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Professor K.S. Manilal, former HoD of Department of Botany, University of Calicut, and the founder of Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (IAAT) has been honoured with Padma Shri Award 2020. He was also a recipient of Dr. Janki Ammal Award. He is Chief Editor of the International journal Rheedea, named after van Rheede, and recipient of the prestigious E.K. Janaki Ammal Award for Taxonomy (2003) from the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. Professor Manilal has written over 200 research papers and 16 books. of which 90 papers and 5 books are on the Hortus Malabaricus.

A great recognition to all the taxonomists of the country..