Name                                       :          Dr. VIDYANATH JHA

of Birth
                           :          01-05-1956     

:                               Professor of Botany& Principal under L.
N. Mithila University  service, presently posted as Principal of M.R.M. College,
Darbhanga- 846004 (BIHAR, INDIA)



Publications Published over 50 research and review papers in different national
and international journals/conference proceedings and as invited articles in
books. This includes about 25 papers on Makhana (Euryale ferox Salisb.)
and other aquatic plants.



List of Publications
(2004 – 2014)

Bhardwaj, A., N.A. Shakil, V. Jha and R.K. Gupta. 2014 Screening
of nutritional, phytochemical, antioxidant and antibacterial activity of
underutilized seeds of Scirpus articulatus: the basis of Khubahi Ramdana
industry. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 3(4):11-20.

Sahni, C., N.A. Shakil, V. Jha and R.K. Gupta. 2014 Screening
of nutritional, phytochemical, antioxidant and antibacterial activity of the
roots of Borassus flabellifer (Asian Palmyra Palm). Journal of Pharmacognosy
and Phytochemistry. 3(4):58-68

A. B. Verma, R.
Kumar and M. S. Jha 2014. Emergent aquaphytes as a basis for sustainable rural
development in north Bihar. Ethnobotany in press.

., A.B. Verma, R.
Kumar and P. Jha 2014 Cucurbits in ethnic and economic life of Mithila (North
Bihar), India. Abstract No-236 Proceedings of 101
st Indian Science
Congress, Jammu 2014 Abstract of Oral/Poster Presentation. 
Section XIV Plant Sciences. Page 369 (full
paper accepted for publication elsewhere).

A.B. Verma,
R.Kumar and M.S. Jha. 2014 Vetiver based integrated farming-a case study of
Madhubani district in Mithila region of Bihar. In :Asha Gupta and V. Saxena
(eds.) Integrated Farm Management, Aavishkar Publ., Jaipur, 187-203. 

A.B. Verma,
P.Jha, M.S. Jha and R.Kumar 2013 Wetlands in north Bihar provide a basis of its
sustainable development. J.Aquatic. Biol. Fisheries 2:627-634.

J.K. Jha and A.K.
Goel 2013  Calotropis
based ‘Aartak Paat’ cottage industry related with ‘Chhath’ festival
in North Bihar. Ethnobotany, 25:

A. B. Verma and
A. Mishra 2013. Plants in relation to fisheries practices: a survey on
biodiversity utilization in north Bihar, India. In: Asha Gupta (ed.)
Biodiversity Conservation and Utilization. Pointer Publishers Jaipur, pp 155 –

, A. B. Verma and
R. Kumar 2012. Some poaceous grasses in ethnic life of Mithila (north Bihar),
India. Proc.            99
Indian Science Congress. Part II. Sub section IV Plant Sciences. (Ethnobotany
and Human Welfare), pp128.

Jha, P., J. Jha, V. Jha, A. Kumar, I. Haque, S. Rani and A. Afshaeen 2012. Isolation
and identification of antimicrobial activity of some secondary metabolites in Euryale ferox Salisb. In: C. N. Jha
(ed.) Botanica Mithilantica, L. N. Mithilia University, Darbhanga, pp 19 – 21.

Kumari, A., V. K. Gupta, L. Kumar, I.
S. Singh and V. Jha 2012.
Morphological characteristics of Makhanagermplasm collected from the wetlands
of Manipur, north-eastern India. In: C. N. Jha (ed.) Botanica Mithilantica, L.
N. Mithilia University, Darbhanga, pp 122 – 124.

A. B. Verma and
P. Jha 2012.Certain ethnic practices for control of diabetes – a reference to
aquatic plants. In abstract volume published on the occasion of Indo -U.S.
symposium on industry – academia interaction in diabetes and cardio-vascular
diseases (CVD) drug discovery (December 04 – 05, 2012) (abstract no. PS-2) P –

A. B. Verma and
P. Jha 2012. Aquatic biodiversity plays a role in the development of north
Bihar. In: A Biju Kumar, M. P. Nayar, R. V. Verma and C. K. Peethambaram
(eds.)Biodiversity: Utilization, Threats and Cultural Linkages, Narendra
Publishing House, New Delhi, pp 159 – 166.

, T. T, Singh, A.
B. Verma and R. Kumar 2012.Eichhornia crassipes
(Mart.) Solms – a shelterbelt for capture fishery in floodplains of north
Bihar, India. Life Science Bulletin, 9 (1): 135 – 138.

