News  /  Published 06.06.22

The force that drives the flower

Arun Ganguly has been photographing his garden for some time. These are lush images of plants and flowers, captioned meticulously, sent to his friends and acquantances. Ganguly, 83, has been well-kno...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Kolkata

Books  /  Published 22.04.22

Leafy heritage

When Europeans arrived in India, they were dazzled by the subcontinent’s exotic flora and fauna. The colonizers thus started commissioning local artists to paint these. In the absence of the tec...
By Srimoyee Bagchi

News  /  Published 17.01.22

Indian Botanic Garden’s double coconut tree faces extinction

The Double Coconut Tree (Lodoicea Maldivica) at the Indian Botanic Garden, which underwent a cross-country pollination in 2013 appears to be dying. Though garden authorities are hopeful that the tree ...
By Anasuya Basu in Kolkata

News  /  Published 27.09.21

India’s botanical treasures go online

BSI’s exclusive portal (www.bsi.archive) allows one to access its rare holdings through In a decade-long exercise, more than 15,000 samples of textile designs, natural dyes ...
By Soumitra Das in Kolkata

Culture  /  Published 24.03.19

Take a bough

There is something inherently beautiful about trees standing tall amidst the highs and lows of daily life. We may miss them but they’re there, watching over the fuming traffic, men and women going a...
By Paromita Kar

Culture  /  Published 24.11.18

Tribute to Bose, who proved plants have life

It all began when Peter V. Minorsky, a botanist and professor at Mercy College in the US, got in touch with Das earlier this year. Minorsky wanted to know about the groundwater composition in the Coll...
By Moumita Chaudhuri

Opinion  /  Published 31.03.19

Just laugh it off

Sir — The bard has famously said, “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” This is an important lesson to keep in mind. What better time to remind people th...
By The Telegraph

North East  /  Published 25.02.19

A plant named for Professor Puff

A new plant species in Assam has been named after Austrian scientist Christian Puff who had come to Assam in search of Rubiaceae plants.The species, Pavetta puffii, has been discovered by Jatindra Sar...
By Roopak Goswami in Guwahati

Heritage  /  Published 29.06.19

The Englishmen behind Howrah's botanical garden

The Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden in Howrah does not have the clinicality one associates with any address of science. Some things have been allowed to grow wild, and then there a...
By Paromita Sen


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