A three day conference was organized at Burdwan. Eighty-five researchers on Pteridophytes from India participated. The symposium was a huge success with some interesting lectures being presented on various topics.
Prof P K Rajagopal in his Presidential Address dwelt upon Potentials and Prospects of Ferns and Lycophytes of Western Ghats that are home to 320 species of ferns. He highlighted the Ethno-botanicalsurveys conducted amongst the tribal communities that furnished considerable information regarding the use of ferns as food, fuel, fiber, medicine and shelter.
Prof S P Khullar spoke upon Fern Ecology. His talk included ecological adaptations, classification based on habitat, distribution pattern of ferns in India, effect of topography on the distribution of ferns etc.
Prof B D Sharma gave an interesting talk ‘On some recent Investigations on Pteridophytes of Rajasthan’.
Nineteen Invited lectures were presented.
Prof Ashwani Kumar spoke upon the role of biotechnology in fern studies.
Prof B L Yadav dwelt upon the Diversity of ferns and fern allies in Rajasthan.Based on his field surveys 43 species could be collected. The causes of threat, and strategies for conservation were highlighted.
Prof H S Kirn discussed the Phytogeography and diversity of Pteridophytic Flora of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. About 184 species of ferns are known fromJammu and Kashmir, and 180 have been recorded from the study area.
Prof M K Seth described the various species of the genus Asplenium found along the National Highway.
Prof P L Uniyal & Priti described the amino acid and fatty acid profiles of the Fern Nephrolepis cordifolia. They concludedthat based on dietary and nutrients and elements profile edible ferns could be popularized for commercial cultivation.
Amongst the other Invited speakers were Prof H. Cheema, Prof K D Chawla,
Drs. Alka, Jaideep Mazumdar, KakaliSen, Sachin Patil, Cyaria Gurung, Amit Seth.
Papers presented (oral): 74 (Seventy four);Posters 11 (Eleven).
There were two participants from Bangladesh and Nepal.
From Nepal:Mr. Roshan Kumar Yadav, Assit. Prof., Tribhivan University, 14/305 Tokha Road, Samakhusi, Kathmandu, Nepal.e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Bangladesh: Dr. Abdulla HarunChowdhuri, Professor of Environmental Science, Khulna University, Bangladesh.e-mail: email@example.com
In the evenings there were Cultural events performed by:
Thumri and Classical songs by: Smt. KekaDuttaChoudhury, Disciple of Thumri Queen Smt. ShobhaGurtu (Mumbai) and SangitacharyyaJamininathGanguli (Kolkata), India
Santali dance: State cultural team, Govt. of West Bengal.
Raibesh dance: State cultural team, Govt. of West Bengal.
Folk Bengali songs: State cultural team, Govt. of West Bengal.
The driving force behind this symposium were Dr.Nirupama Goswami and Prof Jagapati Tah. They along with their team of tireless workers saw to it that the symposium concluded on a high and was a great sucess.