Dr. P. Chowdappa (Pallem Chowdappa) was borne on 15th May, 1957 in Enugudanlpalle village of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh from where he obtained his school education. He did B.Sc. from Sri Venkateswara College, Tirupathi in 1978. He received M.Sc. degree in 1980 from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi and Ph. D in 1985 from Mangalore University, Mangalore, Karnataka. He joined as Scientist-S1 in 1985 at Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod, Kerala. and was elevated to Principal Scientist in 2006 at Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore. Dr. Chowdappa served as Scientist-in-Charge, Central Plantation Crops Research Institute Research Centre, Hirehalli and Head, Central Horticultural Experimental Station, Hirehalli from December, 2000 till April, 2006. He became Director, Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod in September, 2014.
Dr. Chowdappa is specialized in molecular plant pathology and has over 30 years of research experience in molecular characterization and management of Alternaria, Colletotrichum and Phytophthora associated with diseases of horticultural crops. He attended international training program on ‘Oomycetes bioinformatics’ at Virginia Tech, USA in 2014. Dr. Chowdappa was awarded DFID fellowship for Post-Doctoral research at CABI Bioscience, UK in 1998, where he worked on the molecular characterization of Phytophthora associated with diseases of plantation crops. He was awarded ‘British Society for Plant Pathology’ award in 2000 for the research work done on Phytophthora diseases of cocoa.
He has handled several research projects as Principal Investigator funded by ICAR, DST, DBT, DFID, Dupont, Indofil, Bayer, Cadbury and Dow Sciences on pathogen diversiy, epidemiology and management of fungal leaf diseases of field and horticultural crops. He was national network coordinator of project field and horticultural crops caused by Alternaria, Colletotrichum and Cercospora, which is popularly known as ALCOCERA. He has developed seed coating formulation for growth promotion and disease suppression and christened as seed pro and transferred technology to M/s Multiplex Agribiotech, Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, Agri Life, Hyderabad and Poabs Biotech, Palakad. He was awarded ‘DFID Fellowship’ in 1998 for visiting CABI Bioscience, UK in 1998. He has won several awards and honors for his work on Phytophthora and biological control such as ‘Award of Excellence’ by Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore, ‘Sharada Lele memorial award, KPV Menon award and Dastur Memorial Award’ by Indian Phytopathological Society.
Dr. Chowdappa was President, Association for Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems, Bangalore (2014) and President, Indian Society for Plantation Crops, Kasaragod (2015-16) and is Editor of International Journal of Innovative Horticulture since 2010. He is Fellow of National Academy of Biological Sciences, Chennai, Indian Phytopathological SocietyNew Delhiand Confederation of Horticultural Societies of India. He was nominated as senior editor of Indian Phytopathological Society. He is the task force member, Biological agents in agriculture, DBT, New Delhi, steering committee member, National Cocoa Development Council (2008-09), member, project reviewing committee,United States-Israel Bi-national Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD).
Dr. Chowdappa has published more than 120 research papers, 8 books, 22 technical bulletins, 32 book chapters and 03 experimental manuals. He has guided several M.Sc. and Ph.D students in plant pathology.