Neem : A Great Boon to Mankind

                                                                                                         Md. Wasim Aktar1* and Dwaipayan Sengupta2
 1Pesticide Residue Laboratory, Deptt. of Agril.                 
                                                                                                                                   Chemicals, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur,
                                                                                                                                   Nadia, West Bengal, India.

2 Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science,
                                                                                                                                   Institute of Agricultural Science, University of Calcutta, Kolkata,
                                                                                                                                   West Bengal, India.

The Latin name of Neem is Azadirachta indica to Juss (syn: Melia indica Brandis, Melia  azdirachta Linn & Melia parviflora Moon ) and the
species belongs to the family Meliaceae. Well known since ancient times in the Indian subcontinent, neem has several common names in
different languages.

                    Language                                                        Name

                   Assamese                                                           Nim
                      Bengali                                                              Nim
                      English                                              Neem, Margosa tree, Indian lilac
                      Hindi                                                          Nim, Nimb
                   Sanskrit                                                   Arishta, Nimb,
                     Urdia                                                                 Neem
                    French                                            Azadirach de l’Inde, Margosier
                   German                                               Grossblacttiger zedrach   

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                                                                                                                                                                  *Corresponding author: - Md. Wasim Aktar;
                                                                                                                                                                    E-mail ID:- wasim04101981@yahoo.co.in
Beneficial plants of nature: Neem