Zoology
 

Dr.(Mrs.) Rachna Gulati

Head of the Department

Mailing Address

Zoology
College of Basic Sciences & Humanities
CCS Haryana Agricultural University,
Hisar-125004, Haryana (India).

Phone No : 01662-255230
Email Id : hodzoo@hau.ernet.in

Last Updated :- 17-10-2016 10:10:25
  Teaching/Academic Programmes
  • Under graduate programme leading to B.Sc.(Agri) and B.Sc. (Home Science)

  • Post graduate programme leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Zoology with specialization in Acarology, Rodentology, Vermi-Technology, Residual effect of heavy metals on invertebrates and vertebrates.

  THURST AREAS

(i) Acarology 
(ii) Rodentology 
(iii) Vermi technology

  Couses being offered

 1st semester 2015-16

Sr.No.

Course No.

Course title

Cr/hrs.

1.

Bio-1 (HS)

Biology-I

2+1

2.

Bio-21(HS)

Biology-III

2+1

3.

Zoo-101 (HS)

Elementary Zoology

1+1

4.

Bio-I (Ag)

Biology-I

2+1

5.

Bio-21 (Ag)

Biology-III

2+1

6.

Zoo-101 (Ag) (Hisar)

Elementary Zoology

1+1

7.

Zoo-101 (Ag) (Kaul)

Elementary Zoology

1+1

8.

Zoo-101 (Ag) (Bawal)

Elementary Zoology

1+1

9.

Zoo-401
(COA, Kaul & Bawal)

Animal anatomy and physiology

3+1

10.

HDFS-101 (COHS) 

Human Physiology

2+0

11.

Zoo-501

Comparative animal anatomy

3+1

12.

Zoo-502

Taxonomy and systematic of animals

2+1

13.

Zoo-503

Environmental biology and wildlife conservation

2+1

14.

Zoo-504

Animal Physiology and Behaviour

3+1

15.

Zoo-603

Advanced Acarology

2+1

16.

Zoo-604

Advances in Apidology

3+0

17.

Zoo-605

Advances in Vermiculture

3+0

18.

Zoo-591

Master's Seminar

 1

19.

Zoo-599

Master's Research

20

20.

Zoo-699

Doctoral Research

45

21.

Zoo-691

Doctoral Seminar-I

1

22.

Zoo-692

Doctoral Seminar-II

1

 2nd semester 2012-13

Sr.No.

Course No.

Course title

Cr/hrs.

1.

Bio-2

Biology-II

2+1

2.

Bio-22

Biology-IV

2+1

3.

Zoo-505

Methodology and developmental biology

2+2

4.

Zoo-506

Apidology

2+1

5.

Zoo-507

Fundamentals of vermiculture

2+1

6.

Zoo-508

Mammology

2+1

7.

Zoo-509

Principles of Arachnology

2+1

8.

Zo-601

Advances in animal behaviour

3+0

9.

Zoo-602

Functions of ecosystem

3+0

10.

Zoo-599

Master's Research

 

11.

Zoo-591

Master's Seminar

 1

12.

Zoo-699

Doctoral Research

 

13.

Zoo-691

Doctoral Seminar-I

1

14.

Zoo-692

Doctoral Seminar-II

1

  Ongoing Research Projects

Sr.No.

Title & scheme No.

Funding agency

Period of commencement

Duration

Name of PI/Co-PI

Current budget (in lacs)

i.

Ecology and management of vertebrate and invertebrate fauna of Agriculture importance

C(a) Zoo.2 Plan Agri.

State Govt. Haryana

June 1974 (revised- June 2011)

 

Plan

Associated Scientist(s)

Dr. Rachna Gulati

Dr. R.K. Gupta

Dr. Dharambir

Dr. Ravikant

25.00 lacs

ii.

Utilization of some exotic species of earthworms for the production of vermicompost and its utilization in agriculture and fish production

C(a) Zoo.1 Plan Agri.

