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Dr Vivek K. Vaishnav

Designation: Assistant Professor & Head i/c

Specialization: Forestry, Forest Genetics

Contact: 9893888667

Email: vivekvaishnav [AT] manipuruniv.ac.in, vivekvaishnaw [AT] live.in

Ph.D. Forestry/Forest Genetics (Forest Research Institute University, Dehradun, India)

Dr Vivek K. Vaishnav

(January 2022)


Assistant Professor

Department of Forestry & Environmental Science

Manipur University, Indo-Myanmar Road

Canchipur, Imphal, 795003, Manipur, India

E-mail: vivekvaishnav [at] manipuruniv.ac.in,

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Principal Investigator

Laboratory for Conservation & Genetic Improvement of Forest Trees (C&GIFT)

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/vaishnavlab

Twitterbot: @Lab_CGIFT


Research Interest:  Forestry, Forest Conservation Genetics & Genomics, association mapping, Genecology and Adaptive Evolution of Forest Trees, Tree Improvement

Computational Skills: Expert in programs needed for statistical analysis of all kind of morphometric, DNA markers and DNA sequencing dataset along with geo-spatial (remote sensing and GIS based) tools for ENM/ SDM/ SHM based on Windows, Linux or R-scripts


Present Affiliation

  • Assistant Professor – Since January 2020, Department of Forestry & Environmental Science, Manipur University, Imphal, India


  • Ph. D. in Forest Genetics – 2018, Forest Research Institute (Deemed to be) University, Dehradun, India

  • M. Sc. in Forestry, Wildlife & Environment Science (Specialization: Forest Genetic Resources) – 2011, Guru Ghasidas Vishvavidyalaya, Bilaspur, India

  • B. Sc. in Biotechnology – 2009, Guru Ghasidas University, Bilaspur, India

  • D. Ed. (Diploma in Education) - 2008, Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education, Bilaspur, India


Research Papers

  1. Kumar P, Chaturvedi A, Vaishnav V (2022). Relationship between endogenous auxin (IAA) and adventitious rooting in Dalbergia species (D. latifolia and D. sissoo) of different rooting ability. Journal of Tropical Forest Science

  2. Vaishnav V, Kumar P, Shirke P and Rana TS (2021). Genetic variation in carbon isotope discrimination-based water use efficiency of teak (Tectona grandis L. f.) and its association with growth and wood quality traits. Trees Structure and Function. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00468-020-02078-4

  3. Tripathi S, Agnihotri P, Jaiswal S, Yadav R, Prasad D, Vaishnav V, Husain T (2020). Phytogeographical assessment of family Poaceae Barnhart in Western Himalaya, India. Journal of Biodiversity Management & Forestry 9(6):

  4. Pal AK, Vaishnav V, Meena B, Pandey N and Rana TS (2020). Adaptive fitness of Sapindus emarginatus Vahl populations towards future climatic regimes and the limiting factors of its distribution. Scientific Reports. 10.1038/s41598-020-60219-8

  5. Vaishnav V, Mahesh S and Kumar P (2019). Assessment of genetic structureof the endangered forest species Boswellia serrata Roxb. population of central India. Journal of Tropical Forest Science 31(2): https://doi.org/10.26525/jtfs2019.31.2.090098

  6. Vaishnav V and Ansari SA (2018). Detection of the QTL associated with wood density evaluating genetic structure and linkage disequilibrium of teak (Tectona grandisL. f.) germplasm bank. Journal of Forestry Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11676-018-0751-1

  7. Vaishnav V and Ansari SA (2018). Genetic differentiation and adaptation in teak (Tectona grandisL.f.) metapopulations. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter.  doi: 10.1007/s11105-018-1101-3

  8. Vaishnav V, Wali S, Tripathi S, Negi MS, Ansari SA (2018). A preliminary investigation of AFLP marker-wood density trait association in teak (Tectona grandisL.f.). Annals of Forest Research. doi: 10.15287/afr.2018.1018

  9. Vaishnaw V, Mohammad N, Wali S, Kumar R, Tripathi S, Negi MS, Ansari SA (2015). AFLP markers for the analysis of genetic diversity and structure of teak (Tectona grandis) in India. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.  https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2014-0279

  10. Vaishnav V and Janghel U (2018). A note on the clonal propagation of depleted threatened species Boswellia serrata Roxb. through branch cuttings. Tropical Plant Research 5 (1): 27-28. doi: 10.22271/tpr.2018.v5.i1.005

