Ashok Pandey

Ashok Pandey
Forest Research Institute, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun, India · Chemistry Division

M.Sc. Ph.D.

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Introduction
Senior Scientist researching in the area of Non Timber Forest Products, Chemistry of Forest Products, Medicinal and Aromatic plants, Sustainable harvest of NTFPs, Cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants, documentation of traditional knowledge, livelihood generation and biofuel. Published more than 100 research papers in International and national journals of repute, 20 popular articles, three books, 15 book chapters; participated in about 125 scientific events.
Additional affiliations
July 2020 - present
Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • To coordinate various extension activities of ICFRE institutes. To bring out publications of the council.
January 2016 - June 2020
Forest Research Institute, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun, India
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • To carry out research on phytochemical analysis, post harvest and value addition and of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) including medicinal plants.
June 2013 - May 2015
Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)
Position
  • Head, Silviculture and NTFP Management Division, Institute of Forest productivit, Ranchi, India

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Publications (97)
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Bamboo shoots being low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in mineral content, like an ideal vegetable have been used traditionally. Besides nutrients, bamboo shoots also contain lethal concentration of the anti-nutrient (cyanogen) that need to be removed before human consumption. Therefore an attempt has been made to find out the best processi...
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Terminalia arjuna (“Arjuna”) in the family Combretaceae is a well-known medicinal tree whose bark is extensively used in Ayurvedic medicine, particularly as cardiac tonic. Demand for Arjuna bark, both in India and abroad has been growing rapidly for over a decade. Litsea glutinosa (“Maida”) in the family Lauraceae is a medium size tree. Its bark is...
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A number of quinazolin-4(3H)-one carbothioamides, pyrazoles, pyrazolones and tetrazole derivatives have been synthesised by the reaction of 2-hydrazino-3-(4-substituted phenyl)-quinazolin-4(3H)-ones with the appropriate aryl isothiocyanate, acetyl acetone, ethylacetoacetate and nitrous acid. All the compounds were tested in vitro for antibacterial,...
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The volatile rhizomes oil of Curcuma caesia was analysed by GC–MS, which resulted in the identification of 30 components, representing 97.48% of the oil, with camphor (28.3%), ar-turmerone (12.3%), (Z)-β-ocimene (8.2%), ar-curcumene (6.8%), 1,8-cineole (5.3%), β-elemene (4.8%), borneol (4.4%), bornyl acetate (3.3%) and γ-curcumene (2.82%) as the ma...
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The study investigated the physicochemical characteristics, qualitative and quantitative phytochemical composition, and in-vitro antioxidant activity of the officinal parts i.e. Rhizomes/tubers of Habenaria edgeworthii and its substitute Dactylorhiza hatagirea and Sida acuta and H. intermedia and its substitutes i.e. roots/tubers of and Dioscorea b...
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Post-harvest techniques of medicinal plants have direct impact on their quality with respect to colour and their active ingredients. Among the various post-harvest methods, drying is the most common and important method to preserve the quality of herbs. Andrographis paniculata (Kalmegh) is one of the most important medicinal plants used in various...
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Manual Gives a brief account on sustainable harvesting of important Non Timber Forest Products including medicinal plants. This will be useful for the NTFP collectors/harvesters.
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A user manual for Sustainable harvesting of NTFPs. It provides information about sustainable harvesting practices of important NTFPs.
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Andrographis paniculata (Burm. f.) Wall. ex Nees. commonly known as Kalmegh is used both in Ayurvedic and Unani system of medicines for a number of ailments related to digestion, liver (hepatic), fever, malaria and sore throat. It has an imperative place in the Indian Pharmacopoeia and is being prominently used in at least 26 Ayurvedic formulations...
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Journal homepage: http://www.ijcmas.com Garlic (Allium sativam L.) is the second important bulb crop after onion. It is very hardy vegetable crop and is grown throughout India. It reduces the cholesterol in the blood. The garlic extracts also the nematicidal fungicidal and bacterial properties. Garlic is in flavorings food, preparing chutneys, pick...
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Front Line Demonstrations with introduction of green manuring crop Dhaincha (Sesbaniarostrata) has been conducted by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, East Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, India. The soil was slightly acidic in reaction (pH 5.5 to 6.0), sandy loam in texture with rich in organic matter content, medium in phosphorous and potash content. Sesb...
