A warm welcome  to Botany Department


The Department of Post­Graduate Studies and Research in Botany, University of Calicut, Kerala, was established on 23? July 1968. The Department with a total of 16 faculty positions is a centre of Post­graduate teaching and research and offers M.Sc. (Applied Plant Science), M. Phil. (Botany) and Ph. D. (Botany, Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Microbiology) programmes. The Department of Botany strives to accomplish excellence in basic and applied aspects of plant sciences by fostering innovative research and teaching that encompasses and integrates all levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems. Teaching and research programs in the Department cover taxonomy as well as molecular, biochemical, cellular, developmental, physiological, genetical, ecological, and evolutionary biology of plants, algae and fungi.

Highlights of the Department

*The only centre for advanced studies in Angiosperm Taxonomy, Fungal Systematics and Plant Diversity in South India.

*The biggest University Botanical Garden (CUBG) in India with 5 Green Houses, Ginger House, Medicinal Plant Collection, Conservatory of RET Plants, Best Collection of Ferns.

*The largest University Herbarium (CALI) with 40,000 Specimens.

*Headquarters of the Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (IAAT)

*Publishes the journals Rheedea & Ecochronicle.

*Produced about 200 Ph.D.s, 2000 research publications, 30 research level books.

    Objectives -

    To develop a good teacher-student relationship
    To impart value-added education to students
    To inspire students towards the field of research
    To develop into a centre of brilliance in post graduate studies
    To carry out M. Phil. Programme in Botany
    To accomplish Ph. D. Programme in the 4 major domains of research viz., Botany, Biotechnology, Environmental Science & Microbiology
    To carry out M. Phil. and Ph. D. Programmes in a Nature-friendly manner

Mission - The Department of Post-Graduate Studies and Research in Botany, University of Calicut, Kerala aims to achieve quality in research and teaching by promoting higher education and improving human resources of the educationally and economically backward Malabar region of the country. Post Graduate programme of M.Sc. Botany was restructured and modified into M.Sc. Applied Plant Science considering the vast advances taken place in the field of Plant Science. Most of the students who have completed the post graduate programme over here are now placed in academic and research institutes of high repute, both in India and abroad

Thrust Areas

    Angiosperm Taxonomy: Extensive studies on flowering plants of India. Floristic surveys, Revisions and Systematics of several plant families and genera. More than 80 new species were identified and reported.
    Bioinformatics: Studies on genomics and allied fields using tools of bioinformatics.
    Plant Biotechnology: Standardization of tissue culture protocols of several plants. Study and exploitation of clonal variations. Studies on molecular systematics.
    Cell and Molecular Biology: Studies on chromosome imaging and karyomorphometry; cytotoxic, mutagenic, antimutagenic and anticancer activities; studies on genetic polymorphism; phytochemical analyses of plant extracts and essential oils using GC-MS and LC-MS; bioactivity studies using microbicidal and mosquito larvicidal parameters.
    Environmental Science: Studies on ecology, plant diversity and environmental science with thrust on biofertilizers, phytoremediation and bioaccumulation.
    Enzyme Technology: Studies on secondary metabolite production, transformation and enzyme biotechnology.
    Fungal Diversity: Studies on mushrooms and other macro fungi. Extensive survey, documentation and systematic studies. Two new genera and more than 100 new species identified and reported.
    Genetics and Plant Breeding : Studies on the genetics and breeding of rice, spices, aromatic plants, plantation crops, medicinal plants and ornamental gingers.
    Plant Diversity : Studies on biodiversity and taxonomy of Pteridophytes and Bryophytes of Kerala. Presently focusing on algal and cyanobacterial research.
    Plant Physiology and Biochemistry : Studies on the physiology of germination, dormancy and flowering. Studies on stress physiology, enzymology and eco physiology.

