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Ethnobiology: Role of Indigenous and Ethnic Societies in Biodiversity Conservation, Human Health Protection and Sustainable Development

 
Rajiv K. Sinha (Author) Shweta Sinha (Author)
Synopsis Ethnobiology is a new discipline studying the knowledge and traditional practices of the indigenous and ethnic societies of world in conservation and use of biodiversity for human health and nutrition and using that knowledge for bioprospecting and biodevelopment. Diverse ethnic societies occupy a large areas on the earth especially those which are rich in biodiversity and there is an intimate relationship between the ethnic diversity and biological diversity. India also has a large population of ethnic people called ‘tribals’ living in forests and remote areas. The book has reviewed the wide variety of wild food and medicinal plants used by the tribals and the traditional societies of India. A several of them were unknown to the modern society. Some of them are very promising as a source of food and medicine for the future to fight some of the deadly diseases plaguing the civilisation and eradicate poverty and hunger. Our modern knowledge in biotechnology can use these biological assets of the ethnic people and their knowledge for huge socio-economic gains and for the benefit of the civilization for a better human health and nutrition and for the sustainable development of the human society.
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About the author

Rajiv K. Sinha

Dr. Rajiv K. Sinha, Ph.D., is currently ‘Senior Research Fellow’ at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He started his career as a lecturer in ‘botany’ at A.N. College, Patna in 1971, after completing his Master’s at Patna University. He did his Ph.D. from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, where he taught ‘human ecology’ and ‘environmental sciences’ from 1988 to 1999 before shifting to Australia. Dr. Sinha has published over 70 papers and 9 books to date. He has supervised 7 Ph.D. scholars and over 100 PG students, a number of them on issues related to sustainable agriculture. He is a well traveled scholar and has visited Canada, England, Germany, Iceland and Switzerland in academic connections.

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Title Ethnobiology: Role of Indigenous and Ethnic Societies in Biodiversity Conservation, Human Health Protection and Sustainable Development
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186599371
length xv+335p., 23cm.