Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute
JNTBGRI was found in 1979 with the objective of establishing a Conservatory Botanic Garden of tropical plant resources in general and of the country and the Kerala state in particular.
The largest in India, JNTBGRI Bambusetum spread out in an area of 6.59 hectares with 69 species and 1 variety under 15 genera in addition to 12 hybrids produced from the Institute.
The living collections of trees, bamboos, orchids, Medicinal Aromatic and spice plants are the largest in South Asia.
JNTBGRI initiated a programme on the conservation and popularisation of lesser-known fruit plants of Western Ghats as early as 1991.
Conservation and sustainable utilization of plant genetic resource of the country is the broad vision of JNTBGRI. The Indian flora constitutes approximately 45,000 species including 17,000 vascular plants.
Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) was found in 1979 with the objective of establishing a Conservatory Botanic Garden of tropical plant resources in general and of the country and the Kerala state in particular. It also undertakes research programmes for the sustainable utilization of the resources. The idea of establishing the institute was conceived soon after the first United Nations Conference on human Environment, held in Stockholm in 1972 by the Founder Director, the late Professor A. Abraham and its became his commitment to conserve the waning tropical plant species of India. Consequently, the institute was established as an autonomous R & D organization by the Government of Kerala in 1979.
In 1996 Saraswathy Thangavelu Extension Centre of JNTBGRI housing the Bioinformatics component become functioning. During the year 2003, JNTBGRI was bought under the newly formed society, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).
JNTBGRI is the only organization in India, which maintains a 300 acre conservatory garden for the wild tropical plant genetic resources of the country, besides a well integrated multidisciplinary R & D system dealing with conservation, management and sustainable utilization of tropical plant resources. During the past 30 years, it has flourished into one of the premier R & D organization in Asia, devoted to conservation and sustainable utilization of tropical plant diversity. The institute is recognized as a ‘National Centre of Excellence in ex situ conservation and sustainable utilization of tropical plants diversity’ by the Minister of Environment and Forests, Government of India and the Centre of Science and Technology of Non-Aligned and other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) JNTBGRI enjoys the membership of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). The institute is a recognized centre of research for post graduate and doctoral research of several universities, within the country.
Behind every monumental achievements there is a visionary: The saga of JNTBGRI also speaks the same story...
To make a comprehensive survey of the economic plant wealth of Kerala.To conserve, preserve and sustainably...
Biotechnology & Bioinformatics,
Conservation Biology, Ethnomedicine and Ethnopharmacology
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