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International Seminar on Phytochemistry - 2018

Kerala Academy of Sciences (KAS) in association with Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) and with the support of KSCSTE, Govt. of Kerala, is organizing two days ‘International Seminar on Phytochemistry-2018’.

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Curtain Raiser Programmes of 30th Kerala Science Congress







JNTBGRI organized a National Workshop on Ex-situ  Conservation and Utilization of Medicinal Plants Through Biotechnological Interventions

Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Division had organized a National Workshop on Ex-situ Conservation and Utilization of Medicinal Plants through Biotechnological interventions (8th to 21st 2017) with the financial support by SERB, DST Govt. of India and KSCSTE Govt. of Kerala in the Institute during 8 to 21 January 2017. Scientists, Teachers, Research Associate and Research Scholars (fifteen) from various Universities, Colleges and R&D organization within and outside Kerala State were the participants. The expert Scientists from CIMAP,IIHR, NIIST, RGCB, TNAU, Central University, Kerala and JNTBGRI were imparted knowledge to the participants through lecture classes and demonstrations on modern biotechnological tools on medicinal plants such as production of clonal plants, bioactive compounds through cell/root and genetically transformed root (hairy root) culture system and its scale up using bioreactor, cryopreservation, bio-prospecting using molecular and bioinformatics tools and technique. This Proceeding cum Manual of the Workshop was compiled with papers of the talk on various subjects pertaining to the ex situ conservation of medicinal plants including a three decade story on this line at JNTBGRI followed by the experimental protocols. Besides, the workshop coeverd a study tour to Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary which harbours tropical moist-deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen forests in Southern Western Ghats.


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30th Kerala Science Congress- Curtain Raiser Programme

As a prelude to the 30th Kerala Science Congress, to be held at Govt. Brennen College, Thalassery on 28th- 30th January 2018, KSCSTE is organising Curtain Raiser Programmes at selected colleges across the State. The programme is intended to give an awareness to the academic community about the mega scientific event in the state and also on various schemes and activities of KSCSTE. Students, research scholars and teachers of science discipline of the selected colleges and nearby educational institutions are the target audience. JNTBGRI has been entrusted to organise the programme at the selected 5 colleges in south Kerala. The programme consists of presentation on KSCSTE and KSC by scientists deputed from KSCSTE and an invited talk on a popular science topic by eminent person in the field. The programme is to be held in the Auditorium of the selected colleges from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, as per the schedule below. All are cordially invited to attend the programme.

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Curtain Raiser Programmes of Kerala Science Congress

As a prelude to the 29th Kerala Science Congress to be held at Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta District on 28th-30th January 2017, KSCSTE had decided to organize ‘Curtain Raiser Programmes’ at various academic institutions across Kerala and JNTBGRI has been entrusted  to co-ordinate the programme at the following 4 colleges selected from the southern region of the State.  

1.University of Kerala, Karyavattom, Thiruvananthapuram
2.Sree Narayana College, Kollam
3.Sanatana Dharma College, Alappuzha
4.Govt. College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram

The programme consisted of short presentations on KSCSTE and KSC by concerned KSCSTE/R&D institution scientist and presentation on general topic by invited speaker.


Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust Renaissance Lecture held at JNTBGRI

   Vakkom Abdul Khader Moulavi was a social reformer, teacher, writer, scholar, journalist and freedom fighter. He was the founder and publisher of the newspaper Swadeshabhimani. To commemorate the contributions of the great reformer, the ‘Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust’ is conducting various activities across the state and the Lecture Series on ‘Renaissance in Kerala’ is an important event in this respect. The topic of this year’s renaissance lecture was ‘Empowerment of the Poor in Kerala amidst Rise and Fall of Scientific Temper’ and was delivered by Prof. V.K. Damodaran on August 19th, Saturday, at JNTBGRI, Palode.

