Mandate

The Biodiversity and Medicinal plant branch has been established in 1996. Since inception the branch has completed more than 65 externally and internally funded research projects with following Mandates:-

  • Bio-diversity assessment in forest areas of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Identification of  Rare and threatened plant species and their in-situ and ex-situ  conservation.
  • Survey of medicinal plants.
  • Mass multiplication and development of agro-techniques of commercially important medicinal plants

Major Activities 

  • Assessment of Biodiversity, Sacred groves, Natural resources and NTFPs 
  • Preparation of People's Biodiversity Register (PBR)
  • In-situ and Ex-situ conservation of medicinally important plant and RET species
  • Development of nursery and cultivation techniques of important medicinal plants
  • Maintenance of Gene Bank of 428 medicinal plant species
  • Forest Museum of the Institute
  • Sal Borer management and dissemination of research finding to user groups through training and demonstration programs

Institutional Staff

Name Dr. Uday Homkar
Designation Senior Research Officer and Head 
Qualification M.Sc. – 1991, Zoology (Entomology); Ph.D. – 2002, Life Science (Wild life forensic)
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Name Miss Tanvi Telang                                                                                                                                          
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List of medicinal plants in Genebank जीन बैंक मे उपलब्ध औषधीय एवं सगंध पौधों की सूची

 

Research

On-going Projects

Title of the Project Name of PI Co-PI Source of funding Sanctioned amount (Rs.) Date of initiation Due date of completion
Ex-situ conservation of medicinally important wild tuberous/ rhizomatic plants and studies on their phenology and growth performance Dr. Uday Homkar   MPMFD (R&E and Lok Vaniki) M.P. Bhopal 47.55 lakhs April 2013  Dec. 2017

Development of high-tech nursery and preparation of quality planting material of RET species for their restoration in natural forest and rural/urban areas through plantations.

Dr. Uday Homkar   MPMFD (R&E and Lok Vaniki) M.P. Bhopal 57.40 lakhs  Jan. 2017  Jan. 2019
वनों एवं वन रोपणीयों में लगने वाली कीट व्याधियाॅ एवं उनके निदान पर किये गये कार्यो का सरल भाषा में संकलन: मध्य प्रदेष के संदर्भ में। Dr. Uday Homkar   APCCF (R&E and Lok Vaniki) M.P. Bhopal  8.60 lakhs July 2016 July 2018
Survey, population density and quantitative assessment of medicinal plants for the sustainable development of livelihood generation in Jabalpur Forest Circle (M.P.) Dr. S.K. Masih   National Medicinal Plant Board, New Delhi 54.20 lakhs July 2017 June 2020
Regional - Cum - Facilitation Center (RCFC) Central Region, Jabalpur Dr. S.K. Masih   National Medicinal Plant Board, New Delhi 149.60 lakhs    

Regular Activities

Title of the Project Name of PI Co-PI Source of funding Sanctioned amount (Rs.) Date of initiation Due date of completion
औषधीय पौधों के जींन बैंक एवं रोपणी का प्रबंधन एवं विकास Dr. Uday Homkar    Director, SFRI, Jabalpur - - -

Development of raised mother bed technology and mass multiplication of clonal plants of eucalyptus in SFRI, Jabalpur.

Dr. Uday Homkar   Director SFRI, Jabalpur 21.21 lakhs  Dec. 2016 -

 

Services

            Consultation to field staff and farmers is provided from time to time, with respect to damage control of forest insect pest of the tree and other plant species and provide training on the cultivation techniques of the Rare Endangered & Threatened species  of plants native to Madhya Pradesh. We also provide mass planting material on demand.

Major Research Achievements 

More than 42 externally and internally funded research projects have been completed. Brief of the achievements of each project is given as below.

1. The project on cultivation of medicinal plants in tribal districts of Mandla. Deptt. of Science and Technology (1996-97).

  • Development and cultivation technique of five species of medicinal plants namely Tikhur, Bach, Satawar, Kalmegh and Keokand were undertaken.

2. Cultivation of Medicinal plants and dissemination of technology among the farmers and interested cultivators. ICFRE Dehradun. (1996-97).

