Arid Forest Research Institute

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
(An Autonomous Body of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India)
 
  

N. Bala

M.Sc.

Head & Scientist-F

Forest Ecology Division

 

Area Of Specialization:

Seventeen years research experience in the field of arid zone forestry. Areas of interest include:

  • Forest soils, productivity and carbon sequestration
  • Bio-drainage
  • Irrigation water management for different tree species in Indian arid zone.
  • Micro- catchment rainwater harvesting and conservation for better establishment and growth of arid zone species, their socio-economical impact and taking the findings to the end users.

 

Publications

Papers in International Journals

 

  1. Gupta, G. N., Bala, N. & Choudhary, K. R. (1995). Growth and biomass production of Tecomella undulata as affected by rainwater harvesting and conservation practices in arid zone. International tree Crops Journal, 8:163-176.
  2. G. Singh, N. Bala, T. R. Rathod and Sahdev Chauhan. (2003). Effect of adult neighbours on regeneration and performance of surface vegetation for control of sand drift in Indian desert. Environmental Conservation. 30(4): 353-363
  3. G. Singh, N. Bala, Sarita Mutha, T.R. Rathod and N.K. Limba (2004). Biomass production of Tecomella undulata agroforestry in arid India. Biological Agriculture & Horticulture, 22:205-216.
  4. K.K. Chaudhuri, G. Singh and N. Bala (2004). Traditional knowledge and technological innovations for productivity enhancement of degraded land of arid region. Journal of Arid Land Studies, 14(S): 221-224.
  5. G. Singh, Sarita Mutha, N. Bala, T.R. Rathod, N.K. Bohra and G.R. Kachhawaha (2005). Growth and productivity of Tecomella undulata based agroforestry system in Indian desert. Forests, Trees and Livelihood, 15: 89-101.
  6. G. Singh, S. Mutha and N. Bala (2007). Effect of tree density on productivity of a Prosopis cineraria agroforestry system in the arid zone of India. J. Arid Environment. 70(1): 152-163
  7. Genda Singh, Nirmalya Bala and Thana Ram Rathod (2009). Utilization of industrial effluent for raising Azadirachta indica A. Juss seedlings in Indian Desert. International J. Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management,17(3):171-180
  8. G. Singh, Abha Rani, N. Bala, S. Upadhyaya, S.R. Baloch and N.K. Limba (2009). Resource availability through rainwater harvesting influenced vegetation diversity and herbage yield in southern Aravalli hills of India. Frontiers of Agriculture in China. (In press).
  9. G. Singh, N. Bala, G.R. Choudhary, Bagaram and N.K. Limba (2009). Herbage diversity and productivity influenced by rainwater harvesting in degraded Aravalli hills in western India. J. Forestry research (accepted)
  10. G. Singh, Abha Rani, N. Bala, S. Upadhyaya, S.R. Baloch and N.K. Limba (2010). Resource availability through rainwater harvesting influenced vegetation diversity and herbage yield in southern Aravalli hills of India. Frontiers of Agriculture in China, 4(2): 145-158.
  11.  G. Singh, A.U. Khan, Ashok Kumar, N. Bala and U.K. Tomar (2012). Effects of rainwater harvesting and afforestation on soil properties and growth of Emblica officinalis while restoring degraded hills in western India. African J. Environ. Sci. Technology, 6(8): 300-311.
  12.  Chandan Singh Purohit, N. Bala (2013). Effect of salinity and water logging on phenocycle of exotic plant Eucalyptus camaldulensis. International Journal of Farming and Allied Sciences, 2(8):176-179

