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Principal Scientist
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Born in a village Lakhani Mubarakpur, Mau, UP. Completed schooling from DLW Primary School (East), High School from DLW High School, Varanasi with pre University course, B.Sc.(Ag) & M.Sc. (Ag.) Horticulture from BHU, Varanasi and Ph.D. Horticulture from Kanpur, University, UP. Started my carrier as Sectional Officer, Y shape building, CPWD, Ministry of Works & Housing, New Delhi and joined NBPGR, New Delhi w.e.f. 03.03.1986 as Scientist after completing ASRB Examination. Presently engaged with PC Cell of AICRP (VC) and PGR management of the Institute at IIVR, Varanasi.

 Main interest:

 1.PGR Management of Horticultural crops – Fruits, Vegetables, Medicinal & Aromatic plants.

 2.Production of quality planting material specially Kiwi fruits, Citrus spp. / seeds.

3. Coordination & monitoring of AICRP Cell as PC Cell In Charge

Major Research Accomplishments: 

A. Experience: Serve ICAR- NBPGR > 31 years (Arid zone Jodhpur (>4 years), Temperate Region Bhowali, Nainital (>24 years) and in NEH Region Shillong (>3 years) viz. Hilly Region >27 years (Uttarakhand/Meghalaya) and IIVR, Varanasi 3 years.

 B. Plant Germplasm Evaluation: More than 10 Potential donor / Genetic stock / Germplasm identified for desired traits.  Production technology / methodologies / concept enhancement developed / popularised after 5-10 years continuous evaluation are Kiwi seed germination, Citrus propagation through nucellar seedlings and cuttings, Development of agro-technique / production technology of Kiwi and Rudraksh seed germination. Interspecies crosses in Kiwi were reported first time and 55 selected seedlings (<10 tricome per cm2) were established in Field Gene Bank. Genetic stocks / Germplasm identified  are Uttaranchali Kagazi Nimbu - INGR No. INGR080981 / IC319045  (frost resistant),  Uttaranchali Kaku  -  IC219062 ,  Uttaranchali Hisalu - IC219063 , Uttaranchali Hajiri -  IC318939, Strawberry- EC362602 (Large fruit and more keeping quality ), Rudraksh IC 278419, Pahari Nimbu : IC319067 (Good eye catching appeal with high yield potential), Giloe (Tinospora cordifolia) : IC 449338 (High tinosporanin and medicinal value), Uttaranchali Chow Chow : IC340574 (Large size fruit without prickles).

 C. Explorations and germplasm enhancement:  A total 1520   horticultural germplasm collected includes   fruits (960), vegetables (320), ornamentals (82) and others (158) in 38 exploration trips (13 from Arid Zone, 24 Temperate Zone and 01 from NEH Region).

 D. Plant Germplasm conservation and maintenance: Fruits (470), vegetables 1276 (Chillies), perennial flowering plants (109), flowering annual plants and other horticultural crops (78), field crops & M & AP (12617) were maintained in Field Gene Bank / MTS.  New FGB for wild Allium species were established in 2016 at ICAR-NBPGR Bhowali at National level comprising 35 indigenous and exotic species at one place in collaboration with ICAR-DOGR, Pune. Wild species chilli germplasm and intermittent type maintained in FGB & MTS (C. annuum (EC378627), C. annuum var annuum (IC 537601), C. baccatum (EC362917), C. chinense (EC362911), C. frutescens (EC362913, EC 362937, EC362939) and C. pubescens (EC3629125).12617 acc. were maintained in MTS at ICAR-NBPGR, Bhowali, Uttarakhand.

 E. Administration & Extension activities: Serve ICAR – More than fourty six different Trainings/ Group Meetings / Field Days / Field visits were organized / conducted and about 9000 farmers were benefitted. Also evaluated M Sc.(Ag) & Ph.D. thesis (23), Delivered Radio Talk / TV interview (19), delivered invited key lectures in National & International seminar / symposia (15), monitored agricultural / horticultural activities (24), visited USA as trainee, member of societies (12) and participated Kavi Sammelan / Kavi gosthi (31). More than five lakh quality planting material of Kiwi, Uttaranchali Kagazi nimbu, Rosemary and others were supplied to different indentors of Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Nilgiri Hills, Jharakhand and other states within the country. Presently engaged with PC Cell of AICRP (VC) and PGR management of the Institute at ICAR- IIVR Varanasi. Programmes organised - Hindi Rajbhasha Chetnamas, Krishi Shiksha Diwas, National Conference on Vegetable Crops and other programmes with team. Served as Crop Convener, Chairman, Member, Nodal officer in different committees of the Institute and worked as External Member of IMC, RAC, DPC, Interview etc Reviewer of different Projects of GBPHIED, Almora, Research journals Pantnagar J. of Research, Progressive Horticulture and Indian J of Agri Sci.

