B. K. VERMA (D.Phil.) is former Professor and Head Department of Botany, University of Allahabad. His field of specialization is taxonomy and morphology of living and fossil plants. Dr. Verma has more than three decades of teaching experience. His list of publications includes two books and 77 research papers in various national and international journals. He has been the Editor of Science Letters, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad; Co-chairman in one session of the Indian Association of Angiosperm Taxonomy, Gwalior; and Chairman of National Symposium on Biodiversity Conservation and Evolution of Plants, Allahabad in 1997.