Dr. Noorunnisa Begum S

Associate Professor
Centre for Conservation of Natural Resources
Mail: noorunnisa.begum@tdu.edu.in
Twitter: @PlantSysTDU

Dr. Noorunnisa Begum research over the last 20 years has focused on Establishment of FRLH Herbarium and Raw Drug Repository of Medicinal Plants used in Indian System of Medicine as well as traded in the country. She has initiated virtual herbarium (http://envis.frlht.org) so that the herbarium is accessible to the wider world. She has worked on projects spanning diversified areas namely conservation, ethnobotany, study of trade of medicinal plants in India, Pharmacognosy, Climate Change, Re-visiting of MPCAs funded by MoEF, DST, NMPB, State Biodiversity Board, State Medicinal Plant Board, National Biodiversity Board, World Bank, CSR funds from industries etc. The key research area is study of botanicals as resource, their conservation as well as its utilization using modern tools.

My career is to engage with M.Sc.R and PhD students, young people interested in designing and executing innovative educational and outreach programs related to Pharmacognosy; Ethnobotany; Trade of Medicinal Plants; Conservation of Medicinal Plants; Floristics of Angiosperms and Database. She is involved in authentication service of confirming the and validating the identity of herbarium specimens and raw drug samples for various stake holders.


Selected imported projects completed are Centre of Excellence, MoEF, GoI (2002- 2017); Demand and Supply of Medicinal Plants in India (NMPB); Status and Distribution of Paris polyphylla Smith and Panax Pseudoginseng Wall. Medicinal Plants in Selected Localities in Western Districts of Arunachal Pradesh (SMPB); Threatened Flora and Fauna of Telangana (SBB-Telangana); Study of Highly Traded species – Karkatasringi (Dabur India Ltd.).

Ongoing Research/Education/Outreach Projects:

On-going Research Projects / Grants / Specific Research activities (with photos – optional)

S.No. State/ National/ International Title of the Project/Programme Sponsors Period
1. State Preparation of database on Medicinal & Aromatic Plants of Chhattisgarh State  State Medicinal Plant Board (SMPB), Govt. of Chhattisgarh June 2005 to Feb.2006
2. Union Territory Study of Economically important Medicinal Plants of Pondicherry Region Dept. of Horticulture, Govt. of Pondicherry July 2003 to May 2004
3. State Sustainable exploitation, Conservation, Cultivation and Marketing linkages for Medicinal plants of Andhra Pradesh By World Bank vide Govt. of Andhra Pradesh Dec.1998
4. State Market study of plant raw drugs for the selection of plant species to be raised by APFDC under the Vanaspathy Vana Programme in Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh Forest Development Corporation (APFDC), Govt. of Andhra Pradesh Dec. 1999 to June 2000
5. National Centre of Excellence in medicinal plants & traditional knowledge Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India Oct. 2002 to Oct. 2007
6. International Strengthening the medicinal plant resource base in India in the context of Primary Health care projects. Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DANIDA, Govt. of Denmark 1993 to 2004
7. International Demonstration project for conservation and sustainable utilisation of medicinal plants biodiversity United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New Delhi Under Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat May 2002 to 2005
8. Union Territory Road map to the Medicinal Plants of Goa Goa State Forest Department, Goa 2010-2011
9. National Database of Flowering plants of Karnataka National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai Oct. 2012 to Mar.2013
10. State Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation Greenery Project Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Chennai 2013-2014
11. State   Status and distribution of Paris polyphylla Smith & Panax pseudoginseng Wall. Medicinal plants in selected localities in Western Districts of Arunachal Pradesh (Co-PI) Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board, Arunachal Pradesh 2013-2014
12. State Preparation of Checklist of Threatened Flora and Fauna for the State of Telangana (PI) Telangana Biodiversity Board 2015-2016
13. CSR Project Development and strengthening of the herbarium and Raw Drug Repository(PI) Jivanti – Dabur, Pvt. Ltd.  2016-2018
14. Industry project Study of Bottleneck and formation of galls in Pistacia integerrima(PI) Dabur India Pvt. Ltd. 2016-2021
15. National Impact of Climate Change on wild populations of medicinal plants of conservation concern (endemic, niche-specific & red listed): A Futuristic Scenario (Co-PI) Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India 2018-2019
16. National Study on Phenological Response of Endemic Plants of Western Ghats To Climate Change: Based on Herbarium records,  Historical datasets & Ground trothing (Co-PI) Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India 2018-2019
17. National Development of an electronic database on medicinal plants of Andaman and Nicobar Islands(Co-PI) NMPB, New Delhi 2019-2020
18. National Revisiting of old MPCAs in West Bengal(PI) West Bengal Forest Department 2017-2020
19. National Detailed Assessment of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant (MAP) species including their collection, usage, demand, markets, price trends and life cycle, focussing on landscapes in Sikkim UNDP 2020-2021


Anchoring unique Masters by Research in Plant Systematics and also TDU – Ph.D. guide.


