Sumesh Dudani

Sumesh Dudani
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage · Natural Heritage Division

M.Sc, PhD (Botany)

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Introduction
I have worked on terrestrial flora (including cryptogams) and their ecology in Western Ghats. I'm also working on coastal ecology and environmental studies in Gujarat state.
Additional affiliations
July 2010 - December 2014
Indian Institute of Science
Position
  • Terrestrial flora diversity and conservation in central Western Ghats
July 2010 - December 2014
Indian Institute of Science
Position
  • Research Scholar
Education
April 2005 - May 2010
Gujarat University
Field of study
  • Botany

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Publications (53)
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Green spaces have emerged as key components in urbanized landscapes especially in the wake of climate change. In a fast-developing country like India, cities are expanding at galloping rates impacting the native vegetation. Despite this, some green spaces in the form of parks, educational campuses, cantonment region, temples, etc. continue to se...
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The paper presents the first ever report on lichens of St. Mary’s Island with a total of 20 species belonging to 13 genera. Two species, Pertusaria dehiscens var. sekikaica A.W. Archer & Elix and Porina howeana P.M. McCarthy are reported as new records for India. Rhizocarpon obscuratum (Ach.) A. Massal. is recorded after a gap of 52 years.
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Sacred natural sites (often regarded as sacred groves) are the confluence of nature and traditional belief systems of the local people. Chhattisgarh being a tribal dominated state comprises of many such sites with different myths, beliefs and taboos. This paper deals with four such sacred sites and their associated traditional beliefs in three vill...
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Stirtonia ghattensis Sumesh N. Dudani, Nayaka, Komal K. Ingle & S. Joseph sp. nov. having UV+ white thallus, 4–6-spored asci, and 5(–7)-septate ascospores and lacking lichen substances is described as new to science. Pertusaria mesotropa Müll. Arg. is reported for the first time from India. Bacidia subannexa (Nyl.) Zahlbr., Graphis caesiella Vain.,...
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The mangrove ecosystem in South Gujarat estuaries constantly reel under the pressure of pollution owing to the rapid industrialization. Hence, this study was carried out to assess the impacts of heavy metals coming into the system through the waste discharges on the overall mangrove health in selected estuaries of the region. The concentrations of...
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This paper reports the occurrence of Thelypteris prolifera (Retz.) Copel. (Thelypteridaceae) as a new fern record for Gujarat state. In addition to this, a new locality of occurrence for the aquatic fern – Ceratopteris thalictroides (L.) Brongn. in Gujarat state is also reported hitherto in this paper.
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The rivers are important channels of materials and energy, which are constantly reeling under the impacts of human influences that often lead to problems in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem functions. The Mahi River in Gujarat is a west-flowing perennial river holding lot of ecological and religious importance. Hence, this study was carried...
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The sacred groves of central Western Ghats, a system of community based protection of forest patches on account of their association with village gods; despite their waning state today, are repositories of many rare and threatened elements of biodiversity. Many studies on such sacred groves often concentrated only on flowering plants and major faun...
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The present study deals with the diversity of pteridophytes in the wet evergreen forests of Sakleshpurtaluk of Hassan district in central Western Ghats. A significant portion of the study area comprises of the Gundia river catchment region which is considered to be the ‘hottest hotspot of biodiversity’ as it shelters numerous endemic and threate...
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While studying some of the exclusive and threatened swamps overgrown with wild nutmeg trees (Myristica swamps), in the Kathalekan forest of Uttara Kannada in central Western Ghats, Cyathea nilgirensis Holttum, a southern Indian endemic tree fern was seen growing in the deep shade of the swampy forest. This is a new report of its distribution anywhe...
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Plants form an important source of traditional medicines for a major portion of population living in the tropical countries, since time immemorial. The Western Ghats of India is ranked among the 34 global biodiversity hotspots and is a storehouse of exemplarily rich biodiversity including numerous medicinal plants. However, excessive anthropogenic...
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The wetlands form important repositories of aquatic biodiversity. The diverse ecoclimatic regimes extant in the country resulted in a variety of wetland systems ranging from high altitude cold desert wetlands to hot and humid wetlands in coastal zones with its diverse flora and fauna. There are many important lakes and wetlands in Ahmedabad includi...
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This study was carried out along the altitudinal gradients of Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, representing different agro-climatic zones – coast, hilly and plains. 10 different sectors were selected for the study. Transect based survey resulted in documenting a total of 134 species of trees and 146 species of shrubs. It was found that the sec...
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The present study deals with the phytodiversity of Gujarat University campus and the surrounding region which forms an important green space in the urban environment of Ahmedabad city in Gujarat state, India. The extensive field surveys were carried out in the vast study area during 2004 to 2006 covering four different seasons viz. summer, winter,...
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Pteridophytes, including ferns and fern-allies, are the earliest of all the land plants which originated during the Silurian period and went on to become the dominant vegetation of earth’s surface during the Carboniferous period. They became the first ever group of plants on earth’s surface showing the presence of well-developed vascular system, th...
