NISCAIR publishes comprehensive state-of-the-art reports on specialized subjects for the benefit of research scientists and academicians. NISCAIR has brought out following publications under this programme:
(Editors:Prof. Mihir K Chaudhuri,Dr R K Sharma,Dr Archana Sharma)
Proceedings of First Indo-US Workshop on Green Chemistry’ supported by International Chapter on Green Chemistry of American Chemical Society, which highlights the state-of-the-art and future prospects of green chemistry research, may contribute towards serving the objective of sustainable development by eliminating the production and use of hazardous chemicals and providing new and efficient ways for environmentally benign management of chemicals. It will also encourage the chemists for facilitating further promotion of ‘Green Chemistry’ which will benefit all mankind
ISBN No. is 81-7236-318-4
Price is Rs. 200/-
(Editors: Ashutosh Sharma, Jayesh Bellare, Archana Sharma)
Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary area where researchers are crossing over a broad range of academic disciplines from chemistry to biology, physics and engineering. The book provides the readers with an introduction to current state and future prospects of the breakthrough technology. It comprises review articles in the areas of bioengineering, bioinspired synthetic polymers, nanocrystalline materials, nanocrystalline crystal and ceramic powders, metal nanoclusters in glass, polymeric nanofibres, nanomagnetic particles, nanoprecursors and methods of nanostructure formation. It also includes some ongoing advances in the areas of dielectric dioxides with nanometer-size grains, carbon and boron nitride nanotubes, semiconductor nanocrystals, nanoparticles and light and thermally induced metastabilities in nanocrystalline silicon. It includes innumerable references to the technical literature for scientists involved in research and development activities in the area.
The book will not only provide deep insight into the advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology but will also open up new vistas for further exploration and innovative research for the nano research community.
ISBN : 81-7236-308-7
(2004: Rs. 350)
Plants constitute major renewable resources and provide innumerable raw materials for food, fibre, timber, medicine, spices and oils. They sustain several industries. Many scholarly and academic publications are available on economic plants. But there are few popular books, which give information in a non-technical style. This series on Natural Wealth of India aims at filling this gap and includes titles on well-known economic plants, animals and their products.
(Encyclopaedia of Natural Wealth of India :7) (Sunita Garg)
Mango is the choicest fruit of India and occupies a prominent place among the best fruits of the world. The rapid development of researchers in cultivation practices, breeding protection, storage, preservation, processed food items, and use of waste products has resulted in profound changes in the yield patterns, production, new varieties, consumption and industrialization of mango. As besides being consumed as raw mango, pickles, chutneys, pectins, jam, murabbas, syrups, squash, toffees, am papad, mango powder and many other preparations having mango flavour are now available throuhout the year for domestic and export market.
All this is given in the book. The book will be of use to any one working with mangoes from school and college students, progressive mango growers to mango product producers and consumers.
ISBN : 81-7236-283-8
(2004: Rs. 100)
(Encyclopaedia of Natural Wealth of India :6) (Vatsala)
Bambooo is a common name for woody grasses. The book is written in popular style to provide basic information and guidelines on propagation, establishment, maintenance and utilization of bamboos, for all those who are interested in bamboos in general. A high demand for bamboos by paper industry has led to uncontrolled harvesting of natural resources, hence information on bamboo planting, and management is urgently required for future use.
ISBN : 81-7236-253-6
(2003: Rs. 70 )
(Encyclopaedia of Natural Wealth of India :5) (M V Viswanathan)
Cotton has been in cultivation in India for more than five thousand years and the fabrics produced from cotton in the days of yore were as attractive as they are today. Even today, despite the keen competition from technologically more advanced countries, Indian cotton textiles, yarn, raw cotton and other cotton based products are in great demand from several countries and highly valued for their beauty, durability and quality.
This book unfolds interesting information on hybrids, by-products and other little known uses of this important cash crop. This book has been written in a semi-popular language and is targeted at the common man, progressive farmers and inquisitive students. Efforts have been made as far as possible, to desist from delving deep into technical aspects of cotton.
