K.V. Krishnamurthy, PhD, is a former Professor and Head of the Department of Plant Sciences at Bharathidasan University, India, and is at present an R & D consultant at Sami Labs Ltd, Bangalore. Prior to joining Sami, he worked as adjunct facility at the Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bangalore. He obtained his PhD degree from Madras University, India, and has taught many undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil, and PhD students. He has over 50 years of teaching and research experience, and his major research areas include plant morphology and morphogenesis, biodiversity, floristic and reproductive ecology, and cytochemistry.
He has published more than 200 research papers and 30 books, operated 16 major research projects funded by various agencies, and guided 32 PhD and more than 50 MPhil scholars. His major books include Methods in Cell Wall Cytochemistry (CRC Press), Bioresources of the Eastern Ghats: Their Conservation and Management (Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh), Textbook of Biodiversity (Science Publishers), and From Flower to Fruit (Tata McGraw-Hill). His edited books include Plant Biology and Biotechnology (Springer India) and a five volume series on the Ethnobotany of India (CRC Press).
One of his most important research projects pertains to a detailed study of Shevaroys, which form a major hill region in the southern Eastern Ghats, and seven of his PhD scholars have done research work on various aspects of the Eastern Ghats. He has been a member of the NAAC peer team for more than 10 years. He has won several awards and honours, which include the Hira Lal Chakravarthy Award (1984) from the Indian Science Congress; Fulbright Visiting Professorship at the University of Colorado, USA (1993); Best Environmental Scientist Award of Tamil Nadu state (1998); the V.V. Sivarajan Award of the Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (1998); and the Prof. V. Puri Award from the Indian Botanical Society (2006). He is a fellow of the Linnaean Society, London; the National Academy of Sciences, India; and the Indian Association of Angiosperm Taxonomy.