Name:  Dr. Juliya Rani Francis
Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification:  MSc., Ph.D
Year of Joining:  2020
Work Experience:  14 years
Subject Specialization  Microbial Ecology, Host-pathogen interaction


Genetic diversity of entomopathogenic fungi in the Kerala part of the Western Ghats and the agroecosystems of Karnataka was assessed using microsatellite and phylogenetic markers. Insect pathogenic fungi such as Beauveria bassiana, Metarhizium anisopliae, and Lecanicillium lecanii were evaluated against forest and agricultural insect pests to test their pathogenicity. Promising isolates were mass-produced and formulated. Activities of the chitin metabolizing enzymes were analysed to check the correlation between enzyme activity and the virulence of the pathogen.

  • Juliya RF, Harinikumar KM. 2023. Molecular phylogenetic identification of Metarhizium and Beauveria and their efficacy against chilli thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, 43: 909-918. Springer Nature, IF - 1.2.
  • Juliya RF. 2020. Phylogeny, chitinase activity, and pathogenicity of Beauveria, Metarhizium and Lecanicillium species against cowpea aphid, Aphis craccivora Koch. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, 40: 309-314. Springer Nature, IF - 1.2.
  • Francis JR. 2019. Biocontrol potential and genetic diversity of Metarhizium anisopliae lineage in agricultural habitats. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 127: 556-564. Wiley Blackwell, IF – 4.0
  • Juliya RF. 2019. Genetic diversity of Beauveria bassiana in semi natural and agricultural habitats and its biocontrol potential against cowpea aphid, Aphis craccivora Koch. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, 50: 697-704. Springer Nature, IF - 2.28
  • Faculty development program (FDP) on "Application of Statistics in Research and writing of Research Proposal” at M. S. Ramaiah College of Arts, Science, and Commerce, Bengaluru. 26-30 Jul. 2023.
  • FDP on ‘‘Orientation on AQAR 2020 – 2” at M. S. Ramaiah College of Arts, Science, and Commerce, Bengaluru. 17 - 23 May 2021.
  • National workshop on “Molecular phylogenetics” at Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. 1 - 7 Aug. 2014.
  • Winter school on “Molecular identification of invasive and emerging Phytophthora diseases of Horticultural crops” sponsored by ICAR at Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru. 2 - 23 Sept. 2013.
  • Training on “Bioinformatics: In vitro and in silico approaches in Entomology” sponsored by ICAR at National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru. 18 - 30 Nov. 2013

Awarded a Post-doctoral research project titled “Molecular characterization and evaluation of entomopathogenic fungi against cowpea aphid, Aphis craccivora Koch” by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Govt. of India, New Delhi at University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bengaluru during 2012 – 2015, (Fund: Rs. 23 Lakhs).

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