 Papers in National Journals

  1. Bala, Nirmalya and Sahu, G. C. (1992). Characterization and classification of soils on hill slopes of Middle Andaman Islands. Jour. Indian Soc. Soil Sci., 41 (1): 133-137.
  2. Sahu, G. C. and Bala, Nirmalya 1995. Characterization and classification of soils on valley plains of Middle Andaman Islands. Jour. Indian Soc. Soil Sci., 43 (1): 99-103.
  3. Gupta, G. N., Bala, N. and Choudhary, K. R. (1995). Growth and biomass production of Prosopis cineraria using run-off harvesting and conservation techniques. Indian Forester 121(8): 702-710.
  4. Singh, G., Bala, N. and Thanaram Rathore. (1997). Management practices for use of Industrial wastewater in tree plantation in arid region. J. Tropical Forestry, 13: 159-165.
  5. G. Singh, N. Bala, Thanaram Rathod and Bilas Singh (2000). Effect of textile industrial effluent on forest development and soil chemistry. J. Environ. Biol., 22(1): 59-66.
  6. G. Singh, Bilas Singh V. Kuppusamy and N. Bala. (2002). Variations in foliage and soil nutrient composition in different age classes Acacia tortilis plantation. Indian Forester, 128(5): 514-522.
  7. N. Bala, G. Singh and N. K. Bohra. (2003). Effect of irrigation on growth performance of three tree species in Indian arid zone. Annals of arid Zone 42(1): 61-67.
  8. N. Bala, G. Singh, Pramod Kumar and A. K. Sinha. (2003). Role of Forests in Carbon Sequestration. Indian Forester, 129(6): 799-806
  9. G. Singh, N. Bala, K. K. Chaudhuri and R. L. Meena. (2003). Carbon sequestration potential of common access resources in arid and semi-arid regions of northwestern India. Indian Forester, 129(7): 859-864.
  10. G. Singh, N. Bala, V. Kuppusamy and T.R. Rathod (2003). Adaptability and productivity of Cassia angustifolia in sandy soil of Indian Desert. Indian Forester, 129(2): 213-223
  11. P. Kumar, G. Singh, N. Bala and N.K. Bohra (2003). Ethnobaotanical studies of forest of Banaskantha & Sabarkantha districts of Gujarat: A case study of some tribal villages. Indian J. Environ. & Ecoplan. 7(2): 303-306
  12. N. Bala, Pramod Kumar, Kurdaram and G. Singh. (2004). Reclamation of saline waterlogged area through community participation. Wasteland News XIX (4): 33-36
  13. P. Kumar, Bala, N., Singh, G., Sarita Mutha, Limba, N. K and Bohra, N. K. (2004). Socio-economic conditions with special reference to common access resources: case study from Gujarat and Rajasthan. Indian Forester, 130(9):981-990.
  14. Pramod Kumar, N. Bala and N. K. Bohra (2006). Carbon Sequestration Potential in Degraded Soils of Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of India through People's Participation. Int. J. For. Usuf. Mngt. 7(1):17-25.
  15. N. Bala, Pramod Kumar, G. Singh and N. K. Limba (2007). Poverty alleviation and resource restoration through community participation: A case study in northwestern Rajasthan. Indian Forester, 133(3):351-358.
  16. G. Singh, T.R. Rathod, S. Mutha, S. Upadhyaya and N. Bala (2008). Impact of different tree species canopy on diversity and productivity of under canopy vegetation in Indian desert. Tropical Ecology 49: 13-23.
  17. N. Bala, G. Singh, N. K. Bohra, K. R. Choudhary and R. K. Gupta (2008) Growth and biomass accumulation in Eucalyptus camaldulensis irrigated at different water regimes in an arid sandy plains of India, Indian Forester, 134(5) : 611-621.
  18. N. Bala, Pramod Kumar, N. K. Bohra, N. K. Limba, S. R. Baloch and G. Singh. (2009). Production and decomposition of litter in plantation forests of Eucalyptus camaldulensis along canal command area in Indian desert. Indian Forester, 136 (2) : 163-172.
  19. G. Singh, N. Bala and C.S. Purohit (2011). Eragrostis tremula (Lam.) Hochst. ex Steud var. Gajanandii, a new variety from Indian desert. Indian Forester, (6):796-798.
