Western Regional Centre, Pune
In the reorganized Botanical Survey of India t he Western Regional Centre is one of the oldest center to be established which came into existence on 12th December, 1955. In its initial days, it was housed in the Law College premises and later in 1958 it was shifted to its own premises in 7-Koregaon Road, Pune. The jurisdiction of this regional center included, entire state of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and Union territories of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar- Haveli. The altitude of the area under jurisdiction is ranges from almost sea level to c. 1929m (Mullayanagiri hills,Karnataka) . The herbarium of the Western zone of the old Botanical Survey of India was originally located at Ganeshkind Botanical Garden and the collections formed the basis of Cooke’s Flora of Bombay presidency. This centre included the major collections of Cooke, Bhide, Burns, Chibber, Gammie, Garade, Godbole, Kanitkar, Narayana, Paranjpye, Patwardhan, Ranade, Rayn, Woodrow, Talbot, Albert, Chatterjee, Fischer, Gage, King, Mokim, Prain, Scortichini and Willis. These invaluable collections that served as a nucleus of the present herbarium were transferred to Botanical Survey of India by Principal Prof.L.S.S.Kumar, Economic botanist, Govt of Boambay and Shri Shriname, Director of Agriculture. This circle has the International acronym BSI, the herbarium BSI and housed with about 1,32,831 specimens including 687 type specimens. The collections of this center mainly showcase the biodiversity of Western Ghats, including the adjoining regions of Rajasthan and Kerala.This centre is recognized centre for the research in Plant taxonomy and has been recognized by universities of Pune, Bombay, Andhra Pradesh and Madras for post graduate research leading to doctorate degree in Botany. The Western Regional Centre of BSI is having three functional units i.e. Botanical Garden, Museum and upto dated Library..
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