Biodiversity: An Overview , 1/e
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Biodiversity: An Overview , 1/e

Editor : Mukesh Kumar , Rajan Kumar Gupta & G.S. Paliwal
© Year : 2011
ISBN : 9789380578880
Pages : 478
Binding : Hardback
Weight : 1.29   kg
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India’s phytodiversity is one of the most significant in the world. India is one of the twelve mega-biodiversity centers in the world and also an important center of origin of agrobiodiversity. It is therefore, very important to study, document and conserve the plant wealth of India and also of the world before its possible extinction. There are convincing scientific, economic and sociological reasons for giving priority to the conservation of the major centers of plant diversity throughout the world.
The strategies to conserve the biodiversity include establishment of protected area network and corridors with emphasis on appropriate levels of management, reduction of anthropogenic pressure on natural populations by cultivating them elsewhere, programmes of augmentation, reintroduction and introduction of target taxa, restoration of degraded habitats, etc. The conservation strategies can be either, in-situ conservation of genetic resources within their ecosystem and natural habitat or ex-situ conservation of components of genetic material of biological diversity outside their natural habitat. The choice of conservation strategy depends upon the nature of the material to be conserved, i.e., the life cycle and mode of reproduction, size of individual population and ecological status. Ex-situ techniques include the establishment of botanical and zoological gardens, banks of pollen, seed tissue culture, DNA, etc. Establishment of forest reserves, national parks, protected areas and on farm conservation of valuable plant varieties is being promoted to facilitate their in-situ conservation.
The present book comprises of 29 contributions by eminent scientists and research workers who are acknowledged internationally in their respective fields. The book has been prepared with the intention of providing sufficient depth of the subject to satisfy the academic needs of the reader up to a higher level, which is comprehensive and interesting. There are articles on the various groups of plants, i.e., angiosperms, sedge vegetation, grassland vegetation, wetland flora, sacred groves, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy of drug-plants, phenology of medicinal plants, changing water regimes, hotspots and biodiversity conservation.
In totality, it contains useful information for the postgraduate students, teachers, scientists and researchers dealing with Basic and Applied Botany, Ethnobotany, Environmental Biology, Forestry and Agricultural Botany. Moreover, it will prove helpful for Government departments dealing with forestry, social forestry and the cultivation of medicinal plants.

Salient Features:

  • A compilation of 29 chapters, the book reviews biodiversity with a bias to the plant kingdom.
  • The chapters cover endangered species, conservation, hotspots, economic botany, biogeography etc.
  • Colour pictures have been used profusely to supplement the textual coverage.
  • Each chapter is preceded with an abstract and keywords and ends with a conclusion and further references.

1- Biodiversity and Conservation: Salient Features
2- Biodiversity Hotsports: A Tool for Biodiversity Conservation
3- Perceptions of Villagers on Climate Change and its Adverse Effect on Biodiversity Depletion and Agro-Ecosystem of Selected Villages of District Rewari, Haryana
4- Protect Groves: A Traditional Way of Conserving Biodiversity in Garhwal Himalaya, Uttarakhand
5- Phytodiversity: A Medicinal Aspect
6- Biodiversity Conservation and Ecotoursim-Opportunities and Issues in Uttarakhand
7- Distribution, Phylogeny and Phytovhemistry of Ephedra: A Traditional Medicinal Plant
8- Quantitative Assessment and Ethnobotanical uses of Plants of Koti-Kanasar Forest Range (Jaunsar) Uttrakhand,
9- Forest Plant Biodiversity in the State of Uttarakhand
10- Economics of Crop Diversification: Uttarakhand State
11- Medicinally Important Endangered Orchid Habenaria Intermedia D.Don and H.edgeworthii Lindl: A Phenological Study
12- Ichthyodiversity of River Ramganga of Water Uttar Pradesh
13- Mapping of Forest Plantations in Forest Research Institute, Dehradun Using Aerospace Remote Sensing
14- Biodiversity and Conservation of Mangroves in the State of Orissa with Special Reference to Bhitarkanika
15- Invasive Alien Plant Species: A Threat to Native Biodiversity
16- Pollen Diversity of Higher Vascular Plants Growing in and Around Firozabad District of Uttar Pradesh: A Taxonomic View
17- Response of Higher Plant Biodiversity to SO2, Exposure
18- Diversity of Jatropha in India
19- Medico-Religious Plant Diversity of Uttar Pradesh
20- Floristic Diversity of Sikkim Himalayas with Notes on Ethnoveterinary Applications
21- Coal-Fired Industries and the Anthropecology of Plants - A Review
22- Biodiversity of Sadges in Wetlands of Gyanpur
23- Phytodiversity Conservation in India
24- Ethnobotanical Flora of Dewghat Forest, Uttar Pradesh: Need for Conservation
25- Muga Silkworm Biodiversity: A Profile
26- Medicinal Plants: Local Heritage with Global Importance
27- Indigenous Traditional Knowledge of Medicinal Plant Biodiversity amongst Tribals of Rajasthan
28- Conservation of Phytodiversity Through In-Vitro Strategies
29- An Appraisal of the Diversity of Arborescent Plants of Doon Valley NW Himalaya.

Mukesh Kumar :- Mukesh Kumar, Associate Professor, Dept. of Botany, Sahu Jain Post-Graduate College, Najibabad (U.P.), (Affiliated to MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, U.P. India)

G.S. Paliwal :- "G.S. Paliwal (b.1938) currently a Senior Consultant at the Agricultural Finance Corporation Ltd., New Delhi, formerly Head, Department of Botany, H.N.B. Garhwal Central University, Srinagar-246174, Pauri (Uttarakhand). He is well known for his investigations on several facets of developmental botany. He has authored 8 books, 5 of which have won State and National awards. Besides, publishing over 200 research papers in the national and international journals, review articles and monographs, he has supervised over 80 doctoral theses, covering a wide panorma of disciplines in Plant Sciences. Currently, he is finalizing following volumes, at the invitation of the national fund-granting agencies: Tree Wealth of India (Hkkjr dh o`{k lEink); Medicinal Plants of India: Aspects and Prospects.


Rajan Kumar Gupta :- Rajan Kumar Gupta, Associate Professor, Dept. of Botany, Pt. LMS Govt. P.G. Autonomous College, Rishikesh, (Affiliated to HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, UK, India)

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