Dr. Bikarma Singh

Biodiversity and Applied Botany Division.
CSIR - Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine,Canal Road, Jammu – 180001
Email: drbikarma@iiim.ac.in

Positions Held  
Position Held Date Organization
Scientist 2013 - Present CSIR-IIIM

Research

  • Bio-resource mapping, monitoring and evaluation of biodiversity

  • Plant taxonomy of higher angiosperms and pteridophytes

  • Ethnobotany-cum-ethnomedicine of Himalayan species

  • Ecology and ecological impact assessment

  • Bioprospection and resourcing of quality raw material for natural molecules

  • Morphological, molecular and chemical characterization of MAPs

  •  Micropropagation of RET plant species

  • Data-basing and DIVA-GIS modelling

Currently working as Scientist, more specialized in the field of bio-resource mapping and plant taxonomy of higher angiosperms and pteridophytes, ethnobotany-cum-ethnomedicine, ecology and ecological impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation of biodiversity, and conservation of terrestrial ecosystems. His research encompasses varied ecosystems in two globally biodiversity hotspots in India, viz. the Himalayas, and part of the Indo-Myanmar (Northeast India). He has published 4 books, has more than 30 research papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals, and 9 popular hindi articles.
Dr. Singh has made significant contribution through his publications in the field of plant taxonomy, ethnobotany, new species, new record and rediscovery of several species. He has published one species new to science (Cleistanthus nokrensis), five new record for India (Aglaonema nebulosum, Coelogyne fuscescens var integrifolia, Cornus kousa subsp kousa, Juniperus chinensis, Pterocymbium tinctorium), one new record for eastern Himalaya (Christisonia keralensis), one new record (Agapetes neriifolia) for Northeast India, 29 new state record for Meghalaya and more than 80 new record for three Garo districts. He also made contribution in rediscovery of two species after 100 years (Hemiorchis pantlingii, Streblus ilicifolius), and two species after 50 years: Antrophyum plantagium and Antrophyum reticulatum. He worked first time on the ‘Flora of Nokrek Biosphere Reserve’ and published research papers on ethnobotany and wild edible plants used by Garo tribe, poisonous plant and threatened species of NBR. He also worked and published IUCN categorization of several rare, threatened and endangered plant species of India, associated in with biodiversity ecological survey and mapping of several hydroeletric projects, irrigation projects, coal mining project and limestone mining project.    
Currently, he focus his research interest on bio-resource mapping, monitoring and evaluation of biodiversity through floristic inventory, ecology and ethnobotany documentation; morphological, molecular, tissue culture and chemical characterization of MAPs from unexplored areas of Himalaya; data-basing and DIVA-GIS modelling; IUCN categorization of endangered species; enrichment and up-gradation of Janaki Ammal Herbarium (acronym RRLH) and Herbal Drug Repository at CSIR-IIIM, Jammu. 

Publications

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  • Singh, B.; Borthakur, S.K.; Phukan, S.J. Cleistanthus nokrensis (Euphorbiaceae), a new species from Indian Himalaya. Taiwania (2014) ,59(3), 197-205.

  • Singh, B.; Borthakur, S.K.; Phukan, S.J. A survey on ethnomedicinal plants utilized by the indigenous people of Garo Hills with special reference to the Nokrek Biosphere Reserve (Meghalaya), India. Journal of Herbs, Spices & Medicinal Plants
    (2014),
    20 (1), 1-30.

  • Singh, B.; Borthakur, S.K. Phenology and Geographic Extension of Lycophyta and Fern flora in Nokrek Biosphere Reserve of Eastern Himalaya. Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences, India Section B. Biological Sciences (2014), 85 (1), 291-301.

  • Singh, B.; D, Adhikari.; A, Chettri.; Barik , S.K. Plantae, Magnoliophyta, Malvales, Sterculiaceae, Sterculioideae, Pterocymbium tinctorium (Merrill, 1901): New geographical distribution and first record in Eastern Himalayas for the Indian mainland. Checklist (2013), 9(3), 622-625.

  • Singh, B.; Chettri, A.; Adhikari, D.; Barik, S.K. Taxonomic history, Rediscovery, and Assessment of threat status of Streblus ilicifolius (Moraceae) from India. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (2012) 6(2), 611-614.

  • Singh, B.; Borthakur, S.K.; Sinha, B.K.; Phukan, SJ. Assessing ethnobotanical values and threat status of wild Asparagus (Stemona tuberosa Lour.): A case study in eastern himalaya, India. International Journal of Conservation Sciences (2012), 3 (4), 319-324.

  • Singh, B.; Sinha, B.K.; Phukan, S.J.; Borthakur, S.K.; Singh, V.N. Wild edible plants used by Garo tribes of Nokrek Biosphere Reserve in Meghalaya, India. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (2012), 11(1), 166-171.

  • Singh, B.; Singh, V.N.; Phukan, S.J.; Sinha, B.K.; Borthakur, S.K. Contribution to the Pteridophyte Flora of India: Nokrek Biosphere Reserve, Meghalaya. Journal of Threatened Taxa (2012), 3(12), 2277-2294.

  • Chettri, A.; Barik, S.K.; Singh, B.; Adhikari, D.; Lyngdoh, M.K. Cornus kousa F. Buerger ex Hance subsp. kousa (Cornaceae), a New Record from India. Taiwania (2012), 57(1), 77-81.

  • Singh, B.; Singh, V.N.; Sinha, B.K.; Phukan, S.J.; Borthakur, S.K.  Harpullia arborea (Blanco) Radlk.- A new record to Meghalaya. Journal of Non-Timber Forest Products (2011), 18(3), 237-238.

  • Roy, D.K, Sinha, B.K.; Singh, B. Less known uses of Schoenoplectus articulatus (L.) Palla of Lower Assam. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (2010), 9(6), 229-566.

Books:

  • Singh B(2015). Himalaya Orchids: distribution and taxonomy. Published by Educationist Press, Write & Print Publications, New Delhi, India (In press).

  • Barik SK, Pandey HN, Tiwari BK and Singh B (2006). Medicinal Plants of North-East India: An Inventory and conservation perspective. Regional Centre, National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India.

  • Barik SK, Pandey HN, Tiwari BK and Singh B (2006). Sacred Groves of Meghalaya: A Scientific and Conservation Perspective. Regional Centre-National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India.