  20.  N. Bala, G. Singh, N. K. Bohra, N. K. Limba, S. R. Baloch (2014). Biodrainage for restoration of canal command waterlogged area in Indian Desert. Indian Forester, 140(5): 462-467.
  21.  N. Bala, G. Singh, N.K. Bohra, N.K. Limba and S.R. Baloch (2012).  Assisted and natural regeneration of Eucalyptus in arid tract of Rajasthan. Indian Forester, 130(7): 60-61.
  22.  S.R. Baloch, Afaq Khan, N. Bala and N. K. Bohra (2015). Socio-economic status and forest resources dependency of forest fringe villages of Valsad district, Gujarat, India. International Journal of Usufruct Management, 16(1): 92-105
      Papers presented in Symposia/ Seminars/ Conferences:
  1. G.N. Gupta, G. Singh, V. Kuppusamy and N. Bala (1997). Conserve water to improve growth and species richness in desert afforestation. International Symposium on 'Sustainable utilisation of Biodiversity', March 8-10, IGNFA, Dehradun.
  2. Singh, G., N. Bala, Sarita Mutha, N.K. limba and T.R. Rathod (2002). Effect of varying spacing regimes of Prosopis cineraria on plant growth and associated crops in the arid zone of India. Presented in national Seminar on "Agroforestry" held at IFGTB, Coimbatore on 22nd November 2002.
  3. G. Singh, N. Bala and K.K Chaudhuri (2002). Strategies for rehabilitation and productivity enhancement of degraded land in dry regions of western India. Presented in National Seminar on " Management of degraded forest for productivity enhancement and carbon sink expansion" held at TFRI, Jabalpur on 15-16 January 2003.
  4. K.K. Chaudhuri, G. Singh and N. Bala (2003). Traditional knowledge and technological innovations for productivity enhancement of degraded land of arid region. Presented in Desert Technology-7 Seminar held at Jodhpur from 9-14, November, 2003.
  5. R.L. Srivastava, N. Bala and G. Singh (2004). Biological pumps to reclaim waterlogged areas and to reduce soil salinity. In: National workshop on 'Forest and Water conservation: Mythes and Realities' held at FRI, Dehradun on June 8 –10, 2004.
  6. N. Bala, Pramod Kumar, G. Singh (2004). Forests influence water regime. In: National workshop on Forest and Water conservation: Mythes and Realities held at FRI, Dehradun on June 8 –10, 2004.
  7. G. Singh, T.R. Rathod, S. Mutha, S. Upadhyaya and N. Bala (2004). Tree associated diversity and productivity of vegetation recovered after a severe drought in Indian desert. Presented in IUFRO conference to be held at AFRI on 22-25 November 2004.
  8. R. L.  Srivastava and N. Bala. (2005). Wasteland and their management with special emphasis on problem soils of western Rajasthan. In Agriconclave 2005: Moving Rajasthan up the value chain. Confederation of Indian industry. Govt. of Rajasthan. Jaipur.Pp. 9.
  9. N. Bala, P. Kumar, G. Singh and R.L. Srivastava. (2006). Problems of land degradation and their reclamation strategies in western Rajasthan. In national conference on 'Forest Ecology and Environment-priorities in 21st century to be held at FRI, Dehradun on 27-28th February 2006.
  10. G. Singh and N. Bala. (2005). Role of tree litter in organic farming. Presented in the workshop 'Dry Land Organic Farming in Rajasthan' organized by the Jodhpur chapter of the Indian Society of Soil Science at CAZRI, Jodhpur from May 10-11, 2005.
  11. R.L. Srivastava, N. Bala, P. Chaudhary and G. Singh. (2005). Grassland Development strategies dovetailed with planners perspective. Presented in the workshop on Grassland Ecology and Gene pool Conservation' held at Jaipur from 26-28th October 2005.
  12. G. Singh, N. Bala and Thanaram Rathod (2006). Process and control of desertification for improved productivity in dry areas. Presented in the workshop 'Desert and Desertification in Western India' at Gandhinagar, Gujarat on 19-20th January 2006 organized by State Forest Department, Gujarat.
