Dr.Richa Varshney

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Dr.Richa Varshney
Phone Number
080-2351-1982
Fax
080-2341-1961
Professional Experience
5.0 years
Qualification
Ph.D. (Agricultural Entomology)
Specilization
Insect Ecology, Biological control
Training
National
Professional Attachment Training on Mirids and Geocorids taxonomy (10th May – 10th August, 2015) at Department of Entomology, GKVK, Bangalore.
Attended DST-SERB school of chemical ecology from 3 rd -16 th July 2017 at National centre for
Biological Science, Bangalore.
Awards and Honours
Received Young woman Scientist award 2019 for significant contribution in Biological Control by Dr. B. V. David Foundation
Received Dr. B. S. Bhumannavar Team Research Award for the Best Innovative Biocontrol Research for the year 2017-18 for the work on “Management of major lepidopetran insect pests through timely supply and use of Trichogramma spp.
Received Best poster award for the paper in 1st agrobiodiversity congress- 2016. November 6th to 9th 2016, New Delhi, India.
Received Best oral presentation award in First International Conference on Biological Control: Approaches and Applications. September 27th-29th 2018, at NBAIR, Bengaluru, India.
Received Best oral presentation award in International conference of Zoological Sciences (Symposium on molecular biology, cytogenetics and entomology) October 26-28th 2017, at Punjabi University Patiala, India.
Received Best oral presentation award in First International Conference on Biological Control: Approaches and Applications. September 27th-29th 2018, at NBAIR, Bengaluru, India.
Received Best oral award in National Conference on Agricultural Resource Management for Atmanirbhar Bharat .17-19 July 2020 organised by CAU Imphal.
Received Best oral award in National Symposium On “Plant Health Management” 2nd -4th November, 2020 organised by Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, Gujarat.
Brief Achievements
Developed simple and low cost rearing protocol for predators (two geocorids, Geocoris ochropterus Fieber; G. superbus Montandon and three predatory mirids, Dortus primarius Distant; Termatophylum orientale Poppius and Nesidiocoris tenuis) on laboratory hosts.
Developed rearing protocol of insect pest (Spodoptera frugiperda (FAW)) and parasitoid of FAW (Chelonus formosanus and other Chelonus spp.).
Developed bio-intensive management strategies and conducted demonstration trials for managing fall armyworm, brinjal fruit and shoot borer and rice insect pest.
Worked on evaluation of predatory mites, Neoseiulus indicus against broad mites in mulberry as well as red spider mites in polyhouse.
Worked on evaluation of predatory bugs to manage sucking pests in polyhouse.
Studied the functional response of various predators to different pest in order to establish
their potency.
Recognition
Honoured from Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parisad and Bharat Vikas Parisad for getting
1 st position in intermediate among girls at district level.
Secured first rank in All India Ph.D Entrance Examination of GBPUA&T University in
the year 2007
Fellow of society of biocontrol Advancement in India , Bangalore
Life member of society of biocontrol Advancement in India , Bangalore
Publications
Total Number of Publication = 23
Selected Publications
Varshney, R., Poornesha, B., Raghavendra, A., Y. Lalitha, Apoorva, V., Ramanujam, B. Rangeshwaran, R., Subaharan, K., Shylesha, A.N., Bakthavatsalam, N., Chaudhary, M. and Pandit, V. 2020. Biocontrol-based management of fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J E Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) on Indian Maize. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s41348-020-00357-3
Varshney, Richa* Neeraj Budhlakoti and Chandish ballal. 2020. Functional response of three species of predatory pirate bugs to different densities of blossom thrips, Frankliniella schultzei Trybom (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Current Science, 118 (5): 827-833.
Kumar, PS. And Varshney, R. 2020. Efficacy of Hirsutella thompsonii and Two Other Biological Control Agents against the Broad Mite in Mulberry, 2019. Arthropod Management Tests, 45(1), 2020, 1–2. https://academic.oup.com/amt/article/doi/10.1093/amt/tsaa089/5873417?guestAccessKey=31819
507-738d-43d5-8941-7f5fe2860255
Ankita Gupta, Y Lalitha, Richa Varshney, AN Shylesha and Cornelis Van Achterberg. 2020. Chelonus formosanus Sonan (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) an egg-larval parasitoid of the invasive pest Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) amenable to laboratory mass production in India. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies; 8(1): 1521-1524
Chandish R Ballal, Richa Varshney* and Sunil Joshi. 2019. Morphology, biology and predation capacity of Amphiareus constrictus (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae). Neotropical Entomology, 68: 668-677, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13744-019-00684-7
Varshney, Richa, Neeraj Budhlakoti and Chandish ballal. 2018. Functional response of Geocoris ochropterus Fieber (Hemiptera: Geocoridae) to different egg densities of Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Phytoparasitica, 46: 451- 458.
