Institute of Forest Biodiversity Hyderabad
वन जैव विविधता संस्थान
Institute of Forest Biodiversity
Hyderabad, Telengana (India)

Dr. Sumit Chakrabarti

Designation:  S cientist G (since July, 2017) 

Education/Qualification:   

Sl. No.

Institution Place

Degree Awarded

Year

Subjects/Specialization

1

Anandmarg KG School

Priliminary

1969

Bengali, English, Bengali, English, Science, History, Geography

2

Pramila Smriti Prathomik Bidyalaya

Primary

1973

Bengali, English, Science, History, Geography

3

Shyamnagar Kanti Chandra High School

Secondary

1979

Bengali, English, Life Science, Physical Science, History,

Geography, Hindi, Sanskrit, Work Education

4

Naihati Narendra

Vidyaniketan

Higher

Secondary

1981

Physics, Chemistry, Biology,

Bengali, English

5

University of Calcutta

B.Sc. (Hons.)

1985

Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, English

6

Agra University

M.Sc.

1987

Zoology & Entomology

7

University of Kalyani

Ph.D.

1995

Bioecology of Aphid Parasitoids

Employment Record/Experience:

 

No.

Position

Year & Dates

Institute/Centre

Location

1

Scientist G

8/11/2019 till date

FRCCE, under IFB, Hyderabad

Vizag

Transferred on public interest

2

Scientist G

01/07/2017 to 6/11/2019

Tropical Forest Research Institute

Jabalpur

3

Scientist F

02-06-2014 to 30-06-2017

Tropical Forest Research Institute

Jabalpur

Transferred on public interest

4

Scientist F

08-06-2012 to 31-05-2014

Himalayan Forest Research Institute

Shimla

5

Scientist E

01-01-2007 to 07-06-2012

Himalayan Forest Research Institute

Shimla

6

Scientist D

10-09-2001 to 31-12-2006

Himalayan Forest Research Institute

Shimla

Transferred  on public interest

7

Scientist C

01-01-2008 to 05-09-2001

Rain Forest Research Institute,

Jorhat

8

Scientist B

21-01-1993 to 01-09-2001

Institute of Rain & Moist Deciduous Forests Research,

Jorhat


Professional Experience: 

 

Year

Duty/ Assignment

Institute

Location

 

1994-

Store Officer

IRMDFR

Jorhat,

 

1995

 

(RFRI)

Assam

1995-

Vehicle Officer

IRMDFR

Jorhat,

 

1998

 

(RFRI)

Assam

1997-

2001

Head,    Library    &    Information Technology Cell

IRMDFR (RFRI)

Jorhat, Assam

Implemented network through VOIP (voice over IP address)

 

 

 

 

Initiated Library database

2003-

IT & Library In-charge

HFRI,

Shimla,

 

2005

 

 

H.P.

2005-

Store Officer & Nodal Officer for

HFRI

Shimla,

 

2008

e-Tendering

 

H.P.

2009

Nodal Officer, REDD+

HFRI

Shimla, H.P.

 

2012

Head,       Division       of      Forest

Protection

HFRI

Shimla,

H.P.

 

2005-

Expert       for      entomology       &

HFRI

Shimla,

Involved in several EIA

2014

arachnology     in    the    team    for

 

H.P.

studies for hydro-electric

 

Environmental                      Impact

 

 

projects

 

Assessment (EIA) studies.

 

 

 

2014-

till date

Expert for entomology, arachnology & Ornithology in the team for formulating Advanced Management Plans for Wildlife Conservation

TFRI

Jabalpur, M.P.

Formulated            several wildlife conservation plans for Coal India Ltd, Indian Railways, NTPC etc.

2014

Head, Ecology & Rehabilitation

Division

TFRI

Jabalpur,

M.P.

 

2015

Nodal Officer, e-Procurement

TFRI

Jabalpur, M.P.

 

2017

Head, Biodiversity & Sustainable Management Division

TFRI

Jabalpur, M.P.

 

2018

Vigilance Officer

TFRI

Jabalpur, M.P.

 

2018

Head, Ecology & Climate Change Division

TFRI

Jabalpur, M.P.

 

2019

Head, Forest Protection Division

TFRI

Jabalpur,

M.P.

 

2019

Head of the Centre, FRCCE

IFB

Visakhapatn am, A.P.

 

Other Professional Activity:

  1. Ph.D. supervision: awarded 4, JRF 5
  2. Teaching: to forest professionals: for use of microbial pesticides in nursery
  3. Ph.D. external examiner: FRI University, Dehradun; Jadavpur University, W.B.
  4. Teaching B.Sc. & M.Sc. students for their dissertations

Experience including specialized training :

No

Name of the organization

/Office    (before    &    after joining ICFRE)

Designation

/ Grade

 

 

Type of Duty/ Function

1

University of Kalyani (CSIR Project, New Delhi)

 

JRF

 

1988

 

1991

Research and survey for insect pests in Western Himalaya

2

University of Kalyani

(CSIR Project, New Delhi)

 

SRF

 

1991

 

1992

Research and survey for

insect pests in Western Himalaya

3

University of Kalyani (CSIR Project, New Delhi)

 

Direct SRF

 

1992

 

1993

Research & Computer based Documentation

4

Institute of Rain & Moist Deciduous Forest Research, Jorhat, Assam (ICFRE)

