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I express my earnest gratitude to Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India, for providing the opportunity to publish this book to have easy access, wide circulation to facilitate effective policy formulation and biodiversity governance for evolving appropriate management strategies of Medicinal plant resources of the country.

I am grateful to Shri C.V. Sankar, I.A.S., Principal Secretary to Government, Environment and Forests Department, Shri Gautam Dey, I.F.S.,Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force, Tamil Nadu for inspiring me to reach the logical conclusion of the findings of the research work as documented in the book.

I am thankful to Shri C. Achalender Reddy, I.F.S., Secretary, National Biodiversity Authority, and Shri T.S. Srinivasamurthy, I.F.S., Chief Conservator of Forests, Chennai for their continuous encouragement and support. I am thankful to Dr. Aruna Basu Sarcar, I.F.S., Chief Conservator of Forests, Tiruchirapalli and Dr. Rekha R. Warrier, Scientist, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore for their help in editing the document.

I am grateful to Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha); Shri S. Kondas and Shri S. John Joseph, Former Principal Chief Conservators of Forests, Tamil Nadu; Shri D.K. Ved Advisor, I-AIMFRLHT, Bangalore; Shri M.R. Rajagopalan, Managing Trustee, Gandhi Gram Trust, Dindigul; Shri Anoop Badhwa, Inspector General of Forests, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India; Shri A. Selvaraj I.R.A.S, Financial Advisor and Chief Accounts Officer, Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India; Dr. R. Gopalan, Former Scientist, Botanical Survey of India, Coimbatore; Shri Asad R. Rahmani, Director, Bombay Natural History Society; Sr. M. Christie M.C. Secretary General, Missionaries of Charity, Kolkata; Smt. Sunita Narain, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi and many others for their kind comments about First edition of the book.

I acknowledge the excellent services of management and all the staff of Ace Data Prinexcel Private Ltd, Coimbatore for printing this book in the shortest possible time. I specially acknowledge the services of Thiru D. Kalimuthu – who compiled the entire book with full dedication and Thiru T. Mohanraj for his persistent support. My special thanks are due for V. Sekar, S. Gokula Kannan and S. Ramesh.

1st October 2012
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