Scientists conserve the germplasm of Pinanga Andamanensis
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment
- 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
- 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.
Image source: The Hindu