TODAY, MORE THAN EVER, WE NEED TO STEP UP OUR EFFORTS TO PRESERVE OUR RICH BIODIVERSITY.
Himalaya has set up a tissue culture laboratory for the cultivation of seedlings and plantlets of endangered species. Efforts to propagate Ratna purush, a nearly extinct herb found mainly in the forests of the Western Ghats in India, have yielded success after two years of research. We have grown this species through micropropagation and have progressed to the farm trial stage for its cultivation. We have also initiated farm trials of Saussurea lappa, an endangered herb found in high altitudes. As part of a collaborative effort to expand farming of this herb, the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore supplied Himalaya Saussurea lappa plantlets. In our farm trials, over 60 percent of these plantlets survived, and we are now moving to full-fledged cultivation of the herb. This is a great achievement since we will be growing an herb found in high altitudes in Bangalore’s sub-tropical climate.