Plant Science & Botany

Ethnobotany of India: 5 volume series

Ethnobotany of India, Volume 1
Eastern Ghats and Deccan

T. Pullaiah, PhD
K. V. Krishnamurthy, PhD
Bir Bahadur, PhD

Ethnobotany of India, Volume 1

Pub Date: December 2016
Hardback Price: $179.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771883382
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-315-36637-1
Pages: 524pp w/ ndex
Binding Type: hardback
Series: Ethnobotany of India: 5 volume series
Notes: 25 color and 43 b/w illustrations

“Exhibits . . . deeply researched scholarship needed to potentially fill the role of a desk reference for this topic. Pullaiah et al. should be praised for their ambition. . . . Very nicely (and in great detail) convey(s) the unique and rich ethnobotanical milieu of Eastern Ghats and Deccan. . . . This volume excels where it needs to—it delivers loads of detailed and organized information on human-plant relationships of all kinds (including medicine, food, fibers, and other interfaces). . . Valuable ethnobotanical information.”
—Economic Botany


Humans are dependent on plants for their food, most medicines, most clothes, fuel, and many other needs. Because indigenous non-Western societies form the vast majority of people now as well as in the past, a study of their plant interrelationships is necessary. India is one of the most important regions of the old world for its ancient and culturally rich and diverse knowledge of ethnobotany.

Ethnobotany of India: Volume 1: Eastern Ghats and Deccan, the first of a five-volume set, provides an informative overview of human-plant interrelationships in this southern area of India. The volume looks at the ethnic diversity, ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, ethnoveterinary medicine, and ethnic food of the region. With chapters written by experts in the field, the book provides comprehensive information on the tribals (the indigenous populations of the region) and knowledge on plants that grow around them.

The introductory chapter details of the area of the Eastern Ghats and Adjacent Deccan. The book then goes on to cover:

  • ethnic diversity and culture of the ethnic tribes
  • plants of the region used for healing and medical purposes for humans and animals
  • ethnic food plants and ethnic food preparation
  • specific information on the ethnomedicinal plants, the parts used, and the diseases cured
  • other uses of plants by the ethnic tribes, such as for fiber, dyes, flavor, and recreation
  • computer applications for ethnobotany
  • conservation, documentation, and management efforts of the ethnic communities and their plant knowledge
The book includes the details of the plants used, their scientific names, the parts used, and how the plants are used, providing the what, how, and why of plant usage. The book is well illustrated with over 45 color photos and many figures.

Together, the five volumes in the Ethnobotany of India series bring together the available ethnobotanical knowledge of India in one place. India is one of the most important regions of the old world, and its ancient and culturally rich and diverse knowledge of ethnobotany will be valuable to many in the fields of botany and plant sciences, pharmacognosy and pharmacology, nutraceuticals, and others. The books also consider the threat to plant biodiversity imposed by environmental degradation, which impacts cultural diversity.

1. Introduction
K. V. Krishnamurthy, T. Pullaiah, and Bir Bahadur
2. Ethnic Tribal Diversity of Eastern Ghats and Adjacent Deccan Region
Bir Bahadur, Razia Sultana, K. V. Krishnamurthy, and S. John Adams
3. Ethnobotany of Worldviews and Belief Systems of Eastern Ghats and Adjacent Deccan Region
K. V. Krishnamurthy
4. Ethno-Ecology, Taxonomy, and Nomenclature of Plants of Ancient Tamils
K. V. Krishnamurthy and S. John Adams
5. Ethnic Plant Genetic Resources Diversity of Eastern Ghats and Deccan
S. R. Pandravada, N. Sivaraj, and V. Kamala
6. Ethnic Food Plants and Ethnic Food Preparation in Eastern Ghats and Adjacent Deccan Region
B. Sadasivaiah and T. Pullaiah
7. Ethnomedicinal Plants of Eastern Ghats and Adjacent Deccan Region
S. Karuppusamy and T. Pullaiah
8. Ethnoveterinary Medicine of Eastern Ghats and Adjacent Deccan Region
M. Hari Babu, J. Koteswara Rao, and T. V. V. Seetha Rami Reddi
9. Ethnobotany of Useful Plants in Eastern Ghats and Adjacent Deccan Region
M. Chandrasekhara Reddy, K. Sri Rama Murthy, S. Sandhya Rani, and T. Pullaiah
10. Conservation, Documentation, and Management of Ethnic Communities of Eastern Ghats and Adjacent Deccan Region and Their Plant Knowldege
K. V. Krishnamurthy, Bir Bahadur, Razia Sultana, and S. John Adams
11. Computer Applications in Ethnobotany
Ashish Kumar Pal and Bir Bahadur
12. Ethnobotany, Ethnopharmacology, Bioprospecting,and Patenting
P. Puspangadan, V. George, and T.P. Ijinu

