Under the Corporate Management of Malankara Orthodox Church Colleges, Pathanamthitta - Kerala - India.

Department of Botany

Department of Botany - Catholicate College Pathanamthitta

Department of Botany

VISION OF THE DEPARTMENT

To be a leading and vibrant center of excellence for teaching, research and development for an ecofriendly loving community.

MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT

To provide a conducive learning environment for quality education and training, stimulate innovative research and technology development, consultancy, community service for improved lively hood and sustainable development.

INTRODUCTION

The Department has started its Degree course in 1955 and P.G. in 1966. The University recognized it as a Research Centre in 1990. Since its inception, the department has maintained a very high profile in teaching and research in Kerala. The department offers Plant Genetic Resources Management as an elective paper at the Degree-level. Biotechnology is being offered as a special paper for M.Sc.

The Department has signed an MOU for collaborative research in association with Coconut Development Board for “Identification of Elite Coconut Palms in Pathanamthitta District”.

The Department has been engaging two ongoing major projects and three minor projects, funded by UGC and KSCSTE. Two major projects have been awarded by KSCSTE recently.

Department is engaging research in many advanced areas of plant science including biotechnology, plant anatomy, soil algae, soil fungi, phytoplankton, pollution assessment, mycorrhizae, mangrove biota, biodiversity etc.

The department is equipped with student and research microscopes with photographic facilities, spectrophotometer, Tissue culture laboratory, Laminar flow chambers, Electrophoretic apparatus, Digital and film cameras, Algal & Fungus culture collection centre, herbarium, Polyhouse, botanical garden for teaching and research.

Department also subscribes front line national and foreign journals in botany.

An exclusive computer laboratory with printing and scanning facilities and class room all networked and connected to WiFi are available.

Regular field trips to Western Ghats, Sea coast and institutes are conducted for on field experience.

B.Sc. Botany
Zoology and Chemistry (Elective- Plant Genetic Resource Management)
M.Sc. Botany
...
Ph.D. in Botany
...
Additional Facility
Bio Science Theatre, Biotechnology / Plant Science Lab

Department Achievements

    Breakthrough in Plant Science

Dr. Binoy T Thomas has made a breakthrough in algal research by the identification and naming of six new species. The new species are

  1. Chlamydomonas ovoidae Ray & Thomas sp. nov.
  2. Chlamydomonas deasonii var. micro Ray & Thomas var. nov.
  3. Cylindrocystis chavarae Ray & Thomas sp. nov.
  4. Penium gregoriouse Ray & Thomas sp.nov.
  5. Roya catholicatae Ray & Thomas sp.nov.
  6. Stichococcus thannithode Ray & Thomas sp. nov.

Dr. V. P. Thomas discovered many wild species of Gingers and cultivars.

  1. Amomum andamanicum V.P. Thomas, M. Dan & M. Sabu
  2. Amomum nilgiricum V.P. Thomas & M. Sabu
  3. Hedychium nagamiense Sanoj, M. Sabu & V.P. Thomas
  4. Amomum agastyamalayanum V.P. Thomas & M. Sabu
  5. Amomum newmanii M. Sabu & V.P. Thomas
  6. Amomum carnosum V.P. Thomas & M. Sabu
  7. Amomum sahyadricum V.P. Thomas & M. Sabu
  8. Amomum dampuianum V.P. Thomas, M. Sabu & H. Lalramnghinglova
  9. Amomum mizoramense M. Sabu, V.P. Thomas & L. Vanchhawng
  10. Amomum sabuanum V.P. Thomas, Nissar & U. Gupta
  11. Amomum meghalayense V.P. Thomas, M. Sabu & Sanoj
  12. Amomum kingii var. oblongum V.P. Thomas & M. Sabu
    Awards

The faculty members are Fellows of different national and international agencies and recipients of several research and scientific awards

    Publications & Seminars

The faculty members have more than 90 publications to their credit in the last five years including research articles in national and international Journals. The Department has organized 12 national seminar in different areas of Plant Sciences.

    Financial Assistance

In recognition of the teaching and research achievements of department of Botany, Funds for Infrastructure in Science and Technology grant (FIST) from DST were awarded. The department has been renovated and equipped with modern scientific equipments through the above grants.

    CATH Herbarium

The department herbarium is designated as Catholicate College Herbarium (CATH Herbarium), which is registered in Herbarium Index of New York Botanical Garden. It is a new initiative for identification, cataloguing and preservation of herbarium specimens.

