(Established in 1995)

The World Conservation Monitoring centre an agency of the United Nations Environment Programme has identified 17 mega diversity countries and India is one of these with 2 of the 34 hot spots worldwide. In just about 2.4% of the geographical area, India harbours 11% of the world’s flora. It is estimated that as many as 5285 species of angiosperms belonging to 140 genera are endemic to the country. However, this bio-wealth is under unprecedented environmental threat. The environment in which an organism lives affects its reproductive success. The physiology of reproduction in most of the flowering plants is closely under the control of environmental factors. The interaction of individual organism with its environment is translated into changes in the underlying genetic structure of the population. Environment exerts considerable influence on flowering phenology, pollen fertility, pollen-pistil interaction, pollination biology and fruit formation in plants. Environment not only influences the reproductive process in flowering plants but also on cryptogams (algae, fungi, bryophytes, pteridophytes) and gymnosperms. Factors like soil nutrients, atmospheric conditions e.g. light, relative humidity and temperature affects reproductive success in all kinds of vegetation. Studies on reproductive biology are essential to understand the conservation strategies and to utilize optimally the economic potential of plant resources.
The first society of Plant sciences in India was established in 1920 when Dr. Winfield Dugen, Principal, Evewing Christian College Allahabad, founded The Indian Botanical Society with just 20 members. This society now after 94 years has 2000 life members. This was followed by the development of large number of societies in different fields of plant science e.g. Morphology, Physiology, Cytology, Genetics & Plant Breeding, Pathology, Mycology, Horticulture, Agronomy, Tissue culture, Ecology and Environmental sciences, but none to cater the needs of Plant Reproductive Biology which has its unique importance in the conservation of biodiversity. In our country researches in this important field were initiated at Agra College, Agra by Late Professor Panchan Maheshwari followed by several of his disciples and to name a few are: Dr. Bahadur Singh, Prof. V Puri and Prof. B. M. Johri. However, a society to look after and to publish the research work done by the younger generation was not there. In the light of this the Society of Plant Reproductive Biologists was constituted in 2000 to bring Plant Reproductive Biologists under one umbrella and it was registered under society’s act 1867 of UP registration act. A unit of the society "Academy of Life Sciences" was also established five years back and is now recognized by The Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi.

A large number of scientists working in the field of plant reproduction in various groups of plants e.g. Algae, Fungi, Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms have now joined the society and more than 100 plant reproductive biologists are life members including a large number from different parts of the globe as well. The society is also bringing out a journal- The International Journal of Plant Reproductive Biology (ISSN 09754296 for hard copy and ISSN 2249-7390 for on line journal) and six volumes with two numbers each have already been published. The papers are now given DOI numbers and published on line even before the publication of their hard copies. Instructions to the authors, membership form, abstracts and PDF of papers published have been given in the website of the society:

Objectives :
The primary objective of the society is to provide a forum to various workers in the field of plant reproductive biology to express their views in the annual conferences organized and The International Journal of Plant Reproductive biologists published by the society. The society aims at the following:

    1.    To promote research in the field of plant reproductive biology.
    2.    To encourage the workers in the field of plant reproductive biology of all the groups of plants to express their views in the  
            conferences organized by the society.
   3.    To encourage the researchers in the field of plant reproductive biology of all the groups of plants to publish their work in the peer 
           reviewed journal of the society published twice a year.

Confernces :

The National conferences are being organized every year with the aim to bring all those who are interested in various aspects of plant reproductive biology at one platform.
 I.  The first conference was organized in December, 2008 on "Role of Reproductive Biology in Biodiversity Conservation."
 II. The second national conference on
"Impact of climate change on Plant Reproductive Biology" was organized on 7 Nov., 2009.
 III. I Global Congress on "Plant Reproductive Biology"
on 22, 23, and 24 October, 2010 at Hotel Clark Shiraz, Agra. Dr. V.M. Katoch, Secretary to Government of India (Health Research) and Director General Indian Council of Medical research, New Delhi inaugurated the congress, while Prof. S.N. Chaturvedi, President of the Society presided over the function. Nearly 75 delegates from India and two from Hungary participated. As many as 25 oral and 28 poster presentations were made during the three day congress. Prof. H.Y. Mohan Ram, FNA delivered the Key note address on day one, followed by lectures on Gymnosperms. Prof. A.K. Koul; Prof. Agnes Farkas, Hungary; Prof. Anima Langer, Jammu; Prof. R. Lokesha, Raichur; Prof. N. Venugopal, Shillong; Prof. Alka chaturvedi, Nagpur, Dr. P.M. Radhamany, Kerala; Dr. Veenu Kaul and Dr. Namrata Sharma, Jammu, Dr. J. A. Tidke, Amrawati; Dr. S. Goswami, Shilong; Dr. Rajesh Tandon, Delhi; Prof A.K. Jain, Gwalior; and Prof. A.K. Bhatnagar, Delhi delivered their lectures.

 IV.   Workshop: The Society organized a workshop on "MODERN TECHNIQUES IN PLANT REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY" on 26 & 27 March, 2011. Lectures and practical demonstrations were given on the following topics: 1.Methods for both in situ and ex TH situ conservation strategies, 2. Flowering phenology, 3. Floral biology, 4. Pollen-pistil interaction, 5. Pollination biology, 6. Methods of pollen viability tests, 7. Breeding system, 8. Nectar, 9. Nectar, 10. . In vivo studies, 11. Plant-pollinator interaction, 12. Seed biology, 13. Fruit-set and seed-set 14. Statistical Analyses & use of Computer in the presentation of data.