  13. G. Singh, N. Bala, P. Kumar and T.R. Rathod (2006). Biodiversity and productivity of tree associated pastureland and their probable management strategies in dry areas. In national conference on 'Forest Ecology and Environment-priorities in 21st century held at FRI, Dehradun on 27-28th February 2006.
  14. N. Bala, P. Kumar, G. Singh and R.L. Srivastava (2006). Problems of land degradation and their reclamation strategies in western Rajasthan. In national conference on 'Forest Ecology and Environment-priorities in 21st century to be held at FRI, Dehradun on 27-28th February 2006.
  15. N. Bala, G. Singh, P. Kumar, N.K., Limba and N.K. Bohra. (2006). Water-logging and salinity threatening food security in the canal command area of IGNP. National Workshop on 'Forestry for Food Security in Dry Zone" held at AFRI, Jodhpur on 5-6th October 2006. Pp 14.
  16. G. Singh, N. Bala, P. Kumar, S.R. Baloch, T.R. Rathod and N.K. Limba (2006).  Flood disaster in western Rajasthan: disadvantages and the benefits. Presented in the workshop on 'Floods of August 2006 in Rajasthan: Causes, Magnitude and Strategies' held at CAZRI, Jodhpur on 15th December 2006.
  17. R.L. Srivastava, N. Bala, P. Kumar and G. Singh (2007). Afforestation of degraded lands for natural resources conversation in western Rajasthan. Presented in Seminar on 'Recent Advances in natural resource appraisal for sustainable management' held at State remote sensing application centre, Jodhpur on 15th March 2007.
  18. G. Singh, N. Bala and P. Kumar (2007). Challenges and strategies for sustainable development of Indira Gandhi Nahar area of Rajasthan. Presented in seminar on 'Revisiting Indira Gandhi Canal Command, held at CAZRI, Jodhpur on 15-16 December 2007.
  19. N. Bala, P. Kumar and G. Singh (2007). Growth and physiology of tree species growing under water logged conditions in IGNP with emphasis on bio-drainage. Presented in seminar on 'Revisiting Indira Gandhi Canal Command, held at CAZRI, Jodhpur on 15-16 December 2007.
  20. G. Singh, Smita Shukla and N. Bala. (2009). Resource management to improve diversity and productivity of rangelands infested with Prosopis juliflora (Swartz) DC in Indian Desert. In National symposium on 'Prosopis: ecological, economic significance and Management Challenges' organized by Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, Bhuj, Gujarat during February 20-21, 2009.
  21. G. Singh, N. Bala, A. Rani, N.K. Limba and A.U. Khan (2009). Soil water dynamics and growth of Dendrocalamus strictus L. influenced by rainwater harvesting in Aravalli hills of Rajasthan. Poster presentation in National seminar on 'Bamboo plantation, management and its utilization' held at AFRI, Jodhpur on 17-19 March 2009, pp 39.
  22. G. Singh, N. Bala, N. K. Limba and Deepak Mishra (2009). Resource conservation and afforestation to rehabilitate and control land degradation in Aravalli hills in south-western Rajasthan
  23. N. Bala, G. Singh, N. K. Bohra and N. K. Limba. (2009). Soil nutrients and carbon stock in plantation of different age and species along canal command area in Indian desert. International conference on Nurturing arid zone for people and the environment: issues and agenda for the 21st Century. CAZRI, Jodhpur, India. November 24-28, pp.141.
  24. N. Bala, G. Singh and Gangaram (2009). Comparing growth and water use of Eucalyptus camaldulensis with native species under different level of water logging and salinity in Indian arid zone. In: IV National Forestry Conference held at FRI, Dehradun 9-11 December, p 215.
  25. N. Bala, G. Singh, N.K. Bohra and N.K. Limba (2009). Increasing productivity of water-logged zone of canal command area in Indian Desert. In: Asian Regional conference of INCID on `improvement in efficiency of irrigation projects through technology upgradation and better operation and maintenance' organized by MoWR at Delhi, 6-11th December, p203.

