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An Introduction to Modern Economic Botany

R.K. Maiti (Author) Ved Pal Singh (Author)
Synopsis The existence of the human race has depended on plants to meet three necessities, mainly food, cloth and dwelling. In recent times, there exist a lot of vegetables which are not utilized for non-interest or poor knowledge about their possible uses. The main objective of this book on ‘An Introduction to Modern Economic Botany’ is to provide knowledge on the utility of plant species, cultivated or in the wild stage, which are closely related with different aspects such as Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Plant Morphology and Anatomy, Plant Morphology and Anatomy, Plant Physiology, Evolution, Ecology, Food Science, Toxicology, Biotic resources, Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry, Agronomy and Horticulture. Basically this book is based on the knowledge of principal food, industrial and textile products, food products, as well as a vista of the geographic distribution and the morphology of some vegetable species, Apart from Plants of economic importance, the book also pretends to include some useful plants found in mexico, which are considered most important globally on the basis of their derived products. An extensive review of literature has been made on the utilization of these resources, including the results of thesis submitted in the Biology and Agronomy Faculties of the ‘La Universodad Autonoma de Nuevo, Leon’ and the ‘Department of chemistry and Biology, Universidad de las Americas, Puebla’. Mexico. Different themes have been described clearly and easily understandable form the readers. The second part of this book discusses the results of investigation and techniques of the investigation and techniques of the investigation on plants of economic importance. Apart from these aspects, the book mentioned the different forms of the utilization of resources and the necessities of investigation required to achieve the preservation and a better utilization of the same. This book can serve as a text of economic importance for the students at graduation level in the areas of Biology and Food Science. This book can also be used as a reference book by the students of Agricultural Botany or Agriculture.
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About the authors

R.K. Maiti

Dr. Ratikanta Maiti is a renowned Botanist of international repute with specialisation n Crop Physiology. He obtained Ph.D and D.Sc in Botany from Calcutta University, India. he worked for 9 years as a Senior Botanist in Jute Agricultural Research Institute, Barrackpore (I.C.A.R.), Calcutta. Then he worked for 10 years as a Senior Plant Physiologist in International Crop Research Institute for Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India. Then he worked as Professor and Research Scientist in two universities in Mexico for 10 years. He enjoyed Mexican Govt. sponsored Senior National Research Scientist for continuous 18 years. At present, he is an Honorary Consultant (seeds) in Vibha Agrotech Ltd., Hyderabad, India and working on different aspects of physiology of various crops mainly pearl millet, maize, sunflower, cotton, paddy, etc. He won several international awards such as International Scientist Award offered by IBC, Cambridge and Ethnobotanist Award-2003 sponsored by Friends University, U.S.A. and U.N.D.P. He has published over 350 research papers in more than 40 national and international scientific juornals. Also, Dr. Maiti has published more than 20 books namely Advances in Potato Science by Gaurav Society of ARIC, Hisar, India and Sorghum Science, Bean Science, Pearly Millet Science, Peanut Crop, Advances in Chickpea Science, World Fibre Crops by Oxford & IBH Book company, New Delhi and Science Publisher, U.S.A.

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Ved Pal Singh

Dr. Ved Pal Singh is an Agronomist of international repute with specialization in crop production and irrigation management. Dr. Singh has obtained his Ph.D. degree in Agronomy during 1980 from Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCS HAU), Hisar. He has worked as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Agronomy for about 9 and 8 years, respectively. Since 1996, Dr. Singh is working as Professor of Agronomy at CCS HAU, Hisar and teaching courses in crop production, soil-plant water relations, mineral nutrition of plants, irrigation management, etc. Dr. Singh has also worked for one year (August 2003-August 2004) as Visiting Professor of Plant Biology at the University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico. He has guided 10 M.Sc. and 4 Ph.D. students for their thesis research. Dr. Singh has received several awards for significant contributions in Agronomy teaching and research namely, Best Teacher Award-2001-02 (ICAR Sponsored) of CCS HAU, Hisar; Rashtriya Vikas Jyoti Award-2000 of All India Business Development Associaiton, New Delhi and Agriculture Young Scientist Award 1995 of the Gaurav Society of Aric, Hisar. His writings include over 100 research papers published in national and international journals of repute. Also, he has published about 20 book chapters and 18 review articles and 9 books. Dr. Singh is Editor-in-Chief of two international journals namely, 'Crop Research' and 'Research on Crops" published by the Gaurav Society of ARIC, Hisar. He is also working as 'Regional Editor' of two international journals: 'Asian Journal of Plant Science' published by the ANSInet, Faisalabad, Pakistan and 'Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment' published by the International Society of Food, Agriculture and Environment, Helsinki, Finland, Dr. Singh has also served as Joint Secretary and Vice President of Indian Society of Agronomy, New Delhi. He is life member of several professional societies. Dr. Singh has traveled widely in USA, UK, Germany, France, China and Nepal for academic pursuits.

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Ram Sharan - Knowledge Source Jan, 01, 1970

A book well equipped with interesting articles.It serves as a guide to think about varied fields to do research on.It's clear and concise language keeps your interest alive throughout.

Bibliographic information

Title An Introduction to Modern Economic Botany
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 8177542729
length xxv+384p., Tables; References; Index; 22cm.