(Specialization: Fungal Taxonomy)

A graduate from Karnataka University, Dharwad; PG & DBM from Shivaji University, Kolhapur; Ph.D. and D.Sc. from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore; served in Botanical Survey of India, Coimbatore and retired as Senior Scientist (Scientist E2) from Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Palode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala State. He is one of the world’s most prolific documenters of novel foliicolous micro fungi. A peep into the Myco Bank database discloses that he has described 758 new species to date (Vincent Robert, pers. comm.), placing him amongst the top ten mycologists worldwide in this regard. His focus has been the Western Ghats in India, but he has also worked in other regions of the subcontinent, including the Andaman Islands. Hosagoudar’s lifetime contribution (20 books and 413 research papers) to the documentation of fungal diversity in India, not only reveals its richness, but shows what a single person with drive and a mission can achieve – even in the absence of molecular facilities (Fungus vol.4, 2014). He is a Ph.D. guide in Botany, Biotechnology, Life Science and Microbiology in Bharathidasan, Bharathiar, Kannur and Kerala Universities; guided 10-Ph.D. and 20-M.Sc./M. Phil. students. His discoveries are: proposed 3- new families, 18-new genera and 1008-new species/varieties/new names in fungi. Name entered in World’s “who is who” dictionary, Outstanding Scientists of the 21st century; member of New York Academy of Sciences; American Biographic Institution; Kerala Academy of Science. Fellow of Indian Phytopathological Society. Member and editorial committee member of ten journals; Established  a fungal exsiccatae (Herbarium) for the first time in Kerala, which forms the third in India- holds  more than 6400 exsiccatae with readily available permanent slides and descriptions; interestingly proposed new generic names are based on Indian Gods and Goddesses: Basavamyces Hosag., Bheemamyces Hosag., Bramhamyces Hosag., Gangamyces Hosag., Ishwaramyces Hosag., Krishnamyces Hosag., 

Mahanteshamyces  Hosag., Maheshwaramyces Hosag., Shivamyces Hosag. He has been honoured with three fungal species of his specialization:  Asterina hosagoudarii Bhise et al. (Int. J. Life Sci. 3(1):71.2015), Lembosia hosagoudari Sivanesan & R.G. Shivas (Fungal Diversity 11:163. 2002) and Meliola hosagoudarii Song (Fungal Diversity 12: 174. 2003); served as an editorial committee member to more than half a dozen research journals. Operated 10 national and State Govt. sponsored projects as principal investigator. Faculty member of Forest College for teaching Forest Pathology to Assistant Conservators of Forest for five years and is a professor in Sengamala Thayaar Educational Trust, Women’s College, Mannargudi 641 001, Tamil Nadu, since 2007.









IMA Fellows Award 2014

Fellowship of Indian Mycological Society Award 2016 from Kolkota University