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2005A7TS183P, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for BITS C421T Thesis, embodies the work done by him under my supervision. Acknowledgements I am extremely grateful to my supervisor, Kiran D.C. for his unstinting help throughout the course of my thesis work. I especially wish to thank him for allowing me to work with a great deal of freedom, and for(More)
Ecology of Asia's smallest ungulate, the Indian chevrotain or mouse deer (Moschiola indica), has been poorly assessed. We used camera-trapping data to investigate habitat use of mouse deer in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. Presence/absence data, collected under a systematic sampling framework, were used to test a priori hypotheses incorporating covariates(More)
Soil total organic carbon (TOC) is not sensitive enough to measure the short and medium term changes due to land use change practices, and thus meaningful fractions of soil organic carbon (SOC) should be measured. The objective of this study was to evaluate four agroforestry systems (AFSs) in order to test the hypothesis that agroforestry systems promote an(More)
A 26 years old agroforestry plantation consisting of four multipurpose tree species (MPTs) (Michelia oblonga Wall, Parkia roxburghii G. Don, Alnus nepalensis D. Don, and Pinus kesiya Royle ex-Gordon) maintained at ICAR Research Complex, Umiam, Meghalaya, India were compared with a control plot (without tree plantation) for soil fertility status and CO2(More)
Conservation of forest associated birds depends on appropriate prediction of habitat change effects on their distribution patterns. We investigated a variety of land use gradients in an attempt to determine which factors influence site occupancy and detection of Red-necked Spurfowl (Pternistis afer) on farmland in the Drakensberg Midlands, South Africa. We(More)
A field experiment was conducted at Indian Institute of Rice Research farm, Rajendranagar, during the rainy (kharif) seasons of 2012 and 2014 to evaluate the association between leaf traits of top three leaves with grain yield. Among the top three leaves the length of 3rd leaf is more compared to 2nd and 1st leaf, whereas the width and the rate of(More)
Globally anthropogenic pressures on natural environments have caused species decline. Ground dwelling bird species declined in numbers because of loss of habitat and nesting sites. Protected areas (PAs) are generally perceived as areas with little disturbance; however, many have/are also subjected to anthropogenic land use change, such as agroforestry.(More)
Aspects influencing the distribution patterns of mammals are particularly important for species living in human altered landscapes. The current study investigated the relationship between occurrence patterns of large spotted genets (Genetta tigrina) with various environmental variables believed to influence their detection and site occupancy in an urban(More)