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Flora of Bihar: Analysis

N.P. Singh (Author) K.K. Khanna (Author) V. Mudgal (Author)
Synopsis Erstwhile Bihar, lying close to the foot hills of Nepal and covering an area of 1,73,877 sq km, harbours a very rich and diverse flora. Its unique phytogeographical position, topography and good precipitation are some of the important factors which are mainly responsible for high degree of plant diversity. The occurrence of different types of forests, ranging from subtropical to tropical and consequently the establishment of three National Parks and twenty Wildlife sanctuaries in the state, which constitute an important source of germplasm, are of considerable interest. Although the state has been botanically surveyed since 1848 and the Flora was published during 1921-1925 which included Bihar, Orissa and parts of West Bengal, but the complete Flora of Bihar itself is not in hand. Simultaneously, the natural vegetation since Haines’ publication has been continuously and increasingly under pressure owing to developmental projects including mining activities and non-judicious exploitation of plant resources. These reasons coupled with the publication of a number of new plant records for the state warrant the need of fresh estimation of current status of floristic account n the state. The present work is an attempt in this direction to provide the status of the Flora of the state. It is hoped that this publication will be highly helpful to the botanists, especially taxonomists, environmentalists, foresters, agriculturists, horticulturists, pharmacologists and planners in their research and management programmes. Further, this will also fulfill our commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
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About the authors

N.P. Singh

N.P. Singh is presently working as a Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Agronomy, School of Agricultural Science and Rural Development, Nagaland University, Medziphema. He completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Agronomy from the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He is a recipient of District Merit Fellowship and BHU Fellowship. He has published 38 research papers and 70 popular articles. He has also attended 76 conferences at regional, national and international levels.

K.K. Khanna

K.K. Khanna, Ph.D., is a Scientist in the Botanical Survey of India, Central Circle, Allahabad. He joined B.S.I. in 1979 and since then he is actively working on Taxonomy, Floristic Diversity, Plant Conservation and Ethnobotany. He has widely surveyed various areas of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Khanna is associated with a number of Scientific Societies and has been honoured with Fellowships of Indian Phytopathological Society and Society of Ethnobotanists in 1982 and 1995 respectively. He has published more than 135 research papers and review articles in National and International Journals and contributed a numbr of families in the Flora of Madhya Pradesh. He has authored four books and edited same number of books including the Flora of Madhya Pradesh.

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Title Flora of Bihar: Analysis
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
length 777p., Tables; Colour Plates