‘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, dysmenorrhea, 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 famine crops and Crop Wild Relatives)
- To cure Global Health Crisis (through the development of efficient phytomedicines to fight ‘zoonotic’ diseases)
- To solve Global Energy Crisis (through production of bioenergy, bio-fuels etc.)
- To resolve Global Waste Management Crisis (through Phytoremediation & production of bio-plastics)
G L O B A L INITIATIVEs
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:
- “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
- “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 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 resources for plant Science ~ New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), USA
Online resource for Botanical research ~ Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE)
JNTBGRI, Palode, Kerala & KFRI, Peechi, Kerala ; Malabar Botanical Garden & Institute for Plant Sciences, Kozhikode, Kerala ( under KSCSTE ,Thiruvananthapuram)
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
In defence of plants …under construction..
PLANTAE @ Tree of Life
SYLLABI @ BOTANY