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Scientists conserve the germplasm of Pinanga Andamanensis 

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  • May 20, 2020
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Scientists conserve the germplasm of Pinanga Andamanensis 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment

In News:

  • The scientists at Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Thiruvananthapuram, 2019 are conserving the germplasm (genetic material of germ cells) of  Pinanga Andamanensis. 
  • This would ensure its continued survival of its original home gets wiped out by a natural calamity.

Important value additions 

Pinanga Andamanensis

  • It is a critically endangered species. 
  • It is one of the least known among the endemic palms of the Andaman Islands.
  • Its entire population consists of some 600 specimens only. 
  • It naturally occurs only in a tiny, evergreen forest pocket in South Andaman’s Mount Harriet National Park.
  • This elegant palm can be used as an avenue tree for gardens, pavements and homesteads.

IAS UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam – 20th May 2020

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