The decay that has set in different walks of the society has called for a renaissance, especially in the scientific sector and the topic of this year addresses a contemporary and socially relevant issue. Prof. V.K. Damodaran is a vastly experienced, globally-renowned expert in the academic field especially in energy related area. His experience in science and technology spans over half a century, spreading across teaching, industry and techno-managerial positions and international consultancy. He was also the Director of Science, Technology and Environment, Govt of Kerala during 1987-95.


The delegates reached JNTBGRI at 11.30 am August 19th, Saturday and visited the garden till 1.30 pm. The programme started at JNTBGRI auditorium at 3.00pm with a welcome address by Dr. Kayamkulam Yoonus, Secretary, VMFT and an introduction about the programme by Sri. A Suhair, Chairman, VMFT. The presidential address was given by Dr.A.G. Pandurangan, Director, JNTBGRI. He emphasised the importance of scientific temper in a developing society and recalled the contributions of Prof.V.K. Damodaran in the field. Sri. N.A. Bashir, President, Iqbal College Trust, Peringammala gave felicitation. Renaissance Lecture on the topic ‘Empowerment of the Poor in Kerala amidst Rise and Fall of Scientific Temper’ was presented by Prof. V.K. Damodaran. The talk was followed by an active discussion among the audience. The programme concluded at 5.00 pm with vote of thanks by Dr. K.B. Rameshkumar, Scientist, JNTBGRI.

The programme was attended by around 120 delegates consisting college students and general public and was given wide publicity through the media. The presentation emphasised on the importance of a scientific renaissance that empower the downtrodden and analysed the present social system and the influence of science in upliftment of the poor. The deliberations during the programme will definitely help to mould strategies for planning long term scientific policies relevant to the states social scenario.

National Workshop on Next-Generation RNA Sequence Data Analysis

Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute is organizing a National Workshop on Next-Generation RNA Sequence Data Analysis to be held from 6-10 March 2017.

The purpose of this workshop is to get a deeper understanding of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) with a special focus on miRNA and mRNA data analysis using open bioinformatics tools. The participants will be trained using real data sets generated from plants, finding potential problems/errors during the analysis process and finally perform downstream analysis such as differential gene expression.

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Last date for Registration - 30 January 2017

World Bamboo Day 2017 celebrated in JNTBGRI

Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, celebrated World Bamboo Day on 18th September 2017 with fervor and enthusiasm.

Mr. K.S. Justin Stanley, the Director of State Forest Training School (SFTS), Arippa, Thiruvananthapuram was the chief guest of the event. JNTBGRI Director - Dr. A.G. Pandurangan, Founder of JNTBGRI-Bambusetum - Dr. K.C. Koshy, Plant Genetic Resources Division Head - Dr. P. K. Sureshkumar, Bamboo Biology Unit Head - Dr. Mathew Dan, Peringammala Grama Panchayath Member - Mr. G. Jayakumar, other Division Heads and Scientists of JNTBGRI, staff members, researchers and science club students of Chithara GHSS, totaling 150 persons participated in the event.
The programme commenced at 10.00am, with welcome by Dr. Mathew Dan. It was followed by a speech on bamboos by JNTBGRI Director, Dr. A.G. Pandurangan and SFTS Director Mr. Justin Stanley. The occasion was falicitated by Division Head, Dr. P.K. Sureshkumar and Grama Panchayath Member Mr. G. Jayakumar.

Following were highlights of the programme:

Inaugural distribution of saplings of an economic and aesthetic bamboo species
Gigantochloa andamanica (Kurz) Kurz, a beautiful and useful medium sized bamboo, collected in 1994 from Andaman Islands by JNTBGRI scientists, has flowered in 2016 and died after seeding. Polybag saplings were prepared by germinating these seeds. Its inaugural distribution in the Indian mainland was done by the Director JNTBGRI, by handing over the saplings to the Director of State Forest Training School.

