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Medicinal Plants of Uttarakhand: Diversity, Livelihood and Conservation

Chandra Prakash Kala (Author)
Synopsis The book Medicinal Plants of Uttarakhand: Diversity, Livelihood and Conservation is an attempt to synthesize diverse information on the medicinal plants.  The book describes 964 medicinal plant species growing in various habitat types across the state from sub-tropical to alphine regions.  More than 240 herbal formulations prepared by traditional Vaidyas for curing 73 types of ailments are also described in the book.  The book portrays the number of challenges faced by different stakeholders, especially the growers and collectors and the available opportunities in developing the medicinal plants sector.  The issues related to the medicinal plants such as ecological significance, cultural values, trade in tradition, cultivation of medicinal plants, role of institutions etc. are explained in the book.

The perception and preferences of local people towards cultivation and conservation of medicinal plants are also discussed in the book.  Apart from this, several livelihood and conservation – oriented issues are also addressed in the present document.  It also records some major agencies involved in funding projects on the medicinal plants research, cultivation and value addition.  Based on this synthesis, the book suggests many possible remedies for various known problems in developing the herbal sector.
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About the author

Chandra Prakash Kala

Dr. Chandra Prakash Kala earned his Ph.D. in Forestry in 1988 from the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, India, and his M.Sc. in Botany from H.N.B. Garhwal University.  Some of his earlier associations were with the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, the G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Almora, and the National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of Health and family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi.

Presenlty, Dr. Kala is associated with the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal as a faculty in the Ecosystem and Environment Management division.  He is recipient of prestigious ICRF Award for Excellence for his outstanding contribution in the field of Forest conservation (Biodiversity and Ecology).

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Bibliographic information

Title Medicinal Plants of Uttarakhand: Diversity, Livelihood and Conservation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Biotech Books
Language: English
isbn 8176222097, 9788176222099
length xii+188p., Tables; 8p. of Plates; Col. Illustrations; Map; Bibliography; Appendix; Index; 25cm.