Department History and Profile

            The Post Graduate and Research Department of Botany establishes in 1948, started functioning with B.ScProgramme in Botany. The M.Sc Botany Course commenced in the year 1966. The part time M.Phil course was offered to teachers from various colleges during 1990. It was dropped by the University in the year 1993. The department was recognised as an approved Research Centre under the University of Kerala in 1990. The restructured course of B.Sc Botany and Biotechnology (Semester pattern) was launched in the year 1998. The M.Sc Biotechnology course was started in the year 2013. But, later these two courses were shifted to Department of Biotechnology from 2018 onwards. At present, the Department offers four Inter-Disciplinary Courses such as Horticulture as open course, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology as part of FDP, Bio-informatics as part of PG programme and Biotechnology as Elective for PG programme and One UGC recognized Certificate Course entitled Mushroom Cultivation and Marketing under National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF).

The Department was always in the forefront in academic excellence and research in various disciplines of Botany. Ever since its inception, led by able and erudite Professors like Dr, T. MadhavaRao, Prof. P.K.G. Purushothaman, Prof. Padma, Prof. N. Ravi and Dr. M. V.NadarajaPanikkar.  Prof. N. Ravi is a well-known plant taxonomist and environmental activist, served as Emeritus Scientist in JNTBGRI, Palode.He established 32 new Angiosperm plants new to science and published 2 Books and 53 research papers. His serious efforts were instrumental in the recognition of Asramam Biodiversity Heritage Site (ABHS), Kollam, which is the first of its kind in Kerala State. Dr. M. V.NadarajaPanikkar is a famous algologist. He contributed 44 new algal taxa to science and published 99 research papers and one Monograph. Dr. Panikkar was awarded Emeritus Professorship by the UGC. He carried out 8 Research Projects. 

At present, there are 9 well qualified (8 possess Ph.D degree) faculty members who are actively engaged in teaching and research. The department had the honor of producing 12 First Rank, 3 Second Rank and 4 Third rank holders at UG and PG levels and 22 PhD’s.  Five Research Students are currently working for Ph.Dprogrammes.The number of research projects undertaken and the scientific papers published from the department bear testimony to this aspect.

A total of 237 research papers were published from the Department during 1985-2020.  Of these, current faculty possesses 51 National/ International papers in recognized journals. In addition, 4 Books and One Monograph were published from the department. Seven Major Research Projects and 13 Minor Research Projects were carried out in the Department. Altogether, 43 species and 01 genus of Angiosperms, 52 algal taxa, 6 bacterial strains were reported as New to Science by the faculty members.

Study Programmes Offered 

  1. B.Sc. Botany (Started in 1949)
  2. M.Sc. Botany (Started in 1966)
  3. Ph.D. in Botany(recognized in 1990)
  4. Certificate Course in ‘Mushroom Cultivation and Marketing’ under National Skills

Qualifications Framework (NSQF) (Started in 2020)

Recent Academic achievements

  1. Remya (Qualified CSIR-NET, 2016)
  2. Renjitha L. (CSIR-NET, 2016)
  3. Priyanka V Kumar (ICAR-NET, 2018)
  4. Aiswarya R.(CSIR- JRF, 2018)
  5. JereemThamapan (JAM & CSIR-JRF, 2019)

Department Facilities

The Department has four well equipped laboratories and Herbarium, which encourage collaborative work and ensure that UG/PG/PhD students have ample opportunity to get hands-on experience.

Major Lab equipments:Major featured lab equipments are Horizontal Autoclave, Cooling Centrifuge, BOD Incubator, Laminar Air Flow System, Research Microscope with Photomicroscopic attachment (Stereozoom), Microscope Image Projection system,Trinocular Compound Microscope, Gel Electrophoresis Unit, Digital pH Meter, Senior Precision Microtome, UV Visible spectrophotometer andUV Transilluminator. All PG classes are equipped with multimedia projector system.

Tissue Culture laboratory:A well maintained Tissue Culture Lab is working on the development of in vitro production protocols for many commercially important ornamental / crop / medicinal plants. The explants initiation, multiplication and rooting stages in culturing are also carried out in the laboratory.In-vitro propagation protocols were developed for rare, endemic and threatened species for conservation purpose. In addition to these programmes, department extend assistance to Higher Secondary students through short demonstration on tissue culture.

