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Taxonomic revision and molecular phylogeny of the genera Pogostemon Desf. and Anisochilus Wall ex. Benth. s.s. of the family Lamiaceae in India.

Project summary:

Field exploration and extensive collection, analysis of species diversity, endemism, conservation status of Pogostemon Desf. and Anisochilus Wall ex. Benth. s.s. in India. To test the generic boundary and identify the monophyletic groups present in Indian Anisochilus Wall ex Benth. s.s. and Pogostemon Desf. by the molecular evidence. To investigate the interspecific relationships among and within species complexes using morphological and molecular data.

Cost: $



Highest degree:

Ph. D

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Early-career researcher (PhD obtained within last three years)


Flowering plants

University of Calicut

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

1. K. Shinoj & P. Sunojkumar (2018) , Anisochilus kanyakumariensis (Lamiaceae): a new species from the Western Ghats, India. Phytotaxa 333 (1): 099-107. (IF=1.38).

2. Shinoj, K. and Sunojkumar P., A checklist of the genus Pogostemon Desf. in Southern Western Ghats. South Indian Journal of Biological Sciences, 2016; 2(1); 46‐51.

4. Sunojkumar P., Sampathkumar V., Shinoj K., Prasad M.G. & Jayesh P. Joseph (2014) Notes on the distribution of two rare Pogostemon species (Lamiaceae) –in South India , International Journal of Plant Animal and Environmental Sciences.4 (3):674-675.

3. M. G. Prasad, K. P. Vimal, K. Shinoj & P. Sunojkumar (2014) First record of Vandellia diffusa (Linderniaceae) in Asia. Phytotaxa 163 (1): 054-057. (IF=1.38).

Referee 1:

Dr. M. Sabu

Referee 2:

Dr. Sunojkumar P.

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     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

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