 

Scientist C

 

1993

 

9

years

 

Research in Forest Entomology

5

Communication (Training at TFRI, Jabalpur)

ICFRE

Scientist

1995

1

week

Training on communication skills

6

Setting up of Forestry

Research Priority at TFRI, Jabalpur

ICFRE

Scientist

 

1997

1

week

Formulating Research priority of ICFRE

7

Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Cornell University, New York, USA

 

Visiting Scientist (Faculty)

 

 

1998

 

 

1999

Research & training on biological control of insect pest using Baculovirus as microbial insecticides

8

United Nations

Headquarters, New York

Visiting

Faculty

1998

1

week

Exposure to UN research

related activity and group

 

 

 

Present Research Interest and Activity:

  • Diversity of Birds in different Ecological Niche
  • Role of birds in germination of difficult seeds in Silviculture
  • Biosystematics and Biology of Spiders
  • Hobby: Philately, Bird Photography, Macro-Photography, Drawing & Painting
  • Passion; Trekking and Birding

Broad Areas

Projects/ Assignments/Duty

Achievements, Findings & Experience

 

Research & Development (R&D)

 

Infrastructure Development Project

“Establishing Arachnnarium at TFRI, Jabalpur, MP”. Funded by MP State Forest Department. (2015-2018)

 

Under this project an Arachnarium was established at TFRI which is for the first time in India. The unit is composed of a spider interpretation centre, a spider rearing laboratory and a spider garden where live spiders can be observed in different microhabitats including aquatic niche for fisher-eating spiders. The air of the unit was to eliminate arachnophobia from the mind of the people and to extend the role of spiders as bio-control agent.

 

Applied Research Project

“Determination of biocontrol efficacy of spiders against insect pests of rice agroforestry system” in collaboration with Entomology unit in College of Forestry of Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishva Vidalaya (JNKVV), Jabalpur. (2018-2022)

The project encompasses the probability of utilizing spiders a predator to control major insect-pest of rice. Emphasis was imposed on the use of social spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum by mounting its communal nest on specially designed bamboo-pole-trap among rice field. The success would measured by comparing harvest from control field and treated field where spider used as biocontrol agent. The project in progress.

 

 

Management of Indian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria obfuscata) in Himachal Pradesh (2008-2013)

The native strain of baculoviral occluted bodies were harvested, centrifuged to get pure crystals and purified in 1%SDS. The viral crystals were imaged under a high resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) at Nano Particle Laboratory of IIT, Delhi. The viral occluded bodies were identified as LOMNPV having a taxonomic code of 00.006.0.81.295 and verified through ICTVdB Management for Baculoviridae of Universal Virus Database V.3 at Columbia University, N.Y. USA. The pure virus crystals were enumerated and serially diluted for a series of bio-assay studies to get LD90 to kill larvae of Indian Gypsy Moth.

 

 

Predatory efficiency of social spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum Karsch (Arachnida: Araneae:Eresidae) against insect pests of Plants in Forest Nursery. (2010-2013)

To mount biocontrol measures utilizing the predatory social spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum in the nursery, study of “Life Cycle & Biology” of the spider was realized necessary and this study was completed within 2 years. The result indicates that each female produce on 1-2 egg-case containing about 100-150 eggs in each. These eggs hatch in 20-25 days and spiderlings emerge out of the egg-case in 30 days. There are 12 instars of the spiderlings to become adult and only at the end of 12th instar the sex can be determined. An improvised devise made of locally available hill- bamboo, for colony establishment of social spider, was made and used as live-trap for pests of forest nursery. Experiments on the magnitude of prey captured and extent of predation by the spider were evaluated.

 

 

“Development of ecologically viable and socio-economically acceptable integrated models for arresting willow (Salyx spp.) mortality in Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh”: funded by GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development. (2002-2005).

Findings: Surveyed different localities of Lahaul and Spiti and screened affected willow trees. Enormous infestion of two species of aphids, viz. Giant willow aphid (Tuberolachnus salignus) and Black willow aphid (Pterocomma salicis) (Aphidoidea:Lachnidae) were detected on dying trees. Moreover fungus infestation by Cytosperma chrysospermus was also detected from the roots of the tree. The large scale mortality was attributed multiple factors combined: very old planting stock date back to 1880, monoculture, sites are deprived of water flow, trees planted around crop-field and households, domestic and public drains made of concrete, sites grazed by cattles, improper silvicultural technique, and indiscriminate lopping, raise in temperature, melting of glaciers and low snowfall. New pest resistant clones from Solan and from Finland were procured and planted in the Lahaul valley.

 

 

Standardization of methodology for seed collection, seed handling, storage and breaking seed dormancy in Juniperus polycarpus and Fraxinus xanthoxyloides. (2010-2013)

Entomological Study: Pattan Valley and Lahaul Valley were surveyed and Juniperes polycarpus were screened for cone borers, 65% of the collected cones were found to be infected. 3 different species of microlepidopteran moths of the family Gelechidae were found to be the major seed borers. 2 species of phytophagous hymenopteran parasites were also found to be the cone borer, viz. Megastigmus dorsalis and Torymus sp. 1 species predatory spider were recorded: Stetoda sp. (Theridiidae). Suggestion was given to nursery managers to use this parasite for seed pest control.

