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Biodiversity in India: Issues and Concerns

S Kannaiyan (Editor) A. Gopalam (Editor)

Biological diversity is fundamental to agriculture and food production. From the millions of genes that serve as life's building blocks to thousand of plants and animals that inhabitat the earth, to almost limitless combinations or organisms that make up natural ecosystems. Biodiversity makes essential contribution to feed the millions of population of the world. India is blessed with varied biodiversity, possesses wealth of flora and fauna and is fortunately endowed with a wide range of agro-climatic conditions that support growth of equally diverse range of plant and animal species. Conservation of these resources is important considering their strategic importance for complimentary economic growth and prosperity. This book describing the plant, animal and marines and microbial biodiversity in India is a resource document for the policy planners, administrators, scientists and researchers who consider this vast resource subscribing for country's economic development. The international treaty and the corresponding Indian laws drive towards for the legal implications and institutional arrangements of biodiversity and bio-conservation.

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About the authors

S Kannaiyan

Professor Dr. S. Kannaiyan is the former vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. He is a renowned world famous scientist in Agricultural Microbiology and Biotechnology. Prof. Kannaiyan did his B.Sc. (Agriculture) with first class and distinctions in Planat Pathology and Agronomy and M.Sc. (Agriculture) in Agricultural Microbilogy with first class and first rank from Annamalai University by securing Dr. M.P. Damodaran's and Dean's Awards. He also obtained his Ph.D. in 1976 in Agricultural Microbiology and his Ph.D. thesis was rated as the best and outstanding one for the year 1978. He was a FAO/UNDP Fellow and worked in Charles Kettering Research Laboratory, Yellow Spring, Ohio, USA. He was working as visiting scientist at University of California, Davis, USA in USDA Senior Scientific Panel Programme. He was a British Council Visiting Fellow in the University of Nottingham, UK and Visiting Scientist to the King's College, University of London, UK. Prof. Kannaiyan started his career in the Department of Agricultrue, Government of Tamil Nadu s a Research Assistant. Prof. Kannaiyan later joined as Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Microbiology at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore in 1980. Prof. Kannaiyan is the recipient of more than 20 awards. He is a Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi and the Indian Society of Biochemists and Biotechnologists. His field of specialization are Biotechnology, Alagal and Azolla Biotechnology, Biofertilizers, Nodulation in Cereals, Agricultural Education etc. He has organized many National and International Conferences. Prof. Kannaiyan has developed a strong research group and recently has got a NATP 'Team of excellence project on Biofertilizers for rice based cropping system was sanctioned in recognition of his outstanding contribution to rice Microbiology. He has published more than 400 research papers in reputed National and International Journals in the areas of Cyanobacteria, Azolla Biofertilizer, stem nodulating Sesbania rostrata and Rice Pathology. He has published 38 scientific books pertaining to Biofertilizers and Agriculture and written 14 books in Tamil on technology transfer.

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A. Gopalam

Dr. A. Gopalam. Principal Scientist in Educational Psychology at National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, is Ph.D. in Biochemistry. His initial footing as a biochemist in Central Tabacco Research Institute Rajahmundry and Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut gave him insights into the needs of agricultural development as related to agricultural education. In NAARM he is totally occupied in training function in the key focus area of Educational, Behavioral and Instructional Technology to a wide spectrum of teachers from State Agricultural University System.

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Bibliographic information

Title Biodiversity in India: Issues and Concerns
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.10.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 818521171X, 9788185211718
length viii+422p., Tables; Figures; Plates; 25cm.