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Title: India and Other Asian Countries Losing on Biodiversity
Authors: Vasudeva, P K
Issue Date: Mar-2000
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Bio-piracy is an epidemic. First, it was the patent on neem and its several uses, then came haldi (turmeric), followed by basmati, karela (bitter gourd), kalajeera (black cumb) seeds, and brinjal. Most of these have been an integral part of traditional system of medicine in India. Paper describes how the recently- passed Geographical Indications Bill will help in protecting the Indian biodiversity from piracy. As so far these were not properly documented, papers mentions a few efforts initiated in this direction in the country, and need for the electronic form of records is stressed. A detailed list of bio-pirated plants are given. Description of the patenting of some Indian herbs is presented. A few suggestions for solving the bio-piracy problems are given.
Page(s): 80-86
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.05(2) [March 2000]

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