A.B.Verma, R.
Kumar andM. S. Jha.Vetiver – The “Kataraghas
could emerge as multifarious tool for rural development in flood prone area of
north Bihar, India. (Submitted for publication in the proceedings of the
International Conference on Vetiver (ICV-5), held at CIMAP Lucknow).

2012. Aquatic biodiversity as a basis for
development in the flood plains of north Bihar. In: R.B.P Singh et al (eds.)
Identifying Resource Complex Regions and Regional Development Strategy for
Bihar. Centre for Geosheelitic Studies, Department of Geography, Patna Univ.,
Patna. pp 69-84.

, A. B. Verma and
R. Kumar 2011. Livelihood options in north Bihar floodplains- a case study of Sesbania rostrata Bremek & Oberm.
Ethnobotany 23: 143 – 146.

, V. K. Shrivastava
and M. S. Jha 2011.Environmental degradation and  human rights – a contemporary perspective.
In: Proceedings of the National Seminar on Human Rights: Prospective
Challenges. BMA College, Baheri (LNMU), p9 (Advance Abstracts).

and M. S. Jha
2010.Women as saviours of environment- a             contemporary
perspective. In: N. Roy and R. Sinha (eds.). Women and Environment. Devyani
Publishers, Delhi (ISBN 978-81-9107641-7) pp 188-199.

. 2009.Dwindling
biodiversity in Indian freshwater bodies–a case study of    north Bihar. Conservation Forum            Journal 2: 20-22 (ISSN 0974-6609).
(published         by Conservation Forum,

S. S. Ahmad, V. Jha, and S. M. A. Imam 2008. Biodiversity of Dih-Ilahi wetland
of Darbhanga, north Bihar. In: S. Bijoy Nandan et al (eds.) – A Compendium on Wetland Biodiversity and
Conservation. (Proceedings of National Seminar on Wetland Biodiversity,
Kayamkulam, India (NSWB-2008), Liminological. Association of Kerala, pp

2008.Ethnobotanical connotations in Laukikanyaya sutras. (Laukikanyayake sutron
men Lokvanaspatikiketatva) (In Hindi).Ethnobotany 20: 157-162.

विद्यानाथझा, टुनटुनसिंह, ध्रुवकुमार, सत्यजीतकुमारएवंअनुपमाकुमारी 2008.मखानाएवं मखानासहमछलीपालन,
प्रसारपुस्तिकासंख्या२४/०९१०/१०००, आत्मा, दरभंगा (कृषि प्रौद्योगिकीप्रबंधअभिकरण),

विद्यानाथझा, टुनटुनसिंह, ध्रुवकुमारएवंसत्यजीतकुमार 2008.मखानाएवंमखानासहमछली पालन; प्रश्नोत्तरी, जलचरी 15:13-23.

. 2007.Makhana (Euryale ferox Salisbury)- an important
aquatic crop of India in: A. P. Das and A. K. Pandey (eds.) Advances in
Ethnobotany, Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun, pp 239 – 246.

and J. K. Handoo
2007.Scirpusarticulatus – a
subsidiary aquatic crop of Bihar flood plains. In: A. P. Das and A. K. Pandey
(eds.) Advances in Ethnobotany, Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun pp
303 – 307.

and S. N.
Choudhary 2007. Migratory beekeeping in north Bihar – a phytogeographical
perspective Geographical Perspective 8: 90-93.

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Jha, V., Indigenous methods of livelihood in
a flood prone region – a case study of Kusheshwarsthan area in Darbhanga.
Proceedings of the International Conference on Disaster Management:
Preparedness, Response and Rehabilitiation held at NGRI, Hyderabad (ICDM–2012).
08th – 20th October 2012, (In Press).

Jha, V., T. T. Singh, D. Prasad and S. B.
Shashi 2006. Management strategies in Makhana – based integrated aquaculture.
Fishing Chimes, 26 (3): 16 – 19.

Jha, V. 2005. Utilization of aquatic
biodiversity for the development of north Bihar. In: B. Thakur et al (eds.) Urban and Rural Development
in India, Vol. II, Concept Publishing Co., New Delhi, pp 514 – 541.

Jha, V. 2005. Sustainable management of biotic
resources in the wetlands of north Bihar, India. In: T. V. Ramchandra, N.
Ahalya and C. R. Murthy (eds.). Aquatic: Conservation, Restoration and
Management, Capital Publ. Co., New Delhi, pp 270 – 277 (Proceedings of the  Lake 2002 symposium held at Indian Institute
of Science, Bangalore).

