Dr. Ganesh Babu N M
Centre for Conservation of Natural Resources
- Established Ethno Medicinal Garden with over 1500 spp. of medicinal plants collected from various bio-climatic/eco zones of India.
- Developed propagation and nursery protocol for more than 700 species of medicinal plants including endemic and Red Listed Medicinal Plants.
- Distributed about 1 million medicinal plants saplings all over India for establishing ecosystem specific home/school/institution herbal gardens.
- Developed gardening and landscaping techniques using native medicinal plants.
- Conducted many outreach programs for households, school children and general public regarding the utility and the conservation of medicinal plants.
- Created awareness among nurseries and landscape architects to use medicinal plants
I am interested to engage with PhD students, young people interested in designing and executing innovative educational and outreach programs related to:
- Introduce wild medicinal plants in the regular landscapes with their authentic benefits for the lives and environment.
- Taxonomy of angiosperms with special reference to medicinal plants.
- Research on Interior gardening using medicinal plants.
- Plant animal Interactions with reference to socio-economic and ecological benefits.
- Floristic investigations.
- Ethnobotany and importance of vernacular names of plant species.
Some of my important publications:
- Ganesh Babu N.M., Geetha Suresh and K. Haridasan. “Secrets of Ethnomedicinal Gardens”. Centre for Herbal Gardens and Landscaping Services, Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bangalore. (with a front page message by Hon’ble Minister Shri. Jayaram Ramesh)
- Radha Eshwar, Ganesh Babu N M, “Herbal Gardening Heals” a manual for Horticulture Therapists.
- Ganesh Babu, N.M., Jyosna R. N. Dessai. K. Ravikumar, and N. Rama Rao. Impatiens mysorensis Heyne ex Roth (Balsaminaceae), a little known endemic from Karnataka. Phytotaxonomy 7: 83 – 88. 2007.
- Ganesh Babu, N.M., K. Ravikumar, R. Vijaya Sankar, D.K. Ved and R. Ganesan. On the distribution and ethnobotany of Peucedanum dhana var. dalzellii (Apiaceae), a little known endemic from southern India. Ind. J. Forestry 30(2): 167-170. 2007.
- Winfred D. Thomas, N.M. Ganesh Babu, Utkarsh Ghate and K. Ravikumar. Sustainable harvest of medicinal plants – an initiative in Southern India. Indian For. 131(3): 397-409. March 2005. (This article was awarded the best scientific article with Schlich Prize in the year 2005).