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On networking Indian biodiversity databases

Gadagkar, R On networking Indian biodiversity databases. In: BD DB Networking workshop, 2004 (March). pp. 1-13.

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The Rationale: India is one of the world’s top twelve megadiversity countries, rich in biodiversity resources. We also possess a wealth of knowledge associated with biodiversity, be it the orally held knowledge of folk healers or herders, or the traditional knowledge codified in Ayurvedic, Sidha or Yunani texts. Its biodiversity resources are far better known scientifically than those of other tropical megadiversity countries such as Brazil or Indonesia. As a result, India has developed a number of excellent biodiversity databases such as the Flora of Karnataka (Ganeshaiah, et. al., 2002), Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (NISCAIR, 2002) or the National Register of Green Grassroots Innovations and Traditional Knowledge (NIF, 2002). There exist therefore rich possibilities of building upon country’s biodiversity resources and associated knowledge; to promote biodiversity-based enterprises in the modern, as well as traditional sectors; to develop biotechnology industries at the cutting edge of new technologies as well as to encourage local level value addition to biodiversity resources. Important new markets are also emerging for produce of organic agriculture. Taking advantage of these markets will require development of good databases on agro-ecosystems, including incidence of pests and diseases.

Item Type: Editorials/Short Communications
Publication: BD DB Networking workshop
Publisher: BD DB Networking workshop
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2021 10:39
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2021 10:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/67656

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