Loganathan Scientific
Dr.M.Loganathan[Principal Scientist]
Qualification Ph.D.
Specialization / Discipline Plant Pathology
Department Crop Protection
Official email Loganathan.M@icar.gov.in , logumuruga@gmail.com
Salient Research Achievements
(in bullets)
  • Characterized rhizome rot pathogens infecting banana
  • Developed a customized model for quick bioassay for rhizome rot disease of banana.
  • Associated in characterization and management of Fusarium wilt of banana.
  • Associated in identification resistant sources in banana germplasm accessions resistant to major diseases and pests.
  • Characterized the potential microbes for major insect pests of banana.
  • Associated in development of package for organic based banana cultivation
  • Identified novel germplasm lines resistance to anthracnose disease of chilli, and rust, powdery mildew and downy mildew diseases of pea.
  • Developed Trichoderma sp., and Bacillus subtilis based bio-formulations for the management of soil borne fungal pathogens infecting vegetables.
  • Characterized early blight pathogen infecting tomato in Northern India.
  • Registered two genetic stocks of garden pea resistant to multiple diseases.
  • Worked out bio-efficacy and safety limit of combined fungicides applied against anthracnose disease of chilli and early blight disease of tomato.
  • Standardized a protocol for regeneration of soybean (Glycine max L. Merrill) through direct somatic embryogenesis from the immature embryonic shoot tip.
  • Developed pyramided transgenic elite Indica rice cultivars resistance to sheath blight and bacterial blight diseases.
Current Research
  • Survey, etiology and management of rhizome rot of banana (PI).
  • Integrated disease management for Fusarium wilt of banana (Co.PI)
  • Organic banana farming for sustainable soil health and nutritional security (Co. PI).
  • Identification of banana stem weevil pheromone for the management of pest (Co. PI).
  • Molecular approaches to understand the host-virus-vector-environment interactions and the management of banana viruses (Co. PI).
Current Research
  • Extramural project on Survey, characterisation and management of a most virulent strain of Foc (TR4) infecting banana in India (ICAR)
  • Screening of banana germplasm from the NE for Fusarium wilt resistance and molecular characterization in contrasting genotypes (DBT)
Area of Interest Molecular detection and characterization of pathogens infecting banana and development of eco-friendly management strategies for important disease(s) and insect pests of banana.
Total Research Publications 42
  • Garg, R., Kumar, S., Kumar, R., Loganathan, M., Saha, S., Kumar, S and Rai, AB. 2013. Novel source of resistance and differential reactions on chilli fruit infected by Colletotrichum capsici. Australasian Plant Pathology 42 (2), 227-233.
  • Loganathan M., M. Manjunath., S. Saha., Akhilesh Kumar., A.B. Rai and B. Singh. 2015. Comparative efficacy of different fungicides in the control of chilli anthracnose. Indian Journal of Plant Protection 43:214-216
  • Loganathan M., Rai A.B, Pandey K.K., Nagendran K., Tripathi A.N and Singh B. 2016. PGPR Bacillus subtilis for multifaceted benefits in vegetables. Indian Horticulture (January-February): 36-37.
  • Loganathan M., Thangavelu R., Padmanaban B and Uma S. 2019. Status of Rhizome and Pseudostem Wet Rot Diseases of Banana. Int. J. Curr. Microbiol. App. Sci doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas
  • Loganathan M., Venkattaravanappa V, Saha, S and Rai AB. 2011. Fungicidal management powdery mildew (Erysiphe polygoni) in pea. Veg. Sci. 38 (1):121-122.
  • Loganathan, M., Garg, R., Venkataravanappa, V., Saha, S and Rai AB. 2014. Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) induces resistance against Fusarium wilt and improves lycopene content and texture in tomato. African Journal of Microbiology Research 8(11):1105-1111.
  • Loganathan, M., Maruthasalam, S., Shiu, L.Y., Lien, W.C., Hsu, W.H., Lee, P.F., Yu, C.W and Lin, C.H. 2010. Regeneration of soybean (Glycine max L. Merrill) through direct somatic embryogenesis from the immature embryonic shoot tip. In Vitro Cell Dev. Biol. Plant 46:265-273.
  • Loganathan, M., Saha, S., Garg R. and A. B. Rai (2010) Selection of antagonist rhizobacteria against soil-borne pathogen. Journal of Mycopathol Res 48 (2) : 227-232.