Dignitaries Visited the Department (2010­-2014)

    Prof. John W. Kress, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA.
    Prof. M. Atiqur Rahman, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.
    Dr. Jana Leong Skornickova, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore.
    Dr. Piyakaset Suksathan, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Thailand.
    Dr. Axel Dalberg Poulsen, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway.
    Dr. T. Fer, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
    Dr. Harun­Ur­Rashid, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.
    Dr. Zhao Jian Li, Tropical Botanical Garden, China.
    Dr. Piyal Karunarathne, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
    Dr. Eliska Zaveska, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
    Dr. Yongli Fan, Tropical Botanical Garden, China.
    Dr. H. Kojima, Kawasaki­City Asao­ku chiyogaoka, Japan.
    Mr. Datuk Seri Lim Chong Keat, Chairman, Folia Malaysian, Malaysia.
    Dr. M. Sanjappa, Former Director, Botanical Survey of India.
    Dr. Paramjeet Singh, Director, Botanical Survey of India.
    Prof. G.M. Nair, Dean, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod.
    Dr. K.V. Sankaran, Director, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Thrissur.
    Dr. M. Anandaraj, Director, Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut.
    Dr. M. Tamil Selvan, Additional Commissioner of Horticulture, Govt. of India.
    Dr. P.N. Ravindran, Former Director, Indian Institute of Spices Research,
    Dr. James Jacob, Director, Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam.
    Dr. K. Nirmal Babu, Project Coordinator, AICRP on Spices, ICAR.
    Prof. R. Rajasekharan, Director, Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
    Prof. M. Vivekanandan, Bharathidasan University, Trichi.
    Prof. T. Pullaiah, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantpur, A.P.
    Prof. A. Ganapathy, Bharathidasan University, Trichi.
    Rev. Dr. Ignacimuthu, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Madras, Chennai.
    Dr. Homey Cherian, Director, Directorate of Arecanut & Spices Devpt., Calicut.

Research Collaborations?f the Department

    The Netherlands National Herbarium
    Gandhigram Rural University
    Indian Cardamom Research Institute
    Central Coffee Research Institute
    UPASI Tea Research Institute
    Kerala Forest Research Institute
    Indian Institute of Science
    Delhi University
    Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology
    Tropical Botanical Garden & Research Institute
    M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

Calicut University Botanical Garden (CUBG)

Established in 1971, in the lush green panoramic and undulating land of the Calicut University Campus, the Calicut University Botanical Garden (CUBG) has developed into an excellent centre of biodiversity and ? ex situ ? conservation of tropical Indian flora andexotic species. The garden, was officially inaugurated in 1972 by Prof. R. E. Holttum, the then Director, Singapore Botanical Garden and eminent botanist. The central shallow region is provided with a pool and an octagonal green house and avenues ofRoyal palms and Oil palms. The motorable ring road from the main entrance on thewestern side touching the green house, ginger zone, northern gate, bamboosetum androckery provides extension to the arboretum and medicinal plant conservatory. Excellent collection of aroids, ferns, gingers and medicinal plants is conserved. In 1985 the CUBG achieved international status when it was recognized by the International Consortium of Botanic Gardens and Centre for World Conservation Strategy. ? situ Exconservation of the Rare, Endangered and Threatened (RET) plants of South India is the major thrust area of the garden. Financial assistance for the development of the garden has been obtained from Central and State Government agencies and BGCI.

