Dr.Santhosh J Eapen
Head, Div. Crop Protection
Indian Institute of Spices Research

QualificationPh. D.
DepartmentCrop Protection
Official emailsjeapen@spices.res.in
Personal emailsjeapen@gmail.com
Mobile Number9447072747
Research Experience
  • 14.01.2016 onwards - Head, Div. of Crop Protection, ICAR-IISR
  • 2009 to 2016 - Principal Scientist, ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode
  • 1993 to 2009 - Scientist/Sr. Scientist, ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode
  • 1987 to 1993 - Scientist, IISR-CRC, Appangala, Karnataka
  • 1986 to 1987 - Scientist, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod, Kerala
  • 1984 to 1986 - Res. Associate, CPCRI-RS, Kayangulam, Kerala
Current Research Projects(Institute)
  1. Integrated management of Phytophthora foot rot and slow decline diseases of black pepper
  2. Mass production and field evaluation of promising entomopathogenic nematodes against insect pests infesting major spices
  3. Surveillance, documentation and development of decision support system for pests and diseases of major spice crops
  4. Network project on high value compounds and phytochemicals
Current Research Projects(External)
  1. Distributed Information Sub-Centre(DBT, New Delhi)
  2. Area wide integrated pest management for wilt diseases in black pepper (KSCSTE)
Area of Interest
  • Molecular characterization of nematodes
  • Biological control of nematodes
  • Bioinformatics
  • Knowledge management
Total Publications 301
Selected Publications

A. Nematology

  1. Kumar A, Munjal V, Sheoran N, Prameela TP, Suseelabhai R, Aggarwal R, Jain RK, Eapen SJ 2017. Draft genome sequence of highly virulent race 4/biovar 3 of Ralstonia solanacearumCaRs_Mep causing bacterial wilt in Zingiberaceae plants in India. Genome Announcements 5:e01420-16. https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.01420-16.
  2. Prasath D, Eapen SJ and Sasikumar B 2016. Performance of turmeric (Curcuma longa) genotypes for yield and root-knot nematode resistance. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 86 (9): 1189-92.
  3. Vibhuti M, Kumar A, Neelam S, Agisha VN, Eapen SJ 2016. Molecular basis of endophytic Bacillus megaterium-induced growth promotion in Arabidopsis thaliana: Revelation by microarray-based gene expression analysis. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation doi:10.1007/s00344-016-9624-z.
  4. Rosana OB, Eapen SJ, Krishna PB 2016. Cloning and characterization of genes encoding two detoxifying enzymes, glutathione s-transferase and carboxylesterase, from burrowing nematode (Radopholus similis). International Journal of Parasitology Research 8 (1): 173-183.
  5. Neelam S, Kumar A, Vibhuti M, Agisha VN, Eapen SJ 2016. Pseudomonas putida BP25 alters root phenotype and triggers salicylic acid signaling as a feedback loop in regulating endophytic colonization in Arabidopsis thaliana. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 93: 99-111. doi:10.1016/j.pmpp.2016.01.008
  6. Johnson George K, Rosana OB, Vijesh Kumar IP, Eapen SJ, Anandaraj M 2016. Interplay of genes in plant-pathogen interactions: In planta expression and docking studies of a beta 1,3glucanase gene from Piper colubrinum and a glucanase inhibitor gene from Phytophthora capsici. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 22: 567-573.
  7. Vibhuti M, Agisha V N, Neelam S, Aditi K, Vibina V, Subaharan K, Suseelabhai R, Eapen SJ, Kumar A 2015. Genotyping and identification of broad spectrum antimicrobial volatiles in black pepper root endophytic biocontrol agent, Bacillus megaterium BP17. Biological Control 92: 66-76. doi:10.1016/j.biocontrol.2015.09.005.
  8. Neelam S, Agisha VN, Vibhuti M, Aditi K, Subaharan K, Vibina V, Suseelabhai R, Eapen SJ, Kumar A 2015. Genetic analysis of plant endophytic Pseudomonas putida BP25 and chemo-profiling of its antimicrobial volatile organic compounds. Microbiological Research173: 66-78 doi:10.1016/j.micres.2015.02.001.
  9. Prasath D, Karthika R, Habeeba NT, Suraby EJ, Rosana OB, Shaji A, Eapen SJ, Deshpande U, Anandaraj M. 2014. Comparison of the transcriptomes of ginger (ZingiberofficinaleRosc.) and mango ginger (Curcuma amadaRoxb.) in response to the bacterial wilt infection. PLOS One 9(6): e99731. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099731.
  10. Kumar A, Munder A, Aravind R, Eapen SJ,Tummler B,Raaijmakers JM 2013. Friend or foe: genetic and functional characterization of plant endophyticPseudomonas aeruginosa. Environmental Microbiology 15 (3): 764-779.
  11. Pervez R, Eapen SJ, Devasahayam S, Jacob TK 2012. A new species of entomopathogenic nematode Oscheius gingeri sp. n. (Nematoda: Rhabditidae) from ginger rhizosphere. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection 46: 526-535.
  12. Aravind R, Kumar A,Eapen SJ 2012. Pre-plant bacterisation: a strategy for delivery of beneficial endophytic bacteria and production of disease-free plantlets of black pepper (Piper nigrum L.). Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection 45: 1115-1126.
  13. Aravind R, Eapen SJ, Kumar A, Dinu A, Ramana KV 2010. Screening of endophytic bacteria and evaluation of selected isolates for suppression of burrowing nematode (Radopholus similis Thorne) using three varieties of black pepper (Piper nigrum L.). Crop Protection 29 (2010) 318-324.
  14. Aravind R, Kumar A, Eapen SJ, Ramana KV 2009. Endophytic bacterial flora in root and stem tissues of black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) genotype: isolation, identification and evaluation against Phytophthora capsici. Letters in Applied Microbiology 48: 58-64.
  15. Eapen SJ, Beena B, Ramana KV 2005. Tropical soil microflora of spice-based cropping systems as potential antagonists of root-knot nematodes. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 88: 218-225.