N. K., S. N. P. Singh, S. Sahdev, S. Banerji, V. Jha, Z. Khan and S. E. Hasnain 2005. Indian herb ‘Sanjeevani’ (Selaginellabryopteris) can promote
growth and protect against heat shock and apoptotic activities of UV and
oxidative stress. Journal of Biosciences 30: 499 – 505.

Jha, V. 2004. Vetiver and “sikki art” in the
folk life of rural India in Mithila region, Bihar. Vetiverim 30: 2.

Jha, V. et
2004. Botanical
rosaries and non-flower garlands in folklore life in Mithila region (north
Bihar). Ethnobotany 16: 27 – 32.


List of
Publications (1980-2003)


v    2003-   An
edited English book entitled MAKHANA
(Euryale ferox Salisb.) covering
information on the Biology, Distribution and Uses of Makhana has been published
by the Indian Council of Agricultural
, New Delhi, pp. 261. This first ever reference book on this plant
has helped its recognition as a potential crop. The topics covered include the
cultivation practices, soil chemistry in Makhana ponds, reproductive biology of
the plant, pests and their control, post harvest technology, nutritional and
medicinal characteristics, crop economics etc. About three dozen articles from
different parts of India and also from Japan, USA, Bangladesh and China have
been incorporated in this book. The book includes six articles of my own. ( as
first author and also under joint authorship)

v    2003-   Nutritional
and medicinal properties of Euryale ferox
Salisb. In: R.K. Mishra, V.Jha & P.V. Dehadrai (eds.) MAKHANA, DIPA, Indian
Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi pp. 230-240.

v    2003-   Floral
and leaf hypertrophy disease of Euryale
Salisb. caused by Doassansiopsis
sp. In: R.K. Mishra, V.Jha & P.V. Dehadrai (eds.) MAKHANA, DIPA, Indian
Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, pp. 163-168.

v    2003-   Residual
organochlorine pesticides in Makhana samples collected from north Bihar. In:
R.K. Mishra, V.Jha & P.V. Dehadrai (eds.) MAKHANA, DIPA, Indian Council of
Agricultural Research, New Delhi, pp. 181-182.

v    Indigenous contrivances utilized in Makhana
cultivation in north and northeastern India. In: R.K. Mishra, V.Jha & P.V.
Dehadrai (eds.) MAKHANA, DIPA, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New
Delhi, pp. 241-248.

v    2003-   Associations
of insects and gastropods on E. ferox
Salisb. (Makhana) with reference to pests and their control. In: R.K. Mishra,
V. Jha & P.V. Dehadrai (eds.) MAKHANA, DIPA, Indian Council of Agricultural
Research, New Delhi, pp. 124-144.

v    2003- Storage insects and fungi attacking raw and
popped seeds of E. ferox Salisb. and
their control. In: R.K. Mishra, V.Jha & P.V. Dehadrai (eds.) MAKHANA, DIPA,
Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, pp. 145-148.

v    2003-   Certain
scientific observations as depicted in Indian philosophical principles. Indian
Journal of Traditional Knowledge (CSIR), 2(2): 170-180.

v    2002-   Bioaccumulation
of toxic metals (Cr, Cd, Pb & Cu) by seeds of Euryale ferox Salisb. (Makhan). Chemosphare 46: 267-272.

v    2002-   Indigenous
colours in Mithila (north Bihar)- a historical perspective. Indian Journal of
History of Science. 37(1): 37-55.

v    2002-   Ethnic
uses of Korhila (Aeschynomene spp.)
in Mithila (north Bihar), India. In: R.R. Rao (ed.) Advances in Legume Research
in India. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun, pp. 323-331.

v    2002-   Khobhi
(Scirpus articulatus Linn.) in the
flood plains of Bihar. Indian Farming 52:29-31.

v    2002-   Utilization
of aquatic biota- a reference to the folk customs and rituals in Mithila region
(north Bihar). In: P.C. Trivedi (ed.) Ethnobotany, Aavishkar Publications,
Jaipur, pp.370-382.

v    2002-   Detoxification
of environmental pollutants by biological organism. In: G. Thipathi (ed.)
Bioresource Technology, CBS Publications, New Delhi. (Invited article).

v    2001-   Studies
on drinking water quality in and around Janakpur town (Nepal). Journal of
Environment and Pollution. 8(4): 379-381.

v    2001-   Key
environmental issues in some Indian Industries. In: A.K. Roy, S.K. Varma (eds.)
Wasteland Management and Environment. pp. 133-144. Scientific Publications,

v    2000-   Natural
resource management in the flood zones of Bihar. In: H.K. Patra (ed)
Environment and Disaster Management. Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar, pp. 73-79.

