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Title: Little-known Treasures of Wetlands Need Conservation
Authors: Mandal, R N
Mukhopadhyay, P.K.
Issue Date: May-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: There is growing concern about dwindling of wetlands due to human interference. Experts opine that loss of wetlands brings with it a number of inevitable dangers for the environment. One of which is loss of wetland biodiversity.WETLANDS are known repositories of many valuable biotic resources that have been serving the human civilization since times immemorial. Yet, there is no hue and cry over the disappearance of a few little known wetland flora that support the livelihood of large populations in rural area. These are mostly seasonal, a few are annual, having dense population, thus sharing a major part in the floral community of aquatic vegetation. Apart from being leafy vegetables that are eaten, they are potentially nutritious and medicinal in nature too. These have become part and parcel of daily meals in rural areas. Without manuring and less care, they grow wildly in fallow wetlands. Treated as non-conventional leafy vegetables they are more organic than other leafy vegetables cultivated. Rural masses are acquainted with their taste along with traditional knowledge based medicinal importance to some extent, but are not much aware of their nutritional excellence.
Page(s): 27-29
ISSN: 0036-8512
Source:SR Vol.47(05) [May 2010]

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