CONSERVATION STRATEGIES FORMELIA DUBIA: A PROSPECTIVE TREE FOR MULTIPURPOSE USEADITYA KUMAR AND RAMESHWAR DAS
Melia dubiaCav.(syn. M. composita), the fastest growing tree belongs to the family Meliaceae. It has the potential to be utilized as energy crop, pulp wood, ply wood, timber and also as medicine. This species is native to India and widely distributed in the tropical moist deciduous forests. The utilization of the species is widely taken up in the plains of India as a short rotation crop for pulp and paper industries and also as a potent species under agroforestry systems. The potential of the species is not yet utilized in North-Eastern region, whereas, it is being harvested in a disorganized manner leading to fast disappearance. Its conservation in natural habitat and also outside is very much essential to meet the demand of the people with the changing land use pattern. This study discusses the various strategies required to conserve germplasm of the species.
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