Jalandhar: Webinar on commercial viability of medicinal plants : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Jalandhar, 4th of July

Pushpa Gujral Science City observed a van mahotsav today while hosting a webinar on the “Scope and Potential of Commercially Important Medicinal and Aromatic Plants”. About 80 students from across the state participated via virtual mode.

Dr Neelima Jerath, Chief Executive of Science City, said India is one of the 10 most forest-rich countries in the world and there is a dire need to save flora and fauna to prevent forest degradation. forests. “The main objective of celebrating Van Mahotsav Week is to raise awareness about environmental issues and educate the masses about the need to plant trees, as it is one of the best solutions to control global warming,” she added.

She said Science City plays an important role in harboring rich floral biodiversity and conserving medicinal and medicinal plants. “We have 5,500 trees with rich cultural and heritage value on our premises,” she said.

She further informed that the state government is taking a number of measures to increase plantations in the state to increase the forest cover by at least 15%, which is currently only 6.12% of its geographical area. “Efforts are also being made to raise awareness of the state’s rare and endangered flora and fauna. A gallery on the Tandarust Punjab Mission was recently installed in Science City, highlighting the importance of increasing forest cover in Punjab and conserving biodiversity,” she added.

Dr. Meenu Sood, Professor and Head of College of Forestry, YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan, who was the keynote speaker on the occasion, informed that medicinal plants have long been used in the traditional medicine and ethnomedicine all over the world. “Aromatic plants grown for their aroma and flavor are also used to cure ailments. Aromatic chemicals can be found in roots, wood, bark, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds and other plant parts,” she added.

Alvin J. Chase