Dr. Arun Kumar

Biodiversity and Applied Botany Division
CSIR - Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine,Canal Road, Jammu – 180001
Email: arunsonal2001@gmail.com , akumar@iiim.ac.in

Positions Held  
Position Held Date Organization
Pr. Technical Officer 2008 - Present CSIR-IIIM
Technical Officer ‘E-1’ 2003 - 2008 CSIR-IIIM
Technical Officer ‘C’ 1998 - 2003 CSIR-IIIM
Technical Officer ‘B’ 1993 - -1998 CSIR-IIIM
  • Indian Society for Plant Physiology

  • Society for Plant Physiology & Biochemistry

  • Essential oil Associations of India

  • Current Science Association

Research Area:

Physiological aspects of medicinal plants especially in relation to development of new variety and agro technology of the developed crop.

Area of interest:

Varietal development, breeding, improvement of desired characters of medicinal plants through Hybridization.

Scientific contribution:

Developed a elite variety of Withania somnifera named AGB002 which is high root yielding( 8-10 q/h) and promising pharmacological activities. Variety is under process for registration at NBPGRI, New Delhi

Any Other Significant Contribution:

Consultancy services on Agro-technology of following medicinal plants along with planting materials were given to following parties:

Crop                                                       Name of the Firms/growers

Dioscorea composita                                 M/S Nath Seeds Ltd. Auragabad (M.S.)

Withania somnifera                                   M/S Flavax Ind. Ltd. Pune (M.S.)

Dioscorea composita                                 MFP Project, Social Forestry, Jammu

Withania somnifera                                   MFP Project, Social Forestry, Jammu

Bacopa monnieri                                       M/S Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan Ltd. Patna (Bihar)

  • Gupta, S.; Sobti, S.N.; Kumar, A. Effect of growth regulator (Etherel) and micronutrients on yield parameters of Dioscorea composita Hemsl. Proceeding of National seminars on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. Faculty of Norrticulture, Tamil Nadu Agric. University, Coimbatore, (1982),28th to 29th Sept. pp. 94-97.

  • Gupta, S.; Kumar, Arun .; Sobti, S.N. A comparative study on effect of Auxins IAA, IBA and NAA on rooting of Tylophora indica (Burm, F.) Mor Stem cutting. Indian Drugs (1984),22 (3):118-120.

  • Sobti, S.N.; Gupta, S.; Sharma, S.N.; Kumar, A.; Note on Leucaena leucophylla – a cheap support for medicinal yam Dioscorea composite. Ind. J. Hort. N. 1.(1985).

  • Gupta, S.; Kumar, A.; Sobti, S.N. Effect of micronutrients on growth and alkaloid content of Tylophora indiac (Burm F.) Mor. Ind. J. of Plant Physio.(1985), 28(3): 284-286.

  • Gupta, S., Sarin, Y.K., Kumar, A.; Sharma, S.N. Domestication of Herbal Drugs. Proceedings of National Symposium on the Development of Indigenous Drugs in India during the last 25 years held at IHMMR New Delhi from April 8-10 pp. 37-41,(1988).

  • Gupta, S.; Pandotra, V.R.; Kumar, A.; Sobti, S.N. Microbes for increased diosgenin production from medicinal Yam Discorea composite Hemsl. Ind. J. Exp. Bio. (1988),26(8):638-640.

  • Kumar, A.; Sharma, S.N.; Gupta, S. Propagation and agrotechniques of Medicinal Plants (i) Swasghani (Tylophora indica Burm. F. (Mor.) and (ii) Atibala (Abutilon indicum Linn.) Proc. Workshop on Nursery techniques of medicinal plants at T.B.G.R.I. Palode, Trivendrum from 1st to 8th Jan. (1990).

  • Gupta, S.; K, A.; Khosla, M.K. Effect of growth regulators on biomass and oil yield in Ocimum carnosum LKETOTTO Ind. Perfumer,(1992), 36(1),27-32.

