Researchers in the Uttarakhand Department of Forests have discovered for the first time in the Western Himalayas a very rare species of carnivorous plant called Utricularia Furcellata. It should be noted that the discovery was also published in the Journal of Japanese Botany, which is considered one of the most prestigious magazines in the field.
This discovery is the first of its kind in the journal of the Uttarakhand Department of Forests. The Journal of Japanese Botany is a 106-year-old journal based on plant taxonomy and botany.
Plant earlier in 2021. in September, a team of researchers from the Uttarakhand Department of Forestry, consisting of police officer Harish Negi and junior researcher Manoj Singh, discovered a plant in the Mandal Valley in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
Speaking about it, Sanjeev Chaturvedi, the chief conservator of forests (research), said it was the first rare carnivorous plant not only in Uttarakhand but in the entire West Himalayan region of India since 1986. this species could not be collected. from any part of the country.
Calling it a pride for the Forestry Department, he also said it was the first such discovery to be published in a prestigious magazine.
It is worth noting that in the previously prestigious French magazine Richardiana in 2020. In September, another discovery of a rare species of orchid, Liparis Pygmaean, was carried out by a research unit of the Uttarakhand Forest Department.
Discovery of Utricularia Furcellata
In terms of discovery, it was carried out as part of a project to study insectivorous plants in Uttarakhand in 2019. approved by the Advisory Committee on Research (RAC). It was also the first such study in the state and so far approximately 20 plant species belonging to different genera have been found.
Utricularia Furcellata belongs to a genus commonly known as the bladder and is used to trap one of the most complex and developed plant structures, with targets ranging from protozoa to insects, mosquito larvae and even young tadpoles. Its operation is based on the mechanical process of creating a vacuum or negative pressure zone to allow the prey to enter the trap door.
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