Two books namely, ‘Medicinal Plants Exploration, Evaluation and Utilization’ and ‘Biodiversity Appraisal, Monitoring and Utilization’ were released on Tuesday during a function held at Committee Room, Manipur University.
The books were edited by retired professor, department of life sciences, MU, Asha Gupta.
Speaking at the event, Asha pointed out that India is the exporter of over 200 major drugs and pharmaceuticals. Currently, approximately 25 percent of drugs are derived from plants, she said.
Medicinal plants play an important role in supporting rural healthcare system in India. There is an urgent need for inventorying and documenting all the ‘ethno-medico’ botanical information among the diverse ethnic communities as the traditional knowledge system in India is fist disappearing, stated the editor.
She maintained that the present book includes the investigations on various species of medicinal importance that have been identified by the scientists, researchers and academicians.
Talking about her book ‘Biodiversity Appraisal, Monitoring and Utilization’, the professor highlighted that it includes integrated interactive information on distribution of biodiversity in various ecosystems, trends of its utilisation, monitoring and conservation practices. The book familiarises on current trends and latest developments covering various aspects of biodiversity and has 15 chapters, intimated Asha.
MU administrator, Jarnail Singh, who was chief guest of the function, asserted that writing down and documenting facts is very important. He also expressed confidence that the books will serve useful to the students and mankind as well.Dean, school of life sciences, MU, professor GA Shantibala, dean, Central Agriculture University, professor, Indira Sarangthem and professors, scholars of life sciences department were also present among others during the occasion.