Dr. (Mrs.) S. Priyadevi    

 Principal Scientist (Fruit Science)








                                                                Address: F 12, Horticulture Section,

                                                                ICAR - CCARI,               

                                                                Old Goa 403 402

                                                                Phone: 0832-2284678/9  Ext: 218

                                                                Fax: 0832-2285649

                                                                Email: s.priyadevi@icar.gov.in , priyaars@yahoo.com





Academic background:   

Ph. D (Fruit Sciences) from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, 2009

M. Sc. (Ag) Horticulture from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, 1998

B. Sc (Ag)  from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, 1995


Research interests and current focus

During my initial period of research, I conducted preliminary studies on under-utilized fruit crops of Goa like Kokum, Jamun, Roseapples, Carambola, Bilimbi, Hog Plum, Bread fruit, Jack etc. Later on, I focused my research on Kokum (Garcinia indica), owing to its commercial value and importance in the international market. I studied the biodiversity and distribution of kokum throughout Goa and also identified promising accession for higher yield, earliness and quality characters. Then, in order to conserve these genotypes, I started clonal propagation of these selections. Currently, few promising accessions have been planted in the institute germplasm block, besides few related species like G hombroniana, G tinctoria, G mangostana and G gummigutta. The propagation work by softwood grafting is in progress.

                I also conducted evaluation trial on local cultivars of banana under coconut shade for 3-4 years. Similarly, an evaluation trial on pineapple varieties was also conducted under coconut shade for 3-4 years. In addition, an evaluation trial on released varieties of papaya, along with few local types was conducted in open field. Based on these trials, Precision farming trials on banana, papaya and pineapple have been envisaged, which will be taken as demonstration plots in farmers’ fields.

Other than this, evaluation trials have been taken up with commercial varieties of fruit crops like Aonla, grape fruit, acid lime etc. Field trials have also been taken up to evaluate the performance of West Indian Cherry, Ribbed cherry, Karonda and passion fruit under climatic conditions of Goa.


Membership in professional societies

  1. The Horticultural Society of India

Awards and honours

  • Received Best Poster Presentation Award for the research paper entitled “Nutritional Security by Utilizing Biodiversity- Under exploited fruit species of Goa” at National Conference on Coastal Agricultural Research, ICAR (RC), Old Goa

Academic/ Student advising

  • I have guided one MSc Biotechnology student during 2010

Research Publications


  • Priya Devi, S., Balamohan T.N., Thangam M., Kumar J. Ashok, Ramachandrudu K., Korikanthimath V.S. (2012) A study on diversity and distribution of kokum (Garcinia indica (Choisy) Thouars) using DIVA-GIS in Goa with respect to fruit characters. Indian J.Hort. 69(2): 156-162

  • Priya Devi,S., M. Thangam, M.S. Ladaniya and V.S. Korikanthimath (2011) Evaluation of Local Banana Cultivars under Coconut Shade in Goa. J. Biol. Chem. Research. 28 (1 & 2): 63-76

  • Priya Devi, S, Balamohan, T, N, Thangam, M, .Ramachandrudu, K and Korikanthimath,V.S.(2010) Genetic diversity in fruit characters of kokum (Garcinia indica (Choisy) Thouars) in Goa, South Indian Hort.58:10-14

  • Priya Devi, S., M.Thangam, A.R.Desai and Adsule, P.G. (2002) Studies on variability in physico-chemical characters of different jamun (Syzygium cumini) accessions from Goa. Indian J.Hort. 59(2): 153-156


Books, book chapters

  • Korikanthimath,V, S., S.Priya Devi and A.R.Desai (2008) Kokum (Garcinia indica) a horticultural crop with great potential. In Recent initiatives in Horticulture. Eds K.L. Chadha , A.K.Singh and V.B.Patel. p 393-399

  • Priya Devi,S.,M.Thangam, J.Ashok Kumar, K.Ramachandrudu and V.S.Korikanthimath, (2012) Prospects on natural diversity in kokum-with respect to processing and value addition. In Resource Book on Kokum. Eds.Braganza migual, Ajit Shirodkar, D.Jayarama Bhat and S.Krishnan p12-18



  • S.Priya Devi (2012) Mechanisation in processing of minor fruits of Goa Technology inventory on Agricultural Mechanization for Goa. Published in Workshop cum exhibition on Agricultural Mechanization for small and Marginal farmers of Goa, 11th to 12th September, 2012, ICAR (RC), Goa.

  • S.Priya Devi, Bananas (under Discover Goa). Gomantak Times dt 24.06.2012

  • S.Priya Devi, M.Thangam, K.Ramachandrudu, Ashok Kumar,J and N.P.Singh (2013): Genetic diversity of kokum (Garcinia indica)in Goa-Tree and fruit characters. Technical Bulletin No. 33, ICAR (RC), Goa

  • S.Priya Devi, M.Thangam, M.S.Ladaniya, N.P.Singh (2013): Polyclonal cultivation of local cultivars of banana as intercrop in coconut. Technical Bulletin No. 34, ICAR (RC), Goa

  • S.Priya Devi, M.Thangam, M.S.Ladaniya, N.P.Singh (2013):Pineapple- A profitable fruit for Goa. Technical Bulletin No. 35, ICAR (RC), Goa

  • S.Priya Devi, Sunetra Talaulikar. M.J.Gupta, M.Thangam, N.P.Singh (2014): A Guide on Jack fruit-Cultivation and Value Addition. Technical Bulletin No. 41, ICAR (RC), Goa