Light & Learning


The present Faculty of the Department of Botany has the unique distinction of teaching and research in almost all the branches, classical and modern.


The research output of the Faculty of the Department of Botany, University of Lucknow, has been widely published in national and international journals. Some representative journals include: Journal of Biotechnology. Ecological Engineering, 3 Biotech, Scientific Research, Journal of Virology (USA), Bryologist (USA), FEBS Letters (The Netherlands), Journal of Bryology (UK), Cryptogamie (France), Indian Journal of Experimental Biology (India), Israel journal of Plant Science (Israel), Journal of Basic Microbiology (Germany), Virus Genes (Germany), European Journal of Plant Pathology (The Netherlands), Archives of Virology (Germany), Lindenbergia (Denmark), Molecular and General Genetics (Germany), Photosynthetica (Czech Republic), Phytopathology (USA), Phytomorphology (India), Phyton (Austria), Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (The Netherlands), Plant Molecular Biology (The Netherlands), Plant Pathology (England), Plant Physiology (USA), Plant Science (Ireland), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (India), Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (Japan), Plant Journal (UK), Acta Physiologiae Plantarum (Springer), Biologia Plantarum (Springer), Plant Cell Physiology (Japan), Journal of Heredity (Oxford), Journal of Genetics (Bangalore), Protoplasma (Vienna), Current Science, Plant Stress, J. Plant Biol., International Journal of Plant Sciences (USA), Asian Journal of Biochemistry and Physiology, Cytologia, Bryologie, Tropical Bryology, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Biomass & Bioenergy, BioResource Technology, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Seed Research, Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Journal of Plant Nutrition, Russian Journal of Plant Physiology, Journal of Phytopathology, Archive for Bryology, Journal of Mycopathological Research, Journal of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Phykos, Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology, Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Journal of Hazardous Material, Crop Protection, Journal of Environmental Biology, Journal of Ecophysiology and Occupational Health., Journal of  Applied Biosciences,  Revue de Paléobiologie Genève, Journal of the Indian Botanical Society, Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology (UK), Biotech, Sericologia, Canadian Journal of Botany, Food and Chemical Toxicology, Ecology and Environmental Research, Journal of the  Bombay Natural History Society, Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Post-harvest Biology and Technology, Microbiological Research, World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology, Chemosphere, Feddes Reppertorium, Ecoprint, Indian Journal of Plant Physiology, Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding (Genetica Agraria), New Phytologist, Physiologia Plantarum,  Journal of Functional and Environmental Botany, Journal of Hazardous Materials, The Japanese Journal of Botany, Phytotaxa, Environmental and Experimental Botany, Environmental Pollution, Molecular Biotechnology, Plant Signal Behaviour, International Journal of Thermal and Environmental Engineering, International Journal of Phytoremediation, Ecological Engineering, Journal of Plant Physiology and Pathology, Environmental Processes, Plant Cell Reports, Acta Physiologica Plantarum, Journal of Toxicology, National Academy Science Letters,  Pharmacophore, Bioinformation, International Journal of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems, Journal of Translational Toxicology, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Research Journal of  Soil  Biology, Environmental and Experimental Botany, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Research, Journal of Biodiversity Management and Forestry, Planta, Journal Geological Society of India, Trends in Biosciences, Plant Stress, Virus Genes, Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, Journal of Integrative Biology etc.

Recent Publication:


Title of Paper

Name of Authors

Journal Name, Volume, Page No. (Year)


Impact Factor


Assessment of carbon sequestration potential of tropical tree species for urban forestry .

Soumit Behera Shruti Mishra Nayan Sahu, N manika, Shiv Naresh Singh…..,.,., Nalini Pandey

Ecological Engineering, 181: 2022




Biotechnological Approaches to Enhance Zinc Uptake and Utilization Efficiency in Cereal Crops. 21

Pankaj Kumar Verma Shikha Verma Debasis Chakrabarty &   Nalini Pandey

Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 2021





Reproductive pollen-stigma interaction development and in sunflower plants receiving boron deficient and toxic supply44

Archana &  Nalini Pandey

J  of Plant Nutrition supply44: 2157-2166  2021






CC-type glutaredoxin, OsGrx_C7 plays a crucial role in enhancing protection against salt stress in rice:

Pankaj Kumar Verma, Shikha Verma , Rudra Deo Tripathi  , Nalini Pandey , Debasis Chakrabarty

J of Biotechnology, 192-203, 2021




Adaptive fitness of Sapindus emarginatus Vahl populations towards future climatic regimes and the limiting factors of its distribution. 10:3803-14

Ashish Kumar Pal1, Vivek Vaishna , Baleshwar Meena , Nalini Pandey & Tikam Singh Rana1

Scientific Reports,10:3803-14, 2020




Proteomic changes may lead to yield alteration in maize under carbon dioxide enriched condition 10:1-24.

