Allahabad University has occupied an esteemed place among the universities of India for over a century. Established in 1887, it is the fourth oldest university of India. The Department of Botany has been imparting M.Sc. since 1923, and Ph.D. programs in various sub-disciplines of Botany. The research groups in this Department have published extensively in the areas of Microbiology, Physiology, Ecology, Cytogenetics, Palaeobotany, and Plant Pathology. The department presently has expertise in Molecular Biology, Free Radical Biology, Microbiology, Proteomics, Immunology and Biotechnology. The number of Ph.D. scholars produced by botany faculty is over 250; most of them are well placed academicians settled in India and abroad.
Professor Anupam Dikshit email@example.com states, “The Indian subcontinent is situated in the tropical region of the world, where excess of rainfall and temperature prevails throughout the year. The unavailability of conventional storage commodities and inadequate post- harvest measures lead to heavy loss of agricultural produce every year which not only hampers the economy of the country but also societal needs for the food supply is severely affected.”
Professor Dikshit continues, “There is a worldwide need for a “Green Revolution – Phase II” which we term the “Storage Revolution.” “Green Revolution I breakthroughs resulted in increased crop yields, but the problem of storage losses which often reach 25% (and in some cases more), has received very little attention. By joining the World Food Preservation Center LLC we hope to have a major impact on reducing the postharvest losses of food in developing countries.”