State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala
About Us
Dr. M. NAVAS, State Medicinal Plants Board, Kerala Dr. M. NAVAS
Senior Scientific Officer
State Medicinal Plants Board, Regional Office,
ARI Campus, Poojappura
Kerala. PIN-695012
Phone:+91 471 2347151 (O)
Mobile. +91 9446 112 115
Mail: navastbg@yahoo.com, ssoksmpb@gmail.com
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Dr M. Navas, Scientific Officer at the State Medicinal Plant Board in Kerala, holds a postgraduate Degree in Botany and a PhD in Medicinal Plants. Dr Navas has extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of medicinal plants, including their standardization, cultivation, propagation, processing, and sustainable utilization and its Traditional Knowledge. In his current role, Dr Navas works closely with various stakeholders, including farmers, researchers, and government officials, to promote the sustainable cultivation, Research and conservation of medicinal plants in Kerala.

Focused areas:

Dr Navas has a total of 25 years of research experience in the field of Plant Taxonomy and Herbarium Techniques, Plant Anatomy, Pharmacognosy (Raw Drug Standardisation), ethnobotany/Ethnomedicine, Participatory Conservation Programme of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Systematic Documentation of Indigenous / Traditional Knowledge related to Food and Medicine, Plant-based rural primary health care programme and Preparation of Database and resource mapping on Medicinal plants. During this period associated with 25 research projects, of which in 14 projects as Co-investigator including Assessment of Medicinal Plant Resources of Kerala, Coastal Ethnobotany of Kerala, Ethnomedicinal survey and Systematic Documentation of Traditional Knowledge among the Selected Tribes of Kerala etc. , Currently working on the project ‘Systematic Documentation of Traditional Knowledge (TK) Related To Plants Used For Food'.

Academics and profession:

Recent positions:


Published Books -6 , Chapters in the books- 4,
Research Papers – 27 - (4 international), communicated 1,
Pharmacopoeial monographs - 11 (published by Govt. of India),
Abstracts in proceedings- 48, Papers presented -29,
Popular articles - 3, Other publications – 7.
A detailed list of publications in pdf can be downloaded here.

Professional Affiliations:

Memberships in Academic/Scientific bodies:

  1. Life Member, Scholars Academic and Scientific Society (SAS Society), Assam, 2021.
  2. Life Member, Society of Ethnobotanists, Lucknow, 2020 and Joint Secretary (OS), Kerala Chapter.
  3. Member, Sastrabharathi (A Professional Scientific Body for Research and Development, Kerala) 2018.
  4. Life Member, National Academy of Biological Sciences (NABS), Chennai (2016).
  5. Life Member, Kerala Academy of Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram (2012).
  6. Member, INCITE Science and Technology Consortium, Thiruvananthapuram.
  7. Life Member, Indian Society for Ethnopharmacology, Thiruvananthapuram (2011).
  8. Life Member, Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (IAAT), Kozhikkode (2008).
  9. Member, OISCA International – Japan – Thiruvananthapuram chapter (2002).
  10. Volunteer, Conservation of Nature Trust, Nagercoil (2001).

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