The Department of Zoology is committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service in the fields of animal biology and sustainable management of the environment in India and particularly Melghat, by providing stimulating and supportive conditions for students and staff.
AIM OF THE DEPARTMENT
Through enquiry, exploration and experiential learning, the department aims to produce post-graduates fully conversant with biological principles and rigorously trained in skills of reasoning, hypothesis generation, reading and writing, practical techniques and the sound scientific application of research findings, so that they are competent and versatile in dealing with future demands.
The department aims to promote varied research programs focused on contemporary issues and basic and applied concepts in animal biology, with particular emphases on the ecology of terrestrial (including spiders) and freshwater animals, evolution, systematic, physiology, and molecular biology and aim to provide consultative expertise in solving problems relating to interactions among humans, plants, animals and the environment.
Professor and Head,
Field of Research: Immunology and Arachnology
Field of Research: Entomology
Field of Research: Animal Tissue Culture
Field of Research: Physiology and Limnology
The department offers a full time four semester teaching course leading to Masters Degree in Zoology. It has an intake capacity of 30 students. There are four compulsory papers at every semester:
Paper I ANIMAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (NON-CHORDATA)
Paper II ANIMAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (CHORDATA)
Paper III MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY
Paper IV TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES IN BIOLOGY
Paper V GAMETE BIOLOGY
Paper VI GENES AND DIFFERENTIATION
Paper VII ENDOCRINOLOGY
Paper VIII ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY
Paper IX MOLECULAR CYTOGENETICS - I
Paper X MOLECULAR CYTOGENETICS - II
Paper XI MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - I
Paper XII MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - II
Paper XIII BIOCHEMISTRY
Paper IV ENZYMOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS
Paper XV MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY - I
Paper XVI MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY - II
During the tenure of the course, every student has to take up practical course based on their common and special papers which covers experiments on Cytology, Genetics, Ethology, Embryology, Animal cultures, Molecular Biology, Colorimetry, Chromatography, Electrophoresis, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Haematology, Histochemistry and Environmental analysis. The students have to complete a project work for successful completion of the course.
BASIC AND ADVANCED FACILITIES IN THE DEPARTMENT
The department provides basic as well as advanced research facilities for PG learners and researchers. The department is recognized for its field activities, Arachnological records and efforts made for species conservation.
More than 650 spider species are available for study in the Arachnology Laboratory of the department.
RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The department admits the students for research leading to M.Phil. / Ph.D. degrees.
The department is now in a position to offer consultancy services to the farmers, pisci-culturists particularly with respect to the quality of water. The department has facilities to analyze various parameters of water samples. The department provides consultancy to Department of Forest for analysis of Scats and identification of species.
AREAS OF RESEARCH IN WHICH RESEARCH STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED FOR Ph.D.
1. TAXONOMY (Arachnology and Entomology)
3. WILD LIFE ECOLOGY
The department has completed four major research projects till date and Following Major research projects entitled “Development of an Assessment system and evaluation of the ecological status of rivers in the Satpuda” ; Spider diversity in Melghat; Spider diversity in Lonar Sanctuary; Spider diversity in Mahendri Forest ecosystem; Spider diversity in Pench Forest ecosystem; Spider diversity in Cotton fields from Vidarbha; Spider diversity in Orange fields; Spider diversity in Vairat and coffee fields and Studies on silk glands and silk of Nephila pilipes are going on.
“Centre for wildlife education and conservation”
The department is running a “Centre for wildlife education and conservation” as an extension activity, which also looks after consultancy.
