Dr. Maruthadurai R.    Senior Scientist (Agricultural Entomology)





                                                                                Address: G-2, Crop Science (Crop Science)

                                                                ICAR - CCARI,               

                                                                Old Goa 403 402

                                                                Phone: 832-2284678 Ext. 102

                                                                Fax: 0832-2285649

                                                                Email: maruthadurai.r@icar.gov.in , duraiento@gmail.com







Academic background:

Ph.D Entomology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute

M.Sc Entomology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute

B.Sc (Agri) from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University


Research interests and current focus

Integrated management of cashew stem borer through prophylactic and curative methods. Management of tea mosquito bugs through augmentation of predatory ants Oecophylla smaragdina. Biodiversity studies of major insect pests and their natural enemies in the coastal ecosystem.


Outreach and extension

I attend the field problems related to identification insect pests and their causes. The exact management practices are recommended to farmers and other stakeholders. Awareness campaign has been organized for the management of cashew insect pests. Prophylactic and curative management aspects of cashew stem and root borer has been demonstrated with active involvement of farming community. Plant protection advisories are recommended to farmers and other stakeholders.


Membership in professional societies        

  1. Entomological Society of India , New Delhi, India

  2. Plant Protection Association of India, Hyderabad, India

  3. Association for Coastal Agricultural Research, Goa

  4. Association of Agrometeorologists

Awards and honours

  • Prof T N Ananthakrishnan Young Scientist Award for the biennium 2020-21.

  • Best oral presentation award in the National Seminar on “Climate Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture Interventions and Approaches

  • Best poster presentation award in National symposium on Self reliant Coastal Agriculture

  • Dr. B. Vasantharaj David “YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD” for research achievement in Entomology, 2019.

  • FELLOW of Entomological Society of India (FESI), New Delhi.

Research Publications


  • Maruthadurai, R., Das, B. and Ramesh, R. (2022) Predicting the invasion risk of rugose spiraling whitefly, Aleurodicus rugioperculatus, in India based on CMIP6 projections by MaxEnt. Pest Manag Sci. https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.7199.

  • Maruthadurai. R., Veerakumar, T, Veershetty, C and Satish, A.N.C (2022) Acoustic detection of stem and root borer Neoplocaederus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in cashew. Journal of Asia Pacific Entomology 25(3):101968. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aspen.2022.101968

  • Maruthadurai. R, Ramesh R and Veershetty, C. (2022) Prevalence and Predation Potential of Rove Beetle Paederus fuscipes Curtis (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) on Invasive Fall Armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda in Fodder Maize. Natl. Acad. Sci. Lett. (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40009-021-01096-1

  • Maruthadurai. R and Ramesh R (2022) Fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda strains in Goa and its incidence on fodder maize. Indian Journal of Entomology. DoI.: 10.5958/IJE.2021.12.

  • Ramasamy, M., Das, B. & Ramesh, R. (2021) Predicting climate change impacts on potential worldwide distribution of fall armyworm based on CMIP6 projections. J Pest Sci  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10340-021-01411-1.

  • Gupta, MJ, Maruthadurai, R, Vanjari, SS, Pandurang, SC and Pitre, AM. 2021.Post-harvest management of Cowpea: A potential Cash Crop for the Western Coastal Ecosystem of Goa. Journal of AgriSearch 8(2):129-13

  • Maruthadurai .R (2020) Field evaluation of roosting plants with food bait spray in managing melon fly, Zeugodacus cucurbitae in cucumber, Cucumis sativus. International Journal of Pest Management.https://doi.org/10.1080/09670874.2020.1791370

  • Maruthadurai. R and Ramesh R (2020) Mass trapping of red palm weevil and rhinoceros beetle in coconut with aggregation pheromone. Indian Journal of Entomology, 82 (3): 439-441.

  • Gupta, M.J., Maruthadurai, R., Vanjari, S.S., Pandurang, S.C., and Pitre, A.M. (2020) A systematic assessment of paddy losses at various stages from harvest to storage in the state of Goa. Journal of Agricultural Engineering. 57(2): 138-150.

  • Maruthadurai. R and Ramesh R (2020). Occurrence, damage pattern and biology of fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (JE smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) on fodder crops and green amaranth in Goa, India. Phytoparasitica 48:15–23. doi.org/10.1007/s12600-019-00771-w

  • Maruthadurai, R. (2019). Diversity of predators and management of Aphis odinae (van der Goot) in cashew. Indian Journal of Entomology, 81 (4): 909-912.

  • Maruthadurai, R. (2019). A scientific note on occurrence and infestation of Jewel beetle Belionota prasina (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) on Cashew (Anacardium occidentale). Nat. Acad. Sci. Lett. 42(2):91-94.

