New Species Identified by MSSRF adds fillip to biodiversity conservation. Dendrobium anilii (Orchidaceae), a new species from the Southern Western Ghats, India has been identified adding fillip to M S Swaminathan Research Foundation’s contribution to the study of Angiosperm plant diversity. The new species identified by MSSRF staffer P M Salim has been named in recognition of Dr N Anil Kumar Director, MSSRF’s Biodiversity programme. Dr Anil has contributed to conservation of a number of species for over two decades.
The work of MSSRF’s scientists has helped in conservation of nearly 2000 species in the M S Swaminathan Botanical Garden, Wayanad, Kerala.
This is the second species identified by P M Salim, who is currently working as Senior Technical Assistant at MSSRF’s Community Agrobiodiversity Centre.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.