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Dr. B.N. Divakara,
 

Name :      Dr. B.N. Divakara

Designation: Scientist E 

Qualification: M.Sc. Forestry, Ph.D. Forestry

Areas of Specialization: Tree Improvement

Research Interest: Plus Tree selection, Variability and Diversity analysis

Expertise and Other Interest: TBOs improvement and Forestry

 

Honours/Awards/Fellowships/Recognition:

  • Recipient of University of Agricultural Science, Dharwad Gold Medal for first rank in B.Sc. (Forestry).

  • Recipient of late Shri. Seshagiri N. Keshwain Gold Medal for first rank in B.Sc. (Forestry).

  • Holder of University Merit scholarship for four years during Under Graduation.

  • Recipient of Kerala Agricultural University Research Fellowship for two years during Post-Graduation.

  • First rank holder during Post-Graduation Studies.

  • Recipient of lCAR – Senior Research Fellowship during doctorate studies

  • Recipient of Appreciation letter from NABARD for best performance in R&D projects in Jharkhand.

  • IUFRO Fellowship for Pre–congress training and participation in the XXIII IUFRO World Congress held at the Korea Forest Research Institute, Seoul, South Korea during 15-28 August 2010.

  • FAO travel grant to participate in 13th World Forestry Congress held on 18 – 23 October 2009; Buenos Aires, Argentina

Research Publication:

Number of Research Papers Published: International   8; National – 23

Details of Research Papers Published:

International:

  1. Divakara, B.N., B. Mohan Kumar, PV. Balachandran and N .V. Kamalam. 2001. Bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea (Retz.) Willd.) hedgerow systems in Kerala. India: Root distribution and root competition for phosphorus with adjacent teak and Malabar white pine trees. Agrofor. Sys. 51: 189-200p.

  2. Mohan Kumar, B. and B.N. Divakara. 2001. Proximity, Clump size and Root distribution pattern in bamboo: A case study of Bambusa arundinacea (Retz.) Willd., Poaceae, in Ultisols of Kerala, India. Journal of Bamboo and Rattan 1(1): 43-58p.

  3. Divakara BN, HD Upadhyaya, SP Wani and CLL Gowda 2010. “Biology and Genetic Improvement of Jatropha curcas L.: A Review” Applied Energy 87: 732-742.

  4. Divakara BN, Alur AS and Tripati S 2010. “Genetic variability and relationship of pod and seed traits in Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre., a potential agroforestry tree”, International Journal of Plant Production 4 (2): 129-141.

  5. Divakara BN and Rameshwar Das 2011. Variability and divergence in Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre. for further use in tree improvement, Journal of Forest Research 22(2): 80-86.

  6. Divakara BN, HD Upadhyaya and R Krishnamurthy 2011. “Identification and evaluation of diverse genotypes in Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre. for genetic improvement in seed traits” Journal of Biodiversity and Ecological Sciences 2(2): 121-129.

  7. Divakara, BN. HD Upadhyaya and B Fandohan 2012. “Identification and divergence studies of genotypes of Tamarindus indica (Fabaceae) with superior pod traits” Int. J. Biol. Chem. Sci. 5(6): 509-514.

  8. Divakara BN and Rathakrishnan 2012. “Clonal variability and divergence studies in Tamarindus indica L.: A multipurpose fruit tree”. Journal of Biodiversity and Ecological Sciences 2(1): 31-41.

National:

  1. Divakara BN, Prasad kumar and BS Ganigara. 1996. Efficacy of insecticides against cottony cushion scale (Icerya purchasi) on Casuarina equisetifolia seedlings. My Forest 32(2): 132- 135p

  2. Rajendran P, S Thirumurthi and BN Divakara. 2000. Evaluation of the efficiency of certain biocontrol agents against Acizzia indica (Heslop-Harrison) (Psyllidae: Homoptera) on Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth. My Forest 36(3): 207-209p.

  3. Rajkumar M, RSV Rai, P Rajendran and BN Divakara. 2001. Optimization of sterilants concentration and duration for in-vitro propagation in Pterocarpus marsupium Roxb. My Forest 37(1): 351-357p.

  4. Rajendran, P, S Thirumurthi and BN Divakara. 2001. Insecticidal control of Acizzia indica (Heslop-Harrison) (Psyllidae:Homoptera) on Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth. in forest nurseries. Ind. J. For. 24(3): 332-336p.

