The department is renowned for the quality and diversity of its research. Ample opportunities are provided for students in developing their research skills and to participate actively in research studies through Ph.D. programmes. The department is having well developed and organized infrastructure for research.
Research Facilities available in the department
- Research Microscopes with camera attachments.
- Gel Doc system.
- Cooling Centrifuge.
- Microtome – sledge and rotary.
- Hot air oven.
- Ph meter.
- Soxhlet apparatus.
- Tissue culture lab.
- Online digital Herbarium.
- Botanical Specimen rich Museum.
- PCR (Thermal cycler) (common research facilities of college)
- Gel Doc EZ Imaging System
- Refrigerator Centrifuge
Research works are carried out in the diverse areas which may be pursued by the research scholars for their Ph.D. degree.
Ph.D. Program offered in the following areas
|Environmental Biology, Plant Physiology,|
|Applied Botany and Mycology|
|Biotechnology, Molecular biology and Genetic engineering|
|Algal biology and Taxonomy|
- Would enable to inculcate scientific and applied knowledge associated with Botany.
- Would develop awareness on research ethics, scientific temper and code of conduct essential in research and development.
- Would be taught on different instrumentation techniques, retrieving scientific databases, statistical tools in the field of research depending on their requirements.
- Would develop career and self-management skills.
- Would prepare students in taking up future innovative research works.
Teachers recognized as research guides
|Name of Teacher||Name of Student||Title of work|
|Dr. J. Jameson||Tintu Tomy||Ecological Characterization of Certain Rivers of Kerala with Special Emphasis on Heavy Metals and Pharamaceutical Pollution|
|Arjun Thomas||Ecology and Diversity of Vascular Epiphytes in Tropical Montane Cloud forest of Southern Western Ghats, Kerala, India.|
|Ajeesh Joseph||Biochemical and physiological characterization of resistance and susceptibility to stem borer (Odioporuslongicollis) in selected genotypes of banana and determination of genetic factors responsible for the resistance.|
|Dr. Madhusudhanan K.||Abi P.K.||Phytochemical analysis of Melastoma malabathricum and Memycylon malabaricum and potential utilization of their charcoal for adsorption of organic pollutants from aqueous medium|
|Jayesh K.||Identification, domestication, genetic improvement and bioprospecting of wild edible Mushrooms of Kerala|
|Dr. Anisha S.||Anjana Bhaskaran||Characterization of some non-conventional leafy vegetables with respect to antinut ritional factors and stress tolerance.|
|Mariyam Jacob||Characterization of some underutilized legumes with respect to antinutritional factors and stress tolerance|
|Gayathri Vijayan P.||Characterization of some ornamental plants with respect to stress tolerance and possible role PR proteins.|
General Eligibility Criteria and Selection Procedure
A candidate is eligible for Admission and Registration for the PhD programme provided he/she has qualified:
(a) Master’s Degree of any recognized University/other qualification recognized as equivalent thereto as are notified for the purpose from time to time by the University. The minimum qualifying marks are 55% at Post Graduation level (50% in case of reserved categories)
(b) The Entrance Examination conducted by the University/at the national level such as UGC/CSIR/GATE or other Tests conducted by such Government bodies as UGC, CSIR, ICAR, and ICMR.
The minimum period of research required shall be two years (4 semesters) for M. Phil holders if the research is in the same subject in which the candidate has taken the qualifying degree. In all other cases three years (6 semesters) for thesis submission. This is inclusive of the period spent on course work. The maximum period of research shall be five years (10 semesters) for full-time and eight years (16 semesters) for part-time research.
Research Activities of the Department
International Talks/ Seminars for Research students and teachers
- One-day seminar was organized by the department on ‘Agro biodiversity in an impelling era of Climate change’ (ABIC 2020) on 14th January, 2020.
- International Talk by Harishkumar Madhyastha, Faculty of Medicine University of Miyazaki on 24th November 2019 on topic C-Phycocyanin Accelerated Dermal Wound Healing And Associated Molecular Machinery
As a part of the Albertian Knowledge Summit 2021, the Department organized a one-day seminar on ‘National Seminar On Modern Approaches in Conservation Biology’ (MACB 2021) on 10th January, 2021
Half Yearly Presentations
Half yearly report presentations of research scholars were conducted on 29/7/2020 and 22/1/2021
- Shahina N.K, research scholar of the department under the guidance of Dr. K. Madhusudhanan was awarded Ph.D degree. Title of work ‘Ethnomedicinal and Ecological Studies of Wild Edible Mushrooms Used by Selected Tribes in Palakkad and Wayanad Districts of Kerala’
- Aspire fellowship awarded to Tintu Tomy, Research Scholar of the Department
Every faculty in the department has taken up research seriously. UG, PG project works in diverse fields are carried out every year.
Research projects with the department
|Sl. No.||Title||Principal Investigator||Funding Agency||Status|
|1.||Bioassays for assessing pollution load in certain toxic hot spots in Kerala||Dr. J Jameson||UGC Major||Completed|
|2.||Algal flora and tropic status of some temple and rural ponds of Ernakulam||Dr. L Jose||UGC Minor||Completed|
|3.||Utilization of water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes (for oyster mushroom cultivation and spawn production||Dr. K Madhusudhanan||UGC Minor||Completed|
|4.||Morphological and anatomical studies on some Orchidaceous taxa occurring in Western Ghats with special reference to its ecological habitat||Dr. L Jose||UGC Minor||Completed|
|5.||Study on the mycorrhizal association of endemic orchid of Kerala part of Western Ghats||Dr. K Madhusudhanan||UGC Minor||Completed|
|6.||Nutritional and biochemical studies of wild edible mushrooms used by Tribes in Palakkad and Wayanad districts of Kerala’||Dr. K. Madhusudhanan/ Shahina NK||KSCSTE- Back to Lab||Completed|
|7.||Taxonomy and Molecular Phylogeny of the genus Heliotropium L. (Boraginaceae) in India||Dr. Anna Ancy Antony A||SERB- Major||Ongoing|
|8.||Isolation and therapeutic characterization of lactoferrin peptides||Dr. Anisha S.||KSCSTE- Minor||Ongoing|
|9.||Allelopathic effect of Albizia saman with special emphasis on Isolation and identification of potent allelopathic substances||Dr. J. Jameson||KSCSTE- Student project||Ongoing|