Botany Department

OUR DEPARTMENTS

Dr Latha Sadanandan

Designation

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Department

  • BOTANY

Edu. Qualifications

  • M Sc (Botany), Ph D (Botany)

Areas of Interest/Specialisation

  • Phytochemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology

Courses/subject Taught

  • UG– Angiosperm Embryology, Microtechnique, Biophysics, Phycology, Environmental Studies, Horticulture, Ethnobotany, Biochemistry, Plant Physiology.
  • PG– Microtechnique, Phycology, Molecular biology, Classical Genetics, Biochemistry, Horticulture, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics

Field of Research

  • Phytochemistry
  • Histochemistry

Experience

  • Research: 17 yrs
  • Teaching :  17 yrs (Guest lecturer – 8 yrs and as Assistant Professor – 9 yrs)

Memberships in Learned Bodies/Societies, If any

  • Member of Board of Studies (Botany), Assumption College (Autonomous), Changanacherry, Kottayam
  • Member of Board of Studies (Biotechnology), CMS College (Autonomous), Kottayam.3. Life Member of Indian Science Congress Association

Scholarships/Fellowships Obtained

  • Project fellowship in the UGC research scheme “Allelopathic and phytochemical studies on some trees recommended in social forestry programmes”, Department of Botany, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara from 24-4-1998 to 9-11-2000.
  • University Research Fellowship, Department of Botany, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara from 10-11-2000 to 14-9-2002

Papers Published

  • Latha Sadanandan, Reemraj and Ancy Nazeer. 2019. Water quality analysis in Ashtamudi site of Ashtamudi lake by physico-chemical characterization studies.  Holistic Thought. Vol. XVIII, No.1&2. SN College, Kollam. Pp 57-60. ISSN 0975-363X.
  • Latha Sadanandan. 2018. A comparative study on the production of vermicompost using two invasive aquatic weeds Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms and Pistia stratiotes L. as substrates. Indian J. Sci. Res. 20(1): 53-55.ISSN: 0976-2876 (Print).ISSN: 2250-0138 (Online)
  • Latha Sadanandan, Soja S. and Thushara V. 2018. Studies on the Anatomy  and Histochemistry of  Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms. Trends in Biosciences 11(7): 1118 – 1122. ISSN: 0974 -8431.
  • Latha Sadanandan, Chithra Chandran and Geethu C.B. 2018. Studies on the Biochemistry and Allelopathy of Salvinia molesta D.S. Mitchell. Trends in Biosciences 11(7): 1569 – 1571. ISSN: 0974 -8431.
  • Latha Sadanandan, Aswathy Jayaprakash and Radhika Babu (2014). In vitro callogenesis in certain explants of Baliospermum montanum (Willd.) Muell. Arg. – A threatened medicinal plant. Academic Spectrum. Vol. VII. Pp. 06 -11. SN College, Cherthala. ISSN 2456 -3056.
  • Latha Sadanandan, Radhika Babu and Aswathy Jayaprakash (2013). In vitro callus induction in Cyclea peltata (Lam.) Hook F. Thoms.- A vulnerable medicinal plant. SPECTRUM (SN College, Cherthala – inhouse journal) pp. 15- 21.
  • Latha S. and M. Daniel (2003). Allelopathic effects of social forestry trees neem and Melia on rice. Geobios 30 (2-3): 137 – 142.
  • Mariamma J., Latha S. and M. Daniel (2002). Pharmacognostic and chemical studies on the fruits of Piper galeatum C.DC. Jour. Med. Arom. Pl. Sci. 24: 938 – 942.
  • Latha S., J. Mariamma and M.Daniel (2002). Allelopathic effects of certain social forestry trees on cotton. Adv. Biol. Sci. 1(1): 7 -13.
  • S. Latha, J. Mariamma and M. Daniel (2001). Studies on the effects of leaf leachates of Pongamia pinnata on certain crops and weeds and the soil mycoflora. Nat. Acad. Sci. Lett. 24 (5-12): 63 – 68.
  • Latha S. and M. Daniel (2001). Phenolic antioxidants of some common pulses. Jour of Food Sci and Tech. 38(3): 272 – 273.