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Conservation of biodiversity, a growing concern today, faces multiple challenges. Although ecosystem approach has been recommended as a solution, conservation of threatened species is difficult as they are spread across the ecosystems and are often restricted to microhabitats. In this article, the importance of taxonomy, herbarium and field germpla...
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Conservation of biodiversity, a growing concern today, faces multiple challenges. Although ecosystem approach has been recommended as a solution, conservation of threatened species is difficult as they are spread across the ecosystems and are often restricted to microhabitats. In this article, the importance of taxonomy, herbarium and field germpla...
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Traditional knowledge related to herbal remedies has been the basis of healthcare for local and ethnic communities for long and still playing a key role in development of new drug leads in modern therapeutic system as well. The modern era of drug research shifted its attention towards these folk plant-based remedies considering the ailing impacts o...
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Nature has been the first source of medication, which have led to the foundation of world's many traditional therapeutic systems. During the past decade, traditional systems of medicine have drawn global attention. According to the current estimates, a large proportion of the population in developing world relies heavily on plants to meet primary h...
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Growing awareness and interest towards traditional heath care system coupled with phenomenal increase in demand and trade of medicinal plant has caused severe threat to the very existence of medicinal plants, which can be gauged from the fact that a number of important medicinal plants are becoming threatened or extinct and an increasing number of...
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The present study reports the antioxidant, cytotoxic and anti-leishmanial activities of cinnamaldehyde and eugenol. Both the compounds are naturally present in cinnamon and bay leaf. Eugenol is abundantly present in clove. The antioxidant potential was measured in terms of reducing power (FRAP assay), nitric oxide (NO) radical scavenging ability an...
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The present study reports the antioxidant, cytotoxic and anti-leishmanial activities of cinnamaldehyde and eugenol. Both the compounds are naturally present in cinnamon and bay leaf. Eugenol is abundantly present in clove. The antioxidant potential was measured in terms of reducing power (FRAP assay), nitric oxide (NO) radical scavenging ability an...
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Plants resources have served not only for the primary human needs but also for health care, since time immemorial. Indigenous knowledge is being recognized worldwide owing to their intrinsic value as well as potential instrumental connotation to phytodiversity conservation and modern drug development. Ethnobotany has played important role in the de...
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Plants have remained the major source of medicines, nutrition and other health-care products since antiquity. In modern age, it is widely realized that scientific exploration of vast phytodiversity may provide many more effective therapeutic products for tackling challenging health problems. Researchers and pharmaceutical industries are gearing to...
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Interest in traditional systems of medicine and, in particular, herbal medicines, has increased substantially in both developed and developing countries over the past two decades. Global and national markets for medicinal herbs have been growing rapidly, and significant economic gains are being realized. Despite their widespread use, numerous repor...
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Leaf juices as well as leaves of Barleria prionitis and Barleria grandiflora are being used by rural people across various regions of India in the treatment of oral ailments such as dental troubles, gum ailments, pyorrhoea, dental carries and mouth ulcers. Zone of inhibition and MIC values obtained for all the extracts suggest ethanolic extract of...
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There is wide spread interest in drugs derived from plants as green medicine is believed to be safe and dependable, compared with costly synthetic drugs that have adverse effects. The study was thus aimed to evaluate the antifungal and antioxidant efficacies of the bark of Hymenodictyon excelsum. Antifungal activity of methanolic extract of H. exce...
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Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) constitute an important source of livelihood for millions of people from forest fringe communities across the world. In India, NTFPs are associated with socio-economic and cultural life of forest dependent communities inhabiting in wide ecological and geo-climatic conditions throughout the country. It is estimated...
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Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) constitute an important source of livelihood for millions of people from forest fringe communities across the world. In India, NTFPs are associated with socioeconomic and cultural life of forest-dependent communities inhabiting in wide ecological and geo-climatic conditions throughout the country. It is estimated...
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The conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol involves three major unit operations such as pretreatment, hydrolysis and fermentation. Each unit operation involves processing of biomass with changes in its structure, and release of fermentable and other sugars and lignin degrading compounds. The evaluation of biomass conversion processes thro...
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Saraca asoca De. Wild (Caesalpinaceae) is an important medicinal tree used in Indian system of medicine for the treatment of several female ailments. S. asoca is a medium sized, evergreen tree distributed throughout India particularly in humid areas. Bark is the most utilized plant part and is used as a major constituent for the preparation of vari...