 

 

Bioecological studies on the predatory efficiency of certain carnivorous Lepidoptera of Assam. (1995-1998)

One species of carnivorous butterfly & two species of moths found to be predators of coccids and aphids. Larvae of these lepidoptra are plant feeders but this unique phenomenon were rediscovered after 100 years of their existence were noticed. Spalgis epius (Lepidoptera:Lycaenidae), a blue butterfly, Eublemma coccivora (Lepidoptera:Noctuidae) and Conobathra aphidivora (Lepidoptera:Pyrallidae), two months, exhibit peculiar and remarkable carnivorous habit during their larval stages and can be utilized for biological control measures.

 

 

Internationally funded project

FREEP Project 3 of 4: Shifting Cultivation IRMDFR, Jorhat

  1. Monitor physical and chemical changes in soil properties before and during shifting cultivation cycles;
  2. Examine changes in micro-flora, including mycorriza due to shifting cultivation.
  3. Develop ecologically compatible alternatives to shifting cultivation.

Project implemented as PI: Studies on the microfaunal components of litter ecosystem and their changes in relation to shifting cultivation (project No. IRMDFR/FE/2):

Findings: Litter microfauna of different fallow periods under shifting cultivation were assessed. The comparison reveled that natural forest litter fauna remains more or less stable in population density. Whereas due to change of plant community in different fallow period, the litter fauna varied attributed to the establishment of all trophic levels within detrivore food chain. Above all the rich and diverse microfauna highly contribute to the leaf-litter decomposition for a better growth of plant community.

 

 

UNDP-ICFRE Project on Strengthening and Development of ICFRE: 1993-1995

This five years long project was launched on 4.9.1992 with UNDP assistance of US $ 2.56 million and Indian contribution of Rs.21.94 million. The main aim of the project is to strengthen the capacity of ICFRE Institutes and their personnel to undertake and extend forestry research.

As a new recruitee I was attached with the survey team for socio-economic survey of villages in different northern states of India. The work entrusted was to review the status of villagers living within or adjacent to protected area network, where they are partially dependent on wood and non-wood forest produce. Involved in summarizing results and reports for the project.

 

 

ICFRE-IDRC Research Project on Himalaya Eco-rehabilitation (1993- 1996)

Initiated in April, 1993, this project aims at locating and quantifying, the damages caused by common land use practice in the Himalaya such as mining and shifting cultivation by using GIS techniques and developing socio-economically viable and ecologically stable methodologies for rehabilitation of degraded areas by application of well tested agro forestry techniques developed at ICFRE.

In this project also I was attached with the survey team to prepare sustainable methods as an alternative to shifting cultivation. Joined the team for eco-rehabilitation of coal-mine areas of Margharita in Tinsukia of Assam. Involved in summarizing results and reports for the project.

 

Exploratory & Academic Project

Natural enemy complex of key and potential pests of 5 Quercus spp. Of Himachal Pradesh (2002-2005)

Findings:  Five species of oaks,  viz.  Quercus glauca, Q. lecotrichophora, Q. dilatata, Q. semicarpifolia & Q. ilex were found to be vulnerable of pest attack. 10 species of insect pests and one species of mite were found to be very destructive pests. Among these Indian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria obfuscata), Chafer beetle (Holotrichia longipennis) and Oak acorn weevil (Curculio sikkimensis) were major pests. 3 new species of hymenopteran parasites of gall forming pests viz. Torymus himachalicus, T. stom, & T. absonus were discovered. 22 Predatory spiders were found feeding on different pests infesting oaks. A new native strain of baculovirus, namely Lymantria Obfuscata Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus (LONPV) were also isolated. Biology of Indian Gypsy Moth was studied in full indicating its winter hibernation as well as survival under snow during egg-stage. From the natural forests of Sirmour district, where there were several outbreaks

of IGM, a native strain of baculovirus were recorded from the diseased larvae.

 

 

Key and potential insect pests of bamboos and their natural enemy complex. (1994-1999)

Findings: 5 species of bamboos viz, Bambusa tulda, B. palida, B. balcooa,

B. nutan and Thrysostachys oliveri were selected, screened and studies of their pests and biocontrol agents. 34 species of pests belonging to Orthoptera,   Lepidoptera,   Homoptera,   Coleoptera  and   Hemiptera were detected. Out of these, Discophora tullia a lepidopteran defoliator, Crocidophora sp. Pyrallid leaf roller, Callispa sp. a coleopteran window defoliator, Pseudoregma bambusicola and Astegopteryx bambusae, two aphids were found to be the key and potential pests. 11 species of parasites and predators were detected as natural enemies. Two hymenopteran parasites, viz, Cheiloneurus sp. and Perochilomerous sp. Oviposit on coccids. 6 species of spiders, viz. Nephila pilipes, N. kuhlii, Neoscona bengalensis, Gasteracantha didesmia, Hylus secupreus and Plexippus paykulii were polyphagous and very effective in the nursery.