Papers Presented

  • Latha Sadanandan (2019). Pharmacognostic and phytochemical evaluation of Ashta choornam, an ayurvedic formulation. Proceedings in the International Conference on Exploring the scope of plant genetic resources Provectus plantae ’19 organized by the Department of Botany, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram from 22/5/2019 to 24/5/2019 (Oral)
  • Latha Sadanandan, Soja S. and Thushara V.(2018).  Studies on the Anatomy and Histochemistry of Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms. Proceedings in the National Seminar on  Insights into the interdisciplinary perspectives of Chemical and Biosciences organized by  Govt. Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram, sponsored by  KSCSTE, RUSA, KSHEC, ISCA from 26/2/2018 to 28/2/2018 ( Oral).
  • Latha Sadanandan, Chithra Chandran and Geethu C.B. (2018). Studies on the Biochemistry and Allelopathy of Salvinia molesta D.S. Mitchell. Proceedings in the National Seminar on  Insights into the interdisciplinary perspectives of Chemical and Biosciences organized by  Govt. Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram, sponsored by  KSCSTE, RUSA, KSHEC, ISCA from 26/2/2018 to 28/2/2018 (Poster).
  • Latha Sadanandan 2018. Quality Analysis of Ashta Churna, an Ayurvedic formulation using phytochemical and pharmacognostic methods. National Seminar on  Reaching the unreached through Science and Technology organized by  Sree Narayana College, Kollam, sponsored by  ISCA and Dept. of Environment and Climate change from 12/2/2018 to 14/2/2018 (Oral).
  • Latha Sadanandan and Kathu S. Sundar (2018).  Conservation of Pteridophytes in S.N. College campus , Kollam and their morphoanatomical studies. National Seminar on  Reaching the unreached through Science and Technology organized by  Sree Narayana College, Kollam, sponsored by  ISCA and Dept. of Environment and Climate change from 12/2/2018 to 14/2/2018 (Poster).
  • Latha Sadanandan, Chithra Chandran and Geethu C.B. (2018).  Biochemical and Allelopathic studies on Salvinia molesta D.S. Mitchell: An aquatic fern in Wetland Ecosystem. Proceedings in National Seminar on  Conservation of wetland ecosystems for long term ecological security organized by  Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam , sponsored by  KSCSTE and KSBB from 18/1/2018 to 20/1/2018 (Oral).
  • Latha Sadanandan and Soja S. (2017).  Bioprospecting of an invasive aquatic weed  Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms. Proceedings in National Seminar on  Bioprospecting – A quest for natural solutions organized by CMS College, Kottayam sponsored by UGC from 5/12/2017 and 6/12/2017 (Oral).
  • Latha Sadanandan (2017). A comparative study on the production of vermicompost using two invasive aquatic weeds Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms and Pistia stratiotes L. as substrates. Proceedings in 27th Swadeshi Science Congress organized by  Amrita  Viswa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kollam sponsored by Swadeshi Science Movement and Amrita  Viswa Vidyapeetham from 7/11/2017 to 9/11/2017 (E- poster)
  • Latha Sadanandan and Soja S. (2017). Preliminary Phytochemical Screening of an Invasive Aquatic Weed Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms and Scope for Bioprospecting. National Symposium on The innovative trends in Chemical education and research: Hurdles and successive progress organized by Department of Chemistry, Sree Narayana College, Kollam, sponsored by KSCSTE and BARC from 22/3/2017 to 24/3/2017 (Oral).
  • Latha Sadanandan, Dhanya D.S., Radhika Babu and Aswathy Jayaprakash (2014). In vitro callogenesis in certain explants of Cyclea peltata (Lam.) Hook F. Thoms.- A vulnerable medicinal plant. Proceedings of UGC sponsored National seminar on Utilization, Management and Conservation of medicinal plants, organized by Department of Botany, Bishop Kurialacherry College for women, Amalagiri, Kottayam, on 10th and 11th Dec. 2014 (Oral).
