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Dr. V. P. SYLAS

 

Dr. Sylas V.P. 

Associate Professor, School of Environmental Sciences,
Joint Director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)

Joint Director, ACESSD – Inter University Centre

Assistant Nodal Officer, IEDC, Business Innovation and Incubation Centre
Mahatma Gandhi University,
Priyadarsini Hills P.O.
Kottayam – 686 560

Mob:     +91 9447914132
E-mail: sylas@mgu.ac.in

 

Education

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India (2010).
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Environment Science and Management, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India (2003).

Academic Profile

  • Assistant Professor : January 2011 onwards at School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.
  • Technical Assistant: 2009 – 2010 at School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.
  • Guest Faculty (Add on course) Dept. of Chemistry, Baselius College, Kottayam (2007-2010)
  • Research Fellow: 2004-2007 in a Major Research Project funded by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India at  School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.

Administrative positions

  • Joint Director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), MG University, Kottayam (October 2019- till date )
  • Joint Director, ACESSD – Inter University Centre (2020 onwards)
  • Assistant Nodal Officer, IEDC, BIIC, MGU (2020 onwards)
  • Member, Board of Studies, Environmental Science, MG University (2011 to present)
  • Chairman of the UG Examination Board- Environment Science, MG University (2020 onwards)
  • Member, Board of Studies, Environmental Science, Christ College (Autonomous), Irinjalakuda, Thrissur (2019- present).
  • Member, NAAC Coordination Committee, MG University (2016 -2017)
  • Warden, Men’s Hostel, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (July 2014 to January 2022)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (ACESSD) – an Interuniversity Centre, MG University, Kottayam.
  • Life Member of Indian Association for Aquatic Biologists (IAAB), Hyderabad, India.
  • Facilitator, K-DISC, Young Innovators Programme, Govt. of Kerala (2022)

Positions in Govt. bodies

  1. Member, KSBB-Kottayam District Level Technical Support Group, Kerala State Biodiversity Board, Govt. of Kerala.
  2. Member, District Biodiversity Coordination Committee, District Planning Committee, Kottayam

Research Collaborations

  • Brown University, USA
  • University of South Florida, USA
  • Cornell University, NY, USA
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • NIO, Mumbai
  • MSSRF CAbC, Wayanad, Kerala
  • BITS Pilani (as MTech Mentor)

Area of Specialization: Ecology, Bioenergy & Environmental Science

Research Interests:

  1. Wetland Ecology & Biodiversity
  2. Bioenergy – Microalgae and its applications; Biohydrogen production
  3. Biomaterials – Bio-nanomaterials; Phytochemistry
  4. Environmental Microbiology
  5. Water and Sanitation  – Community based water harvesting and sanitation
  6. Environmental education

 Research Guidance :

            PhD awarded              : 6 (Guide) + 2 (co-guide)

            PhD ongoing               : 5

            MSc/M.Phil (guided)  : 40/20

Publications   &  Citations

Number of papers published in International journals           : 38

No. of book chapters                                                              : 3

Genbank Submissions                                                             : 26

Number of papers presented in National /International conferences     : 68

Invited Talk/Resource Person : 70

Citations          :  602              

h-index            : 13   i10 Index : 15    (as on January 2024)

Honours /Awards

  • Awarded full scholarship from Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI), Brown University (USA) in 2013.
  • UGC-NET in June 2009.
  • Young Scientist Award2006 in National Seminar on Wetland Biodiversity, LAK Kerala and IIAB Hyderabad, India.

 Achievements

  • Listed in the World Scientist and University Rankings, AD Scientific Index in 2021,  2022 & 2023 by European Science Evaluation Centre, Germany
  • Expert Member, River Health Monitoring Programme, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation  and Asia Pacific Network Project.

 Membership

  • Life Member of Indian Association for Aquatic Biologists, Hyderabad.
  • Member of Limnological Association of Kerala, Thrissur.

Editorial Assignment

Review Editor, Natural Resources Section  in the Journal “Frontiers in Sustainable Resource Management’ published by Frontiers Media, Switzerland

Projects undertaken

  1. Wastewater treatment and subsequent bioenergy production with carbon capture: A triple gain bioprocess using microalgal bioreactors – Principal Investigator, RUSA 2.0 Major Research Project – 110 Lakhs (on going)
  2. Application of waste derived biochar technology in sustainable agriculture and climate change mitigation – Principal Investigator, RUSA 2.0 Major Research Project – 120 Lakhs (on going)
  3. Conservation of threatened mangrove species and aquatic plants along the banks of Vembanad Lake – as Co-PI with Dr. Ammu Punnoose, (as  PI) Assistant Professor, Regional Agricultural Research Station, Kumarakom, Kerala Agricultural University. Funded by Kerala Sate Biodiversity Board, Govt. of Kerala (5 Lakhs) (on going)
  4. An investigation on the potential microalgal species for the production of biodiesel from Kuttanad wetland ecosystem, Kerala. Funded by UGC (Major Research Project) (2012 – 2015) – 5 Lakhs (ongoing).
  5. Rhizosphere remediation of agro-pollutants: A case study from Kuttanad wetland ecosystem, Kerala – funded by DoECC, Govt. of Kerala – 0.4 Lakhs. (Completed).
  6. Enzymatic saccharification of water hyacinth for the production of bioethanol : control by utilization approach – funded by DoECC, Govt. of Kerala – 0.4 Lakhs. (Completed).
  7. An Interdisciplinary and Community oriented Innovative approach towards Sustainable Development – Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Award to SES, MGU – Co-investigator of Programme – 1. (40 lakhs) – Completed on August 2016.
  8. Environmental Monitoring and Sustainable Utilisation of Vembanad Wetland Ecosystem – Co-Investigator (2.64 Cr) (Completed)

 

