Osmania University will soon be conducting a study of the Biodiversity of Telangana along with mapping them, sources state. Sources added that OU will also be taking up DNA Barcoding of all the living species that are found in the state. DNA Barcoding is done generally for the purpose of figuring out the area where the species resides.
As of now, the study has uncovered that various species in the state are under the endangered category. There a 150 species in total under the category in Telangana, which includes 56 different types of higher plants, 11 different species of fishes, 2 amphibians, 22 mammals, 23 birds, as well as 36 reptiles have been tagged as endangered species. The project had been tackled by a team led by C Srinivasulu who is the Assistant Professor in the Zoology Department of Osmania University. Srinivasulu stated that the study will begin soon on the Telangana Biodiversity, where they will pursue a study on the distribution as well as the mapping of the biodiversity of Telangana.
According to the data gathered from the project, it was pointed out that most of the species that have been endangered are due to different ways the humans have interacted with the environment. For instance, the different plant species that have been categorised as the endangered species were affected by habitat loss, livestock grazing as well as high usage of the plants for medicinal purposes. Meanwhile, various activities such as hunting, the encroachment of their habitat, pet trade habitat loss as well as fragmentation of the mammals have caused them to be categorised under the endangered species as well.
Sources state that a new Centre for Bio-Diversity and Conservation Studies will be set up soon on the campus of Osmania University. Once the centre will be set up, the study will be further worked upon. The Centre will be established using the funds that it received from the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) 2.0, among the other 5 Centres that will also be established in the coming days.