  • Under the extension project of medicinal plants 10 villages at each focus centres e.g. Jagdalpur, Bilaspur, Seoni and Jabalpur were selected. Four awareness camps were organized to create awareness among the farmers and villagers. In these centres four training workshop were organized.
  • In the Training workshop organized by Udyamita Vikas Kendra Bhopal at Indore, Bhopal, Raipur, Gwalior and Satna the branch has disseminated technology for cultivation of medicinal plants as an expertise as well as in Buyers-Sellers meet at Bhopal.
  • The Branch has organized exhibition in Swarojgar Mela at Jabalpur for the purpose of awareness. A bulletin on medicinal plants of M. P. distribution, cultivation & trade has also published.

3. Biodiversity assessment of P-3 areas in different Forest Divisions of Madhya Pradesh. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava and Dr. Uday Homkar. (1999).

  • Flora inventory of selected P-3 Areas completed.
  • Plant species were collected from the study site, herbarium prepared.
  • Soil samples were collected and analysed from different sites of the study area.

4. Preparation of inventory of flora fauna and ecosystem in Sanjay National Park. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava & Dr. Uday Homkar (1999-2000).

  • 680 plants species have been identified, 26 rare plants and 94 medicinal plants have been identified.

5. Training and extension project for cultivation of Medicinal and Aromatic plants in Peoples Protected Areas (PPA) of M. P. M.P.M.F.P (Trade and Development Federation, Bhopal.). Dr. J. L. Shrivastava, Dr. S.K. Masih & Dr. Uday Homkar. (2001-2003).

  • Total 276 Participants Attended Training From these different Divisions Namely South Shahdol Forest School, Amarkantak, South Panna Shyamgiri Forest Rest House, Shyamgiri, Seopur Karahal Forest Rest House, Karahal, Sehore Forest Rest House Yarnagar, Budhni, Bhopal Kerwa Nursery Samardha Range

6. Training Cum Demonstration Programme on Cultivation, Processing and marketing of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava, Dr. S. K. Masih & Dr. A. Sarkar. Medicinal Plant Board, New Delhi. (2002-2003).

  • A total of 433 Trainees have been trained.
  • A total of 42 Trainees have adopted cultivation of Medicinal plants.
  • During the year (2003-04). 292 Trainees were trained from Jabalpur, Damoh, Mandla, Devas & Seoni region of Madhya Pradesh.

7. Preparation of Lok Vaniki Manual. CCF Research & Extension and Lok Vaniki. (2002-2003).

  • A draft manual of Lok Vaniki has been prepared. This manual has 9 chapters on different topics namely Introduction, Lok Vaniki Niyam & Adhiniyam, Management Plan Preparation, Charter Forester, Implimentation of Management Plan, Monitoring of Management Plan, Punishment against Law.

8. Biodiversity assessment of Shyamgiri P-3 area in South Panna Forest Division. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava & Dr. Uday Homkar. (2003-2005).

  • Flora inventory of Shyamgiri P-3 Area (480.61 km2) was completed.
  • Phytosociological study carried out by laying out quadrats in 97 forest compartments.
  • Total 665 plant species belonging to 436 genera and 116 families were identified.
  • Preparation of 150 reference cards related to the subject.
  • Collection of 850 Herbarium specimens.
  • 568 species of angiosperms, belonging to 92 families and 462 genera, were identified.
  • 324 herbaceous species, 67 shrub species, 36 climber species and 141 trees species were identified.

9. To study the socio-economic condition, income and employment potential of the farmers engaged in the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants. Dr. G. S. Mishra & Dr. J. L. Shrivastava. (2003-2004).

  • Study of Rewa district was completed during the year 2004-2005. One hundred and seventeen farmers were found engaged in the cultivation of medicinal plants. Five development blocks viz.
  • Rewa, Raipur Karachulian, Mauganj, Naigarhi and Gurh were Surveyed. Sixty Nine Farmers were interviewed during the study, and of them only nine farmers had received training in medicinal plants cultivation.

10. Identification and study of Life cycle of insect pests of fruit of Cleistanthus collinus in Seoni District. Dr. Uday Homkar. (2004-05).

  • Two Species of Caterpillar infesting Garari Fruits were identified, collected and reared upto adult stage. Virachola isocrate was observed as fruit borer of this species. This insect damages the seeds, which reduce the natural regeneration of the species.
  • Phenology of Garari (Cleistanthus Collinus) was studied.

11. Cultivation of medicinal plants to develop models under old teak and bamboo plantations. Dr. S. K. Masih, Dr. J. L. Shrivastava & Dr. G. S. Mishra. (2004-2006).

  • Teak Plantation: The old Teak Plantation raised by the institute in the year 1997 was taken for the study.
  • Bamboo Plantation of the year 1994 with the spacing.

