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Bioprospecting of Indigenous Bioresources of North East India

By: Jubilee Purkayastha(Editor)

366 pages, 42 colour & 48 b/w illustrations, 70 colour tables


Hardback | Aug 2016 | #233669 | ISBN-13: 9789811006197
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Bioprospecting of Indigenous Bioresources of North East India is a comprehensive information on the indigenous bioresources of North Eastern India with the scope of bioprospecting for discovery and commercialization of new sources and products and long-term ecological balance.

The exploration, conservation and sustainable utilization of bioresources of world's Megabiodiversity Hotspots are undeniable. North Eastern India is a recognised biodiversity hot spot where the evolutionary forces are at its optimum, making this region as centre of origin for many species. Although little bit exploratory studies have been conducted in this part of the globe but a scientific exploitation of the bioresources is almost lacking. Unscientific exploitation and overexploitation without proper knowledge of the bioresources may lead to imbalanced ecosystem of this mega diversity region. At the same time, very less exploration and exploitation will hamper biodiversity based development. Today, unscientific dramatic changes are underway in this region. Human activities are changing, degrading and destroying the bioresources in an unplanned manner. Scientific bioprospecting of the bioresources will boost the economy while ensuring conservation.

This book offers comprehensive information about various levels of bioprospecting of the gene pool of this Indo-Burma Mega Biodiversity Hot Spot, the North East India, which is endowed with huge biodiversity potential for exploration and exploitation for the benefit of humankind. Also, this book highlights the less and merely explored part of the indigenous biodiversity of North East India with explanation towards their better sustainable exploitation for benefit of the people, economy and environment.

The novelty of Bioprospecting of Indigenous Bioresources of North East India lies in expert coverage of the bioresources of this mega-diverse region including plants, microbes, insects etc. with provisions for their sustainable scientific utilization. This book portrays North East India as a melting pot of bioresources which are little explored and also those resources which are still to be explored. The book mainly highlights the bioprospecting approaches for North East Indian bioresources, and thus, it make itself a unique one in filling the knowledge gap that is there regarding the bioprospecting of the biodiversity of this special region on the earth. The book concludes by the ecotourism potential of this region.

The target audiences for this book include biodiversity economists who are working on technology and bioresource management issues, and especially on biotechnology and biodiversity, development economists addressing the issues of bioresources in developing countries. These people may be in academia, in government, in non-governmental organizations and in private companies. The other target audiences group is policy scholars in government/public sectors who are interested in issues of biotechnology, IPRs, and biodiversity. In addition, scholars/experts in both development studies and resource management studies form another group of target audiences. Also, Bioprospecting of Indigenous Bioresources of North East India will be useful for the interaction between developed and developing nations regarding the issues of biodiversity and bioprospecting, as North Eastern India is the hub of Biodiversity.


Part I. Bioprospecting: Present and Future Prospects
1. Emerging Trends in Sustainable Bioprospecting of Bioresources
2. Bio-resources of North East India: Sustainable utilization and challenges

Part II: Bioprospecting from Plant Resources of NE India
3. Endemic Orchids of North East India
4. Bioresources of Nagaland: A Case of Wild Edible Fruits in Khonoma Village Forest
5. Endemic Orchids and their conservation in North East India
6. Fibers and dye yielding plants of North East India
7. Pesticidal Plants of North East India
8. Biomass Resources for Biofuel Production in North-East India
9. Exploration and utilization of camouflaging plants for defence use with emphasis to North East India
10. Plant Products and Fermented Foods as Nutrition and Medicine in Manipur State of North-East India: Pharmacological Authenticity
11. Assessment of Genetic Diversity in Indigenous Plants in North East India by using Molecular Marker Technology

Part III: Bioprospecting from Microbial Resources of NE India
12. Micromonospora: A potential source of Antibiotic
13. Algal wealth of North East India

Part IV: Bioprospecting from Insect Resources of NE India
14. Drosophilid (Insecta, Diptera: Drosophilidae) Biodiversity of North-East India
15. Edible insects of North-east India
16. Endemic Thrips of North East India
17. Muga Silk- The Golden Thread of Assam
18. Mosquito biodiversity of North eastern India

Part V: Sustainable Utilization of Important Bioresources of NE India
19. Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP) in North East India: An Overview of Availability, Utilization and Conservation

Part VI: Biotourism Potential of NE India
20. Prospects of Ecotourism in Majuli
21. Destination branding of Ziro through potentiality of bio tourism
22. Bio-tourism Potential in NE India

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Dr. Jubilee Purkayastha is a Scientist with India's Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and currently holds the position of Joint Director in the Office of the Director General (Life Sciences). Dr. Purkayastha is a PhD in Life Sciences and is known for her contributions to the area of Plant Biotechnology, particularly in Proteomics and Genomics. Dr. Purkayastha has more than 25 research publications, 1 patent, 2 books and two awards to her credit. She is an expert reviewer for several International Peer Reviewed Journals like Ecotoxicology (Springer), Plos One, Acta Physiologiae Plantarum (Springer), Plant Molecular Biology Reporter (Springer) and also sits on the editorial board of several International Journals. In addition, she has several other research articles and book chapters to her credit.

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