ISBN : 81-7236-252-8
(2003: Rs. 70 )
(Encyclopaedia of Natural Wealth of India :4) (K Y Kavathekar)
Neem is one among the many useful plants bestowed to us by nature. For centuries, neem has been held in high esteem because of its medicinal and insect repellant properties. Currently, neem seems to have vast business potential. Tremendous international interest in it can be gauged by the number of patents being filed on various properties, chemical composition and active principles of this plant.
This book unfolds interesting information on uses of this million dollar tree, be it healthcare, agriculture, preservation or clothing, pest control, etc. This book has been written in a semi-popular language and is targeted at the common man, progressive farmers and inquisitive students.
ISBN : 81-7236-247-1
(2003: Rs. 70.00)
(Encyclopaedia of Natural Wealth of India :3) (Raj D Kak)
Oils and fats are a vital component of human diet because they are an important source of energy. Oilseed crops and their products are the second most valuable commodity in the world trade. Groundnut, a major oilseed, is a crop of global economic significance not only in the widespread geographical areas of its production but also in the even wider areas of its processing and consumption. India is the major producer of this crop.
This profusely illustrated book written in simple style, gives information on multiple uses of groundnut and its impact on Indian oilseed economy. This book also focuses on the history, characteristics of the plant, genetic improvement and utilization of groundnut.
ISBN : 81-7236-247-1
(2003: Rs. 70.00)
(Encyclopaedia of Natural Wealth of India :2) (Balasubramaniam)
Tea, coffee and cocoa are the three important non-alcoholic beverages from nature's rich storehouse of plant resources. Of the three, tea is the oldest known and the most popular beverage.
This profusely illustrated book, written in an easy-to-understand style, gives an overview of the tea trade especially the role of Indian tea industry in the world tea market. The book also focuses on the history, characteristics of the plant, genetic improvement of the bush, cultivation, different types of tea and their manufacture, therapeutic properties, and nutritive value of the beverage.
(Encyclopaedia of Natural Wealth of India :1) (N R Mankad)
Besides cereals and vegetables, fruits have a significant role in human nutrition. India produces a large variety of fruits. Citrus fruits are next only to mango and banana in quantity. They are a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
This profusely illustrated book, written in an easy-to-understand style, gives information on various Citrus fruits, their history, different varieties, breeding, cultivation and utilization. Special emphasis is given to a variety of industrial products and their processing.
( K Kashyapa & Ramesh Chand)
The first edition of the Wealth of India - Raw Materials Series, comprising 11 volumes and two supplements dealing with the Indian raw material resources of plant, animal and mineral origin, was welcomed by scientists and others, both in India and outside, as an important landmark and an outstanding and unique reference work of its kind. The present volume contains in capsule form the salient information on economic plants dealt with in The Wealth of India volumes.
While the book is mainly based on the first edition of The Wealth of India, Raw Materials, information has also been drawn for some entries from the Dictionary of Economic Plants by J.C. Th. Uphof, and the Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants and its supplements by R.N. Chopra, S.L. Nayar, and I.C. Chopra. Drafts of some of the articles beginning with alphabets A & B from the revised series of The Wealth of India, were also consulted and updated in some cases. Purely ornamental plants have been excluded, while the composite articles on Algae, Bamboos, Fungi and Lichens in The Wealth of India have been split up into their individual genera and dealt with at their proper places in the alphabetical order. For the convenience of the users cross-reference of all botanical synonyms have been provided in italics.
The Useful Plants of India is thus a birds-eye view of The Wealth of India, and condenses within about 916 pages (text-705 pages and Index-211 pages), information on nearly 5,000 plant species described in the base publication. The plants are mentioned in alphabetical sequence of their botanical names along with their families. Names in Indian languages, common English names, and regional and trade names are provided for each plant dealt with. The comprehensive index comprising names in Indian languages, common English names, and regional and trade names, appended to the volume, add to the utility of the volume. The information contained in this volume will be useful to research workers, students, and laymen alike.
