Profile #5: The Botanical Survey of India

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The Botanical Survey of India established on 13th February 1890 is the apex research organization under the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change with the mandate of Survey, Collection, Identification, Documentation (including the traditional knowledge associated with plants) and ex-situ conservation of wild plant resources of the country. The Western Regional Centre in Pune is one of the oldest centres established. In the earlier days it was housed in the Law college premises and later in 1958 it was shifted to its own building in Koregaon Road, Pune.

The extensive studies in the jurisdictional region resulted in discovering of over 85 new taxa and more than 500 research papers and 30 books. Some of the well-known publications include Flora of Goa, Diu, Daman, Dadra & Nagarhaveli (in two volumes), Flora of Maharashtra (in three volumes), Flora of Karnataka-Analysis, Flora of Akola District, Flora of Nasik District, Flora of Raigad District, Flora of Yavatmal District, Flora of Buldhana District, Flora of Tadoba National Park, Chandrapur, Maharashtra, Flora of Mahabaleshwar and adjoining, Mangroves of Goa, Flora of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali, Flora of Bhagwan Mahaveer (Molem) National Park, Goa, Flora of Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Karnataka, Endemic and Threatened Flowering Plants of Maharashtra, Ethnobotany of Dadra, Nagar Haveli & Daman, An Annotated Bibliography of Taxonomic Botany of Peninsular India 1959-1978, Florae Indicae Enumeratio: Monocotyledonae and Flowering Plants of India: Dicotyledons Vol. I.

Projects such as Floristic diversity of Great Indian Bustard Wildlife Sanctuary, Orchids of Maharashtra, Floristic diversity of Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra, Floristic diversity of Sharavathy Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka, Floristic diversity of Mookambikka Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka, Ferns of Maharashtra and Foliicolous fungi of Maharashtra have been recently completed by this Centre. At present too several important projects are undertaken for documentation and conservation of Wildlife in the region.

Visit this Institute in one-of-its kind tour where you learn about the heritage building, institutional legacy and participate in a workshop on Herbarium!

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