Arid Forest Research Institute

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
(An Autonomous Body of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India)
 
  

Dr. Neelam Verma

M.Sc., Ph.D.

Scientist B

Forest Protection Division

Area Of Specialization:

M.Sc. in Botany with specialization in Plant Pathology from JNVU, Jodhpur in 1989 and P.G. Diploma in Computer Science & Application from IICM, Jodhpur in 1990.  Awarded Ph. D. Degree in 2006 by FRI, Deemed University, Dehradun on the topic,"Dependency, Evaluation and Selection of Efficient Strains of A Mycorrhizal Fungi for Prosopis Cineraria (L.) Druce in Western Rajasthan". Attended a training programme of "Rehabilitation and Revegetation of wastelands" conducted by Department of Forestry at Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (1 Feb. – 1 May, 1996), sponsored by FAO, Rome, Italy under World Bank (FREEP) Project.
Nineteen (19) years research experience in the forest pathology field regarding isolation, identification of fungal pathogens and evolving chemical/biological management strategies of economic important diseases of forest seeds, nurseries and plantations of arid and semi-arid tree species. Isolation, identification of AM fungi on selected arid zone tree species & their impact on forest tree species. Associated with Imparting training on VAM technology, nursery & plantation diseases and their management to SFDs, NGOs and progressive farmers. 

Publications

Papers in International Journals

  1. Neelam Verma; Tarafdar, J.C.; Srivastava, K.K. and Jitendra Panwar (2008). Arbuscular Mycorrhizal (AM) diversity in Prosopis cineraria (L.) Druce under arid agroecosystems. Agricultural Sciences in China 7 (6): 754-761.
  2. Neelam Verma, J.C. Tarafdar and K.K. Srivastava (2010). Periodic changes in Prosopis cineraria associated AM population at different soil depth and its relationship with organic carbon and soil moisture. African Journal of Microbiology Research Vol. 4 (1): 115-121.
  3. K. Banerjee, M.H. Gadani, K.K. Srivastava, Neelam Verma, Y.T. Jasrai, N.K. Jain (2013). Screening of efficient arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi for Azadirachta indica under nursery condition: A step towards afforestation of semi-arid region of western India. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology 44 (2), 587-593. 
  4. Bhawana Sharma, K.K.Srivastava, Neelam Verma, Ram Niwas, Meeta Singh (2014). Antifungal potential of leaf extract of Datura stramonium L., against some important plant pathogenic fungi. Acta Biologica Indica. 3(2):659-662.

Papers in National Journals

  1. Mohan, V., Neelam Verma and Y.P. Singh (1995). Distribution of VAM fungi in Nurseries and plantations of Neem (Azadirachta indica) in Arid Zone of Rajasthan. The Indian Forester, 121, 1069-1076.
  2. Srivastava, K.K., Neelam Verma and K.C. Jedia (1998). Seedling blight of Hardwickia binata and its management. Myforest, 34, 801-805.
  3. Srivastava, K.K., Neelam Verma and K.C. Jedia (1999). Damping-Off in Tecomella undulata- A new Disease from India. The Indian Forester, 125, 327-328.
  4. Neelam Verma, Srivastava, K.K., Tripathi, S.P. and V. Mohan (1999). Endomycorrhizal Studies on P. cineraria (L) Druce. in Rajasthan. Myforest, 34, 875-880.
  5. K.K. Srivastava, Prabakaran, R. and Neelam Verma (1999). Effect of nodulation on biomass of some arid zone tree species. The Indian Forester, 125, 1265-1268.
  6. K.K. Srivastava, V. Mohan and Neelam Verma (2001). Impact of VAM inoculation on some arid tree species. The Indian Forester, 127, 936-940.
  7. K.K. Srivastava, Neelam Verma and D. Thangamani, (2004). Charcoal Root Rot - a serious disease of Neem. Myforest, 40, 65-67.
  8. Neelam Verma; Tarafdar, J.C. and K.K. Srivastava (2009). Standardization of Inoculum Dose of AM fungi in Prosopis cineraria seedlings. Indian Journal of Forestry (accepted) 32 (3).
  9. Neelam Verma, J.C. Tarafdar and K.K. Srivastava (2010). Role of AM strains on biomass production and P, Cu, Zn uptake of Prosopis cineraria. The Indian Forester 136 (2).205-214
  10. Bhawna Sharma, K.K. Srivastava, Neelam Verma, Ram Niwas and Meeta Singh (2014). Antifungal potential of leaf extract of Datura Datura stramonium L., against some important plant pathogenic fungi. Acta biologia Indica 3(2): 659-662.