List of Publications

2023

  1. Jabir Athamanakath, Abin Varghese & V. P. Sylas. 2024. Niche overlap between the endemic Albizia lathamii and the invasive Prosopis juliflora in response to changing climate: insights from a protected area in Western Ghats, India. Journal of Forest Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/13416979.2023.2300911
  2. Jabir Athamanakath, Shijo Joy, Babu Padmakumar & V. P. Sylas (2023) Effect of invasive plant, Prosopis juliflora on tree diversity in the southern tropical thorn forest of Western Ghats, India, International Journal of Environmental Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/00207233.2023.2287342 (IF 1.8)
  3. Jabir A., Abin Varghese and Sylas V.P. (2023). Niche overlap between the endemic Albizia lathamii and the invasive Prosopis juliflora in response to changing climate: insights from a protected area in Western Ghats, India. International Journal of Forestry. doi 1080/13416979.2023.2300911 (IF 1.5)
  4. CS Praveen Kumar, VP Sylas, J Mechery, V Ambily, R Kabeer, CT Sunila (2023). Phycoremediation of cashew nut processing wastewater and production of biodiesel using Planktochlorella nurekis and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Algal Research 69, 102924. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2022.102924 (IF 5.927)
  5. J Mechery, P Kumar CS, V Ambily, A Varghese, VP Sylas (2023). Dark fermentation of pretreated hydrolysates of pineapple fruit waste for the production of biohydrogen using bacteria. solated from wastewater sources. Environmental Technology, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593330.2022.2164743 (IF 3.7)
  6. Jibin, Keloth Paduvilan, Silpa Augustine, Prajitha Velayudhan, Jesiya Susan George, Sisanth Krishnageham Sidharthan, Sylas Variyattel Poulose, and Sabu Thomas. (2023). Unleashing the Power of Graphene-Based Nanomaterials for Chromium(VI) Ion Elimination from Water. Crystals13 (7): 1047. https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst13071047 (IF 2.7)

 2022

  1. Pradeep, B., Sylas, V.P. & Jessy, M.D. A framework for assessing the vulnerability of rubber plantations to the impacts of climate change with special reference to Kerala, India. J Rubber Res 25, 387–399 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42464-022-00186-z (IF 1.8)

2021

  1.  Raisa Kabeer, Sylas V. P., Praveen Kumar C. S., Thomas A. P., Shanthiprabha V., Radhakrishnan E. K. & Baiju K. R. (2021) Role of heavy metal tolerant rhizosphere bacteria in the phytoremediation of Cu and Pb using Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms, International Journal of Phytoremediation, https://doi.org/10.1080/15226514.2021.2007215  (IF 3.212)
  2. C.S. Praveen Kumar, VP Sylas, Neethu Cyril, V Ambily, CT Sunila, NP Sreekanth, Manoj P Rayaroth (2021). Acetaminophen removal using green synthesized iron nanoparticles with a fresh water microalga, Planktochlorella nurekis. Nano-Structures & Nano-Objects 26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoso.2021.100700. (Elsevier Cite Score : 10)
  3. Joseph, L., Sylas, V.P., Cyril, N. et al. Removal of endrin from aqueous medium using Accacia wood biochar: kinetics and thermodynamic studies. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13399-021-01435-8. (IF – 4.987)
  4. Babu Padmakumar, NP Sreekanth, V Shanthiprabha, Joby Paul, K Sreedharan, Toms Augustine, KK Jayasooryan, M Rameshan, V Arunbabu, Mahesh Mohan, VP Sylas, EV Ramasamy, AP Thomas (2021). Unveiling tree diversity and carbon density of homegarden in the Thodupuzha urban region of Kerala, India: a contribution towards urban sustainability. Tropical Ecology: 1-17 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s42965-021-00149-2. (IF 1.137)
  5. S Snigdha, P Jishma, Kalarikkal Nandakumar, VP Sylas, Sabu Thomas, EK Radhakrishnan (2021). Laponite® nanoclay gel based microenvironment for plant probiotic rhizobacterial delivery. Rhizosphere 18: 100346. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rhisph.2021.100346. (IF – 3.129)

2020

  1. Neethu Cyril, James Baben George, Pratheesh V. Nair,  Laigi Joseph,  Sunila C.T., Smitha V.K., Anila B.N. and Sylas V.P. (2020). Catalytic activity of Derris trifoliata stabilized gold and silver nanoparticles in the reduction of isomers of nitrophenol and azo violet. Nano-Structures & Nano-Objects  22 (1) :  100430. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoso.2020.100430 (Elsevier Cite Score : 10)
  2. Laigi Joseph, Sylas V.Paulose, aNeethu Cyril, Sanu K. Santhosh, AbinVarghese, Anila B. Nelson, Smitha V.Kunjankutty and Sreedharan Kasu (2020). Organochlorine pesticides in the soils of Cardamom Hill Reserve (CHR), Kerala, India: Geo spatial distribution, ecological and human health risk assessment. Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology. 2: 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enceco.2020.01.001  (Elsevier).