Herbarium: The department has maintained well equipped College Herbarium (unofficial acronym SNCH), housed with 5035 voucher specimens belonging to 2037 species of flowering plants under 978 genera and 104 families, which thoroughly arranged in 9 herbarium cabinets, based on Bentham & Hooker Classification system. It was officially started in 1980s. The complete set of voucher specimens from Flora of Kollam & Flora of Pathanamthitta, and Cyperaceae of Kerala were properly documented at SNCH. It is one among the largest academic herbarium under the colleges of University of Kerala. The specimens of lower plant groups such as algae, fungi, lichens, bryophytes, pteridophytes and gymnosperms and plant pathology are also housed into wet/dry preservations. Annually, several researchers, including PG & PhD students working in various institutions of Kerala, are effectively utilizing the service of College herbarium. Currently, with an aim of getting official registration under International Herbarium Index (IHI), digitalization of herbarium works is in progress.

Photo: Herbarium cabinets housed at Sree Narayana College Herbarium (SNCH)

Botanical Garden: The department has maintained Botanical Garden of Sree Narayana College Kollam (BGSNCK) which harbours rare trees, medicinal species & exotic plants. The present checklist consists of 215 species, which includes 190 angiosperms, 4 pteridophytes & 2 gymnosperms (updated in 2020). Among these, 23 species come under the IUCN Threatened (Vulnerable, Endangered & Critically Endangered) category. A green house is established at the middle of the garden with an air composting unit. Major attraction of the botanical garden is an artificial forest ecosystem, which is maintained at the eastern side of the garden. Majority of the plants, especially woody plants, are digitally tagged with QR code, based on current botanical nomenclature system. In commemoration of International Year of Plant Health 2020, BGSNCK has been renamed as ESSENCEE Mini Forest (EMF). Plant check list of BGSNCK

Centre of Algal Research (CAR): It was started in 1980. The algal collections of the department were preserved in liquid preparations and herbarium sheets and microscopic slides. The collections comprised of marine estuarine and fresh water algae. Several new algal taxa were discovered and published in National and International Journals.

Botany Alumni Association

The B Sc Botany (1967-1970) batch started the Department of Botany Alumni Association in 2018-19. They are actively involving in many activities for the benefit of the department. The association organizes Annual Merit Day celebrations for distributing the endowments for the meritorious students in Final year university examination in UG & PG Botany and also gives financial support to needy students.

    Neethu Vijayakumar Assistant Professor

      Dr. Ponni T.G Assistant Professor

        Dr Nisha A P HOD, Assistant Professor

          Dr Preetha P S Assistant Professor

            Dr Latha Sadanandan Assistant Professor

              Dr Kiranraj M S Assistant Professor

                Dr N Ratheesh Assistant Professor

                  Dr Chithra Vijayan Assistant Professor

                    Dr Vilash V Assistant Professor

                    PUBLICATIONS (2009-2010 Onwards)