  • Latha Sadanandan, Dhanya D.S., Aswathy Jayaprakash and Radhika Babu (2014). In vitro callogenesis in Baliospermum montanum (Willd.) Muell. Arg. – A threatened medicinal plant. Proceedings of  UGC sponsored National seminar on Utilization, Management and Conservation of medicinal plants, Department of Botany, Bishop Kurialacherry College for women, Amalagiri, Kottayam on 10th and 11th Dec. 2014 (Oral).
  • Latha Sadanandan and Aswathy Jayaprakash (2014) ‘In vitro callogenesis in axillary bud of Baliospermum montanum (Willd.) Muell.-Arg.-A red listed medicinal plant’. Proceedings of UGC sponsored National Seminar on Role of plant systematic in biodiversity and its conservation, organized by Department of Botany, Sree Narayana College, Cherthala, Alappuzha (Dist), Kerala on 4th and 5th Mar., 2014. (Oral)
  • Latha Sadanandan and Radhika Babu (2014) ‘Effect of plant growth regulators on callogenesis from shoot tip of Cyclea peltata (Lam.) Hook F. Thoms- An underutilized medicinal plant’. Proceedings of UGC sponsored National Seminar on Role of plant systematic in biodiversity and its conservation, organized by Department of Botany, Sree Narayana College, Cherthala, Alappuzha (Dist), Kerala on 4th and 5th Mar.,2014.(Oral).
  • Latha Sadanandan, Rakhi Chandran and Rathila B.R.(2012) ‘Allelopathy – a threat to biodiversity conservation’ Proc. of International Seminar on World Bioheritage Concerns for the Climate change with special reference to Ethnic Vegetables. Dept. of Botany, Sree Narayana College, Chempazanthy, Thiruvananthapuram (Dist), Kerala on Sept. 7th and 8th, Pp.83(Oral).
  • Latha Sadanandan, Sreekkutty C.A. and Jashna K. (2012) ‘Comparison of yield of Calocybe indica (milky mushroom) with Hypsizygus ulmarius and Pleurotus florida (Oyster mushrooms) cultivated on paddy straw’. International Seminar on Bioactive Natural Compounds from Plant Food in Nutrition and Health-ICBPN 2012. Dept. of Home Science, CMS College, Kottayam from Sept. 20th – 22nd , Pp. 280-284.(Poster).
  • Latha Sadanandan, Jiji K. Vijayakumar, Rakhi Chandran and Rathila B.R. (2012) ‘Millettia pinnata and Vigna radiata – A promising combination in Agroforestry systems’ at National Biodiversity Congress, Thiruvananthapuram from 27th to 30th Dec, Pp. 100.(Poster).
  • Latha S., K.N. Jainy and B. Binumol (2008).‘Quality analysis of commercial samples of Triphala churna obtained from Kottakkal Arya Vaidysala’ using pharmacognostic and phytochemical methods’. International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture, CMS College, Kottayam , Kerala on Feb. 6th and 7th, Pp.49.(Poster)
  • Latha Sadanandan and M. Daniel (2005).‘Positive allelopathic effects of two social forestry trees Melia azedarach Linn. And Cassia siamea Lam. on Triticum aestivum var. Lok 1’ National Seminar at St. George’s college, Aruvithura, Kottayam, Kerala from july 25-27, 2005. (Oral).
  • Latha S. and M. Daniel (2005).‘Allelopathic effects of Azadirachta indica A. Juss and Pongamia pinnata Pierre on Triticum aestivum’. Proc of International conference on Science and Technology foe Sustainable development, Dept. of Botany, St. Berchmans College, Changanacherry, Kottayam, Kerala from Aug 10 -13,Pp.178-182.(Oral).
  • Latha Sadanandan and M. Daniel (2001).‘Allelopathic interactions of Pongamia pinnata Linn. with crops and weeds’ National Seminar at Department of Biosciences, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand on 6th Jan 2001. (Poster).
  • Latha Sadanandan and M. Daniel (2000).‘Soil mycoflora under some trees recommended in social forestry programme’ in the 15th Gujarat Science Congress at Faculty of Science, The M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara on 12th Feb, 2000. (Oral).