 

 

Bio-ecology of gall aphids (Homoptera:Aphididae) infesting Styrax serrulatum (1995-1998)

Two types of leaf-galls were found on Styrax serrulatum. The galls, namely, “Coral Gall” and “Banana Gall”, are formed due to infestation of aphids on the leaf buds of the plant and so far a new record from north east India. Taxonomic study indicates that there are two species of aphids associated with these gall formation, viz. Astegopteryx bambusae and A. styracicola. Study revealed that these aphids exhibit host alternation and their alternation of generation occur between Styrax and bamboo. In this research, biometry, biotaxonomy, ecology, alternation of generation, gall morphology, development of gall and natural enemy associated with these aphids were studied.

 

 

Coccinellid beetles as predator of aphids (1993-1995)

Laboratory based prey-feeding study on biological control of bamboo- infesting aphid Pseudoregma bambusicola using coccnellid beetle Adalia septempunctata was completed. In this study predatory efficiency of the different larval stages as well as adult itself were evaluated. It was found that the beetle is an effective predator of bamboo infesting aphids.

 

Research Activity (Non-Plan)

Ornithological Study

  • Registered participation and collaboration of TFRI with the global ornithological survey of Cornell Lab. Of Ornithology, Cornell University, NY, USA. Institutionalized campus bird count of TFRI on the global platform through online eBird portal. Since 2016 4 day survey resulted occurrence of 172 bird species in the TFRI campus. This was the first such survey made in any ICFRE institutes since 2016. Significant findings were occurrence of Fire caped tit, Crow billed drongo, White browed bulbul, Black winged shrike and Orange breasted green pigeon, which were first such record from central India.
  • Initiated a work on “Frugivorous avifaunal diversity associated with Bridelia retusa and bird mediated seed germination”. Only 20% germination was reported for the tree in nursery but using bird-mediated- seed technique, germination of seed raised to 57%. This technique may be practiced to get better germination for some difficult seeds that fail in the nursery.

 

Taxonomic Database

Since last one decade I was working on the preparation of database of Indian Spiders. Using Microsoft Access program, the template for the database was structured and records of more than 1500 species of Indian spiders were digitized. Apart from taxonomic data, distribution and bibliography were also appended into the information. The database is searchable and report can be generated as desired by user. No such database is available for Indian spiders, and this would be launched in ICFRE website as soon it is complete in 2019.

 

 

Taxonomy

The followings are findings on spiders:

  1. A new species of spider was discovered from Shimla viz. Episinus himachalicus
  2. Nilus albocinctus, a fish eating spider was recorded for the first time from M.P. Biology of the species were studied
  3. Cyrtarachne ixiodes, found to be a new record from Indian subcontinent and a new record
  4. Biology of giant wood spider, Nephila pilipes were studied and its oviposition and oviposition site were recorded which was unknown from India.
  5. Moreover 12 species of spiders added to the fauna of M.P. Noteworthy to mention were a new species of Bomis and Makdiops.
  6. The deadly and lethal Indian Red-Back Spider, Latrodectus hasselti (Indian Black-Widow) was discovered from Jabalpur which was a new record.
  7. New distribution record of colour changing spider Gea spinipes recorded from hills of Sarahan.
  8. Nesticidae, a family of spiders which was not so far not represented in India, was detected from caves of Kullu. 2 new species were discovered. Publication awaited due to transfer to other institute.
  9. Standardized laboratory rearing technique for Himalayan Silver Knee Tarantula (Haplocosmia himalayana), that is endangered due to its habitat loss in the hills.

 

 

Reassignment of Forest Types of India

: ICFRE’s

Initiative

As a team leader from HFRI for the task-force carried out extensive surveys in Kashmir and Kullu to gather floristic data through GPS guided navigation. 5 surveys in HP and 2 surveys in J&K were conducted. From

15 different locations of Kullu which included Nirmand, Banjar, Ani, GHNP,  and  26  locations  of  Kashmir  which  included  remote  forests of Anantnag, Kokernag, Verinag, Daksum, Tral, Pahelgaon, Dachigam, Gurez valley; plant samples were collected. Actively participated with task force team in quardat analysis, digital imaging, GPS recording, data entry and preliminary identification of plants. The work was accomplished with full involvement, dedication and with high moral of self and motivated the team in difficult situation arose. Ultimately, a well edited book entitled “Revisiting Forest Types of India” was published by ICFRE.

 

Trainings/ Workshops/ Seminar attended

International Training:

Research & training on biological control of insect pest using Baculovirus as microbial insecticides: Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (BTI), Cornell University, New York, USA. (1998-1999)

During 1998-1999, I was selected as a FAO fellow and under Cornell University’s International Agriculture Program of The New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences accepted my proposal on biological control of insect pests. Accordingly I initiated my research on Baculovirology in Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Ithaca,

N.Y. USA. as a Visiting Scientist. During this one year research cum training I have worked on natural strain as well as genetically modified ACMNPV. Through different dose-mortality and time mortality bio-assays the efficacy in terms of LD50 and LD 90 of ACMNPV were determined. Moreover conducted experiments on the protection of NPVs from UV irradiated artificial atmosphere.

 

 

Training on EIA: Rapid Assessment of Environmental Impact for various developmental projects: Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

 

 

Learned techniques for environmental impact assessment which enabled me to formulate wildlife conservation plans. Few case studies were illustrated on hydroelectric project.

 

 

Training on Forestry Research Management: Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, MP.

