Vegetation Dynamics in Banni Grasslands Vegetation dynamics in Banni grasslands

Under the influence of changing climate Sponsored by Thakar Jaikrishne Indraji Research Fund, Banni. The project looked into the changes in the vegetation characteristics of the Banni grasslands over the last 10 years superimposed with the climatic data.

Ecological Status of Some Major Rivers

Project on Ecological Status of some major rivers of Gujarat (Kim & Kolak), Sponsored by Gujarat Ecology Commission, Gandhinagar. This project aimed to report the ecological status of the rivers through water quality and biological quantification.

Evaluating the health of the environment in and around GSFC through biodiversity study

GSFC, Vadodara unit had undertaken mitigation steps to reduce air pollution and improve the quality of environment. A study was undertaken to evaluate state of environment around the GSFC plant in relation to biodiversity, wetlands and ground water quality within 5 Km radius of plant. The study reported improvement in air quality and increased floral species diversity.

Effect on Environment (terrestrial and marine) due to Common Effluent Channel, Dhanora to Kavi

Effect on Environment (terrestrial and marine) due to Common Effluent Channel, Dhanora to Kavi, Effluent Channel is provided to carry treated effluent from industries (mostly chemical) near Vadodara to the Gulf of Khambhat. The study was undertaken to study the effect of the effluent water on the crops, soils and underground water alongside the channel and effect of effluent on the marine life at the discharge point. The ground water samples of the borewells close to the channel and within a distance of 5 Km showed no major contamination. The heavy metal concentration within the crops was also within the prescribed limits.

The herbaceous vegetation and its response towards industrial air pollution

The project was sponsored under the WOS (B) DST programme. The major objective of the study was to find out the effect of industrial air pollution on the herbaceous species and list out the species in order of sensitivity towards air pollution. The entire area was scanned upto 10 km radius of the industrial area and common 10 species in all the locations was marked for detailed study.

Monitor gaseous emission by industries in Nandesari Industrial Estate

The Society undertook a study to monitor gaseous emission by industries in Nandesari Industrial Estate. Parameters like Acid mist, Fluoride, Chlorine, NH3, HCl, H2S, NOx, SO2, SPM and P2O5 analyzed to assess the impact of emission by neighboring chemical industry on the health and equipment of the Supreme Industries Limited. The results indicated pollutant load mostly below the limits set by pollution control board.