Dr. D.A. Patil did his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Botany from Dr. B.A. Marathwada University (Aurangabad, M.S.) with Angiosperms as a subject of specialization in 1978 and 1983 respectively. He has about 34 years of research and teaching experience at graduate and postgraduate classes. His major research interest includes Taxonomy of Angiosperms, Anatomy, Floristics, Ethnobotany, Medicinal Plants and Etymology. He has authored (i) Flora of Dhule and Nandurbar Districts (Maharashtra) (2003), (ii) Origins of Plant Names (2007), (iii) Useful Plants : Origin, History & Civilization (2008), (iv) Herbal Cures: Traditional Approach (2008), (v) Medicinal Plants : History, Culture and Usage (2010), (vi) A Key To The Angiospermic Families of North Maharashtra (1992), (vii) Flora of Jalgaon District (Maharashtra) (2008), (viii) Ethnobotany of Nasik District (Maharashtra) (2006), (ix) Ethnobotany of Jalgaon District (Maharashtra) (2008), (x) Ethnobotany of Buldhana District (Maharashtra) (2010), (xi) Spices And Condiments: Origin, History & Applications (2013), (xii) Herbal Materia Medica of Maharashtra (2013). (xiii) Ethnobotany of Badwani District (Madhya Pradesh) (2016) and (xiv) Maharashtratil Aushadhi Vanaspati Sangrah (In Marathi) (2016). He has also edited
proceedings (i) Plant Diversity and Biotechnology (2005), (ii) Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and Human Welfare (2010), (iii) Biodiversity and Environmental Crisis: Past, Present & Future (2013). He has 335 research papers to his credit published in national, international journals and journals of CSIR, India. Apart from his participation in several national and international conferences and symposia in India and abroad, many students in botany received his guidance for Ph.D. and
M.Phil. degrees. He is member of Editorial Boards of six national journals and acted as a referee for Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees for other universities. He has been awarded (i) Dr. M.S.Swaminathan
Award (1996) by Indian Botanical Society, (ii) Scientist of The Year 2004 by National Environmental Science Academy,
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(iii) Jivaka Ayurved Vishwa Sanman (2006) by International Academy of Indian Medicine, (iv) Lifetime Achievement Award- 2007 for Health and Education by Health & Education Development Association. (v) Best Teacher Award-2010 by S.S.V.P.Sanstha, Dhule (MS) India. (vi) Talented Scientist Award-2012, Awarded at 4th International Conference on Medicinal Plants and Herbal Products, Johns Hopkins University and The George Washington University, (USA). (vii) Mahatma
Jyotirao Phule National Best Teacher Award-2013, awarded by Dr.Panjabrao Deshmukh Shikshak Parishad (M.S.), India. (viii) Shri Gurudeo Mahalingdas Ahirrao Award-2012 by Shri Gurudeo Mahalingdas Ahirrao Dyanprabodhini, Wade (M.S.,India), (ix) Award for excellence in Research-2013 by Education Expo (TV), Research & Branding Company at Bangalore, and (x) Eminent Botanist Award-2013 by organizing committee for National Conference on “Recent Emerging Trends in Plant Sciences-2013 at PSGVP Mandal’s Arts, Science and Commerce College, Shahada (M.S., India). Recently, he is awarded a prestigious Prof. V. Puri Award-2014 by Indian Botanical Society in recognition of his significant contribution in the field of Taxonomy. He is Ex-Dean, Faculty of Science, North Maharashtra University (Jalgaon, M.S.) during 2000 to 2005 and also Ex-Chairman, Board of Studies in Botany of the same university during 2000 to 2005 and 2010 to 2015. He is a
member of many prestigious academic and scientific bodies and societies. He also contributes for Marathi daily newspapers and creates interest in plants by delivering talks especially for younger generation. He also headed his college as Professor and Principal.