Assistant Professor

Dr. Prajith. T. M

Department of Botany, Sree Krishna College, Guruvayur Ariyannur P.O., Thrissur- 680102

Email : jithukanjikode@gmail.com

Educational Qualifications

  • Ph. D. (Botany) University of Kerala
  • M. Sc. (Botany) University of Calicut
  • CSIR-UGC NET in Life Science
  • ICAR-ASRB NET in Agricultural Biotechnology

Teaching Experience

  1. Assistant Professor, P.G. and Research Department of Botany, Sree Krishna College, Guruvayur, Ariyannur P O, Thrissur (2021- present)
  2. Assistant Professor on contract, Department of Botany, Sree Narayana Collge, Alathur, Palakkad
  3. Assistant Professor on contract, Department of Botany, Govt. College Chittur, Palakkad
  4. FDP Substitute Lecturer, Department of Botany, Govt. College Chittur, Palakkad
  5. Assistant Professor on contract, P.G. and Research Department of Botany, Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad

Research Experience

Six years of research experience as Junior Research Fellow (JRF) at Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Pacha- Palode, Thiruvananthapuram

Research Interests

  1. Seed biology
  2. Seed Physiology and Biochemistry

 

Fellowship/ Awards or prize/ Distinction Received

  • Highest score (87.90%) in University examination of BSc. Botany at Govt. Chittur College, Palakkad, during 2004-2007.
  • Highest score (78.05%) in University examination of MSc Botany at Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad during 2007-2009.
  • Kesavan Nair memorial award for having second highest marks in the first semester MSc university examination 2008-09.
  • Awarded the Proficiency Prize for securing second place in the terminal examination of first and third semesters of MSc Botany for the year 2007-09.
  • Junior Research Fellowship – Kerala Forest Department (KFD) &Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).
  • Awarded second prize for oral presentation in the Prof. A. Abraham Memorial Seminar 2017 held at Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Palode, Thiruvananthapuram on 25th May 2017.
      Chapters in Book
  1. Anilkuamr,C., Chitra, C.R., Bindu, S., Maya, P.V., Prajith, T.M. and Joemon, J. (2015). An Account on Some Endemic Seeds of Southern Western Ghats. In: Laladhas, K.P., Oommen, V.O. and Sudhakaran, P.R. (eds.). Biodiversity Conservation- Challenges for the Future. Bentham Science Publishers, pp:113-119

(DOI: 10.2174/9781681080215115010013)

