Dr P N Ravindran
Dr PN Ravindran is a well-known authority on Spices having about 30 years of experience in the field of spices research and development.
He held various positions in the fields of spices and medicinal plants research such as :
National Coordinator for Spices Research in India under the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR),
Director, Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR),
Principal Scientist and Head of the Division at IISR,
Founder Director of the Centre for Medicinal Plants Research at Kottakkal, Kerala;
Advisor, Tata Tea and Tata Global Beverages.
Dr PNR was also the founder and founder Secretary of the Indian Society for Spices as well as founder editor of the Journal of Spices and Aromatic Crops.
Dr PNR has to his credit more than 250 research and review papers and the monographs on all the major spices –
Black pepper (Harwood Academic (now CRC Press, USA),
Cardamom (Taylor & Francis, London),
Cinnamon & Cassia (CRC Press),
Ginger (CRC Press) and Turmeric (CRC Press).
He has compiled the research and developmental work on spices in India since its independence under the title:
Advances in Spices Research:
History of spices research and development in India since independence.
PNR also served as a Consultant for IAEA.
Dr PNR is currently on contract with CABI for the preparation of the prestigious Global Encyclopedia on Herbs and Spices.