v    2000-   Forestry
products utilized in exploitation of aquatic resources in north Bihar.
Proceedings of International Workshop on Agroforestry and Forest Products.
North Eastern Hill University, Aizawl. pp. 337-344.

v    1999-   Coastal
aquaculture- a veritable threat to environment. In: A Kumar (ed.) Modern Trends
in Environmental Pollution and Ecoplanning. ABD Publishers, Jaipur, pp. 243-253
(Review Article).

v    1999-   New Doassansiopsis sp. associated with
the freshwater plant Euryale ferox
Salisb. (Makhana) in north Bihar (India). Journal of Freshwater Biology
11.(1-2): 7-10.

v    1999-   Nutritional
evaluation of Trapa natans L. var. bispinosa Roxb. (Singhara) and scope of
raising the crop potential under integrated aquaculture. Journal of Freshwater
Biology 11 (1-2): 11-17.

v    1999-   Modern
scientific interpretations of ethnobiological references in beliefs, customs
and philosophical thoughts in Mithila (north Bihar), India. Ethnobotany,

v    1998-   Rural
technology for harvesting Makhana seeds (Euryale
Salisb.) in Bihar. ENVIS News letter (Botanical Survey of India).
August 19, No. 5:7-8.

v    1998-   Maximizing
productivity in the low lying-field of Darbhanga (north Bihar, India): A case
study of crop rotation between Makhana (Euryale
Salisb.) and wheat (Triticum
). Journal of Freshwater Biology 10(1-2): 25-31.

v    1997-   Environmental
ethics in Indian ethos. Proceedings of the National Conference on Energy Crisis
and Environment held at Loyola Institute of Frontier Energy (LIFE), Loyola
College, Chennai, pp. 388-393.

v    1997-   Baits
and bait-aids utilized in angling method of fishing in north Bihar.
Ethnobotany, 9 (1-2):85-89.

v    1996-   Leaves
and flowers as supplementary vegetables in Darbhanga (north Bihar) and their
ethnobotanical significance. Journal of Economic & Taxonomic Botany Addl.
Series 12:395-402.

v    1996-   Plants
in ethnoveterinary practices in Darbhanga (north Bihar). In: S.K. Jain (ed.)
Ethnobiology in Human Welfare, Deep Publication, New Delhi. pp. 189-193.

v    Ritualistic significance of plants associated with
Mithila traditions in north Bihar. In: D.P. Dubey (ed.) Rays & Ways of
Indian Culture. MD Publications, New Delhi, pp. 193-207.

v    1996-   Makhana
(Euryale ferox): an aquatic crop with
high potential. The Botanica 46:47-57.

v    1996-   Human
welfare in relation to diversity of edible aquaphytes in north Bihar (India).
In: A.K.Roy et al (ed.):
Phytodiversification and Human welfare. MD Publications, pp. 159-174.

v    1996-   Integrated
culture of air-breathing carnivorous fishes with Makhana (Euryale ferox Salisb.) in a derelict swamp of north Bihar. Journal
of Freshwater Biology 8 (2): 117-120.

v    1996-   Bioccology,
cultivation and storage ecology of Makhana (Euryale
Salisbury) in north Bihar. In: P.K.Jha et al (eds.) Environment and
Biodiversity in the Context of South Asia, published by Ecological Society,
Kathmandu, pp. 120-127.

v    1995-   An
electrophoretic study on esterase in Euryale
Salisb. Bulletin of Pure and Applied Science 14B(2): 59-62.

v    1994-   Conservation
of Euryale ferox Salisbury (Makhana):
In: Proceeding of the Seminar on Wetlands of Bihar held at Purnea in Jan. 1988,
organized by the Dept. of Env. & Forests, Govt. of Bihar. pp. 73-74.

v    1994-   Management
of shallow water bodies in the flood plains of north Bihar. In: A.K. Sinha et al (ed.) Proceedings of SAARC
Countries Conference on Environment Management in Developing Countries.
Vol.-II. Water and Its  Management.
Gyanodaya Prakashan, Nainital. pp. 83-90.

v    1994-   Plants
in cultural life of Mithila (North Bihar.) In: K.C. Sahni (ed.):Advances in
Plant Sciences Research 2:92-119.

v    1994-   Ethnobotanical
aspects of Mithila painting. Ethnobotany 6:9-19

v    1993-   Plants
utilized as supplementary vegetables in Darbhanga district of north Bihar.
Journal of Applied Biology, 3(1-2):13-15.