Calicut University Herbarium (CALI)
Internationally approved. Holds about 30,000 flowering plant specimens from different parts of India including 4,500 specimens of Pteridophytes and 2000 specimens of Bryophytes from the Western Ghats of Kerala and specimens of Algae and Fungi of South India and 56 type specimens. Collections from other countries are also represented through exchange programmes with National Herbarium of The Netherlands (L), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England (K) and the British Museum of Natural History (BM). The Herbarium holds a complete set of specimens from (1) Silent Valley National Park, (2) Wayanad District, (3) Agasthyamala of Southern Western Ghats of Kerala, (4) Pteridophytes of South India and (5) Bryophytes of Kerala.
Indian Association of Angiosperm Taxonomy (IAAT)
IAAT was established in 1990 with its headquarters at Department of Botany, University of Calicut aiming to cultivate and promote Angiosperm Taxonomy in India. The IAAT has now more than 500 Life Members from all over India. ? Rheedea? official journal , theof the IAAT is being published since 1991. Original research papers on all aspects of Angiosperm Taxonomy are published in this journal. The Department receives many international journals in exchange of ? Rheedea? .
Interuniversity Centre for Plant Biotechnology
The centre was established in 2009 by utilizing the financial assistance (Rs. 2.3 Crore) of Government of Kerala. The centre carries out PG, Doctoral and Post Doctoral research programmes, extension programmes for the benefit of the public and national and international seminars.
Gregor Mendel Foundation (GMF)
Founded in 1991 to promote teaching and research in Biosciences, particularly in Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology. Conducts international and national seminars and Gregor Mendel Birthday Lectures.
Green Brigade
An eco club comprising both faculty members and students has been functioning in the Department since 2010. The club is actively involved in the greening of the campus by planting native tree species. It has established a butterfly park in 2013 and a bamboosetum in 2014. The Eco Club had organized various environmental conservation / awareness programmes such as Quiz programme on Environment, Trekking programme to Thusharagiri, Training on potting and planting practices, Eco restoration of selected regions of the campus was effected by planting fruit / seed bearing plants.

Calicut University Botany Alumni Association (CUBAL)
CUBAL is an association of former students of the Department. CUBAL meets every year, shares experiences, gives suggestions and advices to the younger generation. All students form a part of CUBAL.
Prof. (Late) V.V. Sivarajan, University of Calicut
Prof. Philip Mathew, University of Calicut
Prof. Aleyamma Thomas, University of Calicut
Prof. M. Sivadasan, University of Calicut
Prof. Nabeesa Salim, University of Calicut
Prof. P.V. Madhusoodanan, University of Calicut
Dr. K.V. Sankaran, Former Director, Kerala Forest Research Institute
Dr. P.E. Rajasekharan, Principal Scientist, IIHR, Bangalore
Dr. S.D. Biju, Delhi University
Dr. V. Babu, Mississipi University

Calicut University Botanical Society (CUBS)
The Department of Botany, University of Calicut has a personal enhancement and development society known as Calicut University Botanical Society (CUBS). It is involved in activities such as career counseling, soft skill development, career­path­identification, and orientation to well­being for its students. CUBS is a gathering of faculty members, research fellows and students of the Department constituted with an aim to expand the horizons of knowledge and academic interactions. It regularly coducts awareness programmes. A National Colloquium on the socio­legal aspects of Gadgil­Kasthurirangan reports on Western Ghats was organized by the CUBS, Department of Botany, University of Calicut during 2014.
Consultancy Services of the Department
The Department is managing the Calicut University Botanical Garden (CUBG). It is spread over an area of 25 acres and this botanical garden is acclaimed as one of the best university botanical gardens in India. Visitors from far and wide come to see the botanical garden and entrance fee is collected from the visitors, which is a major resource generation avenue for the Department. The excellent herbarium facility of the Department is made use of by various botanists from India and fee is collected from the visitors coming for reference purpose and this is yet another resource generation avenue for the Department.

Extension Activities of the Department
? Agri Flower Fruit Festival ­ 2013 (07­02­2013 to 17­02­2013)
? Agri Flower Fruit Festival ­ 2014 (02­01­2014 to 12­01­2014)
? Green Festival ­ 2014 (15­06­2014 to 25­06­2014)
? Agri Flower Food Book Fest (27­03­2015 to 07­04­2015)
? Botanical Garden Exhibition ­ 2011 (21­10­2011 & 22­10­2011)
? Botanical Garden Exhibition ­ 2013 (29­11­2013 & 30­11­2013)

Contact Us

Department of Botany
University of Calicut
Thenhipalam PO
Malappuram - 673635 PIN