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Pandey, Vashist [1].

COVID-19, Plant Biodiversity, Utilization, Conservation and      biodiversity - climatic link.

Plant biodiversity is a natural boon for the biological system on earth planet i.e. they govern   all the biofunctions, distribution and biodiversity - climatic link of the different habitats of the world. COVID-19 is a RNA obnoxious virus distributed in 215 countries of world. It caused more than 3.5M death in the world. The remedy lies in herbals called Jari-buti in India.  Role of some plants from our plant biodiversity has been discussed. India is one of 17 mega-biodiverse countries in the world. India has only 2.4 percent of the earth’s land area, it accounts for 7-8 percent of the world’s recorded species. It is home to 96,000 species of animals, 47,000 species of plants and nearly 50% the world ‘aquatic plants, India’s bioresources is crucial to protecting global biodiversity. Plants form a fundamental part of Earth’s ecosystems, stabilizing its soils with their roots, acting as a sink for carbon dioxide and providing oxygen and sugars, starches via photosynthesis in their leaves. Without them, we would not have the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the medicines that keep us well, the clothes we wear, or the fuel to warm our homes. India is one of the richest countries for plant diversity with approximately 18117 vascular plant species, ranking second in the world. Plant diversity in India is increasingly threatened, with an estimated 1700-1800 plant species being threatened or on the verge of extinction, making India, proportionally, one of the highest priorities for global plant biodiversity conservation. India has increasingly recognized the importance of plant diversity in efforts to conserve and sustainably use its plant diversity. The 21st century is predicted to be an era of bio-economy driven by advances of bioscience and biodiversity. Bio-economy may become the fourth economy form after agricultural, industrial, and information and information technology economies, having far-reaching impacts on sustainable development in agriculture, forestry, environmental protection, light industry, food supply and health care and other micro-economy aspects. Thus, a strategic and forward vision for conservation of plant diversity and sustainable use of plant resources in the 21st century with COVID-19 is of far-reaching significance for sustainable development of Indian economy and society.
            Key Words: COVID-19, Plant Biodiversity, Utilization, Conservation, biodiversity - climatic link

1 - DDU Gorakhpur University, Experimental Botany and Nutraceutical Lab., Department of Botany, Gorakhpur, UP, 273009, India

biodiversity - climatic link.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: ETH1, Ethnobotany
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
Time: 4:15 PM
Number: ETH1006
Abstract ID:877
Candidate for Awards:None

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