Paper presented in Seminars/Symposiums/Workshops/Conferences

1 Neelam Verma and K.K. Srivastava (1992). Fungal species associated with the seeds of some common desert tree species. In proceedings: Stress metabolites and resistance in plants, Organised by Indian Phytopathological Society, Department of Botany, J.N. Vyas University, Jodhpur held on 2-3 November, 1992.
2 Mohan, V., Mishra, R.N., Neelam Verma and Y.P. Singh (1996). VAM association in neem (Azadirachta indica) in arid zone. National Conference on Neem, 5-6 January, New Delhi.
3 Mohan, V., Mishra, R.N. and Neelam Babbar (1997). Status of Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrhizal (VAM) associations in Tree species of Indian Arid Zone. In: Symposium on "Recent Advances in management of Arid Ecosystems (RAMAECOS) held at CAZRI, 3-6 March, (Abstract) 115.
4 D. Thangamani, K.K. Srivastava and Neelam Verma (2003). Purification of antifungal proteins from Trigonella foenum graceum against charcoal rot causing organisms Macrophomina phaseolina. In 25th Annual conference and Symposium conducted in Indian society of mycology and Plant Pathology at Rajasthan college of Agriculture, Jaipur on October 8-10.
5 D. Thangamani, K.K. Srivastava and Neelam Verma (2003). Charcoal Root Rot - a serious Disease of Neem. In 25th Annual conference and Symposium conducted in Indian society of mycology and Plant Pathology at Rajasthan college of Agriculture, Jaipur on October 8-10.
6 D. Thangamani, K. K. Srivastava and Neelam Verma (2004).  Noval antifungal protein from Staphylococcus aureus against Macrophomina phaseolina. In National conference on "Microbes for Mankind' conducted by Dept. of Microbiology, Karpagam Arts and Science college, Coimbatore on January 9-10.
7 D. Thangamani, K. K. Srivastava and Neelam Verma (2004).  Identification and Purification of antifungal proteins from Trigonella foenum graceum against the charcoal rot causing organism Macrophomina phaseolina. In National conference on "Microbes for Mankind' conducted by Dept. of Microbiology, Karpagam Arts and Science college, Coimbatore on January 9-10.
8 K.K. Srivastava, D. Thangamani and Neelam Verma (2004). Antagonistic activity of AM-fungi against fusarium wilt disease of Rhoida (Tecomellaa undulata Sm. Seem.) In National conference on "Microbes for Mankind' conducted by Dept. of Microbiology, Karpagam Arts and Science college, Coimbatore on January 9-10.
9 K.K. Srivastava, Neelam Verma and D. Thangamani (2004). "Mycorrhizal Dependency (MD) of some Multipurpose Tree species (MPT,S) Of Arid Zone". In International conference on Multipurpose trees in the Tropics: Assessment, Growth and Management organized by Arid Forest Research Institute Jodhpur going to be held on November 22-25 pp 107.
10 K.K. Srivastava, Ahmed, S.I. and Neelam Verma (2007). "Integrated management for plant diseases and insect pests through biological agents". In National Symposium on "Emerging trends of bioinoculants in forestry", April 26-27th, TFRI, Jabalpur, Sponsored by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi pp 5.
11 K.K. Srivastava and Neelam Verma (2007). "Screening of national neem provenances against foliar diseases" in national symposium on "Innovative Approaches for Disease Management in Arid Crops For Enhancing Export Potentials" held on Nov. 2-3, 2007 at ARS, Mandor, Jodhpur pp 25.
