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Name Dr. Prakash Karmakar
Designation Assistant Professor, Teacher-in-Charge
Office Phone No 03222-276554/276555/276557 Extn. 430
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Address Department of Botany and Forestry, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore-721102
Educational Qualification
Degree NameInstituteYear of passing/awarded
Ph.DBurdwan University2009
B. Ed.Visva-Bharati1999
M. Sc.(Botany)Visva-Bharati1998
B.Sc.(Hons) BotanyVisva-Bharati1996

Career Profile / Teaching Experience
Qualified All India GATE 1998, Burdwan University Research Fellow from 1999 to 2000,Qualified Joint CSIR-UGC NET for Lectureship 2000,Summer Research Fellowship 2011 organized by IASc, INSA, NASI, Serving as a Guest Lecturer in the department of Botany, The University of Burdwan since 2009
Lecturer, Department of Botany, Bankura Christian College from 2003 - 2006; Assistant Professor,Department of Botany and Forestry, Vidyasagar University since 2006

Specialization/Research Area
Field of SpecializationResearch Area/ Areas of Interest
Palaeobotany, Palynology,PlantBiosystematics
Palynological investigation of honey to understand bee-forage for sustainable apicultural practice in the rural areas of West Bengal
Plant reproductive biology of medicinally important plants for in-situ conservation with special emphasis on pollination biology and plant-pollinator interactions
Palynology of Angiosperms,Gymnosperms and Pteridophytes
Foraging behaviour of stingless beee

Course/ Subject Taught
Plant Reproductive Biology

Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Pollen foraging behaviour of honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) in southern West Bengal, IndiaPalynology:1-142019Tailor and Francis (IF:1.383)
Apis mellifera pollen loads to understand the pollen foraging pattern usedfor apicultural practice in a potentially agricultural belt in Bengal, IndiaRevista de Biologia Tropical 66(4):1597-1605 (IF:0.511)2018Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica
Nesting characteristics, floral resources, and foraging activity of Trigona iridipennis Smith in Bankura district of West Bengal, India.Insectes Sociaux 65: 117-132 (IF–1.7)2018Springer
Expression dynamics of miRNAs and their targets in seed germination conditions reveals miRNA-ta-siRNA crosstalk as regulator of seed germination.Scientific Reports 8: 1-13 (IF-4.259)2018Nature Publishing Group
Pollen analysis of Apis dorsata Fabricius honeys in Bankura and Paschim Medinipur districts, West Bengal.Grana 57(4):298-310 (IF–1.085)2018Taylor & Francis
Pollinators of Ecbolium Ligustrinum (Vahl) Vollesen: A Shifting From Melittophily to Myophily.Advances in Bioresearch 9(1):106-1132018Society of Education, India
Bee plants used as nectar sources by Apis florea Fabricius in Bankura and Paschim Medinipur districts,West Bengal.Geophytology 46(1): 1-142016The palaeobotanical Society, Lucknow
Pollen forage and storage pattern of Apis dorsata Fabricius in Bankura and Paschim Medinipur districts, West Bengal.Int. J. Pure App. Biosci 4(5): 59-712016Vital Biotech, India
New distributional records of six legumes for the flora of Mizoram, IndiaNeBio 7(2): 38-412016NECEER
Significance of Trianthema portulacastrum L. in sustenance of Apis florea colonies during dearth periodInternational Journal of Biosciences (IJB), vol-7, issue-1, 22-292015INNSPUB
Foraging behavior of Apis florea Fabricius during winter and spring - summer in Bankura and Paschim M edinipur Districts, West BengalGlobal Journal of Bio-Science and Biotechnology - (GJBB); Vol-4, issue-3, 255-2632015Society for Science and Nature
Small RNA mediated regulation of seed germination. Frontiers in Plant Science. 6:1-7, (IF–4.298).2015Frontiers Media SA
Impatiens monticola (Balsaminaceae): A new distributional record for IndiaNeBio; vol-5, Issue-6, 31-332014NECEER
Pollination biology of Citrus aurantifolia: a medicinally important fruit plant.International Journal of innovative Research and Development 2(7): 138-1422013Golbeedu Group
Pollen analysis in understanding the foraging behaviour of Apis mellifera used for apicultural practice in Gangetic West BengalGeophytology 42(2): 93-1142013The palaeobotanical Society, Lucknow

