‘He who plants a garden plants happiness’ ~ Unknown
Jasminum grandiflorum L. (OLEACEAE), commonly known as ‘Pichi’ (in Malayalam), ‘Shil il ham’ (in Arabic, means ‘smell the scent of Jasmine and forget your troubles‘). Flowers are widely used in aromatherapy; its essential oil is used in the treatment of cancer, ulcer, dysmennorhea, labor pain, migraine, wounds, skin infections, paralysis, depression, flatulence, venomous bites & insomnia.
- To confront Global warming & Climate Change (through sustainable management of phytodiversity)
- To solve Global Food Crisis (through conservation and utilization of of Crop Wild Relatives)
- To cure Global Health Crisis (through discovery of alternative phyto-medicines)
- To solve Global Energy Crisis (through production of bioenergy, bio-fuels etc.)
- To resolve Global Waste Management Crisis (through Phytoremediation & production of bio-plastics)
Building bridges between Botanists and Society !
- “The twentieth century has witnessed the disappearance of natural ecosystems, loss of biodiversity at the global level and loss of traditional knowledge, all of which threaten these essential services. In the twenty-first century, botanists are facing a changing world. They must apply their knowledge and expertise to meet the actual needs of societies; address new economic, social, educational and environmental challenges; and contribute to the preservation of biodiversity” ~ UNESCO Conference 2014
United Nations observations @ Challenges & Crisis:
- “Plants, People & Priorities ” : 2010~ International Year (IY) of Biodiversity; 2011~ International Year of Forests; 2012 ~ International Year of Sustainable energy for All; 2013~ International Year of Water Cooperation; 2014~International Year of Family Farming; 2015~ International Year of Soils; 2016~ IY of Pulses; 2017: IY of Sustainable Tourism for Development
- “Living in Harmony with Nature” : 2010- 2020 ~ UN Decade on Biodiversity
Current World Target !
- 2015, Time for Global Action: Continuing with Millennium Development Goals(MDG), new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years!
BOTANICAL GARDENS & HERBARIA
- Online resources from ALGAE to ANGIOSPERMS : The wide range of plant and fungi resources available online are a valuable reference for many aspects of botanical research. ~ Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne (RBGM), Australia
- Online Botanical Information: The databases, publications, bibliographies and other scientific information resources about plants and fungi ~ Royal Botanical Garden (RBG), Kew, England
- Online information for Plant science Research : The World’s plant research projects, databases, & botanical information (incl. TROPICOS) ~ Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), USA
- Online resources for plant Science ~ New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), USA
- Online resource for Botanical research ~ Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE), Scotland
- VIRTUAL HERBARIUM , HUH & IH: Online resource for World Herbaria
- Botanical Gardens under BSI, India & NBRI, Lucknow under CSIR, New delhi
- JNTBGRI, Palode, Kerala & KFRI, Peechi, Kerala under KSCSTE , Tvpm.
- Malabar Botanical Garden & Institute for Plant Sciences, Kozhikode, Kerala
- Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI), United Kingdom
PLANTAE @ Tree of Life
SYLLABI @ BOTANY