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Dr Om Prakash Chaurasia, Scientist 'F' has taken over as Director, Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh-Ladakh from 15th Feb 2017. Born in 1966, Dr O P Chaurasia obtained his PhD in Botany from Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, Bihar. He joined DRDO as a Research Associate in 1993 & selected as Scientist ‘C’ in 1998 at DIHAR and is presently serving as Scientist ‘F’. As an ethno botanist par excellence he has extensively surveyed flora of both coastal regions like Andaman & Nicobar Island as well as trans-Himalaya region of Ladakh and Lahaul-Spiti with emphasis on medicinal plants of Defence importance. He has pioneered research on cold arid agro technologies and protected cultivation that has largely contributed towards food security of troops in strategic Ladakh sector. He has also developed several herbal products viz., Seabuckthorn Beverage, Seabuckthorn Herbal Tea, Seabuckthorn Soft Gel Capsule, Herbal Antioxidant, Herbal Adaptogenic Appetizer, Herbal Adaptogenic Performance Enhancer, Joint Care Gel, Anti Blemishes Cream etc., from indigenous trans-Himalayan medicinal plants, especially Seabuckthorn, with targeted health benefits for troops deployed in high altitude regions. He has 11 patents for which technology has been commercialized. Dr Chaurasia has published more than 50 research papers in various national and international journals and authored books on Cold Desert Plants in 05 volumes and Ethno botany & Plants of trans-Himalaya.

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