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Dictionary of Commemorative Plant Generic Names (Vol. I. A.)

Sudhir Chandra (Author)

From the foreword by Dr. S.K. Jain: "Generic names have been given after the names of persons, places, institutions, events or after the form, character and qualities, etc. of the organism. The present work deals with those plant genera whose names were given to commemorate persons. It is interesting that authors have honoured not only big names in science, teachers, helpers and explorers but also statesmen, benefactors, friends, administrators and all sundry kinds, including spouses; but they are mostly given after persons who do contribute significantly to foundation, development and promotion of science.

The present work is unique, because an ordinary dictionary of names would give just etymology, i.e. the meaning or the basis of that name; while this work very unusually and significantly elaborates biographical aspects and highlights the work and impact of those persons.

He already has about 12000 commemorative names on his list. This nearly 3-decades project started with very meagre funding, and the progress has been due to his devotion and commitment and generous help of literature by many scientists all over the globe. In last four years he has himself typed about 7000 pages of the draft of the work and, with the publication of this first volume, only a part of it will see the light of the day.

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About the author

Sudhir Chandra

Sudhir Chandra, Emeritus Professor and Former Head, Department of Botany, University of Allahabad, is well known for his contribution on variuos aspects of Plant Pathology and Agricultural Microbiology. He pioneered the work on Rhizosphere microbiology, Phyllosphere microbiology and Seed pathology and control of plant diseases with homoeopathic drugs and initiated the study of biofertilizers including vesicular arbuscular mycorrhiza, nitrogen fixers and phosphate solubilizing micro-organisms at Allahabad. He developed a numbers of microbial package for improving the productivity in cereals, pulses, medicinal plants, horticultural as well as floricultural crops. He also worked on the role of microbial inoculants in wastelands development and developed packages of microbial inoculants for plantation programmes in a variety of wastelands including silica mining tract, brick fields etc. Research programmes of Professor Chandra have been financed by various Government agencies like UGC, DST, CSIR, ICAR, UPSCST, DOE, and PL480 etc. He is Fellow of Indian Botanical Society, Indian Phytopathological Society, International Society for Conservation of Natural Resources and National Academy of Sciences. He has been Executive member of a number of Societies and Advisor to the Berlin Documentation Project on Research in Homoeopathy, Germany as well as Member, Editorial Board of a number of journals. He has been a reviewer of many journals and research projects. He has written and edited a number of book sand monographs. Prof. Chandra was President IPS, ME Zone in 1992 and was honoured with TERI MEDAL in 1990 and Jeersanidhi award of IPS in 1992. He has trained a number of microbiologist and plant pathologist and authored over 200 research papers/review articles during forty years of his research and teaching career.

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Title Dictionary of Commemorative Plant Generic Names (Vol. I. A.)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1992
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xxix+216p.