Bio-diversity and Sustainable Management Division:

The Biodiversity and Sustainable Management Division of the Institute came into existence in April, 1992. The major research activities of the division are - The Biodiversity studies in the protected areas, extent of species richness through communities', identification, regeneration status, demarcation of biodiversity rich areas, and study on soil chemical properties and preparation of baseline data for assessing impact of protection on vegetation.

During November, 2001, the Forest Botany Division of the Institute was merged in Biodiversity and Sustainable Management Division as per the order of the Hon' Director TFRI. The research activities carried out by this division are - the floristic survey, ethno botanical studies, development of botanical garden, ex-situ conservation of rare and threatened plants. The research activities mentioned above are now conducted by Biodiversity and Sustainable Management Division.

Ongoing Projects:    

(I.)  ICFRE Funded projects:

 

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Project details

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1

Project Title :             Documentation and distribution of Forest Invasive Species (FIS) of Jabalpur, Katni, Mandla and Seoni districts of Madhya Pradesh.

Project ID :                150/TFRI/2010/Biod – 1 (8)

Funding Agency :      ICFRE

Name of PI :              Shri Sanjay Singh, Scientist – B

Duration :                  June 2010 to  March  2013 (3 Years)

Thrust Area:              Ecology and Conservation (Biodiversity)     

Study is in progress.

2

Project Title :              Monitoring the impact of climate variables on plant

                                    diversity in Bhimashankar permanent preservation plot                                     of Sub tropical hill forest of Maharashtra

Project ID :                ID-170/TFRI/2011/BIOD-1 (11)

Funding Agency :      ICFRE

Name of PI :              Dr. P.K Khatri Scientist – D

Duration :                  1 April 2011 to 30 March 2014 (3 Years)

Thrust Area:              Ecology and Conservation (Biodiversity)     

Study is in progress.

(II). Externally Funded projects:

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Project details

Remarks

1

Project Title :             Investigation on floristic diversity in teak plantation of                                     various age groups in Barnawapara Project Division,                                     Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

Project ID :                165/TFRI/JBP/2010/Biod. -2 (CGSFDC) (09)

Name of PI :              Dr. P.K Khatri Scientist – D

Funding Agency :      C.G State Forest Development Corporation Raipur                                       Chhattisgarh

Duration :                  01October 2010 to 30 September  2013 (3 Years)

Thrust Area:              Ecology and Conservation (Biodiversity)                 

Study is in progress.

2

Project Title :             Soil –vegetation atmosphere -Carbon flux monitoring                                     and modeling- sub project of National Carbon project.

Project ID :                166/TFRI/2010/Biod.-2 (MPFD) (10)

Name of PI :              Dr. P.K Khatri Scientist – D

Funding Agency :      IIRS, Dehradun through Madhya Pradesh Forest                                          Department, Bhopal

Duration :                  1 October 2010 to 30 September 2013 (3 Years)

Thrust Area:              Ecology and Conservation (Biodiversity)     

 

Study is in progress.

3

Project Title :             Ecological assessment of diversity of medicinal plants                                     in conservation areas of Chhattisgarh and strategies for                                     their protection.

Project ID :                181/TFRI/2011/Biod. -2 (CGSMPB) (12)

Name of PI :              Dr. P.K Khatri Scientist – D

Funding Agency :      C.G.State Medicinal Plant Board, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Duration :                  September 2011 to August 2012 (1 Year)

Thrust Area:              Ecology and Conservation (Biodiversity)     

Vegetation Data are being collected and preparation of Herbarium is in progress.

Major Achievements:  

Achievement during last five years:

A : Biodiversity Assessment

Project Title : "Identification of species and ethno-botanical survey (Biodiversity assessment of People’s Protected Areas (PPA’s) of Chhattisgarh)"

Achievements:  Field survey was conducted in 9 People’s Protected Areas maintained by Chhattisgarh Minor Forest Produce Federation, located in 5 divisions to document the floral diversity. Phyto-sociological (qualitative & quantitative values for structure & composition) studies have been undertaken in 0.1 ha. at each sites in all the nine PPAs. Data were recorded from 50 sample plots of each PPAs. The vegetation data are quantitatively analyzed for density, frequency and basal areas. The relative values of frequency, density and dominance are determined. These quantities have been summed up for getting Importance Value Index (IVI) of individual species. On the basis of IVI, dominant, co-dominant and main associates are recognized at different sites. 362 species (trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses and climbers) form PPAs have been recorded and identified.  The threatened and present regeneration status of the species of the study area has been enlisted for their proper conservation.  Ethno-botanical data has also been collected from these PPAs. More than 201 medicinal plants and their uses were recorded from these PPAs. Plants of these PPAs are documented with their local name, scientific name, family, habit, and their medicinal uses. Recommendations for better maintenance of PPAs have been suggested.

                                  View of PPA Dugli-JAbarra.jpg         Regeration of Sal at Gudiya PPA.jpg

Fig. 1 : Dugli-Jabarra PPA                         Fig.2 : Regeneration in sal forest at Gudiya PPA

B : Documentation of traditional knowledge of medicinal plants

            Collection of ethnobotanical data from various tribes of central India, ethno medicinal information (traditional knowledge) from traditional herbal healers (Vaidyas, Ojhas, Guniyas) in selected areas of Madhya Pradesh and utilization pattern of plants in ethno-medicinal uses prevalent in tribal pockets of Satpura plateau of M.P. have been documented. More than 600 plants of forest origin have been documented being used by the Traditional Herbal Healers and tribal people for food, fiber, gum, resin, medicine and shelter purposes etc.

Vaidya Sabbu Singh, Rithi, Katni.jpg

Fig.3 : Documentation of Traditional Knowledge

                                                

                       Fig. 4 : Herbal healer showing treatment result.                                Fig.5 :  Hathphan - a medicinal plant

Significant achievements: (Please click to view details)

For further details, please contact:

Dr. Neelu Singh, Scientist "F"

Head, 

Bio-diversity and Sustainable Management Division

Phone: +91-761-2840006 (O)

E-mail: singhn@icfre.org, neelusushil@yahoo.com

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