• Didier Bazile added an answer:
    Does anyone have any information or publications on the status of the cultivation of domesticated Chenopodium album in the Himalayas?

    Chenopodium album is one of the more common Chenopods in Eurasia. It's considered as a weed in Europe but there are some studies that confirm its domestication in the Himalayas. This species, very diverse and unknown (2x, 4x and 6x), was cultivated in China, India, Nepal and Bhutan. But today it's very difficult to know the real superficie covered by C album as a crop. Where are the farmers, in which agroecological conditions, for what kind of uses (grains, leaves, etc.)?

    One reason for the lack of documented information on chenopods is that many past reports misidentified Chenopodium album as a variety of Amaranth (Amaranthus anardana).

    Didier Bazile · Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

    I received also messages saying that there are breeders that are improving C album in India and Taiwan with white seeded domesticated types from the himalayas.

  • Tariq Siddique added an answer:
    Can anybody send me some links or papers or literature reviews on slope stability and with particular reference to Himalayan slopes?

    I would like literature review papers on slope stability?

    Tariq Siddique · Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

    Apart from case studies, can anybody send me some literature review work on Himalayas?

  • Krishnan Umachandran added an answer:
    Which system is better "Modern R.C.C Construction" or "traditional housing system" in hilly high altitude zones in respect of Disaster Management ?

    In reference of recent "Jammu and Kashmir Flood"-
    As modern R.C.C. Construction is dangerous for Hill area and regions near and on Himalayas it is in range of "Young mountains" and "Earthquake prone zone"
    Old system of "wooden made houses" like in Switzerland is better i guess !! R.C.C. Constructed houses are more prone to earthquakes in respect of vulnerability specially in high mountain ranges where earthquake prone zone as houses made in wood is safe against these weak and fragile land compare to R.C.C houses.
    please share your valuable views and ideas

    Thank you all here!

    Krishnan Umachandran · Professor

    Walls taller than 20 feet, situated on slopes, or on soils weaker than 20 blows per foot should be looked at more closely. In general, place walls on any slope steeper than 4:1 only with a careful review of both short and long-term stability. Of particular concern are walls placed on freshly cut slopes, where the soil data may indicate high strengths at the excavation level. Freshly exposed material will soften with time, and an assessment of long-term strengths must be made when analyzing walls in this situation. Local districts may want to modify these guidelines based on their experience with specific projects and local conditions.

  • Ricardo Baldi added an answer:
    What would be the best (better!) approach to assess dietary overlap between two species from microhistological data?

    I am planning to investigate dietary overlap between two herbivores in the Himalayas via microhistological approach. What would be the better analytical approach for my question?

    Ricardo Baldi · Centro Nacional Patagonico

    I approached the issue of the statistic significance of dietary overlap or similarity by using randomization tests. My design included 2 herbivore species across different sites. I hope this helps 

  • Dipendra Gautam added an answer:
    What should be the model of conservation and development in the fragile ecosystems such as the Himalayas?
    In June 2013, the torrential downpour and subsequent flooding had wreaked havoc and swallowed vast swathes of a Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in India. Over 1800 villages were affected, 2500 families became homeless and at least 4000+ people lost their life during the disaster. The cloudburst, heavy rainfall and subsequent landslides are the natural disasters but this disaster in Uttarakhand is mainly attributed by masses as a man-made disaster due to unplanned development and unregulated tourism. What should be the model of conservation and development in the fragile ecosystems such as the Himalayas?
    Dipendra Gautam · Nepal Engineering College

    A model guided by indigenous knowledge and practices and participated by the local people upon the felt needs, not the deployed one could be largely significant. Sustainable development strategy would only be effective if local people feel it is theirs otherwise, the over-exploitation of natural resources and distribution of larger share to outsiders would suffer. Development shouldn't be upon the interest of national planning and bureaucrats rather it should be generated from the local people, so a felt need based development model with optimal use of natural resources and distributing larger share of benefit to the local people would sustain more than any other. Recent trend of development in Himalaya is pretty much NGO/INGO based, and some of these readily try to over exploit the natural resources for greater benefit in short term, so sustainability is pronounced low, empowering the indigenous knowledge/vernacular knowledge would lead a sustainable development in Himalayas.

  • Peter Smetacek added an answer:
    Which traps are better to catch a wolf, foot hold traps or foot noose traps?
    Wolf trapping for a telemetry study in the Himalayas
    Peter Smetacek · Butterfly Research Center, Bhimtal
    I would say noose... the injury caused by the jaws of the trap, especially armed with pins, might affect the normal dispersal of the wolves, which in turn would affect the study.
  • David S. Hubble added an answer:
    What are the major climate-sensitive herbs in the north-west Himalayas?
    David S. Hubble · The Open University (UK)
    This is just out and may be of interest - it's on ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259107846_Ethno-ecological_importance_of_plant_biodiversity_in_mountain_ecosystems_with_special_emphasis_on_indicator_species_of_a_Himalayan_Valley_in_the_northern_Pakistan?ev=pubfeed_overview
  • Sailesh Ranjitkar added an answer:
    List of nectar plants in Himalayas?
    Rhododendrons are an important source of nectar in temperate and alpine regions of Himalayas. Beside rhododendron which other plants (trees and shrubs) are important as a nectar source? Could anyone provide a list?
    Sailesh Ranjitkar · Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
    Hi Mani, Thank you for the list. I am looking for some important nectar yielding tree species in Eastern Himalayas. Please provide a list of tree species if you have that, I am trying to overlap phenology of such species with Rhododendrons.
    Varun - I appreciate if you can provide a list from Western Himalayas.
  • Wajahat Ali added an answer:
    Can someone recommend some good papers on tectonic/ structural evolution of Himalayas?
    Structures formed due to plate movements.
    Wajahat Ali · The University of Western Ontario
    See qazmi and Jan for all details

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