12. Identification of the best germplasm from cultivated and natural forest areas for Safedmusli, Kalmegh & Sarpgandha. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava & Dr. Uday Homkar. (2004-05).

  • During the period from April 2004 to March 2006, samples of Safed Musli (Chlorophytum borivillianum) were collected from Damoh, Betul, Hoshangabad and Katni Districts. Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata) samples were collected from Seoni and Mandla districts and those of Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina) from Seoni, Mandla, Dindori and Jabalpur district.
  • 100 samples (sample unit – 1 plant) from each district for all the three species were collected from wild and cultivated sources in the field.

13. Lac Culture on Various host palnts species and transfer of adopted technology to rural population for their economic upliftment. MP MFP Federation, Bhopal. Dr. Uday Homkar & Mr. K. L. Kawre. (2004-06).

  • Pruning and inoculation on host plants were done.
  • 19 different plant species were tried for Lac inoculation.
  • Conducted training on Lac cultivation. 40 beneficiaries from Indrana, Patan and Umaria villages attended the training & 60 beneficiaries from Khatia, Khapa, kisli, Katwahi, Chapari, Khesi and Sarakha of buffer zone of Kanha National park had attended the training programme.

14. Standardization of agro-cultivation technique and production of quality planting material of Stevia rebaudiana. Dr. Uday Homkar. MP MFP Federation, Bhopal. (2005-08).

  • Procurement of planting material, Preparation of Plants, Growth Measurements, Study of Stevia leaves, growth performance inside the green net house and outside the green net house were determined. Establishment of demonstration plot, Role of insects in Stevia Cultivation, Identification of Harmful fungi, Techniques used for multiplication: through seed, Stem cutting and Slip Cutting were done.

15. Monitoring and evaluation of SJGSY programme for Bamboo. Resources and Craft in 10 District of Madhya Pradesh. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava, Dr. Parvej Jalil, Dr. S. K. Masih, Dr. Uday Homkar, Dr. Sachin Dixit, Shri, S. S. Raghuwanshi, Dr. G. S. Mishra, Shri. S. M. Gautum, Shri S. Mehta & Dr. Anil Kumar. (2005).

  • Field data were collected from 9 forest Divisions and 10 District namely Jabalpur, Seoni, Narsinghpur, Balaghat, Mandla, Guna, Ashoknagar, Sidhi, Shahdol and Chhatarpur district of M. P.
  • Assessment of existing bamboo resources.
  • Rehabilitation of degraded bamboo forests.
  • Establishment of decentralized nurseries.
  • Raising of hi-tech bamboo plantations.
  • Conducting training programmes.
  • Establishment of Banskar karmshalas.

16. Development of agro-cultivation technique of commercially important medicinal plant species – Gudmar (Gymnema Sylvestre). Dr. G. S. Mishra & Dr. J. L. Shrivastava. (2004 - 2007).

  • For plantation, 6 months, old plants raised by cutting, were used. Plantation was done in the month of September, 2005.

17. Inventorization of existing floral and faunal elements in the proposed Biodiversity park Area at Bargi Hills, Jabalpur, M. P. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava, Dr. S. K. Masih & Dr. Uday Homkar. (2005-2006).

  • Inventory has been completed for 276 ha. Area of the proposed biodiversity park at Bargi Hills.

18. Assessment of status and role of sacred groves to conserve bio-diversity at different levels in Madhya Pradesh. Mandla and Dindori district. M. P. State Bio-diversity Board, Bhopal. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava, Dr. S. K. Masih & Uday Homkar. (2006-07).

  • On the basis of survey done for the identification of sacred groves, 48 sacred groves in the 2 districts of Madhya Pradesh. Namely Mandla & Dindori have been identified. 18 Sacred groves were identified in the Dindori District 30 sacred groves were identified in Mandla District on the basis of Data.

19. Introduction of egg parasitoids Trichogamma raoi to protect teak seed orchards from the loss caused by teak leaf defoliator and skeletonizer. Dr. K. C. Joshi, Dr. Uday Homkar. & Dr. S. Chandra. (2005-07).

  • Egg parasitoids were released in selected TSOs namely SFRI, Behrai (Seoni), Betul and Nepanagar. These egg parasitoids were released in four instalments in each site.
  • Measurement at GBH: Girth of selected trees were recorded at same spot of the tree.
  • Intensity of leaf damage was assessed in selected trees.
  • Collection and observation on Seed production.

