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Solutions are in Nature

Dear readers,
Today is observed as the International Day for Biodiversity around the theme: “Solutions are in Nature”. We at the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation have chosen this day to reach out and engage with people like you on a significant scale for finding Solutions from Nature and to continue the efforts in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
The forwarded Newsletter highlights some of the key interventions and successes of the Botanical Garden Initiative of MSSRF. This Garden being established in partnership with local tribal community families and small holder farmers of the Western Ghats-a global biodiversity hotspot.

Please consider becoming a member in this Conservation Campaign and making a tax deductible- donation to continue the Botanical Garden’s work more productive and meaningful. We are also asking your help in reaching out your friends, colleagues and co-workers. We will be happy to correspond with you for completing the process of partnering with this conservation initiative.

Please write to us or Call ( 4477/ 20 7019)

Anil Kumar

An Appeal for Conservation
When humanity is going through an unprecedented crisis, providing food and health for all become the most challenging task for all nations. Despite the huge strides in food production, there are some 820 million people still undernourished and this number has spiked
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Rising role of Botanical Garden
This Newsletter is being brought out on the International Day for Biodiversity: this year’s Call to Action for the International Day for Biodiversity has been made around the slogan “Solutions are in Nature”
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Community Botanical/ Herbal Gardens for assisting nature
This inaugural issue of the MSSBG Newsletter brings out 9 stories/news under four thematic areas -i) Science & Traditional Knowledge; (ii) Conservation of Biodiversity; (iii) Health and Food; and (iv) People and Culture 
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Science & Traditional Knowledge

8 New species to science; Contributions of a Para taxonomist
Salim Pichan, Estate Caretaker at MSSRF has dedicated his life to carrying out field botany studies and systematically inventorying the flowering plant species of the Western Ghats Read more

The research partnership established between MSSRF and CSIR-NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram since 2014 has resulted in publication of four papers in high impact journals. The evidences are in validation of some of the claims on the Read more

Conservation of Biodiversity

Story of 100 RET Tree Species Collection and Conservation
MSSRF has identified and prioritized 100 tree species that are distributed in the mountains of the Western Ghats, belonging to the Rare, Endemic, Threatened, and Sacred categories, each with 25 species. The Sacred trees Read more
Award-Winning Apiculture Technique by a School Student for domesticating Little Bees
As part of the DST supported project MSSRF has identified an eco-friendly apiculture technique invented by a school student named Oli Aman Jodha 
and her mother from Wayanad Read More
MSSBG-BGCI partnership to Save Humboldtia – an Endemic Genus of Indo-Sri Lanka
In partnership with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), MSSBG is implementing a project that aimed at collection, characterization, cataloguing, and
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Health & Food Biodiversity

A ten-member women Self Help Group named ‘Ardrakam’ has started running a Ginger value addition unit at Pulpally in Wayanad district with the technical support from M S Swaminathan Research  Foundation Read More

Developing Wild Spice Gardens along the Malabar Coast (Spice Coast)
Spices are proved to be the anti-cancer treasure house. The popular examples are Turmeric and Ginger for the anti-cancerous compound curcumin, and as a breast cancer super food respectively. Read More
Developing a Value Chain for Wild Edible Plants
MSSBG is in discussion with the Kerala State Biodiversity Board, CSIR-NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram, and Ayushgenome Research Foundation, Kochi for developing a value-chain for some of the promising wild food plants, in particular the Read More

People & Culture    

Kurichya farmers of Wayanad district practice collective family farming by holding large areas of land through a unique family organisation. Kurichyas are “one of the largest joint families ever reported in Read More






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