AITM News and Events >> Joint Seminar by Prof. Takashi Watanabe, Kochi University, and Dr. Hari Prasad Devkota, Kumamoto University

AITM hosted a seminar on August 20, 2013 from 10:00 to 12:00 O’clock at its seminar hall. Guest speakers were Prof. Takashi Watanabe from Kochi University Japan and Dr. Hari Prasad Devkota from Kumamoto University, Japan.

Prof. Watanabe, an expert on medicinal plants in Nepal, delivered a talk on “For the social development using medicinal plant resources through botanical inventory with database system of LUPINES”. In the context of inadequate integrated efforts of NGOs (international & national), industries and academia for natural resources conservation, Prof. Watanabe shared how “Ayuseed Life Environmental Institute (LEI)”, an NPO in Japan, is working to enhance integrated efforts for natural resources conservation. He highlighted how LEI is supporting for herb cultivation and preservation in Nepal and Pakistan. He also shed some lights on future programs of establishing the rare plant inventory using GIS and remote sensing for the sustainable reforestation and utilization of useful plants from the forests and natural zones of Nepal.

Dr. Devkota, a postdoc researcher at Kumamoto University, talked on “Chemical constituents and biological activities of medicinal plants of Nepal”. He started with a brief history of use of medicinal plants in Nepal and continued with various plant species of medicinal value in Nepal. Dr. Devkota then presented recent researches by his team on identification, chemical analysis and biological activities of selected medicinal plants in Nepal.

The seminar was attended by over 60 participants including students, faculty members and staffs at AITM and plant experts from government and non-government agencies outside AITM. There was a lively interaction after the presentation. The seminar conducted by Mr. Rajeev Singh was concluded with a vote of thanks from Mr. Hari Krishna Sainju.