Mangroves of India: Their Biology and Uses

By: J.R. Bhat, Ramakrishna, M. Sanjappa, K. Rema Devi, B.P. Nilratna and K. Venkataraman

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Mangroves are unique group of plants spread over more than 200 thousand square km in 117 countries of the world. They have great ability to thrive in extreme hostile conditions of high salinity, high temperature and anaerobic soil condition. They play an important role in maintaining ecological equilibrium by mitigating soil erosion, cyclonic effect, safeguarding against tsunamis in coastal ecosystems, by maintaining the nutritional balance in different estuarine ecosystems, and render socio-economic services by creating enormous scope for livelihood in the extreme harsh conditions. Therefore conservation and management of mangrove forests and thereby restoring the fragile ecosystems is the need of the hour. Ministry of environment and forest sponsored a two days national workshop on Mangroves in India: biodiversity, protection and environmental services in 2008 at Bengaluru. The book comprises of 56 articles placed under six thematic sections. The first section “Status of conservation and management of mangroves in different states of India” deals with articles on the status of mangroves conservation in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Sunderban (W. Bengal), besides an overview of conservation and management of mangroves in India. The second section “Floral diversity and ecology” deals with 17 articles. The mangrove diversity of Indian coast, different river estuaries, fungal and cyanobacterial diversity in mangroves, ecological changes along the Indian coast, and phenological studies on major mangrove genera like ceriops, Rhizophora and Bruguiera are discussed. The third section “Faunal diversity and ecology” deals with 24 articles with focus on the diversity of insects, birds, mosquitoes, wood borers, nocturnal insects, mollusks in coastal ecosystems of India. The section also deals with the different faunal resources and its distribution knowledge gap in the faunal studies in mangrove forest scenario. The fourth section ‘mangrove utilization and environment services’ deals with six articles highlighting the durability and anatomy of mangrove wood, pollinators of mangrove flowers and phytochemical analysis and utility of mangrove species. In the fifth section “mangrove conservation initiative and peoples participation”, the six articles highlight the interesting case studies of mangrove conservation in Karnataka and Maharashtra. In the last section “Policy and legal issues related to mangrove conservation the five articles deal with policy and programmes for protection of mangroves and legal issues. The article on conservation of mangroves in India: Role of remote sensing and GIS is more appropriate for the first thematic section dealing with status of conservation and management of mangrove in different states of India. Printed Pages: 640.

Title: Mangroves of India: Their Biology and Uses

Author Name: J.R. Bhat, Ramakrishna, M. Sanjappa, K. Rema Devi, B.P. Nilratna and K. Venkataraman

Categories: Zoology, India,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Kolkata, India, Zoological Survey of India: 2013

ISBN: 8181713362

ISBN 13: 9788181713360

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 040190

Keywords: Mangroves of India: Their Biology and Uses