Dr. Kavita Gupta

Principal Scientist
Division of Plant Quarantine
Agricultural Entomology
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Salient Achievements:
  • Intercepted destructive pests such as Acanthoscelides obtectus, Bruchus dentipes, B. ervi, Callosobruchus subinnotatus, Trogoderma variabile, etc. which are not yet reported from India
  • Developed digitized keys and database for taxonomic identification of insect pests belonging to Family Bruchidae of quarantine significance. Digital Library on Bruchids Launched on web in June 2011 (available at
  • Developed disinfestation technology for lifting the import ban imposed on mangoes from India due to fruit flies– melon fly and oriental fruit fly using vapour heat treatment 
  • Compiled information on potential quarantine insect and mite pests for India for cereals (6 species), grain legumes (39 species), edible oilseeds (16 species), Tropical and subtropical fruits (39 species) as a ready reckoner for quarantine personnel
  • Coordinated and undertook pest risk analysis (PRA) for 140 crop species for notification under the PQ Order 2003 and 65 new plant species for first time import of PGR.
  • Analysed policy issues in biosecurity and biosafety, pest risk analysis in the wake of WTO/ SPS, Invasive Alien Species and other related phytosanitary issues to Ministries of Agriculture, Environment & Forests, Commerce & Industry, Defence and Home Affairs.
  • Teaching under PGR 509 (Plant Biosecurity), PGR 502 (Exchange and Plant Quarantine) and SST-516 (Plant Quarantine) courses of PG School, IARI
  • Training on Biosafety Considerations for Transgenic Plants (Co-convenor, 2005, 2006 & 2007); Winter School on Biosecurity and Biosafety at NBPGR, New Delhi (Convenor, 2009); Training on Diagnostic Methods for Pests of Planting Material and their Management (Convenor, 2011)
  • Publication Summary (in last 10 years*/ total): Research papers (42*/ 75)/ Book chapters (29*/ 35)/ Review articles (4*/ 5)/ Books (7*/ 10)/ Reports (4*)/ Popular articles (3*/ 7)/ Seminar presentations (140*/166) Manuals (2*)/Research bulletins and leaflets (8*/10).   
  • IARI Gold Medal for best PhD Scholar, Young Scientists’ Award, JICA Fellowship, Fellow of Entomological Society of India and of Plant Protection Association of India, Best Poster Paper Awards of Professional Societies (2).
  • APAARI consultant (1 year) for revision and re-writing of Publication entitled Biosafety Regulations in Asia Pacific Region.
  • Member- ISC Consortium of CABI (UK), Ad-hoc Technical Expert Working Group on Invasive Alien Species (CBD), Member, National Task Force on Biological Disasters (NDMA), Member Convenor, National Task Force for Phytosanitary Capacity Building (DAC), Reviewer (Indian Journal of Plant Protection, Seed Research, Indian Journal of Agricultural Science); Editor (Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources); Indian delegation in the Conference of Parties (CoP) 11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity at Hyderabad from October 11- 18, 2012; Member IFQRG 13 delegation to Quingdao, China (2013)
  • Inited as expert Consultant for APSA Phytosanitary Issues meeting at Bangkok, Thailand in 2019.
Recent Publications Research Papers
1.  Gupta Kavita, Shashi Bhalla, SP Singh and DS Meena (2018). Seed beetles intercepted in imported legume germplasm from 2001- 2015Legume Res.41(4)629-635
2.  Gupta Kavita and SC Dubey (2017). Biosecurity Policies Influencing International Exchange of PGR Indian J. Plant. Genet. Res.30(3)258-266
3.  Gupta Kavita, Shashi Bhalla, SP Singh and DS Meena (2016). Interception of Insect Pests during Quarantine Processing of Imported Seed Germplasm during 2013-14 Indian J. Plant Prot.44(3)260-265
4.  Gupta Kavita and SC Dubey (2016). Regional Collaboration for Plant Biosecurity in South Asian Region Indian Phytopathol.69(4S)260-265
5.  Bhalla Shashi and Kavita Gupta (2016). Biosecuring India against exotic bruchids: Two decades of quarantine monitoring of grain legumes germplasm Indian J. Entomol.7879-90
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Last Updated : 20/06/2023