J. Bio. Env. Sci.5(6), 232-240, December 2014
Berberis is a wonderful medicinal plant used for various reasons by different communities across traditional landscape of Western Karakoram Mountain Ranges. Since 1950s, its naturally attuned existence faces adverse pressures from bulging human and livestock populations. Out of two subspecies, Berberis pseudumbellata subsp. gilgitica has become critically endangered. Present study was an attempt to assess and explore its uses and their contribution towards its survival and future consequences. A total of 373 people interviewed differentially responded regarding its diverse uses i.e. medicine (92.2%), firewood (19.3%), commercial (2.41%), cultural (2.41%), fodder (16.08%), fencing (19.03%) and grazing (100%). Data was analyzed using Pearson correlational coefficient and student t-test. With the degeneration in ethnobotanical wisdom over generations, its population has also declined. Habitat loss and overgrazing are two major adverse physical factors affecting its population dynamics.
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