B. Bioinformatics

  1. Umadevi P, VivekSrivastav, Anandaraj M, Johnson KG and Eapen SJ 2016. Piperpep - a database of experimentally generated peptides from black pepper (Piper nigrum L.). Current Science 111(9): 1453-55.
  2. Rosana OB, Krishna PB,Eapen SJ 2014. Virtual screening and in vitro assay to explore novel inhibitors from black pepper against potential targets of Radopholussimilis. International Journal of Computer Applications 86(14):35-43.
  3. Sangeetha K, Rosana OB, Eapen SJ 2012.EST secretome analysis of Radopholussimilis nematode. Online J. Bioinformatics 13 (1):103-119.
  4. Rosana OB, Dinsha M, Shamina A, Eapen SJ 2012. Virtual screening and in-vitro assay of potential drug like inhibitors from spices against Glutathione-S-Transferase of Meloidogyneincognita. Bioinformation 8(7): 319-325.
  5. Riju A, Lakshmi PDK, Nima PL, Reena N, Eapen SJ 2010. Mining SSR and SNP/Indel sites in expressed sequence tag libraries of Radopholussimilis. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Biocomputing, ACM Digital Library, http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1722024.1722042.
  6. Reena N, Chandrasekar A, Riju A, Nima PL, Eapen SJ, Anandaraj M 2010. Gene identification in Phytophthoracapsici through expressed sequence tags. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Biocomputing, ACM Digital Library, http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1722024.1722043.
  7. RijuA, Sithara K, Suja S Nair, Eapen SJ 2010. Prediction of toxicity and pharmacological potential of selected spice compounds. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Biocomputing, ACM Digital Library, http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1722024.1722060
  8. Nima PL, Riju A, Reena N and Eapen SJ 2010. Conserved orthology in mitochondrial genomes of distantly related nematodes. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Biocomputing, ACM Digital Library http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1722024.1722075
  9. Chandrasekar A, Riju A, Sithara K, Anoop S, Eapen SJ 2009. Identification of single nucleotide polymorphism in ginger using expressed sequence tags.Bioinformation 4(3): 119-122.
  10. Chandrasekar A, Riju A, Sithara K, Anoop S and Eapen SJ , 2009. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and indels in expressed sequence tag libraries of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.).Online Journal of Bioinformatics 10 (2): 224-232
  11. Chandrasekar A, Riju A, Sathyanath V, Eapen SJ 2008. SpicEST - An annotated database on expressed sequence tags of spices. Genes, Genomes and Genomics 3 (Special Issue 1): 50-53.
  • Nematology consultant in Viet Nam, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome
  • Fellow - Indian Society for Spices
  • Fellow - Nematological Society of India
  • Research Guide - Singhania University, Rajasthan
  • Research Guide - Mangalore University, Karnataka
  • Research Guide - Kannur University, Kannur, Kerala
  • Research Guide - Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
  • Research Guide - Calicut University
  • Member, Executive Committee (Bioinformatics), JN Tropical Botanical Garden & Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Member - Board of Studies (Bioinformatics), University of Calicut, Kerala
  • Member, Board of Studies - Zoology, St. Berchamans College, Changanacherry
  • Examiner for PhD/ MSc examinations - UAS, Dharwad, Karnataka
  • Examiner for PhD/ MSc examinations - University of Calicut, Kerala
  • Guest faculty, Bioinformatics - NIT, Calicut
  • Guest faculty, Bioinformatics - DOEACC Centre, Calicut