  • Gupta, S.; Kumar, A. ; Thakur, R.N. Some problems in cultivation of Ashwagandha in Jammu region. India. Jour. Res. Edu. Ind. Med.  Vol. XII(1993) ,(3)23-27.

  • Gupta, S.; Kumar, A.; Kaul, B.L. Suppression of flowering with bioregulators an approach towards yield improvement in Ocimum carnosum L.K. Otto Ind. Perfumer (1996),40(4), 121-124.

  • Kumar, A.; Kaul, B. L.; Verma, H. K. Correlation of Root yield and yield components in different morphotypes of Withania somnifera (L) Dunal. Int. J. Mendel,(2000), 17(1-2): 21-22

  • Kumar, A.; Kaul, B. L. ; Verma, H. K. Adaptability of Withania somnifera (L) Dunal under Sub-tropical environment of Jammu. Int. J. Mendel, (2001),18(1-2): 25-26.

  • Kumar, A.; Kaul, B. L. ; Verma, H. K. Seed germination studies in Withania somnifera (L) Dunal. Int. J. Mendel, (2001),18(4):111-112.

  • Kumar, A.; Kaul, B. L.; Verma, H. K. Phenological observation on root yield and chemical composition in different morphotypes of Withania somnifera. Journal of Medicinal & Aromatic Plant Science(2001), 23:,21-23.

  • Gupta, S.; Kumar, A.; Sharma, S.N. Improvement of seed germination in Asparagus racemosus willd. J. Herb. Spices & Med. Plants. (2002),9(1):3-9.

  • Kaul, M. K.; Kumar, A.; Sharma, Ajay. Reproductive biology of Withania somnifera (L) Dunal. Curr. Science (2005),88(9): 1375-1377.

  • Johari, S.; Jamwal, U.; Rasool, S.; Kumar, A.; Verma, V. ; Qazi, G. N. Purification and characterization of Peroxidases from Withania somnifera (AGB002) and their ability to oxidize IAA. Plant Sciences, (2005),169:1014-1021.

  • Sharma. S.N.; Bhan, M.K.; Kumar, A.; Gupta, S.; Balayan, S.S.; Gupta, K.K. ; Dhar, A. K. Bacopa monnieri : Its domestication and agrotechnology. J. Trop. Med. Plants.(2005), 6(2):227-233.

  • Dhar, Rekha S.;Verma, Vijeshwar; Suri, Krishan A.; Sangwan, Rajinder S.; Satti, Naresh K.; Kumar, Arun.; Tuli, Rakesh.; Qazi, Gulam N. Phytochemical and genetic analysis in selected chemotypes of Withania somnifera. Phytochemistry, (2006),67: 2269-2276

  • Khanna, Punit Kumar.; Kumar, A.; Ahuja, Ashok. ; Kaul, M. K. Biochemical composition of Roots of Withania somnifera (L) Dunal. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences (2006),5(6):, 1065-1063.

  • Khanna, Punit K.; Kumar, A.; Ahuja, Ashok.; Kaul, M. K. Effect of Biofertilizers on the Morphology, Root yield and Biochemical parameters of Withania somnifera (L) Dunal. J. Plant Biol. (2006),33(1&2): 163-167.

  • Khanna, P. K.; Kumar, A.; Ahuja, Ashok. ; Kaul, M. K. Seed protein characterization for morphotype identification in Withania somnifera (L) Dunal. Indian J. Plant Physiol. (2006),11(3):321-342

  • Khanna, P.K.; Kumar, A.; Ahuja, Ashok.; Kaul, M. K. Multipurpose Efficacious Medicinal Plant Withania somnifera (L) Dunal (Ashwagandha). J. Plant Biol. (2006),33 (3): .185-192.

  • Malik, F..; Singh, J..; Khajuria, A.; Suri, K.A.;Satti, N. K.; Singh, S.; Kaul, M. K.; Kumar, A.; Bhatia, A.; Qazi, G.N. A standardized root extract of Withania somnifera and its major constituent withanolide-A elicit humoral and cell-mediated immune responses by up regulation of Th1-dominant polarization in BALB/c mice. Life Science (2007),88: 1525-1538.

