Agrotechnology of Medicinal, Aromatic and Commercially Important Plants
Principal Scientist

Research Interest • Development of agro technologies for medicinal, aromatic and new crops • Crop Modelling and Climate change research Selected Publications 1. 1. Rakesh Kumar, Saurabh Sharma, Munish Kaundal, Shivani Sharma and Meenakshi Thakur 2015. Response of damask rose (Rosa damascena Mill.) to foliar application of magnesium (Mg), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) sulphate under Western Himalayas. Industrial Crops and Products. (Accepted) Doi: 10.2016/j.indcrop.2015.12.065. 2. Sharma S. and Kumar R. 2015. Effect of temperature and storage duration of flowers on essential oil content and composition of damask rose (Rosa x damascena Mill.) under western Himalayas. Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. DOI: 3. Sharma, S, Walia, S, Singh and Kumar R. 2015. Comprehensive review on agro technologies of low -calorie natural sweetener Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni): a boon to diabetic patients. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.7500. 4. Rakesh Kumar, Saurabh Sharma, Ramdeen Prasad and Y.P. Dubey. 2015. Bioorganic nutrient source effect on natural sweetener plant stevia and soil fertility in the Western Himalayas. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. 46: 1170-1186. DOI: 10.1080/00103624.2015.1033545. 5. Dinesh Kumar, Rakesh Kumar, Bikram Singh and P.S. Ahuja. 2015. Reproducible HPTLC based quality control method for endangered medicinal plant Picrorhiza kurrooa Royle Ex Benth. Journal of Planar Chromatography - Modern TLC (Accepted Dec 15 2014). (IF 0.67) DOI: 10.1556/1006.2015.28.3.? 6. Vhatkar Dattatraya Shivling, Sudhir Kumar Sharma, C. Ghanshyam, Sanjay Kumar, Rakesh Rana, Supankar Das and Sujit Kumar Gupta. 2014. Study and development of instrument for plant protection applications associated with apple and Picrorhiza kurroa (Kutki) Diseases. INROADS- An International Journal of Jaipur National University Vol. 3, No. 2, Dec 2014 (Accepted). 7. Rakesh Kumar, Saurabh Sharma and Mohit Sharma. 2014. Growth and yield of natural-sweetener plant stevia as affected by pinching. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology. 19(2):119–126. DOI 10.1007/s40502-014-0085-8. 8. Rakesh Kumar, Saurabh Sharma, K. Ramesh, Vijaylata Pathania, Rajendra Prasad. 2014. Irradiance stress and plant spacing effect on growth, biomass and quality of wild marigold (Tagetes minuta L.)- an industrial crop of western Himalaya. Journal of Essential Oil Research. 26(5): 348-358. DOI: 10.1080/10412905.2014.935497. (IF 0.815) 9. Rakesh Kumar, Swati Sood, Saurabh Sharma, Ramesh C. Kasana, Vijay Lata Pathania, Bikram Singh and R.D. Singh. 2014. Effect of plant spacing and organic mulch on growth, yield and quality of natural sweetener- Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni and soil fertility in western Himalayas. International Journal of Plant Production. 8(3): 311-334. (Published online 22 May 2014). (SCI IF 1.145; NAAS 7.15). 10. Rakesh Kumar, Saurabh Sharma and Swati Sood 2014. Yield components, light interception and marker compound accumulation of stevia (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni) affected by planting material and plant density under western Himalayan conditions. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science. 60 (12): 1731-1742. DOI. (IF 0.515) 11. Rakesh Kumar, Saurabh Sharma, Swati Sood, Vijai K. Agnihotri, Virendra Singh and Bikram Singh 2014. Evaluation of several Rosa damascena varieties and Rosa bourboniana accession for essential oil content and composition in western Himalayas. Journal of Essential Oil Research 26 (3): 147-152. DOI: 10.1080/10412905.2013.829004. (IF 0.815) 12. Rakesh Kumar, Saurabh Sharma, Swati Sood and Vijai K. Agnihotri 2013. Agronomic interventions for the improvement of essential oil content and composition of damask rose (Rosa damascena Mill.) under western Himalayas. Industrial Crops and Products 48, 171-177. (IF 3.21). 13. Rakesh Kumar, Saurabh Sharma, Swati Sood, Vijai K. Agnihotri and Bikram Singh. 2013. Effect of diurnal harvest and storage conditions on essential oil content and quality of damask rose (Rosa damascena Mill.) flowers in north western Himalayas. Scientia Horticulturae. 154 (2) 102-108. (IF 1.504). Research publications 50 Communicated Papers 12 Popular articles 14 Conference papers/ abstracts 22 Sponsored Project (As PI) 3 Network Project (As PI) 2 Project completed (As Co PI & member) 5 Project in progress (as CoPI & member) 5 Project completed as PI 2

2012 MASHAV Fellowship by Israel Govt. 2010 ISA Associateship Award 2010 Travel grant from Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India 2005 DST Fast Track Project for Young Scientists 1998 Merit Certificate and scholarship in PhD. Programme 1995 Merit scholarship in MSc. Programme ICAR NET (1998, 2001 & 2004)

Dr Kiran Singh Saini, Senior Technical Officer Sh Kuldeep Singh Technician Mr. Saurabh Sharma, SRF and pursuing Ph.D. Mr. Munish Kaundal, Pursuing Ph.D. Ms Shivani Sharma, Junior Research Fellow Ms Meenakshi Thakur, Junior Research Fellow Ms Swati Walia, PA-II Mr Mahesh Kaundal PA-II Ms Manju Bala PA-II Mr Nitesh Kumar Field Assistant/PAI

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