechnology Facility at IISR Calicutwhich later developed protocol for micropropagation of 52 spices.
  • He led a central sector scheme costing Rs 28 crores to manage Phytophthora foot rot in black pepper in Kerala,Tamil Nadu,  Karnataka and North East.
  • He guided over 75 students for Ph.D and masters'  degree students.
  • His book on Statistics and Computer Programmes in Biometric Research published by G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology is still referred.

Chairman/President/Member- in various Scientific/Academic committees

  • Vice-President, Indian Society of Vegetable Science, Varanasi
  • Chairman, Research Advisory Committee-2011-2014
  • Chairman, NAIP-Cashew CAPC Quilon-2009-2012
  • Member, School Board SOA IGNOU-2009-2012
  • Chairman, CAS, NRC Banana, Trichy
  • Trustee, Federal Aswas Trust Aluva
  • Member, Academic Council, Sahrdaya Educational Foundation, Iringalakuda etc.

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