Research

Area of Expertise: My expertise is in Ecology. I am an interdisciplinary biologist with an M Sc in Botany and Ph D in Soil Ecology (Department of Geobotany, Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine (USSR Academy of Science). My Ph D work was on the role of plant roots in the build-up of soil physical structure, which I explored using soil micromorphological and SEM techniques. Currently, my group of researchers in the School of Bioscience (Laboratory of Plant Science and Ecology; Laboratory of Ecology and Ecotechnology) focus on Ecotechnology; the ecology of algae, mycorrhizal and other endophytic fungi and metal accumulating plants of contaminated soils to use algae as a bioresource for fuel, food and phycoremediation; Mycorrhiza as a means to understand the ecology of soil fertility and as a bio-fertiliser tool; plants as a tool of Phytoremediation.

Research Team

Sl No

NAME

THESIS TITLE

1

Mr Abju K Arun

Ecology of endomycorrhizae in Zingiber officinale Rosc in South India

2

Ms Sayona Anna John

Ecology of endomycorrhiza and other endophytic fungal associates in Oryza sativa L. of South India

3

Mr Jebin Joseph

Ecology of soil algae of Rubber plantations of Kerala

4

Ms Sreejamol TN

Ecology of endomycorrhiza in Cocos nucifera L.

5

Mr Nirmal Philip George

Ecology of endomycorrhiza of vegetable crops in diverse organic and chemicalised fields of South India

6

Ms Rositta Varghese

Ecology of Endomycorrhizal Association in Piper nigrum L.

7

Mrs Theja Joseph

Phycoremediation of eutrophic waters using selected indigenous green algal species of Kerala