Tamil Nadu Gets World’S First Salt-Tolerant Plant Garden (Download PDF)

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The world’s first Genetic Garden of Halophytes (naturally occurring salt-tolerant plants) was inaugurated at the coastal town of Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu. Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib Fakim through video-conferencing inaugurated the first of its kind garden in the world.

Location of World’s First Salt-Tolerant Plant Garden

Location of World’s First Salt-Tolerant Plant Garden

Location of World’s First Salt-Tolerant Plant Garden

What Are Halophytes?

  • Salt-tolerant or salt-resistant plants.
  • Complete their life cycles in soils or waters containing high salt concentrations.
  • Constitute two per cent of terrestrial plant species.
Genetic Garden of Halophytes inaugurated at Vedaranyam

Genetic Garden of Halophytes Inaugurated at Vedaranyam

Genetic Garden of Halophytes inaugurated at Vedaranyam

Key Facts About Garden

  • Set up by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) founded by eminent agriculture scientist Prof M S Swaminathan, father of Indian Green Revolution.
  • Has over 1,600 species belonging to 550 genera and 117 families of Halophytes plants.
  • Preserves halophytes occurring along the coasts of India including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Importance of Halophytes

  • Important with increasing salinization of land especially due sea level rise
  • Climate change and global warming leading to rise in sea levels increase the urgency for cultivation of saline-tolerant crops in light danger of sea intrusion.
  • Anticipatory research of these plants could reap rich rewards- mitigating the impact of climate change- they can provide food for people, fodder for livestock, bio fuel, and can used for ornamental purposes.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 19, 2016

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