Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Research, Boriavi
Dr. Satyabrata Maiti has made a pioneering contribution in the area of medicinal and aromatic plants in India. He has developed two varieties and three hybrids of betel vine and also developed a variety of Centella asiatica named â€œVallabh Medhaâ€. His Betelvine variety, Bidhan Pan is very popular in West Bengal, Orissa and Assam. He has to his credit registration of eleven unique germplasm lines of Aloe, Tinospora, Safed musli, Kalmegh, Isabgol, Ashwagandha, Guggal and Centella. His other significant contributions are micropropagation protocols for large scale production of Aloe barbadensis, Chlorophytum borivilianum and C. arundinaceum. He has two patents on â€œImproved method of preparation of aloinâ€ and other on â€œImproved gum tapping in Guggalâ€. His integrated crop management module incorporating crop, insect pest and disease management technologies has contributed to the sustained production of Betelvine. Dr. Maiti has over 140 publications to his credit including 110 research papers in national and international journals. He has published nine books and has been the founder editor of the Journal of Oilseeds crop (1983-1988) and Open Access Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (2008-2014). His contribution in developing DUS center for medicinal plants and GAP & GFCP certification guidelines are highly acclaimed by the country. He is also fellow of several professional societies such as FNABS; FIPS; FISOR and served as International Consultant of FAO (UN) in Afghanistan, Bhutan China and Thailand; International Consultant of ADB funded project in Bangladesh and International Expert of UNIDO in Egypt. Twice he led the India delegation in ISO/TC249 meeting in Durban, South Africa (2013) and Kyoto, japan (2014). In addition he has also visited Russia, Malaysia and Nepal in various capacities. His contribution in Integrated Development of Nangahar Province, Afghanistan (Govt. of India, Planning Commission, New Delhi, pp. 1-31), developing Strategic road map for Research and Development of medicinal, aromatic and dye plants in Bhutan (FAO) and developing national certification standards for GAP and GFCP of medicinal plants with the help of QCI are worth mentioning. His holistic contribution in the research and development of MAP in terms of institution building with modern perspectives and paradigms of management are highlights of his profession. He retired as Director of Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research, Boriavi, Anand, Gujarat, India after serving 15 plus years and currently.
Crop improvement, crop production and pest management in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants.