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Seeds of Tradition, Seeds of Future: Folk Rice Varieties of Eastern India 1 edition

Seeds of Tradition, Seeds of Future
Debal Deb

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A comprehensive description of morphological and agronomic characteristics and cultural uses of over 400 rice landraces from eastern India, and a few from Maharashtra.


The principal aim of this study is to document and protect the indigenous rice varieties and indigenous farmers' knowledge regarding their properties and uses. This body of folk knowledge includes the suitability of different rice varieties to different local edaphic and climatic conditions, their inherent resistance to specific pests and pathogens, their aroma, taste and nutritional qualities, and also medicinal properties of a handful of rice landraces. The range of characteristics of the folk rice varieties recorded here constitutes the largest database of Indian rice varieties published till date. We hope that our findings will prove useful in rice research as well as ethno-botanical studies. Finally, we hope that this register of folk rice genetic diversity will lead to proliferation of similar documentation of community-owned biodiversity, and assert the sovereign right of indigenous farmers to freely use their heirloom crop genetic diversity.
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Seeds of Tradition, Seeds of Future
Folk Rice Varieties of Eastern India

Published 2005 by Research Foundation for Science Technology & Ecology in New Delhi, India .
Written in English.

About the Book

This is a revised edition of Folk Rice varieties of West Bengal (2000) by the same author. Copyrighted in the name of indigenous farmers' consortium Vrihi.

Table of Contents

Why this publication 1
The Origin, Biology and Ecology of Indian Rice 3
Setting the Context: The erosion of Folk Crop Genetic Diversity 6
Concerns for Rice Genetic Divefrsity Conservation 8
Documentation of Folk Rice Varieties of Eastern India 11
Materials and Methods 14
Salient Findings 84
Conclusion 95
References 97
Acknowledgements 102
Table 1: Selected physiological and agronomic traits and uses of 416 rice landraces 18
Table 2: Key morphological characteristics of 416 rice landraces 40
Table 3: Yield statistics of selected folk rice varieties compared with a modern HYV 89
Table 4: Brown rice length (BL) and width (BW) variations in Jugal and Sateen 90
Table 5: Landraces with novel pigmentation of lemma-palea, apiculus and seed coat 91
Appendix 1: List of farmers donating folk rice varieties to Vrihi 103
Appendix 2: List of farmers receiving folk rice variety seeds from Vrihi 121

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20.5 x 13.5 x 1.1 centimeters


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    D. Bhattacharya, K. K. Jana, R. Mahato, R. Pramanik, A. Ram and S. Sinha

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