Forest Trees

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Forest trees are sustainable sources of food, fodder, timber, fuel wood and other valuable non-timber products. Various types of forests encompass the sub-continent that ranges from coniferous in the Himalayas to lush green tropical forests in the south. Trees such as rosewood, sandalwood, and teak are the prominent species which gained world-wide acclaim of Indian forests. Among the Indian forests, Seshachalam biosphere reserve occupies 4755.99 Km2 where it possess several important tree species that supports for several livelihood activities. One such primary activity is toy making where the industry was mushrooming due to high demand. So far, several tree species such as rosewood, redsanders, sandalwood and walnut are some of the timbers…show more content…
It is densely foliaceous small tree, generally known as Indian boxwood or Ceylon boxwood. It is a tree of immense practical relevance to the toy making industry as its wood is white, very light and soft, used for carved images, toys, lacquered articles. The toy making industries, especially artisans of Nirmal, Kondapalli, Guntur, Mallavaram and Srikalahasti in Andhra Pradesh are dependent on this wood for their livelihood. Apart from its industrial use, the plant has been a part of folklore medicine where stem bark and fruits are reported to be used in the treatment of various ailments such as skin diseases, snake bite, stomach pains, haemorrhage in humans and ephemeral fever in live stocks and caries [6-8]. Moreover, fruits are also used for making perfumes [9]. The whopping human and livestock populations have put heavy demands for plant products, resulting in over exploitation of forest trees. Therefore, there is an urgent need for conservation of germplasm and also for propagation of a sustainable utilization of forest trees. Micropropagation of tree species offers a rapid means of producing clonal planting stock for afforestation, woody biomass production and conservation of elite and rare germplasm. This review provides an overview of the success achieved on in vitro work done for a number of important forest

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