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Extension is the third dimension of academics; Teaching and Research being the other two. The information generated through research is disseminated to the stakeholders and interested groups through various extension and outreach tools spreading the message of environmental and biodiversity conservation. Institutional research findings are taken to people from all the walks of life through official Newsletter viz. SACON Newsletter, thus playing a complementary role to the institutional activities. Extension Division is also involved in Participatory Action Research with a view to ensure stakeholder participation in conservation activities.

Dr. Mathew K Sebastian  scan0149

Designation : Principal Scientist

Completed projects

  1. Survey and documentation of the wetlands of Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh.
  2. Ecological and ethnocultural examination of the rise and fall of rice cultivation in South India with special reference to Western Ghats.
  3. Documenting the biodiversity of Sompeta Wetland, Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh and     developing biodiversity-mediated livelihood options for local communities.

Recent Research publications

Reports

  1. Survey and documentation of the wetlands of Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh
  2. Ecological and ethnocultural examination of the rise and fall of rice cultivation in South India with special reference to Western Ghats.
  3. Documenting the biodiversity of Sompeta Wetland, Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh and     developing biodiversity-mediated livelihood options for local communities

National

Sebastian, M. K. & Azeez P. A. (2014). MNREGA & biodiversity conservation. EPW XLIX(10):16-19

International

Murugesan, M., Arun, P.R., Nikhil Raj P. P., Azeez P. A., and Sebastian M. K. (2015). “A New Species of Sonerilla (Melastomataceae) from the Western Ghats of Kerala, India”. Scientific Transactions in Environment and Technovision. Vol. 8(3): 122-124

Book

Balasubramanian, P., Sebastian, M.K., Arun, P. R., Pramod, P., Jayapal, R., Kumara, H.N., & Sankar, K. 2017. Glimpses of SACON Campus Biodiversity. Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology & Natural History, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. pp81.

Book Chapters

  1. Balasubramanian, P. Nehru, P. & Sebastian, M. K. (2012). Forest Genetic Resources Conservation in SACON, Anaikkatty, Coimbatore In. Forest genetic resource Management in India (Eds.) K Ponnuswamy & N Krishnakumar, IFGTB, Coimbatore pp 314-319
  2. Ramachandran, V.S, Sonia, A. & Sebastian, M. K. (2013). Assessment of the flora of the Karunya University Campus, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. In. Plant Diversity & Conservation (Ed.) V.S. Ramachandran. Pointer Publishers, Jaipur pp.48-57
  3. Murugesan, M., Arun P. R., M K, Sebastian , & Arthi T. (2013). Avifaunal diversity and conservation implications of wetlands of Srikakulam district, A.P. In. Ecosystem services & functions of birds (Ed.) Jayapal et.al. SACON

Popular articles

  1. Sebastian, M K & P A Azeez (2014). Oduku ; Jaiva Krishikku Inagngiya oru jaiva keeda nashini (Malayalam). Harithabhoomi, Vol.5(8), 15-16
  2. Sebastian, M K & P A Azeez (2015). Jaiva Krishikku Inangiya Parambaragatha Nellinangal (Malayalam), Harithabhoomi, Vol.5(9), 6-10
  3. Sebastian, M K & P A Azeez (2015). Nelkrishiyile Nattarivukal     (Malayalam), Harithabhoomi, Vol. 5
  4. Sebastian, M K & P A Azeez (2015). System of Rice Intensification’ Adhava Otta Njar Reethi’ (Malayalam), Harithabhoomi, Vol.6:1
  5. Sebastian, M K & Azeez P.A. 2015. ‘Thozhiluruppu Padhathiyum Vazhiyora Jaivavaividhyamum’     Mathrubhumi Daily, 4 July 2015. Centre page Article in Malayalam

One Day Workshop Cum Seminar On ‘Significance And Conservation Of Traditional Rice Varieties In Kerala’

SACON conducted a survey and documentation on ‘Ecological and ethno-cultural examination of the rise and fall of rice culture in southern India with special reference to the Western Ghats’ from 2012 to 2014 with the financial support of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. In order to disseminate the information collected about the traditional varieties to  different stakeholders such as farmers, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural University and individuals and organisations involved in the conservation of traditional rice varieties, a one day Workshop cum Seminar  on the ‘Significance and Conservation of Traditional Rice Varieties’ was  held on 5th September 2016 at Abhayam, Koppam,  Pattambi, Palakkad, Kerala  which was jointly organized by SACON and ‘Abhayam’,  an NGO committed to organic farming and conservation of the traditional rice varieties.