Orientation Courses Attended

  • Orientation programme (IT oriented) from
    23-4-2013 to 20-5-2013 at Academic Staff College, UGC-HRDC, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram

Refresher Courses Attended

  • Refresher course in Environmental Sciences (interdisciplinary) from
    11-01-2020 to 24-01-2020 at Academic Staff College, UGC-HRDC, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram2. Refresher course in Life Sciences from
    11-7-2019 to 24-7-2019 at Academic Staff College, UGC-HRDC , Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Refresher course in Life Sciences from
    2-7-2014 to 22-7-2014 at Academic Staff College,  UGC-HRDC , Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram

Seminars/Workshops/Trainings Organised

  • Coordinator of State level Workshop on ‘Floriculture and flower arrangement: Principles and practices’ at Department of Botany, Sree Narayana College, Kollam on 7th Jan.2020.
  • Coordinator in the National level Seminar on ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ sponsored by KSCSTE, at Department of Botany, Sree Narayana College, Cherthala, Alappuzha on 21st Mar 2012.
  • Organising Secretary in the National seminar on ‘Biotechnology: Challenges and Prospects’ at Department of Botany and Biotechnology, CMS College, Kottayam on 28th Nov 2008.

Seminars/Conferences Attended

  • International webinar on ‘Enhancing the value of orphan crops in shaping a sustainable future:Teff, a new super grain’ organized by the Department of Botany, St.Joseph’s College for Women, Alappuzha on 04/11/2020.
  • National webinar on ‘Academic web search strategies’ organized by MES Kalladi College, Mannarkkad on 27/10/2020 and 28/10/2020.
  • National webinar on ‘Significance of bioprospecting in biodiversity studies’ organized by Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, University of Kerala and Kerala Academy of Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram on 26/10/2020.
  • National webinar on ‘Environmental impact assessment- past, present and future’ organized by Department of Botany, Baselius College, Kottayam on 24/8/2020.
  • National webinar on ‘Interpreting plant taxonomy’ organized by Department of Botany, SN College, Kollam on 3/8/2020
  • International Conference on Exploring the scope of plant genetic resources Provectus plantae ’19 organized by the Department of Botany, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram from 22/5/2019 to 24/5/2019
  • National Seminar on  Insights into the interdisciplinary perspectives of chemical and Biosciences organized by Govt. Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram and sponsored by  KSCSTE, RUSA, KSHEC, ISCA from 26/2/2018 to 28/2/2018.
    National Seminar on  Reaching the unreached through Science and Technology RURTST 2018 organized by Sree Narayana College, Kollam and sponsored by The Indian Science Congress Association, Cochin Chapter and Department of Environment and Climate change from 12/2/2018 to 14/2/2018.
  • National Seminar on  Conservation of wetland ecosystems for long term ecological security organized by Sree Narayana College for women, Kollam and sponsored by  KSCSTE and KSBB from 18/1/2018 to 20/1/2018.
  • National Seminar on  Bioprospecting – A quest for natural solutions organized by CMS College, Kottayam sponsored by UGC from 5/12/2017 and 6/12/2017.
  • 27th Swadeshi Science Congress organized by  Amrita  Viswa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kollam and sponsored by  Swadeshi Science Movement from 7/11/2017 to 9/11/2017.
