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Flora of Kolhapur District

M.M. Sardesai (Author) S.R. Yadav (Author)
Synopsis Rio Earth Summit held in 1992 emphasized the need to conserve the biodiversity of globe, especially the tropics. The meaningful conservation of biodiversity involves a thorough understanding of the flora and fauna of the region. Thus, taxonomy is the fundamental reality of biodiversity, which creates the need for recognizing, comparing, classifying and naming millions of organisms that exists in the world. It is realized that there is an urgent need to document the biological diversity for sustainable development. Kolhapur, the south-most district of Maharashtra state is an irregular belt of deccan plateau lying along eastern side of westernmost main crest of Sahyadris. The main ranges of Sahyadris, their spurs and valleys, plateaus and plains form important botanical pockets of high biodiversity. In Maharashtra, it is probably the richest district in its biodiversity. Moreover, Kolhapur attained the status of an important center of learning that caters to the needs of all the classes and communities of the region. Shivaji University was established in1962 at Kolhapur to cater to the educational needs of essentially the rural districts of South Western Maharashtra. Inspite of luxuriant vegetation, rich biodiversity and center for learning, the district remained botanically little known. Therefore, floristic work on the district was initiated in year 1985. The present flora is an outcome of continuous fieldwork and studies for the last 15 years on flowering plants of the district. The flora presents an up-to-date floristic account of flowering plants of Kolhapur district. A total of 2227 species, 5 subspecies and 30 varieties belonging to 1023 genera and 182 families of flowering plants have been recorded and described in the flora. Three maps, 100 text figures, 194 colour photographs in 50 plates are included in the book. It is a comprehensive and dependable source of information on flowering plant species of the region Nomenclatural changes have been updated in the book. It is hoped that the book will be of use to students and teachers of biology, agriculturists, ecologists, environmentalists, foresters, medical practitioners economists, sociologists, industrialists and persons interested in flowering plants of the region.
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About the authors

M.M. Sardesai

M.M. Sardesai, the second author, M.M. Sardesai completed his M.Sc. with “Taxonomy of Angiosperms” as his specialization. He was awarded Junior Research Fellow in 1996 and then promoted as Senior Research Fellow in 1998 in DST project during which he worked on aquatic plant wealth of coastal plains of Konkan, Goa and Kanara. Since 1994, he has made extensive field visits in South-Western Maharashtra and studied flowering plants of the region. He is a life-member of all India Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (IAAT). He has to his credit four research papers in taxonomy and floristics. He has made major work in collection and documentation of flowering plants of Kolhapur district. He is presently working and preparing D-base on flowering plants of Maharashtra under the scheme of Fast Track Proposals for Young Scientist by DST.

S.R. Yadav

S.R. Yadav is at present working as Professor in the Department of Botany in Shivaji University, Kolhapur. He joined Botany Department of the University in June 1985. Since then he has been working on flowering plants of South Western Maharashtra. He has to his credit more than 60 research papers in the field of taxonomy and floristic. He has described 12 new species of flowering plants. Under his supervision seven students have been awarded M.Phil and four Ph.D. He is responsible for restarting “Taxonony Angiosperms” as a specialization at the post graduate level in Botany Department of Shivani University and also for the establishment of Herbarium of flowering plant species of South Western Maharashtra. He has completed six research projects funded by DST, CSIR, MoEF and Pragat Pratishthan and now the Principal Investigator for two projects. He has visited Japan, China and USA to present his research papers in conferences. He is a member of Species Survival Committee (SSC) of IUCN. He is a fellow of All India Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (IAAT) and life member of several scientific organizations. Shivaji University has honoured him by awarding “Best Teacher” award for the year 1999.

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Title Flora of Kolhapur District
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Shivaji University
Language: English
length xiv+680+50p., Figures; Col. plates; 29cm.