Eastern Himalayan Naturnomics™ Forum 2016

photo from the captive breeding session of Eastern Himalayan Naturnomics™ Forum 2016

Knowledge is not confined to books or academia alone – one can learn from years of observation and experience too. Three local Botanists from Balipara, Assam, whose great knowledge of Botany was gained through decades of practical experience and not through formal education, bear testimony to this fact.

World experts to take part in conference on nature, jumbos

 A two-day conference on nature, especially on elephants, will begin from tomorrow with participation of experts from across the world, inclduing the US, UK, Myanmar along with those from India. "This conference is an important event in the calender with many world-famous experts deliberating on the climate and its impact on nature.

Endangered species wait 12 years to get on the list

Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid (Credit: Joshua Mayer/Wikimedia Commons)

The wait time for getting on the endangered species list is on average about 12 years, six times longer than it should be, a new analysis shows. Scientists say the delays could lead to less global biodiversity.

The US Congress enacted the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973. To receive protection, a species must first be listed as endangered or threatened in a process that is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The contribution of agroforestry to global and national carbon budgets

Agroforestry systems and tree cover on agricultural land make an important contribution to climate
change mitigation, but are not systematically accounted for in either global carbon budgets or national
carbon accounting. This paper assesses the role of trees on agricultural land and their significance
for carbon sequestration at a global level, along with recent change trends. Remote sensing data
show that in 2010, 43% of all agricultural land globally had at least 10% tree cover and that this has

An Ethnobotanical Survey of Wild food plants of Mishing Tribe

Abstract: The wild edible plants are important in the livelihood strategies of tribal people. The value of wild edible vegetables in food security has not been given sufficient attention in India (Reddy et al. 2007). Mishing is a tribal community belonged to Mongoloid group – a multitude of people that followed Austro-Asiatic races to India (Singh et al. 1996).

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Ethnobotanical study across five ethnic communities of Assam

Collecting information about eatable plants of Adivasi community by Balipara Foundation team

The North-eastern states of India harbours more than 130 major tribal communities of the total 427 tribal communities found in India, representing one of the greatest region of ethno-botanical wealth. Every society has developed indigenous botanical knowledge or ethnobotanical knowledge through its dynamic interactions with its surrounding environment. Studies on the ethnobotanical uses of plants by the local people are often significant because it provides a gateway for the exploration of new source of drugs, food, from the herbal origin.


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