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BIOINFOLET - A Quarterly Journal of Life Sciences
Year : 2021, Volume : 18, Issue : 1a
First page : ( 81) Last page : ( 89)
Print ISSN : 0973-1431. Online ISSN : 0976-4755.

Nutraceutical and medicinal bio-resources used by tea-tribe of Jorhat district of Assam

Borkotoky Babita Phukan, Chutia Pavitra1, Sarmah Satya Ranjan2

Department of Botany, Kakojan College, Jorhat, Assam, 785107

1Department of Life Sciences, D R College, Golaghat, 785621, Assam

2Department of Mycology and Microbiology, Tocklai Tea Research Institute, Jorhat, Assam, 785008

Online published on 27 April, 2021.

Abstract

Present study gives information on utilization of plant and animal species by Tea tribe community of Assam, with special reference to those from Jorhat District. In Assam nearly. 20 % population comprises tea tribe community. Total 52 plant and animal species are utilized as a source of nutraceuticals and ethnomedicines by this community. During the survey, undertaken for present study, it was observed that 37 plant and 15 animal species were utilized by the tribal people. The plant species belonging to 25 families and 35 genera were used, showing great diversity in their food habit. The plants belonging to family Euphorbiaceae were found to be most commonly used. The types of animal species used by tea tribe ranged from insects to mammals, wherein. Molluscs and Mammals were the largest group of animals. The plants and animal species mentioned in this communication were also used to treat diseases of different kinds and as an immunity booster.

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Keywords

Ethnomedicine, Nutraceutical, Bio-resource, Tea-tribe, Traditional knowledge.

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