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Director’s message

The Malabar Botanical Garden & Institute for Plant Sciences (MBGIPS) situated on the south east border of the historic Calicut has over 40 acres of land and gradually slopes from a panoramic hillock to a flat wetland of sledges. The institution of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, envisages the conservation of plant diversity of the Western Ghats in general and the aquatic plants and lower groups in particular. The natural terrain that nestles the garden, provides an ambient niche for a diverse community of plants ranging from flowering to non-flowering. Diversity is the prerequisite for a resilient ecosystem since species with overlapping ecological functions can prevent species destruction allowing a diverse community to survive and reorganize itself.

Being situated at the foothills of the Western Ghats, one of the hotspots of earth’s biodiversity, the conservation program is initiated with an objective to create a live gene bank of aquatic plants, the MBGIPS conserves the various groups in specialized sections viz., Sarovar and Aquagene (Aquatic plant Conservatory and nursery), Water Queens (Germplasm collection of Waterlilies), Sanjeevani and Sarpagandha (Herbal garden and nursery), Rheedea (Live Hortus Malabaricus), Star Forest (Mythological Garden), Apushpi (Bryophytes and Pteridophytes) Bodhi (Plants of the epics), Janakiya (Endangered plants in green houses), Sugandhi (Spices garden), Rockery (Silaramam), Butterfly garden (Shalabaramam), Gardenia (Ornamental garden), etc. Aptly supported by organizations such as National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of Environment as well as Science & Technology apart from State Funding agencies, help in setting up of live gene banks for RET plants, lichens etc., are also underway.

This centre serves the dual cause of ecological conservation as well as education. The Botanical Museum, established in accordance with the school and college syllabi, the Systematic Garden showcasing typical plants placed according to Bentham and Hooker’s system of classification; enriched collections of over 4000 plant species, including medicinal plants, aquatic plants, orchids, aroids, RET, fern species, gymnosperms, palm species, mangrove species, climbing plants, rare trees, xerophytes and a herbarium all together will enrich and equip the knowledge base of students and enthusiasts.

Bring life to the lessons you have learnt and be a part of the conservation efforts by visiting us, much more awaits your eyes at MBGIPS. The garden is opened to students for nature education and to general public as part of promoting scientific and environmental awareness to conserve the natural resources. You are cordially invited to visit MBGIPS.

 

Prakashkumar R

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