Botany Faculty

Dr. Rogimon P. Thomas

Head of the Department

Education: BSc., M.G. University, 2001
MSc., Botany, Studied at M.G.University, 2003
B.Ed. M.G.University, 2004
PhD., M.G.University, 2017

Area of Specialization: Taxonomy,Biodiversity Assessment

Email: rogimon.p.thomas@cmscollege.ac.in

Awards & Recognition:

Other Details:

Other Positions held
Co-ordinator of Two Day Hands-on workshop on Plant DNA Barcoding. 13th 14th December 2011. Organsed by CMS College Kottayam  and sponsored by MG University Kottayam.
Co-ordinator  of NEAC (National Environment Awareness Campaign) 2012-2013 in association with CED Thiruvananthapuram and funded by MoEF, New Delhi.
Coordinator of SEAC (State Environment Awareness Campaign) 2013-14 in association with Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Govt. of Kerala.
Coordinator of One Day State Level Seminar on Angiosperm Systematics organized by Department of Botany in association with Kerala State Biodiversity Board.

Currently doing Ph.D. on the topic ‘Molecular based identification and phytochemical evaluation of selected members of Verbenaceae’ in the School of Environmental Sciences, M.G.University, Kottayam.

UGC Minor Project
Title: DNA Barcoding of Murdannia (Commelinaceae) in Western Ghats
Order No. MRP(S)-1409/11-12/KLMG002/UGC-SWRO dated 28th September 2012
Amount sanctioned: Rs. 2,00,000/-
P.G. Guidance: over 15
Major Research Contribution
Discovery of Murdannia satheeshiana – a new species of Commelinaceae from the Western Ghats, India.

PC 3 Pteridology
PC6 Cell and Molecular Biology
PC 7 Angiosperm Systematics
PC 9 Microtechnique
PC 11 Biotechnology
PC 12 Taxonomy of Angiosperms
PE1 Biotechnology
BO5B07U Horticulture
BO6B011U Angiosperm Morphology,Taxonomy and Economic Botany
BO1C01U Cryptogams,Gymnosperms and Plant Pathology
BO2C02U Plant Physiology
BO3C03U Angiosperm Taxonomy and Economic Botany
BO4C04U Anatomy and Applied Botany

