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Ethno – pesticidal trees of East Singhbhum, Jharkhand

Namrata Kumaria & Kiran Shuklab*
aUniversity Dept. of Botany, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand.
*bDept. of Botany, G.S. College for women, Jamshedpur

Received 12th September, 2012; Revised 28th November, 2012

Abstract : Plant pesticides are good alternatives of chemical pesticides. It is eco-friendly, economic, target-specific and biodegradable. In the present day there is need to explore the rich traditional knowledge prevalent among tribes, village farmers and local people regarding the use of plant products for pest control and crop protection in reference to traditional folk practices. Present study was conducted to record the ethno botanicals trees of East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand through questionnaire; personal interviews and conversation. A total number of 20 trees species belonging to 11 families were recorded with the help of tribes, village farmers and local people of this area. The family Fabaceae was having maximum number of (7) insecticidal plants used by tribes followed by Euphorbiaceae, Annonaceae, Anacardiaceae (2 each) and rest have one. The study indicates that the traditional insecticidal system is well functioning in the area. . The survey of the area shows that some of the important plants are declining because of over exploitation and environmental disturbances.
Key words: Ethno-pesticidal trees, East Singhbhum.


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