  1. Suresh Kumar, K.A., Swathy, S. and Prajith, T.M. (2022). Effect of Pre Sowing Cold Treatment on Seedling Vigor Index of Paddy. In: Sojan Jose, Suresh Kumar, K.A. and Prajith, T.M. (eds.). Proceedings of National Seminar on Conservation of Biological Resources of Western Ghats, pp:105-118. (ISBN 9789356278547)
  2. Suresh Kumar, K.A., Anilkumar, C., Ajithkumar, K.G. and Prajith, T.M. (2022). Standardisation of effective storage practice of Myristica malabarica. Lam seed. In: Sojan Jose, Suresh Kumar, K.A. and Prajith, T.M. (eds.). Proceedings of National Seminar on Conservation of Biological Resources of Western Ghats, pp:119-129. (ISBN 9789356278547)
  3. Suresh Kumar, K.A., Anilkumar, C., Ajithkumar, K.G. and Prajith, T.M. (2022). Comparison of physiological features of viable and non-viable recalcitrant seeds with special reference to Myristica malabarica and Myristica magnifica Bedd.. In: Sojan Jose, Suresh Kumar, K.A. and Prajith, T.M. (eds.). Proceedings of National Seminar on Conservation of Biological Resources of Western Ghats, pp: 130-144. (ISBN 9789356278547)
       Published Papers
  1. Rajeshkumar, P. P.,Hosagoudar, V. B., Anilkumar, C. and Prajith, T. M. (2012).Endomycorrhizal Association of Saraca asoca (Roxb.) W.J. de Wilde. Bulletin of Basic and Applied Plant Biology 2(1):1-6
  2. Prajith, T. M., Anilkumar, C., RajaniKurup, Sabulal Baby and Nabeesa Salim, (2014). Comparative analysis of seed development and desiccation aspects of Saraca asoca(Roxb.) W.J. de Wilde and Caesalpinia pulcherrima (L.)Sw. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences, 13(4-8), 164
  3. Prajith, T. M. and Anilkumar, C. (2016). Storage practice of Saraca asoca Indian Forester, 142 (6): 617-618.
  1. Anilkumar, C.,Prajith, M., Jothish, P. S., Chitra, C. R. and Asharf, A. (2016). Seed germination behaviour in Garcinia imbertiBourd, Indian Forester, 142 (9): 896-899.
  2. Anto,,Prajith, T. M.,Jothish, P. S. and Anilkumar, C. (2016). Floral and fruit variations among Garcinia imberti, an endangered endemic tree species of southern Western Ghats, International Journal of Current Research,8(1), 25009-25013.
  1. Prajith, T. M. and Anilkumar, C. (2017). Seed desiccation responses in Saraca asoca (Roxb.) W. J. de Wilde, Current Science, 112 (12): 2462 – 2466.
  2. Prajith, T. M., Anilkumar, C. and Ajithkumar, K.G. (2017). Changes in abscisic acid levels in embryonic axis of Saraca asoca seeds during maturation and artificial dehydration, Indian Journal of Plant Physiology, 22(3):354-357.
  3. Suresh Kumar, K.A., Anilkumar, C., Ajithkumar, K.G.,Prajith, T.M. and Amritha, V.V. (2023). Extension of seed longevity of Myristica malabarica by optimizing storage conditions, Biological Forum- An International Journal, 15(4): 155-161.
Invited Lectures
  1. Prajith, T.M. (2018). Lecture on Wetlands in Kerala in connection with World Wetland Day Celebrations 2018 – “Wetland the vital land” organized by Department of Botany, Govt. College Chittur, Palakkad and sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE), Govt. of Kerala on 9th February 2018.
  2. Prajith. T. M. (2018). Lecture on Microplastics in connection with World Environmental Day 2018 celebrations – “Plastic pollution the blasting pollution” organized by Department of Botany, Govt. College Chittur, Palakkad and sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE), Govt. of Kerala on 6th June 2018.
  3. Prajith. T. M. (2018).  Lecture on Let Us be Ambassadors of Ozone Protection in connection with Ozone day celebrations 2018- “Ozone –The Umbrella of Life” organized by Department of Botany, Govt. College Chittur, Palakkad and sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE), Govt. of Kerala on 17-18th September 2018.
  4. Prajith, T. M. (2018). Lecture on Microclimate of Plants in connection with National Seminar on “Climate Change- A Man Made Change” organized by Department of Botany, Govt. College Chittur, Palakkad and sponsored by Directorate of Collegiate Education , Govt. of Kerala on 27-29th September 2018.
  5. Prajth, T.M. (2022). Lecture on Why Study Botany? in connection with Student Orientation Programme 2022, organized by Department of Botany, NSS College, Nemmara 0n 18th November 2022.
  6. Prajith, T.M. (2023). Lecture on Plant Developmental Responses in Climate Change in connection with 75th Anniversary celebrations organized by Department of Botany, Govt. College Chittur on 24th January 2023.
         National / International Seminars
  1. Anilkumar, C., Prajith, T. M.,Chitra, C. R. and Bindu, S. 2011.Conservation of Saraca asoca (Roxb.)W.J.de Wilde through standardization of seed desiccation protocols. XIII Annual Conference of Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy and National Seminar on“Biodiversity conservation and climate change(BCCC-11)”[abstract].pp.45-46,CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.
  2. Prajith, T. M. and Anilkumar, C. 2012. Homeohydrous (Recalcitrant) seed physiology of Saraca asoca (Roxb.)W.J. de Wilde – A new insight on tropical species restoration.Presented at “Botanica 2012” International Seminar on “World Bioheritage Concerns over Climate change, with a special reference top Ethnic vegetables”.organized by The Department of Botany, Sree Narayana College, Chempazhanthy, on September 7th -8th, 2012, at Sree Narayana College, Chempazhanthy.