  11. Vaishnav V, Mahesh S, and Kumar P (2017). Polymorphism of microsatellites designed from expressed sequence tags of dicot/monocot Carbonic anhydrases in teak (Tectona grandisL. f.) genome. Indian Forester 143 (12) : 1260-1264. https://goo.gl/wUxvNZ

  12. Mohammad N, Vaishnaw V, Mishra J, Mahesh S, Kumar P and Ansari SA (2016). Genetic fidelity testing in micro propagated plantlets of Albiziaprocera(Roxb.) using RAPD and ISSR markers. Indian Forester142(6): 558-562. https://goo.gl/1fFRno

  13. Mahesh S, Vaishnav V, Kumar P, Mohammad N and Ansari SA (2016). Characterization and validation of teak plus trees ramets of national teak germplasm bank through microsatellites. Tropical Plant Research3(1): 213-220. https://goo.gl/eExytS

  14. Gautam A, Bajpai P, Vaishnav V, and Dhuria SS (2014). Identification and enumeration of trees family and species of Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalay campus, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. Indian Forester140 (3): 306-308. https://goo.gl/8Yn8oQ

In Press/ Communicated

  1. Devajit Y, Lamabam A, Benerjit W and Vaishnav V (2021). Ecology and conservation status of Phoebe hainesiana Brandis: a data deficit timber species from Indo-Myanmar biodiversity hotspot. (PNAS B)

  2. Vaishnav V, Kulkarni N and Ansari SA (2019). Identification of the genomic loci associated with relative resistance in teak (Tectona grandis L. f.) against the leaf skeletonizer, Eutectona machaeralis Walker. (New Zeeland Journal of Forestry Research)

  3. Mahesh S, Vaishnav V, Kumar P, Mohammad N and Ansari SA (2019). Determination of sample size for reliable estimates of genetic diversity indices in a threatened forest species Boswellia serrata Roxb. (Current Research in Biotechnology)

Book Chapters

1. Dhakad, AK and Vaishnav V (2022). Molecular Approaches in Conservation and Restoration of Agrobiodiversity. In Agro-biodiversity and Agri-ecosystem Management, edited by Kumar P et al. Springer Nature Publication

2. Chaturvedi A, and Vaishnav V (2020). Biology and cultural operation in plantation systems of Emblica officinalis Gaertn (Indian gooseberry) for enhanced fruit productivity in agroforestry practices. In Agriculture and Forestry: Current Trends, Perspectives, Issues, edited by Rout S. ISBN: 9789354266768, Immortal Publication, pp 278-286.



1. Establishment of Small-scale nursery, funded by Soil and Water Conservation Division-I, State Forest Department, Govt. of Manipur, (2021-2023).

2. DST SERB- Start-up Grant (2021-2023). Assessment of genecological and reproductive fitness of Phoebe hainesiana Brandis (Bonsum tree) populations of Indo-Burma regions in India, on the threat of projected climate change'.

3. UGC (FRPS) Start-up Grant (2021-2023). Study on association genetics of growth, wood quality and water-use efficiency related traits in Indian teak (Tectona grandis L. f.) to generate drought-resilient planting stock.

4. Ex situ conservation of Phoebe hainesiana, the state tree of Manipur, funded by State Forest Development Agency, Manipur, for 2 years (2021-2023).


  • CSIR- Research Associate by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, India from 25/06/2018 to 31/12/2019

  • CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, India from 10/04/2017 to 18/06/2018

  • Junior Research Fellowship by SFRTI (State Forest Research and Training Institute), Raipur, India from 11/09/2015 to 03/09/2016

  • Junior Research Fellowship by ICFRE (Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education), India from 30 August 2013 to 31 March 2015


  • Assistant Professor at Department of Forestry & Environmental Science, Manipur University, Imphal, India, from 06th January 2020.