 

 

The theme was role of scientists in environment and natural resource management. Learned about socio-economic status study of tribal people dependent on forests and to address their problem. Moreover formulating research priorities as per the demand of foresters and common people were

also highlighted. Techniques for sustainable use of NWFP were also taught.

 

 

International Seminar:

Attended international conference on “World perspective on short rotation forestry for industrial and rural development” at Dr. Y.S.Parmar Univ. of Horticulture & Forestry, Naini, Solan, HP during Sept. 200 and presented a poster on Large Scale Willow Mortality in Lahaul Valley.

 

 

Biodiversity Act: Attended 2 day (Feb 1 & 2, 2019) workshop on “The Biological Diversity Act” held in Dharmasastra National University, Jabalpur. As a resource person delivered a lecture on “Dissemination/Exchange of Specimens for Taxonomic Research: Case Study for Access & Benefit Sharing (ABS)” and interacted with advocates and law students.

 

 

Biodiversity Act: Participated in 2 days workshop on biological diversity

act during March, 2015 at TFRI, Jabalpur.

 

 

Training on eProcurement: Government procurement system as per GFR and e-procurement: National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad, Haryana.

Exposed to various rules and regulations on general procurement as well as e-Procurement. Practical trainings were also imparted to successfully execute the processes.

 

 

Training on Scientific Administration:

Staff Administrative College Hyderabad, 2006.

Learned modern management procedures to execute powers for scientific administration in academic institutions. Also learned about adherence to the time schedule for project formulation, execution, fund management and reporting.

 

 

HRD: Training on Human Resource Development: Staff Administrative College, Nainital, Uttarakhand: 2013

Learned modern management procedures to enhance office administration through cooperation and building trust among colleagues and staffs

 

 

Training on Computer application:

  • Completed 2 weeks training on basic computer application and Window based programmes as well as MS-Office MS-Word, MS- Excel, Ms-Access etc.
  • IT: Training on advanced computing & IT protocols: Information Technology Cell at ICFRE, Dehradun.
  • Nominated as trainee for one week training under Head, IT Cell, ICFRE Dehradun and learned LAN protocols as well as web-page building techniques under HTTP language.

 

 

Formulating Research priority of ICFRE: Setting up of Forestry Research Priority at TFRI, Jabalpur during 1997.

During this 1 week workshop discussions were held on identifying research priorities in forestry sector. During deliberations by participants it was decided that research projects to be formulated as per the demand from forestry sector.

 

 

Exposure to UN research related activity and group discussions: United Nations Headquarters, New York. 1999.

Under one international program of New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, participants were exposed to different research and research policy units of United Nations. This was an excellent exposure to international community of research policy experts.

 

 

Statistical: Training programme on research methodology with special emphasis on statistics Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (ICAR), New Delhi during 1999.

During this 3 weeks training programme on methodology was learned on statistics in different forestry analysis as well as implementing statistics in 'Forest Entomology'. A special package on statistics namely SPSS was learned.

 

 

Climate Change: Attended workshop on climate change: adaptation & Mitigation under SLEM project, held at HFRI, Shimla. October 3 & 4, 2013.

 

 

Watershed: Participated in a workshop on “Enhancing water potential of the watershed: Issues & Concerns”. 23 March, 2011 at HFRI, Shimla.

 

 

Extension: Training on communication skills: Communication (Training at TFRI, Jabalpur) during 1994.

Under world Bank funded FREEP project attained workshop cum training on research report writing and method of addressing common people in a simplest way the research findings. This was under extension programme of FREEP.

 

 

Training Imparted/Org anized

  • Environmental awareness workshop involving students, mahila mandal, farmers, SFD officials and students at Potter Hill, Shimla June 2008
  • Need of forestry research and diagnostic studies for rural development
  • Bamboo propagation techniques and management, October 2008.
  • Challenges and opportunities for growth of medicinal plant sector in north-west Himalayas, March 2010. And presented a paper entitled “Solanum nigram: Its medicinal potential & pest management”.
  • Workshop on “Application of Technical & Research Intervention for enhancing forest productivity” held on February, 2010 at Jammu SFRI.

 

 

  • Awareness camp during World Biodiversity Day, 22 May, 2009 at Shimla and presented a talk on “The problem of Congress Grass”.
  • Training under National Bamboo Mission on “Nursery & plantation techniques: Utilization and marketing of bamboos” arranged for SFD staffs of Sundernagar. 26-30 October 2009. Delivered lecture on insect pests of bamboos and control.
  • Workshop organized Status and potential of agroforestry in north- western Himalayas held at HFRI, Shimla (14-16 November, 2006) and presented a paper entitled “Important insect-pests of agroforestry systems and their management in Himachal Pradesh.”
  • Developed training materials and in assisted organizing training on “Collection, preservation and studying coleopteran insects”. October 14-15, 2010. Delivered a lecture on beetles of conifer trees.
  • Prepared course material for training on “Production of tall plants in nurseries: Issues & Concerns”. February 21, 2011.
  • Attended national seminar on “Insect pests and diseases: their incidents and management in forest ecosystem”. May 25-26, 2011. Delivered a lecture on “Invasion of Indian Gypsy Moth in the forests of Himachal Pradesh”.
  • As a resource person delivered a lecture on Field tools for biodiversity assessment of spiders based on webs” in UGC sponsored seminar on “Faunal Diversity Assessment” at RKMVC College, W.B. Sept.9, 2011.