Sate Govt. Haryana

April, 2008

Plan

Associated Scientist(s)

 Dr. R.K. Gupta

Dr. Dharambir Singh

Rs.21.00 lacs

iii.

Production & training  on vermicomposting  for sustainable development

 

Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, Govt. of India

July, 2012-14

OA

Dr. Dharambir Singh

Dr. R.K. Gupta

Dr. Rachna Gulati

 

Rs.30.40 lacs

iv

Fish health management through Herbal materials and Vermitechnology for Sustainable Aquaulture

C(g) Zoo 23 OA

DST

Sept 2012 to
Sept 2015

Three Years

Dr R.K.Gupta
 

26,53,080/-

v

2927-C(a) Zool-3

‘Assessment of population structure, damage and management of rodents in major cropping systems including vegetable crops.’

ADHOC

Project

June,2016 to

June, 2019

Three

PI: Dr. Ravikant

Co-PI: Dr. V.K. Batra

Co-PI: Dr. S.S. Verma

8.9/- lacs

 

 

 

vi

Funded from RKVY vide letter no. DR/B1/2016/RKVY/7652-61 dated on 06.06.2016, scheme yet to be includedStrengthening and development of rodentology lab for catering services to the farmers in Haryana’

RKVY

June 2016 to 2018

Two

PI: Dr. Ravikant

Co-PI: Dr. P. Bhatnagar

Co-PI: Dr. Jai Lal Yadav

28.00/- lacs

 
  On-going main research programmes

1.                  Ecology and management of plant and strored mites of agricultural importance.

2.                  Ecology and management of field rodents of agricultural importance.

3.                  Effective utilization of some exotic species of earthworms for the production of vermicompost and its further utilization in agricultural crops.

  Major contributions in Research
  • Pollination biology and pollination requirements of alfalfa, carrot, coriander, cauliflower and many oil seed crops.
  • Foraging behaviour and Management of Apis mellifera L. in semi arid conditions.
  • Pesticidal toxicity to honeybees and identification of safe insecticides.
  • Pesticidal residues in honey and pollen.
  • Technology for keeping solitary bees for pollination of forage crops.
  • Taxonomy of stored, plant and parasitic mites associated with honeybees and vertebrates. Several new species were recorded.
  • Bio ecological and management studies on plant, stored product and honeybee mites.
  • Earthworm species Eisenia foetida is the best species for the bio-degradation of bio-waste. The vermicompost produced by this species has minimum C:N ratio and can be effectively used in agricutlrue and fish culture.
  • Methodology for the control of field rodents.
  Salient research achievements of the department

1. Foraging behaviour of honeybees

  • The following habits of three varieties of plum were studied and found twelve insect species visited the crop out of which Apis dorsataA. mellifera, A. florae, A. cerana and dipterans were main pollinators.
  • Three varieties of Aonla (Amla) viz. Chakaiya, NA-7 and NA-10 were selected to study floral biology and pollination ecology of the plant and found A. dorsata has the highest foraging rate followed by A. mellifera.

2. Pollination requirements of honeybees in crops

  • In bitter gourd, maximum fruit set ( 74.0%) was obtained in open+ hand pollination followed by open pollination (72.5%) and hand pollination (58.4%). No fruit set was observed in those plants in which insects were excluded.
  • In onion, average seedling length was highest in Bee pollination (2 frames strength) (11.99 cm). For 10 m x10 m area, nucleus hive of two frame strength of A. mellifera population is sufficient for seed setting in onion seed crop.

3. Pesticide toxicity to honeybee species..

  • Fipronil @ 300, 400g a.i/ acre in cotton caused 100 per cent mortality of all the three Apis species within one hour of application. Residual toxicity of Emamectin against A. mellifera reduced drastically after 24h of spray and reached to safer level on the second day except for the highest dose.