20. Monitoring and evaluation of farmers engaged in cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants with financial help of National Medicinal plants Board, New Delhi. MPMFP Fed, Bhopal. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava, Dr. S. K. Masih & Dr. G. S. Mishra. (2006-2007).

  • Total 161 farmers from Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Neemuch districts of M. P. have been visited for the field survey, monitoring and evaluation of farmers cultivated fields.
  • The fields of total 97 farmers have been investigated by the research tem in Dhar district. Out of which 90 farmers were engaged in cultivated of medicinal plants as per their project plan, whereas 7 farmers have not responded properly. 62%, 48%, 14%, and 18% farmers are involved in cultivation of Aonla, Safedmusli, Kalihari and Colius species respectively.
  • In Indore district 15 farmers were found engaged of Aonla (64%), Colious (27%), Safedmusli (72%), Kalihari (55%) and Sarpgandha (27%). In Khargone district 81%, 38%, 38%, 24%, 19% and 5% farmers were engaged in cultivation of Aonla, Ashwagandha, Safedmusli, Sarpgandha, Colious respectively. Whereas in Neemuch district 67% farmers were involved in cultivation of Aonla, 33% farmers involved in Guggal. Ishabgole and safedmusli, 67% in Stevia, 50% in colius and Sarpgandha and 17% are involved in cultivation of Tulsi species.

21. Documentation of Biodiversity status in Mandla and Dindori districts of M.P. MSBB, Bhopal. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava, Dr. S. K. Masih, Dr. Uday Homkar & Dr. G. S. Mishra. (2007-2009).

  • Mandla district: Total 18 PBRs of Mandla were prepared. The name of the village, block, gram panchayat and tehsil.
  • During the field survey, an inventory of plant species available in various forest ranges. PBR villages of Mandla district was made. The plants already reported by various from Mandla were also incorporated during analysis of flora diversity of Mandla district. The plants were further categorized as trees, shrubs, climbers, bamboos, parasites and grasses. A total of 1006 plant species belonging to Floristic diversity of Mandla district.
  • Out of total of 1006 plant species 162 tree species were identified followed by 71 species of shrubs, 681 species of herbs, 51 species of climbers, 39 species of grasses and 2 species of parasites.
  • No endemic medicinal plant species was identified from the area, 21 vulnerable species, 5 endangered species, 2 nearly threatened species have been identified from the collected data.
  • Faunal diversity represents 32 wild animals, 63 wild animals, 63 birds, 4 fishes and 9 reptiles and 187 insect species were identified on the basis of indirect/direct evidence during the field survey.
  • 1104 species of Angiosperms 693 genera belonging to 165 families, 24 species belonging to Pteridophytes, 11 Bryophytes and 41 species of Thallophyta have been found in the study area.

22. Evaluation and comparative study of Artemisia annua plants through seed and tissue culture methods in two different agro-climatic zones of M.P. MPCOST, Bhopal. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava & Dr. Uday Homkar (2007 – 2008).

  • Plantation of Artemisia annuaiwas done of SFRI medicinal plant nursery and at horticulture nursery in Amarkantak in the months of Jan. 2008 and March 2008, respectively. Growth data with reference to plant height (cm) and number of branches were recorded every month from January, 2008 to December 2008. Green and dry biomass was recorded at the time of maturity in January, 2009 for each treatment. Total 900 plants were planted with 3 different treatments.
  • Maximum 2.18 m. height was observed in tissue culture raised plants with vermicompost at Jabalpur. Plantation at Amarkantak did not perform well. Collected data were finally tabulated, recorded and submitted to Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology, Bhopal for further action.

23. Assessment of status and role of sacred groves to conserve bio-diversity at different levels in Madhya Pradesh. – Chhindwara and Hoshangabad districts. M. P. State Bio-diversity Board, Bhopal. Dr. J. L. Shrivastava, Dr. S. K. Masih & Uday Homkar. (2007-08).

