Tiruchirapalli, Aug 27 (UNI) The Ministry of Science and Technology, has sanctioned Rs 84.13 lakh to carry out a research project on 'Studies on population ecology and micropropagation techniques of selected endemic and threatened plants of Peninsular India.' A release from the Bharatidasan Univesity said here today that of the Rs 84.13 lakh, the ministry has sanctioned Rs 55.65 lakh to M B Viswanathan, principal investgator and professor, Department of Plant Science, Bharatidasan University and Rs 28.48 lakh to co-investigator K Murugesan, Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai.
The project to be carried out in five-years envisaged study of structure, dynamics and distribution pattern of two critically endangered strict endemics: Memecylon subcordatum and Polyalthia tirunelveliensis.
The findings of the project would actually help in the conservation of the two critically endangered strict endemics of the Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tirunelveli district, the relase added.
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