  • Kaul, M. K.; Kumar, A..; Ahuja, A.; Suri, K. A.; Qazi, G. N. Production dynamics of Withaferin A – A Potential Anticancer Withanolide in Different Chemotypes, Hybrids and in vitro Propagated plants of Withania somnifera complex. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Oxford Journal), (2007),4(S1) 55-58.

  • Sharada, M.; Ahuja, A.; Suri, K.A.; Vij, S.P.; Khajuria, R.K.; Verma, V. ; Kumar, A. Withanolide production by in vitro cultures of Withania somnifera and its association with differentiation. Biologia Plantarum (2007),51 (1): 161-164.

  • Khanna, P. K.; Kumar, Arun.; Ahuja, A.; Kaul, M. K.  Fatty acid composition of seed oil of Withania somnifera selectants. Physiol. Mol. Biol. Plants, (2007),13 (1):73-76.

  • Kumar, A.; Kaul, M. K.; Bhan, M. K.; Khanna, Punit K.; Suri, K. A.. Morphological and chemical variation in 25 collections of the Indian medicinal plant, Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal (Solanaceae). Genetic Resource Crop Evol. (2007),54: 655-660.

  • Dhar, Rekha ; Lattoo,S.; Surrinder, K.;Kumar, A .; Qazi, G. N. Use of ISSR and RAPD markers to facilitate molecular characterization of Withania germplasm-a repository of pharamaceutically active metabolites. J Plant Biology (2008),35 (2):107-113.

  • Chauhan, R.S.; Kaul, M.K.; Kumar, A.; Nautiyal, M.C. Pollination behabiour of Nardostachye jatamonsi DC., an endangered medicinal and aromatic herb. Scientia Horticultural, (2008),117: 78-81.

  • Chauhan, R.S.; Kaul, M.K.; Shahi, A.K.; Kumar, A.; Ram, G., Tawa, Aldo.. Chemical composition of essential oils in Mentha spicata L. accession [IIIM(J)26] from North-West Himalayan region, India. Industrial Crops and Products (2009),29: 654-656.

  • Kaul, M. K.; Kumar, A.; Ahuja, Ashok; Mir, B. A.; Suri, K. A.; Qazi, G. N. Production dynamics of Withaferin A in Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal complex. Natural Product Research.(2009).,Vol 23, No. 14; 1304-1311.

  • Ahuja, A..; Kaur, D.;;Sharada, M.; Kumar, A.; Suri, K. A.; Dutt, P. Glycowithanolides accumulation in in vitro Shoot Cultures of Indian Ginseng (Withania somnifera Dunal). Natural Product Communications( 2009), Vol. 4, No. 4; 479-482.

  • Sharda ,M; Ahuja, K.A.; Sharma, R. D.; Verma ,V.; Suri,K. A.; Vij,S. P. Field performance, RAPD analysis and withanolide profiling in microprogagated plants of AGB002-An elite cultivar of Indian Ginseng (Withania somnifera L. Dunal). Acta Hort. (ISHS),(2010), 865:199-207.

  • Mir, B. A.; Koul, Sushma; K., A.; Kaul, M.K.; Soodan, A. S.; Raina, S. N. Intraspecific variation in the Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS) Regions of rDNA in Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal. Indian Journal of Biotechnology,(2010),9: 325-328.

  • Kumar, A.; Mir, Bilal A.; Sehgal, D.;. Dar, T.H.; Koul, S.; Kaul, M.; Raina,K.; Soom N.; Qazi, G. N. Utility of a multidisciplinary approach for genome diagnosticsof cultivated and wild germplasm resources of medicinal Withania somnifera, and the status of new species, W. ashwagandha,in the cultivated taxon. Plant Syst Evol., (2011),291:141–151.

  • Chauhan,R.S.;Nautiyal, M.C.; Kumar, A. Analysis of variability in population of Nardostachys jatamansi DC in Garhwal Himalaya ,India. Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science.(2011),3(9):190-194.

