Thottappilly Gini George and Gabriel Jeya Jothi lead India thrills the world with prestigious Alexander Fleming Research Award-2015 in Phytochemistry for outstanding credentials
28 May, 2015, India, USA NEWS CORP
Thottappilly Gini George and Gabriel Jeya Jothi are helping to cultivate world''s future scientists. Under their leadership the research area is surely likely to excel. In historic victory the celebrity scientists: Thottappilly Gini George and Gabriel Jeya Jothi honored with Alexander Fleming Research Award-2015 in Phytochemistry. Ahead of several thousands competitors, Thottappilly Gini George and Gabriel Jeya Jothi representing India won prestigious Alexander Fleming Research Award-2015 in Phytochemistry. Again India has proved its International leadership via producing brilliant scientists in the form of Thottappilly Gini George and Gabriel Jeya Jothi. IASR expressed, 'It is a privilege to have such international celebrity from Phytochemistry among us who will shape the future of this domain.' Thottappilly Gini George and Gabriel Jeya Jothi made International news headlines while IASR announced them among World’s 500 Most Influential Phytochemists for Year 2015 on Earth.
Thottappilly Gini George is Ph.D Scholar at Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She has completed her post graduation in Botany from St.Joseph’s Arts and Science College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. She received Special Honors during her University/academic career- Secured First Rank in MSc Botany from St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous) Bangalore, Affiliated to University of Bangalore and Fellow, Indian Institute of Science and Religion, Pune, 2012-13. Her Research Interests are Phytochemistry, Ethno Botany, Taxonomy, Ecology, Enviornmental science, Biodiversity, Bioethics, Science and Religion and Philosophy. She has one and half years teaching experience in Satvidya Integrated Rural Education Centre, Mysore: Karnataka from January 2006 to July 2007. She worked as a full time staff for one year in TaruMitra: Student’s Environmental Forum, Patna; Bihar from August 2009 to August 2010. She worked as full time programme coordinator and organizer of Maitreya, Centre for Eco Justice and Eco Conservation in Bannerghatta; Bangalore from Semptember 2010 to January 2011. She worked as a lecturer in Bioethics in Ikon School of Nursing, Bangalore from March 2011 to July 2011.
Dr. Gabriel Jeya Jothi is Assistant Professor at Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She has completed her graduation, post graduation and Ph.D in Botany from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India. She has Junior Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow Research Associate and Young Women Scientist at Centre for Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Research Dept. of Botany, St. Xavier’s College (autonomous), Palayamkottai.
Thottappilly Gini George and Gabriel Jeya Jothi from India made a historical victory over the international competition and won Alexander Fleming Research Award-2015 in Phytochemistry. Their research was highlighted in international media and gathered a large worldwide attention in scientific circles while it appeared in world's most read journal 'The Journal of Phytochemistry'. In their report on Morphology, phytochemical constituents and thin layer chromatography profiles of secondary and tertiary growth stages of Salvinia molesta Mitchell (Salviniaceae) they mention that The present study was focused to find out the phytoconstituents present in the hexane, ethyl acetate, ethanol and methanol extracts of secondary and tertiary forms of Salvinia molesta in order to find out its application in the modern drug industry as one of the therapeutic agents. Phytochemical tests revealed the presence of tannins, saponins, flavonoids, phenols, phytosterols, steroids, terpenoids, triterpenoids, alkaloids, tropane alkaloids, isoquinoline alkaloids, carbohydrates, reducing sugars, fixed oils and fats, lipids and acids in both the forms in varying concentrations. Morphology was reviewed to assess the role of each growth stage in invasion and spreading of the noxious plant. Thin layer chromatography profile showed good spot formation in number of solvent systems indicating various phytocompounds present in each extract of both the forms. Further studies are carried out to evaluate its antioxidant properties and to determine its efficiency in waste water decontamination through the process of phytoremediation to remove water pollutants and heavy metals. This study also manifest that environmentally, economically and socially destructive invasive plant species in the world could also be one of the potential drugs in solving many health related problems. Under their leadership the research area is surely likely to expand beyond the horizons. It will be worthy to explore the further potential under their legacy. Thottappilly Gini George and Gabriel Jeya Jothi as valuable intellectuals for the India offer exclusive opportunities for scholars around the world. One of the most attractive weightage for India is to have the awardees for promotion of the concerned scientific discipline for the benefit of its civilians. Thus India which has excellent track record to produce brain storming intellectuals, has offered a new extension in terms of Thottappilly Gini George and Gabriel Jeya Jothi to world.
Analysis of morphology, the environmental problems caused by the invasion of this plant, phytochemical screening for bioactive compounds and thin layer chromatography profile of two growth forms of S. molesta has been investigated during this project. Extraction of the whole plant extract was done by cold sequential extraction method using four solvents in the order of increasing polarity. Number of combinations of solvent systems was tried for thin layer chromatography and the best ones with good spot formation were chosen for the results.
The primary form was not studied as the sample was not available in sufficient quantity. Since the investigation on primary growth form was not done we were not sure whether primary form has got same type of phytocomponents seen in other two growth forms.
Present project may be recommended that after phytochemical screening for bioactive components and thin layer chromatography for separation of phytocompounds, further studies on antimicrobial assay, antioxidant activity and sewage water decontaminating efficiency of the plant will be evaluated. An attempt has to be made individually and manually to cultivate and produce primary growth form in large quantity by means of vegetative propagation in order to study the phytochemical constituents of the primary form.
Present research is financed and supported by University Grants Commission Maulana Azad National Fellowship Scheme, Delhi, India. This research is also one of the primary concerns of the hour as the plant under study is an invasive species causing environmental destruction. Government and public may not be aware of this concept. The first and foremost thing is to conduct an awareness program for the governing body and the public, discuss with them the possibilities of converting something detrimental into beneficial. Conducting a survey involving number of persons from different walks of life would be ideal to study the cause and finally seeking assistance from scientists who will be able to perform scientific investigations on it in order to find out its medicinal applications as herbal formulations and bio-drugs in treating various ailments. This requires collaboration, team work and funding. It is the choice of the government to implement it.
Although Salvinia molesta is considered as the aquatic weed it opens up a new pathway to evaluate its medicinal value as one of the pharmaceutical drugs. Information on phytochemicals and thin layer chromatographic studies conducted on the plant confirmed that it can form a good source of newer drugs. Our work is the first account to study the phytochemical constituents of two different growth forms of this plant. Further research on this plant will be carried out to quantify the concentration of these phytocompounds which will accentuate the isolation and characterization of active principles responsible for bio-efficacy and bioactivity. Water decontaminating capacity of the plant also will be investigated. The discovery of this plant as one of medicinally sought after will result in the control and utilization of this invasive aquatic weed. You can share this News URL on Facebook or your Social Media Site/ blog. USA NEW SCORP If you have a news you can Submit your News in Comment box> Join us as Journalist > News Content purchase > Corrections > Copyright > Place a Classified Ad > Sell Your Home > Sell Your Business > Commercial Real Estate Ads > Advertise with us > Recruitment & Career Ads > Franchising > Advertise Locally > Contact us > firstname.lastname@example.org
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