Central Botanical Laboratory, Howrah

The Central Botanical Laboratory was established on 13 April 1954 to conduct research in various disciplines of botany. It has three major sections: the Cytology Section, the Economic Botany Section and the Plant Physiology Section. A chromosomal survey of the Indian flora is a major programme of the Cytology Section. The Economic Botany Section is engaged in studying and evaluating less known economic or medicinal plants and plants being used by tribals (ethnobotany). Studies on the dormancy, viability and germination behaviour of seeds of economically important plants and rare and endangered plants are being carried out at the Physiology Section. Established - 13th April, 1954 at Indian Museum, Kolkata; thereafter temporarily shifted to Allahabad and finally to Kolkata in 1962. Accessioned specimens Herbarium specimens: 10,000 Museum exhibits: 5500 Main programmes Chromosome Atlas Biosystematic studies Ethnobotany Seed storage, viability and germination. Contact Details - Scientist-in-Charge, BSI,Central Botanical Laboratory,P. O. Botanic Garden, Howrah – 711 103 ,Phone: +91 33 2668 7574
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Ethnobotanical gallery of CBL is treasure trove having a vast and diversified collection of more than 7500 exhibits which include Dyes, Edibles, Ethnomedicines, Extracts, Fiber, Gum, Lac, Oil, Oil-cake, Resin, Rice varieties, Rubber, Wood, etc.

CBL also has collection of different tribal artifacts of various traditional uses like, fish catching equipments, bird catching equipments, baskets, hats, kitchen articles, brooms, rain-coats and toys made up of different type of woods, bamboos and grasses.

CBL ethnobotanical gallery attracts students / researchers / foresters /visitors across the country to gather knowledge about ethnobotany. Scientists deliver lectures, power point presentations among the visitors highlighting indigenous knowledge and ethnic uses of enormous plant wealth of the country. CBL also actively participated in various exhibitions held at different places in India from time to time and displayed these artifacts and exhibits to disseminate the traditional and local knowledge of indigenous people and their life patterns to urban people.

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