Acarology

1. Quantitative and qualitative losses due to stored mites

  • In pulses, S nesbitti caused significant reduction in grain weight and germination. Percent loss in germination was 22 to 23.6% in red, green, black and Bengal gram in six months. The weight loss was 2.24,3.53,1.87 and 2.75 percent in oat grains, flakes and green gram grains, flakes, respectively after 45 days observation periods.

2. Management of stored mites

  • The hatching period and life history of Tyrophagus putrescentiae duration was prolonged with the increasing light exposure .
  • Euclyptus, Mentha leaves, curcuma and garlic oil, powder and oleoresin, Ocimum and Glycyrrhiza extract significantly reduced the T.putrescentiae poplation in wheat grains.

3. Quantitative and qualitative losses due to plant mites

  • Total chlorophyll, chlorophyll-a chlorophyII-b and carotenoids decreased significantly in mite infestated leaves as compared to non infested leaves.
  • The significant per cent reductions in number of furits and average fruit weight at different inoculums of T. urticae were recorded over unifested plants..

4. Mangement of plant mites

  • Aqueous extact of Withania somnifera (2.5%) and G. glabra (7.5%) was effective in causing significant reduction in T.urticae population.
  • Beauveria bassiana caused significant reduction in T. urticae population in cucumber plants and increased yield over control.

5. Management of honeybee mites

  • Use of screen floor, powdered sugur (3g/frame), Formic acid 85% (5ml) provided 90.8, 97.7 and 85.3% reduction in V.destructor population over other methods.

Vermiculture

1. Breeding effecacy of earthworms

  • The effect of seasonal variation on growth & reduction was observed on different species of earthworms viz. Eisenia fetida. Perionyx excavates and Eudrilus eugeniae. It was found that in rainy season was better for cocoon production.

2. Antioxidant activities against microbes

  • The antioxidant activities were found to be in following order in earthworm species i.e. E. fetida shows maximum followed by Eudrilus eugeniae, Peionyx excavatus and Pheretima posthuma.

3. Heavy metal toxicology 

  • The earthworms (Eisenia fetida) exposed to the heavy metals, leads (Pb) and cadmium (Cd), showed toxic effects. Pb in combination with Cd, enhanced the toxic effect significantly, hereby producing a synergistic effect, the toxicity of Cd in combination with Pb (0.06 ppm) depicted a maximum reduction in carbohydrate, lipid and protein content of earth worm..
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4. Relative effect of Vermicompost and Urea

  • Vermicompost (50%) + Urea (50% of the recommended dose) gave the best results in chilli, brinjal and tomato in terms of total fruit yield & other growth parameters of vegetable crops.

Rodentology

1. Field rodents identification

  • Tatera indica was found to be predominant species in bottle gourd, potato fields.

2. Field rodents management throgh rodenticides

  • For rodent management, the combination of rodenticide treatments like Bormodialone (Br) - Bromodialone (0.005%) was best over Bromodialone - Zinc Phosphide (Zn3P2) (2%) followed by Zinc phosphide - Bromodialone.
  Extension Activities

i)                 Department participate every year in "Kisan Mela" and shows the latest technologies in vermiculture; vertebrate and invertebrate pest management practices, to the farmers as well as scientists/extension workers and the women farmers at the kisan mela.. 

ii)                Department organized the training on vermicimposting different villages in the State. 

iii)            Guiding number of farmers on phones on various aspects of vermiculture at Farmer's Helpline Centre (Agriculture Technology Information Centre), Directorate of Extension Education, CCSHAU, Hisar.

iv)             DeliveriNg no. of extension lectures on vermicompost and rodent pest management at various Insititute/departments/University. 

  Students placements
  Students on roll (2016-17)

M.Sc. Zoology            = 08                                 Ph.D. Zoology = 08

   Faculty

# Image Name Designation Specialization Details
1 Dr.Dharambir Singh Assistant Professor (Stage-II) Vermiculture Details
2 Dr. Ravikant Assistant Professor Rodentology Details