BSI Current Affairs - 2020

2 new ginger species discovered in northeast

Botanical Survey of India (BSI) scientists have discovered two new species of ginger named Hedychium chingmeianum and Caulokaempferia dinabandhuensis in easternmost districts of northeast India. Both the plants belong to the family of Zingiberaceae, to which the commonly found ginger (Zingiber officinale) belongs. Key Facts Hedychium chingmeianum: It was discovered in Tuensang district in Nagaland, Read More…

India’s biodiversity riches increases by 499 species

According to the Animal Discoveries 2016, New Species and Records, brought out by the Zoological Survey of India and Plant Discoveries 2016, by the Botanical Survey of India, 499 new species have been discovered from various parts of the country last year. Salient Highlights Animals Of the new discoveries, 258 are invertebrates and 55 are vertebrates. Around 97 are insects, 27 Read More…

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New Ginger species with medicinal properties discovered in Andamans

Scientists from Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have discovered a new species of Zingiber (commonly referred as ginger) from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The new species has been named as Zingiber pseudosquarrosum and belongs to genus Zingiber. It is used for its medicinal values by the local Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) of the Read More…

Tamil Nadu tops list of endemic flowering plants: BSI

According to the recent publication released by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Tamil Nadu accounts for the highest number flowering plants in the country. The publication titled Endemic Vascular Plants of India also revealed that almost one of every four species of flowering plants found in India are endemic to the country. Key Facts Read More…

More than 50 animal species critically endangered in India: Government

Union Government has announced that out of 96,000 animal species found in India more than 50 animals have been assessed as critically endangered (CR) and 310 as endangered (EN). It was announced by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. Key Facts The assessment studies were conducted by Zoological Read More…