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Materials for the Flora of Arunachal Pradesh (Vol. 1)

P.K. Hajra (Editor) D.M. Verma (Editor)
Synopsis Arunachal - the land of the rising sun, in the extreme north-eastern corner of India covers an area of 83740 sp. km. It lies between 26o 28' and 29o 30' north latitude and 90o 30' and 97o 30' east longitude. It is bounded in the north by Mc-Mohan Line, in the east by China and Burma (Myanmar), in the south by the states of Nagaland and Assam and in the west by Bhutan. Arunachal Pradesh, in the extreme north-eastern corner of the country, harbours a very rich and diverse flora. Its unique phytogeographical position, topography and high degree of precipitation are some of the important factors which are mainly responsible for its enormous biological diversity comparatively in such a small area. Arunachal may also be regarded as a store house of many wild relatives of economic plants. These wild genetic resources of agri-horticultural importance are of immense value to the mankind in the present day world under the pressure of rapidly multiplying human population. The ruthless destruction and unplanned exploitation of natural living resources by human for various purposes necessitates appropriate measures towards germplasm conservation for future generations. In the fast developing states like Arunachal Pradesh the natural vegetation has been continuously and increasingly under pressure, and even before an inventory of the plant resources of the region could be undertaken, the ecological disasters have begun to take toll of several species. In order to cope with the increased domestic requirements for food, cloth and shelter, etc., owing to the population explosion, it has become essential to conserve and make the best use of all our natural resources.
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About the author

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 Materials for the Flora of Arunachal Pradesh (Vol. 1)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xi+693p., Col. plates; Figures; Maps; Index; 24cm.