Beauty of Botany

Plant Priorities…

‘He who plants a garden plants happiness’ ~ Unknown

Jasminum grandiflorum
 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, dysmenorrhea, labor pain, migraine, wounds, skin infections, paralysis, depression, flatulence, venomous bites & insomnia.

Today, Botany (Art & Science of plants and plant-like organisms) has changed from a ‘subject of studying’ to ‘subject of better living’ due to:

  1. To confront Global warming & Climate Change (through sustainable management of phytodiversity)
  2. To solve Global Food Crisis (through conservation and utilization of famine crops and Crop Wild Relatives)
  3. To cure Global Health Crisis (through the development of efficient phytomedicines to fight ‘zoonotic’ diseases)
  4. To solve Global Energy Crisis (through production of bioenergy, bio-fuels etc.)
  5. To resolve Global Waste Management Crisis (through Phytoremediation & production of bio-plastics)
Ref : C R I S I S , Environmental History Timeline & 21st Century Challenges

G L O B A L   INITIATIVEs

bhoothathankettu (1)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 (2014)

 United Nations observations @ Challenges & Crisis: 

BOTANICAL GARDENS & HERBARIA

Ceaslapiia nuga
Online Botanical Information:
 The databases, publications, bibliographies and other scientific information resources about plants and fungi ~ Royal Botanical Garden (RBG), Kew, England

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 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)

Botanical Gardens under BSI, India & NBRI, Lucknow under CSIR, New delhi

JNTBGRI, Palode, Kerala & KFRI, Peechi, Kerala Malabar Botanical Garden & Institute for Plant Sciences, Kozhikode, Kerala ( under KSCSTE ,Thiruvananthapuram)

Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI), United Kingdom

HERBARIUM is a collection of preserved or dried plant specimens which are stored, catalogued, and arranged systematically for study by professionals and amateurs from many walks of life. A collection like this is a vital reference when you need to identify a plant and also serves to fix for ever the identity of thousands of plant names. Online resource for digitized herbaria (Virtual herbarium)  JSTOR Global Plants (JGP), TROPICOS herbarium (MBG) Harward University Herbarium (HUH) Kew Herbarium (K) Australasian Herbarium (AVH) US Herbarium (CVSVH) FTG Herbarium (FTG) & Index Herbariorum (IH) > List of major herbaria

Suggested Sites: DIRECTORY OF BOTANY , BIOLOGY PORTAL , BIOLOGY TUTOR

PLANTAE PROFICIO 

In defence of plants …under construction..

PLANTAE @ Tree of Life

tree-of-life

SYLLABI @ BOTANY

University of KeralaUG syllabi_cbcss-2014; msc_botany_syllubus-2013 

MG University-UG syllabusNEW ; PG-Botany

Calicut University-UG ; PG-Botany

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grassnest-roundemblem copy(Page updated in June 2016)

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