                    Journal articles

                    1. Ragesh R Nair, SR Suja, AL Aneeshkumar, ShobhaBhaskar, V Vilash& S Rajasekharan. Ameliorative effect of ethanolic extract of roots of Tetraceraakara (Burm. f.) Merr. on D-galactosamine induced hepatotoxicity in Wistar rats by downregulation of inflammatory mediators like TNFα, COX-2 and iNOS. 2020. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology. (58)161-171
                    2. Manoj GS, Greeshma GM, Pradeep D P, Arathy R, Remya Krishnan, BoscoLawarence, Sumayya SS, Jayakumar K, Saiaba A N, Lubaiana A S, ChithraVijayan, Dinesh Babu KV, Sunila AV, Anil Kumar VS, GreeshmaMurukan, Meenu Krishnan VG, Aswathy JM, Sunu Kumar SS and Murugan K. 2020. “Secondary Metabolites and their Antioxidant Activities: An Overview”. EC Pharmacology and Toxicology 8.10: 64-75.
                    3. P.S, P. Premjith, 2020. Role of start-ups in the skill development of school children, with special reference to Indian homemade toys. International Journal of Engineering Development and Research (8)4: 124-127 (ISSN: 2321-9939),
                    4. P.S, Manisha P.M. 2020. Heavy metal screening of Cocciniagrandis (L).voigt leaves using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), International Journal of Engineering Development and Research 8 (4): 138-141 (ISSN: 2321-9939),
                    5. Nisha A P and Radhamany P M. 2020. Evaluation of Proximate and Mineral Constituents in Different Commercial Cultivars and Local Varieties of Ananascomosus (L.) Merr. from Kerala. International Journal of Fruit science.20 (3): 620–634.[JOURNAL IMPACT FACTOR: 0.81]
                    6. Ponni T.G. and AshalathaS.Nair. 2019.In vitrocormlet production- an efficient means for conservation in Ensetesuperbum (Roxb.) Cheesman. Journal of Applied Horticulture, 21(1) :20-24.
                    7. Ponni T.G. and AshalathaS.Nair. 2019. Differential effects of position and size of explants in the development of in vitrocormlets in Ensetesuperbum (Roxb.) Cheesman. International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews. 6(2):958-962
                    8. Ponni T.G. and Ashalatha S. Nair. 2019. Somatic embryogenesis to overcome low Seed viability and conserve wild banana (Ensetesuperbum (Roxb.) Cheesman). In Vitro Cell.Dev.Biol.- Plant 55:371.
                    9. NeethuVijayakumar and Gangaprasad A. 2019. Preliminary phytochemical screening, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of Vernoniacinerea (L.) Less. a member of ‘Dashapushpa’. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 8(4): 388-392.
                    10. RegyYohannan, NirmalaJayarani, D Devapriya, et al. 2019. Evaluating genetic diversity within genus Jasminum (Oleaeceae) using intersimple sequence repeats (ISSR) marker. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., India Sect. (B)-Bio. Sci.
                    11. Nair R. R., Suja S. R., Vilash V., Aneeshkumar A. L., Rajasekharan S. and Biju Kumar B. S. 2019.Protective Effect of Ethanol Extract of Roots of Tetraceraakara (Burm. f.) Merr., on Carbon Tetrachloride-induced Hepatic Injury in Wistar Rats. Indian J Pharm Sci 81(5):859-867.
                    12. LathaSadanandan, Reemraj and AncyNazeer. 2019. Water quality analysis in Ashtamudi site of Ashtamudilake by physico-chemical characterization studies. Holistic Thought. Vol. XVIII, No.1&2. SN College, Kollam. Pp 57-60. ISSN 0975-363X.
                    13. Nisha A P and Radhamany P M. 2018. Floral morphology of different commercial cultivars and local varieties of Ananascomosus (L.)Merr.(Bromeliaceae) from Kerala. The International Journal Of Plant Reproductive Biology. 10 (1): 59- 64. DOI 10.14787/ijprb.2018 10.1.59-64.
                    14. Ragesh R Nair, Suja S R, Aneeshkumar A L, Vilash V, Rajasekharan S. 2018. Antihepatotoxic effect of the ethanolic fraction of roots of Tetraceraakara (Burm. f.) Merr., on Acetaminophen‑induced hepatic damage in Wistar rats. Journal of Pharmacy Research. 12 (7): 961-966
                    15. NeethuVijayakumar&Gangaprasad A. 2018. Preliminary phytochemical screening and antioxidant activity of Emilia sonchifolia(L.) DC., a member of ‘Dashapushpa’. International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews 5 ( 4): 124-129
                    16. 2018. A comparative study on the production of vermicompost using two invasive aquatic weeds Eichhorniacrassipes (Mart.) Solms and Pistiastratiotes L. as substrates. Indian J. Sci. Res. 20(1): 53-55.ISSN: 0976-2876 (Print).ISSN: 2250-0138 (Online)