2019

  1. Jerry Mechery, Daniya M. Thomas, Praveenkumar C.S., Laigi Joseph and Sylas V.P. (2019). Biohydrogen production from acidic and alkaline hydrolysates of paddy straw using locally isolated facultative bacteria through dark fermentation. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery (Springer) DOI : https://doi.org/10.1007/s13399-019-00515-0. (IF – 4.987)
  2. Neethu Cyril, James Baben George, Laigi Joseph and Sylas V.P. (2019). Catalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange and Selective Sensing of Mercury Ion in Aqueous Solutions Using Green Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles from the Seeds of Derris trifoliata. Journal of Cluster Science  30 (2): 459 – 468. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10876-019-01508-9 (Springer). (IF- 3.061)
  3. Neethu Cyril, James Baben George, Laigi Joseph, Raghavamenon, A. C., and Sylas V.P. (2019). Assessment of antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-proliferative (lung cancer line A549) activities of green synthesized silver nanoparticles from Derris trifoliata. Toxicology Research. 8 : 297-308. (Royal Society of Chemistry-RSC) https://doi.org/10.1039/c8tx00323h   (IF- 3.524)

2018

  1. Raisa Kabeer, Rinoy Varghese and V. P. Sylas (2018). Rhizosphere of water hyacinth as a niche for multidrug resistant Aeromonas taiwanensis and Paenibacillus taiwanensis: A study from a tropical wetland of South India. Rhizosphere 6 : 20 -22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rhisph.2018.01.007 (Elsevier). (IF- 3.129)
  2. Raisa Kabeer, Rinoy Varghese and V. P. Sylas(2018). Metal tolerant and antibiotic resistant bacteria from the rhizosphere of water hyacinth: a study from a wetland receiving non point source of contamination. Int. Res. J. Env. Sci., 7 (6) :34-45.

2017

  1. Jerry Mechery, Biji B., Daniya M. Thomas and Sylas V.P. (2017). Biohydrogen production by locally isolated facultative bacterial species using the biomass of Eichhornia crassipes: effect of acid and alkali treatment. Energy, Ecology and Environment:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s40974-017-0069-4  (Springer)
  2. Sabu Rohini, R Aswani, M Kannan, VP Sylas, EK Radhakrishnan (2017). Culturable Endophytic Bacteria of Ginger Rhizome and their Remarkable Multi-trait Plant Growth-Promoting Features. Current microbiology: 75 (4), 505-511. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00284-017-1410 (Springer). (IF – 2.197)
  3. Anila B.N., Muraleedharan Nair M.K. and Sylas V.P. (2017). Synthesis Characterization and Antimicrobial Analyses of Iron (III) Complexes of 1-(imino-4-antipyrinyl)-8-aminonaphthalene. Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences 8(1):161-172.
  4. Anila B.N., Muraleedharan Nair M.K., Jisha Sreedharan and Sylas V.P. (2017). Synthesis, Characterization, Molecular Modeling, Antimicrobial and DNA Binding Studies of Cobalt(II) Complexes of 2,3-(Diimino-4′-antipyrinyl)butane with Varying Counter Ions. Asian Journal of Chemistry 29(3) : 691-702. (IF :0.4)

2016

  1. Daniya M. Thomas, Mechery Jerry and V. P. Sylas (2016) Carbon dioxide capture strategies from flue gas using microalgae: A review. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 23 (17): 16926–16940.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-016-7158-3 . (Springer) (IF 4.306)
  2. K. Raisa and V. P. Sylas (2016) Heavy metal tolerance pattern and antibiotic susceptibility of Chromobacterium piscinae, an opportunistic pathogen isolated from the Rhizosphere of water hyacinth. Academia. Journal of Microbiological Research 4(5): 086-091. DOI: 10.15413/ajmr.2016.0111 (IF: 1.372)
  3. M. T. Daniya, M. Jerry, V. P. Sylas (2016) Isolation of native flue gas tolerant microalga from a mixed culture grown under stress condition, International Journal of Environmental Sciences 6(6): 970-978. DOI:10.6088/ijes.6091
  4. BN Anila, PK Radhakrishnan, MK Muraleedharan Nair, Raisa Kabeer and VP Sylas (2016). Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial analyses of nickel (II) complexes of 2,3-(Diimino4-antipyrinyl) butane. International Journal of Chemical Studies. 4(4): 206-212.
  5.  BN Anila, PK Radhakrishnan, MK Muraleedharan Nair, Raisa Kabeer and VP Sylas (2016). Synthesis, Characterization, Thermal Decomposition And Antimicrobial Studies Of Iron (III) Complexes Of 2,3-(Diimino-4′-Antipyrinyl)Butane With Varying Counter Ions. Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, 8(9):64-72.

2015

  1. Sylas V.P., Mary Jaimol Antony, John C. Mathew and A.P. Thomas (2015). Distribution of phytoplankton in relation with water quality of Alappuzha- Changanasserry Canal of Kuttanad Wetland Ecosystem, Southern India. International Journal of Current Research. Vol. 7 (3). 13738 – 13743 pp.

2014

  1. Jerry Mechery, Praveenkumar C.S., Deepa Nair K. and Sylas V.P. (2014). Biohydrogen production by microbial communities isolated from biogas plant slurry using glucose as substrate. International Journal of Current Research. Vol. 6 (12). 10942- 10945 pp.
  2. Raisa Kabeer, Rinoy Varghese,  Kannan V.M., John Richard Thomas and V.P. Sylas (2014). Rhizosphere bacterial diversity and heavy metal accumulation in Nymphaea pubescens in  aid of phytoremediation potential. Journal of Bioscience and Biotechnology Vol. 3 (1) : 89 – 95 pp.
  3. Jerry Mechery, Abin Varghese and Sylas V.P.. (2014). DPSIR based State of Environment for Velloor region in Kottayam District, Kerala, India. The Environment- Journal of Environmental Sciences,  University of Belgrade, Serbia. Vol 2 (1): 7 -12.
  4. Raisa Kabeer, Rinoy Varghese,  Jayasooryan K.K., Joshy K.G, Praveenkumar C.S. and V.P. Sylas (2014). Removal of copper by Eichhornia crassipes and the characterization of associated microflora of the rhizosphere system. Environment Asia. Vol. 7 (2): 19-29.  DOI10.14456/ea.2014.20.

2013

  1. Raisa Kabeer, Rinoy Varghese,  Jayasooryan K.K., Joshy K.G, Ambily V. and V.P. Sylas (2013). Removal of Zinc, Lead and Cadmium by water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes). International Journal of Current Research. Vol. 5 (9). 2506- 2509 pp.

