Mahua: An Eco-Friendly Solution for Economic and Environmental Sustainability

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  • Brijesh Patel Dept. of Fruit Science, College of Horticulture and Forestry and ANDUA&T, Kumarganj, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh (224 229), India
  • Abhishek Sonkar Dept. of Fruit Science, College of Horticulture and Forestry and ANDUA&T, Kumarganj, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh (224 229), India
  • Sujeet Kumar Patel Dept. of Fruit Science, College of Horticulture and Forestry and ANDUA&T, Kumarganj, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh (224 229), India
  • Aman Kumar Maurya Dept. of Fruit Science, Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh (284 003), India
  • Niharika Gurudev Dept. of Fruit Science, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh (250 110), India

Keywords:

Biodiversity, Mahua, Traditional medicine, Tropical and subtropical climates

Abstract

Mahua (Madhuca longifolia) is a highly valued tree indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, renowned for its economic, medicinal and environmental benefits. Mahua thrives in tropical and subtropical climates and is adaptable to various soil types, making it an ideal crop for regions with harsh environmental conditions. Propagation is typically through seeds, with optimal planting at the onset of the monsoon. The tree requires minimal maintenance once established and is highly drought-resistant. Medicinally, Mahua flowers, seeds, oil, bark and leaves are utilized for their therapeutic properties, treating ailments such as bronchitis, skin diseases, rheumatism and digestive issues. Economically, Mahua supports rural livelihoods by selling flowers, seeds and oil, while environmentally, it aids in soil conservation, biodiversity and climate mitigation. As research continues to unveil the full potential of Mahua, its role in health, economy and sustainability is increasingly recognized, underscoring its importance as a multipurpose tree.

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Published

2024-06-03

How to Cite

[1]
Patel, B. et al. 2024. Mahua: An Eco-Friendly Solution for Economic and Environmental Sustainability. Biotica Research Today. 6, 6 (Jun. 2024), 306–308.

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