    Interdisciplinary projects

The department has been made collaborations with department of physics and jointly organizing different projects in interdisciplinary theme.

    Books Published

Dr. Binoy T Thomas and Dr. V P Thomas published subject based books for the beneficial use of the students.

    Consultancy

The DRC Lab functioning in the department serves as a backbone to the rubber growers of Pathanamthitta and neighbouring villages. The actual Dried Rubber Content (DRC) calculated by the lab will enable the farmers to get actual price for their products

The faculty members Dr. Binoy T Thomas & Dr. V P Thomas provide consultancy services in algal and angiosperm identification respectively.

    Extension activities

We undertake the supply of hybrid varieties of coconut saplings to the members of Kudumbasree. Hands own training in mushroom cultivation is also conducting for the members of Kudumbasree. The department also organized a fruit exhibition- Pomum 2015. Students could collect and displayed more than 200 varieties of fruits.

    Library

The department is equipped with up-to-date addition of most recent books of all branches of plant science and is having a good reading facility. In addition, department has holding of rare books, journals and dissertation. PG classes are also having their own class room library.

    Museum

Our botanical museum is having collections of plant materials to demonstrate diversity of plant forms, rare fossil collections, algal and fungal materials.

    Botany Association

Department also gives more importance to the extracurricular achievement of the students. Every week, one hour programme is arranged to bring their talents.

    LIST OF RANK HOLDERS
Sl.NoNAMEYEARCLASSRANKUniversity
1M.K. Sivan Pillai1971B.Sc1stKerala University
2Molly Ann Abraham1973M.ScIInd Kerala University
3M.K. Sivan Pillai1973M.ScIIIrdKerala University
4C. Prakash1980M.Sc1stKerala University
5S. Remadevi1982M.Sc1stKerala University
6Raymol Mathew1982M.ScIIIrdKerala University
7Sushama V. Nair1983M.Sc1stKerala University
8Paul V. Karanthanam1990M.Sc1stM.G. University
9Deepthi A.S.2002M.ScIVthM.G. University
10Hima K.S.2007M.ScIVthM.G. University
11Hima K.S.2009M.ScVIthM.G. University

LIST OF NET QUALIFIERS

    Dr.Philipose Omman

Sl No.

Name

Year

 

PAUL V. KARANTHANAM

1992

 

SHAJI PHILIP

1994

 

WILLS P.J.

2000

 

DEEPTHI A.S.

2002

 

BINOY T. THOMAS

2003

 

DEEPTHI M.

2004

 

GOKUL G. NAIR

2009

 

SEEMA DEVI R.

2010

 

HIMA K.S.

2011

 

CHINJU MERIN ABRAHAM

2014, 2015

 

KIRAN KUMAR R

2014

MAJOR AND MINOR PROJECTS

Principal Investigator

Name of the Projects

Period

Total amount

Agency& Order No. & Date

ONGOING MAJOR PROJECTS

Dr. Philipose Omman

Investigation on the Inclination of Laticifers and Phoic Elements in Hevea Clones

2012-2015

13,37,800/-

KSCSTE

F. No. 41-436/2012 (S.R) dated 16/07/2012

Dr. Thomas V.P. (Co-investigator)

Studies on the Pteridophytic flora of Peechi-Vazhani wild life sanctuary

2014-2017

20.32 Lakhs

KSCSTE

No. 070/2014/

KSESTE

dated 15/05/2014

ONGOING MINOR PROJECTS

Dr.Nisha Joseph

Multiplication of ColubrinatravancoricaBedd. using Conventional and Biotechnological Tools

2014-2016

1,60,000

UGC

MRP(S) /13-14/KLM G016/UGC-SWRO

dated 15/02/2014

Dr. Sajish P.R

An assessment of plankton population of Achankovil River of Pathanamthitta, Kerala with special reference to the pollution status

2014-16

3,67000

UGC

1869-MRP/14-15/ KLMG016 UGC-SWRO

4/2/2015

Dr. Thomas V.P

Phytochemical analysis Taxamonic Characterization and Ex-situ conversation of four endemic species of Amomum roxb in Western Ghats of India

2014-16

1,60000

UGC

MRP(S)-0601 /13-14/KLM G016/UGC-SWRO

dated 29/10/2015

COMPLETED MINOR PROJECTS

Dr. Philipose Omman

Survey on Mother Palms in Pathanmthitta District in Kerala- Coconut Development Board

2012-2014

1,25,000

Coconut Development Board

F. No: 1590/2012-Sat.

dated 06/06/2012

FORTHCOMING MAJOR PROJECTS

Dr. Binoy T Thomas

The systematics and ecology of epiphyllous algae on different vegetation of Pathanamthitta District, Kerala

2016-2019

-

KSCSTE

F. No. 30/SRSLS/2014/CSTE dated 29/10/2015

Dr.Thomas V.P.

