By targeting the most threatened group of plants in the wild and successfully conserving them, DBT has contributed significantly towards plant diversity conservation of the country which is so vital for maintaining our environment.
The reasons for regeneration failure of 18 threatened species have been ascertained, and large-scale multiplication protocols for 55 species have been standardized. At least 40 species have been successfully introduced to the natural habitats for augmenting their natural populations.
65,282 individuals of 75 threatened plant species were discovered from their natural habitats using Ecological Niche Model-based field survey. This has improved the conservation classification of several threatened species, hence conservation strategy. Based on the population data, at least 30 threatened plant species have now been reclassified. Several new species/rediscovery of species/geographic extension of species have been reported under DBT initiatives. Taxonomic identity of several species has been established using molecular profiling.
It has been established that one of our ginseng species has high ginsenoside(Rb1) content which is more than that of American and Japanese ginseng. This provides the scope for value addition of a high value resource. Besides, because of its high value, domestication/cultivation-based conservation is being tried.