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Uttara Kannada district in Central Western Ghats has the unique distinction of having the highest forest cover in the country. Ecological research spanning over three decades reveal the presence of about 67 species of ferns and fern-allies. The highest number of pteridophytes species is found in Joida taluk (41 species) followed by Siddapur (30 spe...
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occupy a very broad area in most of the countries. Indian roadsides are often neglected places used for dumping of wastes and not much care given for beautification or planting except in some places. Wherever plantings are done in the usual manner there is not much regard for ecological conditions or consideration of local demands. This study is...
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Gundia river basin is situated along the narrow belt of unique evergreen and semievergreen climax and potentially related forests (Figure 1.1), which is of two categories Dipterocarpus indicus – Kingiodendron pinnatum- Humboldia brunonis type of low elevation (0-850 m elevation) and Mesua ferrea – Palacuim ellipticum type of medium elevation (650-1...
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Email – sumesh@ces.iisc.ernet.in, mds@ces.iisc.ernet.in, cestvr@ces.iisc.ernet.in Pteridophyta (pteron = feather, phyton = plants) are the most primitive vascular plants and are also known as 'vascular cryptogams'. They are vascular, spore bearing plants and include ferns and fern-allies. They were the first vascular plants to grow on the surface o...
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Shilapushpa -LICHENS: GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS Shilapushpa or Lichens are simplest form of plants consisting of a very intimate association of a fungus (the mycobiont) with a photosynthetic partner (the photobiont), usually either a green algae or cyanobacterium. The intimate association of these two microorganisms results in the formation of a macr...
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The secondary chemicals produced by lichens have attracted the attention of investigators for over 100 years, and information about their structure, biogenic origin and phylogenetic significance has accumulated steadily over this period (Lawrey, 1986). Lichens synthesize a great variety of secondary metabolites, many of which are unique. Developmen...
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The Western Ghats of the Indian peninsula constitute one of the 34 global biodiversity hotspots along with Sri Lanka, on account of exceptional levels of plant endemism and by serious levels of habitat loss (Conservation International, 2005). The rugged range of hills stretching for about 1600 km along the west coast from south of Gujarat to the en...
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Pteridophyta (pteron = feather, phyton = plants) are the most primitive vascular plants and are also known as 'vascular cryptogams'. They are vascular, spore bearing plants and include ferns and fern-allies. They were the first vascular plants to grow on the surface of earth and began their life period from leafless and rootless individuals (with p...
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The pteridophytes are non flowering, vascular and spore-bearing plants including ferns and fern-allies. They grow luxuriantly in moist tropical and temperate forests and their occurrence in different eco-geographically threatened regions from sea level to the highest mountains are of much interest (Dixit, 2000). The world flora consists of approxim...
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ces.iisc.ernet.in/energy Pteridophytes, the most primitive vascular plants which originated in the Silurian Period 438 million years ago constitute a significant part of the vegetation next only to the angiosperms. They occur all over the lands barring snow-covered regions and many associated with water-bodies. Acrostichum aureum is a fern found in...
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Gundia River is one of the most important tributaries of river Kumaradhara originating at an elevation of about 1400 m in Saklasheshpura taluk in Hassan district. Gundia River is formed by the streams namely Yettinaholé and Kempholé to which the streams Kadumaneholé and Hongadahallé join in the course. The Gundia catchment region is surrounded Hema...
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The Western Ghats is one of most important 'Biodiversity Hotspots" of the world and forms a source of many important east and west flowing river systems. Gundia river basin is situated along the narrow belt of evergreen and semi-evergreen climax and potentially related forests, which is of two categories: Dipterocarpus indicus – Kingiodendron pinna...
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The Western Ghats is one of the 34 Global Biodiversity Hotspots and harbors a rich diversity of flora and fauna with many endemic and RET species. Along with the angiospermic plants, the Western Ghats is also a rich repository of pteridophytic plant wealth. The pteridophytes form a conspicuous element of the earth's vegetation and are important fro...
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Species inventory is an integral part of any floristic work. A species inventory is a formal surveying, sorting, cataloging, quantifying and mapping of the occurrence. This work deals with the findings pertaining to the study of different tree species present in the famous M.G. Science Institute, Ahmedabad. The campus of M.G. Science covers an appr...

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To study the diversity of lichens in different forest habitats of Uttara Kannada and Shimoga districts. To analyse the anthropogenic factors and their impacts on lichens, socio-economic or medicinal applications of lichens if any. To develop conservation strategies for lichens of central Western Ghats.
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This post doctoral research project aims at studying the diversity of lichens in fragile forest ecosystems (such as sacred groves, relic forests, etc.) and highlight their ecological and economical importance. It will also focus on developing appropriate conservation strategies for this group of plants in the region as well as create awareness about the same.