Centre for Conservation of Natural Resources (CCNR) is one of the first-born and core centers of the TDU. No doubt it can be called as the building block of the institution.
It has developed inventories of medicinal plants for more than 12 states through consultation of floristic, ethno-botanical and botanical surveys. These inventories are handy reference tools for resource managers to guide conservation programs.
An ethno-medicinal garden harboring living collection of 1500 plant species has been established at FRLHT-TDU over the last 17 years. This garden has been an important component of “Centre of Excellence on Medicinal Plants and Traditional Knowledge” project supported by MoEF & CC since 2002. The resulting collection in this garden has been an important resource for educating and orienting students, researchers and various other stakeholders to get acquainted with these unique natural resources. A nursery attached to this garden has been playing an important role in raising medicinal plants for planting in the garden also for supplying seedlings to the households for their primary health care uses.
Over two decades CCNR team along with state forest departments and Community based organizations has taken a lead role in the world by demonstrating the Medicinal Plants Conservation Program through implementation of insitu and exsitu conservation projects in southern India.
The Centre works closely with Centre for Traditional Knowledge, Data Science and Informatics of TDU and has been developing a dynamic, well referenced multi-dimensional database on Indian Medicinal Plants species called Encyclopedia on Indian Medicinal Plants. This database treasures more than 6500 species that are medicinally important from various published sources. This browser connects to more than two lakh vernacular names and scientific names and associated multi-dimensional information including botanical identity, distribution information, illustrative photographs, maps, pharmacology information and more. This is shared through various websites for conservation programs and specific needs. Specific maps are prepared and shared to forest departments exclusively through COE project.
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