                    17. LathaSadanandan, Soja S. and Thushara V. 2018. Studies on the Anatomy andHistochemistry of  Eichhorniacrassipes(Mart.) Solms. Trends in Biosciences 11(7): 1118 – 1122. ISSN: 0974 -8431.
                    18. LathaSadanandan, ChithraChandran and Geethu C.B. 2018. Studies on the Biochemistry and Allelopathy of SalviniamolestaS. Mitchell. Trends in Biosciences 11(7): 1569 – 1571. (ISSN: 0974 -8431)
                    19. ChithraVijayan, P Preeja, K Murugan2018. Analysis of phytochemical profile and genotoxicity of crude methanol extracts of Quassiaindica with anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties.Journal of pharmacy (8)2: 30-36
                    20. ChithraVijayan, K Murugan& G M Nai,r2018. Genetic Diversity of Orthosiphonaristatus accessions from different geographical regions using RAPD & ISSR Markers Trends in Biosciences 11 (7): 1242-1250
                    21. Anusha S Britto and Preetha P S. 2018. The Impact of Substrate Variation on the Growth, Yield and Nutrient Composition of PleurotusostreatusKumm. Trends in Biosciences 11(7): 1612-1617.(ISSN – 0974 – 8431)
                    22. Aneeshkumar A L, Suja S R, Vilash V, Ragesh R Nair, Siril E A, Rajasekharan S. 2018. Sub-chronic oral toxicity assessment (90 days) of ethanolic fraction of leavesof Neurocalyxcalycinus (R. Br. ex Benn.) Rob. in rodents: A lesser   known ethnomedicinal plant from the Cholanaickan tribal community, India. 11(3): 221–235.
                    23. Ratheesh N., K.B. Manoj and Lekshmi S. 2017. Diversity of Mangroves in Asramam, Kollam District, Kerala. Journal of Advances in Biological Science. 4 (1): 20-24
                    24. RatheeshN .and K.B. Manoj. 2017. A study on Vesicular ArbuscularMycorrhizal (VAM) fungi in the soils of Sacred Grove at kotarakara, kollam, Kerala. Journal of Advances in Biological Science. 4 (1): 34-39
                    25. Ragesh R Nair, S R Suja, A L Aneeshkumar, V Vilash and S Rajasekharan. 2017.A comparative study on quantitative phytochemical analysis and in vitro free radical scavenging activity of various solvent extracts of Tetraceraakara (burm. f.) Merr., an ethnomedicinal plant used by Kani tribe of Kerala. Int. J. Adv. Res. 5(5): 1907-1915.
                    26. Neethu V, Latha P G, Suja S R, Vilash V, Ragesh R, Shoumya S and Aneesh Kumar A L. Hepatoprotective property of Schumannianthusvirgatus (Roxb.) Rolfe against D-galactosamine induced hepatotoxicity in Wistar rats. Int. J. Adv. Res. 2017; 5(7), 2301-2308
                    27. ChithraVijayan, K Murukan, S R Reji& G M Nair. 2017, Screening biological activities of Orthosiphonaristatus : some observations International Journal of advanced research 5(12) 757-76.
                    28. Kiran Raj, M.S., M..Sivadasan, P. Dileep and A.H. Alfarhan. 2016. A new subspecies of Dimeriahohenackerii exMiq. (Poaceae) from India. Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy 23(1): 27-31. [JOURNAL IMPACT FACTOR: 0.696]
                    29. Vilash V, Suja S R, Latha P G, Shine V J, Rajasekharan S. 2016.Chronic oral toxicity studies of crude ethanolic extract and ethanolic fraction of Pellioniaheyneana leaf in Wistar rats. Int J Pharm Pharm Sci.8(8): 67-76
                    30. Vilash V, Suja S R, Latha P G, Aneeshkumar A L, Ragesh R Nair, Rajasekharan S. 2016.Antihepatotoxic effect of ethanolic extract of Pellioniaheyneana, leaf on paracetamol induced liver damage in Wistar rats. JTFP 4 (2): 17-26.
                    31. Vilash V, Suja S R, Latha P G, Aneesh Kumar A L, Ragesh R Nair &Rajasekharan S. 2016Physicochemical Evaluation and Pharmacognostical Standardization of PellioniaheyneanaWedd. Leaf. Pharmacog J. 8(6): 551-556.
                    32. Ragesh R Nair, Suja S R, Vilash V, Aneeshkumar A L and Rajasekharan S. Pharmacognostic standardisation and phytochemical analysis of Tetraceraakara (Burm. f.) Merr. JTFP. 2016;4 (2): 79-95.
                    33. Nisha A P &Radhamany P M. 2016. Fruit Morphological Variability In Different Commercial Cultivars And Local Varieties Of Ananascomosus (L.)Merr. from Kerala.  International Journal of Botany and Research. 6 (5): 1–8.
                    34. NeethuViswanath, Latha P G, Suja S R, Vilash V. 2016; Antihepatotoxic and Antioxidant properties of Schumannianthusvirgatus (Roxb.) Rolfe ethanolic extract against acetaminophen induced hepatotoxicity in Wistar rats. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research.(8)3: 87-89