Planting of bamboo offsets in the Bambusetum
Offset of an economically important bamboo Thyrsostachys oliveri Gamble, native to NE India, was planted to Bambusetum, a new addition by Mr. Justin Stanley and of Gigantochloa andamanica (Kurz) Kurz (2nd generation seedling) by Dr. Pandurangan. Thus present holding of the Bambusetum has increased to 79 species and 1098 accessions.

Exhibitionand distribution of bamboo handicrafts
Craftsmen from ‘Pratheeksha Bamboo Industry’, Elavupalam, ‘Traditional Artefacts’, Palode and Idinjaar Tribal Settlement exhibited and distributed bamboo utensils of agricultural and household uses.

Display of bamboo curios
Bamboo crafts collected from other places of Kerala, North Eastern India, culm segments of rare species, rhizome carvings, flower vases, mats, baskets, fruits, etc were exhibited by the Bamboo Biology Unit, JNTBGRI

Demonstration of bamboo splint weaving
Traditional Bamboo Weavers (2) from Idinjaar exhibited their skill by preparing agricultural baskets.

Preparation and distribution of ‘Bamboo-Rice Payasam’
Bamboo Biology Unit prepared a tasty ‘payasam’ out of bamboo seeds, a rare traditional cuisine, and served to participants of the event.

Awareness class and Training
Selected rural women (50nos.) from Peringammala Grama Panchayath were given an Awareness class on bamboos and were trained on bamboo propagation. Saplings of G. andamanica were distributed to them, free of cost.

A talk on ‘Relevance of Bamboos’, by Dr. B. Gopakumar, was broadcasted by All India Radio, Thiruvananthapuram Station, in ‘Harithavani’ programme at 8.45am on 19/09/2017.




National Workshop on Ex-situ  Conservation and Utilization of Medicinal Plants Through Biotechnological Interventions

JNTBGRI is conducting a National Workshop on 'Ex-situ Conservation and Utilization of Medicinal Plants Through Biotechnological Interventions' from 8 to 21 January 2017.The workshop is sponsored by Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India and Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Govt of Kerala.

The two week workshop will introduce the 15 participants to the topics on micropropagation, cryopreservation, cell cultures, genetic transformation with special emphasis on Agrobacterium rhizogenes, mediated hairy root culture for production of bioactive molecules, scale-up of hairy root culture using bioreactor, metabolic engineering, modern techniques on phytochemical profiling, and bio-prospecting of medicinal plants through molecular bioinformatics tools and techniques. Besides, the workshop will cover a study tour to Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary which harbours tropical moist-deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen forests in Southern Western Ghats.

External Faculty

Dr. A. K. Mathur
Ex Chief Scientist and Consultant, CIMAP, Lucknow, UP

Dr. P E. Rajasekharan
Principal Scientist, IIHR, Bangalore, Karnataka

Dr. J. Ramalingam
Professor, TNAU, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Dr. K. V. Radhakrishnan
Principal Scientist, NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Dr. E. V. Sonia
Scientist E II, RGCB, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

P Padmesh Pillai
Associate Professor, Department of Genomic Science Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala


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JTFP has been approved by UGC

The “Journal of Traditional and Folk Practices” has been enlisted in the approved list of UGC. Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) and Patent Information Centre (PIC), functioning under Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), Govt. of Kerala are jointly publishing the JOURNAL OF TRADITIONAL AND FOLK PRACTICES (JTFP) since 2013 (published biannually – ISSN 2278-5906).

Kerala Science Congress - Curtain Raiser Programmes

As you are aware, KSCSTE Thiruvananthapuram, in collaboration with KFRI Thrissur, is organising the 29th Kerala Science Congress, at Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta District on 28-30 January 2017. As a prelude to the mega event JNTBGRI, with support of KSCSTE, is organizing Curtain Raiser Programmes at the following centres.