  • Mir, B. A.; Koul, S.; Kumar, A.; Kaul, M.K.; Soodan, A. S. ; Raina, S. N.. Assessment and Characterization of genetic diversity in Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal using RAPD and AFLP markers. African Journal of Biotechnology(2011), Vol. 10(66), pp.14746-14756.

  • Chauhan,R. S.; Nautiyal, M. C.; Vashistha ,R. K.; Prasad, P.; Nautiyal, A. R.; Kumar, A. ; Teixeira da Silva, J. A. Morpho-biochemical variability and selection strategies for the germplasm of Fritillaria roylei Hook (Liliaceae) -an endangered medicinal herb of western Himalaya. India Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science (2011),Vol. 3(16):430-434.

  • Kumar, A.; Abrol ,E..; Koul, S.; Vyas ,D. Seasonal low  temperature plays an important role in increasing metabolite content of secondary metabolites in Withania somnifera (L) Dunal and affects the time of harvesting. Acta Physiol.Plant. (2012),34: 2027–2031.

  • Mir.,B. .A.; Koul ,S.; Kumar, A.; Sharma, S.; Kaul, M. K. Soodan ,A. S.  Reproductive behaviour and breeding system of wild and cultivated types of Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research (2012),Vol. 6(5),. pp. 754-762.

  • Khanna,P.K.; Kumar, Arun.;Chandra, R.; Verma ,V. Germination behavior of seeds of Withania somnifera (L.)Dunal: a high value medicinal plant. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants.(2013), 19(3)449-454.

  • Koul, S.; Kaur, T.;Bhat, R.;Kushal, B.; Kumar,A.; Kitchloo, S.; Vyas, D. .Morpho-chemical characteristics of Salvia sclarea L. at two different locations in Jammu & Kashmir.Research & Reviews in Biotechnology and Biosciences.(2013),Vol.1(1):1-7.

  • Khanna ,P. K.; Chandra, R.; Kumar, A.; Dogra, N; Gupta, H.; Gupta, G.; Verma, V. Correlation between Morphological, Chemical and RAPD Markers for Assessing Genetic Diversity in Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal. J. Crop Sci. Biotech. (2014), (March) 17 (1) : 27~34.

  • Ahmad,M. B.; Jabeena,K.; Khalid R.,Hakeem.; Kumar,A.; Koul,Sushma. Withanolides array of Withania ashwagandha sp. novo populations from India. Industrial Crops and Products (2014),59 9–13.

  • Kaur,T.;Bhat,H.A.; Bhat, R .;Kumar A.; Kushal,.; Koul,S.;Vyas,D. Physio-chemical and antioxidant profiling of Salvia sclarea L. at different climates in north-western Himalayas. Acta Physiol.Plant.(2015), 37:132 (DOI 10.1007/s11738-015-1879-7 ) Published online 21 June2015.

Book Chapters

  • Gupta, S.; Kumar, A.; Sharma, S.N. 1996. Revised paper ‘Cultivation of Dioscorea composita Hemsl. A potential source of diosgenin in Jammu’. Published in book ‘Supplement to Cultivation and Utilization of Medicinal Plants edited by S.S. Handa and M. K.  Kaul, Regional Research Laboratory(CSIR),Jammu Tawi(J&K),India. pp 119-144.

  • Ahuja, A.;Gupta, K. K.; Khajuria, R. K.; Sharma, A.; Kumar, A.; Sharada, M.; Kaul, M.K. 2005. Production of Bacosides  by multiple shoot cultures and in-vitro regenerated plantlets of selected cultivar of Bacopa monnieri (L) Wettst. in ‘Plant Biotechnology and its application in Tissue Culture’ Vol. I edited by Ashwani Kumar and Shikha Roy, I. K. International Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, India pp 155-162.

  • Kumar, A.; Kaul, M.K.; Khanna, P.K.; Koul, S.; Suri, K.A. 2010. Comparative assessment of growth productivity and chemical profiling of wild and cultivated populations of Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal in “Utilization and Management of Medicinal Plants’ edited by Gupta V.K., Verma, A.K. and Kaul. S. Daya Publishing House, New Delhi, India pp 183-201.