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Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources
Year : 1993, Volume : 6, Issue : 2
First page : ( 131) Last page : ( 137)
Print ISSN : 0971-8184.

Conservation and utilization of Indian Medicinal Plants*

Gupta Rajendra

National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Pusa Campus, New Delhi 110 012.

* Based on lecture delivered in a Seminar on Management of Biodiversity in India, held at Dr. M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Madras, December 28–30, 1992.


The demand for plant-based raw-material, used pre-dominantly in Indian System of Medicine (ISM) has grown enormously in recent years. The over-exploitation by the manufacturing sector of several native medicinal plants are in danger of extinction. The ‘Red Data Book of India’ has adequately recorded such plants. By citing a few examples, the author has discussed the extent of threat, and the need to conserve variability for current and future use. The variants occuring in protected habitats like ‘National Parks’ needs to be collected/evaluated and documented.



Indian medicinal plant, conservation, utilization, extinction/threat.


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