Department of Botany

(DST FIST SPONSORED DEPARTMENT)

Year of Establishment : 1985

Brief History :
In response to the aspirations of the people of Anantapur and Kurnool districts a Department of Bio-sciences started functioning from the year 1977 with two major disciplines –Plant Sciences and Animal Sciences. In 1984 it was proposed to start separate courses for Botany, Zoology, Microbiology and Biochemistry.  As a consequences of this a separate full-fledged department of Botany started functioning from 1985.

Chairmen, BOS & Head of Department

Chairman/Chairperson Head/Coordinators
Prof. B. Raviprasad Rao Dr. S. Thimma Naik

Names and Designations of the faculty

Chairman BOS: 255091
Head: 255727
Office: 255728

Name
Designation
Mobile
Off.
e-mail
 Dr. R.R. Venkata Raju
Professor
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255882
 Dr. C. Sudhakar
Professor
9440030464
255054
Dr. B. Raviprasad Rao
Professor
9440705602
255091
Dr. S. Thimma Naik
Professor
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255727
Dr. S. Sandhyarani
Assistant Professor
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Faculty currently holding other positions
Prof.R.R. Venkata Raju : Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences

Courses offered by the Department: M,Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization

a) P.G. Level : Experimental Plant Taxonomy & Ethnobotny, Environmental Plant Physiology.

b) M. Phil Level : Floristics, Taxonomy, Physiology, Conservation Biology

c) Ph.D Level : Floristics, Taxonomy, Stress Physiology, Ethnobotany, Molecular Biology, Conservation Biology

Major equipment in the Department

1.      Refrigerated Centrifuge
2.      UV Visible Spectrophotometer
3.      Walk in Cooler
4.      Tissue Culture Laboratory
5.      Well maintained Herbarium with more than 25,000 specimens
6.      Botanical Garden
7.      Laminar flow Chambers-2
8.      Field Cameras
9.      Electronic analytical Balance
10.  Automatic shakers
11.   Lyophilizer
12.  Psychrometer
13. Ooxygraph
14.  Quartz Doubling Distillation units - Three
15.  pH meters - Two
16.  Computer- six numbers
17.  Fraction collector
18.  Freeze drier
19.  Plant growth chamber
20.  PCR  machine
21.  Deep Freezers  – 80° & - 20°
22.  Electrophoresis units with power packs

Major Projects handled by the Department

S.No.

Title of the Project

Funding agency

Amount sanctioned

Year  of Sanction

Year of completion

1

Flora of Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh

CSIR

45000

1981-84

1984

2

Flora of Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh

BSI

50000

1983-86

1986

3

Flora of Adilabad District, Andhra Pradesh

CSIR

60000

1985-88

1988

4

Flora of Nizamabad District, Andhra Pradesh

UGC

100900

1987-90

1990

5

Flora of Medak District, Andhra Pradesh

CSIR

109200

1991-94

1994

6

Flora of Ranga Reddy District, Andhra Pradesh

UGC

159000

1993-96

1996

7

Training of Tribals in Scientific extraction of  Gum Karaya and Erthnobotany of Kurnool, Mahaboob Nagar and Prakasam Districts

Girijan Co-op. Corpn. Ltd.

203802

1993-95

1995

8

Ecoclimatology, Water balance, Environmental impact assessment and forest resources in Nallamalais

DOEF

430000

1994-97

1997

9

Sacred groves of Andhra Pradesh

WWF

50000

1995-96

1996

10

Bio-prospecting of Dye yielding plants in Andhra Pradesh

CSIR

500000

1997-2000

2000

11

Flora of Eastern Ghats with Computerized database

DST

1020338

1999-2002

2002

12

Molecular Taxonomy of Endemic plants, wild relatives of crop plants and  cultivated legumes and millets of Eastern Ghats, India

DBT

1850000

1999-2002

2002

13

In vitro culture studies and micropropagation of two medicinally useful asclepiaadaceous members, Decalepis hamiltonii and Hemidesmus indicus

DBT

1330000

1999-2002

2002

14

Survey, conservation and utilisation of Pteridophytes of Andhra Pradesh

CSIR

     351600

2001-03

2003

15

Exploration, Preservation and Systematic Evaluation of  Aquatic  Angiosperm  diversity in Andhra Pradesh

CSIR  

450000

1994-97           

1997

16

Biosystematic studies of Amarantheae  (Amaranthaceae) with special reference to Amaranthus complex.

DST

600000

1997-2000

2000

17

Exploration, Ethnobotanical Evaluation and preservation of rare and endangered medicinal plants in Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh,  India.

ICFRE                                           

400000

1997-1999

1999

18

Taxonomy and Ethanobotany of Herbaceous flowering plants of Andhra Pradesh.                   

UGC

500000

1997-2000

2000

19

Ethnobotanical stidies on medicinal plant wealth of Nagarjunasagar - Srisailam Tiger Reserve Project.

