The Centre for Biodiversity and Biotechnology (CBB) is a Research and Development centre established in the year 1987 by the Jesuits of Madurai Province who are reputed for establishing educational institutions, research centres and social organisations for more than four centuries throughout the world. The centre is housed in a two-storied building with well-equipped laboratories within the campus of St. Xavier's College (affiliated to Manonmaoiam Sundaranar University), a major centre of learning for well over 75 years at Palayamkottai about 80 kms north of Kanyakumari. Three small laboratories namely Plant Systematics, Biotechnology and Phytochemistxy with a work area of 4000 sq. ft. are currently functioning in the Centre. The field units of the Centre however, are located at Kodaikanal (Palni hills) in the south western ghats region of India. It is an area of high plant diversity and high endemism. The CBB has launched multidisciplinary comprehensive research programmes on the biodiversity-rich Western Ghats of South India.
The centre has made a major contribution in the taxonomy of angiosperm and pteridophytes. We have collected and preserved more than 1 lakh specimen in both angiosperm and ferns and also conserved rare, endangered and threatened medicinal plants through plant tissue culture.
Here about 13 books have been published and 25 Ph.D's have been produced. New plants were discovered and named and more than 180 research papers published in national and international reputed journals such as the following.
|Books Under Preparation||
|No. of Ph.D Produced||25|
|No. of Research Paper Published||180|
|No. of Ph.D Scholars Working at Present||03|