Overview for Flora of Rajasthan: South and South-East Region
Though the North-western part of the state which includes the desert part has been thoroughly studied floristically, its South and South-eastern part has remained neglected and except for a few stray reports, no systematic work on the floristics of this comparatively moist and floristically rich part of the state has ever been attempted before. The treatise includes a systematic and up to date presentation of 1378 plant species (including cultivated as well as ornamental) covering 126 families growing in this part of Rajasthan (Mewar region). In the introductory chapter physiognomy, geology, surface configurations, the drainage system, soils, climate, rainfall, temperature and relative humidity of the study area has been described. Natural vegetation of Rajasthan as existed during the mid sixties and its classification has been provided. Some characteristic associations such as Flora of Ancient Monuments and walls, lithophytes, weeds, flora of wastelands, aquatic vegetation, specialized Angiosperms, cultivated plants, ornamentals, rare, vulnerable and endangered plants, exotic plants and sanctuaries have been described. Plan of preparation of the flora, abbreviations used and taxonomic terminology have been provided for the easy comprehension of the subject. The system of Bentham and Hooker has been followed except at certain places, where the circumscription of the families follows that of Hutchinson's "Families of Flowering Plants". Critical notes on the controversial taxa have been provided. Attempts have been made to give a common diagnostic identification key for wild as well as cultivated plants. The treatise also contains illustrations of some important plants as well as distributional maps of the plant communities and geographical maps of the area. It is hoped that the volume will be useful to the persons working in the field of taxonomy, Floristic, Agriculture, Forestry and Ethonobotany.
Y.D. Tiagi (Author)
Having passed M.Sc (Botany) with an outstandingly brilliant academic career throughout with first position and previous record breaking marks, from Govt. College, Ajmer in 1952, Dr. Y.D. Tiagi taught UG and PG classes in Agra College, University of Saugar (now rechristened as Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishvavidyalaya), University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Jiwaji University, Gwalior in various capacities and as Professor of Botany in the now Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur from where he superannuated in the year 1990. Prof. Y.D. Tiagi is a rare example of having done Post-Doctoral research in the erstwhile USSR. Prof. Tiagi has 36 doctorates to his credit all of whom have occupied high positions like Vice-Chancellor and professors in Universities. With a unique record of 57 years of teaching biological sciences both to the UG and PG classes. He is working at present as Principal, Life science Faculty, Apex Institute of Management and science, Jaipur and as usual is very actively engaged even now in teaching of Biotechnology and Microbiology both to UG and PG classes.
N.C. Aery (Author)
Prof. N.C. Aery is Professor of Botany and Associate Dean, University College of Science, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur. For the last 30 years or so, Dr. Aery has worked in various fields of environment namely, Geobotany and Biogeochemistry of Mineral Deposits, Phytoremediation, Biomonitoring, Ecotoxicology and Biodiversity. Dr. Aery visited Colombo, sri Lanka and Budapest, Hungary to attend ICRO/IUBS/ICSU Training Programmes on Biomonitoring, published more than 100 research papers in National and International journals of repute and has handled 10 major research projects funded by various agencies. Eighteen students have completed their Ph.D. and 08 are pursuing research work under his guidance. Presently, his group is pursuing studies on the environmental monitoring of naturally occurring radionucllides, essentiality/toxicity of Se, Li, si, Ag and U in plants, phytoremediation of mining wastelands integrating Remote Sensing and GIS technology and relative agronomic evaluation of certain phosphatic fertilizers. He is making serious efforts to digitise the plant collection of this region in order to establish the first Electronic Herbarium in the state of Rajasthan.