Ayanava Majumdar

Assistant Director for Grant and Program Development and Extension Professor, Alabama Extension

Entomology & Plant Pathology

(251) 331-8416 


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118 Duncan Hall
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Auburn Univ, 36849



  • Ph.D. Entomology. 2001-2006. Entomology Department, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND.
  • M.S. Agricultural Entomology (with Distinction). 1998-2001. Dr. P.D. Agricultural University, Maharashtra, India.
  • B.S. in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (with Honors). 1993-1997. G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Uttaranchal, India.


  • State Leader for Program Evaluation, ACES (2022-present)
  • Extension Professor/Entomologist, EPP Department, Auburn University(2008-present)
  • Extension Coordinator & Agent – Cropping Systems, NDSU Extension (2007-2008)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, North Dakota State University, Fargo (2006-2007)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, NDSU Entomology, Fargo (2001-2006)
  • Product Development Executive, Novartis India Limited – Crop Protection Division (1999-2001)
  • Student technician, Monsanto (India), Akola (1998-1999)


  • 34 Communications Awards from National Association of County Ag Agents (NACAA), American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), Association for Communication Excellence (ACE), Southern Region IPM Center, etc.
  • 25 Program Quality Awards from the Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA), Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, and Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP).
  • AU College of Agriculture Dean’s Awards in 2020 and 2018 for Excellence in Programming.


  • American Evaluation Association (AEA, 2009-current)
  • American Society for Horticultural Science (2009-current)
  • Entomological Society of America (ESA, 2002-current)
  • National Association of County Ag Agents (NACAA, 2006-present)
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP)



  • Spider mite reduction in peanuts
  • Caterpillar control
  • Snail management in peanuts



  1. Majumdar, A., H. Willis, A. Chambliss, B. Chavez-Cordoba, and A.N. Rabinowitz. 2022. Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Virtual Events and Social Media Evaluation System During the Pandemic. Journal of NACAA. ISSN 2158-9429. Vol. 15, Issue 1 (June 2022).
  2.  Majumdar, A., A. Chambliss, H. Fadamiro, and R.R. Balusu. 2020. A practical evaluation toolbox for Extension educators and grant writers. Journal of the NACAA. ISSN 2158-9429. Vol. 13, Issue 1. [Online]
  3. Majumdar, A., and M. Price.  2020.  Effectiveness of miticides against spider mites in peanut, 2017.  Arthropod Management Tests (Oxford Academic Press). [Online]
  4.  Majumdar, A., K. Balkcom, C. Parker, and L. Wells. 2020. Effectiveness of in-furrow insecticides for thrips control in peanuts, 2017. Arthropod Management Tests (Oxford Academic Press). [Online]
  5. Majumdar, A., and M. Price.  2020.  Effectiveness of miticides against spider mites in peanut, 2019.  Arthropod Management Tests (Oxford Academic Press). 45 (1): TSAA040. [Online]
  6.  Majumdar, A., M. Price, and G.V.P. Reddy. 2019. Major lessons from large-scale trap cropping demonstrations for pest reduction in vegetables. In Application of trap and cover crops in integrated pest management, Annals of the ESA Special Collection (G.V.P. Reddy, editor). [Online]
  7. Balusu, R., E. Rhodes, A. Majumdar, R. D. Cave, O. Liburd, and H. Fadamiro. 2017. Biology, ecology, and management of yellowmargined leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in organic crucifer production. Journal of Integrated Pest Management. 8(1): 1-10. [Online]
  8. Majumdar, A., and J. Pitts. 2017. Yellowmargined leaf beetle control with organic insecticides in turnips. Arthropod Management Tests (Oxford Academic Press). 42 (1): tx038. [Online]
  9. Majumdar, A., and A. Chambliss. 2016. Effect of high tunnel pest exclusion system on two natural enemies. Journal of the NACAA. [Online]
  10.  Majumdar, A., A. Chambliss, W. Mastin, and S. Carpenter. 2015. High tunnel pest exclusion system: Laboratory and field experiences. Journal of the NACAA. [Online]
  11. Majumdar, A., R. Akridge, C. Becker, A. Caylor, J. Pitts, and M. Reeves. 2012. Trap crops for leaffooted bug management in tomatoes. Journal of the NACAA. Vol. 5 (2).  [online]
  12. Boetel, M. A., A. Majumdar, S. T. Jaronski, and R. D. Horsley.  2011.  Cover crop and conidia delivery system impacts on soil persistence of Metarhizium anisopliae (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae) in sugarbeet. Biocontrol Science and Technology. 22 (11): 1284 – 1304. [online]
  13. Majumdar, A., and M. Powell. 2011. Net house vegetable production: Pest management successes and challenges. Journal of the NACAA. Vol. 4 (1). [Online]
  14. Majumdar, A., and T. Weinmann. 2010. Success of a radio-based IPM campaign in North Dakota: Report on team effectiveness, program outcomes and impacts. Journal of the NACAA. Vol. 3. Issue 1. [Online]


Over 15 years at Alabama Extension, Dr. Majumdar has completed about 758 training events, reaching 27,000+ producers directly statewide and regionally. He works with a large team of Extension Specialists, Regional Extension Agents, and County Extension Coordinators to provide critical support services to thousands of growers. Dr. Majumdar has published over 300 Extension articles of various types that have a circulation exceeding 150,000 across the Southeast and nationally. He has developed over 488 digital publications collaboratively with major grower magazines and newspaper outlets that has reached over 107,000 audiences. The multiple award-winning Alabama IPM/Sustainable AG E-newsletter with 3,400+ subscribers can be found at

Dr. Majumdar coordinates the Alabama Beginning Farmer and Operation Grow for Beginning Veteran Farmers Programs with two program assistants and Extension teams to produce the Farming Basics Phone App as a gateway to resources available freely to all Alabamians! Dr. Majumdar has secured about $11 million in funding through 51 competitive and $400,000+ from 33 capacity building grants to develop, maintain, and expand the Extension programs currently underway. He can be reached by email, text or phone call to (251) 331-8416.

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