  5. Sudhagar RJ and BN Divakara. 2001. Privatization in forestry. My Forest 37(3): 577-579p.

  6. Sivakamar P, A Vijayaraghavan, I Sekar, MG Dasthagir and BN Divakara. 2002. Effect of growth regulators and pre-sowing chemicals on germination and growth attributes of Diospyros melanoxylon. My Forest 38(1): 29-33p.

  7. Rajendran P, MG Dasthagir, MM Yassin and BN Divakara. 2002. Vegetative propagation of Ceiba pentandra (Linn.) Gaertn. by stem cuttings. Ind. J. Agrofor. 4(1): 67-70p.

  8. Ratha Krishanan P, P Rajendran and BN Divakara. 2003. Albinism in Simarouba glauca, Linn. Ind. For. 129(9): 1167-1169p.

  9. Ratha Krishnan, P, BN Divakara, K Panneer Selvam and TN Neelannavar. 2003. Propagation of Simarouba glauca Linn. by air layering with the aid of indole butyric acid. My Forest 39(1): 61-64p.

  10. Rajendran P, MG Dasthagir and BN Divakara. 2004. In vitro Propagation of Kapok (Ceiba pentandra Linn.) Using Nodal Segments. J. Tree Sci. 1&2 :77-80.

  11. Divakara BN. 2005. Review on genetic improvement of Tamarindus indica Linn. : a multipurpose tree species. My forest 40 (4): 335-357p.

  12. Divakara BN. 2006. Forest Biodiversity: Indian Scenario. Indian. J. Trop. Biodiv. 14 (2): 90-96.

  13. Divakara BN. 2006. Tamarind a boon to Farmers. Agri Gold Swarna Sedyam 10: 7-9

  14. Divakara BN. 2007. Correlation and path analysis in Tamarindus indica Linn. J. Non-timber For. Pro, 14(2):119-124.

  15. Divakara BN. 2007. Variability and genetic analysis of Tamarindus indica Linn. J. Non-timber For. Pro, 14(2):45-52.

  16. Divakara BN. 2008. Variation and character association for various pod traits in Tamarindus indica L. The Ind. For. 134:687 – 696.

  17. Divakara BN and Kumar, R. 2008. Albinism in Madhuca latifolia Macbr. J. Non-timber For. Pro, 15: 117 – 118.

  18. Divakara BN. 2008. Polyembryony in Derris indica (Lamk) Bennet. J. Non-timber For. Pro, 15: 65-66.

  19. Divakara BN. 2009. Variation and character association for various pulp biochemical traits in Tamarindus indica L. The Ind. For. 135:57-61.

  20. Divakara BN and Krishnamurthy R. 2009. Genetic variability, association and divergence studies in seed traits and oil content of Madhuca latifolia Macb. accessions. J. oilseeds res. 26: 686-689.

  21. Divakara BN and Krishnamurthy R 2010. “Exploring the possibility of summer (Jethwi) lac cultivation on non-traditional host in understorey of Dalbergia sissoo Roxb.” Journal of non-timber Forest Products 17 (3): 325-330.

  22. Divakara BN, A. Sinha and A. Alur 2011. “Genetic variability and character association among seed traits of Madhuca latifolia Macb.” Indian forester 137 (7): 860 – 867.

  23. Divakara BN, Santosh Prasad, Rameshwar Das. 2013. Documentation of invasive plant species in Latehar and Hazaribagh districts: Jharkhand – India, Indian Forester, 139 (2): 113-117, 2013.

Papers Presented in the Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums: 29

International:

  1. Divakara, BN., B. Mohan Kumar, P .V. Balachandran and N .V. Kamalam. 2000. Bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea (Retz.) Willd.) Hedgerow Systems in Kerala. India: Root Distribution and Root Competition for Phosphorus with Adjacent Teak and Malabar White Pine Trees. In 21st IUFRO congress with the theme “Forests and Society: The Role of Research” held on 7th to 12th August 2000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  2. Divakara, BN. and H.D. Upadhyaya. 2009. Identification of diverse genotypes with high oil content in Madhuca latifolia L. for further use in tree improvement In 2009 IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference held on June 28 – July 2, 2009 Whislter, BC, Canada.