Books Published
1. Tony Cherian, Rogimon P. Thomas and Manuel Thomas. 2012.Basics of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics. Bulbul Scientific Services, Kottayam.ISBN 978-81-923850-0-6
2. Anooja Thomas K, Manuel Thomas, Tony Cherian, Hari N. and Rogimon P. Thomas.2012. Basics of Microbiology. Bulbul Scientific Services, Kottayam. ISBN 978-81-923850-1-3
3. Rogimon P Thomas, Manuel Thomas and Kiran V.S. 2012.Perspectives in Science & Extracts of Plant Diversity. Bulbul Scientific Services, Kottayam. ISBN 978-81-923850-4-4
4. Rogimon P. Thomas et al. Florill: Flora on the Campus Hill, A visual diary of flowering plants of CMS College Kottayam. Published by Vidyanikshepam,C.M.S.College Kottayam. ISBN 978-81-925991-0-6 
Book Chapters
1.Joby Paul, Rogimon P. Thomas and K. Sankaran Unni.2012.  Phytodiversity of Riparian Forests in Biodiversity: Issues, Impacts, Remediation and Significance. VLMS Publishers, New Delhi. ISBN 978-93-80820-50-7
Books Edited
1.Anooja Thomas K, Rogimon P. Thomas and Hari N. 2012. Proceedings of International Conference on Bioactive Natual Compounds from Plant Food in Nutrition and Health. Bulbul Scientific Services, Kottayam. ISBN 978-81-923850-5-1
2. Mini Chacko and Rogimon P. Thomas. 2008. Abstracts and Proceedings of International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture, CMS College Kottayam.
Professional Affiliations
Chief Editor: mRNA  [ISSN (Print) 2319-2747]
Life Member IAAT (Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy)
Life Member SAB (Society for Applied Biotechnology)
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Research Papers Published: International Peer Reviewed Journals with Impact Factor(2)
1. Joby Paul, Rogimon P Thomas et al. Species richness, diversity and phytosociology along the elevation gradient in the riparian forest of Pamba river,Southern Western Ghats.River Research and Application. (Accepted paper for publication). Impact factor:2.028
2.Joby Paul, Rogimon P. Thomas et al. 2011. Murdannia satheeshiana – a new species of Commelinaceae from the Western Ghats, India. Phytotaxa 22:41-46. ISSN 1179-3163. Impact factor:1.797
Research Papers Published: International Peer Reviewed Journals (6)
1.Manuel Thomas, Rogimon P.Thomas and M.Thangavel.2014. Pseudallescheria boydii in wild rodents in Kerala,India. Asian Jr.of Microbiol.Biotech.Env.Sci,16(1):109-110
2. Rogimon P. Thomas, Joby Paul.2013. Distribution and ecology of the genus Murdannia Royle (Commelinaceae) in South India.Online International Interdisciplinary Research Journal, 3(6).
3. Robert Raju, Rogimon P. Thomas, Manuel Thomas, Kiran V.S. and Joby Paul. 2014. Antibacterial activities of some Indian tralatitious plant extracts. International Journal of Research in Botany, 4(1):6-8.
4. Manuel Thomas, M.Thangavel, K.S. Soumya and Rogimon P. Thomas. 2013. Dematiaceous fungi on wild rats inhabiting oil palm plantation, Kerala ,India. Biotechnology, Biosciences Research Asia,10(2):945-949.
5.Rogimon P. Thomas, Manuel Thomas, Joby paul and Mahesh Mohan.2013. Antifungal activity of Verbenaceae. Biotechnology, Biosciences Research Asia,10(1):355-360.
6.Rogimon P. Thomas, Joby Paul, Rameshan Mutharimettek and Mahesh Mohan. 2012. Ecological distribution mapping of the genus Vitex in Kerala, India using geographic information system. Acta Biologica Indica 1(2):165-170.  eISSN 2279-0160
Nucleotide sequence submission in GenBank U.S.A. (12)
1. GenBank: KF796629
Rotheca serrata ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds; chloroplast
2. GenBank: KF796630
Phyla nodiflora ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds; chloroplast
3. GenBank: KF796631
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds
4. GenBank: KF796632
Vitex altissima ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds
5. GenBank: KF796633
Vitex negundo var. negundo ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds; chloroplast
6. GenBank: KF796634
Vitex trifolia ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds; chloroplast
7. GenBank: KF796635
Vitex leucoxylon ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds; chloroplast
8. GenBank: KF796636
Vitex negundo var. purpurascens ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds; chloroplast
9. GenBank: KF796637
Vitex pinnata ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds
10. GenBank: KF796638
Clerodendrum inerme ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds; chloroplast
11. GenBank: JQ067698
Premna serratifolia ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds; plastid
12. GenBank: JQ067697
Murdannia satheeshiana ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) gene, partial cds; plastid
Research Papers Published: National Journals (5)
1. Sreekumar,K.R.,Joby Paul and Rogimon P Thomas    .2013.Taxonomic and ecological appraisal of Ixora johnsonii Hook.f. mRNA2(3).
2. George K.V., Thomas ,R.P. and John,S.B.2007.Hepatoprotective action of Rhinacanthus nasutus (L.)Kurtz.IJBR 3(1):173-176.
3. George, K.V. Thomas, R.P. et al. 2007. Efficacy of the bioactive compounds of Allium sativum Linn. on in vitro crystallization of cholesterol. IJMR 3(2):327-332. 
4.Thomas, M., Prabha, R., Aneesha, C., Vaghese, R., Antony, J., Thomas, R.P., Isac, A.S. and Samuel, K.A.2006.Studies on fungi associated with healthy skin coats of domestic animals. J.Zool.Soc.Kerala,11:1&2.
