Dr. Gaurav Kumar Mishra


Research Interests

The main focus of our research is on lichens taxonomy, biodiversity assessment, ecology, biomonitoring, climate change and lichenometric studies in the alpine areas. The molecular systematic approaches on Indian lichens are our ongoing research. We have successfully studied and resolved a number of taxonomic complex and ambiguities on two largest groups of lichens i.e. Teloschistaceae and Cetrarioid group of lichens in India. We are involved in exploring the lichen diversity of various Indian states, namely Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and of states in the north east region, namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Shillong. We are also working on assessment of ethno-medicinally important lichens and characterization of their medicinal potential. These studies are help to prepare local or regional inventories of lichens but also play vital role in development of database on Indian lichens to depict the clear picture of lichen diversity in India and use in other biomonitoring and conservational studies.

Focused Research Area:

  • Lichen systematic (revisionary and floristic diversity assessment).
  • Ecology and conservation of lichens.
  • Lichenicolous and Endolichenic fungi.
  • Biodeterioration
  • Biomonitoring air pollution and climate change.
  • Bioprospecting lichens for medicinal values.
  • Lichen mycobiont culture

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Mishra


Research Summary

  • The revisionary studies on genus, family, or a group of related taxa are studied. The groups parmelioid lichens, pyrenocarpous lichens and cetrarioid lichens, families Teloschistacae and gen­era Acarospora, Myriospora, Parmotrema, Phyllospora, Phlyctis and Pyrenula are studied.
  • In floristic studies several states and ecologically interesting habitats which were un­explored earlier were studied in details (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Shillong, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand,). At present molecular phylogeny has become an essential tool in lichen systematic.
  • Assessment and conservation studies of protected areas such as Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra and Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Garhwal Himalaya, Uttarakhand.
  • Explore endolichenic fungi from temperate regions of Kumaun Himalaya, Uttarakhand.
  • Biodeterioration studies have been done in monuments of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Biomonitoring air pollution and climate change has been done to assess the level and possible sources of organic and inorganic pollutants in Himalayan region and their effect on naturally growing foliose lichen Pyxine cocoes (Sw.) Nyl.
  • The medicinal properties or biological activities of lichens have been documented from the tribal community of Himalayan region for the development of value added products.
  • In vitro culture of lichen mycobiont Pyxine cocoes luxuriantly grown in Uttar Pradesh has been carried out for producing commercially important secondary metabolites.
  • More than 40 lichens species discovered as new to India.

Lichen species discovered new to Science

  • Huriella upretianaY. Kondr., G.K. Mishra, Nayaka & A. Thell
  • Letrouitia assamana Y. Kondr., G.K. Mishra & D.K. Upreti
  • Myriospora himalayensis K. Mishra, Nayaka & Upreti
  • Phyllopsora catervisorediata K. Mishra, Upreti & Nayaka
  • Phyllopsora corallina subglaucella G.K. Mishra, Upreti & Nayaka
  • Phyllopsora himalayensis K. Mishra, Upreti & Nayaka
  • Rusavskia indochinensis Y. Kondr., G.K. Mishra
  • Rusavskia upretii Y. Kondr., G.K. Mishra & S. Nayaka


  • Rediscovery
  • Pseudevernia furfuracea (L.) Zopf


  • Rare or noteworthy lichen species
  • Dictyocatenulata alba Finley & E.F. Morris
  • Zeroviella esfahanensis Y. Kondr., B. Zarei-Darki & J.-S. Hur

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Mishra



– G.K. Mishra, S. Nayaka & D.K. Upreti 2021. Myriospora himalayensis (Acarosporaceae, lichenized fungi), a new species from Western Himalayan region of India. Taiwania 66(1): 630-635.

–  N. Rajaprabu, P. Ponmurugan & G.K. Mishra 2021. New record of pyrenocarpous lichen for Indian lichen biota. Journal of Threatened Taxa 13(1): 17607-17610.