Maurya, V.K., Gupta, S.K., Sharma, M., Majumder, B., Deeba, F., Pandey, N. and Pandey, V.,

3 Biotech, 26(7):10:1-24. 2020




Growth, physiological and proteomic responses in field grown wheat varieties exposed to elevated CO2 under high ambient ozone 26(7):1437-1461

Vivek K Maurya, Sunil K. Gupta, Marisha Sharma, Baisakhi Majumde, Farah Deeba,   Nalini Pandey and    Vivek Pandey

Physiology Molecular  Biology of  Plants,26(7):1437-1461, 2020




Vetiver grass is a potentialcandidate for phytoremediation of iron ore mine spoil dumps.

Banerjee R, Goswami P,Lavania S, Mukherjee A and Lavania UC

Ecological Engineering 132: 120-136 (2019)




Two new species of Cololejeuneafrom Western Ghats, India.

Geeta Asthana and Abha Srivastava

Journal of Bryology, 41(2): 166-173 (2019)


1743-2820 (e)



Two species of Fabronia new to India.

Sonu Yadav, Chandrakala Bhagat and Geeta Asthana

Arctoa 28: 218-221 (2019)




In vitro Studies on Endemic Hornwort Anthoceros bharadwajiiUdar& Asthana (Anthocerotophyta).

Isha Pathak, Geeta Asthana and A.K. Asthana

Phytomorphology 69(3&4): 95-99 (2019)

 0031- 9949



Studies on molecular variability of coat protein gene of Papaya ringspot virus-P isolate from India

Kumar R, Srivastava Ashish, Srivastava A, Srivastava S,Prasad V, Raj SK

Eur J Plant Pathol 155: 369-376 (2019)




Induced antiviral resistance induction and growth promotion by the rhizobacterium PantoeaAgglomerans

Gupta AK, Verma J, Srivastava A, Srivastava S,Prasad V

J Global Biosciences 8: 6219-6235




Facile synthesis of CuFe2O4 doped polyacrylic acid hydrogel nanocomposite and its application in dye degradation

Kannaujia R, Prasad V, Sapna, Rawat P, Rawat V, Thakur A, Majumdar S, Verma M, Rao GK, Gupta AP, Kumar H, Srivastava CM

Materials Letters 252: 198-201(2019)




Nitric Oxide Alleviates Iron Toxicity by Reducing Oxidative Damage and Growth Inhibition in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Seedlings.

Laxmi Verma and Nalini Pandey

Intl. J. Plant Environ.40: 384-392 (2019)




Assessment of water logging induced physio-biochemical changes in sugarcane varieties and its association with water logging tolerance.

Smita Singh, S.P Singh, A.D. Pathak and Nalini Pandey

J Environ. Biology 40(3):384-392 (2019)

 0254-8704 2394-0379 (e)



Nitric Oxide Alleviates Iron Toxicity by Reducing Oxidative Damage and Growth Inhibition in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Seedlings.

Laxmi Verma and Nalini Pandey

Intl. J. Plant Environ.40: 384-392 (2019)




Assessment of Essential Nutrients in Soil with Litter Chemistry of Tropical Deciduous Forest, India.

S Mishra, Shiv NSingh, LB Chaudhary, S K Behera, M Kumar, MK Jain, VKumar, and Nalini Pandey

Intl. J. Plant Environ. 5 (01): 40-46 (2019)




Assessment of various genetic components through NCD-I and NCD-III designs of biparental mating in opium poppy

Maurya KN, Pal PK, Asthana G, Srivastava A, Shukla S

Journal of Genetics 98:27 (2019)




Ethnobotany and Pharmacology of PinusSpecies Growing Naturally in Indian Himalayas: A Plant Review

Singh, Lav; Dixit, Pooja;  Srivastava, Ravi Prakash;  Pandey, Shivaraman; Verma, Praveen; Saxena, Gauri.

Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 20(15) (2019)




Characterising the hypertolerance potential of two indigenous bacterial strains (Bacillus flexus and Acinetobacter junii) and their efficacy in arsenic bioremediation.

NainaMarwa, Namrata Singh, Suchi Srivastava, Gauri Saxena, Vivek Pandey, Nandita Singh.

Journal of Applied Microbiology (2019)




New Taxon of Fungal Endophytes from PhryniumcapitatumWilld: A Promising Ethnomedicinal Plant in Northeast India and its Systematic and Phylogenetic Analysis.

Sharma R., Tangjang S. and Shukla AC

Science and Technology Journal, 7(1): 29-36 (2019)




Antifertility studies of PhologacanthusthyrsiflorusNees: A potential ethnomedicinal plant of North East India

Thangjam, N.M., Kumar, A., Shukla, A.C., Shukla, N. and Singh, C.B..

Journal Indian Botanical Society, 98(3&4): 207- 211(2019)

 0019- 4468



Diversity and Distribution of Lichens in Murlen National Park of Mizoram, India.

Thangjam NM, Kumar, A., Shukla, AC and Upreti D.

Environment and Ecology 37 (3): 664-672 (2019)


NAAS 4.18


An insight into the mechanism of antifungal activity of biogenic nanoparticles than their chemical counterparts

Madhuree Kumari, Ved P. Giri, Shipra Pandey, Manoj Kumar, RatnaKatiyar, C. S. Nautiyal, Aradhana Mishra

Pesticide Biochemistry & Physiology 157:45-52 (2019)

0048-3575  1095-9939(e)



Zinc fertilization in a degraded land enhanced growth and biochemical constituents in wheat.

Tripathi, S and S. N. Pandey

Journal of Applied Bioscience  (2019)


NAAS 3.68


Allyl-isothio-cyanate ameliorates the pre-neoplastic changes induced by the fern           Dryopteris nigropalaceae on experimental feeding in Guinea pigs.

Sarvesh K. Rai, Rinku Sharmaa,  Rajendra D. Patil, Sivakumar periasamy, Lars H, Rasmussen, Yogendra S. Padwade, Alka Kumari, RasbehariBhar.

Journal of Veterinary Science 124: 24-31 (2019)




Seasonal incidence of black scale Saissetiaoleae(Olievier) on the fern Thelypteristylodes (Kunze) from western Himalaya.

SGE Ishwar Reddy &Alka Kumari

Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 57: 59-62 (2019)




The nitric oxide suppressed Arabidopsis mutants- Atnoa1 and Atnia1nia2noa1-2 produce nitric oxide in MS growth medium and on uranium exposure.

Tewari RK, Horemans N, Nauts R, Wannijn J, Van Hees May, Vandenhove H

Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 140, 9-17






An effective antioxidant defence provides protection against zinc deficiency-induced oxidative stress in Zn-efficient maize plants.

Tewari RK, Kumar P, Sharma PN

Journal Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 182: 701-707 (2019)




Nitrogen nutritional status affect growth, water relations and carbohydrate fractions of mulberry plants.

Tewari R.K

Journal of Applied Bioscience 45: 29-36 (2019)




Nitric oxide-mediated modulation of functional iron status in iron-deficient maize plants.

Tewari RK

International Journal of Plant and Environment 5: 78-83 (2019)




Enhancement of total antioxidants and flavonoid (quercetin) by methyl jasmonateelicitation in tissue culture of onion (Allium cepa L.)

Mohammad Shariq Iqbal, Zahra Iqbal and Mohammad Israil Ansari

Acta Agrobotanica 72 (3) (2019)




Role of GABA transaminase in the regulation of development and senescence in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Syed UzmaJalil, M. Iqbal R Khan and Mohammad Israil Ansari

Current Plant Biology 19: 1-8 (2019)




Orthomnionjavense(Mniaceae, Bryophyta), new to India and Nepal.