Ethnobotanical Studies on Zingiberaceae of Kerala

2016-2019

-

KSCSTE

F. No. 29/SRSLS/2014/CSTE dated 20/10/2015

 

 

Published Articles in National Journals

    Dr.Philipose Omman

  1. Philipose Omman and Reghu. C.P. 2013. Clonal variability in the distribution of sieve tubes and companion cells in Hevea brasiliensis bark tissue. Rubber Science, 26(1): 95-100, 2013.
  2. Philipose Omman and Reghu. C.P. 2008. Inclination of laticifers and phloic rays in ten clones of Hevea brasiliensis. Natural Rubber Research 21: 47-66.
  3. Philipose Omman and Reghu. C.P. 2006 Clonal variability in the inclination of laticifers and phloic rays in Hevea brasiliensis. lntemational Natural Rubber Conference Vietnam. Page 199-208.
  4. Philipose Omman and Koshy G. 2004. Diversity in the genus Oryza L. with reference to stomatal characteristics. National Seminar on Biodiversity conservation and environment management Jan 22-24 Department of Botany, Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta.
  5. Philipose Omman and Reghu. C.P. 2003. Staining procedure for laticiferous system of Hevea brasiliensis using oil red O. Indian Journal of Natural Rubber Research 16: 41-44.
  6. Philipose Omman and Omanakumari N .1997. Meiotic analysis in Pennisetum glaucum. J. Cytol. Genet. 32 (2): 155-157.
  7. Philipose Omman and Stephen J 1994. Cytology of Tea. J. Cytol. Genet. 29(1): 1-7.

    Dr. Binoy T. Thomas

  1. Ray and Thomas (2012) Fertility characteristics of Oxic Dystrustepts under natural forest, rubber and teak plantations in different seasons, Kerala, South India. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 43: 2247-2261
  2. Ray and Thomas (2012) Soil Green-Algae in Oxic Dystrustepts under diverse Vegetation in the Western Ghats, Kerala, South India. Research Journal of Soil Biology DOI: 10.3923/rjsb.2012
  3. Thomas B T and Ray J G (2013) Biodiversity of the family Oscillatoriaceae (cyanobacteria) in tropical soils under different vegetation and Seasons. J. Collaborative Research 1: 58-68
  4. Ray JG, Dhanya V and Binoy T (2014) Globally unique Kuttanadu Wetland paddy soil of South India: Soil fertility in relation to seasons and different stages of the crop. Int. J. Agriculture Photon 125: 296-304


    Dr. Sajish P.R

  1. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Sajish P.R., Rita N Kumar and Basil George. 2012. Bio-Monitoring of Phytoplankton To Assess The Water Quality of Mahi Estuary, Western Gujarat, India. International Journal of Advanced Research in Biotechnology, 1 (1): 001-004.
  2. Basil George, J.I. Nirmal Kumar, Rita N. Kumar and P.R. Sajish. 2012. Biosorption Potentiality of Living Aspergillus niger. Tiegh in Removing Heavy Metal from Aqueous Solution. Bioremediation Journal, 16 (4): 195-203.
  3. Nirmal Kumar, J.I, Basil George, Rita N. Kumar, Sajish P. R. and Shailendra Viyol. 2012. An Assessment of Physico-Chemical Characteristics of The Coastal Water of Narmada Estuary, Gujarat and Statistical evaluation of its Seasonal Changes. Ekologia, 31 (1): 65-74.
  4. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Sajish P.R., Rita N Kumar, Basil George and Shailendra Viyol. 2011. Nutrient Dynamics in an Avicennia marina (Forsk.) Vierh., Mangrove Forest in Vamleshwar, Gujarat, India. Global Journal of Environmental Research, 5 (1). 32-38.
  5. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Sajish P.R., Rita N Kumar, Basil George and Shailendra Viyol. 2011. An Assessment of the Accumulation Potential of Pb, Zn and Cd by Avicennia marina (Forssk.) Vierh. in Vamleshwar Mangroves, Gujarat, India. Notulae Scientia Biologicae, 3 (1). 36-40.
  6. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Sajish P.R., Rita N Kumar and Kanti Patel. 2011. Biomass and Net Primary Productivity in three different aged Butea Forest Ecosystems in Western India, Rajasthan. Iranica Journal of Energy and Environment, 2 (1): 01-07
  7. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Basil George, Rita N Kumar, Sajish P.R. and Shailendra Viyol. 2010. Biosorption of Mercury and Lead by dried Aspergillus niger. Tiegh. isolated from estuarine sediments. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 67 (5): 735-746.
  8. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Sajish P.R., Rita N Kumar and Rohit M Bhoi. 2010. Bioprospecting in a Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest of Western Rajasthan, India. Journal of Forest Science, 26 (1): 25-30.
  9. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Rita N Kumar, Rohit Kumar Bhoi and Sajish P.R. 2010. Tree species diversity and soil nutrient status in three sites of tropical dry deciduous forest of western India. Tropical Ecology, 51 (2): 273-279.
  10. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Sajish P.R., Rita N Kumar and Rohit M Bhoi. 2010. Wood and leaf litter decomposition and nutrient release from Tectona grandis, Linn. F. in tropical dry deciduous forest of Rajasthan, Western India. Journal of Forest Science, 26 (1): 17-23.
  11. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Basil George, Rita N Kumar, Sajish P.R. and Shailendra Viyol. 2009. Assessment of Spatial and Temporal Fluctuations in water quality of a Tropical Permanent Estuarine system- Tapi, west coast India. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 7 (3): 267-276.
  12. Nirmal Kumar, J.I., Basil George, Rita N. Kumar, Sajish P. R. and Shailendra Viyol. 2009. An assessment of heavy metal distribution at lower reaches of three permanent tropical estuaries of Gulf of Khambhat, India. Pollution Research, 4: 597-601.
  13. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Rita N Kumar, Rohit M Bhoi and Sajish P.R. 2008. Quantification of Nutrient content in Above-ground Biomass of Teak plantation in Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest of Udaipur, India. Journal of Forest Science, 55 (6): 251-256.

    Dr. Nisha Joseph

  1. Nisha Joseph and Siril, E. A. 2013. Floral Color Polymorphism and Reproductive Success in Annatto (Bixa orellana L.). Tropical Plant Biology. 6(1). DOI 10.1007/s12042-013-9128.
  2. Nisha Joseph and Siril E.A. 2013. Multiplication of Annatto (Bixa orellana L.) using cotyledons and leaf explants. Research in Plant Biology 3(1): 24-32.
  3. Siril, E. A. & Nisha Joseph. 2013. Micropropagation of Annatto (Bixa orellana L.) from mature tree and assessment of genetic fidelity of micropropagated plants with RAPD markers. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 19(1): 147- 155.
  4. Nisha Joseph, Siril, E. A. & Nair, G.M. 2012 Reproductive characterization and preliminary studies on controlled breeding of Annatto (Bixa orellana L.), Plant Systematics and Evolution 298: 239–250 DOI 10.1007/s00606-011-0541-0.
  5. Nisha Joseph, Siril, E.A. & Nair, G.M. 2011 A comparison of conventional cloning options for annatto (Bixa orellana L.), The Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology 86: 446-451.
  6. Nisha Joseph, Siril, E.A. & Nair, G.M. 2011 An efficient in vitro propagation methodology for Annatto (Bixa orellana L.). Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 17:263-270 DOI 10.1007/s12298-011-0073-7.
  7. Nisha Joseph, Siril, E.A. & Nair, G.M. (2010) Imbibition duration, seed treatment, seed mass and population influence germination of Annatto (Bixa orellana L.) Seed Technology 32: 37-45.
  8. Nisha Joseph & Siril, E. A. (2010). Cytotoxic evaluation of Annatto (Bixa orellana L.) Dye Compared with Orange Red. Cytologia 75(2): 163–167

Departmental Events

  • National Seminar on Diversity of Microbes and Climate Change mitigation

    Department of Botany

  • FRUIT EXPO

    Department of Botany

  • National Seminar on "New Trends in Plant Diversity Studies"

    Department of Botany
    Venue : Mar Clemis Hall

  • National Seminar on New Trends in Plant diversity

    Department of Botany


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