Thirty genotypes of sesame seeds collected from different geographical regions of India were analyzed for organochlorine pesticides viz HCHs, DDTs and endosulfan.

An ethnomedicinal survey was undertaken to collect the information about medicinal plants in two villages (Utpalta and Kwarka) of Chakrata Forest Division, Uttarakhand. Common plants with medicinal value were catalogued based on the collection during the field trips and the information was gathered through oral interviews conducted with local knowledgeable villagers of selected study area.