Biodiversity assumed prominence at the global level over the past one and half decade. This was in part due to the increasing recognition of the economic potential of biodiversity. Almost all cultures have in some way or form recognized the importance that nature, and its biological diversity has had upon them and the need to maintain it. Yet, power, greed and politics have affected the precarious balance. It is necessary that we conserve and preserve our biodiversity at all levels.
The present book “Biodiversity— Impact and Assessment” includes 15 chapters on the topics which are contributing toward this goal. Chapters on Biodiversity—The concepts, measurements and status; Biodiversity of mangrove ecosystems of Orissa and its conservation; Biodiversity crisis management; Biodiversity of tropical deciduous forest of Amarkantak Biosphere reserve; Biodiversity granaries of Orissa; Diversity of grass flora of West Bengal provides detailed information on the topics. Articles on Trees and shrubs of Koch Bihar (W. Bengal); The Palms of West Bengal; Maize : advances in domestic and industrial uses; Edible pteridophytes in India provide sufficient information on the varied plants. Article on comparative tree community analysis of evergreen forests of Peninsular India; Ground flora diversity under man-made forests and Invasive alien plants—A threat to the biosphere have added value to the book.
This book will be highly beneficial to students, teachers and research workers in the field of Environment, Botany, Biodiversity Conservation, Ecology, Zoology and Forestry.