Planting data

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

-- Plant Resources of Karnataka K N Ganeshaiah, Sagar Kathuria, R Uma Shanker Marketed by SAGANUMS Bangalore

This cd-rom is an extensive database of plant species found in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. This is the first time that such information has been compiled from various government and non-government sources and put together in a searchable and user-friendly format for students, researchers and botanists.

There is a district and taluka -wise break-up of flora details presented through land-use maps of agro-climatic zones, major and minor towns, rivers, water bodies and vegetation. A total of 4,935 plant species found in the state are recorded. According to the database, Hassan district is the richest in terms of flora resources, with 4,561 species recorded.

In addition, for those not familiar with the scientific names, about 6,000 commonly-used names of various plant species are arranged alphabetically in 31 Indian languages for the viewer to search through.

This cd-rom will be of great help to both academics and policy-planners and it fills a gap in digital resources on plant species in India. One can now look forward to similar databases on the flora, and perhaps even fauna, of other states in the country.

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