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Technology of Wastelands Development

Ram Prasad (Author)

The volume spread into three parts in 13 chapters deals with the present status of wastelands, and technology adopted for its developments. It explicitly defines the wastelands, their nature, extent and also gives reasons for their formation. The nine land use categories viz. forests, area under non-agricultural uses, barren and unculturable lands, permanent pasture and other grazing lands, lands under miscellaneous tree crops and grooves, culturable wastelands, fallow lands other than current fallows and net area shown are also listed. The book summarizes the comprehensive field research work carried out on degraded forests, ravine lands, mine over burdens, bhata lands, saline and alkaline soils, other wastelands including water-logged areas and periodically inundated areas.

Massive environmental degradation is evidently unavoidable in case of large scale mechanized open-cast mining. The vast tracts of lands are turned upside down, their vegetative cover destroyed and fertility of soil reduced to zero allowing no generation of green cover. The book focuses attention on the reclamation and rehabilitation of these lands, practicing special techniques, planting methods, which resulted in good growth rate and biomass production on these mine- overburdens. Role of bio-fertilizers in wasteland development and forest production and application of bio-technology in wastelands development have also been dealt with. The book concludes with reviewing the approaches in economic analysis management and planning for wastelands reclamation and development. The volume, it is hoped, would be of direct interest to practicing foresters, forest farmers, forest research workers, soil scientists and all those engaged in wastelands development works to improve nay to save the environment and increase forest production.

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About the author

Ram Prasad

Dr. Ram Prasad is Assistsnt Professor at the Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India. His research interests include plant-microbe interactions, sustainble agriculture and microbial nanobiotechnology. Dr. Prasad has more than hundred publications to his credit, including research papers & book chapters and five patents issued or pending, and edited or authored several books. Dr. Prasad has twelve years of teaching & research experience and he has been awarded the Young Scientist Award (2007) and Prof. J.S. Datta Munshi Gold Medal (2009) by the International Society for Ecological Communications; FSAB fellowship (2010) by the Society for Applied Biotechnology;

Outstanding Scientist Award (2015) in the field of Microbiology by Venus International Foundationa; and the American Cancer Society UICC International Fellowship for Beginning Investigators (USA, 2014).

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Title Technology of Wastelands Development
Author Ram Prasad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.07.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788185211190
length 356p., 25cm.