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National Conference on November 10 - 11, 2017

National Conference on November 10 - 11, 2017

 

National Conference on Current Status of Preventing Extinction and Sustainable Utilization of Endangered Himalayan Medicinal Plants

November 10-11, 2017

 

About the Conference

Medicinal and aromatic plants have been used since ancient times in the traditional practices for health care. Major portion of the world population relies on traditional medicine, largely plant based, for primary healthcare needs. Forests have played key roles in the lives of people living in both mountains and lowland areas by supplying fresh water and oxygen as well as providing a diversity of valuable forest products for food and medicine. The age-old traditional values attached with the various forest types and the varieties of forest products i.e., medicinal plants have gained tremendous importance in the present century. Medicinal plants are mainly the alternate income-generating source of underprivileged communities; therefore, strengthening this sector may benefit and improve the living standard of rural and forest communities. A great deal of traditional knowledge of the use of various plant species is still intact with the indigenous people, and this fact is especially relevant with the mountainous areas such as the Himalaya due to less accessibility of terrain and comparatively slow rate of development.

It is proposed to organize a conference in Solan, Himachal Pradesh for the exploration of the plants of Himalaya for their traditional values. The place chosen for the conference is ethnomedicinally rich and has unique physiognomic, climatic and topographic conditions. Production and management of medicinal plants in India is still unorganised, and there is hardly any coordination between the scientists, the grower and the industry. A large number of scientists work on medicinal plants, but fail to address the real issues, or their achievements in the laboratory do not reach the field and the industry for lack of interaction. The objective of the conference would be to create a platform for the scientists, growers, traders, industry and policymakers to come together and exchange information for mutual benefit. Today, medicinal herbs are the backbone of a thriving pharmaceutical industry. How to conserve the mother germplasm in the forests; meet the market demand from the farmer’s fields; storage, processing and packaging and transport on scientific lines; bio-prospecting and discovery of novel drugs; and availability of genuine herbal drugs to the consumer at fair price are some of the problems. These needs to be tackled through application of science and technology, together with sound economic and management principles. While the industry takes care of itself through R&D, the foremost challenge before us is how to help the farmer get fair profit from his medicinal crop. How to achieve the complex task will be the theme of the conference.

 

Sessional Themes

Conservation (biology & ecology) and genetic improvement; Medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics and drug discovery;  Crop physiology, Soil health and Agropractices; Biotechnological interventions; Policy regulations and marketing issues; Concerns of Herbal industries; Validation of traditional knowledge on herbal medicine; Primary processing and value addition in rural set up; Recommendations on genuine substitutes of threatened medicinal plants.

 

Young Scientist Award

To promote the younger generation, two categories (First and Second) of Encouragement Awards in oral and poster sessions. Students and young scientists (upto 35 years) are most welcome to submit their abstracts in this category. These sessions will be held separately.

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