    National Symposium on The innovative trends in Chemical education and research: hurdles and successive progress ITCER 2017 organized by  Sree Narayana College, Kollam and sponsored by BARC and KSCSTE from 22/3/2017 to 24/3/17.
  • Symposium on Higher Education at SD College, Alappuzha on 12/12/2015.
  • Kerala Science Congress at Convention Centre, Alappuzha from 27th to 29th Jan. 2015.
  • National seminar on Utilization, Management and Conservation of medicinal plants, Department of Botany, BK College for women, Amalagiri, Kottayam on 10th and 11th Dec.2014.
  • National conference on ‘Natural resources management: a key to sustainability’ organized by Assumption college, Changanacherry, Kottayam on 5th and 6th Dec 2013.
  • International seminar on ‘Molecular secrets of plant medicines’ organized by Biotechnology Department, CMS College, Kottayam on 17th and 18th Oct, 2013.
  • National seminar on ‘Eco-friendly alternatives to plastics’ organized by Department of Botany, Sree Narayana College, Cherthala, Alappuzha on 7th Mar 2012.
  • Kerala Science Congress 2012 at Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam from 29th – 31st Jan 2012.
  • State level Seminar on ‘Scientific Temper and awareness in Organ donation’ organized by Department of Botany, Sree Narayana College, Cherthala, Alappuzha on 7th Dec 2011.
  • National Seminar on ‘NMR Spectroscopy’ conducted by Department of Chemistry, St. Michael’s College, Cherthala from 28th to 29th July 2011.
  • National Seminar on ‘Energy Conservation’ organized by the Post graduae Department of Physics, Sree Narayana College, Cherthala, Alappuzha on 29th and 30th Mar 2011.
  • State level seminar on ‘Data mining’ organized by Department of Computer Science, Sree Narayana College, Cherthala, Alappuzha from 3rd to 5th Feb 2011.
  • National seminar on ‘Nanobiotechnology’ organized by Department of Botany and Biotechnology, CMS College, Kottayam on 21st Feb 2011.
    Consultation on ‘Genetically modified crops’ organized by Department of Botany, CMS College, Kottayam on 7th Feb 2011.
  • National Seminar on ‘Biotechnology: Challenges and Prospects’, Department of Botany and Biotechnology, CMS College, Kottayam on 28th Nov., 2008.
  • International Conference on ‘Sustainable agriculture’ at CMS College, Kottayam on Feb. 6th and 7th, 2008.
  • Seminar on ‘Total quality management in higher education’ sponsored by NAAC at CMS College, Kottayam on Nov 10th and 11th, 2006.
  • National Seminar on ‘Nature’s secrets in plants-potential applications and future scope’ at MACFAST, Thiruvalla, Kottayam on 10th Aug 2006.
  • International Conference on ‘Science and Technology for sustainable development’ at St. Berchmans College, Changanacherry, Kottayam, Kerala from Aug 10th -13th, 2005.
  • National Seminar on ‘Arboriculture and Aquaculture’ at St. George’s College, Aruvithura, Kottayam, Kerala from 25th – 27th July, 2005.
  • National Seminar on ‘Herbs-Challenges in the new millennium’ at Aghakar Research Institute, Pune on 7th Feb, 2001.
  • National Symposium on ‘Sustainable environment- Achievements and future prospects’ at Department of Biosciences, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar,, Anand from 4 – 6 Jan 2001.
  • Lecture – cum – demonstration on ‘Bonsai’ organized by Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, The M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara in Feb 2000.
  • National Seminar on ‘Molecular approaches to crop improvement’ organized by Department of Botany, CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala from 29th – 31st Dec, 1997.