World Bank- AP

400000

1998-2000

2000

20

Screening of certain tolerant varieties of   Mulberry under salt stress

UGC

15000

1995

1995

21

Evaluation of salt tolerant varieties of Mulberry (Morus alba L. )

UGC

250000

1994-97

1997

22

Purification and characterization  of a Salt stress induced protein (23kD) in  Setaria  italica L. ( Fox tail millet)

DST

1250000

1996-99

1999

23

Expression of stress induced genes in groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) under   water stress

 AP-Netherlands Biotechnol-ogy Program

4800000

2001-2003

2003

24

Identification and Isolation of  stress induced proteins in two cultivars of mulberry (Morus alba L.)  with differential salt sensitivity

UGC

650000

1999-2002

2002

25

Conservation ecology of Hildegardia populifolia (Roxb.)Schott. & Endl.

UGC

231264

1998-2001

2001

26

Sacred groves and plant biodiversity conservation in Southern Andhra Pradesh

DST

939696

2000-2003

2003

27

Reducing water needs and improvement of yield of crop plants in drought prone areas by chemical antitranspirants

ICAR

100000

1979-84

1984

28

Heavy metal tolerance in some plants

DOEN

300000

1984-87

1987

29

Physiological and biochemical studies in Dolichos biflorus L. (Horse gram ) under salt stress

CSIR

100000

1986-89

1989

30

Studies on the fungi of Agricultural lands

UGC

200000

1987-90

1990

R&D activity if any

                Faculty members of the Department are active researchers  right from the inception. This is reflected in terms of research projects sanctioned,  research publications, and Ph.Ds produced. The department is actively engaged in research and development of the following areas. Realising the importance of Biodiversity, the department has taken up the work of Plant diveristy in Andhra Pradesh. They brought out Flora of Andhra Pradesh in four volumes and also eight district Floras. At present work is underway on Flora of Eastern Ghats. Work is also going on on the Ethnobotany and Medicinal Plants.    The bioprospecting of plant genetic resources for its active principles as potential sources for food, fiber, dye and other medicinal, therapeutic purposes  are underway. The works on the collection, charecterization and documentation of wild legume genetic resources  is also notable. This provides enough informations to  undertand the phylogeny and geographic origin certain crop plants like Pigeon pea.   The Department is one of the active centre of research on Stress Physiology. This include drought stress physiology, salinity stress and heavymetal stress and protein response for this have been isolated and purified. Work is also underway on Conservation biology including Sacred Groves.

Collaborative ventures

M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai
National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR), Pune
Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CSIR), Lucknow
GKVK Campus, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore

  • ?      SPIC Science Foundation, Chennai
  • ?      India Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
  • ?      Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta, Howrah, Dehradun and Coimbatore
  • ?      centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Consultancy Programmes

                Members of the Department in Collaboration with Girijan Cooperative Corporation gave training to the tribals in Scientific extraction of gum karaya in Nalamalai area. They also gave training on the Scientifc collection of roots of Nannari to tribals and locals  in Nallamalais.

                Members of the Departmentare consultants to Research Foundations of several industries. These include Dr.Reddy`s Research Foundation  (of Dr. Reddy`s Laboratories), SPIC Science Fondation (of SPIC Industry). Besides this, they are also extending consultancy services to Forest Department on Medicinal Plants and Biodiversity Conservation. The teachers are consultants to various farmers on medicinal plants and voluntary organizations on Vanasamrakshana  Samithis.

 Books Published/edited by the Staff                     :           20       

Seminars/ Workshops/Symposia/Refresher Courses – Organized by the Department

  1. National Symposium on Biodiversity in India and Annual Conference of Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy, Oct. 28-29, 1993.

Organizing Secretary – Prof. T.Pullaiah

  1. Refresher Course in Environmental Sciences from 17.1.1995 to 7.2.1995. Course Co-ordinator and Organizer Prof. T.Pullaiah
  2. Refresher Course in Environmental Sciences from 3.3.1995 to 25.3.1995. Course Co-ordinator and Organizer Prof. T.Pullaiah

Any other distinction of the Department

                The Department can boast of having the largest number of research projects, more than any Other Department in the University. It has so for got 30 research project worth more than Rupees One crore twenty lakhs funded by DBT, DST, DOEF, UGC, CSIR, APNL, BSI, GCC, WWF and ICFRE.

                The Herbarium of the Department of Botany has been recognized by the International Body Index Herbariorum, New York.It is one of the 52 Herbaria in India, which are offcially recognised and was given Accronym SKU. The information about the Herbarium and the names of collectors can be accessioned via is on the public web http://www.nybg.org. A total of more than 25000 specimen have been deposited in this Herbarium. This specimens are mostly from Andhra Pradesh and adjoining areas

                In recognition of the work done by members of the Department, Govt. of India under Funds for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutes (FIST) ahs sanctioned Rupees thirty lakhs for the Department of Botany