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Title: Protecting the Wild Beauties
Authors: Ramasubbu, R
Issue Date: May-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: India is rich in wild ornamental plants. But the current serious genetic erosion of wild plants demands urgent measures to be taken to conserve as many diverse plants in as large areas as possible.The wild is home to innumerable plants, animals, microbes and their associates, many of which are enormously beneficial to us. However, unsustainable management practices and over exploitation of forest resources have adversely affected forest areas of the world, especially in the tropical regions. Besides, population growth, increasing agriculture, over exploitation of non-wood forest products, and road construction have created great stress on forest ecosystems resulting in loss of biodiversity in forest areas. Biological diversity of India is among the most significant and richest in the world. With just over two percent of the world’s landmass (329 millions hectares), it has about seven per cent of living resources, one third of which are land bounded. As many as 45,000 species of plants have so far been recorded from here. Further, it is estimated that 5,285 species of angiosperms belonging to 140 genera are endemic to the country.
Page(s): 19-22
ISSN: 0036-8512
Source:SR Vol.47(05) [May 2010]

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