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  • Chopping Russian Poplars may Cause Ecological Disaster

    Russian poplars’ are backbone to the economy of Kashmiri farmers since they were introduced in Kashmir by World Bank in 1982 with the reason they mature quickly as compared to native species. These trees have protected large part of the forest cover in Kashmir over the years as they supplied wood for the construction purpose and saves about 300,000 cubic feet of conifer timber annually in Kashmir. They have maintained ecological balance as well. They have protected larger area of land from desertification and soil erosion and provided shelter to innumerable birds and insects over the decades. They are also used for making the crates for exporting different fruits from Kashmir to other states. They may have additional benefits for the maintenance of environment that is yet to be counted by the researchers of Kashmir valley. However, in Kashmir last few years it is seen as public nuisance, as there is a fear that pollens from these trees may cause allergy, however, data is insufficient and it is well established fact that female trees do not shed pollens but its male species do so. An order circulated by Kashmir administration, dated 2 April 2020, to cut down poplar trees that may lead to economic and ecological crisis. There is lack of data supporting that the Russian poplars are causing allergies to people and if they are causing so, how much population is affected by them. There is no data that has confirmed any death due to Russian poplars in Kashmir valley. It is very unfortunate that these Russian poplars have been linked with COVID -19 without any authentic data. May be, cotton tufts released by female poplars will act as carriers if, COVID -19 pandemic will not stop. There is no scientific data available that has claimed that female poplars are cause of respiratory infections in valley. A study in China and Hungarian city has claimed that pollens may contain allergens, and will affect 6.8% of hay fever patients. Cutting down of popular trees at one time may cause ecological and economic disaster that must be kept in mind. Researchers should come forward to identify the real problem. If it is a health hazard, we must cut down these trees in a phased manner. The areas where tress will be chopped off must have a plan to plant that number of trees within a quick period of time. Cutting down lakhs of trees in one go will cause such a damage that will not be covered over the decades. It may lead to deforestation, soil erosion, change temperature of that area and it will be difficult for the organisms to survive in that area and similar other problems. We must understand land clearings are considered destruction of that ecosystem. We must think scientifically before moving ahead with this decision or we may have to be ready for an irreparable ecological disaster. There mechanisms to deal with cotton tufts during this season need to explored and people must be encouraged to use masks in areas with high popular density.

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  • Editorial Board | World Biologica

