Vasantha Kumar, T

Vasantha Kumar, T
Principal Scientist & I/c. Head
Section of Medicinal & Aromatic Crops
Genetics and Cytogenetics
Experience (No. of Years): 
35 years
Important Publications: 

 Anuradha Sane,VK Abdul Kareem, PE Rajasekharan and T.Vasantha Kumar 2012 Optimisation of DNA isolation and PCR Protocol for ISSR analysis of Nothapodytes nimmoniana: A threatened anti- cancerous Medicinal Plant. Asian Journal of Biotechnology,4:100-107.  P.Kavitha, T.Vasantha Kumar, P.E.Rajeshekharan, V.K.Abdul Kareem and V.K.Rao. 2010. Camptothecin and 9-methoxy campthothecin, anti-cancer alkaloids in Nothapodytes nimmoniana from Western Ghats, India. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences, 32(2):129-132.  P.E.Rajashekaran, V.K.Abdul Kareem and T.Vasantha Kumar 2010. Optimization of Protocols for in vitro Multiplication and Conservation of Nathopodytes nimmoniana, an Endangered Medicinal Plant. (Proceeding of the 4th International Symposium on Acclimatization and Establishment of Micro-propagated plants. (Ed. J.Prakash) , Acta Hort., 865 pp.53-58.  V.K.Rao, P.E.Rajeshekaran, T.K.Roy and T.Vasantha Kumar 2009. Comparison of essential oil components in rhizomes and in vitro regenerated whole plants of Kaempferia galanga. L. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences 31(4) 326-329.  VSP Saradhi, Salma Khanam, BG Shivananda, T.Vasantha Kumar and TN Shivananda 2007 Effect of NPK fertilizers on chemical constituents of Aloe vera leaves. Journal of Natural Remedies 7(2):258-262.  Yogeesha,HS, Vasantha Kumar,T., Bhanuprakash,K. and Naik, L.B. 2006. Studies on hard seed content and seed storage in six accessions of Mucuna pruriens L. under ambient storage conditions. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences 28:187-189.  Hima Bindu, K., Veena Kumari, K, and Vasantha Kumar, T. 2005. Genetic variability and association between growth and tuber traits in Coleus forskohlii. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences 27: 233-237  L. Hegde, T.Vasantha Kumar, K. Hima Bindu 2005. Evaluation of Coleus forskohlii accessions for tuber and forskolin yield. Proc WOCMAP III. Vol. I. Bioprospecting and Ethnopharmacology. Acta Hort ., 675: 217-219.  L. Hegde, T. Vasantha Kumar and Eugene Sebastian, J.N., 2004. Variation in the floral pigments of periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus L (G) Don). Jr. of Orn. Hort 7. (3&4): 92-96.  S. Bhaskar, T. Vasantha Kumar and T.N. Shivananda 2002. Response of Solanum viarum to phosphorus and potassium application. Indian Journal of Agronomy 47(2): 294-297.

Awards & Recognitions, Patents, Inventions, etc: 

MEMBER  PSC, Karnataka Medicinal Plants Authority, Bangalore  PMC of DBT, New Delhi for Apple Net work Programme  Project Review Meeting of DSIR Project to Sami Labs. Bangalore.  Sub committee on Clonal Orchards, Biofuel Task Force, Government of Karnataka  National Academy of Biological Sciences, Chennai, Fellow member of Essential Oil Association of India, New Delhi. Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, New Delhi, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Society of India, Lucknow. LIFE MEMBER:  Hind Agri. Horticultural Society, Muzzaffanagar, India.  The Indian Society of Seed Science and Technology, New Delhi. Medicinal & Aromatic Plants Association of India, Gujarat.  Association of Promotion of Medicines and Aromatic Plants, Bangalore.  Confederation of Horticulture Association of India (CHAI), New Delhi.  Society for Promotion of Horticulture, Bangalore Recognition  PG Teacher - Department of Horticulture, UAS, Bangalore and UHS, Bagalkot.  External Examiner of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants – UAS (D) and TNAU, Coimbatore  Principal Scientist and Head, AICRP on MAP and Betel vine at IIHR,  Principal Investigator of NMPB Project on Mappia Foetida,  Net work Coordinator of RET Medicinal Plants – NMPB, New Delhi (2008-2011).  Amla Campaign Coordinator for Karnataka (2010- )  Member Board of Studies in Horticulture, Annamalai University, Chidambaram. Member of BOS, Department of Botany Bangalore University.  Editor – Journal of Natural Remedies, Bangalore.  Reviewer for Horticulture and Plant Breeding under CAS to UAS(B) and UAS, (D)  Reviewer for Scientific articles in various journals and Research Projects of CSRTI, DST, NMPB etc.

Contact Details
Address for Communication: 
Indian Institute of Horticultural Research,Hessaraghatta Lake,Bangalore 560089
Email Address:
Telephone #: 
080 28466420-3 Extn-259