Plenary session, June 13 | 8:30 am
Keynote speaker: Dr. Daizy Batish
Professor of Botany at Panjab University and Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Division 8.02.04 (Ecology of Alien Invasives)
Essential Oils from Forest Trees as Source of Natural Herbicides: Opportunities, Prospects and Challenges
My talk will include an introduction about the essential oils, their characteristics, chemical nature and ecological roles under natural ecosystems. The main focus of the talk would be their phytotoxicity towards certain plant species that forms the basis for their use as natural herbicides. Their utility lies in the fact that these are environment-friendly, biodegradable, possess little or no toxicity and exhibit great structural diversity. They are especially useful for managing weeds under organic farming. My talk would also focus on other issues like prospects for commercialization and marketing and various constraints related to their use.
Daizy R. Batish, PhD, Professor of Botany at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, is Deputy Coordinator IUFRO Division 8.02.04. She has also served as Visiting Professor at School of Environment & Resource Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand for teaching the course of Biodiversity and Conservation in 2012.
Her teaching includes Ecosystem Ecology and Forestry, Biostatistics and basic botany subjects. She has guided 26 students for PhD degree.
Her research interests include ecological interactions in forests, forestry products such as essential oils and their role in weed and pest management. Her findings hold immense potential for the weed control in organic farming. Besides herbicidal properties, she has also explored the role of essential oils for other benign properties like their protective roles as natural antioxidants or radical scavengers. She has published 111 peer reviewed research papers with more than 3250 citations and has 34 h-index (as per SCOPUS). She has co-edited 7 books. In 2010, her scientific article based on essential oil from Eucalyptus species was honored by Elsevier group for figuring in Top-50 most cited articles published in Forest Ecology and Management. She has also completed four Government sponsored research projects investigating biological activities of essential oils.