Ichha Omar, M.C. Nair, A.K. Asthana and Geeta Asthana

Phytotaxa432 (3): 283–288 (2020)

 1179-3155  1179-3163 (e)



Proteomic changes may lead to yield alteration in maize under carbon dioxide enriched condition

Vivek K. Maurya, Sunil K. Gupta, Marisha Sharma, Baisakhi Majumder, Farah Deeba, Nalini Pandey and Vivek Pandey

3 Biotech 10:203 (2020)




Adaptive fitness of Sapindus

emarginatusVahl populations towards future climatic regimes and the limiting factors of its distribution


Ashish Kumar Pal, Vivek Vaishnav, Baleshwar Meena, Nalini Pandey&Tikam Singh Rana


Scientific Reports(2020) 10:3803 |






Growth, physiological and proteomic responses in field grownwheat varieties exposed to elevated CO2 under high ambient ozone

Vivek KMaurya, Sunil K. Gupta, Marisha Sharma, Baisakhi Majumder, Farah Deeba, Nalini Pandey and Vivek Pandey

Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants volume 26: 1437–1461(2020)


0974-0430 (e)



Effect of rhizospheric inoculation of isolated arsenic (As) tolerant strains on growth, As-uptake and bacterial communities in association with Adiantumcapillus-veneris

Marwa N., Mishra N., Singh N., Mishra, A., Saxena, G., Pandey, V. and Singh, N

Ecotoxicological Environmental Safety,  196:110498 (2020)




Morpho-anatomical variation and their phylogenetic implications in native and exotic species of Pinus growing in the Indian Himalayas.

Singh, Lav; Dixit, Pooja; Srivastava, Ravi Prakash; Pandey, Shiva; Verma, Praveen; Saxena, Gauri.

Anales de Biologia, 42:105-114 (2020)




Assessment of Total Phenolic and Flavonoid Contents and Potential Biological Efficacy of Few Pinus species Growing in Northern Himalayas.

Singh, Lav; Dixit, Pooja; Updadhyay, Atul; Srivastava, Ravi Prakash; Verma, Chandra; Saxena, Gauri.

Annals of Agriculture Science 2019090010 (preprint) (2020)




Diversity of fungal endophytes from Phlogacanthusthyrsiformis (Roxb.exHardw.) Mabb., A Promising Medicinal Plant in Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India.

Sharma R., Tangjang S. and Shukla AC

Journal Indian Botanical Society 99 (1&2): 46-55 (2020)

 0019- 4468



Morphological assessment of water stressed sugarcane: A comparison of waterlogged and drought affected crop.

VaruchaMisra, S. Solomon, A.K., Mall, C.P. Prajapati, A. Hashem, E.S. Abdullah, Mohammad Israil Ansari

Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences 27: 1228-1236 (2020)




In-vitro catalytic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, activities of bioengineered copper quantum dots using Mangiferaindica (L) leaf extract.

Humaira Rani, Satrudra Prakash Singh, Thakur Prasad, Mohd Sajid Khan, Mohammad Israil Ansari.

Materials Chemistry and Physics 239:122052 (2020)




Minimization of post-harvest sucrose losses in drought affected sugarcane using chemical formulation.

VaruchaMisra, S. Solomon, A. Hashem, E.S. Abdullah, A.F. Al-Arjani, A.K., Mall, C.P. Prajapati, Mohammad Israil Ansari.

Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences (2020)





Deposition of NO3-, NO2-, NH4+, PO43-, SO42-, Cl-, F- and As3+ and water quality assessment of physico-chemical parameters and effect on nitrogen fixing algae in the river Gomati at Lucknow

Lallan Prasad, Vijay Shankar and Amit Kumar Singh

Bhugol Swadesh Charcha (Multidisciplinary International Journal)16 (1): 1-7 (2020)



Distinguished Alumni

FRS:                         Prof. Birbal Sahni

Padma Bhushan:        Prof. T.S. Sadasivan

Padma Bhushan:        Dr. Manju Sharma

Padma Shri:               Sri K.P. Saxena

Padma Shri:               Prof. Pramod Tandon 

Fellowships of National and International Academies/Societies

The Faculty of the Department of Botany has received Fellowships of National and International Academies/Societies:

Prof. Birbal Sahni (FRS)

Prof. S.N. Dasgupta (FNA)

Prof. S.K. Pande (FNA)

Prof. S.C. Agarwala (FNA, FNASc)

Prof. B.S. Trivedi (FNA)

Prof. B.N. Prasad (FLS, FNASc)

Prof. G.S. Verma (FLS)