Institutional Building Work & Generation of funds

Consultancy

As per the order of Honorable Supreme Court, HFRI was entrusted to review the status of Khair (Acacia catechu) in the Jammu region of J&K. Under this consultancy, surveyed different remote regions of Rajori, Nausera, Garanbala and Jammu. Also helped in analyzing data and finalizing report. (2009)

 

 

Under Khasang Hydroelectric Project Consultancy surveyed the project area and adjoining villages and prepared the report on environmental impact assessment (EIA). Assessed diversity of insects and spiders. (2010)

 

 

For Satluj Hydroelectric Project Consultancy, as a team leader gathered socio-economic data from 13 different types of micro hydroelectric projects located in remote corners of Kinnaur (Songthong to Khab). Edited the final report. (2013)

 

 

Wildlife Conservation Plans:

Since 2014 involved in several survey to prepare Integrated Wildlife Conservation Plans for Coal India Ltd. Biodiversity assessment for insect pests, spiders and birds were done by me in the coal-mine areas of Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

 

 

CAMPA Evaluation in Madhya Pradesh: Acted as Nodal-Officer for evaluation of plantation and other forestry activity under CAMPA in M.P. and raised substantial funds for the council.

 

 

  • Nodal officer e-Procurement

Since 2014 I was assigned additional duty for e-Procurement of items above 2 Lakh. Obtained digital signature certificates for 4 users of TFRI. Coordinated with procurement officer and the digital tendering process were streamlined. Not only procurement of items but also services like catering and security were brought under this portal.

 

  • Nodal Officer: e-Publishing:

Performed additional duty as Nodal officer for e-Publishing under Govt. of India of documents pertaining to procurement. Introduced procurement of books, inviting tenders through e-Publishing portal and availed maximum 36% discount. At HFRI since 2005 to 2014.

 

 

  • Procurement & Store Officer

For a period of 2 years performed additional duty as procurement and store officer. I was instrumental to utilize 100% of amount given to HFRI from One Time Grant. I have followed GFR properly and successfully procured modern instruments for different laboratories of HFRI. Noteworthy to mention was the Digital Image Analyzing Workstation having stereozoom microscope from Nikon Corporation. (2006-2008)

 

 

  • Vigilance Officer

Additional duty was assigned to act as the vigilance officer in 2018. Arranged workshops during vigilance awareness week and deliberated anticorruption measures in office atmosphere.

 

 

  • Head of the Division

As per the ICFRE norm of rotational headship, assumed charge of Head of the Division of Forest Ecology & Rehabilitation in 2014 to 2017. In May 2017 headship for the Division of Biodiversity & Sustainable Management was assigned. Later, as research divisions were restructured, Ecology and Biodiversity divisions were merged as Ecology & Climate Change Division, took overall charge of newly formed division and continued till date at TFRI, Jabalpur

Assumed charge of HOD for Division of Forest Protection for a period from 2012-2014.

 

 

  • Vehicle Officer:

Performed duty as vehicle officer of IRMDFR and streamlined vehicle allotment to different divisions and inventory including vehicle movement register and repairs.

 

Extension Activity

 

Assisting Forest Departments

  • Pest & Disease Control:

 

  1. As per a request from DFO, Lahaul, studied willow mortality and suggested immediate remedial measures for aphid control. 2001-2002
  2. On receipt of a request letter from DFO, Manali, inspected dying and dead deodar in Van Bihar, Manali. Suggestive measures were communicated to all Govt departments of Manali, and as a result hotels surrounding the park were cleared which were causing soil pollution.
  3. Assessed the cause of mortality of Betula utilis (Bhuj) in Chitkul on the bank of Baspa river and a preliminary report was submitted during 2009.
  4. On a quarry from DFO, Kull, visited Mohal nursery and inspected mortality of seedlings of Cedrus deodara. White grub of the chafer beetle (Holotrichia longipennis) was the causative agent and procedure for replanting technique of deodar seedlings having damaged root was communicated to the DFO.
  5. Investigated cause of entomo-pathological problems occurred  in Cedrus deodara, Astonia scholaris and Punica granatum (wild anar) from Jammu Forest Division and Udhampur Forest Division. Conveyed suggestive measures to control the infection.

 

 

Biodiversity Day Celebration:

Since 2015 organizing biodiversity day during May till 2018 for school children and students from colleges. Audio-visual programmes were also arranged.

Delivered a lecture on “Field methodology for assessing spider diversity” and also conducted night-field-trip for nocturnal spiders, Nov. 10-14, 2014.

