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Title: Mushrooms in the food culture of the Kaani tribe of Kanyakumari district
Authors: Davidson, Sargunam S
Johnsy, G
Samuel, A Selvin
Kaviyarasan, V
Keywords: Kaani tribe
Western Ghats
Ecosystem
Kanyakumari
Food culture
Issue Date: Jan-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: A01G 1/04, D05B 91/08, A47G
Abstract: India is inhabited by over 50 million tribals belonging to 550 communities and in Tamil Nadu 36 tribal communities live, while six tribal communities are found in the Southernmost Kanyakumari district. Of the six tribes, Kaani tribe lives in the forests and hills of the Western Ghats. The Kaani tribe lives in consonance with Nature and their life is linked to the forest ecosystem. Though they live in settled areas, they still retain the traditional hunter-gatherer instinct, and collect their food from the forests that include mushrooms. Mushrooms contain a host of defense potentiators, which stimulate the immune system of humans. These mushrooms provide rich resources for the gene banks.
Page(s): 150-153
CC License:  CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.11(1) [January 2012]

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