  • Loganathan, M., Sible, G.V., Maruthasalam, S., Saravanakumar, D., Raguchander, T., Sivakumar, M and Samiyappan, R. 2010. Trichoderma and chitin mixture based bioformulation for the management of headrot (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lip.) deBary)-rootknot (Meloidogyne incognita Kofoid and White) Chitwood complex diseases of cabbage. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection 43:1011-1024.
  • Loganathan, M., Venkataravanappa, V. , Saha S., Rai A.B., Tripathi S., Rai RK., Pandey A.K. and Chowdappa P.  2016. Morphological, pathogenic and molecular characterizations of Alternaria species causing early blight of tomato in Northern India. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences 86: 325–330.
  • Maruthasalam S., Shiu L.Y., Loganathan M., Lien W.C., Liu Y.L., Sun C.M., Yu. C.W., Hung S.H., Ko Y. and Lin, C.H. 2010.  Forced flowering of pineapple (Ananas comosus cv. Tainon 17) in response to cold stress, ethephon and calcium carbide with or without activated charcoal. Plant Growth Regulation 60:83–90.
  • Saha S, Loganathan M, Rai AB and Singh B.2013. Management of black rot of cabbage and cauliflower by seed treatment, root dipping and foliar spray of antibiotics and biocontrol agents. Vegetable Science 40 (2): 201-203.
  • Saha S., Jadhav,  M.R., Ahammed Shabeer, T. P.,  Banerjee,  K., Sharma, B.K., Loganathan, M. and  Rai,  A. B. 2016. Safety assessment and bioefficacy of Fluopyram 20 %+Tebuconazole 20 %-40 SC in chilli, Capsicum annum L. against anthracnose disease. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences 86:359–366. 
  • Saha, S. M. Loganathan, R. Garg and A. B. Rai. 2017. Sensitivity of Chilli plants to Tricyclazole 18% + Mancozeb 62% WP against Anthracnose disease. J. Mycopathol. Res. 55(3):295-297
  • Saha, S., Shabeer, A., Purath, T., Manjusha R. Jadhav, Loganathan, M., Banerjee, K. and Rai, A.B. 2014. Bioefficacy, residue dynamics and safety assessment of the combination fungicide trifloxystrobin25% + tebuconazole 50%-75 WG in managing early blight of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.). J Environ Sci Heal B 49:134-141.
  • Sanwal, S.K., Kumar, R., Loganathan, M. (2013). Estimation of gene effects for powdery mildew resistance in garden pea (Pisum sativum L.). Indian J Agr Sci. 83(6):617-621.
  • Sanwal, S. K., Loganathan, M., & Singh, B. 2016. VRP-147 (IC0598281; INGR15028) , A Garden Pea (Pisum sativum L.) Germplasm with Resistance to Downy Mildew and Rust. Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources, 29(2):214-214.
  • Sanwal, S. K., Loganathan, M., & Singh, B. 2016. VRP-343 (IC0598280; INGR15029) , A Garden Pea (Pisum sativum L.) Germplasm with Resistance to Powdery Mildew. Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources, 29(2): 215-215
  • Thangavelu R., Loganathan M., Arthee R., Prabakaran M and Uma S. 2020. Fusarium wilt: a threat to banana cultivation and its management. CAB Reviews 2020:15 (004), doi: 10.1079/PAVSNNR202015004.
  • Yerasu S R., Loganathan M., Halder J, Prasanna H.C., Singh A and Singh B. 2019. Screening tomato genotypes for resistance to early blight and American serpentine leafminer. Horticulture, Environment, and Biotechnologyhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s13580-019-00130-y.
  • Dr. K. Ramakrishnan award and Dr. A. N. Puri Prize for the best student in Ph. D study (2002), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India.
  • Visiting Scientist (2014), AVRDC, The World Vegetable Center, Taiwan.
  • Selected for NAIP international training fellowship 2013-14.
  • Selected as DARE, GOI, nominee for attending ASEAN-India training on “Organic certification of Fruits and Vegetables” held during 20 Oct. 2013-2 Nov.2013 at Malaysia.
  • Post Doc. (2005-2008), National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan.
  • Awarded with best poster presentation award in three occasions (2002; 2014; 2015) at National level Seminars/Symposiums.and one time (2020)   in International conference.


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