                    35. N. 2016. Diversity of VasicularArbuscularMycorrhizalspors from forest fire affected deciduous and evergreen forest soils in Kerala part of Western Ghats. Eds. K.A Sujana, MV. Durai and C. Sivaperumn in. Forest Ecosystem Biodiversity Ecology and Conservation. Write and Print publication, New Delhi. 263p
                    36. Vilash V, Suja S R, Latha P G, Rajasekharan S. 2015. Evaluation of hepatoprotective and antioxidant activity of PellioniaheyneanaWedd. leafethanolic extract on carbon tetrachloride induced liver damage in Wistar rats. Int J Pharm Pharm Sci. 7(3): 374-378.
                    37. Kiran Raj, M. S., Sivadasan, M., Veldkamp, J.F., Alfarhan, A.H. & A.S.M. AmalTamimi 2015. A revised Infrageneric classification of Dimeria Br. (Poaceae-Andropogoneae).  Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy 22(1): 47-54. [JOURNAL IMPACT FACTOR: 0.696]
                    38. Kiran Raj, M.S., Sivadasan, M., Alfarhan, A.H. and Veldkamp, J.F. 2015. Dimeriaraviana(Poaceae:Panicoideae), a new species from South Western Ghats, India. Phytotaxa 195: 193−196. [JOURNAL IMPACT FACTOR: 1.376]
                    39. Smitha PD, Binoy KR, and Ashalatha S Nair. 2014. Effect of TDZ on Direct Shoot Regeneration from Whole Male Inflorescence of Four Diploid Banana Cultivars from South India. Plant Science International 1(1): 24-32. (ISSN- 2368-819X)
                    40. Vimalkumar C S, Hosagaudar V B, Suja S R, Vilash V, Krishnakumar N M, Latha P G 2014. Comparative preliminary phytochemical analysis of ethanolic extracts of leaves of Oleadioica, infected with the rust fungus Zaghouaniaoleae (E.J. Butler) Cummins and non-infected plants. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 3(4): 69-72.
                    41. Sreejith G, Jayasree M, Latha P G, Suja S R, Shyamal S, Shine V J, Anuja G I, Sini S, Shikha P, Krishnakumar N M, Vilash V, Shoumya S, Rajasekharan S. 2014. Hepatoprotective activity of Oxalis corniculata ethanolic extract against paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity in Wistar rats and its in vivo antioxidant effects. Ind J Exp Biol.;52: pp 147-152.
                    42. Shine V J, Latha P G, Suja S R, Anuja G I, Sabulal B, Vilash V, Rajasekharan S. Anti-hepatotoxic Effect of Root Ethanol Extract of Cycleapeltata against acetaminophen induced oxidative stress in Wistar rats and in vitro primary hepatocyte culture. American Journal of Experimental Biology. 2014. 1(1): 1-15.
                    43. LathaSadanandan, AswathyJayaprakash and RadhikaBabu (2014). In vitro callogenesis in certain explants of Baliospermummontanum (Willd.) Muell. Arg. – A threatened medicinal plant. Academic Spectrum. Vol. VII. Pp. 06 -11. SN College, Cherthala. ISSN 2456 -3056
                    44. Kiran Raj, M.S., M.Sivadasan, J. F. Veldkamp, A. H. Alfarhan, & Jacob Thomas. 2013. Nanooravia nov., of subtribeDimeriinae (Poaceae-Panicoideae-Andropogoneae) from India. Nord. Jour. Botany 31: 161-165. DOI: 10.1111/j.1756-1051.2012.01207.x [JOURNAL IMPACT FACTOR: 0.994]
                    45. Kiran Raj, M.S., M.Sivadasan, J. F. Veldkamp, A. H. Alfarhan, & Jacob Thomas. 2013. Validation of Nanooraviasantapaui(Poaceae-Panicoideae-Andropogoneae-Dimeriinae) Jour. Botany 31: 638. DOI: 10.1111/j.1756-1051.2012.00358.x [JOURNAL IMPACT FACTOR: 0.994]
                    46. Shoumya S, Latha P G, Suja S R, Rajasekharan S, Shyamal S, Shine V J, Anuja G I, Sini S, Vilash V, Shikha P, Krishnakumar N M &Sreejith G. 2013Hepatoprotective potential of ethanolic extract of Saracaasoca (Roxb.) De Wilde Stem Bark against carbon tetrachloride Induced Hepatotoxicity in Wistar Rats. JTFP.;1: pp 84-91.
                    47. LathaSadanandan, RadhikaBabu and AswathyJayaprakash. 2013. In vitro callus induction in Cycleapeltata (Lam.) Hook F. Thoms.- A vulnerable medicinal plant. SPECTRUM , pp. 15- 21.
                    48. Sujith S., AseerManilal, J. Selvin, A. Idhayadhulla, R.S. Kumar and M.V.N. Panikkar 2012. Evaluating the antagonistic potential of seaweed-associated marine bacteria collected from the South Indian littoral. Asian J. Animal and Veterinary Advances 7: (7) 578-567.
                    49. Panikkar M.V.N., Jayalekshmi, R. and A. Jackson. 2012. Biodiversity of filamentous desmids of Kerala. Indian Hydrobiol. 14(1): 117-125.