 

Patents, Technology, Methodology, Genetic Stock, Variety, etc.:: 

 

Methodology:

i

Kiwi seed germination

Development of a methodology for large scale multiplication of root stock of Kiwi through seeds:  Kiwi seed germination: Seed soaking of Actinidia chinensis for   24 hours in    30ppm GA3 is recommended for rootstock growing through seeds. More than 50000 rootstocks were produced: Verma et.al. 1998. Seed germination studies in kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis). South Indian Hort. 46 (5/6): 279-281.

ii

Citrus propagation through nucellar seedlings and cuttings

Development of a methodology of citrus propagation through nucellar seedlings and cuttings: This is a unique technology which produces true to type plants at nursery stage. Technical know-how is being given to adopted farmer’s field nursery. More than 20000 rooted plants were produced. Verma et.al. 2005. Propagation of Citrus species at Bhowali, Uttaranchal. Prog. Hort. 37(2): 274-279.

iii

Concept enhancement / development of production technology of Kiwi

Development of agro technique / production technology of Kiwi for commercial cultivation: Concept enhancement / development of production technologies for commercial cultivation by popularizing exotic fruit Kiwi in Uttarakhand. Hayward EC064093 and Allision EC024672 female and Tomuri EC064092 male varieties have been multiplied through grafting / cutting on large scale cultivation in Uttarakhand. More than 50000 plants were multiplied. Verma, S. K, et. al. 1993. Kumaon prakshetra me Kiwi Phal.  Phal Phool16 (2) : 02-03, Verma, S. K, et. al. 1996. Propagation of kiwi fruit Actinidia chinensis through stem cutting. Scientific   Hort.5:107-110. Verma, S. K, et. al. 1997. Preliminary studies on flowering and fruiting in Kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis Planch). " Prog. Hort. 29(1/2) : 65-70. Mishra, K, et. al. 1998. Kiwi fruit: A new fruit with bright future. Indian Farmer’s Digest. 31 (12): 17 -23. Mishra, K, et. al. 1999. Kiwi Phal ko vagyanik vidhi se ugayen Kisan Bharati . 4: 15-16. Verma, S. K, et. al. 2004. Uttarakhand Me Kiwi  ki Kheti. Phal Phool 26(4): 5-8. Verma, S. K, et. al. 2005. Kiwi Phal ki Vagyanik Kheti. Extension Bulletin VPKAS Ext. Bulll. 24/2005.1-6pp. Amar Ujala February 3, 1992, Akshar Bharat January 15, 1996, Amar Ujala November 10, 2001, Amar Ujala December 21, 2002, Danik Jagaran March 12, 2002, Danik Jagaran May 27, 2002, Amar Ujala May 28, 2002, Amar Ujala November 30, 2002, Danik Jagaran November 30, 2002, Danik Jagaran December 31, 2002, Nainital Samachar November 3, 2004, Amar Ujala December 23, 2006, Danik Jagaran December 23, 2006.

iv

Rudraksh seed germination 

Rudraksh (Eleocarpus geniterus) plant kernel having 5 lobes with kernel length 2.06 cm, kernel width 2.25 cm, seed length 0.95 cm, seed width 0.29cm. The germination percentage in Rudraksh (Eleocarpus geniterus )  improved to 55 -60% when seeds treated with GA3 30ppm for  24 hr. NBPGR Annual report 2010.11, p- 149.

