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Agro's Dictionary of Biotechnology

A. Krishnan (Author)

Aromatic plants yielding essential oils have multifarious uses from time immemorial like aroma therapy, pharmaceutical preparations, cosmetic and perfumery. Their sustainable exploitation is essential to meet the challenges of the 21 century for economic development of the society, Biodiversity and environmental conservation. This comprehensive book furnishes information on all aspects of about 69 commercially important plants, necessary for forest managers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and all other user groups, described under different sub-headings viz., botanical names, trade/common names, origin, habit and morphology, distribution, uses including active principles, climate and soil types, silvicultural requirements/characters, propagation and cultivation, harvesting techniques, value addition, production, marketing and trade, employment generation, short and long term gains, recommendations including research needs, references and resource persons/organisations. All these cover about 55 parameters according to computerised MFP Database of Centre of Minor Forest Products (COMFORPTS), Dehra Dun. The book has been written on the format of nine Ready Reckoners/Monographs, published by COMFORPTS on commercially important Non-Timber Forest Productions (NTFP) resources, which is likely to go a long way to be useful to various user groups for forging ahead in their enterprises based on essential oil yielding plants which form an important category of NTFP.

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About the author

A. Krishnan

Dr. A. Krishnan, M.A. M.Ed., Ph.D., born in 1948 has made his presence felt in the field of epigraphy and literature by comparing the two primary sources. He had eight books to his credit. The first book Kalavaettil Valviyal (1991) received the Tamil Nadu government State Award and the second book Tamilar Panpattiyal (Vols. 1992 and 1994) received the best book award of the Bharathi Tamil Sangam. Third book is Literature and epigraphy of Tamil Nadu. Fourth one is Tamil Culture. These awards stand as a testimony for his involvement in this field. He has published many research articles in leading journals. He got distinction in his Telugu diploma from Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. His multifaceted interest is reflected in his approach by the training at Centre for Cutural Resource Training, New Delhi. He always strives for the advancement of his knowledge for which he took active part in the training programmes of the Archaeological Survey of India and Tamil Nadu State Archaeology Department. He served as a chairperson of the Tamil Nadu Text Book Society for preparing text books in Tamil. He was a Resources person in the National Policy of Education in which he trained more than 2000 teachers. He also prepared the workshop on Radio Lessons in Tamil for the School Teachers under the State Council for Educational and Research Training Programme. He had completed projects on Salem, Namakal Aranthangi and Erode District inscriptions. He was a Visiting Associate of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.

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Bibliographic information

Title Agro's Dictionary of Biotechnology
Author A. Krishnan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition Reprint
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 8177541064
length v+752p.