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  • Title
    The lonely endemic Palni Hills Rudraksha Tree Elaeocarpus blascoi Weibel (Magnoliopsida: Malvales: Elaeocarpaceae), Tamil Nadu, India
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    The study on exploration, phenology, floral morphology and seed biology of little known endemic species Elaeocarpus blascoi Weible were conducted in the forest areas of Palni hills. This study confirmed that only three individual existing in the wild; one mature individual available in the wild, whereas the other two individuals are under the conservation of NGO. The considerable percentage of tender shoots, flowers and fruits were infested by unidentified insects (aphids/ticks). The seed germination percentage in the natural habitat is very poor. The distribution and survival of species in the wild is questionable. The threat status of the species needs to be reassessed and updated as Endangered in the IUCN list and effective strategies to be developed to protect the species from further extinction.
    Attribution
    Irudhayaraj Dhanaraj Felix, Ramasubbu Raju (2014). Journal of Threatened Taxa 11(6) pp. 6473-6476; doi:10.11609/jott.1622.6473-6476
  • Title
    Multi-stakeholder perceptions of efficiency in biodiversity conservation at limited access forests of the southern Western Ghats, India
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    Biodiversity conservation is a collaborative effort involving numerous stakeholders. Attempting to balance different interests and developing effective working relationships between stakeholders is vital for successfully addressing issues of biodiversity conservation. Presently, biodiversity conservation in India is monopolised by state forest departments (FD) with negligible participation from local communities (who are directly affected by forest laws) and researchers (whose work can improve conservation). This study examines the efficiency of multiple stakeholders-local communities, FD, researchers and politicians in conserving biodiversity at the Anamalai - Palni Hills of the southern Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu. Efficiency here is defined as the amount of positive assistance stakeholders provide towards conserving biodiversity. A systematic sampling strategy through self-administered questionnaires was used to understand stakeholders perception of one another and the challenges they faced. The results highlight the FD as having the highest efficiency in conserving biodiversity followed by local communities, researchers and lastly, political leaders. Stakeholder evaluation of one another efficiency revealed a homogenous opinion towards local communities and the FD. However, a considerable difference was observed towards researchers whereby their efficiency was rated lower by local communities in comparison to the FD. Dependency on forest resources that was curbed by the FD invariably affected the attitude of local communities towards biodiversity conservation. On the other hand, low pay rolling schemes, inadequate facilities and political interference hinder the management capabilities of the FD. Increased research and outreach activities would benefit Kodaikanal and Theni, provided a collaborative effort to conserve biodiversity is pursued.
    Attribution
    Kanagavel A., Pandya R., Prithvi A., Raghavan R. (2013). Journal of Threatened Taxa 11(5) pp. 4529-4536; doi:10.11609/JoTT.o3439.4529-36
  • Title
    Foliicolous fungi of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    The survey of foliicolous fungi during Feb.-March 2007 in the montane forests of Kodaikanal, Madurai District of Tamil Nadu, India resulted in the discovery a new species of Phyllachora, P. sageretiae on living leaves of Sageretia hamosa besides reporting two interesting rusts and one rare Helicosporous hypomycetes. The two rust fungi are Gambleola cornuta (a subsequent collection after four decades) and Kernella lauricola (collected after five decades from a second site in Western Ghats) with telial columns, and Trochophora fasiculata, a rare hypophyllous fungus on Daphniphyllum neilgherrense from Mathikettan Shola of Kodaikanal hills (re-located after the lapse of more than five decades).
    Attribution
    Hosagoudar V.B., Dhivaharan V., Thiyagesan K., Kandavel K. (2010). Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(2) pp. 705-708; doi:10.11609/JoTT.o2056.705-8