Contents: Preface. I. Advances in bio resources: 1. Range land management for enhancing sustainable crop forage production/B.K. Trivedi. 2. Exploitation and conservation of biodiversity of medicinal plants for sustainable use/J. Prasad. 3. Genetic resource conservation of aonla Emblica officinalis Gaertn in arid region/A.K. Shukla, Sunil Kumar and H.V. Singh. 4. Exotic adventive weeds and their impact on native flora of Chhattisgarh region of India/Pratibha Katiyar. 5. Biological resources and their benefits: bio fuel industry commercialisation/Rekha Singh and R.M. Pandey. 6. Surveillance of germplasm diversity of Jatropha curcas Linn in relation to seed germination and production/Harshal Kumar and R.K. Sarbhoy. 7. Aspects and prospects of duckweeds and algae in some wetlands of Kanpur/Siddhartha Dubey and M. Varkey Boswal. II. Crop production issues and constrains: 8. Crop productivity: issues and constrains/R.K.S. Rathore and Vijay Lakshmi Singh. 9. Genetic diversity: its assessment and application in crop improvement/G.P. Shukla. 10. Mushrooms as environmental engineers/Poonam Dehariya, Anjuli Chaubey and Deepak Vyas. 11. Influence of integrated nutrient management on the growth and yield of Shatavar. Asparagus racemosus Willd/Pushpendra Kumar, Pankaj Lavania and D.S. Chhonkar. 12. Performance of TGMS in rice Oryza sativa L. under varying altitudes of Himalaya/R.K. Salgotra, B.B. Gupta and Mehraj Ud Din. 13. Sustain productivity through hortipastoral system in diversified agriculture under rainfed situation/Sunil Kumar, A.K. Shukla and H.V. Singh. 14. Impact of rice cultivation practices on occurrence of C3 and C4 weeds/Pratibha Katiyar and S.S. Kolhe. 15. Effect of bio chemical fertilizer on total soluble seed proteins of finger millet Eleusine coracana L. germplasm/Ramwant Gupta, Krishan Verma and Munna Singh. 16. Evaluation for morphological traits of cowpea Vigna unguiculata L./Shyama Kumari and Satish K. Pandey. 17. Clastogenic effects of momordica charantia extract on Allium cepa root meristem/Akanksha Sarabhai, V.K. Agarwal and R.K. Sarbhoy. III. Innovative and Eco Friendly Plant Disease Management Strategies: 18. Eco-friendly management of plant viruses/Y.S. Ahlawat. 19. Integration of resistant variety and cultural practices for management of Phytophthora fruit rot of tomato/H.V. Singh, A.K. Shukla and Sunil Kumar. 20. Biological control of chilli damping off disease by Trichoderma sps/Chinuka, Malik Tanveer, Gazala Rizvi and Manish Singh Paijwar. 21. Integrated disease management in forest tree species in Central India/Jamaluddin. 22. Bio control of ginger Zingiber officinale Rosc. Zingiberaceae rot disease by leaves of Butea monsperma/Alka Shrivastava and Gazala Rizvi. 23. Characterization of diversified non tuberculus mycobacteria using PCR RFLP technique/Neha Ktiyar. 24. Effect of bioactive molecules of Calotropis procera latex on Meloidogyne spp/Abhilasha Srivastava and Lalit Kumar. 25. Isolation of endophytic fungi of some grasses/Satish Chandra, Gazala Rizvi, Manish Singh Paijwar and A.K. Nayak. 26. Effect of plant extracts on the growth of Rhizopertha dominica/Shobha Mishra, Siddhardha Dubey and R.K. Nigam. IV. Optimization of the potential and utilization of medicinal plants: 27. Conservation and commercialization of ethnomedicinal knowledge in India/Anil K. Goel. 28. Status of medicinal and aromatic plants in Chhattisgarh/A.K. Geda and S.S. Tuteja. 29. Tinospora cordifolia Wild. Meirs ex. Hook F. and Thomas Guduchi: a biological Ayurvedic medicinal plant/Sadhana Jadon, Deveshwari Singh and Seema Bhadauria. 30. Microbial inoculants in optimization of growth and production of medicinal plants/Jamaluddin. 31. Scope of medicinal plants farming in Bundelkhand/Asad Ahmad and Harbinder Singh. 32. Comparative growth studies of Withania Somnifera Dunal grown in polluted and non polluted areas/Kavita Tyagi, Sandhya Sharma, Sadia Ayub and Tansir ul Haqqi. V. Related issues and challenges: 33. Development need strong will of Govt. PIAs and people/H.P. Chaudhary and Prabha Chaudhary. 34. Influence of the socio personal traits of the vegetable growers on their knowledge index regarding the pollution from the pesticide use an empirical study/Sarthak Chowdhury and Prabuddha Ray. 35. Opportunities and constraint of rain water harvesting vis-a-vis climate change/K.P. Tripathi and V.N. Sharda.
Sustainability of agricultural growth is of prime importance for food security of the ever increasing population. Agricultural biodiversity provides not only food and income but also raw materials for clothing shelter medicines breeding new varieties and performs other services such as maintenance of soil fertility etc. Predominant patterns of agricultural growth have eroded biodiversity in agro ecosystems including plant genetic resources livestock insects and soil organisms. Such erosion has caused economic losses jeopardizing productivity and food security and leading to broader social costs.
There is need to accelerate the pace of dissemination of information on these aspects for quick adoption in increasing the bio resource utilization. To meet the endeavour an attempt has been made to discuss various aspects of biodiversity at one platform. (jacket)