Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)

Science & Technology for National Development

Faculty of Science Introduction

Mrs. Jaishree Sijapati

Chief

Email: science@nast.org.np

Tel: +97715547714

 

Faculty of Science conducts research in different areas of science. There are five research laboratories, two research support program, and other international/national collaborative programs under this faculty. Faculty of science conducts scientific research and provides analytical services in different areas of science. Key areas of research activities pertaining in this faculty are molecular characterization and DNA sequencing, carbon sequestration, radiation and nanomaterials, chemical characterization, Ex situ conservation, plant response modeling, biodiversity conservation and climate change, hydrospheric and atmospheric science, water quality research and monitoring etc. Current analytical services that has been provided by this faculty are water quality analysis, radiation dosimetry, soil analysis, diagnosis of citrus greening disease etc

 

Research Laboratories

  1. Biological Resource
  2. Environmental Research
  3. Molecular Research
  4. Physical Science
  5. Natural Product Chemistry

Research Support Programs

  1. Nepal Climate Change and Knowledge Management Center (NCCKMC)
  2. Talent Promotion Program

International/National Collaborative/Faculty Programs

Darwin Initiative Project

Partner organizations: RBGE (UK), NAST (Nepal), DPR, MoFE( Nepal), CDB, TU (Nepal), HELVITAS (Nepal), Forest Action(Nepal) AEPC (Nepal).

Science-based intervention reversing negative impacts of invasive plants in Nepal: Invasive Alien Species are one of the major threats to biodiversity and ecosystem health, and considerable burden in agriculture and forestry. The project aims in: developing the scientific knowledge-base and in-country capacity to tackle increasing challenges from invasive plants in Nepal; engaging local communities in recognition, control and utilization of invasive plants, and restoring infested lands; using invasive plant biomass for alternative, carbon-sensitive bio-energy sources to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty, conserve biodiversity and offset carbon. Project activities focus on Bardiya, Nawalparasi and Makawanpur districts of Nepal.

Team members: Ms. Jaishree Sijapati; Dr. Rabindra Prasad Dhakal; Dr. Shandesh Bhattarai; Dr. Ekananda Paudel

Contact: Shandesh Bhattarai (shandesh.bhattarai@nast.gov.np; shandeshbhattarai@gmail.com)

Flora of Nepal Publication

Partner organizations: RBGE, Natural History Museum, London (UK), NAST (Nepal), University of Tokyo (Japan), DPR, MoFE (Nepal), CDB, TU (Nepal)

The purpose of the Flora of Nepal project is to produce the comprehensive account of all the estimated 7000 species of vascular plants of Nepal. One of the outputs is a series of ten printed volumes, written in English. The main use for the printed Flora is plant identification. The Flora of Nepal sets out to produce a new approach to specimen-based Flora writing. There are guidelines (www.floraofnepal.org) which help to prepare taxonomic treatments that are as consistent as possible both within and between volumes of the Flora. Subsequent versions of the Guidelines and supporting documents will be available in the Flora of Nepal website (www.floraofnepal.org).

Team members: Ms. Jaishree Sijapati; Dr. Shandesh Bhattarai,

Contact: Shandesh Bhattarai (shandesh.bhattarai@nast.gov.np; shandeshbhattarai@gmail.com)

Mycotoxin study

Partner organizations: USAID (Nepal), NAST (Nepal), The Feed the Future PHLIL, KSU (USA), NDRI (Nepal), Hellen Keller International (Nepal).

Characterizing prevalence of mycotoxins in value chain crops and livestock feeds in Nepal

Team members: Ms Jaishree Sijapati; Dr. Rosa Ranjit

Contact: Jaishree Sijapati (jaishree.sijapati@nast.gov.np; jaya_sija@hotmail.com)

Microbial Culture Collection Centre

Nepal is rich in biodiversity and microbial resources due to its unique topography and high variability in eco-climatic conditions.Microorganisms have been recognized as vital components of the world’s biodiversity.  Microorganisms are essential for life since they perform numerous functions like nutrient cycling, environment detoxification, production of antibiotics, vitamins and industrial enzymes etc. Despite the importance of microbial resources, priority has not been given for the preservation of these resources.  Most of the strains are lost due to lack of adequate permanent and reliable repository. Long-term preservation of micro-organisms is an often neglected but very important aspect of both applied and environmental microbiology. Realizing the importance of preservation of this microbial resource, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) aims to establish a Microbial Culture Collection Centre (MCCC) at NAST. Preliminary work on establishment of MCCC has been initiated. Thiscenter will play a crucial role in preservation and sustainable use of microcroorganisms.

Team members:Ms. Jaishree Sijapati;Dr. Jyoti Maharjan; Ms. Prabina Rana

Contact:Dr. Jyoti Maharjan(jyoti.maharjan@nast.gov.np; jyotimaharjan@yahoo.com)

 

Model Scientific Village

Model Scientific Village (MSV) is a village/area which comprises all the existing theoretical and practical knowledge of science (Biology, chemistry, physics, geography, environmental sciences, engineering, and others) and the local people think, read, follow, regulate, and sustain science and scientific facts. The concept of MSV is significant for all people with different professions and characteristic groups, for example, for generalists and specialists, for young and adults, and for male and female. The objectives are: to develop the village based on sustainable development; to conduct the income-generating programs and trainings on health awareness, environment, and science, and to identify and establish basic and advanced technology.

Currently Model Scientific Village program is running at Musahari Tole, Haribhawan, Lalbandi-4, Sarlahi.

Team members: Dr. Buddhi Ratna Khadge; Ms. Jaishree Sijapati; Dr. Suresh Kumar Dhungel; Dr. Tirth Raj Ghimire

Contact

Dr. Tirth Raj Ghimire (tirth.ghimire@nast.gov.np; tirthprimate@gmail.com

Yarsagumba Research & Development

Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps sinensis; syn. Cordyceps sinensis) is the most expensive bioresource available in world today. So far, Nepal is the second largest supplier of this mushroom, with official annual production standing around three tonnes. Excessive harvesting to meet the increasing demand in the international market is threatening the livelihood and the existence of this species in its native habitat. For last few years’ serious concerns on the availability and abundance, appropriate policy on collection, processing, and trade of the resource have been raised by collectors, traders, researchers, conservationists, and policy makers within the country. On the other hand detailed analyses of the ecology, life history, population dynamics, habitat condition, awareness among harvesters, and assessment of natural stocks for sustainable use of this valuable resource are lacking. With these backdrops this program has envisaged to relieve our alpine meadow (grasslands) from all those environmental or other types of stresses and make the resource sustainable as its primary goal.

Team members:Ms. Jaishree Sijapati; Dr. Lok Ranjan Bhatta; Dr. Jay Kant Raut; Dr. Ram Chandra Poudel

Contact

Dr. Jay Kant Raut (jaykant.raut@nast.gov.np; raut_jk2000@yahoo.com)

Supportive Staff members

Mr. Raghu Shrestha

Ms. Indira ThapaMahat

Mr. Dev Raj Sapkota

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