  1. University of Kerala, Karyavattom, Thiruvananthapuram- 07.01.2017 (Saturday), 11.00 AM
  2. Sree Narayana College, Kollam, 09.01.2017 (Monday), 11.00 AM
  3. Sanatana Dharma College, Alappuzha, 10.01.2017 (Tuesday), 11.00 AM
  4. College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram, 11.01.2017 (Wednesday), 11.00 AM

The programme consists of short presentations on KSCSTE and the Scientific Institutes in the State, Kerala Science Congress, followed by presentation on a relevant general topic proposed by KSCSTE. Nearly 150 PG students and research scholars are expected to participate in each programme. You are cordially invited to participate in the programme.

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World Environment Day- 2017 celebrations at JNTBGRI

JNTBGRI, being an institution with the mandate of ‘Conservation and sustainable utilisation of plant resources’, is actively engaged in organising awareness programmes related to biodiversity and conservation aspects. This year, the theme of World Environment Day, was ‘Connecting People to Nature’ which is well in line with JNTBGRI’s motto.  In this connection, a one day colloquium on ‘People and Plants: Role of Botanic Gardens’ was organised to celebrate the World Environment Day with the support of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) on June 5th, 2017. The programme involved presentation of theme topic, felicitation to a traditional tribal herbal healer, planting of tree saplings, field visit and quiz programme.

            The registration desk was opened at 9.30 AM at the venue and Post Graduate students from University College, Thiruvananthapuram, Christaian College, Kattakkada and Iqbal College, Peringamala were the main participants. The programme was commenced at 10.00 am with the inaugural session. After the invocation by Ms. Lekshmi N. Menon, Research Scholar, JNTBGRI, Dr. Mathew Dan, Senior Scientist, extended a warm welcome to all the participants and distinguished guests. Dr. A. G. Pandurangan, Director, JNTBGRI delivered the presidential address and inaugurated the programme. He elaborated the genesis of environment day celebration and stressed on the need for conservation and evaluation of our biodiversity. The chief guest of the day was Sri. Appukkuttan Kaani Vaidyan, a well known tribal healer from Njaraneeli, Palode. He was the recipient of the Kerala Sate Biodiversity Board Award-2017. Dr. K. B. Rameshkumar, Scientist, JNTBGRI introduced the guest with a short presentation on his activities and the Director, JNTBGRI felicitated the guest with a citation shield. An interactive session was followed, where the guest shared his experiences and challenges with the students and scientists.

World Bamboo Day celebrated in JNTBGRI

Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Palode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, celebrated the World Bamboo Day on 18th September 2016 with fervor and enthusiasm.


World Environment Day celebrations in JNTBGRI

JNTBGRI's Onam pageantry float won the second prize


JNTBGRI participted in Onam pageantry procession held at Trivandrum on 18-09-2016. JNTBGRI came up with a float on environment theme and won second prize for it under Central Govt Section. The pageantry was inaugurated by Governor Justice P Sathasivam. JNTBGRI's float conveyed the message of conservation of plants for the future of Earth.

Unique tree hugging event at JNTBGRI sets new Guinness World Record

People from all walks of life poured into the sprawling bio-diversity rich premises of Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden of India (JNTBGRI) on 21-3-2017 to participate in the unique tree-hugging event ‘Ente Maram, Ente Jeevan’ (My tree, My life) and to set a new world record. They erupted in joy as the representative of the Guinness Book of World Record declared it a world record event of maximum people (4620) hugging trees simultaneously.

World Bamboo Day celebration at JNTBGRI

In connection with the World Bamboo Day, following programmes are arranged at JNTBGRI on 19th September 2016.

Awareness classes:
10.00 to 10.30 am - ‘Bamboo Research and Bambusetum of JNTBGRI – History and Prospects’
                                      Dr K. C. Koshy, Former Scientist, JNTBGRI
10.30 to 10.50 am - ‘Bamboo – The Amazing Grass’
                                      Dr B.Gopakumar, Technical Officer, JNTBGRI

JNTBGRI honors contributions of Dr K. C. Koshy, Dr P. S. Santhoshlal, Mr. D. Harikumar, Dr G. Jee and Mr. K. P. Dintu in Bamboo Research.


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