2012

  1. Bull C., Tang C. and Sylas V.P. (2012). Rainwater harvesting in an Indian Village. World Environmental and Water Resource Congress. ASCE Publication. 768 -775pp. doi.org/10.1061/41114(371)85

2009

  1. John C.M., Sylas V.P., Joby Paul and Unni K.S. (2009). Floating Islands in a tropical wetland of Peninsular India. Wetlands Ecology and Management,17 (6):641-653. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11273-009-9140-z . (Springer) (IF :  3.258)

2008

  1. P. C. Abhilash, Nandita Singh, V. P. Sylas, B. Ajay Kumar, John C. Mathew, R. Satheesh and A. P. Thomas (2008): Eco-distribution Mapping of Invasive Weed Limnocharis flava (L.) Buchenau Using Geographical Information System: Implications for Containment and Integrated Weed Management for Ecosystem Conservation. Taiwania, 53(1): 30 – 41.  DOI: 10.6165/tai.2008.53(1).30 (IF: 0.925)
  2. T. Bindu, V.P. Sylas, M. Mahesh, P.S. Rakesh and E.V. Ramasamy (2008). Pollutant removal from domestic wastewater  with Taro (Colocasia esculenta) planted in a subsurface flow system. Ecological Engineering 1257: 1 – 15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2008.02.007   (Elsevier) (IF : 4.035)

 Book chapters

  1. Sylas V.P., John C.M., Joby Paul. Unni K.S., Thomas A.P. and E.V. Ramasamy (2010). Documentation and distribution of aquatic plants in relation with certain environmental variables of Kuttanad wetland ecosystem, Kerala. In : Taxonomy and Biodiversity. A. Bijukumar, M.P. Nayar, R.V. Varma and C.K. Peethambaran (Eds.). Narendra Publishing House, New Delhi. 377- 391pp.
  2. Sylas V.P. and PrasanthNayaranan (2019). Kuttanad thaneerthadam neridunna  velluvilikalum samrakshanavum (in Malayalam). In :  Pampa nadhi : Paristhithi, samskaram, paripalanam. Gireeshkumar R., Ajay M.G. and Al Nousher Seth (Eds.). Published by DC Books, Kottayam & M.G. University, Kottayam. ISBN: 978-81-264-7665-7.
  3. Vigimol P.V. and Sylas V.P. (2019). Pothujanaaarogyavum jalasrothasukalude samrakshanavum. (in Malayalam). In :  Pampa nadhi : Paristhithi, samskaram, paripalanam. Gireeshkumar R., Ajay M.G. and Al Nousher Seth (Eds.). Published by DC Books, Kottayam & M.G. University, Kottayam. ISBN: 978-81-264-7665-7.

 