 

  1. Potential donor / Genetic stock/Germplasm identified (after continuous field evaluation):

v

Uttaranchali Kagazi Nimbu - INGR No. INGR080981 / IC319045  (frost resistant) 

Identification of peer genetic stock of Kagazi lime: Concept enhancement / development of production technologies for commercial cultivation by popularizing indigenous collected Citrus material (Citrus aurantifolia) in Uttarakhand. Commercial cultivation by popularizing indigenous collected Citrus material (Citrus aurantifolia) in Uttarakhand (>2 lakhs plants distributed). Uttaranchali Kagazi Nimbu IC319045 having frost resistance: Upright, much branched, plant bears 200 - 300 fruit/tree/year, leaf length 7.2cm, leaf width 2.62cm, flower diameter 1.96cm, with bright lemon yellow round fruit having fruit length 4.14cm, fruit width 4.18cm, fruit weight 38g, TSS 80 Brix. More than 500 plants were supplied to different indentors. Multi-locational testing at GBPUA&T Hill Campus Ranichuri, Tehri also performing good results showing frost tolerance capacity as compare to other genotypes. NBPGR Annual report 2005.06, p- 76, Danik jagaran p-16 date Sep.2, 2002.

vi

Uttaranchali Kaku (Persimmon) -  IC219062

Identification of peer genetic stock of persimmon: Uttaranchali Kaku IC219062: Sweetish in taste even at unripe stage, Leaf length 10.71cm, leaf width 5.7cm, fruit length 4.92cm, fruit width 4.5 cm, fruit weight 60g/fruit, deep bright yellow with aroma. Now it is being multiplied for commercial cultivation in Uttarakhand and getting popularization day by day. Verma, S.K. et.al. 2004. Uttaranchali Kaku Ek Najar. Krishi Jagaran 9 (4): 28. and NBPGR Annual report 2005.06, p- 76

vii

Uttaranchali Chow chow - IC340574

Identification of peer genetic stock of Chow chow: A spineless, good quality high yielding germplasm of chow chow was identified for commercial cultivation. Uttaranchali Chow Chow IC340574: Fruit length 12-14.47 cm, Fruit width 8&9-33 cm, fruit weight 400-600g, yield 60-80 fruit/plant. More than 500 plants were produced and distributed among farmer’s. Verma, S. K, et. al. 2005. Chow Chow (Sechium edule) Germplasm Maintained at NBPGR Regional Station, Bhowai ” presented in “National Seminar on Cucurbits ” at GBPUA&T, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, on September 22-23, Singh, R.K., Verma,S. K. and Arya, R. R. 2002. Cultivation of less known vegetable chow-chow (Sechium edule). Indian Farmer’s Digest. 35(11/12): 13-14. Danik jagaran “Rojgar ka jaria ban sakta hai Askas” p-6 date July 12, 2007. Verma, S. K. et.al. 2007. Parvatiya Sabzi: Uttaranchali Chow Chow.Krishi Chayanika. 28 (2): 20-22.

viii

Uttaranchali Hajiri -IC318939 (Tagetes)

Identification of peer genetic stock of Tagetes (Hajiri): Uttaranchali Hajiri IC318939 dark yellow in colour having 48.52 –65.74 cm plant height with 3112.33 sq cm canopy, 48-50 flower /plant with 3.5 – 4.09 cm diameter and 14-15g / flower weight. Flower bud emergence start after 115 days from seedling transplanting and blooming starts after 129 days continues up to208 days (longer flowering period and resist cold / frost than other accessions). Farmers are getting good remunerative price growing on bunds, terraces and in fellow lands. NBPGR Annual report 2006.07, p- 82.

ix

Uttaranchali Hisalu ( Raspberry) - IC219063

Identification of peer genetic stock of raspberry: Uttaranchali Hisalu IC219063: Fruits bears largest fruit size (fruit length 1.66cm, fruit width 1.71 cm), fruit weight 3. 0 g, fruit volume 0.45cc with 120 Brix TSS now getting popularity among farmers. NBPGR Annual report 2007.08, p- 81.

x

Rudraksh - IC 278419

Peer genetic stock of Rudraksh (Eleocarpus geniterus): Plant kernel having 5 lobes with kernel length 2.06 cm, kernel width 2.25 cm, seed length 0.95 cm, seed width 0.29cm. The germination percentage in Rudraksh (Eleocarpus geniterus) improved to 55 -60% when seeds treated with GA3 30ppm for 24 hr. NBPGR Annual report 2010.11, p- 149. (Identification of peer genetic stock of Rudraksh 5 loabs  IC 278419)

xi

Hill lemon (Pahari nimbu) : IC319067

Hill lemon (Pahari nimbu): IC319067 maintained in FGB (more than 15 years) having TSS 8, size 9.73 cm x 7.56 cm, weight 0.27 g with thin lush pale yellow good eye catching appeal having remunerative prize in the local market. NBPGR Annual report 2014.15, p- 104. NBPGR Annual report 2015.16, p- 97.