  3. Divakara BN, Alur AS and Shridhar Y. 2009. Exploration of Lac Cultivation on Non-Traditional Host Flemingia macrophylla (Willd.) Kuntze Ex Merr. and it’s Possibility in Understorey Plantations of Dalbargia Sissoo. In 2nd World congress agroforestry with the theme “Agroforestry - The Future of Global Land Use” held on 23th – 28th August 2009; Nairobi, Kenya.

  4. Divakara BN and Rathore A. Genetic Diversity Assessment in Pongamia Pinnata (L.) Pierre: A Biodiesel Tree. In 13th World Forestry Congress with the theme “Forests in development - a vital balance” held on 18 – 25 october 2009; Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  5. Divakara BN 2009. Relationship of Pod and Seed Traits on Initial Progeny Growth Performance in Pongamia Pinnata (L.) Pierre. In 13th World Forestry Congress with the theme “Forests in development - a vital balance” held on 18 – 23 October 2009; Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  6. Divakara BN and KK Sharma 2009. Canopy management in lac cultivation for biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood support In: 5th International Canopy Conference with the theme “Forest canopies: Conservation, Climate change and Sustainable use” held on 25 - 31 october 2009; Bangalore, India.

  7. Wani SP, TK Sreedevi, S Marimuthu, AVR Kesava Rao and Divakara BN. 2009. Harnessing potential of Jatropha plantations for improving livelihoods and rehabilitating degraded lands. In. ICRISAT – IFAD biofuel project first annual review meeting at ICRISAT, Patancheru on 31st March – 1st April, 2009.

  8. Divakara BN and Mohan Behl 2010. Oil Dream with Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.) Challenges and Prospects In: 23rd IUFRO world congress with theme “Forests for the Future: Sustaining Society and the Environment” held on 23-28 August 2010 at Seoul, Korea.

  9. Divakara BN and HD Upadhyaya 2010. “Identification and Divergence Studies of Genotypes with Superior Pod Traits in Tamarindus indica L.”: An Agroforestry Tree In: International symposium on Indigenous Fruit Trees for Dryland Africa: Domestication for use in a changing environment, held on 25-27 October 2010 at centre CIEVRA, Allada – Republic of Benin.

  10. Divakara BN, M Irshad Ahmed and KN Reddy 2010. “Pod and pulp traits variation in Tamarindus indica Linn. Under different altitudinal ranges and site conditions of south India” In: International Symposium on Indigenous Fruit Trees for Dryland Africa: Domestication for use in a changing environment, held on 25-27 October 2010 at centre CIEVRA, Allada – Republic of Benin.

  11. Divakara BN 2010. “Evaluation of field performance of Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre. Clones by morphometric analysis” In: 23rd IUFRO world congress with theme “Forests for the Future: Sustaining Society and the Environment” held on 23-28 August 2010 at Seoul, Korea.

  12. Divakara BN, R. Das and A. Sinha 2011. “Clonal performance of Madhuca latifolia Macb. under field conditions” In: International symposium on plant biotechnology towards tolerance to stresses and enhancing crop yield, held on Sep 28th – Oct 1st, 2011 at Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra – Ranchi.

National:

  1. Divakara BN and MG Dasthagir. 2003. Variation and Character Association for Various Pod Traits in Tamarindus indica Linn. In. National Seminar on “Forest Resource Management” at C. S. Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur on 17th - 19th November, 2003.

  2. Divakara BN. 2005. Impacts of silvicultural techniques in forest biodiversity conservation In: National conference on Population growth, Pollution & Biodiversity Loss: a Bio-social approach, at Ranchi, India on 18th & 19th Feb. 2005.

  3. Divakara BN. 2005. Forests: a biosphere carbon sequester In: National conference on Population growth, Pollution & Biodiversity Loss: a Bio-social approach, at Ranchi, India on 18th & 19th Feb. 2005.

  4. Divakara BN. 2006. Forest Extension: The challenges Ahead In: Regional workshop on forest extension review held at Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi on 27th March 2007.

  5. Divakara BN. 2006. Relevance of Jatropha Cultivation for Jharkhand: Problems and Prospects In: Workshop on promotion of bio-fuels in India: Issues & Prospects held at New Delhi on 17th August 2006.

  6. Divakara BN and Krishnamurthy R. 2009. Exploring the possibility of summer (jethwi) lac cultivation on non-traditional host in understorey of Dalbergia sissoo roxb. In. Regional Conference on “Integrated Farming System Models for Eastern Region at Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums (IINRG), Ranchi on 13th March, 2009.

