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Biodiversity of Desert National Park Rajasthan

V Singh (Author) Monika Singh (Author)
Synopsis The present book on the Biodiversity of Desert National Park deals with 245 species of higher plants and 270 species of animals. Besides geographical position and topography, the abiotic components viz. geology, soils, water, climatic conditions, which determine the composition of biota in an ecosystem, have been discussed in details. Correct and valid names have been adopted for the floral and faunal elements along with local and English names. The keys have been provided for plant species from infra-specific to family level for easy identification. The short diagnostic description, phenology, ecology and distributional aspects have been provided under each plant species. Besides statistical synopsis of floral composition and comparison of biodiversity of Desert National Park with rest part of Thar Desert, the phytogeographical and biological spectra have also been worked out to determine the routes of migration and phytoclimate respectively. Bioperspective value of the park has been assessed to determine the economic potentiality and sustainable utilization of bioresources. The faunal diversity includes both invertebrate and vertebrate fauna, arranged in a classified manner, along with localities of occurrence. The shelter and feeding habits of vertebrates and their dependency on vegetation have been provided to determine plant-animal relationship and flow of energy. Details about the endemic and threatened species of plants and animals, along with causes of threats, have been given for proper management of the Park. About 93 colour photographs of habitats and plants and animals, along with 25 illustrations of plant species, have been provided. The data has not only been provided in tabular form, but histograms, graphs, figures, etc are used to illustrate the findings. It is hoped that the book will prove a milestone in the management of the Park.
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About the authors

V Singh

V. Singh, born on 15th August, 1947 obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Botany from the University of Meerut (U.P.) during the year 1967 and 1974 respectively, with specialization in Taxonomy. He is devoted to the study of Indian biodiversity right from the date of completion of post graduation and in thirty nine years of his research career he has published books like : 3-volumed Flora of Rajasthan, Flora of Banswara district, Ethnobotany of Rajasthan, Asteraceae of Sikkim, Ethnobotany and Medicinal Plants of India and Nepal (ed.) Indian Folk medicines and other products (ed.) which have got worldwide recognition. He is also recognized for the monographs on Indian Zygophyllaceae, Lamiaceae (the genus Leucas R.Br.), Caesalpiniaceae (subtribe Cassiinae) and Ebenaceae (the genus Diospyros L.). He has worked on different aspects of Indian flora viz. taxonomy, ecology, phytosociology, ethnobotany, medicinal botany, conservation etc. and has about 100 research papers in his credit. His recent contribution on the Biodiversity of Desert National Park hasfound wide recognition in the field of conservation and management of protected areas.

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Monika Singh

Monika Singh, born on January 1st, 1978, obtained her M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipuir (Rajasthan) during the year 1998, with specialization in Environmental Impact Assessment.  She has been awarded Ph.D. degree in Botany by Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur (Rajasthan) during 2005.  She has 3 research papers in her credit.

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Title Biodiversity of Desert National Park Rajasthan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8181770102
length xiv+343p., Tables; Plates; Figures; Maps; References; Index; 27cm.