As part of Outreach she has conducted Workshops, awareness, orientation and training program on Identification of medicinal plants, raw drugs and Herbarium techniques for ISM students, Researchers, Pharmacy students, Forest Officials. She has been involved as resource persons – to teach topics related to Medicinal Plant diversity, Trade, Threats, Conservation organised etc. within TDU as well as by other institutions.


  • Vijay Barve, D.K. Ved, S. Noorunnisa Begum, Latha, R. “ Eco-Distribution mapping of the priority medicinal plants of southern India”, Current Science, Vol. 75, No. 3, 10 August 1998.
  • Udayan P.S., Noorunnisa Begum, Anjana Mudappa, Archna Singh, 2003 “Medicinal Plants Diversity of Karnataka MPCAs” Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany, vol.27 No. 3(2003) pp. 635-639
  • Noorunnisa Begum, S. 2012. Anatomy of Himalayan species Marsdenia roylei Wight J. of Swamy Botanical Club. 29 (1,2,3 &4): 73-78.
  • Umeshkumar Tiwari, Sebestian J.Adams, Noorunnisa Begum S and Kulithalai V. Krishnamurthy, K.Ravikumar and Venkatasubramanian Padma. 2014. Pharmacog-nostic Studies on Two Himalayan Species of Traditional Medicinal Value: Allium wallichii and Allium stracheyi. Not. Sci. Biol. 2014.6(2): 149-154.
  • K.Ravikumar, N.Balachnadran and S.Noorunnisa Begum. 2013. Polygala paniculata L. (Polygalaceae) – a new record to India Phytotaxonomy, Vol. 13. Pp. 137-139
  • K.Ravikumar, S. Noorunnisa Begum and R.Vijayasankar. 2014. Notes on the distribution on Semecarpus subpanduriformis Wallich ex Hooker f. (Anacardiaceae) in India. In. Diversity and Conservation of Plants and Traditional Knowledge (eds. S. P anda & C. Ghosh), Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun 305-308.
  • S.Noorunnisa Begum, K.Ravikumar & D.K.Ved. 2014. ‘Asoka’ – an important medicinal plant, its market scenario and conservation measures in India. CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 107, NO. 26 1, Pp.26-28.
  • Udayan, P.S., A.V. Raghu, S.Noorunnisa Begum and A.K. Pradeep. 2015. Diospyros udaiyanii (Ebenaceae), A New species from Western Ghats, India. Bangladesh J. Plant. Taxon. 22(2): 83-86.
  • Stephen A., Nikita S., Nidhi T., Noorunnisa B and Ravikumar K. 2017. Microscopic Study of Pollen Morphology on Selected Species of Jatropha L. J. Phytol. Res. 30 (1) : 1-6.
  • K. Ravikumar, A.C. Tangavelou, N. Dhatchanamoorthy, Syed Noorunnisa Begum. 2018. Ethno-Medico Botany of Malayali Tribes in Sittilingi Hills, Harur Taluk and Dharmapuri District, Tamil Nadu. MyForest. Vol. 54 (Issue 1).
  • K. Ravikumar, N.Dhatchanamoorthy, C. Tangavelou, T. S. Suma and S. Noorunnisa Begum.New Additions to the angiospermic flora of Nagaland, India. Pleione 12(1): 118 – 127. 2018.
  • N. Dhatchanamoorthy, K. Ravikumar and S. Noorunnisa Begum. 2018. Notes on new distribution of two Endemic species of Southern India. ISSN: 0972-4206. Phytotaxonomy 17: 55-57.
  • Noorunnisa Begum S., R. Patturaj and K. Ravikumar. 2019. Comparative pharmacognostical and histochemical studies on the three different species of Tinospora on stem and leaf. J. of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 219 (8) 2: 650-655

Membership of Professional Bodies:

  • Indian Association of Angiosperm Taxonomy
  • Western Ghats Plant Specialist Group of the IUCN/SSC
  • Life membership of the journal of Phytotaxonomy

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