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Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP?S) are the resources other than timber derived from forests. Kodagu is an important
hotspot of biodiversity in India with 81.40 per cent of the tree cover. Ecologically and economically, the region is important
as it constitutes major evergreen forest formations with little disturbances which creates openings called as canopy gaps. It has
effect on the regeneration dynamics and microclimate of the forest. This study was carried out to assess the community structure
and floristic diversity of NTFP?s in Makutta region of Kodagu district using random sampling technique. All the trees and shrubs
were identified and enumerated. The results revealed that the seedling density of the regenerating NTFP species were found to be
high in gaps as compared to adjoining forest continuum on the contrary both species richness and species diversity was found to
be high in adjoining forest continuum as compared to canopy gaps. Totally 65 species were recorded in the study area of which
26 were of NTFP?S yielding species. Out of these 26 species, eight to ten species were trees and rest of the species were shrubs
and herbs. There were few dominant species of NTFP?S i.e Canes, Rampatre (Myristica malbarica), Dalchini (Cinnamonum
zylenicum) and wild turmeric in the whole study
Mohan S has completed M. Sc (Forestry) from College of Forestry, Ponnampet under university of Agricultural sciences, Bangalore. Now working as
scientific assistant in Information and Demonstration Centre of Biofuel in Same College. Has published few papers in reputed journals.
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