Prof. Ram Udar (FNA)

Dr D.D. Awasthi (FNA, FASc, FNASc)

Prof. C.P. Sharma (FNASc)

Prof. H.N. Verma (FNASc)

Prof. S.C. Srivastava (FNASc)

Prof. Seshu Lavania (FLS)

Prof. Nalini Pandey (FLS)

Prof. Alka Srivastava (FLS)

Long-term projects granted

  • ICAR sponsored All India Co-ordinated Research Project on ‘Micro and Secondary Nutrients and Pollutant Elements in Soils and Plants’ (1967-2018). The project won the Chowdhary Devilal Outstanding AICRP Award.
  • MoEF sponsored All India Co-ordinated Project on Taxonomy (AICOPTAX) of Bryophytes and Algae (1999-2012).

Funding Received

The Department was selected for financial support by UGC-SAP, UGC- COSIST, DST-FIST, DST-PURSE. The Department was accorded as a Centre of Excellence in 2015 & 2018 by UP Government.

Ongoing Research Projects:

S.No. Name of the Scheme/Project Name of the Principal Investigator/ Co Investigator (if applicable) Name of the Funding agency Duration  
  Characterization of GABA-transaminase gene promoter for regulatory mechanism during rice leaf senescence process  Dr. M.I. Ansari   DST, New Delhi   2019-2021  
  New emerging Contaminant, metallic nanoparticles in agri environment, toxicity, tolerance and molecular adaptations in cereal crops  Prof. Poornima Vajpayee Higher Education, Govt of UP, Lucknow 2018-2019  
  Centre of Excellence   Screening of better performing  grain legumes in micronutrient and microfllora amended problem soils of Uttar Pradesh Prof. Y.K.Sharma  Higher Education, Govt of UP, Lucknow 2014-2017  
  In vitro rhizogenesis and root transformation in endangered Himalayan medicinal herb Seliniumsp for characterization of its metabolites  Prof. Gauri Saxena  DST, New Delhi (Under TARE Scheme) 2018-2021  
  Deciphering the role of nitric oxide in root development and zinc availability in rice plants Dr. Rajesh Kumar Tewari DST, New Delhi (Under TARE Scheme) 2019-2022  

MoU: MoU with ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow for Research.

Major Miscellaneous Activities and Achievements

  • The Department ranked 3rd (2018), and 2nd (2019) by the University of Lucknow.
  • Refresher Course in ‘Botany & Life Sciences’, December 17-31, 2019.
  • 'Udeepan' Best Research Paper Award (2020-2021) to Prof Nalini Pandey, Prof Gauri Saxena, Dr M.I. Ansari, Dr Rajesh K. Tewari.
  • 'Uddepan' Best Research Paper Award (2019-2020) for Faculty Members to Dr Mohammad Israil Ansari and Dr Rajesh Kumar Tewari.
  • 'Uddepan' Best Research Paper Award (2019-2020) for Research Students to Dr Kiran Gupta and Mr Ved Prakash Giri.
  • Science Academies’ Lecture Workshop on ‘Phytodiversity in Environmental Perspective’, November 13-14, 2017. Lectures delivered by illustrious Scientists - Dr. R.R. Rao, FNA, (INSA Honorary Scientist); Dr. R. D. Tripathi, FNASc (Emeritus Scientist, CSIR-NBRI); Prof. R.S. Tripathi, FNA (INSA Honorary Scientist); Dr. D.K. Upreti, FNA (J C Bose Fellow, CSIR-NBRI); Dr. T. S. Rana (Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NBRI); Dr U.C. Lavania, FNA (INSA Emeritus Scientist).
  • Special Lectures delivered by eminent Scientists – B.R. Chaudhary (BHU); Prof. A. Hemantaranjan (BHU); Dr Pallavi Singh (Cambridge University); Dr Manoj Prasad (NIPGR); Dr. P.V. Sane, FNA (Former Director, CSIR-NBRI); Prof. S.R. Yadav, FNA (UGC-BSR Fellow, Shivaji University, Kolhapur); Prof. N.K. Arora (BBAU, Lucknow); Dr. R.K. Lal (Emeritus Scientist, CSIR-CIMAP); Dr. P.K. Srivastava (Scientist, CSIR-NBRI), Dr Bernadette Montanari (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)