v    1993-   Nematode
associations in ponds growing Euryale
Salisb. (Makhana) in Darbhanga (North Bihar), India. Journal of
Freshwater Biology 5(4): 299-628.

v    1992-   First
record of a gall forming Synchytrium
sp. on Euryale ferox Salisb. in
India. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences. 62(4): 627-628.

v    1992-   Insect
associations of Euryale ferox Salisb.
in the ponds of Darbhanga, North Bihar. Jorunal of Freshwater Biology 4(3):

v    1991-   Botanical
aspects of an ethnoveterinary prescription in Mithila (north Bihar).
Ethnobotany. 3:101-104.

v    1991-   Seed
protein profile in Euryale ferox.
Salisb. New Agriculturist 1(2): 113-116.

v    1991-   Nutritional
evaluation of Euryale ferox Salisb.
Journal of Food Science and Technology 28(5): 326-328.

v    1991-   Utilization
and conservation of Euryale ferox
Salisb. in Mithila (north Bihar), India. Aquatic Botany 39:295-314.

v    1991-   Gastropod-macrophyte
(Euryale ferox Salisb.) association
in ponds of Darbhanga, north Bihar, India. Journal of Ecobiology 3(1):23-30.

v    1991-   Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae infestation on
the leaves of Euryale ferox. Journal
of Aphidology 4(1&2): 89-92.

v    1991-   Insect
fauna of Makhana fruits in north Bihar, Bioved 2(1):15-20.

v    1990-   Pests
of Euryale ferox Salisb. in north
Bihar. Environment and Ecology 8(1): 133-136.

v    Periphyton on E.ferox
Salisb: a preliminary observation on the composition and ecology. Biojournal

v    1990-   Storage
pests of Makhana (Euryale ferox
Salisb.) Geobios New Reports 8:184-185.

v    1989-   Donacia sp. –a root-borer and a possible
cantharophilous insect associated with Euryale
Salisb. in north Bihar. Biojournal 1:161-163.

v    1989-   Seasonal
variations in physico-chemical parameters of Makhana-fish pond at Darbhanga,
north Bihar. J.Mendel 3(3): 171-174.

v    1986-   New
record of Chaetophoralean alga – Leptosiropsis
from India. Environ. Ecol. 4(1): 179-180.

v    1985-   Plant
Tumors, Book published by the Today and Tomorrow’s Printers and Publishers, New
Delhi, Pp. 222(as co-author).

v    1984-   Vertical
transmission of plant viruses through pollen and seed. In: Misra, A. and H.
Polasa (eds.) Virus Ecology., South Asian Publishers, New Delhi, pp. 187-226.

v    1982-   Virus
infection of marine algae. In: Hoppe, L.(ed.) Marine Algae in Pharmaceutical
Sciences. Gryter, NY, pp. 289-297.

v    Seed borne bacterial tumors in tobacco. In : Lozano,
J.C. (ed.) Plant Pathogenic Bacteria. C.I.A.T., California, Colombia, pp.

v    Rickettsia- infecting forest trees. Proceedings of
the XVII IUFRO World Congress, Japan. Div. 2,pp. 333-338.

1980-   Changed stomatal and epidermal patterns in
plants due to teratoma formation and severe virus infection in tobacco, bean
and Datura. In:  Russ, K (ed.) Integrated Control in
Agriculture and Forestry. Bundesanstalt fiur Pflanzenschutz, Vienna. pp.


Research Guided

Anubha Kumari
-Studies on Morphological and Cytological Characteristics
of Makhana Germplasm and its Ethnobotanical Aspects. (Awarded May-2014)

Rajeev Kumar
and Ethnomedicinal Studies in the Floodplain Wetlands of North Bihar (Awarded

Kumari Anuradha
-Studies on Diversity and Bioprospecting of Aquatic
Macrophytes in and around Darbhanga. (Awarded Nov-2011).  

Vijay Kumar Mishra
of Flower Visiting Insects on Euryale ferox Salisbury in Madhubani
District of North Bihar.(Awarded Sept-2008) (as co-guide)

S.N.P. Singh
-Investigation on Ecological and Medicinal Properties of Selaginella.
(Awarded June-2006)

Anand Mohan Verma
– Ecological Studies of Integrated Fish Culture with
Makhana (Euryale ferox. Salish) in North Bihar.  (Awarded Jan-2006)

 1993 Dr. Asharfi Mahto– Comparative
Limnological Studies on Eutrophicated and Non-eutrophicated ponds of Makhana (Euryale
Salisbury) in Darbhanga.      (Awarded
July-1993) (as co-guide)





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