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Biodiversity of the Kashmir Himalaya

G.H. Dar (Author) M.A. Khan (Author) R.C. Bhagat (Author)
Synopsis The Valley of Kashmir is bestowed with profound habitat diversity, floristic and faunistic richness and hence has attracted botanists, zoologists, travellers from distant places. The information available on the biodiversity of this biological heaven is still incomplete and the data published so far are scanty, too technical, widely scattered, and difficult to obtain. Presented in this compendium is a consolidated and lucid account of the up-to-date knowledge on biodiversity of the Kashmir Himalaya. The present book is the first of its kind on biodiversity of Kashmir and is the outcome of authors’ painstaking efforts to collate scattered information available on floristic and faunistic diversity of Kashmir, and to critically review the previous works in a comprehensive manner. It encompasses 20 chapters, highlighting species richness in various groups of plants (algae, fungi, bryophytes, pteridophytes, gymnosperms, angiosperms) and animals (protozoans, annelids, molluscs, arthropods, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals), economically important bioresources, and threatened flora and fauna. Discussion on the present state of biodiversity conservation and its future needs is also given. The figures accompanying the text and an exhaustive appended bibliography have considerably added to the value of the book. The book fulfils the long-felt need of documenting the current status of biodiversity of Kashmir. It will serve as a one-volume library on the biodiversity of Kashmir to a wide range of users, including students, teachers, researchers, naturalists, environmentalists, conservationists, foresters, resource managers, planners, government agencies, and NGOs.
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About the author

M.A. Khan

Dr. M.A. Khan, professor-cum-Chief Scientist is Hed, Division of Environmental Sciences, S.K. University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Shalimar, Srinagar. His major research faci include environmental biology, production ecology, environmental pollution and impact assessment and biodiversity. He is a recipient of UNESCO fellowship at the University of Vienna, Austria. Widely traveled academician, Prof. Khan has almost 30 years of research and teaching experience and taught at various universities at home and abroad. He has visited several countries for conferences and lectures, and was a visiting scientist at the Italian Institute of Hydrobiology, Pallanza and Windermere Laboratory, Freshwater Biological Association, England. Besides having authored/edited some books, Prof. Khan has 85 research papers to his credit published in national and international journals. He has been the Principal Investigator and Co-Pl. of several research projects including those sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. An active fellow / member of a range of national and international scientific association, Prof. Khan conferences and environment awareness programmes. He bagged prestigious World Environment Congress Award and World 2000 Millennium for his significant contribution in the field of environmental sciences.

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Title Biodiversity of the Kashmir Himalaya
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8126111178
length xiv+400p.