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Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute
Palode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India - 695562
Mrs. Radha RK
    Scientist - B
Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Division
Fax: 91(0) 472 - 2869646
E-mail: radhapkumar@rediffmail.com
Mrs. Radha RK
Area of Interest : Ex situ conversation and ecorestoration of medicinal plants
Membership in professional societies  
  Asian and Mideast Institute of Chemists (USA)
  Society of Low Temperature Biology, London
  Life Member, Indian Science Congress Association
  Life Menber, Society for Conservation Biology
Professional recognition, honors/awards, fellowships  
  University of Kerala, Merit Scholarship
  Recipient of Dr. A.Abraham Gold Medal 1989 for the First Rank in M.Sc (Botany) examination at University of Kerala.
  Research Assistant in the STEC project “Studies in photosynthetic performance of selected trees and woody lianes in the sacred groves of Kerala” (The project won Dr. S. Vasudev memorial prize-1995 for the Best Research work)
  Best poster award for the paper titled “Comparative studies on the productivity of sun and shade leaves of some common trees & lianes “in the National Seminar on plant physiology organised by Indian society of plant physiology & TNAU, at Coimbatore held on Jan. 1996.
Completed / Ongoing projects  
Title of the project

Funding agency

Position Duration
National Gene Bank
for medicinal and
Aromatic plants
DBT, Govt. of India Co-PI 1998-2008
Network project on RET medicinal Plants- Ex situ conservation and sustainable utilization NMPB, Govt. of India
Co-PI 2008-2011
Genetic conservation and chemical Characterization of ethnobotanical Insect repellent plant species of the Andaman Islands

KSCSTE- Plan fund support
PI 2009 onwards

National Gene Bank for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants - Strengthening and expansion of National Gene Bank for medicinal and aromatic plants KSCSTE- Plan fund support
Co-PI 2009-2012
In vitro propagation and ecorestoration of threatened medicinal plant Myristica malabarica Lam.
KSCSTE- Plan fund support
PI Ongoing
           Research Papers
1. Sam P Mathew , Radha RK , Krishnan PN and Seeni S. Phytogeography of Andaman Nicobar Islands with special reference to extended distribution of Hornstedtia fenzlii (Kurz) K. Schum. - , Current Science, 2010, 98(7), 905-907.
2. Radha R K, William Decruse S and Krishnan P N. Cryopreservation of excised embryonic axes of Nothapodytes nimmoniana (Graham) Mebberly, a vulnerable tree species of the Western Ghats”. Indian Journal of Plant Biotechnology, Vol. 9(4), 435-437, 2010.
3. Radha RK, Shereena SR, Divya K, Krishnan PN and Seeni S. In vitro propagation of Rubia cordifolia, a medicinal plant. International Journal of Botany. 7(1) 90-96, 2011.

4. Krishnan PN. Decruse SW and Radha RK. Conservation of medicinal plants of Western Ghats, India and its sustainable utilization through in vitro technology. In vitro cell Dev.Biol-Plant. 47(1): 110-122, 2011.
5 Radha RK, S Wiiliam Decruse and PN Krishnan “Plant Cryopreservation”“Plant Cryopreservation” Book Chapter Intech Publishers, online 2012
          Seminar/Workshop presentations
1. Presented a poster titled “In vitro propagation from seedling explants and anthraquinone production from the in vitro roots of Rubia cordifolia Linn., a medicinal plant” for 97th Indian Science Congress organized by ISRO and University of Kerala at Kariavattom campus from 3rd -7th Jan 2010.
2. Presented a poster titled “Cryopreservation of excised embryonic axes of Celastrus paniculatus Willd., a threatened medicinal plant of the Western Ghats” for Golden Jubilee National symposium on Plant Diversity and Management organized by Department of Botany, University of Kerala from 27-29 May 2010) Radha RK, William Decruse S, Amy Mary Varghese and Krishnan PN
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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