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| Last Updated:: 21/03/2015

Achievements

 

 

 

ACHIEVEMENTS OF ENVIS Centre Till Date

 Databases Developed  

  • Rare, Endangered and Threatened Plants of India, based on Red Data Books (Vol. 1 – 3) published by BSI
  • Common Medicinal Plants of West Bengal in regional language (Bengali) and in English (including description of 300 spp. and Photos)
  • Indian Plants included in CITES and Negative List of Exports
  • State-wise List of Threatened Plant taxa, prepared for all 28 States
  • Database on Pollen Atlas of Thymelaeaceae has been prepared in the format of our earlier online database on some allergic pollen of Indian Angiosperms. Palynological description of 23 taxa belonging to 12 genera from India has been completed.
  • Plants of Ethnobotanical Importance – Ethnobotanical information obtained from various ethnic communities of West Bengal and Rajasthan States and Dadra and Nagar-Haveli, and Daman and Diu Union Territories, including description of plant species with photographs
  • Some medicinally important plants with their chemical constituents
  • Pictorial Identification Manual of Carnivorous Plants of India – Consisting information on Bladderworts (Utricularias) compiled from “Bladderworts of India” (Janarthanam & Henry, 1992)
  • Pictorial Identification Manual of Mangroves of India – Comprising information compiled from “Mangroves in India – Identification Manual” (Banerjee & al., 1989).
  • Invasive Alien Species of India – The database consists of a comprehensive list of Invasive Alien species found in India. It provides botanical name, habit and nativity of 173 invasive alien plant species that occur in India

·         Type Specimens at Botanical Survey of India – This database provides information on the type specimens that have been housed in the various herbaria of Botanical Survey of India.

  • Status of Plant Diversity in India – It provides general information about the country, followed by diversity of ecosystem and vegetation, diversity and status of species in various plant groups, threats and conservation strategies, references, photographs of various habitats and plants. So far, plant diversity of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal has been prepared.
  • Plant Discoveries in India – A comprehensive list of newly discovered plants from India, and new plant records to India and their publication details.
  • Catalogue of Indian Herbaria – Information such as name and address of recognised Indian herbaria (94) with acronym, besides year of initiation, areas under its  jurisdiction, important collections and number of specimens housed in each herbarium. Apart, name, affiliation and e-mail ID of contact person of the respective herbarium.
  • Biodiversity hotspots in India – Information such as list of 34 Biodiversity Hotspots of the World including map, 8 Biodiversity Hotspots of Asia and 4 Biodiversity Hotspots in India has been given; detailed information on 4 India Biodiversity Hotspots like map, endemism, threats has also been given.
  • Wetlands – Identified wetlands (115) in different states of India under National Wetland Conservation Programme, and an exhaustive list of Aquatic and Wetland Plants of India

[Our existing online three databases (listed below) which were working properly in our earlier website have not been included in the newly developed CMS of the ENVIS Centre, BSI due to security threat.  

1. Ethnobotany of West Bengal and Rajasthan States, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli,  Daman and Diu Union Territories 

2. Pictorial Identification Manual of Mangroves of India

3. Pictorial Identification Manual of Carnivorous Plants of India

After inclusion of generic databases within the Website of ENVIS Centre, BSI it would be possible to incorporate and update data in the new generic databases as well as in the already existing databases] 

Data Storage for disseminating information

  • Wetland Flora of Chilika Lake (Odisha) and Kawar Lake (Bihar)
  • Coastal Plant Communities – Containing information based on ‘Diversity of Coastal Plant Communities in India’ (Banerjee, 2002)
  • Mangroves – A brief outline on Mangroves of India
  • Medicinal Plants – Prepared descriptions, medicinal uses including chemical constituents and photographs of about 50 medicinal plant species – Presently discontinued because the project has been allotted to another ENVIS Centre on Medicinal Plants (I-AIM)
  • Key Works to the taxonomy of Flowering Plants – The entire data compiled from ‘Key Works to the Taxonomy of Flowering Plants of India’ Vol. 1 – 5 (Nayar, 1984 – 1986), and ‘Key Works of Floristics of India’ Vol. 1 (Nayar & Giri, 1988) and Vol. 2 (Giri & al., 2006)

Publications

  • Newsletters            :        26 + 1 (EMCB) + 1 (SDNP)
  • Abstracts               :         9
  • Books                    :         5

 

News Clippings

News clippings on issues related to environment, biodiversity and conservation published in various Newspapers have been collected and disseminated through our website since 2010 to till date. 