  • CSIR- Research Associate at CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India in a project titled ‘Expediting candidate gene-based SNP association for lignin content in Tectona grandis L. f.’ from 25 June 2018 to 31/12/2019 (18 months)

  • CSIR-Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi, India, in a project titled ‘Development of Phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL) gene nuclear DNA-based marker for candidate gene-based association mapping in teak (Tectona grandis L.f.)’ from 11 April 2017 to 21 June 2018 (14 months)

  • Technical Officer (Forestry) at Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi, India, from 05 September 2016 to 10 April 2017 (6 months)

  • Junior Research Fellow at State Forest Research & Training Institute, Raipur, India in a project titled 'To find out the causes and its possible remedial measures of poor fruiting in Aonla plantations of Chhattisgarh from 11 September 2015 to 03 September 2016 (12 months)

  • Junior Research Fellow at Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India, in a project titled ‘Study on genetic structure, linkage disequilibrium and marker-wood trait association mapping of Tectona grandis’ from 30 August 2013 to 31 March 2015 (19 months)

  • Doctoral Researcher at Tropical Forest Research Institute (Forest Research Institute University, DehraDun, India in ‘Study on genetic structure, linkage disequilibrium and marker-trait association in teak (Tectona grandisL. f.) of National germplasm bank, Chandrapur, Maharashtra, using microsatellite markers’ from 1 March 2012 to 6 June 2017


  1. Vaishnav V (2022). Genepool Characterization and Genetic Improvement of Indian Teak (Tectona grandis L. f.) Metapopulation. In proceedings of 'National Symposium-cum-Workshop on Biodiversity and Its Utilization and Conservation in Central India' organized by Guru Ghasidas Vishvavidyalaya, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, on 22nd February 2022.

  2. Vaishnav V (2018). Genetic differentiation and adaptation of teak (Tectona grandisL.f.) meta-population in India. In proceedings of National Seminar on Challenges and Opportunities in Life Sciences- 2018 organized at Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, India during 20th April 2018.

  3. Vaishnav V, Bano N, Volkaert H and Ansari SA (2018). Development of Phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL)gene-based nuclear DNA marker and characterization of the tgPAL gene in teak (Tectona grandisL.f.). In proceedings of International conference on Advances in Environment, Agricultural Biotechnology (ICAEA) -2018 organized at St. Xavier’s College Ranchi, Jharkhand, India during 22rd and 24th February 2018.

  4. Vaishnav V, Mahesh S, Mohammad N, Ansari SA (2014). Screening of EST-SSR primers in teak (Tectona grandisL. f.) designed from carbonic anhydrase gene sequences of model plant species. In proceedings of International Conference on Frontier Discoveries and Emerging Opportunities in Life Science (FDEOLS- 2014). pp- 175 held at Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India

  5. Vaishnav V, Mahesh S, Mohammad N, Ansari SA (2013). Genetico- statistics continuum: A review. In Proceeding of National Conference on ‘Recent Advances in Applied Statistics and its Application in Forestry’ organized at Tropical forest research institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India during 15th to 17th April 2013.

Training/ Workshop/Faculty Development Program Attended

  1. Online Training Workshop on Systematic Evidence Evaluation on Forest Landscape Restoration organized by International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO), during 12th -16th October 2020.

  2. Orientation Course sponsored by University Grant Commission, organized by Human Resource Development Center, Mizoram University, India, during 28th July 2020 to 17th August 2020.

  3. Workshop on Raising awareness on Mercury as a global pollutant, at Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, Manipur University, organized by Center for Minamata Convention, IIT Hyderabad, on 30th January 2020.

  4. Training programme on, Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, at Chhattisgarh Administration Academy, Raipur, India during 15th to 17th March 2016.

  5. Training Course on, Production, Processing and Utilization of Natural Resin and Gums, at Indian Institute of Natural Resin and Gums, (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), Ranchi, India during 2nd to 11th May 2011.

  6. Training programme on, Administrative set up, Working Plan, Nursery Management, MFP Collection Processing and Trading, Zoo Management, Seed Orchard Management, Wood seasoning and Other Forestry Operational Programme, at Chhattisgarh State Forest Department, Bilaspur Forest Circle, India during 9th February to 28th March 2011.

  7. Workshop on, Integrating Conservation and Rural Livelihood Strategies in Joint Forest management Area, sponsored by RCNAEB, MoEF, Govt. of India, held at Bilaspur, India, during January 31st – February 02, 2011.

Workshop/ Seminar/ Training Organized

1. Webinar Coordinator of a National Webinar Series on Forest, Wildlife and Environment Issues in Department of Forestry and Environment Science, Manipur University, India, on 28th June 2020.

Membership (Association / Society)

1. Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation, Kansas, USA

2. Genetic Society of United Kingdom, London

3. International Society for Tropical Ecology, India