NCBI Genbank submission

1). MF471320.1    2).  MF471321.1    3).  MF471322.1  4). MF471323.1

5). MF471324.1  6).   MF471325.1   7).  MF471326.1   8).  MF092858.1

9). MF092857.1  10).  MF092859.1 11).  KU682207.1   12). KC357316.1

13). KC357317.1  14). KY817361   15).  KY817362    16) MF542258.1

17). MF542256.1  18). MF542254.1   19). MF542257.1 20). MF542255.1

21). MG811583    22). MK240093.1  23). MK391747.1 24). MK240095/1

25). MK240096.1    26). MF962488

 Papers published in Seminar/ Conference Proceedings

  1. Ambily V., Praveenkumar C.S. and Sylas V.P (2023). Assessment of Antiproliferative Activity and Identification of Bioactive Compounds Present in Methanolic Extract of Marine Diatom Chaetoceros muellerii OQ390046. Ecotechnological Perspectives for Sustainable Development’ on 21st & 22nd March, 2023, at School of Biosciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
  2. Sunila C.T and Sylas V.P. (2023). Valorization of paper card made from Artocarpus hirsutus inflorescence: a sustainable remedy to control C. quinquefasciatus mosquitoes. In Proceedings of Inyternational New Horizons in Plant Sciences), University of Kerala.
  3. Sunila C.T and Sylas V.P. (2023). Development of a fast- acting nano-mosquito-repellent card: a sustainable packaging composite with mosquitocidal functionalization from bioaugmented silver nanoparticles. In Proceedings of 2’nd International Conference on food, bio and nanomaterials. Karpagam University, Tamil Nadu.
  4. Sunila CT and Sylas V.P. (2023). Biosynthesis, characterization and mosquito larvicidal efficacy of silver and iron nanoparticles from aqueous extracts of Eupatorium adenophorum and Artocarpus hirsutus.  In Proceedings of 35 Kerala Science Congress, Idukki. KSCSTE, Govt. of Kerala.
  5. ]Silpa Augustine, Jibin K.P., Sisanth K.S and Sylas VP (2023). Synthesis and characterization of graphene oxide and Graphene oxide-coated silica nanoparticles and their application for the removal of chromium ions from water. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Water : from pollution to purification. Organized by Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (ACESSD) &School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India.
  6. Sreelakshmi Lal, Aswathy P., Anila B.N. and Sylas V.P. (2023). Removal of fluoride from aqueous solution using green synthesized silver nanoparticles with the rhizome of Zingiber wightianum – a preliminary study. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Water : from pollution to purification. Organized by Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (ACESSD) &School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India.
  7. Shijo Joy, Ajith S., Aravind D. and Sylas V.P (2023). A preliminary study on the treatment of polluted canal water with clay -biochar composite filter. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Water : from pollution to purification. Organized by Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (ACESSD) &School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India.
  8. Akhila B. and Sylas V.P. (2023). A comparative study on the treatment of kitchen grey water using mixed microalgae consortia and microalgae synthesized silver nanoparticles. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Water : from pollution to purification. Organized by Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (ACESSD) &School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India.
  9. Jabir A. Shijo Joy, Babu Padmakumar and Sylas V.P. (2023). Effect of invasive  Prosopis juliflora on tree diversity in the tropical dry forest of southern western ghats, India. In Proceedings of National Conference on Bioinvasions – Trends, Threats and Management by Kerala State Biodiversity Board, Thiruvananthapuram.
  10. Laigi Joseph, Sylas Variyattel Paulose, Neethu Cyril, Sanu Kalangara Santhosh. Influence of pyrolysis temperature of Biochar on the removal of pesticide γ-HCH from aqueous solution (poster presentation) in the International Conference on Separation Science and Technology on 13-16 December, 2019 held at School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
  11. Laigi Joseph, Sylas Variyattel Paulose, Neethu Cyril, Sanu Kalangara Santhosh. Influence of pyrolysis temperature of Biochar on the removal of pesticide endrin from aqueous solution (poster presentation) in the 4th International Conference on Frontiers of Mass Spectroscopy on 04-07 December, 2019 held at School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
  12. Daniya M. Thomas, C.S Praveen Kumar, Ambily V. and V.P Sylas (2019). Capturing of flue gas emission using microalgae : an experimental study using Parachlorella kessleri (Fott&Novakova). In Proceedings of the International Conference on Air Pollution and Monitoring organised by School of Environmental Sciences, MG University at Kottayam during 8 -11, March 2019.
  13. C.S Praveen Kumar, V. Ambily, J. Mechery, and V.P Sylas (2018). Treatment of cashew nut processing waste water using two microalgae – a comparative analysis. Proceedings of the International Conference on Water : from pollution to purification. Organized by Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (ACESSD) &School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. Dec 7 -10, 2018.
  14. Neethu Cyril, James Baben George, Laigi Josephnand V.P Sylas (2018). Green synthesized silver nanoparticles from the seeds of Derris trifoliata as an effective biocatalyst for the degradation of methyl orange and highly selective mercuric sensor in aqueous solutions. Proceedings of the International Conference on Water : from pollution to purification. Organised by Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (ACESSD) &
    School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. Dec 7 -10, 2018.
  15. Laigi Joseph and Sylas V.P. (2018). Assessment of pesticide residues in the soils of Cardamom Hill Reserve (CHR), Idukki district, Kerala, India” (Oral presentation)  in the International Conference on Sustainable Innovations in Green Chemistry and New technological Developments (ICSIG-2018) organized by the Post Graduate and Research Department of Chemistry, Maharajas College, Ernakulam, Kerala on 11th & 12th December 2018.
  16. Raisa Kabeer and Sylas V.P. Multiple antibiotic resistant bacteria from the rhizosphere of selected floating aquatic weeds of Kuttanad wetland ecosystem, Kerala: An emerging concern. Global Organic Meet, 2018. C.M.S College, Kottayam.