12 Neelam Verma and K. K. Srivastava, (2007). "Interaction of am fungi and  Fusarium solani causing root rot disease in khejri P. cineraria L. Druce) seedlings" in national symposium on "Innovative Approaches for Disease Management in Arid Crops For Enhancing Export Potentials" held on Nov. 2-3, 2007 at ARS, Mandor, Jodhpur pp 27.
13 K.K. Srivastava and Neelam Verma, (2007). "Efficacy of Eucalyptus  oil against seed borne mycoflora of neem (Azadirachta indica) seeds" in national symposium on "Innovative Approaches for Disease Management in Arid Crops For Enhancing Export Potentials" held on Nov. 2-3, 2007 at ARS, Mandor, Jodhpur pp 29.
14 K.K. Srivastava and Neelam Verma, (2008).  "Interaction of AMF and Rhizoctonia solani – A Damping-Off causing pathogen of Rohida (Tecomella undulata Sm. Seem) seedlings" - in National Symposium on "Integrated Pest and Disease Management in Arid and Semi-arid Areas" held on March 12-13, 2008 at AFRI, Jodhpur pp 63.
15 Neelam Verma, K. K. Srivastava and J.C. Tarafdar, (2008).  "Bio- Efficacy of AM Fungi against Charcoal Root Disease in Khejri (P. cineraria L. Druce) Seedlings" in National Symposium on "Integrated Pest and Disease Management in Arid and Semi-arid Areas" held on March 12-13, 2008 at AFRI, Jodhpur pp 64.
16 Sangeeta Singh, S.I. Ahmed, K.K. Srivastava, Neelam Verma and B. Sharma (2009). "Some important diseases, their causal organism and insect pests of bamboo". In Proceeding on "National Seminar on Bamboo-Plantation, Management and Its Utilization" from 17 - 19 March, 2009, AFRI, Jodhpur pp. 43.
17 Neelam Verma, K.K. Srivastava and J.C. Tarafdar (2009). "Interaction of AM fungi and root rot causing pathogens of P. cineraria (khejri) seedlings" in Abstract Book on IV National Forestry Conference 2009 at FRI Dehradun on 9-11 November pp. 143.
18 Sangeeta Singh, S.I. Ahmed, K.K. Srivastava, Neelam Verma, Mahadeo Gorain,  Anamika Sharma and Naveen Sharma (2009). "Ravenelia macowaniana Pazschke – A New pathogen of Acacia jacquemontii in Gujarat" in Abstract Book on IV National Forestry Conference 2009 at FRI Dehradun on 9-11 November pp. 154.
19 K.K. Srivastava, S.I. Ahmed, Neelam Verma, S. Chouhan and Sangeeta Singh (2009). "Downy Mildew and Aphid problem in Isabgol (Plantago ovata) in Rajasthan and its management" in Abstract book on IV National Forestry Conference 2009 at FRI Dehradun on 9-11 November pp. 142.
20 Bhawana Sharma, K. K. Srivastva, Neelam Verma (2009). "Mycorrhizal fungi : An important tool  for degraded land reclamation" in  Abstract book on National workshop on "Rehabilitation of Degraded lands" Sponsored by ICFRE, Dehradun and DST (Department of Science and Technology), New Delhi Organized by Centre for Social Forestry and Eco-Rehabilitation, Allahabad on 6-7 October, 2009, pp.46.
21 Neelam Verma, J.C. Tarafdar and K.K. Srivastava (2009). "Periodic changes in Prosopis cineraria associated AM population at different soil depth and its relationship with organic carbon and soil moisture" in International Conference on Nurturing arid zones for people and The Environment: Issues and Agenda for the 21st Century held at CAZRI, Jodhpur on 24-28 November, 09.
22 Neelam Verma, K.K. Srivastava and J.C. Tarafdar (2009). Interaction of AM fungi and root rot causing pathogens of P. cineraria (khejri) seedlings. In: IV National Forestry Conference at FRI Dehradun 9-11 November, p. 143.

