Dr. Biseshwori Thongam,Scientist-D
Plant Systematics and Conservation
Research Focus Area
The group works on collection, characterization, evaluation and conservation of medicinal, aromatic and horticultural plant resources of the Indian region of the Indo Burma biodiversity hotspot for sustainable development and utilization.
Survey, collection, documentation and taxonomic evaluation of plant resources of Northeast India.
Morphological characterization, species evaluation and conservation of potential plant resources.
Phylogenetic studies of Zingiberaceae of Northeast India through molecular approaches
The research work of the Plant Systematics and Conservation Lab (PSCL) strives to empanel knowledge of potential plants for sustainable exploitation while cementing a base for conservation efforts. Priority was based on indigenous, endemic and prospective plants of the region, hence emphasis was given to Zingiberaceae, Piperaceae and Nymphaeaceae which has a high diversity in this region. On this track, PSCL with its relatively broad base of germplasm has taken up morphological, biochemical, molecular and reproductive studies to explore, investigate and develop an understanding of this rich bioresource. The lab also aims to promote the utilization of wild edible plants (WEP) which are rich in nutrient by evaluating nutrient content of some of the most commonly preferred wild plants to help identify and prioritize species that can be included in agricultural system and their conservation as well. The focused research activities of PSCL, under the plant bioresources programme include:
PBD-1.1 Molecular phylogenetic and diversity analysis of Hedychium (Zingiberaceae) of Northeast India
PBD-1.2 Study on diversity of waterlily (Nymphaea) of Manipur and characterisation of its fragrance and colour.
PBD-1.3 Characterization of Piper species of Manipur for its potential economic uses.
PBD-1.4 Evaluation of some potential wild edible plants of Manipur for their nutritional components and dietary antioxidants.
|Degree in reverse order (upto degree level only)||Class/Grade||University/Institution||Year|
|Post Doc||University of Kansas, Lawrence,USA||2013-14|
|Ph.D. (Plant Taxonomy)||Awarded||Kumaun University, Nainital||2003|
|M.Sc. Botany(Specialization in Plant Taxonomy & Ecology)||1st Class first of D. S. B Campus||Kumaun University, Nainital||1998|
|B.Sc. Botany Honours||6th Rank in order of merit||Manipur University,Imphal||1996
|Scientist – C (Plant Taxonomy)||I||26th July, 2008 till date||Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD)|
|Scientist – B (Plant Taxonomy)||I||26th July, 2003 to 25th July, 2008||——do——|
Awarded as Young Botanist of 1996 -1997 by Young Botanist Association of Kumaun University, Nainital.
Junior Research Fellow in research area “Taxonomic studies on the family Lamiaceae ( labiatae non. alt.) in West Himalayas of India” Kumaun University, Nainital Oct.1998 -March 2001.
Junior Project Fellow in research area “Studies on the Phenology and Conservation Ecology of Rare and Endemic Palm species of Kumaun, Himalaya- Trachycarpus takil Becc” Department of Botany Kumaun University, Nainital, April 2001- July 2003.
Biotechnology Overseas Associateships awarded by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. “Quantification of Rare and Endangered Species of Gingers of Northeast Region of India using Ecological Niche Models.”
Membership of professional bodies, societies, academies etc.
Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (IAAT).
International Society of Plant Morphologists.
State Medicinal Plant Board, Manipur.
Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources (Communicated).
Biotech Research Society, India.
Biseshwori Thongam and Bipin Konsam, 2014. A new species of Zingiber (Zingiberaceae) from Nagaland, India. Phytotaxa 178 (3): 221–224. (IF: 1.376).
Sagolsem Asharani Devi & Biseshwori Thongam, 2014. Two new taxa of Nymphaea (Nymphaeaceae) from Manipur, India. Phytotaxa 188 (2): 112–117. (IF: 1.376).
Neeta Sarangthem, N. C. Talukdar, Biseshwori Thongam, 2012. Collection and evaluation of Hedychium species of Manipur, Northeast India. Genetic Resource Crop Evol. DOI 10.1007/s10722-012-9810-1. (IF: 1.482).
Sagolsem Asharani Devi, Biseshwori Thongam, P. J. Handique, 2014. Nymphaea rubra ex Andrews cultivated as an ornamental, food and vegetable in the North Eastern region of India. Genet Resour Crop Evol. DOI 10.1007/s10722-014-0177-3. (IF: 1.482).
Chongtham Chanchal, Biseshwori Thongam, P. J. Handique, 2014. Morphological diversity and characterisation of some of the wild Piper species of North East India. Genetic Resource Crop Evol. DOI 10.1007/s10722-014-0172-8. (IF: 1.482).
Details of other significant contributions
Organised training program on “Reproductive Ecology” from 15th -21st June 2011 at IBSD, Imphal.
Organised interactive meeting on “Current status of research on Piper species of North East India” on 12th March 2011.
Published Manual on the training program on “Reproductive Ecology”.
Publication of People’s Biodiversity Register for the three heritage sites of Manipur – Mondum Mahadev, L. Gulphai Village, N. Sangluang Village
|1.||Dr. Rajkumari Jashmi DeviSERB-National Post Doctoral Fellow
Research Area: Complete nucleotide sequencing of chloroplast genome of Chenopodium species collected from Manipur
|2.||Ms. Surjata KonsamPh.D Scholar
Research Area: Evaluation of some selected wild edible plants of Manipur for nutritional components, dietary anti-oxidants and their molecular characterization.
|3.||Mr. Khampuna NagonmeiPh.D Scholar
Research Area: Comparative studies of Shirui lily and Dzuko lily and exploration of its habitat status for conservation and sustainable development
|4.||Mr. Konsam BipinTechnical Assistant
|5.||Mr. Mayengbam AldrinLaboratory Assistant
|6.||Mr. Soram Rajesh SinghTechnician II
|Previous Members (Alumni)|
|1.||Dr. Sarangthem Neeta (2009-2014)Guest Lecturer at Dept. of Forestry & Environmental Science, Manipur University, Canchipur
|2.||Dr. Sagolsem Asharani (2010- 2015)SRF
|3.||Mrs. Chongtham Chanchal (2011-2016)SRF