 

 

Member of Editorial Board of HFRI: edited the following documents of HFRI

 

  • Proceedings of the national symposium of insect pests and disease management in Himalayas.
  • Plant wealth of cold desert of Kinnaur
  • Final report on Khasang Hydroelectric Project consultancy: (Entomological Part)
  • Need of forestry research and diagnostic studies for rural development
  • Identification and prioritization of forestry needs in Himachal Pradesh
  • As a member of editorial board of HFRI, revised a book on “Kalatop- Khajjihar Wildlife Sanctuary, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh: An appraisal to its plant diversity., during 2011

Academic

Teaching & Guiding

Guiding Ph.D. Scholar:

  • Thesis entitled “Studies on bio-ecology and eco-friendly management strategies of pomegranate fruit borer, Deodorix epijarbus Moore” (2009) Scholar: P. C. Bhardwaj of FRI deemed University.
  • Thesis entitled “ Studies on biology and microbial control of Indian gypsy moth, Lymantria obfuscata Walker in Himachal Pradesh”. Scholar: Bhopesh Thakur of Himachal Pradesh University. (2012).
  • Thesis entitled “Diversity of spiders on crops, seasonal abundance, predatory potential and their biosafety to neem derivatives” Scholar: Jagrati Upadhyay of JAWAHARLAL NEHRU KRISHI VISHWA VIDHYALAYA, JABALPUR

 

 

Guiding students for M.Sc. Dissertation

  • Guided a PG student of Ecology & Environmental Engineering of Benaras Hindu University for her dissertation during M.Sc. final semester in 2017 for 6 months. Guided her work on frugivorous birds.

Research Publication :

  1. Chakrabarti, S. 1985. Materials used in blocking cells of nest of Chalybion bengalense Dahl. (Hymenoptera; Sphecidae). SPHECOS (United States Department of Agriculture, ARS): 10 :17- 18.1985.
  2. Chakrabarti, S. 1986.  Prey species of renting wasp Chalybion bengalense Dahl. (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). SPHECOS (United States Department of Agriculture, ARS): 13:50. 1986.
  3. Chakrabarti, S. 1987. Nesting behaviour of Chalybion bengalense (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). (In French). In, Actes du Congress, Jean-Henii Fabre Anniversarie du Jabile (1910-1985). pp. 115- 119.
  4. Chakrabarti, S. 1989. Social life among a few Indian Spiders. In National symposium on modern trends in environmental biology and seminar on environment & animal life. RKMVCC, Rahara, Kharda, West Bengal.
  5. Banerjee, P.K.; Chakrabarti, S, Chakrabarti, Sc. 1991. Host association and undescribed alate vivipare is female of Matsumuraja capitophoroides Lambers (Homoptera:Aphididae). J. Born. Nat. hist. Soc. :88(2):293-296.1991.
  6. Chakrabarti, S. D. Das & B. Deka. 1997. Morphodiversity among Indian spiders (Archnida:Araneae) in International symposium on sustainable utilization of biodiversity. 8-10 March, IGNFA, DehraDun.
  7. Barthakur, N.D., Puzari, K.C. Chakrabarti, S. and Hazarika, L.K. 1997. Biocontrol of Calopepla leayana using various mycoinsecticides in Assam. In International workshop on forestry research in conservation of natural forests. ICFRE, DehraDun April 25-26,
  8. Chakrabarti, S. 2001. Killing Insect Pests with Virus. In. "Proceedings Application of Improved Technology for Afforestation in North East India". Edts. B. Goala & K.G. Prasad). Pp. 150-15.
  9. Jacob, J., S. Chakrabarti, D.K. Das, P.C.Sharma, D. Gurung. 2001. Microfaunal Changes in the litter ecosystem in relation to shifting cultivation. In, Integrated approach to Shifting Cultivation- Case Study (ed. K.G.Prasad) pp.245-257.
  10. Surinder Kumar, S. Chakrabarti, K.S. Kapoor & Shailender Kumar.2002. Large Scale Mortality of Salyx in Lahul Valley. Indian Forester, 129 (4):543-545.
  11. Chakrabarti, S., K. S. Kapoor; Shailendra Kumar and Surinder Kumar. 2003. Outbreak of Tuberolachnus salignus infecting Willows in Lahul Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh: A case study. Paper published in the proceeding of the International Workshop on “World Perspective on Short Rotation Forestry for Industrial and Rural Development” organized by University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan in collaboration with IUFRO.
  12. Kumar, S. Singh, R., Chakrabarti, Karthikeyan, A. Kumar, A. Singh, C. , Kumar, S. 2003. Identification and management of pests and diseases of important Himalayan trees. HFRI, Shimla.
  13. Kumar, S., K.S. Kapoor, R. Singh & S. Chakrabarti. 2004. Mortality of Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. (Shisham) in Subathu forest range of Solan, Himachal Pradesh: A Case Study. Ind. Forester. 130 (3):349:350.
  14. Chakrabarti, S. & D. Gurung, 2005. Redescription of Spalgis epius (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) J. Bomb. Nat hist. Soc. 88(2);293-296.
  15. Chakrabarti, S. 2005. Description of hitherto unknown egg and 1st instar nymph of Cinara maculipes (Aphidoidea:Lachnidae) from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. J. Bomb. Nat hist. Soc. 102(3):356-358
  16. Chakrabarti, S. 2005. Parasitic efficiency of Ephedrus nacheri Quilis (Hymenoptera:Aphidiidae) to control Hayhurstia artiplices (Homoptera:Aphididae) on Chenopodium album, a medicinal plant in Western Himalaya. In “Advances in Medicinal Plants”, Vol.I, pp. 193-199.
  17. Narendran, T.C. P.G. Kumar, K. Sudheer, P.M. Sureshan & S. Chakrabarti. 2005. Three new species of Torymus Dalman (Hymenoptera:Torymidae) from Himachal Pradesh (India) along with a key to species of Indian subcontinent. Entomon. 30(2);111-121.
  18. Singh, R., S. Chakrabarti, P.K.Rana, V.P. Pandey. 2006. Important insect-pests of agroforestry systems and their management in Himachal Pradesh.” In proceedings of a workshop on “Status and potential of agroforestry in north-western Himalayas” held at HFRI, Shimla (14-16 November, 2006). P224-228.
  19. Hazarika, L.K. & S. Chakrabarti. 2007. Spider complex of tea ecosystem in Assam-A Handbook. Deptt. Biotechnology, Govt. of India & Assam Agriculture University, Pp.1-50.
  20. Chakrabarti, S. 2008 Gea spinipes C. L. Koch, 1843 (Araneae:Araneidae) found in Western Himalaya, India. Turk. J. Arach. 1(2). pp. 128-132.
  21. Chakrabarti, S. & Shailendra Kumar. 2008. Dose-Mortality bioassay of Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vull. On Acraea issoria (Lepidoptera:Nymphalidae), a defoliator of Debregeasia hypoleuca in Himachal Pradesh. Ind. J. Forestry. 31(2):239-242.
  22. Chakrabarti, S. & Bhupesh Thakur. 2008. Exploration of LONPV (Baculoviridae) and its perspectives as biocontrol agent in Himachal Pradesh. In, National symposium on integrated pest & disease management (IPDM) in arid & semiarid areas. AFRI, Jodhpur. Pp. 55.
  23. Chakrabarti, S. 2009. Insect pest spectrum of Quercus in western Himalaya with special emphasis on Indian Gypsy Moth. Forestry Bull.: 9(1):104-111.
  24. Chakrabarti, S. 2009. Banglar Makorsa (Spiders of Bengal, written in Bangla). West Bengal Biodiversity Board, Kolkata. 1-128+24 colour plates.
  25. Chakrabarti, S. 2011. Invasion of Indian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria obfuscata) in Forests of Himachal Pradesh. In, National seminar on “Insect-Pests and Diseases: Their Incidences and Management in Forest Ecosystem' held at HFRI, Shimla, 25th to 26th May, 2011.
  26. Chakrabarti, S. 2012. Spiders of Western Himalaya: A Pictorial Field Guide. HFRI, Shimla. 1-108,+100 colour plates.
  27. Chakrabarti,S. 2013. First record of the genus Episinus (ARANEAE:THERIDIIDAE: SPHINTHARINAE) from India with description of a new species. Munis Entomology & Zoology, 8(2):796-802.

