Science Academies’ Lecture Workshop on “Plant Systematics: Concept & Applications”

October 11, 2018 to October 12, 2018


11th and 12th October 2018

Rationale of the Workshop

Plant Systematics encompasses traditional taxonomy that includes description, identification, nomenclature and classification and that has its primary goal, the reconstruction of phylogeny which infers the evolutionary relationships between the taxa.

The field of Plant Systematics has revolutionized the phase of taxonomic/systematic research approaches, i.e., elucidation of phylogeny of plants through various modern tools and methods integrating both morphology and molecular datasets; utilization of a new tool to identify the plants based on a piece of DNA sequences; the advent of new modern microscopy.

This two-day lecture workshop is proposed under the auspices of Science Academies’ Education Programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and faculty members to get exposed to the concepts and applications in the field of Plant Systematics.


  • Floral Diversity and endemism in India.
  • Digitization of herbarium and establishment of virtual herbaria
  • DNA Barcoding Methods and Applications
  • Molecular Phylogenetics: Methods, Tools and Application
  • Phylogeny of Angiosperms with special reference to APG IV Classification
  • Conservation of plant Diversity
  • Role of anatomy in Taxonomic research

About TDU University, Bengaluru

TDU is an innovation centered University focused on designing and delivering research, outreach and education focused on social transformation aligned to emerging and futuristic needs. A first of its kind in India, TDU’s uniqueness stems from the fact that while the University itself has core strength in Ayurveda-Biology, Clinical Medicine, Medicinal Plants Systematics, Plant Genomics, Data Sciences, Local Health Traditions, Theoretical Foundations of Ayurveda, Traditional Knowledge informatics and Manuscriptology, it has institutional academic relationships with outstanding knowledge partners in fields like Design (Srishti), Ecology and Environment (ATREE), Bioinformatics (IBAB), Conservation of Coastal, Marine and Mountain Ecosystems (Dakshin Foundation), Biological Sciences (NCBS-TIFR), Stem Cell Biology (InStem), Inter-disciplinary Studies (NIAS), Cinema (Suchitra), Public health (IPH), Education and Pedagogy (Poorna), Medical Research (SJRI) and Policy Studies (Takshashila). Thus, the TDU ecosystem has the capacity to offer programmes that combine subjects related to natural and social sciences, design, cinema, education, health sciences, conservation and fine arts.

About Centre for Conservation of Medicinal Resources Department

The highlights of the center is National herbarium of Indian medicinal plants with more than 40,000 specimens, representing, more than 3,800 species, available for studies and reference. This herbarium has been designed as a bio-cultural herbarium to provide information on vernacular and botanical names of different medicinal plant species, alongside the details of specific locations and their collection. Almost all the native medicinal plants currently in trade represented in our collection. A raw drug repository cataloging and curating more than 3,700 samples of traded botanical drugs is an additional feature of our collection.

Referenced Botanical database on the medicinal botanicals used in the Indian health traditions linking the botanical names of more than 6,500 medicinal plant species with over 2,00,000 vernacular names in 30 different Indian languages along with tags of different Indian medical systems linked to each botanical entity. It also has Eco-geographic distribution maps for species of conservation concern, more than 20,000 medicinal plant images, propagation methods and pharmacology for selected species.

Ayurveda database: The Ayurveda database captures the Ayurvedic pharmacology of around 2,000 medicinal plant species and incorporates interpreted “Shlokas” from the classical literature of Ayurveda spanning a period extending over 1500 BC to 1900 AD. This database also incorporates detailed referencing of the classical texts.

Establishment of a network of Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCAs): The last 20 years, in collaboration with the State Forest Departments and Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change of Govt. of India, established 108 Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCAs) across 12 states of the country to promote in situ conservation of wild medicinal plant resources.

About the Sponsors

The Indian Academy of Sciences [IAS] was founded on 27 April, 1934, by Sir C.V. Raman with the main objective of promoting the progress and upholding the cause of science. The major activities of the Academy includes publication of 10 journals on different disciplines of science, conducting science education programmes and series of public lectures, organising discussion meetings on wide range of topics, recognising scientific talents, providing summer research fellowships, etc. The Indian National Science Academy [INSA] was established in January, 1935 with the cause of humanity and national welfare. The main activities of the Academy are publication of proceedings, journals and memoirs, and promoting liaison between science and humanity through various scientific meetings, discussions and inter-academies exchange programmes with academies outside India.

The National Academy of Sciences, India [NASI] was founded in the year 1930. The main objectives are to provide a national forum for publication of research works carried out by Indian scientists and to provide opportunities for exchange of views among them.

Resource Persons

Dr. M. Sanjappa, Ph.D., FNA, FASc., FNASc., FIAAT

INSA Senior Scientist, [Former Director, Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata and currently at Mahatama Gandhi Botanical Garden, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bengaluru 560064]

  • Lecture I : Floral Diversity and endemism in India
  • Lecture II : Role of Botanical Survey of India in Survey, documentation and Conservation of Plant Diversity

Prof. K.V. Krishnamurthy, FNASc., FLS, FIAT

Fellow of International Association of Wood Anatomists, Leiden. Fellow of the Plant Tissue culture Association of India [Emeritus Scientist, Department of Plant Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu and Consultant at R & D, Sami Labs Limited and FRLHT, Bengaluru]

  • Lecture I: Role of anatomy in Taxonomic research

Dr. Uma Shaanker, Ph.D., FASc., FNA

Emeritus Professor, Department of Crop Physiology, University of Agricultural Sciences, G.K.V.K., Bengaluru

  • Lecture I : DNA Barcoding: Methods and Applications
  • Lecture II: Molecular Phylogenetics: Methods, Tools and Applications

Prof. Boyina Ravi Prasad Rao, Ph.D.

Head, Department of Botany, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur 515003. Andhra Pradesh

  • Lecture I : Phylogeny of Angiosperms with special reference to APG IV Classification
  • Lecture II: Role of Taxonomy in Biodiversity Documentation and Conservation

Dr. S. Noorunnisa Begum, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Centre for Conservation of Medicinal Resources,
The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU), Bengaluru

  • Lecture I: Digitization of herbarium and establishment of virtual herbaria

Who all can participate:

Teachers, students and researchers from the fields of Life sciences, Botany, Plant sciences interested in teaching and research in the field of plant systematics.

Workshop Documents



There is NO REGISTRATION FEES. First come first serve basis due to the limited seats. Spot registration shall not be entertained. Participants will be provided with working lunch and refreshments.

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