This treatise, the most comprehensive publication in the field so far brings together widely scattered and diffused information from myriad sources to form a highly structured work of reference to the world at large. The main text deals with over 811plant species belonging to 507 genera under 132 families of which 3 species belong to gymnosperms, 624 species to dicots and 184 species to monocots. It has been well illustrated with number of photographs which are an added attraction. The information contained would be an invaluable asset for students, researchers, teachers and scientists in traditional and agricultural universities, plant breeding, forestry, economic botany, ethnobotany and crop improvement and plant genetic resources, and laymen alike. No botanical library should be without it.
Dr S.K. Sood is Professor and Dean Life Sciences, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He obtained his M.Sc. (1974) and M.Phil. (1976) from Himachal Pradesh University and Ph.D. (1981) from Nagarjuna University, Guntur, specializing in Plant Systematics and Embryology. For his post-doctoral, he underwent specialized training in Ethnobotany. He has had a brilliant academic career (triple gold medallist) followed by over 25 years of teaching and conducting research in Botany at postgraduate as well as research levels. Dr Sood has guided about 20 M.Phil. and 12 Ph.D. students and published numerous research papers in various national and international journals. He has attended and participated in many seminars, workshops and conferences. He is also associated with many educational and research bodies in India and abroad. A prolific writer, his books Ethnobotany of Cold DesertTribes of Lahoul-Spiti (N.W. Himalaya): Deep Publications, New Delhi, 2001; Ethnobotany of Rewalsar Himalaya: Deep Publications, New Delhi, 2004; Ethnic Aphrodisiac Plants, Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur, 2005;Ethnic Indian Plants in Cure of Diabetes, Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur, 2005; Sacred and Magico-religious Plants of India, Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur, 2005; Ethnic Plants of India Used in Cancer Cure A Compendium, Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehra Dun, 2005; Orchidaceae and Mankind, Deep Publications, New Delhi, 2005; Honey Plants of the North-West Himalaya, Indus Publishing Co., New Delhi, 2006; Edible Roots and Underground Stems of Ethnic India, Satish Serial Publishing House, New Delhi, 2006, were widely acclaimed. His current major interests are in the theory and practice of systematics, flora of North-West Himalaya, ethnic tribes and conservation research.
Ms. Bipin Kaushal is a Postgraduate from Himachal Pradesh University. She obtained her M.Phil. (2007) from Shimla, Specializing in Ethnobotany. At Present, She is Pursuing her doctoral work in the department.