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Identification of Biodiversity in a Sacred Grove – Nai-Ka-Nath, Bassi

Identification of Biodiversity in a Sacred Grove – Nai-Ka-Nath Bassi, Jaipur Rajasthan. Nai-Ka-Nath grove situated in Jaipur district of Rajasthan. A historical temple of Bhagwan Shiva is situated in Nai-Ka-Nath grove and surrounded by hills. One discover a temple which is famous for historical interest in harmony with the local landscape.
The temple is a place where visitors from all over Madhogarh and nearby villages come and offer prayers. Every Monday a fair is held near the temple and a fair of grand scale is there on on Maha shivratri people from nearby villages come in thousands by buses, camels, cycles, cars and whatever mode of transport is available to offer their prayers to Shiva…………
Nai-Ka-Nath grove is 45 Km away from Jaipur (14 Km away from Bassi), and Nai-Ka-Nath temple is located 8 km away from Banskho station. Biodiversity is the variety of all species on our planet.

Introduction – Nai-Ka-Nath, Bassi Rajasthan

Nai-Ka-Nath grove situated in Jaipur district of Rajasthan. Nai-Ka-Nath grove is 45 Km away from Jaipur (14 Km away from Bassi). Nai-Ka-Nath temple is located 8 km away from Banskho station. Nearby cities: Bassi, Banskho, Dausa, Bandikui, Madhogarh, Murari lal Choudhary village. Nai-Ka-Nath surrounded by Jhar, Khori, Banskho, Mahapura, Chitodi, Techchandpura, Charangarh, Kishanpura, Gudha mena, Charanwas Village.

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Temperature in area – Maximum 440 C and Minimum 30 C

Coordinates are –   26°49’12″N   76°8’15″E

Total area of Nai-Ka-Nath grove is 1500 hectares.

A historical temple of Bhagwan Shiva is situated in Nai-Ka-Nath grove and surrounded by hills. One discovers a temple which is famous for historical interest in harmony with the local landscape. The temple is a place where visitors from all over Madhogarh and nearby villages come and offer prayers. Every Monday a fair is held near the temple and a fair of grand scale is there on Maha shivratri people from nearby villages come in thousands by buses, camels, cycles, cars and whatever mode of transport is available to offer their prayers to Shiva.

Nai-Ka-Nath surrounded by Jhar, Khori, Banskho, Mahapura, Chitodi, Techchandpura, Charangarh, Kishanpura, Gudha mena, Charanwas Village.

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Introduction – Biodiversity

Biodiversity is also known as biological diversity. Biodiversity is the variety of all species on our planet. It includes different plants, animals, birds and micro-organisms, their genes, their habitats and all the ecosystems (forests, grass-lands, lacks, ponds, rivers, wet-lands etc.).

The term “biological diversity” was first used in year 1980 by Lovejoy (most commonly used to describe the number of species).

Biodiversity can be classified under three levels;

  1. Ecosystem or ecological diversity
  2. Species diversity
  3. Genetic diversity

E. O. Wilson first used the term “biodiversity” in 1988. Biodiversity encompasses the variety of life, at all levels. Biodiversity is an attribute of an area and specifically refers to the variety within and among living organisms, biotic communities, and biotic processes, whether naturally occurring or modified by humans. Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth and includes variation at all levels of biological organization from genes to species to ecosystems. Genetic, organism and ecological diversity are all elements of biodiversity with each including a number of components.

  1. Ecosystem or ecological diversity

There is a large variety of different ecosystems on earth, which have their own complement of distinctive inter linked species based on the differences in the habitat. Ecosystem diversity can be described for a specific geographical region, or a political entity such as a country, a state or a taluka. Distinctive ecosystems include landscapes such as forest, grasslands, deserts, mountains as well as ecosystems such as rivers, lakes and the sea. Ecosystems are most natural in wilderness areas. If natural ecosystems are overused or misused, their productivity eventually decreases and they are then said to be degraded. Ecosystem diversity is often evaluated through measures of the diversity of the component species. This may involve assessment of the relative abundance of different species as well as consideration of the types of species. Weight is given to the numbers of species in different size classes, at different trophic levels, or in different taxonomic groups. Thus a hypothetical ecosystem consisting only of several plant species would be less diverse than one with the same number of species but that included animal herbivores and predators.

Ecosystem diversity has three perspectives;

  1. Alpha (α) Diversity  

It is the biodiversity within a particular area, community or ecosystem. It is usually expressed by the number of species in that ecosystem. This can be measured by counting the number of taxa within the ecosystem (e.g. Families, genera and species).

  1. Beta (β) Diversity

Beta diversity is a measure of biodiversity which works by comparing the species diversity between ecosystems or along environmental gradients. This involves comparing the number of taxa that are unique to each of the ecosystems. It is the rate of change in species composition across habitats or among communities. It gives a quantitative measure of diversity of communities that experience changing environments.

  1. Gamma (γ) Diversity

It refers to the total species richness over a large area. It is a measure of the overall diversity for the different ecosystems within a region. It is a product of alpha diversity of component ecosystems and the beta diversity between component ecosystems. Gamma diversity can be expressed in terms of the species richness of component communities as follows;

γ = s1 + s2 – c

s1 = the total number of species recorded in the first community

s2 = the total number of species recorded in the second community            

c = the number of species common to both communities                                                    

  1. Species diversity

Species is a basic unit of classification and is defined as a group of similar organisms that mate and produce offspring’s with one another and thus, share a common lineage. The number of species of plants and animals that are present in a region constitutes its species diversity. This diversity is seen both in natural ecosystem and in agricultural ecosystems. Some areas are richer in species than others.

  1. Genetic diversity

Genetic diversity is reliant on the heritable variation within and between populations of organisms. New genetic variation arises in individuals by gene and chromosome mutations, and in organisms with sexual reproduction it can be spread through the population by recombination. It has been estimated that in humans and fruit flies alike, the number of possible combinations of different forms of each gene sequence exceeds the number of atoms in the universe. Other kinds of genetic diversity can be identified at all levels of organization, including the amount of DNA per cell and chromosome structure and number. Selection acts on this pool of genetic variation present within an interbreeding population. Differential survival results in changes of the frequency of genes within this pool, and this are equivalent to population evolution. Genetic variation enables both natural evolutionary change and artificial selective breeding to occur. Only a small fraction of the genetic material of higher organisms is outwardly expressed in the form and function of the organism; the purpose of the remaining DNA and the significance of any variation within it are unclear. Each of the estimated 109 different genes distributed across the world’s biota does not make an identical contribution to overall genetic diversity.

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