Workshop / Training Course: Successfully organised Five Workshops / Training Courses till date.

2003 – 2004: A one-day workshop for students and research fellows with specialisation in plant taxonomy from universities across West Bengal was organized. University Professors and BSI Scientists acted as resource persons.

2004 – 2005: A two-day workshop for students and research fellows with specialisation in plant taxonomy from various universities of West Bengal was organized. University Professors and BSI Scientists acted as resource persons.

2005 – 2006: A two-day workshop for students and research fellows with specialisation in plant taxonomy from different universities of West Bengal and Odisha was organised. University Professors and BSI Scientists acted as resource persons.

2011 – 2012: A two-day ‘Capacity Building Training Course in Plant Taxonomy’ for M.Sc. Botany students and research fellows with specialisation in plant taxonomy from various universities of West Bengal was organized on 21 and 22 April, 2012. Scientists and two Research Associates of BSI acted as resource persons.

2012 – 2013: The Botanical Survey of India and ENVIS Centre on Floral Diversity, BSI jointly organized a three-day ‘Botanical Nomenclature Course’ from 11 to 13 January, 2013; more than 90 participants from all over India attended the course; Dr. K.N. Gandhi, Senior Nomenclatural Registrar, Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, USA was the Course Director.  

2013-2014: A two-day ‘Capacity Building Training Course in Plant Taxonomy’ for M. Sc. Botany students with specialization in plant taxonomy and Junior Research Fellows of various Universities of West Bengal at Central National Herbarium on 22nd and 23rd March, 2014. The training course was attended by 52 students, including the teachers and observers. Mr. Surjith Karthikeyan, Assistant Director, Environmental Information Division, MoEF, New Delhi attended this training course as an observer.

2014-2015: A National Level ‘Capacity Building Training Course in Plant Taxonomy’ was jointly organized by the T.N.B. College, Bhagalpur and University Department of Botany, T.M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur in collaboration with Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and ENVIS Centre on Floral Diversity, Howrah at the Department of Botany, T.N.B. College, Bhagalpur from 20th to 27th February, 2015. There were 60 participants, consisting of 30 Under Graduate students, 7 M.Sc. students, 15 Research Scholars and 8 Assistant/Associate Professors. Out of the 60 participants, 40 were from Bihar and the rest were from Assam, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The number of resource persons were 21, out of which, 19 were from BSI, 1 each from Bhagalpur and Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra.  

 

ACTIVITIES OF THE ENVIS CENTRE ON “FLORAL DIVERSITY”,

BOTANICAL SURVEY OF INDIA, DURING 2014 – 2015

Creating awareness among the students

Data incorporated/updated for:

  • Data incorporation in the database continued with the available data through field surveys
  • Data for Bibliography and Abstracts of papers on Floras of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa from different libraries have been collected

Upgradation of already developed Databases

     Invasive Alien Species of India – The database consists of a comprehensive list of Invasive Alien species found in India. It provides botanical name, habit and nativity of 173 invasive alien plant species that occur in India

     Type Specimens at Botanical Survey of India – This database provides information on the type specimens that have been housed in the various herbaria of Botanical Survey of India.

     Status of Plant Diversity in India – It provides general information about the country, followed by diversity of ecosystem and vegetation, diversity and status of species in various plant groups, threats and conservation strategies, references, photographs of various habitats and plants. So far, plant diversity of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal has been prepared.

     Plant Discoveries in India – A comprehensive list of newly discovered plants from India, and new plant records to India and their publication details.

     Catalogue of Indian Herbaria – Information such as name and address of recognised Indian herbaria (94) with acronym, besides year of initiation, areas under its  jurisdiction, important collections and number of specimens housed in each herbarium. Apart, name, affiliation and e-mail ID of contact person of the respective herbarium.

·         Biodiversity hotspots in India – Information such as list of 34 Biodiversity Hotspots of the World including map, 8 Biodiversity Hotspots of Asia and 4 Biodiversity Hotspots in India has been given; detailed information on 4 India Biodiversity Hotspots like map, endemism, threats has also been given.

     Wetlands – Identified wetlands (115) in different states of India under National Wetland Conservation Programme, and an exhaustive list of Aquatic and Wetland Plants of India

ENVIS Publications: ENVIS Newsletter is being published regularly on a yearly basis since 1994, which provides information on floral diversity of the country, emphasising current status of endangered plant species, diversity and richness of significant Protected Areas and unique ecosystems.

  • 1.  ENVIS Newsletter: Vol. 19(1) and 19(2) published in 2014.

