IMPHAL: A book titled “Elite RET Species of Dendrobium of North East India- Illustrated “, written by Diana Rajkumari was released on Saturday at the residence of Rk. Ranjan, Hon’ble MP (Lok Sabha). The day also marked the 34th birth anniversary of the author.
The book was published by Akansha Publishing House, New Delhi.
Regarding the book Professor Jiten Sharma said that the north eastern region of India has rich resources of biodiversity as it falls within the Indo-Burma mega biodiversity hotspot and eastern Himalayan region. It has a huge resource of plants which belong to the family orchidaceae. This particular pocket of the Indian sub-continent abounds in orchid plants with ornamental, medicinal and aesthetic values that include various Rare Endangered and Threatened (RET) species, the profession said adding that Orchids are known for its graceful and elegant flowers with diverse floral structures of various shapes, sizes and colours.
They are the most highly evolved monocots (roughly about 100 millions years old) belonging to the family orchidaceae comprising of more than 788 genera and 18500 species. The genus Dendrobium is the second largest group in orchidaceae with 1536 species widely distributed in the countries like India, China, South East Asia, Japan, Malaya, Philippines, New Guinea, Australia, Pacific Islands and New Zealand, Professor Jiten highlighted on topic maintaining that most Dendrobium species are threatened due to various anthropogenic activities such as destruction and damage of natural ecosystem and also the illegal collection and trafficking.
This book is attempting to study selected RET species of Dendrobium which are found in north eastern India, the Professor said.
Rk. Ranjan Singh rendered his thankfulness to all the contributors, well wishers and especially Haokholet Kipgen, Chairman, FEEDS, Henbung for the responsibility he has taken to produce the book.
My intention is that, if it can help a little to someone who is eager to learn about the Rare Endangered Threatened Dendrobium, the hard work of my daughter will be more meaningful, the MP said.
The book was released in the presence of G. Jiten Sharma, Retired Professor, Manipur University; Dr. Dhanaraj Thokchom, Senior Scientist, Ethno- Medicinal Research Center; Dr. Kangjam Tilotama, Scientist Orchid Research and Development Centre, FEEDS, Henbung, Kangpokpi; Dr. Sushil Sharma, Scientist, Indian Council of Agriculture, Manipur and Ch. Debala Devi mother of Diana Devi, who all took part as presidium members.