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Latah, the Malayan hyperstartle pattern, has fascinated Western observers since the late nineteenth century and is widely regarded as a "culture-bound syndrome." Robert Winzeler critically reviews the literature on the subject, and presents new ethnographic information based on his own fieldwork in Malaya and Borneo. He considers the biological and psychological hypotheses that have been proposed to account for latah, and explains the ways in which local people understand it. Arguing that latah has specific social functions, he concludes that it is not appropriate to regard it as an "illness" or a "syndrome."
Grasses belong to family Poaceae and have over 10,000 members all being fundamentally different from other plants.Restoration of plant communities, maintenance of biodiversity, landscaping, erosion control are some of the ecological uses of grasses.The use of large number of plant species by the tribals to meet their daily requirements is largely due to the prevalence of diversity of vegetation in South East Rajasthan.The South-Eastern rajasthan boasts a maximum number of grass species.Due to recurrent droughts and overgrazing several persistent grass species are dwindling and many of them are on the verge of extinction.Due to lack of awareness and research on this important group of plants, people of this region are unkbown of this wealth of heritage.In the present study therefore an attempt has been made to bring out an updated account of the grasses of South East Rajasthan and efforts are made to explore their maximum utility.
As global warming and species migration become more prevalent issues, there is an urgent need for a text that provides comprehensive taxonomic details and geographic distributions ofDacinae fruit flies within south-east Asia. In particular, some of the major pest species of this region are being introduced on a regular basis to new geographical areas, causing widespread food security issues and economic hardship. Quarantine and horticultural organizations require detailed information on these fruit fly species in order to detect and eradicate any new incursions. This major new reference work details the taxonomic research into the subfamilyDacinae, which contains the tropical fruit flies of south-east Asia, as well as many other regions of the world.
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