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Plant Diversity in India

  • Book

  • 624 Pages
  • July 2018
  • Region: India
  • I.K. International Pvt. Ltd
  • ID: 4860881
India has a vast landmass of 328 million hectares, extending from the tropics to the alpine regions, rich wetlands to deserts, islands, long coastline to Western and Eastern Ghats and the high Himalayas. It has equally rich and diverse plant diversity, with over 47,000 species that are already documented. Because of the large population dependence on these plants, expansion of agriculture, urbanization and development efforts, many species are threatened too.

Some of the issues concerning plant diversity in India are unique to the country. Taxonomic and floristic studies on all major groups have been carried out but the information is scattered in research papers and regional/local floras, manuals and monographs. This volume intends to bridge this gap. Nine of the thirteen chapters of this volume deals with different plant groups extending from algae to angiosperms and allied groups such as bacteria, fungi, lichens, and myxomycetes. There are chapters dealing with topical issues in global context on biodiversity with special reference to India such as climate change and its impact on biodiversity, crop diversity, and tradomedicalism.

Each chapter is written by author(s) specialising on the particular group and having long experience of research in it. Each chapter includes not only distribution and diversity but also major researches, economic uses and conventional human interactions. Lacunae in current knowledge are also pinpointed. The book provides information on ecosystem diversity, flora of special sensitive regions (mangroves, wetland, and coral reefs), and on policies and strategies being adopted for in situ and ex situ conservation.

Table of Contents

1. Plant Diversity in India: An Overview

2. Algal Diversity and Current Trends in Conservation

3. Bryophyte Diversity, Utility and Prospects

4. Diversity and Developments in Pteridophytes

5. Diversity and Developmental Biology of Gymnosperms

6. Plant Diversity in India: Angiosperms

7. Bacteria

8. The Myxomycetes

9. Fungi

10. Lichen Diversity in India

11. Climate Change and India: Impacts on Biodiversity

12. Crop Diversity and Conservation

13. Tradomedicalism: Indian Perspective