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PGR 506 ECONOMIC BOTANY                                                                               (2L+1P) II

Objective
To study the relationship between people and plants including anthropology, botany and environmental conservation.

Theory

UNIT I
Origin and history of agriculture, domestication and adaptations of cultivated plants.

UNIT II
Taxonomy, reproductive systems and breeding behaviour of crop plants.

UNIT III
Origin, evolution, botany, cultivation, use, genetic resource activities and utilization of genetic diversity of important crops, viz., cereals, millets, legumes, forage and fodder crops, medicinal and aromatic plants, beverages, oil yielding plants, spices and condiments, wood and timber yielding taxa, fumitory and masticatory plants, vegetable crops, sugar, starch and cellulose yielding plants, rubber yielding plants, insecticidal and herbicidal plants, fruits and nuts, flowering agents, gums and resins, fiber yielding plants, under-utilized and under-exploited plants, new crops, pseudo- cereals, important taxa in agro-forestry, horticulture and floriculture, processing and use of crop residues.

Practicals
Botanical microtechniques for the study of structure, development and biochemical status of plant parts; structure of economic important plant parts; case studies on adaptations during domestication- Solanum species; histochemical localization of chemical constituents in economically important plant parts; identification and status of economically important plant parts in different groups of plants.

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