  17. Laigi Joseph, Neethu Cyril, Thomas George and Sylas V.P. (2018). Pesticide residues in the soils of Cardamom Hill Reserve, Idukki district, Kerala. A preliminary assessment.  Global Organic Meet, 2018. C.M.S College, Kottayam.
  18. Sylas V.P. and Vigimol P.V. (2018). Water quality and community health status of wetland area receiving non point source contamination: A case study from Kuttanad, Kerala. International Conference on Water Resource: Innovation in quality and quantity: Sustainable development challenges and Management (ICWR 2018). March 15 -17, 2018. University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
  19. Neethu Cyril, James Baben George and Sylas V P (2017). Chemical profile, antifungal and antioxidant activity of the seed extracts of Indian tulip tree, Thespesia populnea 3rd International Conference on Frontiers of Mass Spectrometry at Kottayam, Kerala. December 11-14, 2017.
  20. C.S. Praveen Kumar, Jerry Mechery, Daniya M.Thomas, V. Ambily and V.P. Sylas (2017). Phycoremediation of cashew nut processing waste water and pulp and paper mill effluent: Analysis of heavy metals using ICP-MS 3rd International Conference on Frontiers of Mass Spectrometry, December 11-14, 2017.
  21. Daniya M. Thomas, Praveenkumar C.S. and Sylas V.P. (2017). Enhanced biomass and lipid production of Chlorella spp. grown in a photo-bioreactor under LED illumination – A bioenergy perspective. International Conference on Photochemistry and its applications at Kottayam. November 10-13, 2017.
  22. C.S Praveen Kumar, V. Ambily, J. Mechery, D. M. Thomas and V.P Sylas (2016). Paper and pulp mill waste water treatment using indigenous microalgae, Chlorella sp. and Chlamydomonas sp. and subsequent lipid production. Proceedings of the the International Conference on Water (ICW-2016) held at School of Environmental Sciences, MG University, Kottayam during 12 -15, December 2016.
  23. Daniya M. Thomas, Jerry Mechery and Sylas V.P. (2015). Selection of native flue gas tolerant microalgae in view of carbon sequestration… In Proceedings of International Conference on Climate Change & Developing world, CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala Page no. 324-328.
  24. Sylas V.P. (2013). Sustainable Water resource management: A case study from Kuttanad, Kerala, India. In: Connections and Flows; Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. June 6 -22, 2013.
  25. Christopher Bull, Christina Tang and Sylas V.P. 2010. Rainwater harvesting in an Indian Village. In: Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resource Congress, 2010, May 16 – 20, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. p 768 – 775.
  26. V.P. Sylas, C.M. John, Paul Joby, K.S.Unni & A. P. Thomas (2008). Diversity and Biomass Production of Aquatic Plants of Kuttanad wetland ecosystem, Kerala. In Proceedings of International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Management. 03 – 06 February 2008. Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala. p 80 – 85.
  27. Praveenkumar C.S., Ambily V. and Sylas V.P (2019). Antibacterial and antioxidant properties of the extracts of Planktochlorella nurekis and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. In Proceedings of the National Conference on National Conference on Bioprospecting of Algae: Resources, Conservation and Utilization. August 1 to 2, 2019 at Central university of Kerala, Kasargod.
  28. C.S Praveen Kumar, Jerry Mechery, Raisa Kabeer and V.P Sylas (2019). Phycoremediation of Pulp and paper mill effluent using Planktochlorella nurekis. In: Proceedings of Kerala Science Congress, 2019.  02-03 February 2019. Organized by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) at Kollam.
  29. Laigi Joseph and Sylas V.P. (2018). A Study on the physicochemical parameters of Ground water of Cardamom Hill Reserve (CHR), Idukki District, Kerala, India (Oral presentation) in the National Seminar on Recent Challenges in Environmental Chemistry organized by Govt. College, Kottayam on 26-27 October, 2018.
  30. Raisa Kabeer  Prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the rhizosphere of water hyacinth growing in Kuttanad wetland and its possible health implications. National Conference on Towards rational use of Antibiotics : Problems. Prospects and Future implications  February 16- 17, 2018. Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla, Kerala.
  31. Daniya M.Thomas, Sinu Thomas, Ambily V. and Sylas V.P. (2017) An experimental study on the carbon capture capacity of biochar, activated carbon and CNT : A comparative analysis, 29th Kerala science congress, Mar Thoma college, Thiruvalla.
  32. C.S Praveen Kumar, Jerry Mechery, Raisa Kabeer and V.P Sylas. Phycoremediation of cashew nut processing waste water and pulp and paper mill effluent using native chlorella species. 29th Kerala Science Congress, Marthoma college , Thiruvalla, 28-30 January 2017.
  33. Sylas V.P. and Prasanth Narayan S. (2017). Status and threats of aquatic biodiversity of Kuttanad : an ecological perspective. Symposium on Pampa: environment. Governance and culture. Organised by KN Raj Centre, MG University, Kottayam. 19 -21 May 2017 at Kottayam.
  34. Vigimol P.V. and Sylas V.P. Assessment of Public health and water quality: A case study of Cheruthana Gramapanchayath and river Pamba in Kuttanad, Kerala, India. Symposium on Pampa: environment. Governance and culture. Organised by KN Raj Centre, MG University, Kottayam. 19 -21 May 2017 at Kottayam.
  35. C.S Praveen Kumar and V.P Sylas. (2016) Phycoremediation and the potential of lipid production using cashew nut processing waste water. 28th Kerala Science Congress. Calicut University, Malappuram, 28 – 30 January 2016.
  36. C.S Praveen Kumar, Jerry Mechery,V.Ambily, D.M. Thomas and V.P Sylas. (2016). Waste water treatment and subsequent lipid production potential of fresh water microalgae. National Seminar on Environmental Issues – A factual Profile, SVRNSS college, Vazhoor. 4-5 February 2016.
  37. C.S Praveen Kumar and V.P Sylas. (2016). Paper and pulp mill waste water treatment using indigenous microalgae, chlorella sp and chlamydomonas sp and subsequent lipid production. International Conference on Water. 12-15 December 2016.
  38. Jerry Mechery & Sylas VP (2016). Biohydrogen Production from Eichhornia crassipes by Pseudomonas aeruginosa through  Dark Fermentation. (Poster). 28th Kerala Science Congress, Calicut University, Malappuram,28 – 30 January 2016.
  39. Jerry Mechery & Sylas VP (2016). Biohydrogen: A promising energy carrier from bacterial communities (Oral Presentation). National Seminar on Environmental Issues – A factual Profile, SVRNSS College, Vazhoor, 4-5 February 2016.
