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CSIR - CENTRAL FOOD TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC & INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

MINISTRY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, GOVT. OF INDIA,
MYSURU - 570020

Vithal Balavant Kudachikar

Principal Scientist

PhD (Plant physiology);M.Sc(Agri.Sci.);

Email : vbkudachikar@cftri.res.in

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Expertise

1.“Basic and applied research in the above specific areas of Post-harvest Technology of fruits and vegetables” under various major lab projects, grant in aid & sponsored projects. My major research activities in the department of fruit and vegetable technology, at CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore, India, are mainly focused in the field of post-harvest technology of commercially important major, minor and underutilized fruits and vegetables that encompasses “Fruit development and maturity, technologies of modified atmosphere packaging, low temperature storage, evaporative cool storage, low and controlled atmosphere storage, combined/Hurdle preservation techniques for whole/cut fruits & vegetables. Artificial induced fruit ripening and compositional changes associated with it. Value addition to fresh fruits (after effective shelf life) by processing for appropriate processed products development and utilization of fruit peel wastes for better recovery of natural pigments, antioxidants and bioactive molecules by biotechnological approaches using specific enzyme system, defined conditions and irradiation technology for control of fruit ripening, nutritional and microbiological safety of the processed products, Inhibition of lipase inactivation in wheat germs by gamma irradiation as inhibiting treatment.Developed two bio formulations successfully and Testing and evaluation of these bio formulations for their efficacies in both In vitro and In vivo conditions are under progress.Research on screening and identification of plant based aroma bioactive molecules characterized for fungicidal properties against major diseases (Anthracnose, fruit rot) in fruits and vegetables as alternative to synthetic chemical fungicides: In vitro and In vivo studies on screening, identification, optimization of MIC on specific pathogens of Anthracnose in Mango and tomato are completed. Lead results are obtained for development of bio formulations for effective control of Anthracnose in Mango and tomato. Developed two bio formulations successfully.

Area of interest

1.Post harvest Technology of Fruits and vegetables, 2.Food Science and Technology 3.Food Irradiation Technology

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