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Ram Narayan Tandon

Ram Narayan Tandon, Indian mycologist and plant pathologist (Sikohabad, Uttar Pradesh 27 November 1903 – Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 18 December 1999)

Authored over 250 papers


Assessed the role of different plant pathogens responsible for spoilage in fruits

Found that even different ascospores of the same ascus differ in fertility

Examined the role of synthetic transient oligosaccharides in carbohydrate metabolism of fungi

Found that the pathogens not only modified greatly the organic acid contents of their respective hosts but also brought about drastic changes in carbohydrates of host tissues

Developed strategies for the management of a large number of economically important plant diseases


With B. Lal. Two new leaf spot diseases caused by Helminthosporium rostratum from India. Mycopath. Mycol. Appl. 42:289-91, 1970

With M.P. Srivastava, S.N. Bhargava & A.K. Ghosh. Studies on fungi diseases of some tropical fruits. IV. Some new fungi. Mycopath. Mycol. Appl.30:203-8, 1966

Three new leaf infecting fungi from Allahabad. Mycopath. Mycol. Appl. 29(3-4):273-6, 1966

With S. Chandra. Two new leaf-spot fungi. Curr. Sci. 34(19):565-6, 1965

With S. Chandra. Three new foliicolous fungi. Curr. Sci. 34(8):257-60, 1965

With R.K. Kakkar. Kamrakh, Averrhoa carambola L., a new host of Trichothecium roseum Link. Curr. Sci. 32:426-7, 1964

With S. Chandra. A new species of Phyllosticta on the leaves of Murraya exotica L. Curr. Sci. 33:409-10, 1964

With R.K. Kakkar. A new species of Curvularia Boed., causing fruit rot of tomato. Die Naturwissenschaften (1964)

With S. Chandra. Two new species of Phyllosticta from Allahabad. Mycopath. Mycol. Appl. 30:203-8, 1966

With A. Verma. Some new storage diseases of fruits and vegetables. Curr. Sci. 33:625-7, 1964

With S. Chandra. A new species of Sphaeronema from India. Die Naturwissenschaften (1951)

Preliminary observations on a new disease of wheat at Allahabad. Proc. Natn. Acad. Sci. Sec. B 16:1-5, 1946

HONORS (Fungi)

Tandonia Mehrotra 1991

Tandonella Prasad & Verma 1970