·         2.  Bibliography and Abstracts: “Bibliography and Abstracts of Papers on Flora of Karnataka” and “Bibliography and Abstracts of Papers on Flora of Goa” (2015).

  • 3.  Books
    1. “Phytodiversity of Chilika Lake” in 2015

Workshop / Training Course

A National Level ‘Capacity Building Training Course in Plant Taxonomy’ was jointly organized by the T.N.B. College, Bhagalpur and University Department of Botany, T.M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur in collaboration with Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and ENVIS Centre on Floral Diversity, Howrah at the Department of Botany, T.N.B. College, Bhagalpur from 20th to 27th February, 2015. There were 60 participants, consisting of 30 Under Graduate students, 7 M.Sc. students, 15 Research Scholars and 8 Assistant/Associate Professors. Out of the 60 participants, 40 were from Bihar and the rest were from Assam, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The number of resource persons were 21, out of which, 19 were from BSI, 1 each from Bhagalpur and Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. 

 

Services

  • Abstracting Services: More than 883 references on Bibliography and Abstracts of papers on Flora of Karnataka (published in 2015) and 95 references on Bibliography and Abstracts of papers on Flora of Goa (published in 2015) and 478 references on Bibliography and Abstracts of papers on Flora of Andhra Pradesh  have been collected during 2015 – 2016, which would be published in 2016.
  • Glossary: Glossary of Botanical terms has been incorporated to know and understand the meaning of scientific terminologies.
  • Query Answer Services: Centre has received 133 Queries and all the queries were answered from the centre. Centre has received about 96 Feedback (appreciation and comments) from different users on various activities of ENVIS. 
  • More than 487 College/University Students/Research Fellows along with Professors visited ENVIS Centre, while visiting Central National Herbarium and AJCB Indian Botanic Garden. 
  • Three Researchers from abroad have visited ENVIS Centre.

Photo Gallery: Photo Gallery of ENVIS Website has been updated with photographs of Fungi, Algae, Lichen, Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms. The Website also has photographs of Curious plants, Threatened and Endemic Angiosperms, Useful Plants, Plants of ethnobotanical significance, Botanical Nomenclature Course 2013, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Observe of the Biological Diversity Day 2014 and ENVIS Workshop 2015 at TNB College, Bhagalpur.

News Clippings: News clippings on biodiversity and conservation issues published in various Newspapers have been collected and disseminated through our website, which is updated regularly to create awareness on biodiversity and environment among common people.

Expert Database: A Specialisation-wise List of Experts with their brief profile (incl. academic qualification, field of expertise, address, contact number(s), e-mail) has been provided, for scientific interaction and clarification in their fields.

Collation and Dissemination of Data

  • The Centre collects and disseminates field-based data on sustainable use of plant diversity for socioeconomic development.
  • Disseminates data on floristic diversity of Northeast India (Arunachal Pradesh), Wetlands of India, Godavari and Krishna Delta, and Tiger Reserves of India, and Plant Resources and Ecological Investigations of Chilika Lake in Odisha, and Kawar Lake in Bihar and Floral Diversity of Indian Mangroves and Coastal Ecosystems of India (all data available on request). Centre also collected data on plants of ethnobotanical importance of Sundarbans, Gorumara National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Purulia District of West Bengal.

ENVIS-BSI Website (www.bsienvis.nic.in): The Website of ENVIS Centre has been completely upgraded with new homepage with assistance from National Informatics Centre, New Delhi. All the databases, publications (books, newsletters and abstracts), list of experts with contact addresses and e-mail, and news clippings on thematic area are available in the website. Photo gallery of the Centre is being upgraded with new photos according to different thematic fields. 

Library consultation tours for collection of Data: Libraries of various universities located in West Bengal, Regional Centres of BSI and other academic and research Institutes have been consulted for collecting data for the preparation of State-wise Bibliography and Abstracts, Ethnobotanical information of States and Union Territories of India, and Status and distribution of Threatened and Endemic Plants of India. In this connection, library consultation tours to FRLHT, CIMAP, ATREE, IIS, Bangalore, Mysore University and Goa University were undertaken from 17.05.14-03.06.14 and WRC, BSI, ARI, Pune and St. Xavier College and JBNHS, Mumbai from 21.6.2014 to 06.07.2014 by ENVIS personnel as directed by the Expert Committee. A total of 978 references for Bibliography and Abstracts of Papers on Flora of Karnataka and Goa (published in 2015) and 278 references for preparing Bibliography and Abstracts of Papers on Flora of Andhra Pradesh have been collected during 2013–2014 and will be published in 2016.