The department was established in the year 1970 as an allied department. The department has deeply involved itself in various research activities mainly focusing on understanding, utilization and conservation of Floristic wealth of the Southern Western Ghats through conventional and biotechnological methods. At present one member of the department is recognized as research guide for guiding scholars for the award of Ph.D. degree by the M. S. University, Tirunelveli. 21 Scholars have been obtained M. Phil., degree under the guidance from this department. The department is equipped with all basic instruments for a Degree course.