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Title: Biodiversity Inventorization in different ecosystems & its relevance to Conservation Continuum and Management of Genetic Resources
Authors: S, Ganeshan
Keywords: Biodiversity
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Ganeshan S. 2010. Biodiversity Inventorization in different ecosystems & its relevance to Conservation Continuum and Management of Genetic Resources. National Conference On Developmental Biology Nacon D Bio 2010-Sep-15-17, Bangalore
Abstract: Management of plant genetic resources is inextricably linked to sustainable economic development, biodiversity conservation and equitable use along with establishing stewardship of national natural resources. In view of this, spatial distribution patterns, inventorization and quantification, issues related to production systems, traditional knowledge, indigenous practices, market systems and legal frame works require to be holistically understood for effective utilization of plant genetic resources. Bio-resources which encompasses plant genetic resources can prevail as at three levels of realization, at a given context of human needs and technological advances – Realized, Quasi-realized and potential-to be realized. Among these realized category of bio-resources present gradients of prevalence and their distribution, depending mainly upon the degrees of systematic and sustained exploitation they are subjected to. Quasi realized resources are in the initial phases of attracting the demand and still have larger portions of unexplored genetic resources (e.g. Oil bearing tree sps). Potential resources may have hedonic value for any contingent requirement occurring in future. There are three dimensions of bio-resources to be addressed while inventorizing and characterizing them – Exploration, Utilization and conservation. Relevance of a spatial systems to address the domain of plant genetic resource conservation & management, predominantly stems from the fact that these resources are spread in time and space with an ever increasing impact of changes occurring at all scales due to man or altered climatic systems. Advent of space technology associated with sensing Earth based materials as reflected light or triangulated position or beamed pocket of information regarding virtually anything enables discovering solutions with a holistic understanding of the problem. Current achievements using this advent has led to formation of information systems having reference to geographic framework, which as per the design and permissions can remain stand alone or web enabled. These systems in principle would enable querying with specific reference to the scope of problem at hand and hence are sought widely for inquiring, recording, analyzing, inventorizing, visualizing and collating the content along with learning. Diversity in a given ecosystem or landscape with respect to bio-resources should be addressed at species level as well as genetic level. Addressing the species level diversity ensures management of target species of highest significance in terms of exploitation; endangered status or its economic value. Assessment of spatial and temporal organization of biodiversity at ecosystem, habitat and species level is realized as one of the best globally followed approach towards conservation planning and management. The presentation attempts an over view of the ongoing R & D action for development of an RS-GIS based inventory of commodity specific PGRs of the sub-continent and its relevance to conservation continuum.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/112
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