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Welcome to the Indian Journal of Applied Orchid Research!

Respected Orchid Fraternity,

The National Research for Orchids, Sikkim invites call for papers for its open access journal (online), Indian Journal of Applied Orchid Research under its professional society for the first issue, 2014

Orchidaceae family is the most diverse, advanced and evolved flowering plants; and widely adapted to different ecosystems and habitats on earth. They are the one of oldest plants originated 100 million years ago, spread across all continents of the world except Antarctica. If highest orchid diversity is found in Eastern Himalayan regions (Asia), then the species density recorded high in Ecuador (South America). Many audacious expeditions accompanied orchid hunting for commercial gains in Europe during the Victorian era resulted orchidelirium. But, the zeal and passion also laid the foundation to voluminous descriptions on plant botany and bio-geography across globe for the development of science. Affectionately called angel of flowers & plants of royal family integrated into social customs of native people and revered as national flowers of several countries. They featured in Chinese literary ‘Lan poems’ (700 BC), Japanese art (600 BC), Confucius principles (500 BC), Theophratus’s Greek philosophy (285 BC) to the latest modern tales of Nero Wolfe of 20th century. All they have the sustaining beauty for eons and curative entheogens to mankind, symbolic to peace and prosperity on planet as a proof of evidence to the odyssey of evolution.

The Orchids of Sikkim Himalaya (1895) was the first major publication on orchids by Sir George King, the first Director of Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta and Robert Pantling, Deputy Superintendent of Cinchona Plantations, Sikkim. The most influential botanist of 20th century and Grand Cross Star of India, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) left legacy on Orchids and Rhododendrons during his visit to Sikkim in 1848-49.

After the intervention of The Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (1973), the abject scenario of over collection of orchids from wilds was changed with presidential bans and enactment of suitable legislatures in several counties as protective measures. Orchid specialists have also realized the importance of applied research on orchids to grow it as multi-diverse crop plants to the address issues related in cultivation, especially after the formation of Species Survival Commission (1958) and subsequent developments with Orchid Specialist Group. The Indian Journal of Applied Orchid Research (IJAOR) devoted to the Orchids broadly cover basic and applied research. The journal accepts the reviews, full length research articles, short communications, new variety notifications and book reviews etc. It is the platform to strengthen the demands and enrichment of Orchid researchers, scholars, policy makers, stakeholders, farmers, amateur growers, hobbyists, bona fide traders and entrepreneurs etc.

Please refer IJAOR Weblink for authors guidelines, society membership & fee, manuscript submission online, author’s certificate (copy right) and declaration on conflict of interest. Alternatively, papers may be mailed to Editor, IJAOR (,,

Faithfully yours,

Dr. Ramgopal Devadas
General Secretary (IJAOR),
NRC for Orchids, Pakyong (PO),
Sikkim-737106, India
Date: 17.07.2014

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