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Dr. Deepu Mathew

Dr. Deepu Mathew
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After completing Ph. D. (Horticulture) from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore in 2014, Dr. Deepu Mathew has joined Defence Research and Development Organization as Scientist – B. At Field Research Laboratory, Leh, he was involved in designing low cost greenhouses suited for extreme cold arids, vegetable breeding for cold tolerance and characterization of genes for cold tolerance. Subsequently, he moved to Kerala Agricultural University and presently involved in teaching and research in Plant Biotechnology. He did first post-doctoral research at Volcani Centre (Israel) in Characterization of LEAFY and FT genes involved in flowering in Narcissus and second post-doc from Purdue University (USA) in Genome Wide Association Studies for tassel traits in maize. Dr. Mathew is an Associate Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi and member of National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI).


Selected Publications

  1. Deepu Mathew, Yitzhak Forer, Haim D. Rabinowitch and Rina Kamenetsky, 2011, Effect of long photoperiod on the reproductive and bulbing processes in garlic (Allium sativum L.) genotypes. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 71 (2): 166-173. doi: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2010.11.008

  2. Porat, T.N., Cohen, D., Deepu Mathew, Kamenetsky, R. and Flaishman, M., 2013, Turned on by heat: differential expression of FT and LFY-like genes in Narcissus tazetta during floral transition. Journal of Experimental Botany, 64: 3273-3284. doi:10.1093/jxb/ert165

  3. Owens, B., Deepu Mathew, Diepenbrock, C., Tiede, T., Wu, D., Mateos-Hernandez, M., Gore, M. and Rocheford, T., 2019, Genome-Wide Association Study and pathway-level analysis of kernel color in maize. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, 9: 1945-1955. doi: 10.1534/g3.119.400040.

  4. Harish, E. R., Chellappan, M. K., Makeshkumar, T., Deepu Mathew, Ranjith, M. T. and Girija, D., 2019, Next generation sequencing reveals endosymbiont variability in cassava whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, across the agro-ecological zones of Kerala, India. Genome, doi: 10.1139/gen-2018-0050.

  5. Pradeepkumar, T., Minimol, J. S., Deepu Mathew, Veni, K., Roch, C. V., Chithira, P. G., Unni, R., 2018, Development of CGMS system in ridge gourd [Luffa acutangula (Roxb.) L.] for production of F1 hybrids. Euphytica, 214 (9): 159. doi: 10.1007/s10681-018-2240-1

  6. Kumar, D. K., Deepu Mathew, Nazeem P. A., Abida P. S. and Thomas, G. C., 2017, A comparative proteome assay on the quality of yardlong bean pods as influenced by the organic and inorganic nourishment systems. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 39: 265. doi: 10.1007/s11738-017-2564-9

  7. Thakur, P.P., Deepu Mathew, Nazeem, P.A., Abida, P.S., Indira, P., Girija, D., Shylaja, M.R. and Valsala, P.A., 2014, Identification of allele specific AFLP markers linked with bacterial wilt [Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith) Yabuuchi et al.] resistance in hot peppers (Capsicum annuum L.). Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, 87: 19-24. doi: 10.1016/j.pmpp.2014.05.001

  8. Pradhan, D., Deepu Mathew, Mathew, S. K. and Nazeem, P. A., 2018, Identifying the markers and tagging a leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinase gene for resistance to anthracnose disease in vegetable cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.]. The Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 93 (3): 225-231. doi: 10.1080/14620316.2017.1362962

  9. Deepu Mathew, John, P. L., Manila, T. M., Divyasree, P., Rajan, V. T. K. S., 2017, Therapeutic molecules for multiple human diseases identified from pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan L. Millsp.) through GC-MS and molecular docking. Food Science and Human Wellness, 6 (4): 202-216. doi: ​10.​1016/​j.​fshw.​2017.​09.​003

  10. John, J. K., Roy, Y. C., Krishnaraj, M. V., Nair, R. A., Deepu Mathew and Bhat, K. V., 2018, A new subspecies of Momordica cochinchinensis (Cucurbitaceae) from Andaman Islands, India. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 65 (1): 103-112. doi:10.1007/s10722-017-0512-6

  11. Roy, N., Narayanankutty, A., Nazeem, P. A., Valsan, R., Babu, T. D. and Deepu Mathew, 2016, Plant phenolics Ferulic acid and p-Coumaric acid inhibit colorectal cancer cell proliferation through EGFR downregulation. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 17 (8): 4017-4021.