–  G.K. Mishra, D.K. Upreti, S. Nayaka, A. Thell, I. Kärnefelt, L. Lőkös  J. S. Hur, G.P. Sinha & S.Y. Kondratyuk 2020. Current taxonomy of the lichen family Teloschistaceae from India with descriptions of new taxa. Acta Botanica Hungarica 62 (3-4):309-391.  ISSN (print): 0236-6495: ISSN (Online): 1588-2578. DOI: 10.1556/034.62.2020.3-4.5

– S.Y. Kondratyuk, D.K. Upreti, G.K. Mishra, S. Nayaka, K.K. Ingle, O.O. Orlov, A.S. Kondratiuk, L. Lőkös, E. Farkas6, J.-J. Woo and J.-S. Hur 2020. New and Noteworthy Lichen-Forming and Lichenicolous Fungi 10. Acta Botanica Hungarica 62(1–2), pp. 69–108, 202. ISSN (print): 0236-6495: ISSN (Online): 1588-2578.  DOI: 10.1556/034.62.2020.1-2.6

– G.K. Mishra, S. Nayaka & D.K. Upreti 2020. Distribution, biomonitoring and conservation studies of pyrenocarpous lichens in India. G- Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. 7(5):54-59. ISSN: 2322-02284 (online); 23322-021X (print).

  • K. Mishra, D.K. Upreti and S. Nayaka 2019. Floristic diversity status assessment of lichens from Dima Hasao district, North East, India. International Journal of Plant and Environment 5(2): 84-91. ISSN: 2454-1117. DOI: 10.18811/ijpen.v5i02.3
  • K. Mishra, S. Nayaka, D.K. Upreti and S.Y. Kondratyuk 2019. Species and chemical diversity in lichen family Teloschistaceae, and their bioprospecting potential: A review in Indian context. Cryptogam Biodiversity and Assessment 3(2): 8-22. ISSN: 2456-025. DOI: 10.21756/cab.v3i2.16254
  • K. Mishra, V. Shukla, S. Nayaka & D.K. Upreti (2018). Lichen communities as a tool to map environmental condition in Champawat district of Uttarakhand. Cryptogam Biodiversity and Assessment. 3(1):7-10. ISSN: 2456-0251. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21756/cab.v3i01.13385
  • Y. Kondratyuk, P. E., Persson, M. Hansson, G.K. Mishra, S. Nayaka, J.-S. Hur & A. Thell 2018. Upretia, a new caloplacoid lichen genus (Teloschistaceae, Lichen-Forming Ascomycota) from India proved by molecular phylogeny. Cryptogam Biodiversity and Assessment. (Special Volume): 22-31. ISSN : 2456-0251
  • K. Mishra & D.K. Upreti 2017. The Lichen Genus Parmotrema A. Massal. (Lecanorales, Ascomycota) from India with additional distribution records. Cryptogam Biodiversity and Assessment. 2(2):18-40. ISSN : 2456-0251. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21756/cab.v2i02.11117
  • K. Mishra, N. Dubey, H. Bagla, R. Bajpai & S. Nayaka 2017. An Assessment of Lichens Diversity from Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra, India. Cryptogam Biodiversity and Assessment. 2(2):11-17. ISSN : 2456-0251
  • Y. Kondratyuk, G.K. Mishra, S. Nayaka & D.K. Upreti 2017. New record or otherwise interesting species of Teloschistaceae (lichenized fungi) from India. Cryptogam Biodiversity and Assessment. 2(1):8-13. ISSN : 2456-0251
  • Y. Kondratyuk,L. LőkösJ.P. HaldaC. RouxD.K. UpretiF. SchummG.K. MishraS. NayakaE. FarkasJ.S. ParkB.G. LeeD. LiuJ.-J. Woo and J.-S. Hur 2017. New and noteworthy lichen-forming and lichenicolous fungi 6. Acta Botanica Hungarica 59:1-2, 137-260.  ISSN (print): 0236-6495: ISSN (Online): 1588-2578.

–  S.Y. KondratyukL. LőkösD.K. UpretiS. NayakaG.K. MishraS. RaveraM.-H. JeongS.-H. JangJ.S. ParkJ.-S. Hur 2017. New monophyletic branches of the Teloschistaceae (lichen-forming Ascomycota) proved by three gene phylogeny. Acta Botanica Hungarica 59:1-2, 71-136. ISSN (print): 0236-6495: ISSN (Online): 1588-2578.

