EXOTIC GRASSES IN MAHARASHTRA STATE (INDIA): A CENSUS AND IMPLICATIONS

Authors

  • D.A.‎ PATIL

Keywords:

Plant Invasion, Exotic Grasses, Nativity, Maharashtra.‎

Abstract

Exotic species are both ecologically and economically a growing problem worldwide. This communication is an attempt to prepare an up-to-date account of exotic grass flora of the state of Maharashtra (India). Total 74 grass species belonging to 43 genera of the family Poaceae have been investigated, of which 19 species are found under cultivation, while others run wild. The continents which share maximum exotic grasses are viz., Africa (29 species), America (25) species and Asia (Excl. India) (15 species). Interestingly, some ancestors of food grain crop species of modern period occur in this region. These are desired to utilise in crop improvement programme. Also, Eragrostis tef (Zuc.) Trotter, which is thought as a source of superfood grains can be brought under cultivation. Apart from nativity of exotic grass species, their ecological and economic impacts are discussed in brief. This is the first exclusive inventory of exotic grasses for the state of Maharashtra. Studies on invasion of exotic grasses in Indian agricultural land and need of the hour. Studies on invasion of exotic grasses in Indian agricultural land are need of the hour.

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Author Biography

D.A.‎ PATIL

*PATIL, D.A.

POST-GRADUATE DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY,

S.S.V.P.SANSTHA’S L.K.DR.P.R.GHOGREY SCIENCE COLLEGE, DHULE-424005 (M.S.), INDIA.

(*FORMER PROFESSOR & PRINCIPAL)

Corresponding author’s e-mail: dapatil_10aug@yahoo.com

 

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2022-11-01

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PATIL, D. (2022). EXOTIC GRASSES IN MAHARASHTRA STATE (INDIA): A CENSUS AND IMPLICATIONS. LIFE SCIENCES LEAFLETS, 153, 1–14. Retrieved from https://petsd.org/ojs/index.php/lifesciencesleaflets/article/view/1649