  3. Anilkumar, C., C R Chitra, Bindu, S., Maya, P. V.,Prajith, T. M. and Joemon Jacob. 2012.“An account on some endemic seeds of southern Western Ghats.” First National Biodiversity Congress NBC 2012, 27-30th
  4. Prajith, T. M. and Anilkumar, C.2012. Comparative account of seed physiological traits of Saraca asoca and Caesalpiniapulcherrima. National seminar of plant physiology on“ Physiological and  molecular  approaches  for  development  of  climate  resilient  crops” [abstract].pp.128. Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad,India.
  5. Prajith, T. M., Anilkumar, C., Cherian P Koshy,RajaniKurup and Sabulal Baby.2013. Developmental and desiccation oriented seed viability in Saraca asoca (Roxb.) W.J. de Wilde. XIII ISST National Seed Seminar on “Innovation in seed research and development” [abstract], pp.80-81, Bengaluru,India.
  6. Chitra, C. R., Bindu, S.,Prajith, T. M., Maya, P. V. and Anilkumar, C.2014. “Phenology and Morpho-physiology of Fruits and seeds of Dasamoola plants.”26th Kerala Science congress, 28-31 January 2014, Wayanad pp 215-217.
  7. Prajith, T. M., Anilkumar, C., Jothish, P. S., Chitra, C. R. and Anto, M. 2015. Conservation of an endangered endemic tree –Garcinia imberti– Bourd. through seed studies., Second National Biodiversity Congress-India held on 26 & 27th February at Kanakakkunnu Palace, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. NBC. 2015- (139).
  8. Anto, M.,Prajith, T. M., Jothish, P. S. and Anilkumar, C. 2015., Population studies of Garcinia imberti– an endangered endemic tree of the Southern western Ghats., in abstract of Flowering Plant Reproductionand diversity’ held on 9-10th January, organized by Department of Botany, Fatima Mata National College Kollam, Kerala, pp: 16-17.
  9. Prajith, T. M., Anilkumar, C. and Ajith Kumar, K. G. 2015. Endogenous abscisic acid (ABA) contents of Saraca asoca seeds on development and artificial dehydration, in abstract of National Seminar on “Insight into Recent Trends in Biological Sciences and Technology’ held on 29-30th September 2015, organized by Department of Botany, University College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, pp.13.
  10. Anto, M.,Prajith, T. M., Jothish, P. S. and Anilkumar, C. 2016. An overview of floral and fruit variants among the populations of the endangered tree species Garcinia imberti (Clusiaceae)., in Abstracts of National Seminar on Biodiversity of Microbes and Climate Change Mitigation held on 03rd – 05th February organized by Department of Botany, Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta- Kerala. pp-24-25.
  11. Prajith, T. M., and Anilkumar, C. 2016. Post-harvest storage physiology of Saraca asoca seeds – A vulnerable medicinal species of the Indian subcontinent, in abstract of National Conference of Plant Physiology-2016 on “ Challenges in Crop Physiology Research: From Molecular to Whole Plant” held on 8-10th December 2016, organized by Department of Crop Physiology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru and Indian Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi, pp.26.
Participated National / International Seminars, Symposia, Conferences and Workshops:
  1. Participated in the seminar on “ Biodiversity conservation, Biopesticides and Virtual Trade” sponsored by the Directorate of Collegiate Education , Kerala and organized by the Department of Botany, Govt. College, Chittur on 15th and 16th  February 2008.
  2. Participated and successfully completed a training programme in Botanical Illustration from 13th to 15th  March, 2008 held at the Department of Botany, University of Calicut, Kerala.
  3. Participated in the UGC sponsored National Conference on Genes and Genome Research in India, held at Union Christian College, Aluva, Ernakulam in collaboration with KSCSTE, Thiruvananthapuram, 20th -21st January 2011.
  4. Participated in the seminar on “Intellectual Property Rights and Patent Law and Dr. M. Thangavelu Memorial Lectures” organized jointly by Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Division, Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram and Patent Information Centre, KSCSTE held on 31st October, 2011 at SaraswathyThangavelu Centre, Puthenthope, Thiruvananthapuram.
  5. Participated in the National seminar on Plant Reproductive Biology held on 25th July 2013, at the Department of Botany, University of Kerala, in connection with the Inauguration of Dr.A.N. Namboodiri Plant Reproductive Biology Laboratory in the Department.
  6. Participated in the workshop titled ‘Biostatistics For Research (Basic Principles& Advanced Tools)’ jointly organized by the CEPC Laboratory and Technical Division, Kollam and TKM Arts & Science College Kollam during 19-21st March, 2015 at Cashew Bhavan, Kollam.
  7. Participated and successfully completed a training workshop on “Seed Conservation” conducted by BGCI held at JNTBGRI, Kerala 9-13th May 2016.