Book review on “Aeromycology over Kachai lemon plantation in eastern Himalayan region”

    29-Aug-2022
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I have critically gone through the book “Aeromycology over Kachai Lemon plantation in Himalaya region”, Its impact on Fungal Diseases and Management, authored by authors – Prof N. Irabanta Singh et el., (2022) published by LAP, LAMBERT Academic Publishing founded in Germany in 2002, and now in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, subsequently got translated into six languages such as German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese. Content of the book is divided into six sections. Except section sixth which includes 2 chapters, each section is with one chapter. Section I is introduction, Section II – disease assessment on aerial plant parts of Kachai lemon, Section III – Fungal air spora over Kachai lemon plantation and its impact on pollination and fertilization, Section IVfungal diseases of Kachai lemon and their management Section V - problems of socio economic upliftment, of growers by the horticultural cash crop and the Section VI - fungal air spora over Citrus plantation field-Past and Present.
Summary, Conclusion including Recommendation is included in the chapter. At the end of book literature is cited. Detailed Review: Prof. N.I. Singh is senior author. As soon as he joined the Manipur University in 1984 started research work in aerobiology in plant pathology section, Life Sciences Department and had outlined research programs to be taken up in Manipur- “Aerobiology in Manipur”, in “Recent Research in Ecology, Environment and pollution. Vol 3:97 – 108. 1989. Ed by S.T. Tilak. Today and Tomorrow’s Printers and Publishers, New Delhi. (India). As a matter of fact, India has the unique character of being of being one of the earliest countries where Aerobiological studies in particular, were initiated by D.D, Cunningham in 1873.Aeromycological investigations take into account the identification of source, mode of release, dispersal , deposition, impacts on various living system (Tilak 2009, “Aeromycology” released by Prof. N.I. Singh, President, Indian Aerobiological Society at 15th National Conference on Aerobiology at Manipur University). Baruah was pioneer to work in aerobiology among the Aerobiologists of Eastern Himalayan region, who worked in the Department of Botany, Gauhati University, Assam (India). As a matter of fact, Aerobiological research was 60years old. Air samplers used were of the Vaseline coated slides, and nutrient petri plates. The climate of the Eastern Himalayas is of a tropical rain forest which is hot and wet all the year round, with no dry season, and chilly winters mainly in the hilly region. North East region of Himalaya comprising eight states with high physiographic variation. This region is one of the richest reservoirs of genetic variability and diversity in the region with at least 17 citrus species, their 52 cultivars from the Northeastern Himalaya. The Indian wild orange C. limon, C.meduca,C. jamhuri etc. along with wild orange C. indica is found in the Naga hills and Meghalaya (Bhattacharya and Datta, 1955, classification of Citrus fruits of Assam ICAR monograph No. 20), The present book “ Aermycology over Kachai Lemon – plantation in Eastern Himalaya region – Its impact on Fungal Diseases and Management” is the outcome of research work by the junior most author (SN) for her Ph.D. degree in Life Sciences, Manipur university under the supervision of the senior Author. (Prof. N.I. Singh).  
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