11 April 2013

New pine species in Arunachal

Scientists at the Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI) here have found a new sub-type pine forest in Arunachal Pradesh, said to be the first such forest in India.
The forest comprises Pinus merkusii trees, a pine species, and is spread over an area that is large enough to qualify as a sub-type forest.
The RFRI at Sotai on the outskirts of this town, about 310km east of Guwahati, is the only one of its kind in the Northeast under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) — an autonomous body under the Union ministry of forests and environment.

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