xii

Paro wild apple Malus baccata (SKV/ RRA/AK/1843)

Paro wild apple Malus baccata (Shatvarshiya Paro) : Genetic stock (a unique apple accession SKV/ RRA/AK/1843), collected from > 100 years old plant (16 m tall plant, 40.34 cm trunk diameter, no. of fruit / branch 4-7) at Jadapani, Nainital, Uttarakhand.. NBPGR Annual report 2015.16, p- 97.

Notable collections: Notable trait specific collections  are Jogiya hisalu (IC219058), Thuner (IC219060), Diospyrus kaki (IC219062), Pathan hisalu (IC 219066), Sadabahar bael (IC219091), Thyms (IC219053), Lal Kagazi (IC258049), Aonla (IC259669), Red June peach (IC380891), Climbing ber (IC422667), Ghiwai (IC524025), Phul Anar  (IC444194), Kandhari anar (IC444196), Bengali mirch (IC537590), Shimla Mirch (IC537801), Red Darim (IC549194), Small leaves Dadim (IC548199), Broad leave Dadim (IC556894) and Less branching spur type pomegranate (IC556901) and tollest chilli plant in New Jalpai Guri, West Bengal.

 

S.No.

Notable collections

Collection No.

IC No.

Place of collection

Traits

1

Jogiya hisalu

SKV-772

IC219058

Managher, Nainital,UK

Whitestem, yellow fruits

2

Thuner

SKV-774

IC219060

Managher, Nainital,UK

Anticancerous property

3

Diospyrus kaki

SKV-776

IC219062

Kasiyalekh, Nainital, UK

Very sweetat early stage

4

Pathan hisalu

SKV-780

IC219066

Matiyal, Nainital, UK

Large size fruit

5

Sadabahar bael

SKV-805

IC219091

Khatima,USN,  UK

Year round fruiting

6

Thyms

SKV-767

IC219058

Sunderkhal, Nainital,UK

Preparing  herbal tea

7

Lal Kagazi

SKV/KKM-882

IC258049

Kotjapani, Champawat, UK

 Fruit with pink Juice

8

Aonla

SKV/JPS-929 

IC259669

Bhadaunsi, Pratapgarh, UK

Large size, Good quality

9

Red June peach

SKV/HS-1153

IC360691

Wargal, Nainital,UK

Early maturity

10

Climbing ber

SKV/AKS-1171

IC422567

Khatima,USN,  UK

Plants climbing with the forest tree

11

Ghiwai

SKV/GSN-1179

IC524025

Sheetla, Nainital, UK

Very sweet

12

Phul Anar

SKV/1194

IC444197

Dehradun, UK

Flowering type

13

Kandhari anar

SKV/1193

IC444196

Dehradun, UK

Very good quality

14

Bengali mirch

SKV/RRS/RR-1232

IC537590

Khatima,USN,  UK

Very pungent

15

Shimla Mirch

SKV/RRS/RR-1247

IC537601

Dehradun, UK

Good quality

16

Red Darim

SKV/RC/RR-1254

IC549194

Dwaesa, Almora, UK

Deep red aril

17

Small leaves Dadim

SKV/RC/RR-1259

IC548199

Diwaikhal, Chamoli,UK

Small size

18

Broad leave Dadim

SKV/RC/RR-1279

IC556894

Bramhkhal, Uttarkashi,UK

Broad leave Darim

19

Less branching spur type pomegranate

SKV/RC/RR-1286 

IC556901

Masurrie,UK

Spur type dadim

20

Cherry chilli

SKV/NDS/BKS/

SK/MT/S/1814)

 

NEH Region, Mizoram

Small round

21

Shatvarshiya Paro

SKV/RRA/AK/1843

 

Mukteshwar, Nainital, UK

Apple root stock

Awards/Honours: 

1. Awarded “ICAR Merit Scholarship” at Graduation level from ICAR, New Delhi at BHU, Varanasi from 1974-1978.

2. Awarded “First prize” for Kiwi fruit in “Pushp and Shak Bhaji Pradarshani “at State Horticultural Food Processing Department, UK in 1995.