  40. Raisa Kabeer, & Sylas VP (2016). Multiple Antibiotic Resistance of Bacteria Isolated from the rhizosphere of Water Hyacinth, an invasive weed in the Kuttanad Wetland Ecosystem, Kerala. 28th  Kerala Science Congress , Calicut University, Malappuram,28 – 30 January 2016
  41. Babu Padmakumar, N.P.Sreekanth, V.Shanthi Prabha, Joby Paul, K. Sreedharan, M.Rameshan, V.Arun Babu, Mahesh Mohan, V.PSylas, E.V Ramasamy, A.P Thomas (2016). Home garden and carbon stock estimation- a case study from thodupuza municipality of Idukki district in Kerala. 28th Kerala Science Congress, Kozhikkode.
  42. Praveen Kumar C.S. and Sylas V.P. (2015). An experimental study on the cultivation of mixed microalgal culture and its potential for lipid production. Kerala Environment Congress , 6-8 May 2015, Kottayam, Kerala.
  43. Ambily V. and Sylas V.P. (2015). An Experimental Study on the Lipid Production by Dunaliella sp. and Chaetoceros sp. –   A Bioenergy Approach. Kerala Environment Congress , 6-8 May 2015, Kottayam, Kerala.
  44. Raisa Kabeer and Sylas V.P. (2015). Heavy Metal Tolerance Pattern and Antibiotic Susceptibility of Chromobacterium sp.  isolated from the Rhizosphere of Eichhornia crassipes. Kerala Environment Congress , 6-8 May 2015, Kottayam, Kerala.
  45. Sylas V.P. (2013). Sustainable Water resource management: A case study from Kuttanad, Kerala, India. In: Connections and Flows; Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. June 6 -22, 2013.
  46. Sylas V.P., John C.M., Shylesh Chandran M.S., Jayasooryan K.K. and Unni K.S. (2013). Accumulation of selected heavy metals in different aquatic macrophytes of Kuttanad wetland ecosystem, Kerala. In Proceedings of National Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment. Kottayam, Kerala.
  47. Raisa Kabeer, Rinoy Varghese, Kannan V.M., John Richard Thomas and Sylas V.P. (2013. Rhizosphere bacterial diversity and heavy metal accumulation in Nymphaea pubescens  in aid of phytoremediation potential.  In Proceedings of National Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment. Kottayam, Kerala.
  48. Vishnupriya Ashokan, Daniya M. Thomas, Praveen P.Raj and V.P. Sylas (2013). Experimental studies on the production of bioethanol from water hyacinth:
    Effect of acid and alkali treatments. In Proceedings of National Conference on Natural Resource Management – A key to Sustainability. Organized by Assumption College, Changanassery, Kottayam. pp 103 -108.
  49. Raisa Kabeer, Rinoy Varghese, Jayasuryan K.K, Joshy K George, Sylas V.P. 2013. Removal of copper by Eichhornia crassipes and the characterization of associated micro flora of the rhizosphere system. National seminar on Molecular Evolution and Phylogeny, Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam, Kerala.
  50. Sylas V.P., John C.M., Shylesh Chandran M.S., Jayasooryan K.K. and Unni K.S. (2013). Accumulation of selected heavy metals in different aquatic macrophytes of Kuttanad wetland ecosystem, Kerala. In Proceedings of National Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment. Kottayam, Kerala.
  51. Raisa Kabeer, Rinoy Varghese, Kannan V.M., John Richard Thomas and Sylas V.P. (2013. Rhizosphere bacterial diversity and heavy metal accumulation in Nymphaea pubescens  in aid of phytoremediation potential.  In Proceedings of National Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment. Kottayam, Kerala.
  52. Sylas V.P., John C.M., Unni K.S., Thomas A.P. and E.V. Ramasamy (2012). Vembanad Lake –an endangered wetland ecosystem of Kerala. In: Proceedings of National Seminar on Wetland Conservation – Multidisciplinary approach. St. Joseph College, Alappuzha, Kerala. 16-20pp.
  53. Deepamol P.K., Ramesan M. John C.M., Joby Paul and V.P. Sylas (2012). A Study on the invasion of  Clidemia hirta in the Ponthenpuzha Reserve Forest, Kottayam, Kerala. In: Proceedings LAKE -2012. National Seminar organised by SES, M.G. University and IISc, Bangalore.
  54. B. Ajaykumar, Baiju C.K., Mahesh Mohan, V.P. Sylas, M.S.S. Chandran and P.S. Rakesh (2011). Soil piping phenomenon: examples from Idukki district, Kerala, India. In: Proceedings of Disaster, Risk and Vulnerability Conference, March  12-14, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.  p 133-139.
  55. Sylas V. P., John C. M, Prasanth Narayanan S., Unni K. S. and A. P. Thomas (2010). Cabombo caroliniana, an invasive aquatic plant in Kuttanad wetland ecosystem. In Proccedings of 19th Kerala Science Congress, January 19-31, Kollam. Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment and Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala. p 611 – 612.
  56. Sylas V.P., John C.M., Joby Paul. Unni K.S., Thomas A.P. and E.V. Ramasamy (2010). Documentation and distribution of aquatic plants in relation with certain environmental variables of Kuttanad wetland ecosystem, Kerala. In: Indian Biodiversity Conference, December 28-30, 2010, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. p. 85.
  57. Babu Padmakumar, Joby Paul, Sylas V.P., Toms Augustine, Arun Babu V., Sreedharan K., Ajaykumar B. and Thomas A.P. (2010). Conservation of Sacred groves through participatory approach – A case study from Kallara Gramapanchayath in Kottayam district. In: Indian Biodiversity Conference, December 28-30, 2010, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. p. 255.
  58. Devi K. Balan, Amaldev S., Rinoy Varghese, Sylas V.P and Dr. K. Sankaran Unni. 2010. Effect of municipal sewage on the physical, chemical and biological properties of Meenachil River around Kottayam municipality. UGC sponsored national seminar on conservation and sustainable utilization of red listed medicinal plants of Western Ghats of India, 2nd and 3rd September, Organized by Newman College, Thodupuzha.
  59. Devi K. Balan, Rinoy Varghese, Amaldev S., Sylas V.P, and K. Sankaran Unni. 2010. Effect of water quality disturbances on phytoplankton communities in Meenachil river around Kottayam municipality, Kerala, UGC sponsored National Seminar on Trends in geo spatial data analysis for resource and environmental management, 29 to 30, March 2010. Madhurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
  60.  Sylas V. P., John C. M, Unni K. S. and A. P. Thomas (2009). Microbial pollution of major river systems flowing through Kuttanad. . In Proccedings of 19th Kerala Science Congress, January 19-31, Kollam. Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment and KMML, Chavara, Kollam. p 513 – 515.
