MSSBG - M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

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India - Kerala - Wayanad

Institution Code: SWAM

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the MSSBG - M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

This Garden in 8 ha has been established to conserve and make available seed/planting materials of the local community use-specific and culture oriented plant species, as well as the “lost crops and species” of the plant genetic resources like jack and mango, roots and tubers, legumes, medicinal plants, and the diminishing NWFPs of the Western Ghats-a global biodiversity hotspot. It is also to serve as an educational and training facility for the children, youth, teachers and parents to know more about the native flora and learn the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and address the issues of man-animal conflicts.

Main Address:
MSSBG - M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation
Community Agro-biodiversity Centre
Puthoorvayal P.O., Kalpeltta
Kerala 673 577 India

Telephone: 04936-204477; 207019
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. N. Anil Kumar
    Curator's Name: V.V. Sivan
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Jayesh Joseph
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 5
    Educational Staff Number: 5
    Research Staff Number: 10
    Administration Staff Number: 4

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 2001
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 8 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Total Area: 8 Hectares
    Latitude: 11.3530
    Longitude: 76.0555
    Annual Rainfall: 3000 mm
    Altitude: 800.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: M S S B G
  • Local Address: Puthoorvayal
  • Locality: City: Kalpetta
  • Locality: State: Kerala

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 4500
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 1
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 800
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: No
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Agriculture: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes