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Department Of Botany

There is really no discipline that is more tightly intertwined

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.


Courses Of Department

B.Sc. Botany

44- Zoology and Chemistry (Elective- Plant Genetic Resource Management)

M.Sc. Botany

10

Ph.D. in Botany

16

Certificate Course in Mushroom Cultivation


Faculties

Team1

Dr. Binoy T Thomas

Head Of The Department

M.Sc., B.Ed; Ph.D

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Dr.Deepthi A. S.

M.Sc., B.Ed

Asst Professor

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Gokul G Nair

M.Sc

Asst Professor

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Dr. Nisha Joseph

M.Sc, M.Phil,Ph.D

Asst Professor

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Tinu Thomas

M.Sc

Asst Professor

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Hima K.S

M.Sc

Asst Professor

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Dr.Thomas V.P

M.Sc, M.Phil,Ph.D

Asst Professor

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Faculty Achievements

New to Science New Taxa Described

  1. Amomum andamanicum V.P. Thomas, M. Dan& M. Sabu (Blumea 55, 2010: 295-299).
  2. Amomum nilgiricum V.P. Thomas&M. Sabu (Phytokeys 8, 2012: 99-104).
  3. Hedychium nagamiense Sanoj, M. Sabu & V.P. Thomas (Bangl. J. Pl. Taxon 18(2) 2011: 169-176).
  4. Chlamydomonasovoidae Ray & TT Binoy (Res. J. Soil Biology 4: 2012.42-68.)
  5. Cylindrocystischavarae Ray & TT Binoy (Res. J. Soil Biology 4: 2012.42-68.)
  6. Peniumgregoriouse Ray & TT Binoy (Res. J. Soil Biology 4: 2012.42-68.)
  7. Royacatholicatae Ray & TT Binoy (Res. J. Soil Biology 4: 2012.42-68.)
  8. Stichococcusthannithode Ray & BinoyTT  (Res. J. Soil Biology 4: 2012.42-68.)
  9. Chlamydomonasdeasoniivar. micro Ray & Binoy TT (Res. J. Soil Biology 4: 2012.42-68.)
  10. Oscillatoriathannithode Ray & Binoy TT  (Research J. Soil Biology 4:2012.42-68)
  11. Amomum agastyamalayanum V.P. Thomas & M. Sabu (Edinburgh J. Bot. 69(2): 2012. 313-321).
  12. Amomum newmanii M. Sabu & V.P. Thomas (Edinburgh J. Bot. 69(2): 2012. 313-321).
  13. Amomum carnosum V.P. Thomas & M. Sabu (Kew Bulletin 67: 2012.549-553)
  14. Amomum sahyadricum V.P. Thomas & M. Sabu (Novon 22: 2013.321-324)
  15. Amomum dampuianum V.P.Thomas, M.Sabu & H.Lalramnghing.(Nordic J. Bot.31:561-568)
  16. Amomum mizoramense M. Sabu, V.P. Thomas & L. Vanchhawng (Nordic J Bot 31:5.2013.61-568)
  17. Amomum sabuanum V.P. Thomas, Nissar & U. Gupta (Phytotaxa 159(2):2014.122-126)        
  18. Amomumkingiivar. oblongum V.P. Thomas & M. Sabu (Phytotaxa220(1): 2015.089–094)
  19. Amomummeghalayense V.P. Thomas, M.Sabu&Sanoj (Phytotaxa245(2): 2016.178–182) 
  20. Arundinellamuthikulamensis Sunil, K.M.P. Kumar & V.P. Thomas (Webbia72(1):101–104) 
  21. IsachnemanilalianaSunil, K.M.P. Kumar & V.P. Thomas (Webbia72(2): 2017) 
  22. AmomumnagamienseV.P. Thomas & M. Sabu (Taiwania 64(1): 9-12: 2019) 
  23. GlobbakanchigandhiiA. Joe & M. Sabu (Taiwania 64(1): 4-8: 2019)
  24. Amomum subulatum‘Dzongu’V.P. Thomas, M.Sabu(Rheedea 19 (1&2) 2009: 25-36)
  25. Amomumsubulatum‘Green Golsey’ V.P. Thomas, M.Sabu(Rheedea19 (1&2) 2009: 25-36
  26. Amomum subulatum‘Sawney’ V.P. Thomas, M.Sabu(Rheedea 19 (1&2) 2009: 25-36)
  27. Amomum subulatum‘Seremna’ V.P. Thomas, M.Sabu(Rheedea 19 (1&2) 2009: 25-36)
  28. Amomumsubulatum ‘Varlangey’V.P. Thomas, M.Sabu(Rheedea19 (1&2) 2009: 25-36)
  29. Trentepohliagaviensis Binoy T T, Bhagya MV & VP Thomas(Taiwania. 2019.64.103)
  30. Eolimna minima var. undulatae Ray & TT Binoy. (The Journal of Ecology 465- 475,2016)
  31. PrillieuxinaaporosaeG. N. Gokul, J. Thomas & N. Mathew (Phytotaxa487 (2). 2020:177.)

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION/AWARDS/FELLOWSHIP RECEIVED

S.No

Name of the Faculty

Name of Award

Awarding Agency

Year

1

Dr. Thomas VP

Dr. S. Vasudev Award

Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment

2021

2

Dr. Thomas VP

Kerala Science Congress- Best Poster Award

Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment

2019

3

Dr. Thomas VP

Indian Biodiversity Congress- Best Poster Award

Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action

2017

4

Dr. Thomas VP

International Association of Plant Taxonomy Award

International Association of Plant Taxonomy

2015

5

Dr. Thomas VP

Dr. C. Chandrasekharan Memorial Gold Medal

Kerala Forest Research Institute

2014

6

Dr. Binoy T. Thomas

Best paper presentation Award- ICNSE

ICNSE, Dubai

2014

7

Dr. Binoy T. Thomas

Thomas Edison Award

International Journal of Agriculture

2014

8

Dr. Thomas VP

Fellow of Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (FIAT)

Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy

2011

9

Dr. Thomas VP

Rolla S. Rao Award

Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy

2009


Project Description

MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS COMPLETED

Principal investigator

Name of the project

Period

Total Amount

Agency & order No. & Date

Dr. PhiliposeOmman

Investigation on the inclination of laticifers and phloic elements in Hevea clones

2012-15

1337800/-

KSCSTE

F.No.41-436/2012. (SR).  Dt. 16/07/2012.)

Dr. Thomas V. P.

Co-investigator

Studies on pteridophyte flora of Peechi- Vazhani wild life sanctuary

2014-17

2032000

KSCSTE

No.070/2014/KSCSTE 15/05/2014

Dr. Thomas V. P.

Ethnobotanical studies on Zingiberaceae of Kerala

2016-19

2408590

KSCSTE

029/SRSLS/2014/CSTE dated 20.10.2015

Dr. Binoy T. Thomas

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

2016-19

1788629

KSCSTE

030/SRSLS/2014/CSTE dated 01.04.2016

ONGOING MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

Principal investigator

Name of the project

Period

Total Amount

Agency & order No. & Date

Dr. Binoy T. Thomas

Exploration of Harmful algal blooms of sacred rivers of Kerala

2020-23

1442320

Directorate of climate change and environment

DoECC/AEO2/CC/1679/2019 dated 20.11.2019

MINOR RESEARCH PROJECTS COMPLETED

Principal investigator

Name of the project

Period

Total Amount

Agency & order No. & Date

Dr. PhiliposeOmman

The survey of elite coconut palms in Pathanamthitta District

2012-14

125000

Coconut Development Board

No. 1590/2012-Sat

06/06/2012

Dr. PhiliposeOmman

Studies in the genus Pennisetum with special reference to cytological, micro-morphological, histological and histochemical analysis

1997-99

40000/-

F 1-3/97 (MINOR/SRO

Dr. Nisha Joseph

Multiplication of Colubrina travancoricaBedd. using conventional and biotechnological tools

2014-16

160000

UGC

MPR(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

367000

UGC

1869-MPR/ 14-15/KLM G016/UGC-SWRO Dated 04/02/2015

Dr. Thomas V. P.

Phytochemical analysis taxonomic characterization and exsitu conservation of four endemic species of Amomum Roxb. in Western ghats of India

2014-16

160000

UGC

MPR(S)-0601/ 13-14/KLM G016/UGC-SWRO Dated 29/10/2015