  • A total number of 49 sacred groves were identified in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh.
  • During the study, 12 forest ranges of west, south and east Chhindwara forest divisions were covered.
  • Out of 49 identified sacred groves, 34 are worshiped for different gods and 15 for different goddesses.
  • Out of the 49 groves in the district, 38 groves are in existence for 50 more years and of them 11 are more than 100 years old. These order groves are situated in Damua, Tamiya, Jamai, Parasia and Pandurna forest ranges.
  • A total of 141 plant species belonging to 114 genera of 47 families have been identified in these sacred groves.
  • A list of 21 wild animals was prepared on the basis of indirect/direct evidence during the field survey.
  • During the field survey of various sacred groves, awareness campaigning was conducted in the nearby villages. Villagers participated in the awareness programme. Methods of collection of NTFPs and other natural resources were also discussed.
  • A total of 78 sacred groves were identified in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. Two sacred groves in Pachmarhi are specially known as places of pilgrimage (teerth sthans) of local tribal communities. These are SG No. 55 Tirthdham and SG No. 75 Gond bangle. Here, wooden monument has been kept in the name of dead members of their family and each year, the community gets together and prays for the departed souls. Another sacred grove No. 10 Majhibaba in the name of holy god – Guruprasad was identified, where all the local community members get together on 15th August and 26th January each year and take oath to refrain from consuming alcohol and indulgence in criminal activities to protect their families. Unknown god is worshipped each year at Aala Okhli (Water reservoir) for good rainfall. Out of 78 identified sacred groves 64 are worshiped for different gods and 14 for different goddesses.

24. Status survey of medicinal and aromatic plants of natural forest areas of Madhya Pradesh. MPMFP, Federation, Ltd. Bhopal. Dr. R. K. Pandey & Dr. S. K. Masih (2010-11).

  • Training Manual for Master trainers has been prepared.
  • Training Manual for Field Staff. has been prepared.
  • Trainings were carriedout for Master trainers 63 forest divisions of M. P.
  • 4 training programmes of 2 days duration were organized at State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur.
  • Training programme included classroom and practical field demonstration sessions.

25. Transcript and document the traditional knowledge of local communities of Bundelkhand eco-region of Madhya Pradesh. MPCOST, Bhopal. Dr. R. K. Pandey & Dr. S. K. Masih. (2008-2010).

  • The present study covered Chhatarpur, Panna and Tikamgarh districts of Bundelkhand eco-region of Madhya Pradesh. Forest resources comprising of plants, plant parts and their products, available in the areas having direct and indirect relationship with the community inhabiting the eco-region were being documented. These communities have been traditionally using various plants or their parts as timber fuel, fodder, food, medicine, gums, resins, dyes, fish poison, essential oils, etc. They also make furniture, ropes baskets, agriculture implements, fishing/hunting equipments, defence equipments, musical instruments, tools, utensils, decoration pieces, charcoal, etc. Such uses have been documented in the present study.

26. Site inspection of farmers fields cultivating medicinal plants through financial assistance provided by National Medicinal Plant Board, New Delhi- 105 farmer of 17 districts. MPMFP Fed, Bhopal. Dr. R. K. Pandey & Dr. S. K. Masih. (2010-2011).

  • The study covered site inspection of 105 farmers in 17 districts of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Out of total 105 farmers in 17 districts of Madhya Pradesh, only 47 farmers were found to have continued farming of medicinal plants. Whereas. 53 farmers were recorded to retract back from cultivation of medicinal plants farming to traditional farming. 3 farmers were not present at their sites during inspection. Due to incomplete address 2 farmers could not be interviewed.

27. Development of integrated insect pest and disease control system for major economically important tree species. MPFD (R&E and Lok Vaniki), Bhopal. Dr. P. B. Meshram, Dr. K. K. Soni, TFRI & Dr. Uday Homkar. (2006-2010).

  • White grub, Holotrichia sp: It was observed that the second to fourth weak of June was peak period for adult emergence. At this stage, adult insect can be captured with the help of night-light-trap. To interrupt their life cycle in adult stage thinning/pruning of trees or bushes of ber, Dhawa and Palas species which found near by the teak nursery should be done because the adult feeds on the leaves of these species and copulation occur on these species.
  • For Gall insect of Aonla, it was observed that the cutting of the old galls in the month of May-June reduces about 50% of new infection in next season.
  • Deltametrin 0.002% (Systemic poison) was found very effective against the gall insect which is followed by Di-methoate 0.05% .
  • No bio-agent was found effective against the gall insect.

28. Development of cultivation techniques of Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia Linn). Uday Homkar. (2011-2012).

