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Department of Botany, Calicut University, Calicut


Department of Botany

Set up in 1963 as one of the four departments at the Calicut centre of the University of Kerala, the Department came under the University of Calicut when it was established in 1968. The faculty of the Department have done extensive research in the areas of Mycology, Plant pathology, Morphogenesis, Tissue culture, Physiology, Biochemistry, Floristics, Taxonomy, Morphology, Ethno botany and Genetic and plant breeding. While most studies have immensely contributed to plant science database, others have described scores of new species of fungi ferns and several important familiesof plants such as orchids, anthuriums, zingibers and palms.


- To develop a good teacher-student relationship
- To impart value-added education to students
- To inspire students towards the field of research
- To develop into a centre of brilliance in post graduate studies
- To carry out M. Phil. Programme in Botany
- To accomplish Ph. D. Programme in the 4 major domains of research viz., Botany, Biotechnology, Environmental Science & Microbiology
- To carry out M. Phil. and Ph. D. Programmes in a Nature-friendly manner

Courses Offered

- Master of Science (MSc Applied Plant Science)
- Master of Philosophy (M.Phil Botany)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D Botany)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D Biotechnology)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D Environmental Science)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D Microbiology)

Research Collaborations​f the Department

- The Netherlands National Herbarium
- Gandhigram Rural University
- Indian Cardamom Research Institute
- Central Coffee Research Institute
- UPASI Tea Research Institute
- Kerala Forest Research Institute
- Indian Institute of Science
- Delhi University
- Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology
- Tropical Botanical Garden & Research Institute
- M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

Thrust Areas

- Angiosperm Taxonomy
- Bioinformatics
- Plant Biotechnology
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Environmental Science
- Enzyme Technology
- Fungal Diversity
- Genetics and Plant Breeding
- Plant Diversity
- Plant Physiology and Biochemistry


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