3. Awarded “BIOVED Environment Conservation Award 2009” by BIOVED Research Society, Allahabad in 2009.

4. Awarded “Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award 2011” by India International Society (IIFS), Delhi in 2011.

Recognition: (within the Institute):

i. Institute recognised as “Crop Convener: temperate hort. Crops” at NBPGR, New Delhi w.e.f. 2001 -2007.

ii. Institute recognised as “Chairman: Land scape committee” at IIVR, Varanasi w.e.f. 2018 to 2019.

iii. Institute recognised as “Chairman: Cultural committee” at IIVR, Varanasi w.e.f. 2018 to 2019.

iv. Institute recognised as “Member Editorial Board (Sabzi Kiran magazine)” at IIVR, Varanasi w.e.f. 2017 onwards.

v. Institute recognised as “Nodal Officer: Voter Awareness Forum” at IIVR, Varanasi w.e.f. 2019 onwards.

(Outside the Institute):

i. Nominated as “External examiner “ at GBPUA&T, Pantnagar w.e.f. 1997.

ii. Nominated as “Member: Steering Committee (Hort.) “at Government of Uttarakhand w.e.f. 2005 to 2009.

iii. Nominated as “External member DPC  “ at ICAR RC for NEH Region w.e.f. 2009 to 2011.

iv. Nominated as “Member: RAC “at IBSD, Imphal w.e.f. 2010 to 2011.

v. Nominated as “Member: IMC “at VPKAS, Almora, Uttarakhand w.e.f. 2014-2017.

vi. Nominated as “Member: IMC “at ICAR- DCFR, Bhimtal , Uttarakhand w.e.f. 2014-2017.

vii. Nominated as “Project Reviewer” at GBPHIED, Almora, Uttarakhand w.e.f. 2016-to 2017.

viii. Elected as “Councillor (North Zone)” of Indian Society of Citriculture w.e.f. 2009-2010.

Fellowship: 

1.Dr S K Verma, Principal Scientist received “ ISHRD Fellowship  2016 “ award for his outstanding contribution in the field of Horticulture during Progressive Horticulture Conclave held at Lucknow w.e.f. Dec. 8-10, 2019.

 2. Dr S K Verma, Principal Scientist received “ BIOVED Fellowship Award 2020 “ for his outstanding contribution in the field of Plant Genetic Resources Management on the occasion of 22nd Agricultural Scientist and Farmer’s Congress held at Allahabad, UP w.e.f. Feb. 22-23, 2020.

Publications: 
  • Verma, S. K., Pant, K. C., Muneem, K. C. and R. R. Arya 1997. " Preliminary studies on flowering and fruiting in
  • Kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis Planch). " Prog. Hort. 29(1/2): 65-70.

  • Verma, S. K., Pant, K. C. and Muneem, K. C. 1998. Evaluation of chillies germplasm. Indian J. Pl. Genet. Resources 11(2): 237 - 239.
  • Verma, S. K., Singh, R.K and Arya, R.R. 2002. Variability and correlation studies in strawberry germplasm for quantitative traits. Indian J. Hort. 59(1): 39-43.
  • Roy,S., Verma, S.K., Hore,D.K., Mishra,A.K., Rathi, R.S., Singh, S .K. 2011. Agro-morphological diversity in turmeric (Curcuma longa) accessions collected from north-eastern India. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 10/2011; 81(10):898–902.
  • Trivedi, A. K., Verma,S. K, Arya, R. R., Tyagi, R. K. (2015). Variability in morpho-physiological traits and Antioxidant Potential of kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis Planch) in Central Himalayan Region. J. Environ. Biol. 36 (3): 1051- 1056.

Books:

  • Verma, S. K., Bhandari, D.C., Mahajan, R.K. and Mishra, K.K. 2004. “Catalogue on Strawberry (Fragaria vesca L) Germplasm”. NBPGR, Pusa Campus, New Delhi-110 012. pp 1-43.
  • Verma, S.K., Mandal, S., Bhandari D.C., Muneem, K.C. and Mahajan, R.K. 2007.”Catalogue on Chilli (Capsicum spp.) Germplasm Evaluation”. National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi. 1-134p.