Uniyal, A and Uniyal, S K (2008) Distribution, Status and Conservation of Picrorhiza kurrooa in the Himalayan Region. Envis Bulletin (Wildlife and Plant Pathology, 11 (1). pp. 55-61.

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Picrorhiza kurrooa Royle ex Benth. (Scrophulariaceae), popularly known as Kutki, Kadawi or Kuru, is not a new name for Ayurvedic practitioners, Vaids, Hakims and herbal industry. It is also not a new plant for botanists and plant ecologists. However, rapid decline of this species from wild during recent years is a new thing which has serious conservation implications. The increasing market demand of the plant has led to unscientific, unmanaged and overharvesting of the plant, raising concern amongst many ecologists, scientists and conservationists (Rai & Sharma 2000, Uniyal et al. 2002, Rawat 2005). As a result, the species has been included in the Negative List of Export by the Govt. of India and Appendix II of CITES. Based on the extensive collection for trade and dwindling population in the wild, the plant has also been categorized as Vulnerable in the Red Data Book (Nayar & Sastry 1987) and as ‘Endangered’ as per Conservation Assessment and Management Planning (CAMP) workshop.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Ecology
Depositing User: Dr. Aparna Maitra Pati
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2012 07:58
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2012 07:58
URI: http://ihbt.csircentral.net/id/eprint/744

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