V.   II GLOBAL CONGRESS: II Global congress of the society was organized at University of Pecs, Pecs, Hungary on 5 April, 2012. 45 participants from many countries (Algeria, Bosnia, Israel, India, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, France, Romania, UK, and USA) participated and made oral and poster presentations. The major sections were: I. Plant Reproductive systems; II: Plants & Pollinators; III. Sterility in Plants I & II. Plenary lectures were delivered by Prof. S.V.S. Chauhan, India on "Role of Reproductive Biology in biodiversity conservation"; Prof. P. Benedek, Hugnary on "Transforming wild bee fauna in Hungary and its possible effects to the flowering vegetation"; Prof. M. Goldway, Israel on "Self-incompatibility fertilization system in Roasaceae, Agricultural and Genetic aspects"; Prof. J.B. Narallah, USA on "S-locus receptor kinase signaling in the self-incompatibility response of the Brassicaceae". 17 oral presentations were made apart from four plenary lectures. There were 21 poster presentations. Some new members were also enrolled.

VI.  National Conference on "Role of Reproductive Biology in the conservation of Medicinal plants" was organized on 29 April, 2012.

VII. III Global Congress: An invitation for holding the III Congress in June, 2014 was received from Professor Gianni Barcaccia, University of Padua, Northern Italy.  However, due to several administrative and technical problems it could not be organized at Italy. Recently, this Global congress was organized at Hotel Taj Inn, Agra on 15th-17th December, 2014. A large number of participants from different countries and India participated and made oral or poster presentation. A souvenir/Abstracts were published along with the year book of 2014. Professro H.Y. Mohan Ram a well known Plant Scientist of the country inaugurated the Congress and delivered a lecture on “The fascinating story of seeds”. There were eight different Technical sessions and  Prof. S.C. Sati, Nainital delivered his talk on “Problems on anamorph (asexual stage)-Teleomorph (sexual  stage) relation in Ingoldian Fungi”; Prof. Harikesh B. Singh, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi talked about “Biocontrol agents: A pollinator friendly alternative”, Dr. Conxi Rodriguez-Prieto, University of Girona, Spain deliver her lecture on “Reproductive morphology as a tool in taxonomy of red algae”. Dr. Conxi was awarded Life Time Achievement award for 2014; Prof. Anima Langer, University of Jammu, Jammu explained “ Bryophyte reproduction-Unique but less understood” followed by the lecture of Dr. Wen-Liang Chiou, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, Taipei, Taiwan on “Gametophytes play important role in reproduction, speciation, and evolution of Pteridophytes”. Dr. Chiou was awarded Life Time Achievement award for 2013. Other notable speakers were: Prof. A.K. Bahtnagar, University of Delhi, Delhi delivered a very interesting lecture on “Specialized pollination mechanisms providing a handicap for Orchids in the changed Global scenario”; Dr. Hadj-Arab Houria, Alger, Algeria delivered her talk on “Stylar polymorphism in natural populations of Narcissus L.”  Dr. Nadia Bouguedoura, Algeris, Algeria talked about “ Reproduction of olive Laperrrine tree, plant relic of central Sahara: Histo-cytological study on certain defects in flowering”. Other speakers were: Dr. Rajesh Tandon, University of Delhi, Delhi; Prof. N. Sharma; Dr. Veenu Kabul, Dr. Beetika Kohli from Jammu; Dr. Pratibha Thankur; Dr. Ruchi Srivastava from University of Delhi, Delhi; Dr. Ramasubbu Raju, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, Dr. Moumita Saha, Tripura; Dr. Renjumol R. from Thiruvanthapuram; Dr. Bhaskar Huragohain, Nagaland; Prof. Alka Chaturvedi and Dr. Reena S. Meshram, Nagpur; and  Dr. Sreekala, Trivandrum. Young participants including Dr. Nadia from Algeria presented 15 posters and Ms. Kadimbini Das, Delhi and Ms. Mamta Jamwal, Jammu were given best poster awards.

VIII. IV Global congress will be organized along with World Biodiversity Congress in October, 2015 at Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. The Republic of Serbia  is a country situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans.


Following awards are presented by the society:
Life Time Achievement Award: The recipients are:
1. Professor H.Y. Mohan Ram,India            2008
2. Professor A.K. Koul,India                       2009
3. Dr. D.S. Rathore,India                            2010
4. Professor A.K. Bhatnagar.
,India              2011
5. Dr. Conxi Rodriguez-Prieto, Spain,          2012
6.Dr. Wen-Liang Chiou, Taiwan,                  2013
7 Professor Dalbir Singh, Canada,               2014
ProfessorT.B. Batygina,Russia,                2015
9.Professor Leonardo Galetto, Argentina

Professor S.N. Chaturvedi Best Paper Presentation Award:
1. Dr. Divya Sharma        

2. Ms Kadambini Das      
3. Mamta Janwal

Dr. Bahadur Singh Memorial Lecture:
The Society organizes Lecture in the memory of Late Dr. Bahadur Singh, Founder Head, Department of Botany, B.R. College (now R.B.S. College), Agra. Following well known Botanists of the country have delivered the lecture:
i.   Professor H.Y. Mohan Ram
ii.  Dr. R.L. Paliwal
iii. Professor S.S. Bhojwani
iv. Professor A.K. Koul
i.  Professor A.K. Bhatnagar
Professor A.K Panday

The life members of the society for five years will be awarded the FELLOWSHIP of the society (FSPRB: Fellow of Society of Plant Reproductive Biologists). and a certificate will be presented to him/her free of cost.

PHENOLOGICAL INFORMATION SERVICE: The International Journal of Plant Reproductive Biology published by the society has started publishing phenological information for the members free of cost. It may be of 1-2 pages without photograph.

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