  • Vaingankar, JD, Maruthadurai R, Sellaperumal, C, Dhargalkar, SD, Harihar, S, and Arunachalam, V. (2018). Tapping the potential of vegetable amaranth genotype to trap the root knot nematode pest. Scientia Horticulturae. (Elsevier): 230:18-24. doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2017.10.037

  • Maruthadurai, R. (2018). Effect of weather parameters on population dynamics of aphid, Aphis odinae (van der Goot) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on cashew in Goa. Journal of Agrometeorology 20 (1) : 84-86

  • Maruthadurai. R and Singh N.P (2017) A report on occurrence of aphidophagous predators of Aphis odinae (Van der Goot) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in cashew ecosystem from Goa, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa.9 (2): 9858-9861. https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2435.9.2.9858-9861

  • Maruthadurai. R and Singh N.P (2015) First report of invasive mealybug Phenacoccus solenopsis  Tinsley infesting cashew from Goa, India. Phytoparasitica  43:121–124

  • Maruthadurai. R, Desai, A.R. and Singh N.P (2014) First record of ambrosia beetle Euplatypus parallelus infestation on cashew from Goa, India. Phytoparasitica 42:57–59.

  • P. Mahesh, R. D. Gautam, Sudhida gautam and R. Maruthadurai (2012). Kairomones of Earias vitella (f.) and their influence on the parasitic potential of Trichogramma Spp (Trichogrammatidae: Hymenoptera).       Indian Journal of Entomology, 74(1): 47-53.

  • R. Maruthadurai and R.D.Gautam (2011) Hydrocarbon profile of Earias vittella and Spodoptera litura. Annals of plant protection sciences 19(2): 282-285

  • R. Maruthadurai and R.D.Gautam (2011) Multiplication of Green Lacewing, Mallada astur (banks) on Frozen Grubs of Tribolium castaneum Herbst. Journal of biological control 25(1): 18-21.

  • R. Maruthadurai and R.D.Gautam and P. Mahesh (2011) Kairomonal effect of host body washing on the egg  parasitoid Trichogramma brasiliensis (Ashmead) (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae). Journal of         biological control 25 (4): 298–304.

  •  R. Maruthadurai and R.D.Gautam and Archna (2011). Behavioural response of Trichogramma chilonis Ishii (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) to Kairomones. Indian Journal of Entomology. 73(3): 247-252

  • Sudidha gautam, R. Maruthadurai and R.D.Gautam (2010) Power packed green lacewing feed (PPGF), its shelf life and effect on reproductive potential of Mallada desjardinsi (Navas) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). Journal of biological control 23(3): 227-230


  • Maruthadurai. R (2013). Integrated pest management practices for major field and horticultural  crops. In: Integrated farming system research for improved livelihood     option of small and marginal farmers (Manjunath, B. L. Mahajan G. R. and Singh    N.P. (Eds), ICAR Research Complex for Goa. pp. 85-90.

  • R. Maruthadurai and R.D.Gautam. 2012. Mass Multiplication of green lacewing predators. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2012, 114 p.

Others (Technical bulletins)


  • Maruthadurai. R Ramesh, R and Singh N.P (2015). Two Decades (1990-2010) of Agricultural  Entomology Research at ICAR Research Complex for Goa - A Scientific Review. Technical          Bulletin No. 48. ICAR RC for Goa, Old Goa. Goa, India P 62.

  • Ramesh, R. and Maruthadurai, R. 2014. Manual on diagnosis of insect pests and diseases of plantation and spice crops of Goa. Technical Bulletin No. 38. ICAR RC for Goa, Old Goa. Goa,           India P 58.

  • Ramesh, R., Maruthadurai, R. and Singh, N.P. 2013. Management of fruit rot (Koleroga/ Mahali) disease of arecanut. Extension folder No. 67. ICAR RC for Goa, Old Goa.

  • Ramesh, R., Maruthadurai, R. and Singh, N.P. 2013. Management of bud rot disease in the coconut  plantations of Goa. Extension folder No. 66. ICAR RC for Goa, Old Goa.

  • Ramesh, R., Manjunath, B.L., Maruthadurai, R., Mahajan, G.R. and Singh, N.P. 2013. Cowpea- Production guidelines. Extension folder No. 65. ICAR RC for Goa, Old Goa.

  • Ramesh, R., Manjunath, B.L., Maruthadurai, R., Mahajan, G.R. and Singh, N.P. 2013. Watermelon- Production guidelines. Extension folder No. 64. ICAR RC for Goa, Old Goa.

  • Manjunath, B.L., Ramesh, R. Maruthadurai, R. Prabhudesai, H.R. and Singh, N.P. 2013. Technology  package for higher productivity and profitability of Goa Local cowpea. Technical Bulletin No. 31, ICAR Research Complex for Goa, Old Goa 403 402, Goa, India. Pp 1-16.

  • Manjunath, B. L., Swain, B. K.., Gupta M. J., and Maruthadurai. R (2013). Agricultural Technology Options. Technical Bulletin No. 30, ICAR Research Complex for Goa (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), Old Goa-403 402, Goa, India.

  • Maruthadurai. R  and  Karuppaiah V (2014). Managing Menace of Insect Pests on Custard Apple. Pop. Kheti 2(3): 108-111