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National Mission on Himalayan Studies

Implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC)
Nodal and Serving hub with G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development

Project Title:

Post-Fire Management in the Pine Forests of IHR by Studying, Conserving and Distributing


Cultivable Microbial Biota to increase Ecological Succession and to Revive Forest Productivity

1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category SG
Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTA : Biodiversity Conservation and Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

Pine forest area surrounding the Bhajol, Seri, Manjholi, Jabli and Sultanpur village of Solan district of Himachal Pradesh

Organization/ Implementation Agency: Centre for Himalayan Research on Himalayan Sustainability and Development, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan, Himachal Pradesh
Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
Dr. YSP University, HP

• Data collection for the forest fire in the selected areas for last two years in Himachal region.

• Involving the communities for knowing the availability and uses of the microbial resource.

• Experiments related to soil rejuvenation.

• Statistical analysis of data .

GBPIHED, Almora, Uttarakhand

• Guide the students for involving the communities for knowing the availability and uses of the microbial resource.

• Advisor for analyzing the effectiveness of replenishment of microbes and their reestablishment.

Lead Proponent:

Prof.Adesh K Saini

Centre of Research on Himalayan Sustainability and Development Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences

Solan (HP).

Project Brief Description: Forest fires are common in forests dominated by pines. The main reason being pine needles are rich in oil content and thus lead to great fires which not only cause loss of the trees but also the microbial community at the soil bed. In this project, pilot studies will be carried out in Bhajol, Seri, Manjholi, Jabli and Sultanpur villages of Solan District of Himachal Pradeshto demonstrate the beneficial effects of adding-up microbes isolated from forest area. In the process, a 1 hectare plots will be selected at different elevations and slope zones and soil from each plot which is fire affected and non-fire affected will be collected for microbial sampling. The collected microbes are grown under controlled conditions and defined amount of bacterial and fungal consortium will be applied to the soil in the form of sprays/mixed with local manure. To test the effectiveness of the treatment, saplings of pine will be sown and their growth parameters will be compared with saplings grown in the untreated fire affected area along with analysis of the biomass of grass. The outcomes will be helpful in better growth of pine along with methods of mitigating soil of fire affected forest areas. As this is a replicable model, it can be used in other areas too. Also, a data base on microbes will be developed. The local communities and JFMCs (Joint Forest Management Communities) will be major beneficiaries of the project as capacity building programs will be organized. The project fits well with the broad thematic group –‘Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity’of National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS).
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders:

• Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs)

• Local farming communities, SHGs and other communities in the target area

Activity Chart (For 3 years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs.40,26,000/-( Rupees Forty lakh twenty six thousand only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.21,61,200/- (Rupees- Twenty one lakh sixty one thousand two hundred only)
2nd Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.7,36,200 /- (Rupees- seven lakh thirty six thousand two hundred only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) : 0.28 Cr

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
Analyze the change in microbial biodiversity and soil properties (binding capacity and erosion ability) in the Pine forest after fire outbreak as compared to the nearby-unaffected area. Model depicting increased the ecological succession after forest fire and reduction in soil loss. Variation Assessment Report on changes in microbial biodiversity assessment and soil properties in the pine forest under post-fire management and assessment practices (Nos./ species)
Collection, identification and characterization of biofertilizer and biocontrol properties of bacterial and fungal microbes and make their repositories based on their geographical location to serve as feeding-bank to revitalize forest soil upon fire. Increase in the productivity of forest and nearby agriculture ecosystems. Livelihood strengthening and promotion practices/ models tested (Nos.)
Involving the local panchayats and community people in the collection process to make them aware of the losses occurred due to fire. Improved the livelihood of families dependent on milk production. Communities engaged in prevention and monitoring program (Nos.)
Test different ways to apply consortium from the repositories bank to the fire affected areas and analyze its cost-effectiveness, feasibility and improvement in the forest productivity and soil parameters as compared to untreated fields. Guidelines for field replication in other fire affected forest areas of hilly regions Women/ beneficiary participation in awareness and outreach programmes (Nos.)
  Knowledge products developed and published out of the projects (Nos.).






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Divya mittal M.sc NET( ARS) Junior Project Fellow (JPF) 17,600/-
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. Incubator Shaker For making Different consortiums of bacteria as well as fungus under controlled condition Under process

Deep Refrigerator

For preserving glycerol stocks Under process


For performing biocontrol, bio-fertilizer activities using absorbance and fluorescence based assays. Under process
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