                    50. Panikkar M.V.N., Jayalekshmi R. and A. Jackson 2012. Species diversity of two Chlorococcalean colonial genera (PediastrumMeyen and ScenedesmusMeyen) from the freshwater ecosystems of Kerala. Ind. Hydrobiol. 14(2) 109-116.
                    51. AseerManilal, S. Sujith, J. Selvin and M.V.N. Panikkar, and Shiney George. 2012. Anticoagulant potential of polysaccharide isolated from Indian red alga, Asparagopsistaxiformis (Delile) TrevisanThalassas, Journal of Marine Sci. 28 (2): 9-15.
                    52. V Gayathri Devi, ChithraVijayan, Anitha John, K Gopakumar. 2012.Pharmacognostic and Antioxidant studies on Clerodendruminerme and identification of ursolic acid as marker compound. International J of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences,Vol4(2),
                    53. AseerManilal, J. Selvinand and M.V.N. Panikkar 2012. .Evaluation of therapeutic efficacy of Indian green alga, Acrosiphoniaorientalis (J. Agardh) in the treatment of vibriosis in Penaeusmonodon. Thalassas. J. of Marine Sci. 28 (1): 33-46.
                    54. ChithraVijayan, MariammaCheriyan, OmanaKumari& G M Nai. 2011. Evaluation of antioxidant properties of some species of Lamiaceae. J of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences,33(1): 27-30
                    55. ChithraVijayan, P Sikha, P G Latha& G M Nair. 2011.Orthosiphonaristatus extract reduces CCL4 induced oxidative damage in mice. J of Phytological Research, Vol24 (1).
                    56. ChithraVijayan& G M Nair.2011. Identification of antioxidant principle, radical scavenging and anticancer activity of Indian cat’s whisker. J of Phytological Research, Vol24(2).
                    57. Kiranraj, M.S. (2011). Cymbopogons – the mosquito repellent aromatic grasses. SPECTRUM 4: 57-60 
                    58. AseerManilal, S. Sujith, J. Selvin and M.V.N. Panikkar 2011. Evaluation of seaweed bioactives on common aquatic floral and faunal weeds of shrimp ponds. Thalassas. J. of Marine Sci., 27 (1): 47-55
                    59. Suma B.S., C. Shaji and L. Bindu.2010. Physico – chemical and Biological characterization of Effluent from KMML (Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited) TiO2 Industry, Chavara, Kollam Dist., Kerala. J. Phytol. Res. 23(1): 87-90.
                    60. Kiran Raj, M.S. 2010. Global biodiversity crisis and priorities in Indian plant systematics. Sci. 99(11): 149. [Journal Impact Factor: 0.782]
                    61. Suma B.S. and C. Shaji.2010. Algal flora of effluent canal of KMML Industry, Chavara, Kollam Dist. Kerala. J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 34(4): 943-946.
                    62. Santhoshlal P. S. and K. Pavithran (2010). Genetics of Rice mutants. GMF J. 2: 56-60.
                    63. GM Nair, ChithraVijayan and VR Sumitha. 2010. Haploid plants and their Relevance in Agriculture, J.of palynology, Vol.46, (Review article).
                    64. SophiammalNettar P. and M.V.N. Panikkar. 2009. Species of Feldmannia Hamel (Ectocarpales, Phaeophyceae) from Kerala, India. Seaweed Res. Utlin. 31(1&2) 11-16.
                    65. SophiammalNettar P. and M.V.N. Panikkar. 2009. Species diversity of HincksiaGray (Ectocarpales, Phaeophyceae) from Kerala, India. Seaweed Res. Utlin. 31(1&2) 17-23.
                    66. SophiammalNettar P. and M.V.N. Panikkar. 2009..Phaeophyceae of South India V. HecatonemaSauvaegu (Chordariales, Phaaeohyceae) from Kerala. India. Seaweed Res. Utlin. 31(1&2) 25-28.
                    67. Shaji C. 2009. Effect of air pollution on three plant species growing around Chavara Industrial area, Kollam, Kerala. Phytol. Res. 22 (1): 131-134.
                    68. Nair N.V. and S. Sekaran 2009. Saccharumgermplasm collection in Mizoram, India. Sugar tech. 113 (3): 288-291.
                    69. HaneesaBeevi A. 2009. Pollen dimorphism in Cocos nucifera Linn J. Palyn. 43: 119-127.
                    70. AseerManilal S., Sujith C., Shakir J., Selvin R., Gandhimathi G.S., Kiran and M.V.N. Panikkar 2009. Biopotentials of seaweeds collected from southwest coast of. Indian. J. Marine Sci. and Tech.17 (1): 67-73.
                    71. Anirudhan K. and S. Nair .2009. In vitro production of solasodine from Solanumtrilobatum. Biol. Plant. 53(4):719-722.
                    72. Shaji C., H. Nimi and L. Bindu. 2009. Water Quality assessment of open wells in and around Chavara Industrial area, Kollam, Kerala. Environ. Biol. 30 (5): 701-704.

