Gene banks & Agro-forestry

Field gene banks for the wildfood plants and NWFP plants

Wild food plants are one of the important part of food and nutrition security of many communities worldwide. In Wayanad district itself there is more than 100 leafy greens, 21 tubers, 40 mushrooms and 55 species of wild fruits were consumed by different tribal and non tribal communities. Conservation and maintenance of these germplasam is essential for ensuring sustainability. In a decentralized approach of field gene banks we ensure the conservation, cultivation, consumption and the possible commerce of this biodiversity.

Seed gene-bank for the RET, economical and ethno-botanically important plants

MSSBG maintaining a nursery for the RET, economical and ethno-botanical plants since 2006 and conserving 300 plants in a year span. The garden has fostered matured fruit bearing RET and medicinal plants in 41 acre campus as a result of the conservation activities since 2006. (Plants Materials available in MSSBG)

Agro-forestry of RET Trees

Farmers are looking forward for fast growing shade trees for their plantation especially for cardamom and coffee plantations and unbranched tree for pepper plantations. Through our continues research MSSRF identified some plants as Kingiodendron pinnatum, Diospyros bourdillonii, Dipterocarpus indicus, Vatica chinensis, Syzygium cumini, Syzygium stocksii, Artocarpus hirsutus, Melia dubia, Toona ciliata, Persea macrantha and Alstonia scholaris.