|Welcome to CDROM
on Mangroves of India !
Bioinformatics Center at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India since its inception in 1990 has a lways been concentrating their efforts in computerization of the coastal and marine biodiversity of Indian waters. With this aim in mind, this Center has developed "CDROM on Marine Prawns of India" which was the first amongst its series "NIO's Database on Marine Life of India (NIODMLI)". CDROM on Marine Prawns was released by Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Director General, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR, Government of India in a function held on January 17, 1998 at Goa.
The second "CDROM on Marine Crabs of India" in its series "NIO's Database on Marine Life of India (NIODMLI)" was released by Shri Ashok Desai, Managing Director, SAARC Region, Silicon Graphics System (India) Ltd. in a function held on March 27. 1998 at NIO, Goa..
The third "CD-ROM
on Mangroves of India" in the series "NIO's Database on Marine Life of
India (NIODMLI)" has been developed to aid researchers, academics, planners,
administrators, commercial houses, students and common man. This CD-ROM
collates information on about 62 species of mangroves and its associate
flora that occurs in the estuarine and marine waters of this country. Though,
every efforts has been made to collect all the available information on
this group of plants, its a "Work in Progress" and hence if you come across
any specific shortcomings, please let us know so that we can present more
full proof version 2.0 of this product.
This section explains
in general what are mangroves , how to grow mangroves, where to grow mangroves.
which species to grown. how to identify the species etc.
Taxonomy or Systematics
as it is called forms basic building block of nature. Without the proper
identification of the organisms may it be plant or animal, proper usage
and utilization becomes difficult. With the dwindling resources and heavy
economic cuts and unstable political scenario, science of taxonomy has
been neglected to the extent that once flourishing community of taxonomists,
itself has become the extinct and rare species. Younger generations are
not keen to acquire this knowledge as this does not stand them in today's
competitive market. Over the years, efforts are being made to utilize the
features of computer sciences and advancements of Information Technology
(IT) to simplify and popularize the taxonomy so that many more youngsters
Here we have tried to utilize the Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) which describes the documents in "logical succession/structure" of the documents. Infact, with our experience we have started believing that HTML would be the best suitable option to represent the hierarchical nature/arrangements of flora and fauna that this planet is bestowed with. "IDENTIFICATION" helps you in identifying any of the 62 mangrove species and its associates for which information has been collated in this package. Wherever possible characters are explained with the help of line drawings.
Listing, understanding and remembering the position of specific species plant or animal in the taxonomical hierarchy is as difficult as identifying the species. To aid the community ranging from researchers to academicians, teachers to students, planners to implimentors, SYSTEMATICS has been developed to enlist the taxonomic hierarchy of any of the mangrove species.
The Indian coastline of about 5,700 km
long can be divided into the east and west coasts and island chains. The
east coast covers the maritime states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh,
Orissa, West Bengal and Andaman-Nicobar Islands. The West coast extends
from Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and also includes
the coral atolls of Lakshadweep Islands. The total mangrove area along
the Indian coast is estimated to be approximately 700,000 ha. These
species occurs at one or many places under varied environmental conditions
in the waters of this country. BIOGEOGRAPHY maps the presence of these
species all along waters bordering India.
Much work has been done on the mangroves. Here we have made an effort to list the major publications of the mangroves of India. Major source has been the individual collection of our experts. Apart from this out put from Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract (ASFA) too has proved helpful in making this list near complete. We have grouped these publications/references in 5 sections.
WORKERS IN INDIA
It was interesting for us to know, who is working on what aspect of mangroves in India. This has resulted into extensive list of experts and their specialization. We truly feel that this will be one of the important contribution of ours for those who intends to peruse carrier in mangroves.
Most commonly used words in this package has been described/defined in this section.
ABOUT THIS CDROM
Current document which briefly explains various sections and features of this CDROM.
Section that talks about the Bioinformatics facility at the National Institute of Oceanography and its achievements.