This publication is based on the research work carried out by the authors under the CSIR Project during 1988 to 1997 at University Department of Botany and Zoology, T.M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur. India has a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna having biocidal and medicinal properties. The flora of Santhal Parganas (Jharkhand) is very rich and varied with biocidal (Piscidal, Insecticidal, Pesticidal) and medicinal properties. The knowledge of the chemical constituents of these Biocidal Plants advanced rapidly in last few decades. The destruction of household pests and prevention of vectors of diseases like AIDS, Cancers, Diabetes, Malaria, Filaria etc., is very important and common problems and a good deal of attention has been paid in recent years. The present research work is an endeavour to elucidate the Biocidal Plants resources of Santhal Parganas, which have been divided under three parts and eleven chapters in this book in very simple and lucid language. The first and second parts of this book cover Survey, Phytochemical Studies and Ecological Studies of selected Biocidal Plants located in the forest areas of Santhal Parganas, Jharkhand which include four districts Viz., Dumka, Sahibganj, Godda and Deoghar. The third part of this book covers Toxicological aspects of Biocidal Plants which include a comprehensive and in-depth investigation of the toxic effect of alkaloid extract of some selected Biocidal Plants like Datura metel, L., Strychnos nux-vomica, L. and Argemone mexicana, L., on the fresh water major carp and air breathing fishes, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) study of alkaloid exposed fish gills, respiration physiology, haematological aspects, mucous glands and chromatophores of fishes. The research findings elaborated in this book would certainly open new avenues of research and development in the areas of Biocidal as well as medicinal plants research for the benefit of mankind and society as a whole.
Manoj Kumar Sinha (b. 1965) did Graduation, Post Graduation and Ph.D. in Zoology, Library and Information Science from T.M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur. He has 5 Years research experience in Life Science and 15 years professional experience in library and information services in reputed libraries. Presently he is working as Assistant University Librarian in Assam University, (a Central University) Silchar since 1997. Before coming to library profession, he has worked in CSIR sponsored Research Project entitled Ecology and Phytochemistry of Biocidal Plants of Santhal Parganas, Bihar as JRF and SRF during 1989-1993. He is also a well known library and information professional. He is having 76 research paper and articles to his credit, which have been published in journals of international and national importance in the area of Zoology, Freshwater Biology, Environmental Sciences and Library and Information Sciences. (Mrs.) Jayashree Datta Munshi, (b.1940) M. Sc. (T.M. Bhagalpur University), Ph.D. (Banaras Hindu University) is Professor of Botany in the University Department of Botany, T.M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur. At present she is In-Charge of Environmental Research Laboratory Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur. J.S. Datta Munshi (b.1930), M.Sc., (Pat.) , Ph.D. (B.H.U.), F.N.A., F.A.N.Sc., was Professor and Head of the University Department of Zoology, T.M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur. He has forty years of teaching experience working in different capacities at Patna University, Banaras Hindu University and Bhagalpur University. At present he is CSIR Emeritus Scientist. He has published more than 200 research papers in national and international journals of repute, besides some important and useful books. He has guided scores of Ph.D. research students in the field of Freshwater Biology and Eco-Physiology of Air-Breathing Fishes.
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