Post Graduate course in Applied Botany was started in the year 1988 as a Division of Applied Botany under the Department of Biosciences and was elevated as an independent Department in 1994. Since then, the Department is actively involved in floristic studies of the Western Ghats forests, structural studies, micro propagation, conservation, ethnobotanical explorations, plant microbe interactions, effects of radiations on plants etc. The establishment of an arboretum of endemic plants on the campus in an area of 5 ha and one more at Pilikula near Mangalore in an area of about 80 ha and a green belt around the Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant, Karwar are the standing testimonies for the conservation work initiated by the Department. The Department was able to attract funding for research from national and International funding agencies such as MacArthur Foundation Chicago, IBPGRI, Malaysia, Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPC), Karnataka Power Corporation (KPC), DST, DBT, UGC, BRNS, KILOC Ltd, DOEn etc.
The Department offers M.Sc. in Applied Botany under choice based credit system (CBCS). Medicinal Plants is offered as the choice based paper in the III semester of the M.Sc programme. Other papers offered in the M.Sc. programme are Plant Morphology and Taxonomy, Plant Biochemistry, Cytogenetics and Molecular Biology, Basic Microbiology, Plant Physiology, Plant Breeding, Applied Microbiology, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Pathology, Ecology and Environment, Seed Technology, Bio-diversity and Plant Conservation.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programme is offered in the above mentioned areas of specialization. This has a course work of one semester duration with four papers. Institutes like Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod and Vittal; National Research Centre for Cashew, Puttur; Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut are recognized research Institutes attached to the Department.
The Department is recognised as "Centre of Excellence" in Science by the Vision Group on Science & Technology,DST, Govt. of Karnataka.
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Department of Applied Botany
Mangalagangothri - 574 199