  • Effect of spacing and manure on seed production of Psoralea corylifolia Linn. (Bakuchi). : Among all the treatments, per plant seed production was found maximum in spacing of 45X45 cms treated with FYM. FYM was found to be the best manure for the cultivation of this species.
    It was also evident from the data analyzed, that the treatments of spacing of 45X45 cm. was better in comparison to other spacing treatments.
  • Comparative study on seed production in plants prepared by direct sowing and transplanting and effect of weeding in growth performance of the plant.
    It was observed that the cultivation by direct seed sowing with timely weeding gives better results while cultivation by planting and without weeding gives less production.
  • To find out proper month for cultivation : Seed sown during June did not germinate due to heavy and continuous rains. It was observed that seed sown during July produced maximum seeds per plant (70 gms seed/plant). Seed production was observed to be reduced in the following months but there was a slight increase in seed production in seeds sown in the month of October and thereafter, reduced continuously.
    The data received from the experiments in different months of sowing envisaged that seeds sown in the last week of June up to first week to July had better seed production in comparison to late sowing of seeds after first week of July.

29. Study on status of ground flora diversity under teak plantations of different ages raised by Madhya Pradesh Rajya Van Vikas Nigam Ltd. MPRVVN, Bhopal at Umaria, Rampur Bhatodi (Betul) and Kundam project (Jabalpur). Dr. R. K. Pandey, Dr. S. K. Masih, Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Ku. Radhika Urmalia, Mr. Nitin Kumar Verma. (2010-2012).

  • Tree, shrub and herb species diversity under teak plantation areas are showing positive co-relation with the age series.
  • The old plantation sites provide more congenial habitat to diverse plant species in comparison to natural forest.
  • The old plantation sites also provide better hospitable conditions for the native tree species.
  • Soil fertility was also found to be increased due to enrichment of nutrient in plantations in comparison to adjoining natural forest.
  • Old plantation sites envisaged congenial habitat conditions for regeneration of tree species in comparison to adjoining natural forest.
  • Most of the NTFP species found in the plantation sites have commercial importance.
  • NTFP species are the source of income and livelihood of local communities.

30. Documentation of traditional knowledge of traditional healers (Vaidhya/Resource person) in districts viz; Mandla, Dindori, Jhabua, Khargaon and Sidhi districts of Madhya Pradesh. MPMFP Fed, Bhopal. Dr. R. K. Pandey & Dr. S. K. Masih. (2011-2012).

  • 5 districts namely Sidhi, Jhabua, Khargone, Mandla and Dindori were surveyed.
  • Total 26 traditional healers were listed and their database prepared.
  • Out of 26, 10 traditional healers from Sidhi, 5 from Jhabua, 4 each from Mandla and Dindori and 3 from Khargone districts.
  • Final report submitted.

31. Development of nursery techniques of Baibidang and Malkangni. MPMFP, Bhopal. M.P. Dr. R.K. Pandey &Dr. Uday Homkar (2010-2012).

  • Standardization of mass multiplication technique of Baibidang and Malkangni through root cuttings: Incase of Malkangni and Baibidang, root cutting of 8-12 mm. and 2-4 mm. diameter, were found suitable for mass multiplication of these species through root cuttings.
  • Standardization of mass multiplication technique of Baibidang and Malkangni through seeds.: In case of Baibidang treatment of H2SO4 10% was found the best while in Malkangni Ga3 200ppm was found the best among all treatments.
  • Standardization of mass multiplication technique of Baibidang and Malkangni through stem cuttings.: In case of Baibidang, no rooting was observed in any treatment while in case of Malkangani, IBA 250ppm was found the best treatment for rooting (20% sucess) of stem cuttings which was followed by Ga3 (13% sucess).

32. Studies on weight loss in stored lac in relation to storage time. MPMFP, Federation, Bhopal. Dr. Uday Homkar. (2010-2012).

  • Weight loss in stored lac collected from the different collection centers has been determined. Total weight loss in the Rangeeni lac in the Anooppur site was 18.87% within 9 weeks. Total weight loss in the Kusumi lac in the Anooppur site was 11.6% within 8 weeks. Total weight loss in the Rangeeni lac in the Balaghat site was 12.97% within 12 weeks.Total weight loss in the Kusumi lac in the Balaghat site was 3.68% within 12 weeks.
  • Weight loss in fresh lac collected from the farmer’s field has also been determined. Total weight loss in Rangeeni fresh lac in the Anooppur site was 31.84% within 3 months. Total weight loss in the Kusumi fresh lac in the Anooppur site was 19.8% within 3 months. Total weight loss in Rangeeni fresh lac in the Balaghat site was 35.12% within 3 months. Total weight loss in the Kusumi fresh lac in the Balaghat site was 25.4% within 4 months.

