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Ethnobotany of the Heritage Region of Shiwalik Himalaya

S.K. Sood (Author) Suresh Kumar (Author) Susheel Kumar Bassi (Author) J.C. Rana (Author)

This treatise comprehends valuable information on 570 ethnic uses of 204 plant spp belonging to 165 genera under 69 families (medicinal-153 spp representing 29% of the plants used ethnobotanically, edible-81 spp, sacred – 48 spp, fodder-47 spp, fuel-24 spp, veterinary ailments-20 spp, ornamentals-17 spp, scouring teeth-16 spp, agricultural implements-12 spp, fencing-9 spp, furniture-8 spp, bites-7 spp, dye-6 spp, fiber-5 spp, insect repellent-3 spp, magico-religious beliefs-3 spp, hair-care-3 spp, etc) by the rural communities of Pragpur –a region located between 76o-20’ East longitude and 31o-82’ North and declared as heritage due to its unique set up in the Shiwalik ranges of North-West Himalaya. To gain an over view of this region, detailed information on various aspects of the land, people and its rich cultural heritage is also provided. The subject matter has been illustrated with the help of 17 tables, 8 figures and 235 photographs. This should enable easy identification of the spp one may collect in this part of the Himalaya. More over, data on nutritional value, chemical constituents and total importance values (TIV) of ethnobotanically important species enhance the value of the treatise significantly. With all these details, this treatise would serve as a ready-recknor and of great use for the students and scholars of economic botany and ethnobotany, practitioners of alternative medicines, students of Ayurveda, pharmacologists, phytochemists, policy makers, conservation organizations, and would encourage others to take up similar ventures in other parts of the country.

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About the authors

S.K. Sood

Dr. S.K. Sood is Professor and Dean Life Science, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He obtained his M.Sc. (1974) and M.Phil. (1976) from Himachal Pradesh University and Ph.D (1981) from Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Specializing in Plant Systematics and Embryology. for his post-doctoral, he under went specialized training in Ethnobotany. postgraduate from Himachal Pradesh University. She obtained her M. Phil (2007) from H.P. University Shimla, specialising in Ethnobotany. At present, she is pursuing her doctoral work in the department.

He is also associated with many educational and research bodies in India and abroad. His current major interests are in the theory and practice of systematics, flora of North-Weas Himalaya, ethnic tribes and conservation research.

Suresh Kumar

Suresh Kumar teaching in Department of Botany, M.M.H. College, Ghaziabad. He has been teaching graduate and post-graduate classes since 1997. Recently he has submit the thesis for Ph. D. degree. He has been presented several papers in different National and International Conferences. He is the members of many societies and associations number of abstracts, research papers and books has been to his credit.

Susheel Kumar Bassi

Dr. Susheel Kumar Bassi obtained his Ph.D (2007) from Shimla, specialising in Ethnobotany. At present, he is working as a lecturer.

J.C. Rana

Dr. J.C. Rana is a senior scientist at NBPGR (National Beaureu pf Plant Genetic Resources), Phagli, Shimla (H.P.) He has to his credit over 50 research papers in national and international journals of repute. His contribution in the collection of germplasm from Himachal Himalaya are immense and widely appreciated.

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Title Ethnobotany of the Heritage Region of Shiwalik Himalaya
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788179753231
length 345p., Col. Illustrations; Plates; Maps; 28cm.