STUDY OF SELECTED ECONOMICALLY AND CULTURALLY IMPORTANT PLANT RESOURCES AMIABLE TO FUTURE INTENSIVE EXPLOITATIONS IN PARTS OF SAHYADRIS IN MAHARASHTRA, INDIA.

Sathe S. D.

Abstract


The paper  embodies the initial  integrated  study on  parts of western Ghats from human ecological viewpoints, aimed at holistic understanding of biodiversity, interrelationships of less privileged  people with vegetational  resources from ecologically changing  semi-evergreen and evergreen  forest patches  by taking into consideration  their agronomic, social and cultural practices. Against this background, the present study is   necessary for obtaining insights for interpretations of Agricultural evidences recovered by systematic excavations conducted at various river valley archaeological settlements. Methodology:  It deals with the basaltic terrain of Sahyadri hill ranges, slash and burn cultivation (shifting       agriculture), simple eco-friendly practices of sowing, harvesting, winnowing, storage and conservation of traditional varieties by marginal farmers who seem to have been propelled into valley cultivation during the recent past. Priliminary survey of cultivated plants in agricultural practice in study area Results &  Conclusion : Most of these plants call in situ conservation within ecological niches, habitat conservation and commercial propagation for providing means of livelihood to local populace which can slow down flow of people towards urban areas


Keywords


Western Ghats, biodiversity, plant resources, endangered plants.

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