  7. Divakara BN and Krishnamurthy R 2010. “Exploring the possibility of summer (Jethwi) lac cultivation on non-traditional host in understorey of Dalbergia sissoo Roxb.” Journal of non-timber Forest Products 17 (3): 325-330.

  8. Divakara BN and R Das. 2011. “Genetic Diversity Assessment in Pongamia pinnata and Madhuca latifolia: Oil yielding trees of Jharkhand” In: conference on conservation, improvement and sustainable use of medicinal plants and non-wood forest products, held on 8th – 9th March 2011 at Institute of Forest Productivity, Lalgutwa – Ranchi, India.

  9. Prasad S, BN Divakara, P Kumar and A Kumar. 2011 “Medicinal attributes of Invasive Alien Flora of Latehar, Jharkhand” In: conference on conservation, improvement and sustainable use of medicinal plants and non-wood forest products, held on 8th – 9th March 2011 at Institute of Forest Productivity, Lalgutwa – Ranchi, India.

  10. Divakara BN, S. Prasad and R. Das 2011. “Documentation of invasive plant species in forest and non-forest areas of Latehar and Hazaribhag districts, Jharkhand – India” In: National Forest Congress held on 22-25 Nov, 2011 at Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.

  11. Divakara BN, S. Prasad, A. Kumar and DP. Nirala 2011. “Genetic resources of Jatropha in Jharkhand: Sustainable utilization by tribes.” In: National symposium on Assessment and Conservation of Forest Genetic Resources through Biotechnological Interventions held on 19-20, 2011 at Institute of Forest Productivity, Lalgutwa – Ranchi.

  12. Divakara BN, S. Prasad and R. Das 2012. “Density, frequency and abundance of invasive alien plants in forest areas of Jharkhand – India.” In: National seminar on forest health management held on 21-22 March 2012 at Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore.

Number of Books Published: 1

  • Divakara BN, Santosh Prasad, Rameshwar Das. 2013. Invasive Alien Plants of Jharkhand:A guide to common man. Institute of Forest Productivity, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Lalgutwa, Ranchi – 835 303, Jharkhand – India. p70.

Chapters in Books : 2

  1. Divakara BN. 2008. Impacts of silvicultural techniques in forest biodiversity conservation. In Environment, Pollution and Health Hazards (Sinha BK and Choudhary S ed.) New Delhi, India: Aph Publishing Corporation 60-73p.

  2. Divakara BN. 2008. Forests: a biosphere carbon sequester. In Environment, Pollution and Health Hazards (Sinha BK and Choudhary S ed.) New Delhi, India: Aph Publishing Corporation 166-179p.

Completed/Handled Projects (Only PI: 6):

  1. “Identification, Collection and Genetic Evaluation of Important Oil Yielding Trees (Karanj and Mahua) of Jharkhand” – Funded by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

  2. “Genetic Evaluation and Molecular Characterization of Jatropha curcas L. of Eastern India” – Funded by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE).

  3. “Exploration of Lac Cultivation on Non-Traditional Host Flemingia sp. and its Possibility in Sustainable Plantation Forestry”. – Funded by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE).

  4. “Phyto-sociological analysis of flora in selected forests and documentation of invasive plant species on non-forest areas of Latehar and Hazaribhag districts” – consultancy project report submitted to United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), NewDelhi, India.

  5.  “Multilocation Evaluation and Studies on Breeding Systems in Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre.” - Funded by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE).

  6. “Multilocation trial of Jatropha curcas in different agro climatic zones and study of agronomic practices” – Funded by Department of Bio-technology (DBT), Govt. of India.

Any other Information:

Life membership

  1. Indian Society of Agroforestry – Jhansi, India.

  2. Society for Promotion of Wastelands – New Delhi, India.

  3. Indian Society of Oilseeds Research – Hyderabad, India.

  4. Included in Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2012

Annual Membership

  1. Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association – Ootacamund, India

  2. World wide fund for nature – India

  3. Journal of tree science – Solan, India

  4. Society for Promotion of Tropical Biodiversity – Jabalpur.

Communication Address:

Dr. B.N. Divakara 

Scientist E

Forest Biometry Division

Advance Centre for Mining Rehabilitation

Institute of wood Science and Technology

18th Cross, Malleshwaram

Bangalore-560003

Tel: 0091-80-22190129

Fax: 0091-80-23340529

E-mail: divakarbn@icfre.org ; bndsira@gmail.com

 

 
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