Ex–research students of the department and the titles of their research work for a degree leading to Ph.D. :
1. STUDIES ON SOME ASPECTS OF CALCIUM AND PHOSPHATE METABOLISM IN RELATION TO GONADS IN THE RAIN QUAIL, Coturnix coromandelica (Gmelin.) By Dr. S. V. Gudadhe
2. STUDIES ON SOME ASPECTS OF ENDOCRINE REGULATION DUE TO HEAVY METAL POLLUTION IN THE FRESH WATER FISH, Channa punctatus (Bloch.) By Dr. G. P. Patil
3. THE STUDY OF CERTAIN PHARMACOLOGICAL AGENTS AND MAGNETISM ON THE ELECTROCARDIOGRAM AND BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF ALBINO RAT. By Dr. S. N. Niwane
4. LIMNOLOGICAL STUDIES OF WADALI LAKE, AMRAVATI, MAHARASHTRA . By Dr. C. B. Meshram
5. STUDIES ON SOME ASPECTS OF ENDOCRINE REGULATION OF THE PINEAL GLAND IN THE RAIN QUAIL, Coturnix coromandelica (Gmelin.) By Dr. Shivaji Deshmukh
6. EFFECT OF ANALGESIC DRUGS ON SOME ENZYMOLOGICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL ALTERATIONS IN THE ALBINO MICE. By Dr. R. L. Rahatgaonkar
7. LIMNOLOGICAL STUDIES OF AMRAVATI UNIVERSITY RESERVOIRS WITH REFERENCE TO TROPHIC STATUS AND CONSERVATION. By Dr. Prakash P. Ade
8. STUDIES ON THE TOXIC POTENTIALITIES OF CERTAIN HEAVY METALS IN THE FRESH WATER FISH, Labeo rohita (Ham.). By Dr. Neha V. Bhatkar
9. STUDIES ON THE EFFECT OF TRACE METALS ON OSMOTIC AND IONIC REGULATION IN THE FISH, Labeo rohita. By Dr. Manisha M. Khandwe (Kalele)
10. ECOLOGICAL STUDIES OF CHHATRI LAKE AMRAVATI WITH SPECIAL REFERNCE TO PLANKTON PRODUCTIVITY. By Dr. Ujjwala Shivaji Deshmukh
11. PHYSIOLOGICAL REGULATION OF THE MAJOR ELECTROLYTES IN THE FISH, Channa punctatus DUE TO TOXIC TRACE METALS. By Dr. Varsha M. Borle
12. STUDIES ON SOME ASPECTS OF HORMONAL REGULATION OF LIPID METABOLISM IN THE BIRD, Coturnix coturnix coturnix (Linn.). By Dr. S. S. Deshpande
13. STUDIES ON SOME ANTIFERTILITY PLANT EXTRACTS ON ENDOCRINE AND REPRODUCTIVE ACTIVITIES IN ALBINO RAT . By Ku. D. P. Ambulkar (Dr.Mrs.D.S.Kulkarni)
14. BIOACCUMULATION OF SOME TRACE METALS IN AQUATIC ECOSYSTEM AND ITS IMPACT ON METABOLIC ACTIVITIES OF THE FISH , Channa punctatus (Bloch.) By Dr. G. A.Wagh
15. ECO-TOXICOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF FLUORIDE ON SOME FRESHWATER WEED FISHES. By Dr. K. B. Sangave
16. STUDIES ON THE RESIDUAL LEVELS OF PESTICIDES IN THE AQUATIC ECOSYSTEM AND IT’S EFFECT ON SOME INDIAN MAJOR CARPS . By Miss. Shyamla V. Bramhane (Katke)
17. BIO-ECOLOGICAL AND FAUNAL STUDIES OF RIVER TAPI FLOWING THROUGH MELGHAT RESERVE FOREST IN THE LIGHT OF PROPOSED UTPS - II . By Dr. Atul K. Bodkhe
18. EFFECT OF STEROIDAL AND NON-STEROIDAL CONTRACEPTIVE ORAL PILLS ON REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY OF FEMALE ALBINO RAT. By Dr. M. P. Chikhale
19. STUDIES ON BIOCHEMICAL ALTERATIONS IN MAMMALIAN BLOOD DUE TO HIRUDIN DURING ITS ANTICOAGULANT ACTIVITY. By Shital S. Deshmukh
20. FLUORIDE INDUCED BIOCHEMICAL AND HISTOLOGICAL ALTERATIONS IN THE WISTAR ALBINO RAT. By Mr. G. B. Kale
21. EVALUATION OF CERTAIN MICROBIAL PESTICIDES FOR TOXICITY TO NON –TARGET ANIMALS. By Miss. Mangala B. Karlekar (Bhamburkar)
22. PREDATOR - PREY RELATIONSHIP AND PARASITIC INFECTIONS IN WILD ANIMALS FROM MELGHAT(SATPUDA). By Mr. Milind V. Shirbhate
23. ENVIRONMENTAL PERTURBATIONS OF EPIZOOTIC ULCERATIVE SYNDROME (EUS) IN FRESH WATER FISHES: CAUSES, IMMUNE RESPONSES AND CONSEQUENCES. By Miss. Reena Laharia
24. ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION OF COALFIELD ATMOSPHERE AROUND WANI Dist. Yeotmal (M.S.) AND IT’S IMPACT ON THE IMMUNE RESPONSE IN ALBINO RAT (WISTAR) . By Mr. Paresh Patel
25. MICROBIAL ECOLOGY OF BAT GUANO AND IT’S IMPACT ON ASSOCIATED ECOSYSTEMS. By Mr. C. M. Bharambe
26. BIODIVERSITY AND HABITAT ASSOCIATIONS OF BUTTERFLIES IN SATPUDA. By Mr. Jayant S. Wadatkar
27. STUDIES ON THE MORPHOLOGY AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF BUTTERFLY WINGS. By Miss Shikha Singhai
Research students in the Department :