ISBN : 81-7236-205-6
(1986: Rs. 500)
(Tenjarla C S Sastry, K Y Kavathekar and others)
India possesses about 175 million hectares of wastelands or wasted lands. Phased reclamation of these lands may not only improve the soil but meet the requirement of food, fodder, fuel and timber and other economic products. Several reclamation programmes have been launched by the Governemnt, voluntary organizations and international agencies, but they are insufficient to meet the problem of such a magnitude.
This book described briefly various types of wastelands, their characteristics, causes, the importance of green cover, role of nitrogen-fixing plants and energy-crops, and other related issues. Keeping in view the growing need for timber, fuel and fodder, this book attempts to bring together information on as many wild or not-so-wild plants as possible,which, besides being useful in reclamation, also yield other economic products.
Out of the 1003 species dealt with, the major ones are described in their alphabetical order with emphasis on reclamation. The minor species are given in a Table. Classified lists of plants according to their suitability for the different types of wastelands and also according to their economic value are provided. A short account on the reclamation of mined wastelands is also included.
An indispensible book for those concerned with environment, ecology, reclamation and afforestation; also useful for researchers and planners.
(1992: Rs. 500)
(L V Asolkar, K K Kakkar & O J Chakre)
A supplement to the pioneering work of Prof R.L. Chopra, the book is an extension to Prof. Chopra's "Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants" published in 1956. The volume published in 1992, present information about 850 medicinally valuable genera falling under alphabets A-K. These genera arranged in alphabetical order as per their botanical names include information about 1780 medicinal species. Besides giving information regarding the medicinal uses, chemical compounds, vernacular names and distribution of the plant species dealt in, it gives the latest nomenclature for these plant species. The specialty of the book is the classified information on medicinally active constituents, including disease causing ones. Studded with extensive (more than 12000) Indian and foreign references, the volume may prove as asset to economic botanists, research workers in various fields of science and industries, particularly those dealing with pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
(1992: Rs. 160)
(Santosh Mehtani & P.K. Ingle)
Plant Food Flavours is a monographic publication focussing on natural flavours obtained from plant sources specifically for enhancing the taste and odour of food-stuffs. The editors of Wealth of India felt the necessity of publishing specialized information packaged as ready reckoners, way back in the 1980s. To build-up specialized databases aimed at specific user communities, it was decided to launch an end-use monograph series. About a dozen titles, including Gums & Resins, Spices & Flavours, Dyes & Tans, Beverages, Fibres, etc. were selected and lists of plants contributing to these end-products prepared using the Wealth of India as a backbone. Plant Food Flavours was planned as an introductory number of the end-product monograph series. Detailed information on each plant source identified was collected from primary and secondary literature sources, collated and packaged. Plant Food Flavours gives detailed write-up on nearly 75 plants as major sources of food flavours with another 70-odd plants dealt-with briefly in tabular form being minor sources of food flavouring substances.
The Monograph will serve as a reference guide to students of nutrition and hotel management courses, researchers and to entrepreneurs of small-scale industries and manufacturing units connected with the processed food industry.
(Editors : Dr Gian Singh, Dr. H B Singh and Dr T K Mukherjee)
Proceedings of National Seminar on Traditional Knowledge Base on Herbal Medicines and Plant Resources of North-East India - Protection Utilization and Conservation, 13-15 March 2001, Guwahati, Assam. The purpose of the seminar was to identify the groups engaged in ethnomedicine research in NE region. Being the land of Ayurveda India is recognized as rich source of medicinal plants. North East (NE) region of India is very rich in plant biodiversity as well as in ethnic diversity. The characteristic of NE region is its tribal population which accounts for 57.15 % of the total population of this area. Various research workers who participated in the seminar discussed their own work and created a social awareness about this valuable resource. This book is an attempt to document information on ethnic medicine in NE Region.