                      Conference Proceedings

                      1. Ratheesh N. and Lesitha K.R 2020. Impact of human intervention on the topography and ecology at Kalarikunnu, Chelannur, Kozhikode, Kerala, South India. Proceedings of the International seminar on current status and challenges in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Eds. S. Sheeba and N. Ratheesh at SN College Kollam on 22-24 Jan 2020. ISBN 978-93-5396-871-7
                      2. AthiraVijayan and N. Ratheesh, 2020. Study on phylloplane micro fungi in some plants at Ayiravalli sacred grove, Paravoor, Kerala. Proceedings of the International seminar on current status and challenges in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Eds. S. Sheeba and N. Ratheesh at SN College Kollam on 22-24 Jan 2020. ISBN 978-93-5396-871-7
                      3. Aruna Mohan and N. Ratheesh. 2020.Analysis of physico-chemical and biological properties of soils at ayiravilli sacred grove, Kollam, Kerala. Proceedings of the International seminar on current status and challenges in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Eds. S. Sheeba and N. Ratheesh at SN College Kollam on 22-24 Jan 2020. ISBN 978-93-5396-871-7.
                      4. Harsha D. and N. Ratheesh, 2020. Diversity and distribution of vegetation at Ayiravilli sacred grove, Paravoor, Kollam, Kerala. Proceedings of the International seminar on current status and challenges in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Eds. S. Sheeba and N. Ratheesh at SN College Kollam on 22-24 Jan 2020. ISBN 978-93-5396-871-7.
                      5. AnjanaKartha A J, Nisha A P and Akshima G V Dev. 2020. Cytotoxic effects of crude extract of WoodfordiafructicosaKurz. onAlliumcepaL. Root tip cells. ProceeedingsOf The National Seminar On Current Trends And Advances In Biological Sciences organized by Department of Botany, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara. Pp 72-73
                      6. ChithraVijayan ,Amina S. 2020. Biosystematics of SidaacutaBurm Proceedings of the International seminar on current status and challenges in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Eds. S. Sheeba and N. Ratheesh at SN College Kollam on 22-24 Jan 2020. ISBN 978-93-5396-871-7
                      7. AminaS ,ChithraVijayan. 2020. Phytochemiocal analysis, medicinal potentials and cytotoxicity studies of Quassiaindica Proceedings of the international webinar on Phytochemistry 2020, 28-29 September, organised by Kerala academy of sciences, Thiruvananthapuram. ISBN no. 978-81-940888-2-0
                      8. Nisha A P and Radhamany P M. 2019. Total phenol content and Antioxidant activity of different varieties of Ananascomosus L. (Merr.). Proceedings of International Conference PROVECTUS PLANTAE 19organized by the Department of Botany, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram from 22/5/2019 to 24/5/2019 . ISBN No. 978-81-940-888-0-6.
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                      11. Meenu G. Kumar, Parvana Nair and N. Ratheesh. 2018. Diversity and root colonization of vam fungi in selected members of piperaceae. Eds. S. Sekhar, NishaSekar and N. Ratheesh. Proceedings of National Seminar on Conservation of wetland ecosystem for long term ecological security on 18-20 jan 2018 SN College for Women Kollam.
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                    The department, being recognised as Research Centre since 1990, under University of Kerala, provides broad range of analytical and spectroscopic instruments with cutting-edge technology purchased under various sources including DIST-FIST programme. During 1990-2020, the department has produced 16 PhDs. Five research students are currently working for Ph.D. programmes under various subjects/disciplines.

                    Areas of Research

                    1. Taxonomy of marine and fresh water algae.
                    2. Systematic studies of Angiosperms
                    3. Environmental studies
                    4. Plant tissue culture and related aspects
                    5. Reproductive Biology &Population genetics
                    6. Phytochemistry
                    7. Ethno botany & Ethnopharmacology

                    Research Guides

                    1. Dr C Shaji
                    2. V. Devipriya
                    3. S Anil Kumar
                    4. S Sekharan
                    5. ChithraVijayan.

