SALIENT PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF DR. C. PARMAR
Initiated in 1974 research work on wild
and unexploited fruits and carried out the first
systematic survey of the Himalayan wild fruits to identify
promising species for domestication.
Started research on propagation for some
promising wild fruits and collected for the
first time basic information about seed germination, rooting of
cuttings and air layers of these plants.
Published in 1982 the book,
Wild Fruits of the sub-Himalayan Region,
which carried the first authoritative account of various
characteristics, current and potential uses of 26 Himalayan wild plants. The
book was not only received well at home and abroad, but was also admired in
reviews published in the most leading international horticultural journals
like Horticultural Abstracts
(July, 1982) and HortScience(April,
The European Association for Research on
Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA), invited me for a lecture on the
Himalayan wild fruits at their Fruit Breeding Group Meeting held at Hradec
Kralove, Czechoslovakia in 1987.
The Swedish University of Agricultural
Sciences employed me as a Visiting Scientist for five months to
work at Division of Fruit Breeding, Balsgard, Kristianstad on their project,
Development of Novel Fruit Crops for Sweden.
The Japanese Society for the Promotion of
Science (JSPS) offered me their prestigious
for seven weeks to visit Japan under their programme of inviting
distinguished foreign scientists whose presence in Japan could be useful for
the local scientists. I was in Japan during May and June 1990 and visited
various universities and fruit research stations for lectures and discussions
on the Himalayan wild fruits.
In recognition of my continued work on wild and unexploited edible
fruit bearing plants, the USAID agreed to support a
five year Indo-U.S. Collaborative Project
on the domestication of five promising Himalayan wild fruits. I was the
Principal Investigator of this Project.
This was the first project of its kind
in India and one of very few such projects in the world at that time.
In May, 1992, started a private sector
project, first of its kind in India,
on the domestication of forest growing Himalayan
Yew (Taxus baccata) whose leaves had suddenly shot into great
demand due to the discovery of anticancer drug, TAXOL in them. In a
short span of 18 months, established a nursery where 6,00,000 cuttings of yew
were planted in greenhouses under mist to give rise to half million plants for
planting in the field. This was the largest nursery in India for any
single plant species. Besides that, I also established for the first time
trial field plantations of 15,000 plants of this wild plant.
I was nominated as one of the members of the
International Council for Research on Agroforestry
(ICRAF) and the International Society
for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Working Group on
Fruit Crops for Agroforestry.
I am the Central
Asia Consultant of the North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX),
Chapin, IL, USA for the past 16 years.
I represented International Society for
Horticultural Science (ISHS) for several years in North India as their
I am now recognized as
a specialist of the Himalayan wild fruits
at national as well as at international level. I am frequently invited for
participation in meetings etc. for my views on the utilization of these
I was invited by the
North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX),
an organization of American orchardists interested in new fruits as a guest
speaker at their Annual Meeting held in August,
2005 at Columbia, Missouri. I gave four lectures at this Meeting
fruits, nuts and edible plants growing wild in the Western Himalayan region.
I visited China
for three weeks in May-June, 2006 at the invitation of
Prof. Xing Xiao of the China Agricultural
University, Beijing and lectured on the utilization of wild growing
fruits at several institutes at Beijing and China Academy of Agricultural
Sciences at Zhengzhou, Hennan.
I visited Israel
in January, 2007 at the invitation of
Exotic Fruit Society of Israel.
I visited Brazil
and Argentina for three weeks in
I was given the
HIMACHAL SHREE award for the year
2007 in recognition of my efforts and contribution for the promotion of wild
growing fruits of Himachal Pradesh.
Launched in May 2008,
online encyclopedia on edible fruits.
The encyclopedia available at
www.fruitipedia.com. To begin with, it had information on
200 fruits from various parts of the
world on the day of launch. Pages on new fruits are being added every week so
that eventually it has information about ALL
EDIBLE FRUITS OF THE WORLD which might be over 4500.