33. Training for Protection Mesures of Sal Borer in Sal Forest Areas of Madhya Pradesh MPMFD, (Research/Extension & Lok Vaniki) Bhopal, (M. P.). Dr. Uday Homkar (2011-2012).

  • Training manual prepared for the identification, method of infection and control f methodology of Sal Borer in Sal Forest Areas of Madhya Pradesh has been prepared.
  • Training programme for the field staff and villagers have been organized in South Mandla, Dindori, Shahdol, Annoppur, Umaria, Singroli, Sidhi, North Balaghat, West Chhindwara and Katni forest Divisions of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Total of 1073 eneficiaries have been trained for the control of Sal Borer.

34. Development of Nursery Techniques and models for plantation of rare, endangered and threatened (RET) species in natural conditions. MPMFD, (Research/Extension & Lok Vaniki) Bhopal, (M. P.). Dr. Uday Homkar (2010-2015).

  • An average value of seed germination in control condition was recorded to be 15.7% and 0.0% in the case of Berberis aristata and Dillenia pentagyna respectively. Observation envisaged that the maximum seed germination in Berberis aristata. (68%) with H2So4 solution of 10 % against the control and other treatments. In case of Dillenia pentagyna the solution of H2So4 solution of 40% and GA3 300ppm were found suitable treatment against the control and other treatments. The maximum seed germination (28%) was recorded with the treatment of H2So4 solution of 40%.
  • To find out suitable media for seed germination of Berberis aristata and Dillenia pentagyna. It was observed that the maximum seed germination percent was found in pure sand media in case of Berberis aristata. In case of of Dillenia pentagyna no seed germination was observed in any of media treatment. It is evident from the observation from the experiments, that the seed germination media of Sand is suitable for maximum seed germination in Berberis aristata. However, in case of Dillenia pentagyna no germination was recorded in any media. In normal condition seed germination of Dillenia pentagyna is very difficult.
  • The variation of seed germination percent in different periods from May to December were observed in Barberis aristrata while in Dillenia pentagyna seeds were collected in the month of June, therefore, experiments were laid June onwards. Observation envisaged that the in Barberis aristrata maximum seed germination (66%) was observed in month of July. After the month of August the seed germination was recorded to be decrease remarkably. Moreover, October onwards no seed germination was recorded. In case of Dillenia pentagyna, seed germination was seen only during month of June. After June, no seed germination was recorded.
  • A plantation trial of 300 plants each of Sheonak, Kalla, Bhilawa and Garudphal have been raised at Paryavaran Park, Katara of West Mandla Forest Division (T). in different spacing (2X2m & 3X3m, 4X4m). The measurement of raise plantation is under progress. Along with it a small plantation of Berberis aristata has also been raised in SFRI nursery.
  • One thousand plants of rare yellow Semal (Bombax seiba) have been raised.

35. Mass multiplication of medicinal and aromatic plant. Director, Horticulture and Medicinal Plant Mission, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). Dr. Uday Homkar (2011-2013).

  • One naturally ventilated poly-house and One Aphid proof net houses has been constructed in the medicinal plant nursery of SFRI.
  • Irrigation facilities have been raised with new pipe lines.
  • A total of 4 lakh plantlets of Bael, Aonla, Shatavar, Harra, Coleus, Oroxylum, Baheda etc. have been developed under the project using the above infrastructure.

36. Up-gradation and Renovation of Forestry museum at State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur. 13th finance commission (M.P.F.D. - Development Wing). Dr. Uday Homkar (2014-2015).

  • An MOU has been signed in between the CEE and Institute. Up-gradation and Renovation work is in progress.

37. Ex- situ conservation of medicinally important wild tuberous /rhizomatic plants and studies on their phenology and growth. MPFD, (Research/Extension & Lok Vaniki) Bhopal., (M.P.) Dr. Uday Homkar (2014-2016).

  • 80 tuberous/rhizomatic plants have already been collected and planted in demonstration plants under the project.
  • Phenological study of these species is in progress. The name of such tuberous/rhizomatic plants species are as follows:-

38. Development of cultivation techniques of Van jeera (Centrantherum anthelminiticum (L) Kantze). MPFD, (Research/Extension & Lok Vaniki) Bhopal., (M.P.) Dr. Uday Homkar. (2014-2017).

Different experiments are laid to develop nursery technique.

