Department of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science & Engineering
ECOLOGICAL GENETICS & CONSERVATION
Richard J. Abbott, Helen E. Ireland, Latha Joseph, M. Stuart Davies, Hilary J. Rogers 2005. Recent Plant Speciation in Britain and Ireland: Origins, establishment and evolution of four new hybrid species. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. 2005:105B, 3, 173 - 183.
L. Joseph, P. Kuriachan and G. Thomas 2008. Is Oryza malampuzhaensis Krish. et Chand. (Poaceae) a distinct species? Evidence from morphological and molecular analysis. Plant Systematics and Evolution 270: 75-94.
George Thomas, Latha Joseph, George Varghese, Sreejayan, K. Kalyanaraman and Philomena Kuriachan. 2001. Analysis of phenotypic and genetic variations among populations of Oryza malampuzhaensis Krish et Chand show evidence of altitude dependent genetic changes. Can. J. Bot. 79: 1090-1098.
George Thomas, Latha Joseph, George Varghese, K.Kalyanaraman and Philomena Kuriachan and M.R.Das. 2001. Discrimination between Oryza malampuzhaensis Krish. et Chand. and Oryza officinalis Wall ex Watt based on RAPD markers and morphological traits. Euphytica 122: 181-189
Thomas G., Sreejayan, Joseph L. and Kuriachan P. 2001. Genetic variation and popupation structure in Oryza malampuzhaensis Krish. et Chand. endemic to western ghats, South India. J. Genet. 80: 141-148
Joseph L., Kuriachan P. and Kalyanaraman K. 1999. Collection and evaluation of tetraploid Oryza officinalis Wall ex Watt (O. malampuzhaensis Krish et Chand.) endemic to Western Ghats, India. Genet. Resour. Crop Evol. 46: 531-541.
Latha Raly Vellaniparambil
I started work in the lab in 2014 as a volunteer researcher in a project studying the population genetic structure of Rhinanthus minor, a hemi-parasitic grassland species, using microsatellite markers. This was my entry back into the field of scientific research after a long break, which intro-duced me to the Daphne Jackson Trust Research Fellowships for returners to STEM research. The fellowship, jointly funded by NERC and BBSRC, has given me the opportunity to retrain and foray into an exciting area of research: plant-pollinator interactions using honey bees as model system and biodiversity conservation (Daphne Jackson Trust Annual Review 2015).
I am looking into the relationship between the local environment of a hive, the diversity of the bee diet using DNA meta-barcoding, the susceptibility of honeybees to certain diseases, stress during development and their produc-tivity. Such a study, highlighting the shift in foraging preferences becomes hugely relevant during the present climate when anthropogenic activities are impacting the quality and diversity of habitats shaping community responses to global change.
Prior to my career break, my research focused on the population variability and speciation in plants. For my PhD (University of Kerala, Thiruvanantha-puram, Kerala, India), I studied the biosystematics of wild rice species with particular reference to a tetraploid taxon, endemic to the Western Ghats, South India, Oryza malampuzhaensis. I was also involved in projects focused on the conservation of economically important plants such as Piper and Tectona in Kerala, India