Chandish R. Ballal, Shahid Ali Akbar, Kazutaka Yamada, Aijaz Ahmad Wachkoo &Richa Varshney. 2018. Annotated catalogue of the flower bugs from India (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae, Lasiochilidae). Acta entomologica Musei nationalis pragae, 58(1): 207-226.
Varshney, R* and Ballal, C. 2017. Biological, morphological and life table parameters of Geocoris ochropterus Fieber. (Hemiptera: Geocoridae) fed on Sitotroga cerealella eggs. Egyptian journal of biological pest control, 27 (2): 189-194.
Varshney, R. and Chandish ballal. 2018.Intraguild predation on Trichogramma chilonis Ishii (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) by the generalist predator Geocoris ochropterus Fieber (Hemiptera: Geocoridae). Egyptian journal of biological pest control, 28:1-6.
Omprakash Navik, R. S. Ramya, Richa Varshney, S. K. Jalali, T. M. Shivalingaswamy, R. Rangeshwaran, Y. Lalitha, Jagadeesh Patil and Chandish R. Ballal. 2019. Integrating biocontrol agents with farmer’s practice: impact on diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus)
(Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) and cabbage yield. Egyptian journal of biological pest control, 29:1-7.
Varshney, Richa* and Yeshwanth H. M.2018. First Record of Termatophylum orientale Poppius (Hemiptera: Miridae: Deraeocorinae) from India with Biological Note. Journal of the Entomological Research Society, 20(3):67-73
Varshney, Richa*, Yeshwanth H. M. and Chandish R Ballal. 2018. Biology and rearing protocol for Dortus primarius Distant, a predatory mirid (Hemiptera: Miridae). Journal of Biological Control. 32(4): 224-229,2018.
Shylesha, A.N., Jalali, S.K., Gupta, A., Varshney, R., Venkatesan, T., Shetty, P., Ojha, R., Ganiger, P.C., Navik, O., Subaharan, K., Bakthavatsalam, N. and Ballal, C.R. 2018. Studies on new invasive pest Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) and its natural enemies. Journal of Biological Control, 32(3): 1-7.
Varshney, R and Bisht, R.S. 2008. Feeding efficiency of Coccinella septempunctata on different aphid species. Journal of Aphidology, 22&23: 43-47.
Varshney, R and Bisht, R.S. 2012. Efficacy of some plant extracts against mustard aphid, Lipaphis erysimi and its parasitoid, Diaeretiella rapae. Annals of plant protection sciences, 20(1): 88-90.
Varshney, R and Bisht, R.S. 2016. Feeding propensity of the syrphid larvae, Episyrphus balteatus (de Geer) and Ischiodon scutellaris (Fabricius) on the mustard aphid, Lipaphis erysimi (Kalt.). Current Biotica, 9(4):374-387.
Varshney, R., Rachana, R.R. and Bisht, R.S. 2016. Biology and feeding potential of Coccinella septempunctata (Linn.) against Lipaphis erysimi (Kalt) at different temperature regimes. Journal of Applied and Natural Science 8 (4): 1762-1765.
Rachana, R.R., Jayasimbha, G.T. and Varshney R. 2016. A Review of the Pest, Tospoviruses Vector Status of Melon Thrips, Thrips palmi and its Natural Enemies for Biological Control. Int. J. Pure App. Biosci. 4 (2): 221-237.
Rachana, R.R., Jayasimbha, G.T., Varshney R and Manjunatha, M. 2016. Evaluation of fungal pathogens, Fusarium semitectum Berk. and Ravenel and Hirsutella thompsonii Fisher against red spider mite, Tetranychus neocaledoni-cus (Andre) of okra under laboratory and greenhouse conditions. Journal of Applied and Natural Science 8 (1): 375 – 380.
Ballal, C. and Varshney, R. 2016. Insect Genetic Resources–Innovations in Utilisation. Indian J. Plant Genet. Resour. 29(3): 392-395. DOI 10.5958/0976-1926.2016.00081.4.
Varshney, R., Rachana, R.R. and Bisht, R.S. 2017. Population dynamics of potential bioagents of mustard aphid, Lipaphis erysimi (Kaltenbach) on different cultivars of rapeseed-mustard. Journal of Applied and Natural Science 9 (1): 10-18.
Varshney, R and Ballal, C. 2017. Biological, morphological and life table parameters of Geocoris ochropterus Fieber. (Hemiptera: Geocoridae) fed on Sitotroga cerealella eggs. Egyptian journal of biological pest control, 27 (2): 189-194.
Varshney, R and Ballal, C. 2017. Studies on evaluation of Nesidiocoris tenuis (Reuter) (Hemiptera: Miridae) preying on invasive insect pest Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) and its damage to tomato plant. Journal of Biological Control, 31 (2): 69-73.(NAAS
Rating: 5.34).
Varshney, R and Ballal, C. 2017. Biology and feeding potential of Geocoris superbus
Montandon (Heteroptera: Geocoridae), a predator of mealybug. Journal of Entomology and
Zoology Studies. 5(3): 520-524.