Chapters in Books

1. K.K. Srivastava and Neelam Verma (2007) "Trees", In Book "Disease Management in Arid Land Crops". pp 335-353, (Edited by Dr. Satish Lodha, Dr. Ritu Mawar and Dr. B.S. Rathore, Published by Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur.
2. Srivastava, K.K.; S.I. Ahmed; Neelam Verma and Sangeeta Singh (2009). "Role of Biotic & Abiotic factors in disease development on tree plantations of arid zone and their possible management strategies" Chapter for the book, Eds. M.P. Singh, CAZRI (communicated). on the Eve of 50 years of CAZRI (1st Oct.09).
3. M.P. Singh, Satya Vir, Nisha Patel, S.Lodha, R.R. Bhansali, Arun Kumar, R.S.Tripathi, B.K. Soni, R.K. Kaul, Raj Singh, T.S. Rajpurohit, B.S. Rathore, S.I. Ahmed, K.K. Srivastava, Meeta Sharma, Neelam Verma and Sangeeta Singh (2009). Management of pests, diseases and weeds in arid production systems.  In Trends in Arid Zone Research in India, Amal Kar, B.K. Garg, M.P. Singh and S. Kathju (eds.), Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur,  pp. 411-457.
 4.  Neelam Verma, J.C. Tarafdar and K.K. Srivastava (2010). Periodic changes in Prosopis cineraria associated AM population at different soil depth and its relationship with organic carbon and soil moisture. African Journal of Microbiology Research Vol. 4 (1): 115-121.
5.
 K. Banerjee, M.H. Gadani, K.K. Srivastava, Neelam Verma, Y.T. Jasrai, N.K. Jain (2013). Screening of efficient arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi for Azadirachta indica under nursery condition: A step towards afforestation of semi-arid region of western India. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology 44 (2), 587-593.
 6.  K.K. Srivastava, Neelam Verma and Sunil Kumar, (2013). Efficacy of AM fungi against Rhizoctonia solani- A damping – off causing pathogen of Tecomella undulata. In Book: Microbes and sustainable Plant Productivity, Editors: Jamaluddin and Anuj Kumar Singh. PP: 151-155.
 7.  K.K. Srivastava, V. Mohan and Neelam Verma, (2013). Studies on the VAM Fungi of Arid tree species and its significance in afforestation. In Book: Microbes and sustainable Plant Productivity, Editors: Jamaluddin and Anuj Kumar Singh. Scientific Publishers (India), Jodhpur.  PP: 39-47.
 8.  Lokendra Singh, K.K. Srivastava and Neelam Verma (2013). Symbiotic association of Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in selected arid zone tree species and their impact on Growth of seedlings. In Book: Microbes and sustainable Plant Productivity, Editors:  Jamaluddin and Anuj Kumar Singh. PP: 87-99.
 9.  Bhawana Sharma, K.K.Srivastava, Neelam Verma, Ram Niwas, Meeta Singh (2014). Antifungal potential of leaf extract of Datura stramonium L., against some important plant pathogenic fungi. Acta Biologica Indica. 3(2):659-662.
 10.  K.K. Srivastava; Divya Keswani; Sangeeta Singh; Neelam Verma; K.C. Jedia and Lokendra Singh (2015). “Association and Impact of AM Fungi on some Economic Important Medicinal Plants of Rajasthan” in “Mcrobes: In Action” Editors: Joginder Singh and Praveen Gehlot. Published by AGROBIOS (INDIA) PP 381-398.
 11.  K.K. Srtivastava and Neelam Verma (2015). “Arbuscular Mycorrhiza in Arid Environment” in “Advances in Mycorrhiza & Useful Microbes in Forestry” under ICFRE State of Knowledge Series - II Published by ICFRE. Series Editors: Saibal Dasgupta and Neelu Gera; Compiled and Edited by N.S.K. Harsh and Ashwani Kumar. Greenfields Publishers Dehradun (India). PP 38-66.

Chapters in Proceedings

1. Namdeo, R.K., Nath, V. and Neelam Verma (1991). Useful trees for Arid climate - Silvicultural characters and Protection measures against possible diseases. In Proceeding on Afforestation of Arid Lands, AFRI, Jodhpur, 397-410.
2. Mohan, V. and Neelam Verma (1995). Studies on Vesicular Arbuscular mycorrhizal association in seedlings of forest tree species in Arid Zones of Rajasthan. In : Mycorrhiza, Biofertilizers for the Future (Eds.) Alok Adholeya and Sujan Singh. Proceedings of the 3rd National Conf. on Mycorrhiza, TERI, New Delhi, India , 52-55.
3. Mohan, V. and Neelam Verma (1996). Interaction of VA mycorrhizal fungi with rhizosphere and rhizoplane mycoflora of forest tree species in arid and semi arid regions. In Proceeding of IUFRO symposium on Impact of diseases and insect pests in tropical forests, KFRI, Peechi, Trichur, 222-231.
4. Mohan, V., Srivastava, K.K. and Neelam Verma (1998). Studies on vesicular arbuscular mycorrhiza in association with Prosopis juliflora. In Proceeding on Potential of Prosopis Species in the Arid and Semi-Arid Zones of India, published by HDRA and The Prosopis Society of India, 49-50.
5. S.I. Ahmed, K.K. Srivastava, Shivesh Kumar and Neelam Verma (2001). An approach to study the causes of large scale mortality of P. cineraria L (Druce) khejri in western Rajasthan, In Mortality of Prosopis cineraria (Khejri) in Rajasthan – a study on responsible causes.
6. K.K. Srivastava and Neelam Verma (2003).  Role of Biofertilizer in Improvement of Oran and Gauchar, In Proceeding of work on development of suitable strategy for rehabilitation of Orans and Gauchars in Rajasthan, Sponsored by UNICEF, Organized by AFRI, Jodhpur. 16-17 April, 2002 pp 81-83

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