 Chapters in books:

  1. Bala, N. (2001). Water regime and forests. In Bioresource Technology (Ed. G. Tripathi).
  2. G. Singh, T.R. Rathod, S. Mutha, S. Upadhyaya and N. Bala (2005). Tree associated diversity and productivity of vegetation recovered after a severe drought in Indian Desert. In: Multipurpose Trees in the Tropics: management and improvement strategies (Eds. V.P. Tewari and R.L. Srivastava). Arid Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur. Pp 561-568.
  3. G. Singh and N. Bala (2007). Role of Tree Litter in organic Farming. In: Organic Agriculture (Eds J.C. Tarfdar, K.P. Tripathi and M. Kumar). Indian Society of Soil Science (Jodhpur chapter) and Scientific Publishers (India), Jodhpur.Pp 110-118.
  4. G. Singh, N. Bala, P. Kumar and Abharani (2007). Managing dry land resources to increase productivity and livelihood in Indian Perspectives. In: Dryland Ecosystem: Indian perspective, (K.P.R. Vittal, R.L. Srivastava, N.L. Joshi, Amal Kar, V.P. Tewari and S. Katju, ed.). Evergreen Printer, Jodhpur.
  5. G. Singh, N. Bala, P. Kumar, S.R. Baloach, T.R. Rathod and N.K. Limba (2007). Flood disaster in western Rajasthan: disadvantages and the benefits. In: State of Art Report- Floods of August 2006 in Rajasthan: Causes, Magnitude and Strategies. INCOH Publication No. INCOH/SAR 29/2007. National Institute of Hydrology, Roorki, India. Pp. 52-59.
  6. G. Singh and N.Bala (2010). Eucalyptus and the environmental impacts: realities behind controversy. In: Eucalyptus and water consumption, ICFRE, Dehradun, S. Tripathi, M.P. Singh, S. Nautiyal, B.M. Dimri and D. Kumar (eds.), pp 61-79.
  7. N. Bala and N. K. Bohra (2012). Shusk kshetra me jal pravandhan (Hindi). In: Samekit Jal Grahan Kshetra Prabandhan Prashikshan Karykram Ke Antargat Pariyojana Karyanyavayan Agency, Jan Grahan Vikas Dal Tatha Kishanon Hetu Sandarbh Samagree, N.K. Bohra and D.K. Mishra (Eds), AFRI, Jodhpur. Pp. 101-105.

 Chapters in proceedings:

  1. P. Kumar, N. Bala, G. Singh and S.P. Chaukiyal (2003). Status of common access resources (CARs) and socio economic conditions in some villages of Rajasthan and Gujarat. In Proceedings of workshop on Development of suitable strategies for rehabilitation of oran and gauchar in Rajasthan.  Arid Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur, India, pp 97-102.
  2. S. P. Chaukiyal, G. Singh, N. Bala and P. Kumar (2003) Floral diversity and carbon stock in common property land resources in some villages of Rajasthan and Gujarat. In Proceedings of workshop on Development of suitable strategies for rehabilitation of oran and gauchar in Rajasthan.  Arid Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur, India, pp 38-50.
  3. N. Bala, G. Singh, N. K. Bohra and N. K. Limba. (2009). Increasing productivity of waterlogged zone of canal command area in Indian desert. In Proceedings of the 60th International Executive Council Meeting & 5th Asian Regional Conference on Improvement in efficiency of irrigation projects through technology up gradation and better operation & maintenance. New Delhi. PDF-No. 118.

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