                    Recent Ph D awardees

                    1. Nirmala Jeyarani (2020). Title : Molecular characterization and Phytochemical analyses of selected members of Jasminum L. from Kerala.
                    1. Raji R Nair (2019). Title : Analysis of interspecific variations in the genus Leea Royen Ex. L. from Kerala.
                    1. Dhanya C (2019) Title : Comparative systematics of two Solanaceous genera Brugmansia Pers. and Datura L.
                    1. Smitha S Nair (2019). Title: Analysis of infraspecific variations in Jasminumsambac (L.) Ait.for diversity characterization.
                    1. Sija S L (2018). Title: In situ production of Anacardic acid by plant Biotechnological techniques.
                    1. RegyYohannan (2018). Title: A comprehensive systematic study of the genus Jasminum L from Kerala.

                    Areas of consultancy

                    1. Identification of Algae, Fungi and Angiosperms (free consultancy)
                    2. Herbarium Preparation Techniques (free consultancy)
                    3. Water quality &Soil analysis- (free consultancy)
                    4. Preparation of permanent slides (free consultancy)
                    5. Horticultural Techniques (free consultancy)
                    6. Medicinal Plant Cultivation Techniques (free consultancy)
                    7. Pharmacognostical Techniques to identify adulteration (free consultancy)
                    8. Terrarium preparation Techniques (free consultancy)

                     Recent Student enrichment programmes

                    1. Digital Poster making competition in connection with World Environment day on 5th June, 2020.
                    2. Webinar on Plant identification Virtual- 2020 “Interpreting Plant Taxonomy” on 03/08/2020
                    3. Trainingprogramme on Mushroom Cultivation on 11th February 2020.
                    4. Seminar on “Current trends in Plant Science Research: Perspectives and Priorities” Multi-disciplinary Seminar Series, ‘AGORA’ – 2020 on 27th February 2020.
                    5. Unveiled Digital Plant Tagging system with QR code at Botanical Garden in 27th Feb 2020
                    6. Workshop on Floriculture and flower arrangement: principles and practices on 7th January 2020.
                    7. Ozone day Celebrations in association with Social Forestry and Extension unit, Kollam, Kerala & Kerala Forests and Wild Life Department 18th September 2019
                    8. One day seminar, under the auspicious of 70th year Seminar Series, ‘AGORA’ – 2019 on 22/02/2019.
                    9. A job orientation with placement assistance programme for life science students was jointly organised by Department of Botany and NimsHargobind Khorana Biotechnology finishing school, Nims medicity, Trivandrum on 01/12/2018.
                    10. A mega job drive programme with placement assistance in collaboration with Expression India Society along with Technopark for graduate and post graduate students on 21/12/2018.
                    11. Department annually conducted field study tour programmes for UG & PG programmes to ecologically important areas of Western Ghats regions of Kerala, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu states.
                    12. Department annually conducted institutional visits for PG programmes to Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical garden and Research Institute, Palode, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, Central tuber Crop research Institute, Sreekariam,Central plantation Crop research Institute, Kayamakulam and Cashew Export and promotion council of India, Kollam.
                    13. Department annually conducted UGC- CSIR- NET  awareness classes for PG students

                    Best Practices of the Department

                    1. The department maintained a book bank which provides text books for poor students.
                    2. In every year, the faculties of the department organise training programme for students to familiarise the different horticulture techniques.
                    3. The medicinal plants raised by tissue culture technique are supplied to household as a part of initiative to promote growing medicinal plants in every home.

                    Extension Activity

                    Botanical Information Service (BIS): The department offers a consultancy service for flowering plant identification viz., Botanical Information Service (BIS). It provides herbarium consultation, flowering plant identification, weed identification and general information on plants at free of charge to the general public and to government departments and ecological consultancies. Major district floras, checklists, research journals and BIS reports are the important resources that available under BIS.

                    For the effective outreach of extension activity, a weblog on biodiversity with special reference to Botanical Information has been successfully maintained and updated periodically (URL: It has been recognized as one among the multimedia resource page of UN-Convention on Biological Diversity for 2010-2020, the Decade on Biodiversity. Also, an exclusive telegram channel (URL:, started in April 2020, aims at documenting the rare flowering plant of Kerala and supports the on-line activities of BIS. Botanical Information Service-2019 Report