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Title: Impacts of a Patent on Euryale ferox on Biodiversity at Micro Level: A Case Study
Authors: Chaudhuri, Sabuj Kumar
Dutta, Chaitali
Keywords: Biodiversity;mass culture;ecological impact
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: A patent on a process for making storage - stable edible food materials from kernels of gorgon nuts or fox nut (Euryale ferox) has tremendous impact on biodiversity resulting in triggered mass culture and commercialization of this aquatic macrophyte. Besides ecological impact, it has social and economic impacts too. This paper studied the impact of the patent on biodiversity at micro level. The study reveals that mass culture of these plants in water bodies instead of fishes has created an interlinked ecological, social and economic imbalance. Sustainable culture of both fish and the concerned macrophyte is the need of the hour so that biodiversity is not damaged further and equilibrium of ecology, society and economy is sustained. The paper concludes with the suggestion of people’s awareness and further research for better understanding.
Page(s): 430-435
ISSN: 0971-7544
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.11(6) [November 2006]

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