Indian Magnolias: A conservation lead
Funding Agency(ies):
Magnolia Society International
Principal Investigator(s):
Dr. N. Balachandran
Start Date : 
January 2017
Duration : 
1 year
Objectives:
 

a. Inventories of Magnolia species from northeast region of India and conservation at southern region of India.
In India, there are 11 species in the wild, of which four are endemic. Most of them were distributed in east Himalayan and northeast regions of India.  In addition, two species are under cultivation.

b. Taxonomic study and preparing the digital photo library of Indian Magnolia.
The Indian flora has devoid of illustration, photo plates and digital herbarium of Magnolia species, including the endemics. To fill this gap, this fund will be utilised to take photos of key characters for every species from the fresh collections during the inventories and would be uploaded in the Indian Biodiversity Portal (IBP).

Materials and methods:
 
Almost all the species are distributed in east Himalayas and northeast region of India, so this work involves long travel during the field survey in more than 10 states. Collection of fresh voucher samples for the taxonomic studies, taking photos of all key characters to each species will help to ease the identification and collection of viable seeds/ seedlings and stem cuttings used for the ex-situ conservation.
 
Main (expected) outputs:
  • Synopsis of Indian Magnolias
  • Upload photos in the Indian Biodiversity Portal (IBP).
External team members:
 

Dr. K. Ravikumar
Professor & Head of Repository of Plant Medical Resources
Transdisciplinary University C/O FRLHT,
74/2, Jarakabande Kaval, Post Attur via Yelahanka,
Bangalore – 560 064
INDIA

Staff ( IFP & External )

BALACHANDRAN N., Botanist