The Botany department was established in 1951 as a government postgraduate college and since 1973 it is functioning as a University department. The department is one of the premier departments of the University which has been graced and headed by many internationally known scientists/ teachers including Prof. K. S. Bhargava, Prof. S. C. Gupta, Prof. B.S. Mehrotra, Prof. J.S. Singh, Prof. S.P. Singh, Prof. Sudhir Chandra, Prof. U. Palani, Prof. P.C. Pande, Prof. N. Pande and Prof. S. C. Sati. The department is also known for some persons like Prof. R.D. Khulbe, Prof. Y. P.S. Pangtey and Dr. Giribala Pant for their extraordinary work in their fields. Prof. K.S. Bhargava, Prof. J.S. Singh and Prof. S.P. Singh were awarded FNA for their outstanding contribution and other prestigious awards like Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar prize and Birbal Sahni medal, while working in the department. Prof. YPS Pangtey was awarded FNASc for his contribution.
The department has also been included under FIST programme, DST, New Delhi and recognized as DRS (SAP) department, UGC New Delhi. The department actively collaborates with major institutions like NBRI Lucknow, GBPIHED, Kosi-Katarmal, Almora, RARI CCRAS Thapla Ranikhet, NBPGR Bhowali, BSI Dehradun, CMAP Lucknow, CAMP Dehradun, DIBER Haldwani and BSIP Lucknow. A large number of research projects and several collaborative research programs involving various national and international agencies have been completed and ongoing. Over 700 research papers have been published in international and National repute and more than 225 students have been awarded Doctoral degree in the past three decades. Specimens of Angiosperms, Pteridophytes, Bryophytes, Fungi and Lichens are preserved in the departmental herbarium. The Department housed a herbarium of Angiosperm (2500), Pteridophytes (300), Bryophytes (>200), Fungi (>100) and Lichens (nearly 100). Department conduct courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. level. At Post Graduate level the department offers specializations in Forest Ecology, Bryology, Plant Pathology, Ethnobotany and Taxonomy of Angiosperms for students. The department is regularly publishing an annual News Letter “OAKS” for more than ten years. Department is regularly organizing various scientific activities like seminars, workshops, conferences, debates, quizzes etc.
The department has well equipped and computerized laboratories of Plant Tissue Culture, Plant Pathology and Aquatic Mycology, Ecology, Taxonomy and Bryology. At present department have two glass houses, one mist chamber and botanical garden to carry various experiments and research activities. The major equipments available in the department for research activities are Spectrophotometer, Pressure chamber, Laminar air flow chamber, ultra cool centrifuge, lypholizer, BOD Incubator, seed germinator, LCDs, Micro Kjeldhal unit, Microscopes, Xerox machines, Research Microscopes, Multi media facility, Fax facility etc.
Research activities/ Thrust areas:
This group is devoted to plant ecology of the Himalaya. The research extends from tropical forests up to the alpine meadows, includes diverse ecosystems such as diverse as grasslands, lakes and forests, and includes organisms from aquatic plants to epiphytic cryptogams to forest trees. Their work includes most of the scales considered by ecologists, from physiology at the leaf level, through whole plant response to ecosystem processes, and it has contributed to the accuracy of studies at the level of the biosphere. The research has considered most of the environmental factors that affect vegetation development nutrients, water, animals, geomorphic events and human disturbance and most of the life-cycle processes of plants, including reproduction, leaf production, growth, nutrient cycling and productivity. The group has worked with situations ranging from the most pristine forests available in the region to areas severely damaged by both human and natural disturbances, and has included the relationships between agriculture and natural vegetation.
