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- DescriptionIndian screw pine family Pandanaceae represents three genera, in which genus Pandanus and Benstonea are distributed in two hotspots in India - the Western Ghats and the Northeast Himalayan region. For the first time, Indian Pandanaceae has been assessed for its taxomic status and phylogenetic relationship. The extensive survey by the authors led to the discovery of three new Pandanus species (two from the Western Ghats and one from the Northeast Himalaya). The present taxomic revision confirmed total number of Pandanus species to 14 that are distributed in the Southern India (9 species) and Northeast Himalayan region (5 species). Genus Benstonea is represented by two species, one from Southern India and ather species common to both regions. A detailed species identification key is given along with conservation status of each species following IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria (2001). The study revealed that, out of 16 Pandanus and Benstonea species, six species are under threatened categories. In recent years, a chloroplast DNA-based molecular phylogenetic approach has been followed to understand the evolutionary relationship among the plant species. The interrelationship among the 14 Pandanus species at infrageneric level has been worked out using this approach, which has led to the rearrangement of some species to the subgenera proposed by Stone (1974). Moreover, the close relationship between Pandanus and Benstonea has been confirmed and the interrelationship of Indian Pandanus genus in global context is given. This book also describes the ecomic importance of each Pandanus species.
- Author Biography1. Dr. Altafhusain Nadaf is a Senior Assistant Professor at the Department of Botany, University of Pune, Pune; working in the area of biochemistry and molecular genetics of Indian Pandanaceae for past 10 years. He was awarded DST-BOYSCAST Fellowship to work as a Visiting Fellow at Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics, Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia for one year in 2010-11. He has received research grants by several funding agencies including DST-Fast Track Scheme for Young Scientists and DBT-Rapid grant for Young Investigators (RGYI). He has successfully guided several Ph. D. and M. Phil. Students and women scientists (under DST-Women Scientists Scheme -A & B). He is working as a reviewer for many International journals. He has in his credit more than 40 research papers published in peer reviewed national and international journals of repute. He has presented his research work at national and international level. 2. Dr. Rahul Zanan is a young researcher working on the taxonomy and phylogeny of Indian Pandanaceae for past 5 years. He has obtained his doctoral degree from University of Pune, Pune. He has published 8 research papers in International journals. He is the authority on 3 new Pandanus species of India. He has received several awards for best oral and poster presentations in International and National conferences.
- Author(s)Altafhusain Nadaf,Rahul Zanan
- PublisherSpringer, India, Private Ltd
- Date of Publication17/02/2013
- LanguageEnglish & English
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Place of PublicationNew Delhi
- Country of PublicationIndia
- ImprintSpringer, India, Private Ltd
- Content Note10 black & white tables, biography
- Weight543 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine15 mm
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