  61. Sylas V. P., John C.  M., K. S. Unni, Satheesh R.  and A.P.Thomas (2008). Primary Production of dominant Aquatic macrophytes of Kuttanad Wetland Ecosystem, Kerala. Proceedings of the National Conference on wetland biodiversity, 09 -10 February 2008. Organized by Limnological Association of Kerala and M.S.M College, Kayamkulam, Kerala. p 36 – 40.
  62. John C. M., Sylas V. P., Joby P., Unni K. S., Satheesh R. and Thomas A. P. (2008). Floating islands in Kuttanad wetlands of Kerala, India. Proceedings of the National Conference on wetland biodiversity, 09 -10 February 2008. Organized by Limnological Association of Kerala and M.S.M College, Kayamkulam, Kerala. p 80 – 92.
  63. Nisha P. V., Sylas V. P., John C. M, Unni K. S. and A. P. Thomas (2008). Zooplankton distribution in The Lentic and Lotic Systems of Vaikom Kari area of Kuttanad wetland ecosystem. Proceedings of the National Conference on wetland biodiversity, 09 -10 February 2008. Organized by Limnological Association of Kerala and M.S.M College, Kayamkulam, Kerala. p 141- 148.
  64. Mary Jayamol Antony, V. P.Sylas. C. John Mathew and A.P. Thomas (2008). Species richness and diversity of Chlorophyceae and Bacillariophyceae in relation to environmental variables in a freshwater body of Kuttanad, Kerala. In Proceedings of International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Management. 03 – 06 February 2008. Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala. p 71 – 74.
  65. Sylas V.P. and K. Sankaran Unni (2007). A preliminary study on the agro-ecological problems in  paddy cultivation of  Vaikom kari area of Kuttanad. In Proccedings of 19th Kerala Science Congress, January 19-31, Kannur. Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment and CWRDM, Kozhikkode. p 08: 05.
  66. Joby Paul, Sylas V.P., John C.M., R. Satheesh, P.K. Shaji and George K.V. (2007). A preliminary study on the riparian vegetation and endemics of Pampa river basin, Kerala. In Proccedings of 19th Kerala Science Congress, January 19-31, Kannur. Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment and CWRDM, Kozhikkode. p 08: 21.
  67. Sylas V. P., John C. Mathew, Joby Paul, K. S. Unni, R. Satheesh and A. P. Thomas (2006). Biodiversity Documentation of Aquatic Plants of Kuttanad Wetland Ecosystem, Kerala. In Proceedings of Indian Environmental Congress, 28 -30, April 2006, Kollam organized by Amrita Vidyapeeth (Deemed University), Kollam, Kerala. p 134 – 140.
  68. V.P. Sylas, C.M. John, K.S. Unni, R. Satheesh and A.P. Thomas (2007). Distribution, Biomass Production and Heavy Metal Accumulation in the Selected Exotic Plants of Kuttanad Wetlands, Kerala, India – A Case Study. In Proceedings of TAAL – 2007 World Lake Conference, Jaipur, India.
  69. C.M. John, V,P. Sylas, P. Joby, K.S. Unni, R. Satheesh and A.P. Thomas (2007). Ecology and Diversity of Aquatic Macrophytes in Kuttanad Wetlands – A Unique Ramsar Site in Kerala, India: A Case Study. In Proceedings of TAAL – 2007 World Lake Conference, Jaipur, India.
  70. Sylas V. P., John C. M., K. S. Unni, R. Satheesh and A. P. Thomas.(2007). Aquatic macrophytic vegetation in Alappuzha- Changanassery canal, Kerala in relation with physico-chemical characteristics of water. In Proceedings of Kerala Environment Congress, 2007 organized by Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Thiruvananthapuram on 8 to 10 May 2007.
  71. Mary Jayamol Antony, Sylas V.P., John C.M., Unni K.S. and Thomas A.P. (2006). Phytoplankton diversity of Alappuzha – Changanasserry canal in Kuttanad wetland ecosystem in relation to Physico-chemical parameters. Paper presented in the  National Conference on current perspective in aquatic biology, 17 -18 March, Chennai organized by Limnological Society of India and Zoology Department, Madras University, Chennai, Tamilnadu.
  72. Sylas V. P., John C. Mathew, Joby Paul, K. S. Unni, R. Satheesh and A. P. Thomas (2006). Aquatic plant diversity of Kuttanad wetland ecosystem. In Proceedings of National Conference of Wetland Biodiversity, February 02-03, 2006, Thrissur, organized by Limnological Association of Kerala (LAK) & Indian Association for Aquatic Biologists (IAAB), Hyderabad. p 67 – 69.
  73. Mary Jayamol Antony, Sylas V.P., John C.M., Unni K.S. and Thomas A.P. (2006). Environmental variables and diatom diversity7 of Alappuzha- Changanasserry canal, a fresh water body of Kuttanad. In Proceedings of National Conference of Wetland biodiversity. February 02-03, 2006, Thrissur, organized by Limnological Association  of Kerala (LAK) & Indian Association for Aquatic Biologists (IAAB), Hyderabad. p 89 – 92.
  74. John C.M., Unni, K.S., Satheesh R., Thomas A.P. and Sylas V.P. (2005). Aquatic plant communities of Kuttanad rice agroecosystem – the threat posed by invading nuisant weeds. Proceedings of the 17th Kerala Science Congress, KFRI, Peechi. p 98 – 101.
  75. Sylas V.P. John C.M., Unni, K.S., Satheesh R. and Thomas A.P (2005). Invasive aquatic weeds of the canals, rivers and slow flowing ecosystems of Kuttanad in relation to paddy fields. Paper presented in the National Conference on Wetland Conservation organized by Department of Zoology, Mar Thoma College for Women, Perumbavoor, Kerala. p 03 – 08.
  76. Shanthi Prabha V., Anisha M., Jisha Kurien, Rajimol. S., Sylas V.P., Thomas A.P. and Unni K.S (2005). A study on the distribution of planktonic forms, benthos and periphyton at Pallom region of Kuttanad, Kerala. Proceedings National Conference on Wetland Conservation organized by Department of Zoology, Mar Thoma College for Women, Perumbavoor, Kerala. p 15 – 26.

Extension activities

  • Advisor of Aiswarya Screwpine Society, Achinakom, Kottayam – A Women entrepreneur supported by ICICI CSR and MSSRF, Chennai.
  • Advisory Board Member, EcoR Foundation, Kochi – An Environmental NGO.
  • Programme Coordinator of Rainwater for Humanity, a collaborative Project of School of Environmental Sciences, M.G. University and Brown University, USA. www.rainwaterforhumanity.org (from 2007 – 2015)
  • Resource Person for Environmental education programmes for Public as well as students by the School of Environmental Sciences, M.G. University.

Radio talks     (during last 5 years)                                        :  5

Training programmes attended                  ,,                      : 10

Seminars organized  (as Convenor)                                                : 5

(as Co-convenor)                                           :  7 (International) 3 (National)

 

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