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.
  • Stereomicroscope
  • Gel Doc system.
  • Cooling Centrifuge.
  • Microtome – sledge and rotary.
  • Hot air oven.
  • Distillery.
  • Ph meter.
  • Soxhlet apparatus.
  • Tissue culture lab.
  • Online digital Herbarium.
  • Botanical Specimen rich Museum.
  • Herbarium.
  • 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

Programme outcomes

  • 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 TeacherName of Student Title of work
Dr. J. JamesonTintu TomyEcological Characterization of Certain Rivers of Kerala with Special Emphasis on Heavy Metals and Pharamaceutical Pollution
Arjun ThomasEcology and Diversity of Vascular Epiphytes in Tropical Montane Cloud forest of Southern Western Ghats, Kerala, India.
Ajeesh JosephBiochemical 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 BhaskaranCharacterization of some non-conventional leafy vegetables with respect to antinut  ritional factors and stress tolerance.  
Mariyam JacobCharacterization 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

Major/Minor Projects

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.TitlePrincipal InvestigatorFunding AgencyStatus
1.Bioassays for assessing pollution load in certain toxic hot spots in KeralaDr. J JamesonUGC MajorCompleted
2.Algal flora and tropic status of some temple and rural ponds of ErnakulamDr. L JoseUGC MinorCompleted
3.Utilization of water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes (for oyster mushroom cultivation and spawn productionDr. K MadhusudhananUGC MinorCompleted
4.Morphological and anatomical studies on some Orchidaceous taxa occurring in Western Ghats with special reference to its ecological habitatDr. L JoseUGC MinorCompleted
5.Study on the mycorrhizal association of endemic orchid of Kerala part of Western GhatsDr. K MadhusudhananUGC MinorCompleted
6.Nutritional and biochemical studies of wild edible mushrooms used by Tribes in Palakkad and Wayanad districts of Kerala’Dr. K. Madhusudhanan/ Shahina NKKSCSTE- Back to LabCompleted
7.Taxonomy and Molecular Phylogeny of the genus Heliotropium L. (Boraginaceae) in IndiaDr. Anna Ancy Antony ASERB- MajorOngoing
8.Isolation and therapeutic characterization of lactoferrin peptidesDr. Anisha S.KSCSTE- MinorOngoing
9.Allelopathic effect of Albizia saman with special emphasis on Isolation and identification of potent allelopathic substancesDr. J. JamesonKSCSTE- Student projectOngoing

Albertian Knowledge Summit 2020 – Science Lab

 Albertian Knowledge Summit 2020

Sports day 2020

Sports day 2018