Mycology and Plant Pathology
Main thrust areas of mycological research are aquatic mycology, mycorrhizae, root endophytes and bioactivity testing of botanicals, taxonomy, pathology and ecology of zoosporic fungi in Kumaun Himalaya. Research on Aquatic fungi of Kumaun Himalaya, watermolds (zoosporic fungi) and Hyphomycetes (conidial fungi) is the main focus of this group. The following are the major disciplines of Mycology and Plant Pathology on which researchers are actively involved:
Systematic and biodiversity of flowering plants and ferns
This group is dedicated for exploring the flora of the Himalaya from the foothills to the alpine zones. The work is focused on the collection of detailed information about each plant species pertaining to their population, habit, habitat, flower color, flowering and fruiting periods together with their regional, national and global distribution along with their economic value and importance. The information is providing immense help in assessing the rare, endangered, threatened and endemic taxa of the region and their conservation. The establishment of the regional herbarium consisting of several specimens of Kumaun Himalayan plants is the dedicated effort of this group. Macro propagation (vegetative propagation) of Taxus baccata, Ginkgo biloba, Salvia rosmarinus (Rosemary), Tinospora cordifolia, Pterocarpus takil have been worked out. A botanical herbarium was established in the department by Prof. Y.P.S. Pangtey and his students which include 250 species of angiosperms and 300 species of pteridophytes from Kumaun Region.
Plant Tissue Culture
Plant tissue culture laboratory in the Botany department have been established in 2005. The laboratory has undertaken the in vitro and ex vitro studies of endangered and rare medicinal plants and important forest trees for their propagation. The future research work will focus upon the advance studies of these endangered and ecologically important plants. Hands on training programmes in basic techniques used in plant tissue culture, are also being organized for M.Sc. students and faculty members of Uttarakhand state.
In Bryology laboratory, researches are being carried out on various aspects of bryophytes, viz., identification and listing of bryophytes on diverse habitats, diversity, habitat preferences, phytosociological and ecological studies, conservation. Besides these studies, antimicrobial potential and tissue culture of these plants is being done.
Ethnobotany and Traditional knowledge Systems
In ethnobotany, work is in progress on survey and identification of plants used by local people as food, medicine etc. plants used in drug preparation and religious ceremonies are being collected and identified. Ecological aspect and present status of important plant species is being studied and on the basis of these finding, conservation measures would be formulated to save the plants in their native habitat.
Other significant achievements of the Department
Collaborative research projects:
About 40 research projects funded by CSIR, DBT, DST, MOEF&CC, NMPB, ICSSR, UGC, UCOST etc. have been completed while 4 research projects are in progress.
Books/Edited Books /Monographs
Name : Dr. S.C. Sati
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About Head of the Department: Dr. S. C. Sati is Professor in the Department of Botany, Kumaun University, Nainital, teaching UG and PG Classes for more than 35 years. Dr. Sati is an active researcher and has published nearly 140 research and review papers in several foreign and national journals of international repute and books on various aspects of aquatic fungi of Kumaun Himalaya as well as bioactivity and lichens in his credit. He edited books/monographs titled Himalayan Microbial Diversity (1997), Recent Mycological Research (2007), Mycorrhizae (2008) and Microbes Diversity and Biotechnology (2012).
He undertook several projects sponsored by UGC, DOE, DST, UCOST and DBT. He has strengthened the knowledge in the field of aquatic fungi (Zoosporic and Non-Zoosporic), water analysis, water pollution, decomposition, lichens, as well as bioactivity of Himalayan plants.
Dr. Sati is a fellow of Botanical Society of India, Phytopathological Society of India, Society of Plant Reproductive Biology including life member of Indian Science Congress and Central Himalayan Environment Association. He has also been Coordinator of FIST program of DST and SAP of UCG, in the Department.
The department of Botany, S.S.J. Campus is located in a lush green picturesque area in Almora. It came into existence in 1966 when B.Sc. classes were started and upgraded to Postgraduate (PG) level in 1974. Since 2004 it is functioning as main University Department. It is one of the leading departments of India recognized for excellence in teaching and research in major areas of Plant Sciences in general. For about four decades after its establishment, the department was recognized for teaching and research in the areas of Phycology, Mycology, Bryology, Ecology, Forest Ecology, Pteridology, Economic Botany, Plant Pathology and Experimental Botany. While the contributions have been tremendous in the understanding of fundamentals of Plant Sciences, the department has also kept pace with the changing national priorities. Some of the major areas of research in the department are: improvement and propagation of living fossil gymnosperm– Ginkgo biloba, evaluation and conservation of plant biodiversity; discovery of several new species, importance of microbes in human welfare, biotechnology and bioinformatics application to discover drugs from plant phytochemicals against various human diseases.
