Editor in Chief:
Dr. Jayarama Reddy
Dr. Lokesh Ravi
Dr. Krishna Puttaparthi, University of Texas, USA.
Dr. Balaraju Kotnala, National Academy of Agricultural Science (NAAS), Suwon, South Korea.
Dr. J.Hemachandran, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Dr. B.Karthikeyan. Annamalai University, India.
Dr. Ashwath.C, IIHR, Bangalore, India.
Dr. S.V. Krishnamurthy, Kuvempu University, India.
Dr. K.S. Jagadish, UAS, Dharwad, India.
Dr. Rajanna, Bangalore University, India.
Dr. Jayapal Gowda, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa.
Dr. Venugopal. N, Govt. Arts and Science College, Bangalore.
Dr. N. Mathivanam, Madras University, India.
Dr. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Acharya College of Engineering, Bangalore, India.
Dr. H.C. Lakshman, Karnataka Univerisity, India.
Dr. Jacob Abraham, St Joseph's College, India.
Dr. A.K.Bopaiah, St Joseph's College, India.
Dr. K.M.Divakar, St Joseph's College, India.
Dr. K.B.Pururshothama, St Joseph's College, India.
Dr. Sandra Colaco, St Joseph's College, India.
Dr. George Alexander, St. Joseph's College, India.
Dr. M.R.E. Wilson, St. Joseph's College, India.
Dr. Beatrice Seqeira , St. Joseph's College, India.
Dr. T.V.Ranganathan , Quantifact, Bangalore, India.
Dr. Amit Kumar, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
Dr. G. Panduranga Murthy , Manadavya Institute,University Of Mysore, India.
Dr. Sesha Srinivas Vutukuru , Sreenidhi Institute Of Science And Technology, Hyderabad, India.
Dr. Ashok N Pyati , Maharani’s Science College for Women , Mysore, India
Dr. K.Murugan , University College, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.
Dr. Rama Bhat P , Alva’s College ,Moodbidri, Karnataka, India.
Dr. Balaji Rajashekar NGS Analysis Head, Genotypic Technology Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore. India.
Dr. Salah El Deen M Mahmoud, Professor, Department of Horticulture, Azher University, Nasr city, Cairo, Egypt.
Prof. Mathews P. Raj, Jain University. Bangalore. India.
We are happy and proud to have celebrated the silver jubilee of St. Joseph’s Post Graduate and Research Centre. It is also a matter of pride to us that we can look back at the years that have gone by. It has been our inspiring past that has guided us in our endaevour to serve the society and the world at large, the overtly stated vision and mission of the Jesuits. True to this vision, St. Joseph’s College has completed more than 130 years. In this glorious past, Botany department has carved a niche of its own and it has completed 60 years at the under graduate level. It has also completed 25 years as a post graduate department. Many eminent personalities of our country from all walks of life have passed through the portals of this great institution. St. Joseph’s Botanical Society was established in 1986 by the staff and students at St. Joseph’s Post Graduate and Research Centre. Initially the society was bringing out an annual magazine called “Vriksha”, which used to mostly carry the article by the students. In order to give the scientific and technical facet to the publication the society started this Journal in 2005. Since then we have so far published five volumes. In fact two of the volumes carried the proceedings of the National Conferences conducted by the Department of Botany in the years 2006 and 2008. It has not been allthat easyto bring out this publication.There were problems related to finances and also to the contribution of papers by the scientists. Nevertheless our efforts continued to keep this journal alive. I am extremely thankful to the Dr. Daniel Fernandes S.J, Principal, St. Joseph’s College. It is because ofhis unconditional support and encouragement this journalis published now after a gap of one year. I am also thankful to Dr. Charles Suresh and Dr. S. Sundar Rajan, the former heads of the department of Botany. My colleagues at the department have always been supportive and helpful in bringing out this journal.
Dr. Jayarama Reddy, St. Joseph’s Post Graduate and Research Centre,
36, Langford Road, Bangalore. 560027.