Personal details. Indian, year of birth 1952, male.
Qualifications. BSc (Botany), 1973; MSc (Botany), 1975; PhD (Mycology), 1983, University of Calicut, Kerala, India.
Experience: 30 years research experience in mycology and plant pathology dealing with soil fungi, litter fungi, mycorrhizal fungi, fungi causing diseases of forest trees and entomopathogenic fungi. Darwin fellow at the former International Mycological Institute (1994-1995). Post-doctoral fellow at CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products, Western Australia (1996). Handled 18 research programmes at Kerala Forest Research Institute of which 8 were funded by International bodies.
Previous achievements: Was awarded Darwin Fellowship in Biosystematics (1994-1995) to carry out post-doctoral research at the former International Mycological Institute (IMI). Created a database of fungi recorded on eucalypts during the tenure of the fellowship. Co-authored a Mycologial paper entitled ‘A checklist of fungi recorded on Eucalyptus’ with Brian Sutton and Dave Minter (1995). Trained at IMI, England on identification of fungi and bacteria of agricultural importance (1989) and modern techniques in identifications (1994). Organized 7 international workshops/symposia either in India or abroad including an ‘All India Symposium on Fungi in Forest Ecosystems’; presented papers on mycology in several international conferences; published several new tax of fungi, especially Coelomycetes.
Current activities. Participant in a Darwin Project on ‘Conservation of microfungi’ with Dave Minter (2007-2010); Principal Investigator of two DFID (UK) funded projects on biocontrol of the weed Mikania micrantha using a rust fungus Puccinia spegazzinii. Participant in a Government of India funded project on entomopathogenic fungi of the Western Ghats. Acts as Coordinator of Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network, which is a co-operative alliance of the 33 member countries in the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) - a statutory body of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Current position. Senior Scientist and Scientist-in-Charge (F), Forest Pathology, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, 680 653, Kerala, India. Coordinator, FAO’s Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN).
Dr K.V. Sankaran
Kerala Forest Research Institute,
680 653, Kerala,
Tel.: 0487 2699 061
Fax: 0487 2699 249
Languages. English, Malayalam, Hindi, Russian.