CHENNAI: Nearly one-third of the area in the country with sandalwood distribution is in Tamil Nadu with the state covering an area of 3,040sqkm spread across several districts.

A study on the physiology of root parasitism in sandal (Santalum album L.) was conducted by comparing a six-year-old sandal grown alone and along with a host (Casuarina equisetifolia). Although maximum haustorial connections were observed when grown along with the host, sandal formed haustorial connections with plants including grass up to a distance of 3 m. Anatomical studies on haustoria indicated a vascular connectivity between the host and sandal.

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In a bid to restore sandalwood tree cover on Jawadhu Hills, the Forest Department is planting 1.1 lakh saplings in Vellore district.

Sandalwood Protection Area inaugurated in Vandaru

The Forest Department will suitably reward the local people who supported the move of the department in raising the sandalwood trees in the reserve forests in Vazhappadi range.

After Kandhamal district, sandalwood smugglers seem to be spreading their network to neighbouring Gajapati in Odisha.

Pune: A sandalwood tree worth Rs 20,000 was cut down early on Wednesday on the premises of Dr Jal Mehta Foundation in Kondhwa-Budruk.

Order of the Rajasthan High Court in the matter of Union Of India vs Anil Gadodia dated 02/12/2015 regarding illegal storage and then export of red sanders, a prohibited item under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) of Wild Fauna and Flora in the guise of genuine exports.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of V. Magesh Vs Union of India & Others dated 19/11/2015 regarding Andhra Pradesh calling for global tenders for sale of Red Sanders.

The State government will file a counter affidavit in the next couple of days before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking to vacate the stay given by it on the auction of seized red sanders lo