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Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute
Palode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India - 695562
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where the institute is situated?
The institute is located in a natural forest land, right in the lap of the Western Ghats at Palode, 40 km northeast to Thiruvananthapuram city, on the Thiruvananthapuram – Shenkottah State highway. The extension Centre is situated at Puthenthope near Kaniyapuram, 15 km north of Thiruvananthapuram city, near the seacoast.
Do JNTBGRI has satelite centers?
Yes, the Institute has a satellite centre situated at Puthenthope near Kaniyapuram, 15 km north of Thiruvananthapuram city, near the seacoast.
How many Botanical gardens are present under JNTBGRI?
No, JNTBGRI is an Institute directly under the Kerala State Council for Science and Technology and Environment, Government of Kerala. JNTBGRI is an active member of the BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International, a plant conservation charity based in Kew, London, England.).
What are the Research and Development sectors at JNTBGRI?
There are eight thrust areas under the institute such as Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Phytochemistry and Phytopharmacology, Plant Systematics and Evolutionary Science, Conservation Biology, Ethnomedicine and Ethnopharmacology, Garden, Education, Information and Training, Plant genetic Resources, Microfungi and Lichens.
What are the different conservatories at JNTBGRI?
In JNTBGRI plants are conserved live germplasm in different conservatories. Major ones are Bamboosetum, Medicinal and Aromatic plants, Aroboratum, Palmatum, Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, Orchidarium, Fruit crops etc.
Do we need prior permission to visit the garden?
Public can visit all the working days and Saturdays and Sundays except public holidays between 9 am to 4 pm with a nominal entrance fee. Guide will be available to route you to see all the areas of the garden.
Is there any fee consession for students?
Students will get concession in entrance fee if they come in groups of more than 25 pupil, with school teachers.
Do me allow to collect plants from the campus?
No; Collecting plants from the campus is strictly banned.
Where can I get plants identified?
The research scholars, teachers and even public can consult the taxonomists of the Institute with prior appointment for identifying plants.
Where can I purchase plants for my garden?
Selected plants can be purchased from the commercial outlet of the garden situated near the entrance.
How many Bamboos are conserved in the garden?
The bamboosetum one of the largest in India spread out in an area of 6.59 hectares of hilly terrain land, harbouring 954 accessions belonging to 69 species and 1 variety under 15 genera in addition to 12 hybrids produced from the Institute. The genera and number of species represented are: Bambusa (14), Cephalostachyum (1), Dendrocalamus (17), Dinochloa (3), Gigantochloa (4), Guadua (1), Melocalamus (1), Melocanna (1), Ochlandra (13), Phyllostachys (4), Pseudoxytenanthera (6), Sasa (1), Schizostachyum (1), Shibataea (1) and Thyrsostachys (1).
Do public can access the Herbarium and Library of JNTBGRI?
Yes, Scholars, teachers and students and even public could access the herbarium as well as library with the permission of the Director/concerned scientists of the institute.
Is there any separate conservatories for lower plants?
Gymnosperms and Pteridophytes are the major conservatories other than angiosperms.
What are the education and extention activities in the institute?
The garden is open to students and the public. Every year over 25000 visitors utilize this facility to learn about various aspects of plant diversity. Much sought after ornamental and horticultural plants are multiplied and sold at nominal cost.
Skilled human resource development through internship, trainings in selected areas is also an integrated component of activities of JNTBGRI. The Institute also imparts biodiversity awareness programmes, on request. The various divisions institute support project/dissertation work to M.Sc., B.Tech and M.Tech students from colleges and universities. Besides, the institute is an approved Research Centre of the Kerala and Kannur university, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Madhurai, Sasthra University, Tanjore and the Gujarat Ayurved University. About 40 students have already been awarded the doctoral degrees and currently about 50 research students are on the rolls.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
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