Biodiversity : An Overview

Biodiversity : An Overview
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Biodiversity : An Overview by Mukesh Kumar, Rajan Kumar Gupta And G S Paliwa
Book Summary:

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.


Audience of the Book :
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.
 
Key Features:

The main features of the book are as follows:

1.A compilation of 29 chapters, the book reviews biodiversity with a bias to the plant kingdom.

2.The chapters cover endangered species, conservation, hotspots, economic botany, biogeography etc.

3.Colour pictures have been used profusely to supplement the textual coverage.

4.Each chapter is preceded with an abstract and keywords and ends with a conclusion and further references.


Table of Contents:

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.