DRDO Herbal Technologies: Military and Civil Applications

  • Rajesh Arora
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Abstract

The novel herbal technologies developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organization are discussed with a view to improving the lives of soldiers and civilians. The life sciences laboratories of DRDO are engaged in R&D with the aim to develop processes, products and technologies and effective strategies to protect and enhance the operational efficiency of the Indian Armed Forces. Over the last five decades, the endeavours have resulted in creating specialized human capital through selection and training; enhancing efficiency through customized nutrition; optimizing human efficiency through traditional systems; optimizing performance through human engineering approach; protecting against health hazards like CBRN and vectors; reducing combat stress by counselling, training and resilience building; reinforcing adaptation through acclimatization processes and saving lives through life support systems. Several technologies with holistic and pragmatic applications for defence and civil sector from a herbal perspective are presented.

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Acknowledgements

The author is grateful to his numerous co-workers and students in various Life Sciences cluster of laboratories of DRDO, colleagues in the Directorate General-Life Sciences, DRDO Headquarters and Directors of various Life Sciences cluster of laboratories. The author is thankful to the present and former Director General-Life Sciences and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO for encouragement, support and facilitation in multifarious ways.

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  • Rajesh Arora
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  1. 1.Department of Biochemical SciencesDefence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, Defence Research and Development OrganizationNew DelhiIndia

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