  12. Radha, T., James, P., Simi, S., Davis, S.P., Nazeem, P.A., Shylaja, M.R. and Deepu Mathew, 2018, MangoDB: A database of mango varieties and landraces of the Indian subcontinent. Current Science, 114 (10): 2022-2025.

  13. Panjikkaran, S.T. and Deepu Mathew, 2013, An environmentally friendly and cost effective technique for the commercial cultivation of oyster mushroom [Pleurotus florida (Mont.) Singer]. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 93: 973-976. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.5827

  14. Shiny, A.A., Deepu Mathew, Nazeem, P.A., Abida, P.S., Mathew, S.K. and Valsala, P.A. 2015, Identification and confirmation of trailing type vegetable cowpea resistance to anthracnose. Tropical Plant Pathology, 40 (3): 169-175. doi: 10.1007/s40858-015-0032-x

  15. Gokul, G. G., Louis, V., Namitha, P. M., Deepu Mathew, Girija, D., Shylaja, M. R. and Abida, P. S., 2019, Variability of Pectobacterium carotovorum causing rhizome rot in banana. Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology 17: 60-81. doi: 10.1016/j.bcab.2018.11.001

  16. Brinda, O. P., Deepu Mathew, Shylaja, M. R., Davis, S. P., Cherian, K. A. and Valsala, P. A., 2019, Isovaleric acid and avicequinone C are chikungunya virus resistance principles in Glycosmis pentaphylla (Retz.) Correa. Journal of Vector Borne Diseases. In press.

  17. Bennur, S., Abida, P. S., Valsala, P. A., Deepu Mathew and Bhaskar, H. 2015. DNA barcoding of spidermites (Prostigmata: Tetranychidae) in vegetables using COI and ITS2 markers. Genome, 58 (5): 195. doi: 10.1139/gen-2015-0087

  18. Vikram, H. C., Raj, N. M., Deepu Mathew, 2018, Candidate molecular markers for monoecy in dioecious tree spice nutmeg (Myristica fragrans Houtt.) and analysis of genetic variability in a core collection. Current Science, 114 (1): 23-25.

  19. James, P., Davis, S. P., Ravisankar, V., Nazeem, P. A. and Deepu Mathew 2017, Novel anti-diabetic molecules from the medicinal plants of Western Ghats of India, identified through wide spectrum in silico analyses. Journal of Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants, 23 (3): 249-262. doi: 10.1080/10496475.2017.1315675

  20. Deepu Mathew and Habeeburrahman, P.V., 2013, Basebanding technique for management of mistletoes (Loranthus falcatus L. f. and L. utui Molina) from perennial fruit trees. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection, 46 (1): 29-38. doi: 10.1080/03235408.2012.731338.

  21. Deepu Mathew and Habeeburrahman P.V., 2008, Invasion and severe outbreak of lotus lily midge (Stenochironomus nelumbus Tok et Kur) in Indian fresh water ecosystems. Curr. Sci. 94 (12): 1569-1570.

  22. Pradeepkumar, T., Deepu Mathew, Varun Roch C., Veni K. and Midhila K. R., 2016, Genetic interrelationship among cowpea varieties elucidated through morphometric, RAPD and SSR analyses. Legume Research, 40 (3): doi:10.18805/lr.v0iOF.3767

  23. Sandler-Ziv, D., Fintea, C., Noy Porat T., Deepu Mathew and Kamenetsky, R., 2011, Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum L.): Intrabulb florogenesis and forcing for early flowering. Acta Horticulturae, 886: 225-231. doi: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.886.31

  24. Deepu Mathew, Z. Ahmed and N. Singh, 2005, Formulation of flowering index, morphological relationships and yield prediction system in true garlic aerial seed bulbil production. HortScience, 40: 2036-2039.

