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Eucalyptus: Enduring Myths, Stunning Realities

S.A. Abbasi (Author) S. Vinithan (Author) N. Ramesh (Author)
Synopsis Eucalyptus is one such genera of trees. But at present it is hardly regarded as a gift of God by majority of environmentalists. To them, eucalyptus is a curse, a s courage, a harbinger of despair and destruction! While the supporters of eucalyptus find nothing wrong with the tree, the opponents find nothing right. There is no other tree in the world that evokes such strong and conflicting emotions in the proponents of the rival schools of thought. As a result, environmental impacts of eucalyptus plantations, big or small, have become topics of acrimonious discussions on all platforms--scientific or social. Critics of eucalyptus point out that they lower the water table, dry up perennial streams, deplete soil moisture, exhaust nutrients, reduce soil fertility, discourage undergrowth, and are susceptible to pest attacks. . . allegations galore. The supporters of eucalyptus refute these charges with the claims that the tree does not cause any of these adverse impacts but is a bonanza for social foresters. This landmark book examines all the facets of eucalyptus controversy in an objective and impartial manner. It then presents original findings of the authors based on one of the longest and most thorough study of eucalyptus plantations ever done in relation to the plantations of other tree species. The result: stunning realities!
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About the authors

S.A. Abbasi

Dr. S.A. Abbasi, senior Professor & Director, Centre for Pollution Control & Energy Technology has taken MS (Miami, USA), Ph. D. (IIT Bombay) and DSc Cochin University of Science & Technology) and had his post doctoral training at Japan specializing in environmental engineering and energy systems. Beginning his professional career in 1970, Prof. Abbasi has taught at IIT Bombay, BITS Pilani, and Bhopal University before joining Centre for Water Resources, kozhikode. There he headed Water Quality & Environment Division for eight years (1979-87). In 1984 he was honoured with Visiting Professorship of California State University, USA and held that position till 1987. In 1987 Prof. Abbasi moved to a professorial chair at Pondicherry (Central) University becoming Director, Centre for Pollution Control & Energy Technology, in 1991 and Director-cum-senior Professor in 1997; a position in which he continues till now. He is consultant, International Foundation for Water Science & Technology, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Environmental Works. Al-Khobar; and Member of Honorary Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, being published for UK. Prof. Abbasi has been chairman/member of numerous national and international expert committees and has been session chairman of international conferences at USA, Europe, Asia and Africa on several occasions. He is Member; Editorial Board. International Journal of Energy-Environment-Economics published from USA., Journal of Industrial Population Control (India), Pollution Research (India), Journal of Environment, Ecology& Conservation, Chemical and Environmental Research, and Journal Mendale. He is on the panel of referees of Environmental Pollution (USA/UK), Indian Journal of Chemical Technology, Current Science etc., and has been called upon to vet R&D projects by DST, MOEn, DBT, CSIR, DOE, and others. In 1995 Prof Abasi was conferred national Hydrology Award instituted by Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. He was awarded $ 2000 IDA Prize by International Desalination Association based in USA, 1996. In 1998 Prof Abbasi was honoured with a Gold Metal at the International Energy Conference ENERGEX ’98; and was conferred S.K. Mitra Memorial Award by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Calcutta. Recently he has been given the Goldstar Award and has been declared as the “2000 most important people of the current millennium” by International Biographical Institute, Cambridge.

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N. Ramesh

Dr. N. Ramesh is serving as Research Coordinator, Consultant and Advisor in Medicinal Plants Research at Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu.  Previously, he was Senior Lecturer in Ponniah Ramajayam College, Thanjavur.  He has to his credit twenty research papers in the refereed journals wherein he has reported phytochemical and antimicrobial studies for 12 medicinal plants including reporting of luteoforol for the first time in Euphorbiaceae, described 2 new varieties and rediscovered three endemic and threatened plants.  He has presented research papers in several International and National Conferences and has more than 12 years of research experience and 5 years of teaching experience.

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Title Eucalyptus: Enduring Myths, Stunning Realities
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8171418929
length vii+144p., Figures; Tables; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.