1. Effect of spacing on seed production of Van jeera 
Result: Among all spacing  treatments, per plant seed production was found maximum at the spacing of 30 cms X 45 cms. But per ha. production was more in 30 cms X 30 cms.spacing. (3q/ha.) 
2. To study the impact of different types of soil and manure on seed production  of  Van  Jeera. 
Result: River bed soil and red soil found suitable, seed production is increased by using FYM or Vermicompost 
3. To find out the suitable month for seed sowing.
Result: Good germination was seen in seed sowing in June, July & August.
4. To find out suitable depth for seed sowing.
Result: 2.0cm to 3.0 cm.depth of seed sowing is found suitable for seed sowing. 
5. To compare seed production in planting and direct sowing method. 
Result: Direct seed sowing method is found suitable.
 

39. Documentation of ethno-botanical information on natural Gum and resin yielding plants of Madhya Pradesh. MPFD, (Research/Extension & Lok Vaniki) Bhopal., (M.P.) Dr. S. K. Masih. (2014-2017).

  • More than 321 research papers, reports, documents, books, etc. from different documentation centers and libraries such as SFRI, TFRI, JNKVV, RDVV, Jabalpur (M.P.) were reviewed for document the ethnobotanical information of these gum and resin yielding plant species of Madhya Pradesh.
  • On the bases of 4 reference books a total 425 plant species of gum and resin yielding plant are scrutinized from India. The list of gum and resin yielding plant of India (i.e. 467 plant species) is further considered for re-scrutiny and a total 112 plant species of gum and resin yielding plant belonging to 48 families are scrutinized from Madhya Pradesh.
  • Out of total 112 plant species gum and resin yielding plant species identified as 88 and 30 plant species respectively. Total 88 plant species of gum yielding plant belonging to 36 families. The habit wise status of these gum yielding plants resulted as tree (65), shrubs (17) and herb (6). The part wise utilization of these gum yielding plant species represented such as Bark (53), Fruits (2), Seeds (8), Shoots (1), Stem (37) and Whole plant (1) respectively from Madhya Pradesh.
  • Total 30 plant species of resin yielding plant belonging to 22 families. The habit wise status of these resin yielding plants resulted as tree (10), shrubs (5), herb (14) and climber (1). The part wise utilization of these gum yielding plant species represented such as Bark (8), Flowers (2, Leaves (3), Rhizomes (1), Roots (7), Seeds (6), Shoots (1) and Stem (5) respectively from Madhya Pradesh.
  • The preparation of database of all 112 gum and resin yielding plant species is under progress.

40. Documentation of traditional knowledge of local tribal and communities of Malwa eco region of Madhya Pradesh - Neemach and Ratlam districts. MP Council of Science & Technology, Bhopal Dr. S. K. Masih. (2014-2017).

  • Collection of secondary data has been done through review of published and unpublished literature like reports, papers, documents, books, etc. from different documentation centers and libraries such as SFRI, TFRI, JNKVV, RDVV, Jabalpur (M.P.). Information regarding JFMCs in each forest ranges of the division has been collected from forest records. More than 150 research papers have been reviewed till date.
  • The primary survey work for the collection of traditional knowledge of local tribal and communities have been carried out in 30 villages of Neemach and Ratlam districts of Madhya Pradesh. In each village resource person, knowledgeable medicine personal and local villagers have been interviewed personal and in focused group discussion through PRA exercise.
  • On the bases of above field exercises the traditional knowledge of more than 119 plant species were recorded with botanical name, family name, vernacular and local names, part(s) used and folk / traditional used.
  • The 119 plant species is belonging to 57 families. Out of 119 plant species the habit wise composition represents as Climber (10), Grass (2), Herb (43), Shrub (27) and Tree (37). Various plant parts and product such as Buds, Culm, Flowers, Fruits, Gum, Husk, Latex, Leaves, Rhizomes, Root, Seeds, Stem bark, Tuber and Whole Plant representing 1, 1, 13, 30, 7, 1, 5, 51, 2, 27, 28, 23, 3 and 7 plant species respectively. Simultaneously local existing primary markets of the study sites are also visited during field survey. An inventory of all the available medicinal plant species, NTFPs and their parts and products, etc. sold for their household income in these markets are made.
  • The field survey work in other ranges and tehsils of Neemach and Ratlam districts is in ongoing.

41. Strengthening of Gene Bank of Medicinal Plants. (Internal Project as Regular Activity) Dr. Uday Homkar.

  • Total 425 plants of medicinally important species have been conserved in Gene Bank of Medicinal Plants Nursery at SFRI premises. On demand, we can produce large number of plants of required species.