About the Authors / Editors:
T. Pullaiah, PhD
Former Professor, Department of Botany, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Andhra Pradesh, India

T. Pullaiah, PhD, is a former Professor at the Department of Botany at Sri Krishnadevaraya University in Andhra Pradesh, India, where he has taught for more than 35 years. He has held several positions at the university, including Dean, Faculty of Biosciences, Head of the Department of Botany, Head of the Department of Biotechnology, and Member Academic Senate. He was President of the Indian Botanical Society (2014), President of the Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (2013), and Fellow of the Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences. He was awarded the Panchanan Maheswari Gold Medal, the Dr. G. Panigrahi Memorial Lecture Award of the Indian Botanical Society, the Prof. Y. D. Tyagi Gold Medal of the Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy, and a Best Teacher Award from Government of Andhra Pradesh. Under his guidance 53 students obtained their doctoral degrees. He has authored 45 books, edited 15 books, and published over 300 research papers, including reviews and book chapters. His books include Flora of Eastern Ghats (4 volumes), Flora of Andhra Pradesh (5 volumes), Flora of Telangana (3 volumes), Encyclopedia of World Medicinal Plants (5 volumes), and Encyclopedia of Herbal Antioxidants (3 volumes). He was also a member of Species Survival Commission of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Professor Pullaiah received his PhD from Andhra University, India, attended Moscow State University, Russia, and worked as postdoctoral Fellow during 1976-78.

K. V. Krishnamurthy, PhD
Former Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, India

K. V. Krishnamurthy, PhD, is a former Professor and Head of Department, Plant Sciences at Bharathidasan University in Tiruchirappalli, India, and is at present an adjunct faculty at the Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bangalore. He obtained his PhD degree from Madras University, India, and has taught many undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil, and PhD students. He has over 48 years of teaching and research experience, and his major research areas include plant morphology and morphogenesis, biodiversity, floristic and reproductive ecology, and cytochemistry. He has published more than 170 research papers and 21 books, operated 16 major research projects funded by various agencies, and guided 32 PhD and more than 50 MPhil scholars. His important books include Methods in Cell Wall Cytochemistry (CRC Press, USA), Textbook of Biodiversity (Science Publishers, USA), and From Flower to Fruit (Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi). One of his important research projects pertains to a detailed study of Shervaroys, which form a major hill region in the southern Eastern Ghats, and seven of his PhD scholars have done research work on various aspects of Eastern Ghats. He has won several awards and honors that include the Hira Lal Chakravarthy Award (1984) from the Indian Science Congress; Fulbright Visiting Professorship at the University of Colorado, USA (1993); Best Environmental Scientist Award of Tamil Nadu state (1998); the V. V. Sivarajan Award of the Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (1998); and the Prof. V. Puri Award from the Indian Botanical Society (2006). He is a fellow of Linnaean Society, London; National Academy of Sciences, India; and Indian Association of Angiosperm Taxonomy.

Bir Bahadur, PhD
Former Professor, Department of Botany, Kakatiya University, Warangal, Telangana, India

Bir Bahadur, PhD, Bir Bahadur, PhD, was Chairman and Head of the Department, and Dean of the Faculty of Science at Kakatiya University in Warangal, India, and has also taught at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. During his long academic career, he was honored with the Best Teacher Award by Andhra Pradesh State Government for mentoring thousands of graduates and postgraduate students, including 30 PhDs, most of whom went onto occupy high positions at various universities and research organizations in India and abroad. Dr. Bahadur has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Vishwambhar Puri Medal from the Indian Botanical Society for his research contributions in various aspects of plant Sciences. He has published over 200 research papers and reviews and has authored or edited dozen books, including Plant Biology and Biotechnology and Jatropha, Challenges for New Energy Crop, both published in two volumes each by Springer Publishers. Dr. Bahadur is listed as an Eminent Botanist of India, the Bharath Jyoti Award, New Delhi, for his sustained academic and research career at New Delhi and elsewhere. Long active in his field, he has a member of over dozen professional bodies in India and abroad, including Fellow of the Linnean Society (London); Chartered Biologist Fellow of the Institute of Biology (London); Member of the New York Academy of Sciences; and a Royal Society Bursar. He was also honored with an Honorary Fellowship of Birmingham University (UK). Presently he is an Independent Director of Sri Biotech Laboratories India LTD, Hyderabad, India.

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