Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI)

JNTBGRI is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable utilization of the Tropical plant genetic resources particularly of Western Ghats of India. Currently the Institute conserves largest number of tropical plant species among the botanic gardens in Asia. Recognising the importance of conserving plant genetic diversity and promoting R & D in plant science the Government of Kerala has established the institute in 1979 and the Government of India has been given the status of the Institute as Centre of Excellence since 1994.

Website : www.jntbgri.in

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE (JNTBGRI)

Pacha-Palode P. O, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 562, Kerala, India

Phone: +91 (0)472-2869246, 2869626, 2869628.Fax: +91 (0)472-2869646E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://www.jntbgri.in

 

About JNTBGRI

Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) formerly known as Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI) was founded in 1979 with the objective of establishing a Conservatory Botanic Garden of tropical plant resources in general and of the country and the Kerala state in particular. It also undertakes research programmes for the sustainable utilization of these resources. The Institute was established as an autonomous R & D organisation by the Government of Kerala in 1979. In 1996, the Saraswathi Thangavelu Extension Centre of JNTBGRI housing the bioinformatics component became functional. During the year 2003, JNTBGRI was brought under the newly formed society, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), which is registered as a society under the Science and Technology Department, Government of Kerala. The institute is located in 300 acres of natural forestland, right in the lap of the Western Ghats of Palode, 40 km northeast to Thiruvananthapuram city, on the Thiruvananthapuram- Shenkottah state highway. The Extension Centre is situated at Puthenthoppe, 15 km north of Thiruvananthapuram city, near the sea coast.

Vision:Conservation and sustainable utilisation of the plant biodiversity of India, particularly of Kerala, for the wellbeing of her people.

Mission: To advance knowledge, enjoyment and conservation of plants through excellence in biodiversity research management, horticulture displays and educational programmes.

The core areas of research:

·         Ex-situ Conservation and Management of Plant Wealth of the Country in general and the State in particular.

·         Phytodiversity Documentation, Systematic Studies and Conversation

·         Bio Prospecting (Biotechnological, Phytochemical and Pharmacological) of Plants for Sustainable Utilisation

·         Documentation of Indigenous Knowledge

·         Education, Extension and Training on Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of Plants

Major Achievements of the Institution over years:

JNTBGRI is reckoned as the biggest conservatory garden in Asia with over 50,000 accessions belonging to 4000 species. The conservatories of the garden include an Arboretum (750 species), Bambusetum (69 species), Palmetum (150 species), Medicinal Plants (1200 species), orchard for lesser-known edibles (120 species), Fernery (250 species), wild ornamentals (120 species), conservatory for rare and endangered plants (120 species) etc and special assorted collections such as  Cycads (18 species), Cacti and Succulents (200 species), Balsams (52 species), water plants (50 species), Jasmines (48 species), Zingibers (60 species) and Ornamental plants (600 species/ varieties). A special conservatory for Andaman and Nicobar plants (120 species) is also maintained.

Highly coordinated multidisciplinary research is undertaken in the areas of Plant Taxonamy, Conservation Biology, Ethnobotany and Bioprospecting (Biotechnological, Pharmocological and Phytochemical).

Three genera and over 90 species of flowering plants and 400 taxa of fungi have been described as new to science. Half a dozen horticultural plant varieties including orchid hybrids have been developed and registered.

Conservation Biology with respect to identification of Keystone Species, Population Biology and Restoration Studies of 20 endemic and threatened species has been achieved.

The novel benefit sharing model, developed by JNTBGRI with the Kani tribe has opened up a new path in scientific research by implementing Article 8 (j) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and recognizing the IPR of Kani tribe through equitable sharing of benefits. This model has been widely appreciated at the global level and it received the Equator Initiative Award during the last Earth Summit held at Johannesburg in the year 2002. CBD Secretariat has recognized this benefit sharing model and also the Government of India presented this as a case study to the World Intellectual Property Rights Organisation (WIPO).

Micropropogation protocols for 42 plants species including endemic/economically important ones (Orchids, Anthuriums, Medicinal plants, Philodendrons, Bananas, Bamboos, Rattans, Nepenthens and Trees) developed.

Pharmacopoeial standards for 17 drugs used in ISM were prepared for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and monographs on 12 therapeutically useful medicinal plants were prepared for the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Government of India. Ethnomedical leads of about 20 medicinal plants were established.

20 books and over 1200 research papers have been published in peer-reviewed national and international journals and research bulletins. Five plant-based databases have been developed. 18 patents in the fields of biotechnology and bio prospecting have been filed of which seven have been granted.

