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Tribal Wisdom on Medicinal and Economic Plants (Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal)

K K Singh (Author) Anand Prakash (Author)
Synopsis Under an approved in house research project of National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, ethnobotanical studies of the tribals and aboriginal populations were conducted in 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal inhabited by 18 tribes mainly among the Tharus, Kols, Gonds, Bhoxas, Kharwars, Jaunsaris, Bhotias, Garhwalis, Mushars, Baigas etc. in different seasons with a view to gather ethnobotanical informations on the traditional uses of plants and to uncover new plants of potential economic and medicinal value or new uses of known plants during the last 18 years by the scientists of ethnobotany group. The resource inventory of plant genetic resources used by the tribes, local inhabitants foresters, vaidyas and other knowledgeable informants of the region for food, fibre, medicine, oil, gums, dyes tannin, tribal crafts, narcotic, drinks and for antifertility and aphrodisiac medicines, were prepared and documented. The studies have brought to light new indigenous knowledge on many species of useful plants. The present book highlights 450 plant species used in the life and economy of the tribals for meeting the day-to-day needs and healthcare. Plants species of the forest flora utilized for food, fibre, medicines, oils, gums, resin, dyes, basketry, timber, wood work, fish poison, religious ceremonies, narcotics, drinks, etc. have been enumerated here along with their processing methods and uses. The valuable ethnobotanical plant resources are divided into 15 groups on the basis of their uses and the products obtained from them. The species are arranged under each group alphabetically, giving information on their botanical name, family name in parenthesis followed by local name and the tribes. The book also provides information on some potential threatened ethnomedicinal plants and suggests their conservation measures in their own agro climatic ecosystems. The plant species enumerated in ethno medicinal plants group needs further phytochemical, pharmacological, clinical investigations for isolation of potential drugs for standardization and validation of useful green medicines and herbal preparations for human welfare and healthcare. The book will serve as a database and serve as a potential Source of information and useful tools to the students, teachers, researchers, botanists, foresters, environmentalists, conservationists practitioners of herbal medicines, planners and administrators for preparing Developmental Action Plans (DAP) for the tribal tracts through Integrated Tribal Developmental Programme (ITDP), extension programmes for the welfare and upliftment of rural, tribals, aboriginal populations as well as modern society.
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About the authors

K K Singh

K.K. Singh did his B.Sc (Ag.) Hons, M.Sc. (Ag.) in Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science in first division from Agra University, Agra and M.Phil and Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry from AMU, Aligarh. He availed UGC-JRF during his M.Phil, and Ph.D. studies. He qualified GATE-91 examination with an overall percentile score of 91.55. He qualified at a National Eligibility Test in Soil Sci.-Soil Chem. Fert. And Microb. In 1995 and NET-1997 in Soil Sci.-Soil Physics/Soil and Water Conservation organized by Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board, New Delhi. He joined the Department of Agriculture, Got. Of Rajasthan in 1993 as Asst. Agril. Research Officer (Chem.) in a Gazetted position and presently working at Project Directorate (Research), Agriculture and Soil Survey, Krishi Bhavan, Bikaner. He has also served as Asst. Professor (Soil and Water Conservation) for a short stint at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (RARS, Leh), Srinagar. He has 30 research papers, 45 articles, 20 chapters and 6 books published to his credit. He is also a recipient of ARIC 'Crop Research Award-1997' for his significant contribution for promoting literature in the field of agriculture, 20th Century 'Young Agricultural Scientist National Award', and 'Best Paper Award'. He has attended a number of national/international seminars/conferences/workshops and presented papers. He was a member of Editorial Board of J. Crop Research from 2001 to 2003. He is a Life Member of Indian Science Congress Association. He is also an expert of agricultural programmes broadcast from AIR, Bikaner.

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Anand Prakash

Anand Prakash, FES, is a Scientist ‘EI’ in the Plant Taxonomy and Biodiversity Division in the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow. He is serving NBRI for the last 12 years. During the period, he worked out research projects like, ‘Survey of Plant Resources of Rajaji National Park, Dehra Dun, Uttar Pradesh’ and ‘Ethnobotanical Studies of Tribal and Aboriginal Populations of Uttar Pradesh’. Earlier, he served as Research Asstt. (Bot) in the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. New Delhi for three years. He has participated and served as Scientist, ‘EXPLOGAR-96’ a plant exploratory mission to the Valley of Flowers in the Garhwal Himalayas organized by NCC Directorate, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He has published one book, ‘Flora of Rajaji National Park, Uttaranchal and 37 research papers in different National & International Scientific Journals on Plant Taxonomy, Ethnobotany, Biodiversity, Medicinal Plants & Conservation. Besides, he is life member of Societies of Ethnobotanists of India and has been awarded ‘Fellow of the Society of Ethnobotanists (FES)’. He is also a life member of Kaul Science Foundation, Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy, and Association for Plant Taxonomy (APT).

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Bibliographic information

Title Tribal Wisdom on Medicinal and Economic Plants (Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817030783X
length xii+183p., Tables; Plates; Map; References; 23 cm