  28. Negi, P.S. and Chakrabarti, S. 2013. Ban oak (leaflet in Hindi). HFRI, Shimla.
  29. Thakur, B., S. Chakrabarti, and Manoj Kumar. 2015. Detailed larval biology of Indian Gypsy Moth Lymantria obfuscata Walker on Quercus leucotrichophora Roxb. In Himachal Pradesh (India). Am.Int. J.Res. For. Appl. Nat. Sc. 10(1):31-34.
  30. S. Chakrabarti. 2015. Class:Arachnida:Spiders. In Biodiversity of Raj Bhaban, Kolkata, West Bengal (Book). RBKWB. Pp. 340.
  31. Thakur, B. and S. Chakrabarti. 2016. Exploring efficacy of native baculovirus Lymantria obfuscata Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus (LONPV) and its perspectives as biocontrol agent in Himachal Pradesh. Insight. 2:29-34.
  32. Tahkur, B., S. Chakrabarti, & V.K. Mattu. 2016. Redescription of the adults of Indian gypsy moth Lymantria obfuscata Walker (Lepidoptera:Lymantriidae) in Himachal Pradesh, India. Mun. Ent. Zool. 11(1): 105-113
  33. Chakrabarti, S. 2017. TFRI ka Makralaya (Leaflet in  Hindi).  Pub. No. TFRI/BRO-03/2017
  34. Chakrabarti, S. 2017. Arachnarium at TFRI (Leaflet in English). Pub. No. TFRI/BRO-04/2017
  35. Chakrabarti, S. 2018. Birds of TFRI Campus. TFRI Publication.
  36. Upadhyay, J., S. B. Das, & S. Chakrabarti. 2018. Diversity of spiders on post rainy season crops  in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Journal of Entomology & Zoology Studies: 6(3):1645-1650.
  37. Upadhyay, J., S. B. Das, & S. Chakrabarti. 2018. Predatory potential of spider, Synema decoratum (Araeae:Thomicidae) on aphid, Aphis craccivora (Homoptera:Aphididae). International Journal of Fauna & Biological Studies. 5(5):03-07.
  38. Upadhyay, J., S.B. Das, & S. Chakrabarti. 2018. Functional response of spider, Salticidae (Hyllus semicupreus) on aphid, Aphis craccivora (Homoptera:Aphididae). International Journal of Zoology Studies. 3(5): 20-24.
  39. Upadhyay, J., S.B. Das, & S. Chakrabarti. 2020. Biological Control Perspective of Synema decoratum (Araenae: Thomisidae) against Spodoptera litura (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences. 9(6): 221-227

Completed Projects:  

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Current Research Projects:  

Involved in AICRP-23-Genetic Improvement and value addition of Madhuca longifolia & AICRP-31-Study of climate driven effects on Indian forests through long term monitoring.

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Expert Member in ICFRE Consultancy Projects:

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(Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education)
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