National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
FLORISTIC COMPOSITION AND POLLEN MORPHOLOGY OF NAYACHAR: A NEWLY DEVELOPED ESTUARINE ISLAND OF WEST BENGAL, INDIAGlobal journal of Bioscience and Biotechnology (GJBB); 07(2):209-2192018Society For Science and Nature
Monocot pollen flora of Paschim Medinipur District, West Bengal with a note on pollen dispersal mechanismCurrent Botany 8: 41-542017Scienceflora Publishers Pvt. Ltd
Seedling phenology of Ecbolium ligustrinum exhibiting epigeal phanerocotylar type of germination.Bioscience Discovery. 8(4): 650-6582017RUT Printer and Publisher
Valeriana hardwickii Wallich and V. jatamansi Jones (Valerianaceae) - new additions to the flora of Mizoram, IndiaPleione 10(1): 203-2062016East Himalayan Society for Spermatophyte Taxonomy; Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Five new distributional records for the flora of Mizoram,India.Indian Journal of Forestry 37(1): 93-962014M/s Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Pollination of the Mahogany trees (Swietenia mahagoni) by an ovipositing thysanopteran insect (Priesneriola)Bionotes., 15(3): 88-892013A Biologists Confrerie, Raj Bhawan, Aligarh
Three new additions for the state flora of Mizoram, IndiaPleione 7(1): 266-2692013East Himalayan Society for Spermatophyte Taxonomy; Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Studies in The Pollen Morphology of some members of Acanthaceae in Paschim Medinipur District, West BengalIndian Journal of Biological Sciences. 18: 26-342012Registrar, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore
Significance of apiculture in overcoming the pollination crisis of wildly growing medicinally important plants and yield enhancement of Agri-horticultural plants.Medicinal plants: Various Perspectives: Eds. J. P. Keshri and R. Mukhopadhyay; 283-2912012Department of Botany and Publication unit, The University of Burdwan
Melittophily of medicinally important plants growing in Gangetic West Bengal by Apis mellifera employed for apicultural practice in the region.Proceeding vol. of the seminar on ‘Multidisciplinary Approaches in Angiosperm Systematics’ (11th – 13th October, 2008);752-7552012The University of Kalyani
Sesamum indicum L., a potential bee plant in Bankura and Paschim Medinipur Districts, West Bengal.J. Bot. Soc. Bengal 65 (1): 69-742011Botanical Society of Bengal
Floral Visitors on Bauhinia racemosa, A Threatened Medicinal PlantBionotes 12 (2): 60-612010A Biologists Confrerie, Raj Bhawan, Aligarh
Potentiality of Apis mellifera culture in enhancement of crop yield in Gangetic West BengalAdvances in Plant Biology (Debidas Bhattacharya Birth Centenary Commemorative volume): Eds. S. Mandal and S. Bhattacharya 456-4602009Bani Press, Sriniketan

Other Publication

Books Published

Ph. D. Thesis Guidence
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Mr. Arijit Kundu"STUDIES IN THE REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY OF Ecbolium linneanum Kurz : AN IMPORTANT MEDICINAL PLANT"Prof. P.K.Pal, Botany Dept, The Univ. of BurdwanSubmitted2018
Shabari Sarkar DasRole of micro-RNAs in the development process of ArabidopsisDr. A. K. Nandi, Dept of Botany & Forestry, Vidyasagar Univ.Submitted2018
Bubai Bera"Studies in the reproductive ecology of Canscora decusseta an important medicinal plant of Tropics” Ongoing2021 (Expected)
Arabindo Samanta"Studies in the reproductive ecology of Cheilocostus speciosus (J.Konig) C.Specht an important medicinal plant” Ongoing2020 (Expected)
Sourabh BisuiStudy of foraging ecology of stingless bee (Trigona sp.) with reference to honey production and crop yield in Paschim Medinipur district, West Bengal Ongoing2020 (Expected)
Ms. Tripti Nandi (Ghosh)"Melissopalynological Investigation in Understanding the Foraging Behaviour of Apis mellifera L. used for Apicultural Practice in North 24 Paraganas District and Adjoining Areas of West Bengal" Ongoing 
Mr. Subir Kr. Pattanayek"STUDIES IN THE REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY OF Clerodendrum viscosum Vent.: AN IMPORTANT MEDICINAL PLANT" Ongoing 

Awarded Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Ms. Arundhati Ghosh"Pollen flora of Paschim Medinipur District, West Bengal" Awarded2018
Samiran Panday"Flora of Phawngpui (Blue Mountain) National Park, Mizoram"Dr. B. K. Sinha; Scientist F, BSIAwarded2017
Mr. Ujjwal LayekMelissopalynological investigation to understand bee-forage in Bankura and Paschim Medinipur Districts, West BengalMr. R. K. BhakatAwarded2015

Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
"Conservation of Kanak-Durga forest Biodiversity at Chilkigarh through Habitat Restoration"Sukumar Sengupta Mahavidyalaya, Keshpur, Paschim MedinipurK D College of Commerce & General Studies, Midnapore2018
“Hands- on Training on Palaeobotanical and Palynological Techniques”Department of Botany, University of CalcuttaDepartment of Botany, University of Calcutta2014

Membership of Learned Society 
International Commission for Plant Bee Relationship
Life Member Botanical Society of Bengal
Life Member The Palaeobotanical Society

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
National seminar on Plant Biodiversity:Aspects and Prospects2011Paper PresenterVidyasagar University Department of Botany and Forestry
Two-day National Workshop on ‘Quality assurance in Reaccredited Institution’2010ParticipatorVidyasagar University
Two-day National Workshop on Use of free Software2010ParticipatorVidyasagar University
Golden Jubilee Symposium on Recent trends in contemporary Plant and Microbial Sciences2010Paper PresenterBotany Dept, Burdwan University
Conference on Plant Life Through The Ages2008Paper PresenterBSIP, Lucknow
International seminar on Multidisciplinary Approaches in Angiosperm Systematics2008Paper PresenterDepartment of Botany, Kalyani University
National seminar on Plants, Microbes and Forestry research for Sustainable Development2008Paper PresenterDept. of Botany & Forestry Vidyasagar University
National seminar on Medicinal Plants:Aspects and Prospects2008Paper PresenterBotany Dept, The University of Burdwan
National conference on Plant and Microbial Diversity: Prospects and Potentials2005Paper PresenterBotany Dept, Visva-Bharati

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
National seminar On "Trends in Contemporary Research in Plant Science"2018Organizing SecretaryDST-SERB
National seminar on Plant Biodiversity:Aspects and Prospects2011Joint ConvenorUGC

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