Welcome to Biodiversity Unit of JNCASR

Biodiversity Unit

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Jakkur P.O., Bangalore 560064, India.
Phone: (91-080) 8462750 to 57
Fax : (91-080) 8462766, 3346438
Email: bdu@jnc.iisc.ernet.in

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Biodiversity Unit is engaged in theoretical, experimental and field research as well as policy studies.



(a) Microbial Diversity investigations involves isolation, identification and classification of soil microbes (microscopy and basic histology).

(b) Geographical Variation : involves examining variation both in the microhabitats and macrohabitats and also correlating it with physical factors as well as the biotic environment (recording, classifying and analysing).

(c) Genetics of diversity : This involves culturing strains and analysing them with a view to quantitating diversity at the enzymatic level (by studying isozyme variation) and at the level of DNA (by looking for restriction fragment length polymorphisms). This will result in arriving at spatial and temporal correlates of genetic diversity.


Western Ghats and Himalayas constitute the biodiversity richest areas of the country. Investigations on the distribution of biodiversity in these tracts carried out by focussing on a diversity of taxa (soil amoebae, lichens, mosses, wild relatives of cultivated plants, ants, gastropods, vertebrates ...).


India is a country of origin of a great deal of potentially valuable genetic resources. It also has substantial capacity for developing indigenous industrial uses of these resources.

Our unit is working closely with the Government of India's Ministry of Environment and Forests in analysing a number of policy issues arising out of India's accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Prof. Madhav Gadgil, Chairman of this unit is serving as Government of India nominee to the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice to the Convention.

Documentation Centre of this Unit, already has an excellent collection of documents pertaining to issues of inventorying, monitoring, sustainable use, conservation and benefit sharing.

Unit has organised a series of workshops and training programmes over the last three years.


Prof. Madhav Gadgil

Prof. Vidyanand Nanjundiah


Books : Catalogue Titlewise, Authorwise

Reports and Reprints: on Agriculture, Agro Ecology, Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Botany, Climate Change, Conservation, Ecology, Energy, Environment, Forestry, Human Ecology, Patents, Global Warming, Technology Transfer .........
Documents and search mechanism Sahyadri

Useful Documents

Intellectual Property and Biodiversity News

by Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
October 1996 Newsletter

IPR - Intellectual Property Rights and Biodiversity

World Patent Information - Cumulative Index (1979-1995)

Special Interesting Networks - SIN:FAQ

Web of Special Interesting Networks

Energy dictionary

Information on electronic journals

Link to some more interesting documents

Interesting documents relating to agriculture, biodiversity, ecology environment, energy, global warming, list servers etc..

Documents of 1995-1996

Documents of 1996-1997

Documents of 1997-1998

Documents of 1998-1999

Interesting Links

Centre for Ecological Sciences

Environmental Information System (ENVIS)

The WWF Global Network
WWF, the world's largest independent conservation organization, is pleased to announce the launch of its World Wide Web site, The WWF Global Network. This site provides comprehensive news and information more than 14,000 screens of it on all aspects of conservation and the environment. Topics include forests, climate change, marine issues, pollution, species, and sustainable development.


2) Go to and click on "Our Activities"
3) Go to and click on "Ocean Science in Relation to Living Resources (OSLR)= "
4) Go to and click on "The UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms"

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