    Editorial Board Dr. Junaid Ahmad Malik, PhD ​ Founder and CEO editor@worldbiologica.com ​ World Biologica is dedicated to global dissemination of information through an unparalleled commitment to quality, reliability, and innovation. As of today, we are one of the leading national and international book/journal publishers and distributors and serve scientists, research scholars, international book/journal publishers and distributors and serve scientists, research scholars, educational institutions, governmental bodies, corporate, and engineering libraries and private research firms across the globe. In addition to book and research paper publications, we also provide consultancy to research projects for various government bodies, research agencies etc and also assist Ph.D scholars in their research papers and dissertations. Editors-in-Chief Dr. Junaid Ahmad Malik , Ph.D ​ Lecturer Department of Zoology Govt. Degree College, Bijbehara, Kashmir (J&K) India E-mail: malik@worldbiologica.com Prof. Megh R. Goyal, Ph.D, PE Senior Editor-in-Chief Former Professor, College of Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez USA Senior EiC at AAP, Taylor & Francis Group Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the twentieth century Editorial Board Dr. Khursheed Ahmad Wani, Ph.D ​ Department of Environmental Science ITM University Gwalior India E-mail: KhursheedAhmedWani@itmuniversity.ac.in Dr. Mohamed Jaffer Sadiq M., Ph.D ​ School of Chemical Science and Technology, Yunnan University, Kunming, P. R. China E-mail: sadiqmsc@gmail.com Dr. S.M. Zuber, Ph.D ​ Assistant Professor Department of Zoology J&K Higher Education Department, Kashmir (J&K) India E-mail: hodzoology@gdcbijbehara.edu.in Muhammad Zubair Akram, M.Sc Agronomy/Agriculture ​ Department of Agricultural Genetic Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, Nigde Omer Halisdemir University, Nigde, 51240, Turkey E-mail: zakram@uaf.edu.pk Prof. (Dr.) Nesibe Ebru Yaşa Kafkas, Ph.D ​ Senior Professor, Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey E-mail: ebru@cu.edu.tr Prof. (Dr.) Abdullah Aydın, Ph.D ​ Professor, Department of Science Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, Ahi Evran University, Turkey E-mail: aaydin@ahievran.edu.tr Dr. Rita Andini, Ph.D ​ Lecturer and Researcher, Forestry Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Syiah Kuala University (USK), Banda Aceh, Indonesia E-mail: rita.andini@unsyiah.ac.id Dr. Md. Abdullah Al Mamun, Ph.D ​ Associate Professor, Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Dinajpur , Bangladesh E-mail: nion.agss@hstu.ac.bd Dr. Nagesh Peddada, Ph.D ​ Instructor, Department of Biophysics, UT Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas, Dallas, USA E-mail: nagesh.peddada@utsouthwestern.edu Prof. Ahmed Fawzy Yousef, PhD and PME ​ Global Goodwill Ambassador, International Senior Expert of Project Management, Water Resources in Desert Research Center, Cairo, Egypt E-mail: ahmedfawzy63@yahoo.com Prof. John Yahya I. Elshimali, Ph.D ​ Professor of Pathology and Oncology, Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Charles Drew University/UCLA School of Medicine, California E-mail: YahyaElshimali@cdrewu.edu Dr. Mohammad Abass Ahanger, PhD ​ Post Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, ROC E-mail: ahangerma@gmail.com Prof. Naila Orujova, Ph.D ​ Chief Researcher (Doctor of Agrarian Science) Institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry, NASA (National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan) , Baku, Azerbaijan E-mail: naila.56@mail.ru Dr. Harish Chander Dutt, Ph.D ​ Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Jammu (J&K) India E-mail: harishchander@jammuuniversity.ac.in Prof. M. A. Shah, Ph.D ​ Professor, (Founder & Coordinator) Special Centre for Nanoscience, PG Department of Physics National Institute of Technology, Srinagar (J&K) India E-mail: shah@nitsri.ac.in Dr. Nibedita Naha, Ph.D ​ Scientist D, National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH), ICMR, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India E-mail: nibedita.72@yahoo.com Dr. Yahya Bakhtiyar, Ph.D ​ Assistant Professor (Sr. Scale), Department of Zoology, University of Kashmir, Srinagar (J&K) India E-mail: yahya.bakhtiyar@uok.edu.in Dr. Debajit Borah, Ph.D ​ Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, The Assam Royal Global University, Guwahati, India E-mail: dborah@rgu.ac Prof Shakila Banu, Ph.D ​ Professor & Head, Department of Food Technology, School of Engineering, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India E-mail: profshakila@gmail.com Dr. S. Sathish, Ph.D ​ Associate Professor, School of Aeronautical Sciences, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Kelambakam, India E-mail: sathishs@hindustanuniv.ac.in Dr. Subhasis Roy, Ph.D ​ Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Rajabazar Science College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal, India E-mail: srchemengg@caluniv.ac.in Prof Shankarappa Sridhara, Ph.D ​ Professor, University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shimoga, Karnataka, India E-mail: sridharas@uahs.edu.in Dr. Kumud Dubey, Ph.D ​ Scientist-E and Former Director, Forestry Research Centre for Eco-rehabilitation, (Formerly Known as Centre for Social Forestry and Eco-Rehabilitation, Allahabad) Prayagraj, UP, India E-mail: dkumud@yahoo.com Prof. Samir Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D ​ Academic Advisor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, The Bhowanipur Education Society College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India E-mail: samir.kumarbandyopadhyay@thebges.edu.in Dr. Sangita Agarwal, Ph.D ​ Associate Professor, Faculty of Applied Sciences, RCC Institute of Information Technology, Kolkata, West Bengal, India E-mail: sangita.agarwal@rcciit.org.in Dr. Chandani Sharma, Ph.D ​ Associate Professor & Department Coordinator Faculty of Computer Science Engineering, Quantum University, Roorkee, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India E-mail: chandanisharma.ece@quantumeducation.in Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Ph.D, FNAEB ​ Assistant Professor (Senior), Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India E-mail: psrivastava@amity.edu Professor (Dr.) Divya Tripathy, Ph.D ​ Professor, Department of Forensic Sciences, SBAS, Galgotias University, Greater Noida , Uttar Pradesh, India E-mail: divya.tripathy@galgotiasuniversity.edu.in Dr. Abid Bhat, Ph.D ​ Adjunt Faculty and Post-doc Fellow Department of Botany, University of Delhi, North Campus, New Delhi, India E-mail: abidahmadbhat1990@gmail.com International Advisory Board Name Designation Email Affiliation/University Country Dr. Nassima Radouane (Dual Ph.D) Assistant Professor nassima.radouane@univ-littoral.fr Université Littoral Côte d’Opale (ULCO) (Unité de Dynamique et Structure des Matériaux Moléculaire EA 4476 (UDSMM)), Dunkerque France Dr. Bhagaban Mallik Senior Postdoctoral Fellow bhagaban-mallik@uiowa.edu ; bhagabanneuro@gmail.com Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Lowa, Lowa City, IA 52242 USA Engr. Dr. Md. Hossain Ali Chief Scientific Officer & Head mh_ali@bina.gov.bd Agril. Engg. Division, Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA), BAU Campus, Mymensingh Bangladesh Dr. Abu Khalid Muhammad Maruf Raza (Ph.D) Assistant Professor drmarufraza@gmail.com Department of Pathology, Jahurul Islam Medical College, Kishoregonj Bangladesh Dr. Fathi Mohamed Sherif (Ph.D) Senior Professor fathisherif@gmail.com Department of Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Tripoli, P. O. Box 82 757, Tripoli Libya Dr. Ganapathy Subramanian Sankaran (Ph.D) Associate Professor Ganapathy.Sankaran@umassmed.edu Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 364, Plantation Street, Worcester, MA- 01605. USA Prof. Dr. Resmi Mustarichie (Ph.D) Prof. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry rmustarichie@yahoo.com Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Padjadjaran Indonesia Dr. Heba Abdel Hady Abdel Raouf (Ph.D) Researcher h_hady10@yahoo.com Medicinal Chemistry Department, Theodor Bilharz Research Institute (TBRI) Kornish El-Nile Street, Warrak El-Hadar, Giza Egypt Dr. Amal A. E. Ibrahim (Ph.D) Associate Professor amal_ai_elmorsy@yahoo.com Faculty of Girls' for Arts, Science& Education, Ain Shams University Egypt