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Name Dr. Prakash Karmakar
Designation Associate Professor
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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        
Associate Professor, Department of Botany and Forestry, Vidyasagar University since 11.06.2017
Lecturer, Department of Botany, Bankura Christian College from 2003 - 2006; Assistant Professor,Department of Botany and Forestry, Vidyasagar University since 2006
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
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
Utilization of Indian Dammar Bee (Tetragonula iridipennis Smith) as a Pollinator of Bitter GourdActa Agrobotanica, 73(1): 1-72020Polish Botanical Society (IF: 0.43)
Specialized metabolites contributing to colour and scent volatiles in Uvaria hamiltoni flowersNatural Product Research 2019Tailor and Francis (IF: 1.9)
Comparing the pollen forage pattern of stingless bee (Trigona iridipennisSmith) between rural and semi-urban areas of West Bengal, IndiaJournal of Asia-Pacific Entomology Volume 22, Issue 3, September 2019, Pages 714-7222019Elsevier (IF: 1.071)
Seed ecology of Ecbolium ligustrinum (Vahl) Vollesen, an important medicinal plant of Asiatic tropicsINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOSCIENCES 15(1): 310-3202019International Network For Natural Sciences
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 2018Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica (IF:0.511)
Nesting characteristics, floral resources, and foraging activity of Trigona iridipennis Smith in Bankura district of West Bengal, India.Insectes Sociaux 65: 117-132 2018Springer (IF–1.7)
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 2018Nature Publishing Group (IF-4.259)
Pollen analysis of Apis dorsata Fabricius honeys in Bankura and Paschim Medinipur districts, West Bengal.Grana 57(4):298-310 2018Taylor & Francis (IF–1.085)
Pollinators of Ecbolium Ligustrinum (Vahl) Vollesen: A Shifting From Melittophily to Myophily.Advances in Bioresearch 9(1):106-1132018Society of Education, India

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

Other Publication

Books Published
Title of the BookPublished byYearRole
"Distribution, Nesting Biology and Floral Resources of Red Dwarf Honey Bee (Apis florea Fabricius) in West Bengal, India" in "The Future Role of Dwarf Honey Bees in Natural and Agricultural Systems" edited by D. P. AbrolCRC Press; Tailor and Francis2020Corresponding author
Ph. D. Thesis Guidance
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
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" Submitted2019
Nandita DasFloral resource partitioning between native honeybee and stingless bee in semi-urban and rural areas of Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal Ongoing2022 (Expected)
Rajib MondalMelissopalynological studies on Apis cerana (Fabricius, 1793) in relation to apicultural practices in Paschim Medinipur, West BengalProf. Subrata Kumar De, Department of Zoology, Vidyasagar UniversityOngoing2021 (Expected)
Bubai Bera"Studies in the reproductive ecology of Canscora decusseta an important medicinal plant of Tropics” Ongoing2021 (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
Arabindo Samanta"Studies in the reproductive ecology of Cheilocostus speciosus (J.Konig) C.Specht an important medicinal plant” Ongoing2020
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
Shabari Sarkar DasRole of microRNAs involved in seed physiology and related developmental processes using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model systemDr. A. K. Nandi, Dept of Botany & Forestry, Vidyasagar Univ.Awarded2020
Arijit KunduStudies in the reproductive ecology of an important medicinal plant Ecbolium ligustrinum (Vahl) VollesenProf P.K.Pal, Burdwan Univ.Awarded2019
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
Project Work

Ongoing Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Yield Enhancement of Cashew Nut (Anacardium occidentale L.) through Anthropophily, Beekeeping and Accessory PlantationPrincipal InvestigatorWB-DST11730003 year20192022 Exptd.

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

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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