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#1 Rainka_Shivani

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 06:08 AM

The rudraksh tree (Elaeocarpus ganitrus), whose nuts are used as beads in "rudraksh malas", is in need of immediate conservation measures to prevent it from becoming extinct, scientists have cautioned.

Out of 120 known species, 25 are found in the foothills og the Himalayas and various parts of India. But their declining population due to the environmental disturbance is causing concern, according to botanists at the North Eastern Hill University in Shillong and at the Regional Institute of Science and Technology in Nirjuli in Meghalaya.

The scientists, who surveyed the population structure and regeneration status of rudraksh , found that there was no regeneration of saplings or seedlings in the highly disturbed forests.

Expanding urbanisation, hydroelectric dams, buildings and roads mining operations leading to degradation of forests have pushed rudraksh to the threatened category, they said in a report published in "current Science".

The scientists said that rudraksh tree reproduces mainly through seeds and increased seed collection for household and industrial use has resulted in shrinkage of the seed bank in the soil, affecting regeneration of the species.

The study reveals that a threatened species such as rudraksh which has a low population density and exacting habitat preference may may not able to perpetuate itself for a long if effective conservation measures are not taken in time, the report added.


Press trust of India
Hyderabad, December 23.
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#2 zen_spirit

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Posted 09 July 2005 - 06:58 AM

QUOTE(Shivani Shahi @ Jan 3 2003, 12:38 PM)


...The scientists, who surveyed the population structure and regeneration status of rudraksh , found that there was no regeneration of saplings or seedlings in the highly disturbed forests.



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... this is really sad ...


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#3 ashis

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Posted 09 July 2005 - 07:05 AM

I think that the government should give priotroties in Botanical Garden to enhance conservation issues and focus more ,what about nepal???We people are really poor in thumkimg conservation issues,probably ignorance,negligence and Economy,,
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