The tomato leaf miner, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), is a devastating pest worldwide affecting tomato production. Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) are well known for their potential as biocontrol agents to control the emergence...
Sripada Udupa is a senior scientist (biotechnology) with over 25 years of experience using genomics and biotechnology tools for crop improvement. He helped to establish ICARDA’s biotechnology research and laboratory, and has been working with ICARDA in Morocco since 2006. He has authored more than 100 publications, including peer-reviewed journals, proceedings, and book chapters.
Udupa has developed strong partnerships with universities and national research systems in the Near East and North Africa regions, and with research institutions in North America and Europe. To support the genotyping of gene bank accessions, he is helping to assess diversity and to mine genetic resources for adaptive traits.
Udupa is contributing to the integration of doubled haploids technology and molecular marker tools to speed up varietal development in wheat and barley. Previously, he also worked on microsatellite marker development used in genetic mapping and analyzed the genetic diversity of chickpeas and lentils.