 

Name

Position 

Division

Phone    

Mobile  

Email

Latha P. G. Dr

Director

Ethnomedicine & Ethnopharmacology

0472-2869626 Extn: 200

9447039588

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Anil Kumar C. Dr.

Scientist E1

Conservation Biology

Extn: 226

9495729076

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Balakrishnan P. Dr.

Scientist C

Conservation Biology

Extn: 209

9846891245

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Bejoy Mathew Dr.               

Scientist E1

Plant Genetic Resources    

Extn. 242

9447450368

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Biju C. K. Dr.       

Scientist B               

Extension Centre, Puthenthope        

0471-2753050               

9495752933               

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Binu S. Dr.

Scientist C

Garden Management Education and Training

Extn:205

9847595355

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Cheriyan P. Koshy Shri.

Scientist C

Garden Management Education and Training

Extn. 239

9961842587

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Jose P. A Dr.

Scientist E1

On deputation to KFRI

 

 

 

Jothish P. S Mr.

Scientist B

Conservation Biology

Extn. 209

9446382346

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Koshy K. C. Dr.

Scientist E2

Plant Gen. Res.

Extn. 229

 

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Krishnan P. N. Dr.

Scientist F

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics                    

Extn.236

9447037415

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Mathew Dan Dr.

Scientist E1

Plant Gen. Res.

Extn.217

9447730214

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Mathew P. J. Dr.  

 

Scientist E2

Plant Gen. Res

Extn.241

9446434358

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Mohanan N. Dr.

Scientist F

Garden Management Education and Training

Extn.221

9496103427

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Mukunthakumar S. Dr.

Scientist E2

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics    

Extn.237

9496152310

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Padmesh P. Dr.

Scientist E1

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Extn.237

9388540250

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Pandurangan A. G. Dr.

 

Scientist F               

Plant Syst. & Evol. Sci               

Extn.556                               

9446422458               

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Pradeep C. K. Dr.

Scientist B

Plant Syst. & Evol. Sci

Extn.251

9446849654

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Pradeep N S Dr.

Scientist C

Microbiology

Extn.247

9446093865

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Prasannakumari A. A Dr.

Scientist B

Garden Management Education and Training

Extn.205

9446379128

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Radha R. K. Dr.

Scientist B

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Extn.237

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Radhakrishnan K. Shri.

Scientist C

Ethnomedicine & Ethnopharmacology

Extn 217

9447702102

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Raj Vikraman R. Dr.

 

Scientist E1

Garden Management Education and Training

Extn.230

9446751671

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Rajendraprasad M. Dr.

Scientist C

Plant Syst. & Evol. Sci

Extn.556

9447456311

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Rajkumar G.Dr  

Scientist B

Plant Syst. & Evol. Sci           

Extn.556                

9446362676

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Ramesh Kumar K. B. Dr.

 Scientist B

Phytochemistry & Phytopharmacology

Extn.217

9446376431

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Sabu K. K. Dr.

Scientist C

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Extn.237

9895211299

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Sabulal B. Dr.

Scientist E1

Phytochemistry & Phytopharmacology

Extn214

9495832391

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Sam P. Mathew Dr.

Scientist C   

Plant.Gen.Res.

Extn.225

9447713718

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Satheesh Kumar  K. Dr.

Scientist E2

Biotechnology &

Bioinformatics

Extn237

9496154183

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Sathishkumar C. Dr.          

Scientist E2

Plant .Gen.Res.

Extn240

9447019533

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Shiburaj. S. Dr.

Scientist C

Microbiology

Extn.247

9495826669

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Sreekala. A. K. Dr.

Scientist  C

Conservation Biology

Extn.209

9400502156

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Sreekumar S. Dr.

Scientist C

Extension Centre, Puthenthope

04712753050

9446480968

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Sudha C. G. Dr.

Scientist E2

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Extn.237

9495300332

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SujaS.R.Dr.

Scientist-B

Ethnomedicine & Ethnopharmacology

Extn.238

9497639306   

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Suresh Kumar P. K. Dr.

Scientist E1

Plant. Gen. Res.

Extn: 230

9495372989

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Vrinda K. B. Dr.

Scientist E1 

Plant Syst. & Evol. Sci

Extn.251.

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William Decruse Dr.

Scientist C

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Extn.237

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Administration

Sreekumar P. R Shri.

Registrar

Administration (Addl.Secretary to Govt.)

Extn.201               

9447221429

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