Botanist Dr. Mamiyil Sabu bags E K Janaki Ammal National Award for Plant Taxonomy
Kozhikode: Former professor at University of Calicut and botanist Dr Mamiyil Sabu has been selected for E K Janaki Ammal National Award for Plant Taxonomy. He has been honoured for his contribution in the field of Angiosperm Taxonomy. The award will be handed over to him on World Environment Day, which falls on June 5 this year.
Dr Sabu has been selected for the award for the year 2018. The award was instituted by the Ministry of Forests and Environment in memory of Dr E K Janaki Ammal, the first lady botanist in India, to honour the experts in taxonomy. The award comprises of a purse of Rs 5 lakh and a medal.
Dr Sabu has 36 years of experience in teaching and research. He had served as the Head of the Department of Botany at University of Calicut from 2012 to 2014. He conducted several national and international seminars during this period.
Dr. Sabu has been researching on the Taxonomy of Indian Zingiberales for the past 25 years. He also set up a germplasm of over 190 species in the ginger gene bank of Calicut University Botanical Garden. He also identified and described 67 new species of plants. Five new species were named after him as an honour.
Dr Sabu has published over 160 papers in National and International Journals and has also penned 11 books on this subject.
Dr Sabu is the recipient of several honours including Prof. Panchanan Maheswari Gold Medal (2010) instituted by the Indian Botanical Society (IBS), Prof. V. V. Sivaraman Gold Medal (2014) of the Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy, Best Researcher Award (2012) of the University of Calicut and fellowships of the Indian National Science Academy in Delhi (2019), Indian Academy of Science in Bengaluru (2019), IAAT, IBS and Linnean Society (FLS).
He also served as the secretary of Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (IAAT) and editor of Rheedea, the official journal of IAAT. Currently, he is the CSIR – Emeritus Scientist at Malabar Botanical Garden.
Dr Sabu is married to Meena Sabu and the couple has two children, Aswathy and Ashik M Sabu.