5.Thomas,M., Thomas,R.P., Antony,J., Rajasekharan,K. and Raja,M.P.2006. A study on microbial contamination in domestic environment. S.B.Academic Review,Kerala.
Research Papers in Proceedings (4)
1. Jose John, M.S.Francis, Rogimon P. Thomas and N Hari.2012. Cyanobacteria from Idukki Dstrict with potential applications in human nutrition. In Proceedings of International Conference on Bioactive Natual Compounds from Plant Food in Nutrition and Health. Bulbul Scientific Services, Kottayam. ISBN 978-81-923850-5-1
2.  Rogimon P Thomas and K V George. 2012. Traditional botanical knowledge of Mannan tribes in Kovilmala, Kerala State. International Seminar on Multidisciplinary approaches in angiosperm systematic, IAAT & University of Kalyani, West Bengal.
3. George, K.V., Thomas, R.P. and Paul,J. 2007. Traditional botanical knowledge on  Saraca asoca (Roxb.) de Wilde: An enquiry among the ayurvedic practitioners of Kerala. National Seminar on Conservation, Cultivation and Sustainable Utilization of Saraca asoca, KRFI, Peechi, Thrissur.
4.Thomas, R.P. and Srikumar,P. Borassus flabellifer- The Forgotten Palm. 2008. International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture, CMS College Kottayam.
Papers Presented: International Conferences/Seminars/Symposia (7)
1. Joby Paul,Rogimon P Thomas, Rameshan M and Sankaran Unni. Spatial Distribution of Riparian Endemic Trees of Pamba River Basin, Kerala State.2011. In abstracts of International Conference on Impact of Physical Sciences on Biology  organized by Post Graduate and Research Department of Botany, Queen Mary’s College (A), Chennai and sponsored by DST, CSIR, DBT, MoES and Science City.
2. Rogimon P Thomas et al. 2010. A comparative study of essential oil constituents of Vitex L. 2010. XX Annual Conference of IAAT and International Symposium on Taxonomy Plant diversity and Conservation. Bharathiar University,Coimbatore.
3.Rogimon P Thomas and Stephy Kuriakose. 2010.Studies on floral biology of different color variants of Lantana camara L. 2010. XX Annual Conference of IAAT and International Symposium on Taxonomy Plant diversity and Conservation. Bharathiar University,Coimbatore.
4. George, K.V. and Thomas, R.P. 2009. Chemotaxonomic investigations on Vitex trifolia L. XIX Annual Conference of IAAT and International Symposium on Angiosperm Systematics and Phylogeny: Retrospects and Prospects. National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow.
5.Thomas,R.P.,Mathew,S. and George,K.V.2005. Hepatoprotective effects of Premna serratifolia L. in abstracts of Int. Coneference on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development held at St.Berchman’s College Changanacherry.
6.Antony,J., Thomas R.P., and Joseph S.P.2005. A comparative study on the antimicrobial effects of selected oils. in abstracts of Int. Coneference on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development held at St.Berchman’s College Changanacherry.
7.George,.K.V.,Thomas,R.P. and Mathew,B.D.2005. Pharmacognostic studies on Agnimantha. in abstracts of Int. Coneference on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development held at St.Berchman’s College Changanacherry.
Papers presented: National Conferences/Seminars (5)
1. Asha Ramachandran and Rogimon P.Thomas. Ethnobotany and Benefit sharing models. In abstracts of UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Ethnobotany and Plant Genetic Resource Management organized by Baselius College  Kottayam (17 and 18 December 2014).
2. Sreekumar K.R., Priyanka Rajan, Sreejamol T.N., Joby Paul and Rogimon P. Thomas. Agro-ecosystem plant diversity inventory - A model from Kooroppada Grama panchayath, Kottayam, Kerala. In abstracts of UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Ethnobotany and Plant Genetic Resource Management organized by Baselius College  Kottayam (17 and 18 December 2014).
3. Joby Paul, Rogimon P. Thomas, Manuel Thomas and K. Sankaran Unni. Biological spectra, lifeform, landform and functional vegetation type in the riparian forests of Pamba river basin, southern Western Ghats, India. In Abstracts of National Conference on Recent Trends in Molecular Biology (12-14 December 2012) organized by Department of Botany and Biotechnology, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara, Alapuzha and sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, University Grants Commission and Council for Scientific & Industrial Research.
4.. Manuel Thomas, Kiran V.S., Joby Paul and Rogimon P. Thomas. Diversity of Dematiaceous fungi among wetland rodents. In Abstracts of National Conference on Recent Trends in Molecular Biology (12-14 December 2012) organized by Department of Botany and Biotechnology, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara, Alapuzha and sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, University Grants Commission and Council for Scientific & Industrial Research.
5. Varghese,P., Thomas,R.P.,Antony,J., Cyriac,M.,Rajasekharan,. and Thomas,M. 2006. Bacterial pathogens associated with liquid wastes in a nosocomial environment. Procedings of 4th Indian Environmental Congress held at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,Kerala.