Common Seaweeds Of India

Common Seaweeds Of India
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Common Seaweeds Of India

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Preface Under the vast expanse of tropical waters of Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea there lies huge resources of marine life which consist of beautiful corals, seagrasses, fish, marine mammals, marine algae etc. While common people are aware of corals, whales many of them are less informed about the presence of a group of colorful plants called seaweeds. These macromarine algae have been playing a very important role not only in our day to day lives but also in the marine ecosystem. To make the common people, students, policymakers, entrepreneurs and researchers aware about the seaweeds and their uses, I wrote my first book Farming the Ocean Seaweeds Cultivation and Utilization in the year 2000 which become very popular among people from various walks of life. This book also encouraged many students to study Phycology study of algae and enthused some young entrepreneurs to set up seaweed businesses in India. My second book Seaweeds of Indian coast Sahoo et al. 2001 was one of the most difficult jobs where a checklist of 770 species was compiled from different parts of the Indian coast. Then I was requested by many of my masters and research students to prepare field guide that would be helpful in identification of seaweeds. While searching the literature on marine algae field guides I could only find the monumental work by Srinivasan 1969, 1973 in Phycologia Indica containing 50 colorful hand drawings. While making the outline of this book I thought it would be appropriate to concentrate only on common seaweeds of India rather than all the 770 species. Hence the title of the book Common seaweeds of India . This book contains original pictures taken by our group during the field trips undertaken to various parts of the Indian coast including Andaman Nicobar Islands as well as Lakshadweep group of Islands. I hope this book will be useful for students, researchers, teachers, nature lovers, scuba divers and people from various walks of life. Delhi, India December 1, 2009
Dinabandhu Sahoo
Acknowledgements I am extremely grateful to my supervisor Late Professor M.R. Vijayaraghavan who guided my research career. I also thank my close Japanese friend Professor Shunji Hosaka, Chuo University, Japan for his constant encouragement. I thank Dr. I. A. Levine from University of Southern Maine, USA who is presently a visiting New Century Fulbright Scholar in my laboratory at Delhi University for his help. This book would not have been possible without unconditional and tireless efforts of my research students Dr. Pooja Baweja, Mr. M. Arunjit Singh, Ms. Elangbam Geetanjali, Mr. Savindra Kumar and Ms. Salam Sonia Devi. At the same time I received enormous help from my other research students Gaurav Kumar, Nitin Pipralia, Arvind K. Bhardwaj, Priyanka Verma and Vivek Chopra. The contribution of my former students Dr. Nivedita, Dr. Debasish, Dr. Sunita Singh, Dr. Saswati Nayak, Ms. Mrinmala Devi, Vipin Dhama, Neetu Kushwah, Babita Kumari cannot be ignored. I thank my wife Dr. Meenakshi Munshi, son Chaitanya Sahoo and