Ravi Scientific
Dr.I.Ravi [Principal Scientist]
Qualification Ph.D.
Specialization / Discipline Plant Physiology
Department Crop Production
Official email ravii@icar.org.in, iravi24@gmail.com
Salient Research Achievements
(in bullets)
  • Identified drought and salt tolerant banana genotypes and released a banana variety as ‘Kaveri Saba’ as drought and salt tolerant variety.
  • Physiological traits for drought tolerance has been identified for screening bananas in the field.
  • Identified critical phenological stages of banana for irrigation to avoid water deficit stress effect.
  • Technologies for alleviation of drought and salt stress injuries have been developed.
  • Technique to differentiate dessert and cooking bananas based on amylose content from un-ripened green banana fruit has been developed.
  • Technology to improve bunch development through post flowering growth regulator application on the bunch has been developed. This technique enhance the fruit filling and development which are desirable for marketing the produce.
  • Optimised the leaf number in popular bananas (cvs. Robusta, Karpuravalli, Ney Poovan, Saba, Poovan, Nendran at flowering for normal fruit development without affecting fruit quality. Keeping optimum number of leaves promotes light penetration to the lower leaves, reduces water loss through transpiration and reduces spread of leaf spot disease.
Current Research
  • High Temperature and soil moisture deficit stresses in banana: Mechanism of high temperature tolerance and management of high temperature and soil moisture deficit stresses in banana(PI)
  • Biochemistry of banana fruit ripening and characterization of high value compounds of fruit and flower (Co-PI)
  • Functions of resistant starch and designer food development from banana flour (Co-PI)
  • Development of clump management technology for enhanced productivity in banana (Co-PI)
Current Research Projects (External)
  • Component - 2: Bio fortification and evaluation of Indian banana with Iron constructs – DBT- QUT
  • Whole genome and transcriptome study to stress tolerant banana cultivars – DBT –NER
  • In vitro mass propagation of high value hill area banana – DBT –NER
  • Characterization of high value phyto-chemicals of anti-diabetic and immune-modulatory properties in NE banana varieties– DBT –NER
  • Network project on Transgenic in crops – Banana functional genomics (Sigatoka & Drought component) –ICAR- Network Project
Area of Interest Abiotic stresses, Climate change and Post-Harvest Physiology.
Total Research Publications 96
Best five Publications
  • Ravi, I. and Uma, S. (2011) Phenotyping bananas and plantains for adaptation to drought. In: P Monneveux, J-M Ribaut, Eds., Drought Phenotyping in Crops: From Theory to Practice. CIMMYT/Generation Challenge Programme, Mexico City, pp 417-436.
  • Iyyakutty Ravi, Subbaraya Uma, Muthu Mayil Vaganan and Mohamed M. Mustaffa (2013).Phenotyping bananas for drought resistance. Frontiers in Physiology. Volume. 4. Article 9, 1-15
  • Iyyakutty Ravi and Mohammed M. Mustaffa (2013). Starch and amylose variability in banana cultivars. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology 18(1):83–87.
  • Ravi, I., Mayilvaganan, M. and Mustaffa, M.M. (2014) Bananas Grown in Salt Affected Soil Impairs Fruit Development in Susceptible Cultivars. The Andhra Agricultural Journal  61 (3) : 638 – 642
  • Ravi I, K. Kamaraju K, Sawan Kumar and Sri Sailaja Nori (2018). Evaluation of sea weed bio formulations on yield and yield parameters of banana cv.Grand Naine (AAA).  Indian Journal of Natural Sciences 8 (47) : 13482-13488
  • ABJ Abdul Kalam Distinguished Fellow Award in recognition of service to in the field of Science (2018-19), by Bose Science Society, TN On 24th August 2019
  • Fellow of Bose Science Society (2018) by Bose Science Society, TN
  • JC Bose Best Scientist Award (for the year 2017-18) by Bose Science Society, TN
  • UGC’s JRF and Lectureship (Life Sciences) in 1992


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