Department of Pharmacognosy


Pharmacognosy is scientific study of substances or drugs having their origin in plants and animals. It is a cultural heritage of pharmacy where use of plants and animals lies deep in the roots of antiguity, starting from premitive man emerging from his ancestral origin to select the plant for the treatment of ailments and their diagnosis, till the modern man inspite of many synthetic chemical entities the natural source have made their place in medicine.

The study involves right from cultivation of medicinal plants, their diagnositic characters (like macroscopy and microscopy), isolation, identification and production of secondary metabolites by application of tissue culture genetic engineering. The depth of study is increasing by the medicinal use of marine and aquatic sources.

 

Research Areas

Isolation, purification and analysis of herbal : 
Extraction of bioactive compounds from different natural sources like plants animals microbes and marine sources by various standard methods. Identification of different chemical groups present in the extracts of natural products. Purification of the natural compounds by different chromatography methods like TLC, column chromatography, HPLC and GC, identification of purified natural components by spectroscopic analysis like UV, IR, NMR and Mass.

 

Preparation of semi-synthetic derivative :
Preparation of semi-synthetic derivatives of natural compounds and evaluation of the derivatives for more effective bioactive compounds.

 

Development of formulation and evaluation methods:
To develop effective Ayurvedic formulation, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals of natural origin. Development of chemical and biological evaluation methods for standardization and stability studies of phytopharmaceuticals

 

Biotechnology studies:
Extraction and purification of enzymes, genes separation and production of recombinant plasmids, micropropagation, tissue culture, cell lines, transgenic plants, animals, stem cell culture and development of diagnostic methods for different ailments.

 

Ongoing Research work:

  • Screening of various plant extracts for Hepatoprotective, Antidiabetic, and Cardiovascular effects on albino rats
  • Phytochemical screening of plants Azima tetracantha Cocculus hirsutus Costus ignatus.
  • Screening of synthetic and natural compounds for antimicrobial and anthelmintic properties.
  • Micropropagation of important medicinal plants in Chitradurga district.
  • Water analysis project in Chitradurga for microorganisms.

 

Publications:

National International Total
12 0 12

 

Poster Presentations

National International Total
03 01 04

 

Conferences attended by Staff and Students:

National International Total
07 02 09

 

 

Faculty

Dr. Ekbote Maruthi - ( Professor & HOD ) view profile
Dr. Shankarappa. L - ( Asso. Professor ) view profile
Mr. Girish. M (Lecturer)