–  S.Y. Kondratyuk, L. LŐkÖs, J. P. Halda, D.K. Upreti, G.K. Mishra, M. Haji Moniri, E. Farkas, J.S. Park, B.G. Lee, D. Liu, J.-J. Woo, R.G.U. Jayalal, S.-O. Oh and J.-S. Hur 2016. New and Noteworthy Lichen-Forming and Lichenicolous Fungi 5. Acta Botanica Hungarica 58(3–4): 319–396. ISSN (print): 0236-6495: ISSN (Online): 1588-2578. DOI: 10.1556/ABot.58.2016.3-4.7

  • K. Mishra & D.C. Saini. 2016. Distribution patterns of epiphytic lichens in Kumaun Himalaya, Uttarakhand. Journal on New Biological Reports 5 (1): 19 – 35. ISSN: 2319–1104 (Online)
  • K. Mishra & D.C. Saini. 2016. Biodeterioration of wall and roof in historic building and monuments in Lucknow city Uttar Pradesh. Journal on New Biological Reports 5 (1): 10 – 18. ISSN: 2319–1104 (Online)
  • K. Mishra and D.K. Upreti 2016. Diversity and distribution of macro-lichen in Kumaun Himalaya, Uttarakhand. Int. J. of Adv. Res. 4 (2): 912-926. ISSN: 2320-5407
  • K. Mishra, S. Joshi & D.K. Upreti 2016. Lichenometric dating curve as applied to glacier retreat studies in the Himalayas. International Journal of Advanced Research 4 (2): 77-90. ISSN: 2320-5407
  • K. Mishra & D.K. Upreti 2015. Altitudinal distribution of cetrarioid lichens in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Garhwal Himalaya, Uttarakhand. Geophytology 45(1): 9-19 ISSN: 0376-5156.
  • Goni, G.K. Mishra, D.K. Upreti & N. Sharma 2015. Occurrence of lichen species Pseudevernia furfuracea (l.) Zopf from Jammu & Kashmir, India. Phytotaxonomy. 14: 114-116 ISSN: 0972-4206.

– G.K. Mishra & D.K. Upreti 2015. The lichen genus Cetrelia (Parmeliaceae Ascomycota) in India. Phytotaxa 236 (3): 201-214 ISSN: 1179-3155 (print edition) 1179-3163 (online edition) http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.236.3.1

  • K. Mishra & D.K. Upreti 2014. An enumeration of lichens from the Bageshwar district of Kumaun Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences. 3(11): 420-435 ISSN: 2319-7706
  • K. Mishra & D.K. Upreti 2014. Accumulation of heavy metals in foliose lichens growing in industrial area of Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand. International Journal of Current Research and Academic Review 2 (10):48-54. ISSN: 2347-3215

–  N. Karkoti, R. Bajpai, D.K. Upreti, G.K. Mishra, A. Srivastava & S. Nayaka 2013. Effect of metal content on chlorophyll fluorescence and chlorophyll degradation in lichen Pyxine cocoes (Sw.) Nyl.: a case study from Uttar Pradesh, India. Environmental Earth Science 71:2177–2183 ISSN: 1866-6280 (Print) 1866-6299 (Online), doi:10.1007/s12665-013-2623-5

– R. Bajpai, G.K. Mishra, S. Mohabe, D.K. Upreti and S. Nayaka 2011. Determination of atmospheric heavy metals using two lichen species in Katni and Rewa cities, India bioindicator. Journal of Environmental Biology, 32(2): 195-199. ISSN: 0254-8704

  • K. Mishra, D. K. Upreti. S. Nayaka & B. Haridash 2011. New taxa and new reports of Phyllopsora (lichenized Ascomycotina) from India. Mycotaxon 115: 29-44. ISSN: 0093-4666

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Mishra



Dr. Gaurav Kumar Mishra



Ms. Pooja Maurya, CSIR-JRF

Mr. Akhilesh Kumar Maurya, DBT-JRF

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Mishra



Lichenology Laboratory,
Plant Diversity, Systematics & Herbarium
CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow-226001
Phone: 0522-2297851
Email: gauravk.mishra@nbri.res.in;
Research gate Link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gaurav-Mishra-26