  25. Deepu Mathew, Parimelazhagan, T., Gomez, S. and Ahmed, Z., 2007, Characterisation of Indian Hippophae germplasm using morphological descriptors. Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter (Bioversity International-Rome), 149: 22-26.


  1. Deepu Mathew, 2011, Vegetable Science for Competitive Exams (ISBN: 978-81-272-6858-9), Kalyani Publishers, Ludhyana, India, pp. 218.

Book Chapters

  1. Deepu Mathew, 2018, Biosafety and bioregulatory mechanisms for transgenic crops. In: Genetic Engineering of Horticultural Crops, Eds. Rout, G. R. and Peter, K. V., ISBN: 9780128104392, Academic Press, Elsevier Inc., Cambridge, pp. 273-314. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-810439-2.00013-1.

  2. Deepu Mathew, 2017, Molecular biology of flowering in plants. In: Production and Protection of Horticultural Crops, (Ed.) Peter, K. V., ISBN: 9789386546418, New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi, pp. 1-22.

  3. Deepu Mathew, 2007, Biodynamic farming in organic crop production. In: Organic Farming – Opportunities and Challenges (Eds.) Deepu Mathew, Sudheer, K. P. and Habeeburrahman P. V., Kerala Agricultural University, 48-57. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.836327

  4. Sudheer, K. P., Deepu Mathew, Habeeburrahman P. V., 2007, Safety and Quality of Organic Farming. In: Organic Farming – Regulations and Quality Control (Eds.) Sudheer, K. P., Habeeburrahman P. V. and Deepu Mathew, Kerala Agricultural University, 1-9.

  5. Deepu Mathew and Panjikkaran, S. T., 2011, Rare medicinal plants of Western Ghats in Kerala and their Ayurvedic uses. In: Herbal Perspectives: Present and Future (ISBN: 81-89304-91-7), Ed. T. Parimelazhagan, S. Manian and M. Pugalenthi, Satish Serial Publishing House, Delhi, pp. 63-81. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.836498

  6. Seeja Thomachan, Deepu Mathew and Habeeburrahman P. V., 2010, Coconut processing technologies for rural transformation – Case study on coconut water vinegar. In: In a Nutshell – Essays on Coconut, Ed. Ananda Bose, C. V., Coconut Development Board, Kochi, India, pp. 129-138. doi: 10.13140/2.1.1805.0887

  7. Deepu Mathew, 2011, Photoautotrophic micropropagation. In: Manual on Advances in Micropropagation of Horticulture Crops, Ed. R. Keshavachandran, Kerala Agricultural University, India, pp. 99-100.

  8. Deepu Mathew, 2011, Advances in micropropagation of vegetable crops. In: Manual on Advances in Micropropagation of Horticulture Crops, Ed. R. Keshavachandran, Kerala Agricultural University, India, pp. 119-130.

  9. Deepu Mathew, 2013, DNA Barcoding and its applications in Horticultural crops. In: Peter, K.V. (Ed.), Biotechnology in Horticulture: Methods and Applications, New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi, (ISBN: 9789381450918), pp.25-50. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.836319

  10. Deepu Mathew, 2015, Primer and barcode gap identification and DNA barcode generation for species discrimination in plants. In: Nazeem, P.A. (Ed.), Bioinformatics and its Applications in Agriculture, Bioinformatics Centre, Kerala Agricultural University, pp. 61-74. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.836315


  1. Associate Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi

  2. Member, National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Allahabad

Webpageseepu Mathew, 2018, Biosafety and bioregulatory mechanisms for transgenic crops. In: Genetic Engineering of Horticultural Crops, Eds. Rout, G. R. and Peter, K. V., ISBN




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