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There is growing knowledge about and appreciation of the importance of Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs) to rural livelihoods in developing countries, and to a lesser extent, developed countries. However, there is also an assumption on the part of policy-makers that any harvesting of wild animal or plant products from the forests and other natural...
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Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) from the tropical forests constitute an important component of the livelihood of the communities living in and around forests. Unscientific and destructive harvesting has threatened the survival of many important NTFP yielding species. The harvest of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) represents a significant sour...
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Terminalia bellerica Roxb. (Belleric myrobalan) is one of the important multipurpose trees in central India. The fruits of the tree are highly valued for medicinal uses, with the greatest demand coming from the pharmaceutical industry. This has resulted in overexploitation and present harvesting practices have led to a significant decline in natura...
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Medicinal plants play an important role in disease management and livelihoods of people worldwide. In recent years, the growing demand for medicinal plants has accelerated over exploitation of valuable resources by unscientific and destructive manner without considering sustain ability and quality issues. As a consequence, the quality of both raw m...
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India has rich biodiversity of medicinal plants, which plays an important role in human life to get rid off diseases since time immemorial. In recent years there has been tremendous increase in interest of plant based medicines worldwide. With the commercialization of traditional systems, the demand of medicinal plants produce has gone up exponenti...
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Tinospora cordifolia (Willd.) Miers. (Menispermaceae) commonly known as Giloe is a large, glabrous, perennial, deciduous, climbing shrub found throughout India. It is a widely used in folk and Ayurvedic system of medicine. Most of the requirement of Giloe is met from the wild. Harvesters harvest all diameter class of Giloe stem without knowing that...
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The safety and affordability of herbal products as medicines, food, cosmetics and pesticides has led to a resurgence of interest in medicinal plants. Medicinal plants play an important role in drug development programmes in the pharmaceutical industry and over 50% of modern clinical drugs are of plant origin. With the standardization wave sweeping...
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The paper deals with the non-destructive harvesting practices of some important medicinal plants as a major conservation strategy and potential approach to obtain quality produce on sustainable basis. In recent years, the growing demand of medicinal plants (herbal, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals) has accelerated overexploitation of valuable reso...
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Apart from the diverse uses of bamboo, the tender shoots, being low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in mineral content (good source of potassium) have been consumed traditionally by the people. The shoots are consumed due to their exotic taste, flavour, medicinal and nutritive value. Bamboo shoots are available for a limited period and have...
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Gymnema sylvestre R.Br. is an important medicinal plant which grows wild in the tropical forests of central, western and southern India and in the tropical areas of Africa, Australia and China. Due to increase in demand and destructive harvesting, the plant has become vulnerable. Field experiments were conducted during 2004 to 2007 to develop some...
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Bamboo shoots can be harvested at different ages but the data on the changes in nutritional composition with age are scanty. We standardized harvesting age of bamboo shoots in central India to obtain best quality produce with respect to nutritional composition. The shoots harvested on different days (2–20 days after emergence from ground) were anal...
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Embelia tsjeriam-cottam Roem & Schult A. DC. (Myrsinaceae), popularly known as Vaividang, is a vulnerable forest species because of the high demand of fruits for medicinal purposes. It is in great demand in ayurveda and the pharmaceutical industry (>100 t/yr), which has imposed tremendous pressure on some natural populations. The fruits contain emb...
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In recent years a growing interest in the revival of natural dyes has been manifested. This interest is a result of worldwide movement to protect the environment for discriminate exploration and pollution by industries. As natural dyes are compatible with nature due to their non-hazardous properties and produce colors that are gentle, soft and subt...
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Bamboo shoots are the young, tender culms that have been utilized as food in many countries. Shoots being low in fat, calories and high in potassium, dietary fibres and vitamins, are consumed in raw, canned, boiled, marinated, fermented and frozen forms. Shoots also contain an anti-nutrient (cyanogens) which increases with the age. Thus, it is nece...
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Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae bacillus. It was considered to be an incurable disease for ages. Nowadays leprosy is a vanishing disease although we can meet it principally in the tropical zone countries. Brazil has the second greatest number of leprosy cases around the world with almost 30,000 new cases diagn...
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Holarrhena antidysenterica R. Br. Sans (Kutaj) belonging to family Apocyanaceae is a small tree or shrub. Its bark is used as an astringent, anthelmintic, stomachic, febrifuge, diuretic, and also useful in piles, dyspepsia, chest infections, amoebic dysentery, and other gastric disorders. Increasing demand and destructive harvesting of bark has led...