The department attracts students for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies and Doctoral research from within the country. In addition to teaching through modern techniques; seminars, symposia, workshops, invited lectures and botanical excursions are an integral part of academic programme of the department. Young botanists in the department undergo rigorous theoretical and practical training in classical as well as emerging areas in Plant Sciences by creative and dedicated faculties. While, research scholars are trained in well equipped laboratories in different branches of Botany under guidance of faculty members; post doctoral research is seriously encouraged in the department to nurture talent. The research groups in different specialized areas regularly publish in peer journals of their field. The faculties have undertaken several individual and collaborative research projects from various agencies like, DST, UGC, MOEF etc.
The Department has strong research programs on different areas of plant biology. The faculty members have successfully guided more 50 Ph.D.’s so far, authored 04 text books and more than 500 research papers in national and international journals, conference volumes etc. The Department has been offering specialized course in the areas like Taxonomy of Angiosperms, Forest Ecology, Mycology, Lichenology, Plant Biotechnology and Microbiology.
Recently, Botany Bepartment has taken initiation to establish Bioinformatics Centre under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) project and has planned to offer Degree Courses in Bioinformatics. Currently, Botany bepartment is doing efforts to promote Bioinformatics skills to the students of our. The Department has a well-established ‘Botanical Garden’ and herbarium housing having more than 1000 plant species collections with complete descriptions and is one of the main referral centers for plant identification, especially Pteridophytes; Gymnosperms; Lichens and Algae. The Department also possess a virtual herbarium containing 104 species of common flowering plants of Kumaun Himalaya for online
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|2||Dr. Y.S. Rawat||Professor||Ecology and Environmentemail@example.com||09719293980||View Profile|
|3||Dr. S. S. Bargali||Professor||Ecologyfirstname.lastname@example.org||09410579117||View Profile|
|4||Dr. Lalit M. Tewari||Professor||Plant Taxonomyemail@example.com||09412362085||View Profile|
|5||Dr. Kiran Bargali||Associate Professor||Ecologyfirstname.lastname@example.org||09458939856||View Profile|
|6||Dr. Suhsma Tamta||Associate Professor||Plant Biotechnologyemail@example.com||08126966284||View Profile|
|7||Dr. Neelu Lodhiyal||Associate Professor||Plant Ecology and Taxonomfirstname.lastname@example.org||09411538146||View Profile|
|8||Dr. Anil K. Bisht||Associate Professor||Medicinal plant Biodiversity and Tissue email@example.com||0941204500||View Profile|
|9||Dr. Kapil Khulbe||Assistant Professor||Medicinal plant Biodiversity and Bioactivityfirstname.lastname@example.org||09412313614||View Profile|
|10||Dr. Harsh K. Chauhan||Assistant Professor (Guest Faculty)||Conservation Biologyemail@example.com||9557916395||View Profile|
|1||Dr. Dhani Arya||Assistant Professor||Ecology & Biodiversity Conservationfirstname.lastname@example.org||View Profile|
|2||Subhash Chandra||Assistant Professor||Biotechnologyemail@example.com||View Profile|
|3||Dr. Balwant Kumar||Assistant Professor||Angiosperms, firstname.lastname@example.org||9758023091||View Profile|
|4||Dr. Yogesh Joshi||Assistant Professor (on leave)||Lichenologyemail@example.com||9415760604||View Profile|
|5||Dr. ML. Upadhaya||Assistant Professor (Guest Faculty)||Plant Pathology and Forest Ecologyfirstname.lastname@example.org||9411525321||View Profile|
|6||Dr. Sobha Rawat||Assistant Professor (Guest Faculty)||Lichenology, Biodiversityemail@example.com||9450675466||View Profile|
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