Collection of Taxonomic Databases of Indian fungi.
In the current decade, there is a growing realisation about sustaining the biodiversity the Indian subcontinent is blessed with. Of particular interest, are the Western Ghats, which sustain rich resources and is also a part of our habitation. Unfortunately, the talk of biodiversity that reaches the common person is quite limited. The efforts undertaken by people to conserve rare or endangered floral or faunal members, often overlook the value of microflora which include fungi.
India does need to strive its efforts towards generating a resource database of the variety of fungal species found in India so that it receives an awareness and interest at par with that of other forms of biodiversity. Such a database also offers opportunities for initiating collaborative endeavours across the globe to partner in studying fungal diversity in an enriching manner.
As we all know that the literature on fungi is scattered in journals and it is not easily accessible to the Indian students and researchers. The unavailability of the related literature may develop dislike about the subject and at times conceal the richness that we possess. A comprehensive database from this series viz. IAD-Reference Database gives Aphyllophorales references from India on a single click.
Every database in this online series made available free of cost will be a rich resource, especially for the aspiring youngsters who would like to contribute meaningfully to the field. As an example, the IAD-Reference database prepared in MySQL forms a documentation of 1217 species of Aphyllophorales with a total of 1646 records from all over India. With sustained updates, it is hoped that a considerable understanding would be made accessible on wood rotting Aphyllophorales to the academic community and people at large.
A series of such databases would definitely enrich the documentation of available knowledge and resources.
One can anticipate the tremendous significance of such a contribution to the domain of mycology. Knowledge building and shared access to relevant resources has been the underlying philosophy in launching this website.
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Special thanks to Hon. Dr. Paul Kirk and Hon. Dr. Vincent Robert for giving free of cost linking to every species from www.fungifromindia.com
We would like to dedicate this work to late. Prof. J. G. Vaidya and late. Ram mama.