The socio-religious practices prevalent among Gond, Murias, Halba and Maria tribes of Bastar region of Chhattisgarh state are helpful in conservation of plants. This practice of nature conservation is a very ancient tradition and indigenous culture in Bastar as well as in other parts of the country.

Arunachal Pradesh has been identified as one of the "Biodiversity Hotspot" areas in the world. The tribes inhabiting the state recognize over 500 species of plants as having medicinal properties. The authors have conducted field trips in different areas of Arunachal Pradesh covering six western districts during March 2004 - October 2005.

For the past three years, botanist Vicki Funk of the Smithsonian Institution has been trying, unsuccessfully, to transfer select leaf specimens from Brazil to the U.S. National Herbarium for identification. Comparing closely related plants

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FARMERS and panchayat representatives from Namakkal on Wednesday underwent a training programme at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) on the Biological Diversity Act and Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmer's Rights Act 2001.
The programme was aimed at educating farmers and community leaders about the two Central Government legislations. The BD Act deals with the bio-diversity and associated traditional knowledge owned by the communities while the PPVFR Act seeks to grant Intellectual Property Right (IPR) on plant varieties.

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Agartala, July 6: The Tripura Home Guards have set up a huge plant nursery during the spare time of the volunteers within a year and also announced to supply the plants to all public authorities for planting in their campus and along the busiest roads of the State in the monsoon. State Forest Minister Jitendra Choudhury and Environment Minister Joy Gobinda Debroy officially inaugurated the nursery today at Police Lines here, which has more than one lakh seedlings of 35 different species, including seven rare flora.

Chennai THE GO dated September 3, 2007 of the Environment and Forest Department, which exempted 36 species of trees from the purview of Timber Transit Rules (TTRs) will not be implemented, the Madras High Court was told on Wednesday.

This study envisages the estimation of floral wealth of the sacred groves and its role in conservation. The study was conducted in sacred groves of coastal and lowland regions of Thrissur District of Kerala.

The less-nurtured plantations with medicinal value will now get a fillip as the Goa Forest Development Corporation is venturing into a major project - conservation and commercial in nature - of medicinal plantations in the State. According to data procured by this paper, the project seeks to protect rare and endangered species of medicinal plants and thereafter explore commercial markets for tapping its produce. The General Manager of the GFDC Dr F L Coelho told Herald that a project report would be submitted to the Union Ministry shortly for Central funding for a period of three years.