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The North-East region of India has enormous potentials in terms of wide ranging economically important products including natural dyes. In view of the urgent need of exploring plant sources for natural dyes, species namely Aporusa dioica (Tamsir) Syn. A. roxburghii, Baccaurea ramiflora (Leteku) Syn. B. sapida and Bischofia javanica (Urium) of the r...
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Embelin (2,5-dihydroxy-3-undecyl-2,5-cyclohexadiene-1,4-benzoquinone) is a phenolic compound found in the fruits of Embelia tsjeriam-cottam and is responsible for the medicinal properties of the plant Thus the fruits are harvested at a large scale before maturity leading to depletion of population. Since the chemical constituents of medicinal plant...
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Bamboo is the common term applied to a broad group (1250 species) of large woody grasses. Already in everyday use by about 2.5 billion people, mostly for construction, fiber and food within Asia, bamboo may have potential as a bioenergy crop for niche markets. However, the strange flowering phenomenon of bamboo causes an ecological havoc and severe...
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Phytochemical estimation and radical scavenging activity were carried out in the barks of Bauhinia variegata, Saraca asoka and Terminalia arjuna collected from central India with the objective to determine optimum harvesting age (girth class). Bark samples were analyzed for total phenols, flavonoids and tannins. Radical scavenging activity of the b...
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Rauvolfia serpentina (Fam. Apocynaceae) is an important medicinal plant. Mass scale collection of this plant from natural habitats has lead to a depletion of plant resources. In order to reduce the pressure on natural resources a profitable cultivation technique to obtain higher root yield and alkaloid content is essential. A field experiment was c...
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Madhunashini (Gymnema sylvestre R. Br.) commonly known as 'Gudmar' in Hindi is an important medicinal climber and extensively used in almost all Indian System of Medicine as a remedy for diabetes, rheumatism, cough, ulcer, jaundice, dyspepsia, constipation, eyes pain and also in snakebite. In India, it is found growing in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chh...
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Andrographis paniculata (Burm.f.) Nees (Acanthaceae) is a medicinal plant traditionally used for the treatment of cold, fever, laryngitis and several infectious diseases ranging from malaria to dysentery and diarrhoea. The plant is widely used in Ayurvedic and Homeopathic systems of medicines. The medicinal value of this plant is due to the presenc...
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India is one of the fastest growing petroleum oil consumers in the world. With the growing rate of energy consumption, and that India has only 700 million tonnes of economic reserves of crude oil left, need to reduce dependence on imports and search for better alternatives has become indispensable. The best alternatives are biofuels (biodiesel) ext...
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Escalating petroleum prices and alarmingly depleting fossil fuel reserves have brought biofuel to the forefront of energy crisis management plans in many developing countries. Due to stagnating domestic crude oil production, India imports approximately 72 percent of its petroleum requirement. The best alternatives are bio-fuels (nontoxic and biodeg...
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In India vast tracts of land (20.17% of total geographical area) exists as wastelands accounting for about 63.85 million hectares. Wastelands are degraded lands that lack their life sustaining potential as a result of inherent or imposed disabilities such as by location, environment, chemical and physical properties of the soil or financial or mana...
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Andrographis paniculata (king of bitters), commonly known as Kalmegh is used both in Ayurvedic and Unani system of medicines for a number of ailments related to digestion, hepatoprotection, hypoglycemic, and as anti-bacterial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, vermicidal and antipyretic. A. paniculata collected from five locations of Madhya Pradesh and...
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Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna), belonging to family combretaceae, grows along the streams or rivers and often in the shallow streambeds and riverbeds in central India. It has been considered by the Ayurvedic physicians as well as by the modern practitioners as a cardiac tonic. Clinical evaluation indicated that it has been found beneficial in the treat...
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The Satpura plateau region of Central India is home of numerous herb species. The agroclimatic conditions prevailing in the region provides an ideal habitat for the natural growth of variety of plants and herbs, which provide raw materials for pharmaceutical, phytochemical, food, flavoring and cosmetic industries. The paper provides information on...
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The chemical composition of the essential oils obtained from the aerial parts of Mentha arvensis L. (corn mint) and Cymbopogon flexuosus (Steud) Wats. (lemon grass) growing in central India were investigated by GC-MS. The major components identified in the oil of M. arvensis were menthol (71.40%), p -menthone (8.04%), iso -menthone (5.42%) and neo...