Workshops/Trainings/Short term courses/Professional Development Courses Attended

  • Faculty development Programme on ‘Best practises in research’ organized online by Department of Botany, SN College, Nattika, Thrissur on 2/11/2020, 4/11/2020 and 7/11/2020.
  • Training programme on Mushroom cultivation organized by the Department of Botany, SN College, Kollam on 11/2/2020.
    Regional Workshop on Career Advancement Scheme for College teachers under UGC regulations organized by Sree Narayana College, Kollam and sponsored by IQAC on 17/4/2017.
  • National Workshop on Research methodology, writing practices, language and soft skills organized by Sree Narayana College, Kollam and sponsored by KSCSTE from 27/3/2017 and 28/3/2017.
  • National Workshop on ‘Gene to Genomics: Celebrating 150 years of Mendelism’ organized by Department of Biotechnology, CMS College, Kottayam sponsored by KSCSTE from 21st to 23rd Jan. 2016.
  • National Workshop on ‘Academic writing and publishing’ organized by KSHEC at RTTC, Kaimanam, Thiruvananthapuram from 24th to 25th Mar. 2015.
  • National Workshop on SPSS data analysis , Department of Botany, BK College for women, Amalagiri, Kottayam from 29th to 30th Sept. 2014.
  • Hands –on workshop in ‘DNA Barcoding’ organized by Department of Botany, CMS College, Kottayam from 13th to 14th Dec 2011.
  • Training on ‘Mushroom cultivation and Spawn production’ at Assumption College, Changanacherry, Kottyam from April to May 2007.
  • Workshop on ‘Phytochemical methods and quality control’ organized by St. Berchmans college, Changanacherry, Kottayam from 25th Feb to 1st Mar 2003.
  • Workshop on ‘Phytochemistry : Basics, Methods and Applications’ organized by Department of Botany, The MS University of Baroda, Vadodara from 25th to 27th Jan. 2002.
  • Workshop on ‘Phytochemistry and pharmacognosy of medicinal plants’ organized by Department of Botany, The MS University of Baroda, Vadodara from Nov 26th to Dec 1st  2001.
  • Workshop on ‘Phytochemistry and pharmacognosy of medicinal plants’ organized by Department of Botany, The MS University of Baroda, Vadodara from 6th to 11th Aug. 2001.
  • Workshop on ‘Plant identification and documentation’ organized by Department of Botany, The MS University of Baroda, Vadodara from 21st to 23rd Dec 2000.
  • Training on ‘Mangrove awareness and education’ organized by Environmental resources research centre, Thiruvananthapuram from 17th to 19th Oct. 1997.

Academic Responsibilities Undertaken

  • Chairman, Board of Examiners, BSc Botany and Biotechnology (2a & 2b) – Sem IV, 2019
  • Member of Board of Studies in Autonomous Colleges since 2016:
    • Assumption College, Changanacherry (UG – Botany) 2016 -19
    • CMS College, Kottayam (UG – Botany and Biotechnology).2016 -18
  • B.Sc. Botany and M.Sc. Botany Question Paper setter since 2017 in Autonomous Colleges under Kerala University and Mahatma Gandhi University.
  • Internal and External Examiner in University Examinations since 2011.
  • Life Member of Indian Science Congress Association.

Duties Performed at College

  • Teaching, Preparation of learning resources
  • Examinations invigilation, QP setting, Paper Valuation
  • Field trip, Study tours, Laboratory visits
  • Member of Organizing Commitees of Seminars

Club activities

  • WWS  – Co-ordinator
  • Swasthi  – Member
  • Biodiversity Club   – Member
  • ENCON Club  – Member
  • Dept – level IQAC  – Member
  • Sexual harassment prevention Committee-Member
  • II Sree Narayana College,Cherthala (Jan 2011-May 2016)
  • Tutorial Committee  – Member
  • Grievance & Redressal Cell- Member
  • Anti-Narcotic Cell– Member
  • Beautification Committee- Member
  • Scholarship Committee-Member
  • Science Club – Member
  • Sports Club– Member
  • Botany Association  – Convenor

Botany Department