01. DIVERSITY AND ECOLOGY OF SPIDERS IN SATPUDA
Mr. Amit Babanrao Vairale
02. STATUS AND ECOLOGY OF TIGER , Panthera tigris tigris (Linnaeus,1758) IN MELGHAT.
Mr. Ramanuj Chaudhary
03. CHARACTERIZATION OF SPECIES FROM MUSCLE PROTEINS - A FORENSIC STUDY
Mr. G. B. Santape
04. PREDICTION AND EVALUATION OF AN EFFECTIVE VACCINE AGAINST GASTROINTESTINAL NEMATODES.
Miss. D. B. Kadu
05. STUDIES ON THE PLASMA MEMBRANE PROTEINS OF HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELLS OF ALBINO RAT AND APPLICATION OF THESE STEM CELLS IN THE TREATMENT OF ANEMIA
Mr. Vinod K. Nagale
06. STUDIES ON REGENERATION OF EUTROPHIC AQUATIC ECOSYSTEM THROUGH BIOREMEDIATION
Miss. V. U. Narnaware
07. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF FLUORIDE POLLUTION IN YEOTMAL DISTRICT, MAHARASHTRA
Mr. Shrikant R. Warhekar
08. GENESIS AND COMPOSITION OF HUMUS IN MELGHAT TIGER RESERVE AND ITS IMPACT ON BIODIVERSITY.
RESEARCH PAPERS DURING THE LAST FIVE YEARS
1) Prof. Dr. G.N.Vankhede
- Effect of endogenous melatonin on endocrine glands, behavior and metabolism in the rain quail, Coturnix coromandelica (Gemlin) Trends in Comparative Endocrinology, 39-42; 2004
- Alteration in branchial Na,Kase activity due to chronic exposure of the fish, Channa punctatus to CuS04 and ZnS04.J. Ecobiol.; 15(1 ),28-33(2003)
- Heavy metal induced biochemical alterations in the freshwater fish, Labeo rohita. J. Ecotoxicol. Environ Monit.14 (1),1-7 (2004)
- Seasonal variations in metabolite composition of the freshwater snail, Lymnea accumulata. Amravati University Research Bulletin,1 (1 ),89-91 (2005)
- Effect of pursuit on kinetic parameters of enzyme AchE system in the fish Channa punctatus; Bull.Fish Toxicol. ; Vol.14 (3); .202-207, (2005)
- In silico prediction of antigenic epitope in ABA-1 allergen from Ascaris lumbricoides. Journal of Cell and Tissue Culture, Vo1.6 (1), 663-667 (2006).
- Analysis of Tiger scats from Melghat Tiger Reserve for prey-predator relationship. Tigerwatch, Vol. 39(3), 208-216. (2006).
- Spider fauna in cotton fields of Vidarbha. Journal of Biopesticides, Vol.16, 34-42 (2007)
Scientific Articles Published:
1. Biodiversity of Lonar crater. Bio-con - Souvenir of International Conference on "Modern trends in plant sciences with special reference to the role of biodiversity in conservation" held at SGB Amravati University during 17 - 20, February, 2005 pp, 9 -13.
2. Luminescence in Bacteria. Souvenir of National Conference on Luminescence and Its' Applications Organized by Luminescence Society of India and Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University during 7-9 February, 2006
2) Dr. Mrs. C. P. Deshmukh
1. Histomorphological modifications in the alimentary canal of the fruit-sucking moth (Linn.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae in relation to phytophagous and fruit-sucking habits. J. Ent. Res. 30(1): 7-15 (2006).
2. Effects of two pyrethroides on midgut epithelium and digestive enzyme activity in the fruit-sucking moth, Othreis materna L.(Lepidoptera:Noctuidae) J. Ecobiol.19(4) 377-383, 2006.
3) Dr. Mrs. H.P.Nagpure
1. Tetracycline and chloramphenicol induced alterations in the glycogen level of various tissues of the freshwater bivalve, Parreysia cylindrical. J.Aqua.Bio. Vol.18(2), 167-170.(2003)
2. The effect of trimethoprim on Oxygen consumption of the freshwater bivalve, Lamellidens corrianus(Lea). Asian J.of Microbiol. Biotech.. Env. Sc. Vol.6(3): 509-512.(2004)
3. The impact of tetracycline and chloramphenicol on protein contents in different tissues of the freshwater bivalve, Lamellidens corrianus(Lea). J.Comp.Toxicol. Physiol. Vol.2(I&II), 81-85. (2005)
4. The impact of trimethoprim on ascorbic acid contents of various tissues of the freshwater mussel, Parreysia cylindrical(Annandale & Prashad). Asian J.of Microbiol. Biotech.. Env. Sc. Vol.11(1): 151-155.(2009).
Department's e-Magzine Stem cell news letter January 2010
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