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Honey Plants of the North-West Himalaya

S K Sood (Author) Romita Sharma (Author) V.K. Mattu (Author)
Synopsis Beekeeping in India is still in infancy, offering vast scope for expansion as a prime agri-horticulture and forest-based industry. In order to make beekeeping a successful enterprise, the first and foremost task is to educate beekeepers about the bee pasturage availability in different agroclimatic zones. This provides valuable information on availability and abundance of pollen and nectar sources for honebees during different seasons and helps ultimately in standardizing the seasonal management practices for honeybee colony. This unique compendium brings together much needed information on nectar and pollen potential of 290 promising plant species belonging in 221 genera of the North-West Himalaya. It also aims to familiarize the readers with floral abundance for balanced growth of apiculture. It also provides information on synonyms, vernacular name (s), distribution, flowering and fruiting, botanical description and active constituents to serve as a valuable ready-reckoner for beekeeping management on scientific lines in general and for socio-economic upliftment of mountain rural communities in particular. It is hoped that this compendium will be of great practical utility to the farmers, beekeepers, scientists, extension workers and entrepreneurs practicing beekeeping.
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About the authors

S K Sood

Dr. S.K. Sood is Professor of Botany at the Department of Biosciences, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He obtained his M.Sc. (1974) and M. Phil. (1976) from Himachal Pradesh University and Ph.D. (1981) from Nagarjuna University, Guntur, specializing in Plant Systematics and Embryology. For his post-doctoral, he underwent specialized training in Ethnobotany. He has had a brilliant academic career followed by over 25 years of teaching and conducting research in Botany at Postgraduate as well as research levels. Dr. Sood has guided about 10 M. Phil and 12 Ph.D. students and published numerous research papers in various national and international journals. He has attended and participated in many seminars, workshops and conferences. He is also associated with many educational and research bodies in India and abroad. A prolific writer, his book Ethnobotany of Cold Desert Tribes of Lahoul-Spiti (N.W. Himalaya): Deep Publications, New Delhi, 2001, was widely acclaimed. His current major interests are in the theory and practice of systematics, flora of North-West Himalaya, ethnic tribes and conservation research.

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Romita Sharma

Ms. Romita Sharma is a postgraduate from Himachal University. She obtained her M.Phil. specializing in Ethnobotany. At present, she is pursuing her doctoral work in the department.

V.K. Mattu

Dr. V.K. Mattu is an Associate Professor in the Deptt. Of Biosciences, H.P. University, Shimla. He is a chapter delegate of Asian Apicultural Association, Japan and had been on International Task Force on Beekeeping and Development in Asia. He is also acting as project consultant to CARE International and is member of Renuka Development Board, MoEF, New Dehli. Dr. Mattu is engaged in research on various aspects of beekeeping in the Himalayan region. He has published 75 research papers and has guided 21 M.Phil. and 10 Ph.D. students. He has undertaken research projects in the areas of apiculture and biodiversity.

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Bibliographic information

Title Honey Plants of the North-West Himalaya
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173871930
length 206p., Figures; Maps; Plates; Appendices; Index; 25cm.