CSIR-Nationwide Botanical Analysis Institute on Monday launched an improved variety of nationwide flower Lotus with 108 petals referred to as ‘Namoh 108’ at an occasion in Lucknow on Monday.
The flower was launched a day earlier than Independence Day to dedicate the flower to the Nation by CSIR director basic (DG) N Kalaiselvi at NBRI’s week-long competition ‘One Week One Lab Programme’ began on Monday.
The director additionally inaugurated a wellness centre for CSIR-NBRI workers and planted a sapling on the Botanical Backyard. “It is a blissful coincidence that ‘Namoh 108’ is devoted to the nation a day earlier than Independence Day,” She mentioned.
“Contemplating the non secular significance of lotus and the quantity ‘108’, this mixture provides an necessary identification to this variety,” She mentioned.
“This lotus was introduced by NBRI scientists from Manipur to conduct analysis on it. That is the primary Lotus variety whose genome is totally sequenced. This plant won’t ever be extinct or endangered like a lot of our flowers and crops have grow to be,” She added.
“In contrast to different lotus varieties, this lotus is extra climate resilient. It might flower from March to December. It’s the longest flowering variety as in comparison with different varieties which flowers for 4-5 months solely, mentioned KJ Singh, head researcher of the variety.
CSIR-NBRI additionally launched apparels created from lotus fibre and fragrance ‘Frotus’ developed from Lotus crops in collaboration with FFDC, Kannauj.
Institute’s director AK Shasany mentioned fibre from the lotus stem was extracted to make garments. A Manipuri styled coat was made utilizing the fibers by weavers of Barabanki district, he mentioned.
Aloe vera variety launched
A brand new variety of Aloe Vera ‘NBRI-Nihar’ was additionally launched on the event. As per the Institute the brand new variety has 2.5 occasions extra gel yield compared to regular Aloe vera and can also be least affected with bacterial and fungal illnesses.
Two natural merchandise, particularly ‘Natural Chilly Drops’ for curing frequent cough and chilly & ‘Natural Anti-Dandruff Shampoo’ have been additionally launched.
Analysis on Cotton to be made simpler
Analysis on cotton shall be made simpler as all info associated to cotton shall be made obtainable within the type of a chip. NBRI has signed an MoU with Hyderabad based mostly firm Nucleome Informatics, for collaborative analysis on Cotton.