Dr.C M Senthil Kumar
Senior Scientist
ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research
QualificationPh. D (Agricultural Entomology)
SpecialisationAgricultural Entomology, Insect Pathology
DivisionAgricultural Entomology
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Areas of Interest Insect Pathology
Research Experience
Period Institute
Scientist B (9.11.05 to 9.11.08) CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology, Jorhat Substation, Manipur
Scientist C (9.11.08 to 31.03.05) CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology, Jorhat Substation, Manipur
Senior Scientist (4.04.12 to till date) Indian Institute of Spices Research (ICAR), Kerala
Total publications19

Current Research Projects (Institute)

  1. Ent. XIII (813): Screening of germplasm accessions of spices and evaluation of antibiosis resistance to major insect pests (2006-2013) (T. K. Jacob, S. Devasahayam, C. M. Senthil Kumar)

Current Research Projects (External)

  1. Management of sucking pests in Horticultural Crops: Studies on cardamom thrips (2009-2012) (T. K. Jacob, S. Devasahayam, C. M. Senthil Kumar)


  1. Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship 2018
  2. Chris J Lomer Award 2016, Society for Invertebrate Pathology, USA
  3. DBT Overseas Associateship award (2007-08), long term to work on Insect Molecular Virology at Miami University, Ohio, USA

Research Publications

  1. Senthil Kumar CM, Jacob TK, Devasahayam S, Stephy T, Geethu C. 2018. Multifarious plant growth promotion by an entomopathogenic fungus Lecanicillium psalliotae. Microbiological Research 207: 153-160.
  2. Senthil Kumar CM, Jacob TK, Devasahayam S. 2017. Evaluation of insecticides and a natural product for their efficacy against shoot borer (Conogethes punctiferalis Guen.) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) infesting ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.).Journal of Spices and Aromatic Crops 26: 91-94.
  3. H. Shang, T.A. Garretson , C.M. Senthil Kumar, R.F. Dieter, X.W. Cheng. 2017. Improved pFastBac- donor plasmid vectors for higher protein production using the Bac-to-Bac- baculovirus expression vector system. Journal of Biotechnology, 255:37-46.
  4. C.M. Senthil Kumar, T.K. Jacob, S. Devasahayam, Sharon D'Silva, P.G. Nandeesh. 2016. Characterization and virulence of Beauveria bassiana associated with auger beetle (Sinoxylon anale) infesting allspice (Pimenta dioica), Journal of invertebrate pathology,139 : 67-73.
  5. Senthil Kumar, TK Jacob, S Devasahayam, Sharon D'Silva, J Jinsha, S Rajna. 2015. Occurrence and characterization of a tetrahedral nucleopolyhedrovirus from Spilarctia obliqua (Walker). Journal of invertebrate pathology, 132: 135-141.
  6. TK Jacob, Senthil Kumar, Sharon D'Silva, S Devasahayam, HR Ranganath, ES Sujeesh, CN Biju, R Praveena, SJ Ankegowda. 2015. Evaluation of insecticides and natural products for their efficacy against cardamom thrips (Sciothrips cardamomi Ramk.)(Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in the field. Journal of Spices and Aromatic Crops, 24(2).
  7. C. M. Senthil Kumar, T. K. Jacob, S. Devasahayam, Sharon D'Silva and N. K. Krishna Kumar. 2015. Isolation and characterization of a Lecanicillium psalliotae isolate infecting cardamom thrips (Sciothrips cardamomi ) in India. BioControl. 60(3): 363-373. DOI 10.1007/s10526-015-9649-4.
  8. T.K. Jacob, Sharon D'Silva,C.M. Senthil Kumar, S. Devasahayam, V. Rajalakshmi, E.S. Sujeesh, A. Ishwara Bhat and Siljo Abraham. 2015. Single strain infection of adult and larval cardamom thrips (Sciothrips cardamomi) by Wolbachia subgroup Con belonging to supergroup B in India. Invertebrate Reproduction & Development. 59(1): 1-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07924259.2014.970237
  9. Cheng XH, Senthil Kumar C. M., Arif BM, Krell PJ, Zhang CX, Cheng XW. 2013. Cell-dependent production of polyhedra and virion occlusion of Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus fp25k mutants in vitro and in vivo. J Gen Virol. 94:177-86.
  10. Senthil Kumar C. M., K. Jeyaram and H. B. Singh. 2011. First record of the entomopathogenic fungus, Entomophaga aulicae (Zygomycotina: Entomophthorales) on the Bihar hairy caterpillar Spilarctia obliqua (Arctiidae: Lepidoptera) in Manipur, India. Phytoparasitica 39: 67-71.
  11. Lihua Wang, Tamer Z. Salem, Dean J. Campbell, Colin M. Turney, C. M. Senthil Kumar and Xiao-Wen Cheng. 2009. Characterization of a virion occlusion defective Autographa californica multicapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) mutant lacking the p26, p10 and p74 genes. Journal of General Virology, 90: 1641-1648.
  12. Senthil Kumar C. M. and A. Regupathy. 2009. Gut content analysis of spiders in coffee ecosystem. Current Science 96 (7): 892-893.
  13. Senthil Kumar C. M. and A. Regupathy. 2008. Harvest time residues of thiamethoxam (Actara 25WG) applied to coffee plantations. Annals of Plant protection Sciences. 16(2): 485-547.
  14. Senthil Kumar C. M. and A. Regupathy. 2007. Bioefficacy of thiamethoxam (Actara 25WG) against the sucking pests of coffee. Pesticide Research Journal 19 (2): 215-217
  15. Senthil Kumar C. M. and A. Regupathy. 2007. Physical and Biological compatibility of neonicotinoids with certain nutrients and fungicides applied to coffee plantations. Annals of Plant protection Sciences 15 (1): 131-134
  16. Senthil Kumar C. M., R. J. Rabindra and N. Sathiah. 2006. Biological Activity and Characterization of Nucleopolyhedrovirus Isolates of Spodoptera litura (Fabricius). Phytoparasitica 34(1): 92-101
  17. Senthil Kumar C. M. and A. Regupathy. 2006. Stem application of neonicotinoids to coffee plants: An ecological and cost effective approach. Annals of Plant protection Sciences 14(1): 73-75
  18. Senthil Kumar C. M., N. Sathiah and R. J. Rabindra. 2005. Optimizing the time of harvest of NPV infected Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) larvae under in vivo production systems. Current Science 88(10): 1682-1684.
  19. Senthil Kumar C. M. and R. J. Rabindra. 2003. Influence of dietary vegetable oils on the tobacco cutworm, Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) and its nuclear polyhedrosis virus production. Journal of Biological Control, 17 (1): 57 - 61.
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