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Botany of Kaziranga and Manas

S.K. Jain (Author) P.K. Hajra (Author)
Synopsis North Eastern India is botanically a very interesting region due to its comparatively less disturbed vegetation. The largest plain land in northeastern India is the Brahmaputra valley. This plain land is of significance not only for agriculture and industry of this region but also for the rich vegetation preserved in many sanctuaries. No detailed account of the flora and vegetation of these sanctuaries is available. Some floristic work for the whole of Assam in general, such as Kanjilal et al (1936-1940), Bor (1940-1942), Rowntree (1954) and some on small areas, published during last about one decade, exists. This book deals with the higher plants occurring in the Kaziranga National Park (proposed as Kaziranga & Manas Biosphere Reserves) and Manas Wild Life Sanctuary. This account giving keys for identification of species and illustration of common or interesting plants should help in establishing animal-plant relationship or for biological management of these areas. Efforts have been made to observe plants which are commonly consumed or reported to constitute the diet of the animals in the sanctuaries. After the publication of Kanjilal's Flora of Assam, which was firstly incomplete, and secondly out of print for long now the present work is the only detailed floristic account for a large area in present Assam. Kanjilal's Flora also did not treat the full herbaceous flora of the region. Hence this flora would serve as a guide for identification of most of the plants occurring in the plains of Assam as a whole and should be useful to students and teachers in degree and post graduate institutions in addition to its utility for managers of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
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About the authors

S.K. Jain

Prof. S.K. Jain holds a doctorate degree in mathematics. He is widely known for his research work, and academic achievements. He retired as an Associate Professor. The research career of Dr. S.K. Jain span a period off nearly 25 years which saw rapid developments in varioius aspects of modern mathematics. Dr. Jain has played a significant role in these developments.

P.K. Hajra

Prabhat Kumar Hajra (b. January 28, 1940) received his early education at Sekenderpur, a village in Hooghly District of West Bengal and graduation from Calcutta University.  He obtained Masters Degree in Botany from Guahati University and Ph.D. degree from the same university.  From 1961 to 1992 he worked in Central National Herbarium, Calcutta, Eastern Circle, Shillong, and Northern Circle, Dehradun of Botanical Survey of India in different capacities.  He established the Sikkim Himalayan Circle of Botanical Survey of India.  He joined the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India as Director Biosphere Reserve and worked during the period 1992-1993.  HE then rejoined Botanical Survey of India as Director in 1993 and retired on supre-annuation in 1998.  Since 1998 he is involved in a project sponsored jointly by the Department of Space and Biotechnology, Government of India as one of the collaborators.  He has authored manmy publications of botanical interest such as Plant wealth of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Botany of Kaziranga and Manas, Brahmakamal and its allies etc.  He has also edited a large number of books on the Flora of India.  He is the author of over 100 publications in various scientific journals.  During his intensive field survey all over India, he discovered numerous plant species that are new to science.  He has also extensively toured all over the world in connection to his scientific pursuit.  He is the author of several popular books in English as well as Hindi.

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Title Botany of Kaziranga and Manas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length 301p., Plates; Maps; Illustration; 26cm.