One of the major activities of the Asian Agri-History Foundation (AAHF) is publishing translations of old manuscripts into English. This is the first publication in the bulletin series of AAHF. The original Sanskrit text of Surapala's Vrikshayurveda is followed by the excellent English translation of the text. Commentaries by three scientists on the biodiversity perspective, agronomic aspects, and ailments reveal the broad agricultural knowledge base that existed in India centuries ago.
The AAHF is grateful to the Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK for providing the microfiche of the original Sanskrit manuscript of Surapala's Vrikshayurveda. The Foundation acknowledges the significant contributions made by S M Sinha, J J Abraham, Sheila Vijayakumar, and V S Reddy in designing, editing, and printing this Bulletin.